We all know the standard payment for someone helping you move is pizza and beer. But for those who are looking to show a bit more appreciation, here are some creative ways to thank your friends for helping you move:
1. Throw a Housewarming Party
Provided you haven’t moved far away, throwing a housewarming party is a great way to thank your friends for all they’ve done. Cook up some yummy food and provide some fun drinks. Make sure your friends know they don’t have to bring anything – it’s all on you.
2. Send Them a Handwritten Note
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways so why not take the time to send handwritten thank-you notes to your friends? You can be certain they won’t expect it and they’ll appreciate the time you took to write and send them.
3. Drop off Some Baked Goods
Baking homemade treats is another way to put in some extra effort in your thank-you. Bake your friends’ favorite flavor of cookie or other treat and drop them off at their place in a nice gift package.
4. Plan a Movie Night
When moving day is finally over, plan a movie night for later on to thank your friends. You provide the snacks and drinks and all they have to do is show up with their top movie picks.
5. Treat Your Friends to Dinner Out
Once you’ve moved the last box, you and your friends will probably be tired and hungry. Offer to take your friends out for dinner to your favorite spot. Not only is it a nice way to say thank you, but it’s a great way to spend time together without all the boxes.
6. Send them a Massage Gift Certificate
Moving is hard work and can be hard on the body. Giving your friends a gift certificate for a much-needed massage is a great way to show your appreciation for the heavy lifting they did.
7. Put Together Personalized Gift Baskets
If you’re looking to add a personal touch, put together some personalized gift baskets for each one of your loyal friends. Whether they’re into sports, music or yoga, there are plenty of ways to give them thoughtful gifts that reflect their personalities.
8. Let Them Go Through Your Donation Pile
If you’re moving, chances are you’re purging too. That leather jacket you’re consigning? Why not give that to your helpful friend. Those pots and pans you’re donating? Your friend’s college-aged kid may get some good use out of them. Whatever it is that you’re giving away or selling, see if your friends could benefit from them.
9. Offer to Help Them
It may seem obvious, but offering to help your friends with something in return is one of the simplest but best ways to show your gratitude. If your friends have kids or pets, offer to care for them. Or if they have an office party coming up, offer to be their designated driver. Whatever your friends need, be sure to let them know you’re there for them in return.
10. Be Organized
While it’s not exactly a typical “thank you” being organized and well-prepared on moving day is a great way to show you appreciate your friends’ help. And they will be grateful too. Do all that you can to eliminate the stress and chaos when your friends arrive so that everything can run as smoothly as possible.