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11 Thank you gift ideas for your friendly moving help

Your friends are the best. They spent their weekend helping you move. They may have even taken time off from work and rescheduled family events to help you. You couldn’t have done it without them. You want to show them how grateful you are but your funds are low after moving expenses. Don’t worry, even if you are low on cash, there are ways to thank your friends for helping you move without costing you a lot of money. We’ve found 11 free or affordable thank you gifts.

The first way you can show your gratitude is by being ready for the move. It is helpful to be respectful of their time and be prepared for their help by being organized and packing moving boxes before they arrive. You’ll also want to ensure that they don’t incur costs by helping you move. If you can, cover the costs of gas, snacks, drinks and childcare. And, lead by example by working hard to make the move happen as quickly as possible. 

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11 affordable and thoughtful thank you gifts for your movers

1. During the move: Snacks and drinks go a long way

While most of your friends will bring their own water bottles, you should still not let your crew get hungry or thirsty while moving. If you are starting early in the morning, consider providing hot drinks and breakfast items such as muffins and fruit. If it is an afternoon or evening move, provide pizza or sandwiches. To keep your moving team agile, choose portable food rather than a sit-down meal. If any of your friends follow a special diet, provide them with options as well.

2. For friends using their own vehicles: detailing or gas cards

As mentioned above, the move shouldn’t cost your friend’s money. In addition, you may not own a large vehicle for moving big items such as beds and appliances and may heavily rely on truck-owning friends for their help. You can thank them with fitting gifts such as gas cards or by simply filling up their tank on the day of the move. If you want to go the extra mile, perhaps even purchase detailing services for them.

3. Moving a long way? Provide lodging, daycare, travel expenses or meals

If you are moving many miles away you can help thank your friends by providing them with accommodations if they need to stay overnight in your new town. You could cover the cost of a hotel room or a short-term vacation rental so they can get a good night’s rest after a long day of moving. If you stop along the way for meals, cover the cost of the meals if possible. While this can get costly, it should be configured into your overall moving costs if possible.

4. Personalized branded gifts

You know how when you go to an event and receive a nice branded t-shirt or water bottle? Well, you can order these types of items even if you are not a business. Prices vary, but you should be able to find something that fits your budget. If you are moving far away, it may be a nice way to commemorate the event as well. For example, you could order t-shirts that say something like, “Chicago or Bust! Official moving crew 2020.” Other items available include beer openers, can koozies, cloth shopping bags and keychains.

5. Consumable items

Many people have more than enough “stuff” making consumable thank-you gifts a great option. Consumable gifts are things people “consume” or use such as food or drink. You may consider a professionally assembled food basket or you could build the gift baskets yourself to save money. Popular options include cheese, fruit, bread, tea, coffee and dessert baskets. Desirable gifts also include collections of beer, wine or spirits.

6. Give them first dibs on your give-a-ways

Often when people move they discover they have many household items they’d rather not move to their new house. In many cases, these items are still in good shape or perhaps even brand-new. You could donate the items to charity or sell them. Or, to help thank your friends you can give them first choice of the items before they are donated or sold. This type of gift doesn’t cost you any money and helps show your friends that you value their time and energy.

7. DIY: Make personalized gifts

Perhaps you have a lot of talent but minimal cash. Use your talents to create a thoughtful gift. If you are a painter, perhaps paint them a small portrait of their beloved pet. If you work with clay, fire them a one-of-a-kind mug or serving platter. Any handmade, unique gift will likely be appreciated and treasured.

8. Home chefs and bakers: Make them a meal or treat

Everyone appreciates good cooking. You could create for your friends an entire shared meal or a smaller take-home food item. If your friends are busy people you could make them freezer meals or jars of homemade sauces. Canned items like pickles and jams are also often valued. Fresh bread, muffins and cookies make good thank-you gifts too.

9. Gift cards, gas cards or online credits 

If you have more money than time, gift cards make great thank-you gifts. You could save time by buying everyone the same gift card or personalize your purchases. This type of gift is especially smart if you have moved far away and cannot easily drop a gift off at their home or place of work. You can mail physical gift cards or purchase online credit from their favorite online retailer. Some services may even send the gift card and thank-you note for you to additionally save you time and effort.

10. After the move: Host a thank-you event

Many host a traditional housewarming party, but you can also host a thank-you party just for your friends who helped you move. Popular options include a fun backyard BBQ, themed dinner, live-music night or fancy brunch. Try to host your event within a few months of the move so your friends don’t tire of waiting to celebrate with you.

11. Reciprocation: Be prepared to give back

If you are low on funds or perhaps just high in energy, pay back your friends with your labor. Sadly, most of us know how it feels to help friends without them helping us back. Don’t be that guy and pay your friends back with your help. Your thoughtfulness and time will be greatly appreciated.

No matter how much money you have to spend, you can find thoughtful ways to thank your friends for helping you move. And, even if you are broke, you can spend your time, energy and gratitude towards ensuring that your friends know that you greatly value their time and friendship.

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Last Updated: January 5th, 2021