8 Fun Ways to Say Thank You

No matter how good (or bad) this past year has been for you, there are always opportunities and blessings in our daily lives that deserve our appreciation. Mighty Mommy has 8 fun ways you can say "Thank you" for all the gifts of your life.

Cheryl Butler
2-minute read

As we head into the holiday season, it's the perfect time to stop and take note of all the positive things we have going on in our lives.  No matter what holiday you celebrate, where you live, or how life has treated you in the past—there are always opportunities and blessings in our daily lives that deserve to be counted and praised.

Here are 8 fun ways to say thank you during the holiday season and throughout the New Year as well.

  1. Record video of your family laughing and having fun.  There's nothing like watching a great family memory to brighten up your day and lift your spirits. 
  2. Take a photo of your family (don’t forget your pets!) holding up a sign you create that says “Thanks for being a part of our lives!” Send it to loved ones.
  3. Send a handwritten “Thank you” note - just because.   Don’t wait for an occasion like a birthday or holiday to say thanks.  Make someone's day by having your kids draw a cute card, or you or your partner write a heartfelt  “thank you” note to whoever makes a difference in your lives (even if it's just little things like driving the carpool, or babysitting for you). It’s the little things in life that count, so let the people in your life know how they add up!
  4. Color Them Happy.   Send a “happy” message to those you appreciate by buying boxes of crayons to give as “Thank you” gifts.  Include a note that says something like “You add lots of color into our lives and we thank you for that!”
  5. A sweet treat is always a big hit.  Our neighbors can sometimes be our angels.  They help get our kids off the bus when we’re running late.  They cajole our runaway puppy into their arms and bring him home to us. They even help take care of our kids when we come down with the stomach flu!  How about leaving a plate of your favorite baked goodies on a neighbor’s doorstep with a note that says “You make a big difference in the lives of our family! Thank you.”  
  6. Public recognition is a rare gift. Expressing your appreciation in front of someone's peers or family is a meaningful way to say thank you.
  7. We expect to receive flowers from a spouse or loved one on special occasions. Surprise your friends and family with the gift of flowers when they least expect it.
  8. Say thank you by giving or doing a good deed for another person in their name.

Check out 11 Ways to Raise Grateful Kids for more ways to teach your kids to be appreciative, thoughtful people.

All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own mental health provider. Please consult a licensed mental health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.