Back from vacation! Need help with a thank you gift, please...

Back from vacation! Need help with a thank you gift, please...

Joined: February 10th, 2009, 9:24 pm

August 2nd, 2012, 3:12 am #1

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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Joined: January 27th, 2003, 11:09 pm

August 2nd, 2012, 8:55 am #2

You could always bake cookies or something, but a well-written thank you note from the heart is enough, IMO.

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Joined: February 16th, 2006, 6:45 pm

August 2nd, 2012, 12:29 pm #3

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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plastic jungle, monster gift cards, abc giftcards, and others offer cards with up to 20% discounts. I usually buy several and combine them and maybe kick in some extra cash to come up with a nice round number. (Some merchants don't let you use giftcards to purchase other cards. You need to check with the merchant first.)
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Joined: February 22nd, 2006, 4:05 am

August 2nd, 2012, 12:41 pm #4

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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was thinking that if you really wanted to give something maybe a thank you note AND a gas card? But that requires you to know where they fill up.

We routinely let our neighbour use our vehicles and it's always nice when they put gas back in. Not necessarily to fill up but just leave enough for us to make it to the nearest gas station, lol.

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Joined: January 19th, 2007, 7:18 pm

August 2nd, 2012, 2:08 pm #5

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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My guess is that while it helped you tremendously & it was very generous of him, it was likely not a real imposition at all on the partner. Extra car, company car, etc. So a genuine thank you is enough. We have lent all sorts of things to friends over time, including use of cars, etc. We have never expected a thank you gift & we were happy to help. We were never truly put out much, either. We were just able to help & did so.

I happen to LOVE gift cards as gifts, but for someone I didn't know at all in a situation like this, I wouldn't give a gift card. I can't put my finger on why, though, to be honest. Maybe b/c the amount is obvious? I really don't know & I love gift cards in general b/c I think most recipients love them.

I would go with a bottle of wine or a nice but modest food item that can be delivered. But that would probably require an email or phone call to a relative to find out his taste. Maybe he doesn't drink. Or maybe he has kids & a cookie basket would be appreciated. Who knows. I would be inclined to go that direction, but inquire to the extent possible about what he likes.

But I really, truly think a nice note is enough.

JMHO.



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Joined: September 19th, 2006, 11:17 am

August 2nd, 2012, 4:47 pm #6

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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I assume you replaced whatever gas you used up, or even filled up the tank before returning the SUV? That would be enough, but maybe you could also give them a gift certificate to a nearby car wash along with your thank you note? Don't know if there are such things, but it would be a cute way to thank them without too much expense.

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Joined: June 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

August 2nd, 2012, 4:59 pm #7

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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I think I'd stay away from any gift that put a price tag on it (ie, gift cards). It was a gift from the heart. A note is likely enough. A baked good or food basket, icing on the cake.

I love gift cards in general, but this time it feels a bit different to me, for some reason...Or, I guess, as I write this, that a gift card for gas is sort of a cute idea above. But, I wouldn't do just a generic gift card, I don't think...(not, if I were in their shoes, that I would in any way judge anything you did or nothing at all!)



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Joined: September 4th, 2004, 1:08 am

August 3rd, 2012, 1:13 am #8

was thinking that if you really wanted to give something maybe a thank you note AND a gas card? But that requires you to know where they fill up.

We routinely let our neighbour use our vehicles and it's always nice when they put gas back in. Not necessarily to fill up but just leave enough for us to make it to the nearest gas station, lol.

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Joined: September 4th, 2004, 1:08 am

August 3rd, 2012, 1:15 am #9

We survived our weeklong vacation with my family. Always an interesting time when we all get together. My kids had a blast, so that makes it all worth it! I have missed the board and am looking forward to catching up!!

My question is, one of my familys business partners lent us their SUV while we were visiting. It wouldve cost us nearly $1000 to rent such a vehicle. I dont know quite how to thank him, other than a note and verbally which I have done. I dont really know him, other than as my family members business partner. Do you think a gift is necessary, and any ideas? We are pretty tight on the budget these days.

Thanks in advance!!

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Though I like Z's suggestion of the gas card, if you are tight on cash then don't do it and send a nice card.
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Joined: February 10th, 2009, 9:24 pm

August 3rd, 2012, 3:10 am #10

You could always bake cookies or something, but a well-written thank you note from the heart is enough, IMO.

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And I filled the gas tank too! Not small potatoes in a expedition!

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