"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." - G.B. Stern
Sometimes we really want to express our thankfulness, by saying "thank you" and giving a small token of gratitude. The occasions that call for such a gift can range from the small favour done for our benefit to much bigger things such as having one's life saved by someone.
Regardless of the reason, it is always worthwhile putting a little thought into the gift and the words chosen to express our gratitude.
Watch: Its about time
A watch or a clock make a great just because gift or thank you present. Your message could read "It's about time I told you that I appreciate you in a great way!" or "It's about time I told you how much you mean to me!".
Food: Driving you nuts
We all drive each other crazy sometimes, yet the people close to us still put up with us even when we are being difficult or annoying. A big bag or basket of different nuts, peanut brittle, chocolate-coated nuts, along with a note saying "I know I sometimes drive you nuts. Thank you for loving me regardless!" makes a great gift to show appreciation or to say sorry.
Animal Lover: Adopt An Animal
A great gift for all animal lovers: organizations like the WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) offer the chance to 'adopt' an animal. You usually get a certificate, a photograph and a plush toy as part of the adoption. Prices vary, depending on the type of animal you choose to adopt. Alternatively, check with your local zoo.
This gift will be extra special if you add a personal message that relates the recipient to an attribute of the animal you have chosen: "I know you are having a hard time right now, but keep going - you are strong as a bear!". If you have a special nickname for the recipient your message could also be something like "For my little monkey / tiger / etc.".
During the depression, hobos had a secret way of letting others know where they could find nourishment. They carved the face of a smiling cat on a fence post outside of homes where they had been fed. This meant a kind and generous person lived inside.
Candles, Cake & Wine
In Portugal, it used to be customary to have an "open house" from Christmas until New Year's Day. During this period, every window in the house flickered with candlelight as a sign of welcome to all passers-by. Each visitor was treated to a small cake and some wine.
Christian symbol of steadfastness, hope and salvation.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
How beautiful a day can be When kindness touches it!
Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift without the giver
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.