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Thank You Gifts - What? When? Why?

Thank You Gifts - What? When? Why?

posted: 2019-03-07 11:00:00 +0800

A few years ago while living abroad an old friend came to visit me. He bought with him a brown paper bag and said “this is from Anna she wanted me to give it to you.” Anna is a good friend of mine, back in the day when we were both learning Chinese we went to the same school, many nights were spent helping each other with Chinese Homework, memorising characters, sentences and laughing at how bad we all were. In this brown paper bag was a gift and a note, she had bought me some Chocolate from my home country, a special kind of Godiva 90% dark chocolate (one we actually now stock in our gift hampers!) Along with the gift (which was much needed after living away from England for a while) was a handwritten note in which she remembered the help I used to give her and thanking me for patiently being there when studying was so difficult. I was so surprised! That was nearly 10 years earlier and she still remembered. That got me thinking about today’s blog post. Thank you gifts, WHY? When? What? and How?


When Anna sent me that gift and card it warmed my heart! It built me up! It helped me keep going! She had remembered what i did all those years ago it made me feel valued and special. So why give thank you gifts? A old proverb I like to refer to when giving fits says:

“there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving”

The first reason Why is that it keeps us positive and happy, it reminds us just how much people have done for us and that we are loved. But with that comes a responsibility many ignore, the need to show appreciation. So why not make a list of all the important things people have done for you recently, or even like my friend Anna, a long time ago. They could include;

  • Thank you gifts for amazing school teachers or lectures that got you through this semester
  • Thank you present for work-mates who helped you with that difficult deadline
  • Thank you flowers for your spouse for putting up with your recent grouchy moods

Your Doctor, Dentist, Librarian, Boss, Dog Walker, Nanny, Favourite Barista, there are so many people who help us day to day, why not say Thank you with a gift!


Obviously the sooner we give a thank-you gift the better, however none of us are perfect and we are all busy so the more accurate answer might be whenever you remember what someone did whether it's yesterday last week or last decade!


What gift to give? This question has been blogged about by many for many many years, we recently completed our How to give the perfect Gift Blog Series It has some great ideas if you want something really personal or are a bit stuck. In the meantime however there are some other gifts we often find our customers buy here in Hong Kong that work well. The top 2 are:

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1. Flowers

Being as we at Give Gift Boutique started as florists were gonna lean on our years of experience as one of Hong Kong's top florists and say BUY THEM SOME FLOWERS! They are still the most popular gift to give, they make the receiver smile, smell beautiful and are the traditional way to say “thank you, you are valued” yes they may not last forever (unless you go fro some of our freeze dried beautiful bouquets) but the sentiment sure will! If your sending flowers to friends in Hong Kong but don’t live there we can help you sort the perfect bouquet, the thank you card and arrange delivery at the right time.

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2. A Gift Hamper

Again we are biased…. Hey it's our job to make and sell beautiful hampers, we love to talk about them. A hamper goes beyond a bouquet of flowers and says “thank you and while we are at it here are some useful or yummy items!”

When it comes to saying thank you we believe the best hamper choice is something to help them relax, so if your thanking one of you female friends why not pamper them with a relaxation hamper:


Looking to thank your male relatives and friends, we’ve got you covered! Speaking as Man myself, we love good food. A gourmet food gift hamper will always say thank you in a way we understand!

3.Other Gifts

There are so many other gifts available, a small piece of jewellery, a book bag for you favourite tutor or vouchers for the persons’ favourite restaurant. The options are endless.

Thinking back to my good friend Anna, her kind gift made my day, it made me feel important and appreciated, so why not make someone else feel that way. Now is always the best time to say thank you! It’ doesn't matter if its flowers, a gourmet hamper or just a simple thank you note. Appreciate someone today and say Thank You.

This is a Hong Kong GGB original 'Thank You Gifts - What? When? Why?' blogpost.
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