5 Creative Ways to Say Thank You During the Holidays

The holidays present a prime opportunity to thank past and present coworkers, professional contacts, and individuals within your network. Your holiday greetings can be broadened to include an expression of gratitude for any role your recipient might have played in helping you with your job search.

If you forgot to say “thank you” in the past or you’re looking for an opportunity to say “thank you” once again, reaching out during the holiday season is a great time to do so. However, the holidays are also a time when your contacts are likely to be receiving multiple messages, so it’s important to stand out from the crowd.

Here’s how to say thank you in a memorable way.

Spread Your Gratitude

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In some situations, ‘thanks’ can actually mean more when shared. What does that mean, exactly? Say a former colleague connected you with one of their contacts who knew of several job openings in your field.

In that case, you’d want to include both parties in your card or email. Or, if you’re thanking a past or present co-worker for their hard work, you could include their manager or other individuals you work with to emphasize your appreciation.

Give an Inspirational Gift

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Flowers. Wine. Chocolate. Cookies. Fruit spreads. Popcorn baskets. These are the typical gifts that are sent in thanks or around the holidays, and it’s fairly likely your recipient will be receiving many of the "same old, same old."

How do you break the mold? Consider sending a nice Moleskine notebook, a leather planner for the new year, an inspirational poster from Holstee or similar company, a calming candle, or a nice pen, for example. Make the gift relevant by including a note of explanation with your gift.

You might say, “Thank you so much for helping me expand my creative thinking this year and providing me with the support to think outside of the box. I hope this notebook will be a vessel for your own amazing brainstorming abilities!”

Send a Handwritten Thank You Note

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In a day and age where people are barraged with digital communications, stand out from the crowd by sending a handwritten card. Bonus points if you personalize your communications. Rather than sending a card to one company or department, for example, write notes addressed (and personalized) for each person you’re writing to.

Your note doesn’t have to be on fancy stationary. What’s more important is what you say: highlight what, specifically, you are grateful for, why, and how you’re there to ‘return the favor’ in the future.  Check out these tips for sending holiday thank you cards.

Treat Your Recipient to an Activity

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During the holidays, sometimes gifts can become more of a burden than a blessing. If you want to express your gratitude during the season without sending a physical gift, treat your recipient to a physical activity (or mental break).

This could be as simple as taking them out to grab a mid-morning cup of coffee with you, or treating them to an after-work yoga class with you. If you’d like to say thank you from more of a distance, you could purchase a gift card (or Groupon voucher) for a local, seasonal activity, a nice meal out, a massage, or a movie. 

Send a Paperless Post Card

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Paperless Post is a fantastically classy, and wonderfully free way to say ‘thank you.’ You can select (and customize) a variety of professional, modern templates, at absolutely no cost! If you’re going to send an e-card, Paperless Post is definitely a good choice for free cards, and you can select from a range of different holiday themes. If you’re going to use another site, be careful you don’t choose anything tacky or outdated. Simple and tasteful is key.

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