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5 Ways to Say Thank You Inexpensively

5 ways to say thank you inexpensively
With the recent passing of my father, I’ve been the recipient of amazing hospitality from friends, family and strangers alike.

While saying “thank you” goes a long way, sometimes a simple, thoughtful expression of gratitude can last even longer.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, there will be many occasions where we’ll want to express our thanks, but how can we do that meaningfully AND frugally? From overnight stays to teacher appreciation, I’m sharing five of my favorite ways to say thank you inexpensively.

There are just a few keys to making gifts like these work:

* Pick something to give that represents the recipients personality
* “Wrap” the gift in something reusable
* Stock up on gift bases while on sale (gift boxes, candles, frames, etc)

talk of the town november 2015

5 Ways to Say Thank You Inexpensively

  1. Gift for when you’re going to someone’s house for dinner/party
    – A pretty plate charger with homemade cookies
    – Wine wrapped in a hand towel
    – A mason jar filled with candy
  2. Gift for after you’ve stayed at someone’s house 
    – Something that represents your hometown (“Thanks Y’all” towel wrapped around local popcorn from Batch Nashville)
    – A frame with a handwritten note or gift card inside
  3. Gift for Teachers 
    – A fun ramekin with a candle
    – Send your child’s teacher a “My Favorite Things” letter for them to fill in, then email to all the parents in the class and assign each parent a day in December to bring in one of their “little happies”.
  4. Gift for Someone new to the neighborhood
    – A frozen dish or breakfast components in a casserole dish
    – Pretty storage box with household essentials (which can be found BOGO free at your local grocery store)
    – Print address labels for them (FREE from Shutterfly starting on 11/14!)
  5. Gift “Just Because”
    – Grab a Groupon online and put in a card or frame
    – Next time you have a girls’ night out, consider an activity where you make something (pottery, painting) and design it to be given away to a friend or family member
    – Subscribe to their favorite magazine and put the gift receipt inside a copy of the actual magazine

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Many of the items you saw me show on TV or read about above were found at a craft store (like Michaels) for 40-50% off, which is why it’s great to stock up on items like candles, ornaments or storage boxes when you come across these sales.

Miss today’s segment on Talk of the Town? Now you can watch it here: