Ways to show thanks include handwritten notes, verbal thanks, small gifts, donations or kind gestures. Showing appreciation doesn't have to cost money or take a long time. The key is doing something genuine that expresses gratitude.
Handwritten notes allow the sender to express his thoughts in a sincere way and to include specifics on why he is thankful instead of just writing, "Thanks." An example is saying, "Your visit and chicken noodle soup when I was sick warmed my heart and helped me feel better faster." Including a short description of how the person helped you or how her kindness impacted your life can amplify the sense of gratitude.
A small gift is another way to show appreciation. A handmade gift such as a collage, piece of artwork or homemade jewelry is an option. Another option is to give the person an experience such as a spa treatment or a meal at a restaurant. Some recipients are more touched when a grateful friend makes a donation in their honor. If the recipient has a cause close to his heart, he may appreciate a donation to an organization related to that cause.
Showing kindness through a simple gesture is often appreciated. Some ideas include inviting the person over for dinner, baking cookies, doing a chore for him or simply spending time with him. Adding verbal thanks shows even greater appreciation.