There's no better way to say 'thanks a mill' than by sending a gift. Not only will it make their day, but it'll also remind your friends and loved ones how much you appreciate them. The best thank you gifts are unique and thoughtful, and we reckon locally made, sustainable presents are the way to go. Check out our list of thank you gift ideas in Australia to knock anyone's socks off - whether it's your bestie, your beauty therapist, or your brother.
Soak in luxury
Know someone who never takes time out for themselves? This locally-made gift hamper from Byron Bay Gifts is the ultimate way to say 'thank you - now put your feet up!' This thoughtful gift box has everything they need for a much-needed break, including a foot soak, bath tea, candle, lip balm and massage oil. You can even opt to add gourmet treats or their favourite bevvy.
The classic thank you
Sometimes you just can't go past a classic. Say thanks the tried-and-true way with a local bouquet courtesy of Easyflowers.com.au. True to the name, they make it easy to hand pick your thank-you bouquet from florists in your area. It's a great way to brighten someone's week while supporting a local business - even if you're in Canberra when your mate's in Melbourne.
A splash of colour
If you've been staying with friends or family, a 'thanks for having me' gift is one they'll remember, especially with a little memento like this Orange Delight framed art print from Society 6. These minimalist, eco-friendly prints are made by artists from all over the globe, and materials are sourced from socially and environmentally responsible forests. There are also a few different frame colours and sizes, so you can match your host's decor.
True blue brews
If your giftee would rather crack a cold one than have a bubble bath, this MicroBreweries of Australia hamper is surely the way to their heart. With brews from Aussie locals like Burleigh Brewing Co., Bridge Road Brewers and Hop Hog, everyone is bound to find a new bevvy they love. While it's the thought that counts, we reckon this hamper's a little classier than rocking up with a slab of VB.
Who doesn't enjoy a lovely cuppa? Say thanks from afar by sending your fave this LVLY Cuppa + Native Posy set. They'll feel the warm fuzzies as they kick back and enjoy a cup of organic white peony tea, sweet treats, and a gorgeous native flower bouquet. LVLY makes it easy to pay it forward with their sustainable ethos, sourcing local flowers, and donating unsold posies to care homes and hospices to prevent waste.
Whether you're pressed for time, or just not much of a baker, this Thank You Gift Set is one way to send a care package when it counts. This delightful little box contains 10 gorgeous cookies by Our Sweet Pantry in Melbourne, so you can show your appreciation even if you're not blessed with baking skills. This is the perfect gift for anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth, and you'll feel better knowing you're supporting a local business.
Know someone who does a fair dinkum job? You can't invite the real Steve Irwin over to say it, but this 'You Little Beauty' mug is the next best thing. We love this quirky mug for those hard-to-buy for friends. It's bound to crack up any Aussie, and they'll be reminded of your gratitude with every cuppa.
A generous drop
If you want to say 'thanks' with impact, Vinomofo's The Homeless Grapes Project Gift Pack is one great way to give back while giving back. Aussie winemakers put their heads together with Vinomofo to use up surplus grapes while sending 100% of profits to charity. Your giftee will enjoy their drop even more knowing the proceeds support those experiencing homelessness through frontline Melbourne charity, St Mary's House of Welcome.
When you need a thank you gift for someone who's perpetually stressed, soothing essential oils are an obvious go-to, especially paired with this ASAKUKI essential oil diffuser. This diffuser streams out a calming vapour, gently scented with their choice of oils for maximum relaxation. We rate the ASAKUKI diffuser for its hefty 500mL tank, several timer options and LED colours.
These Calming Moments weighted blankets are the closest thing we've found to sending an actual cuddle in the post. They're based on acupressure, and make you feel like you're being wrapped up in the kind of greeting you get at airport arrivals. They’re handmade in Western Australia from as many locally sourced components as possible. Because they’re handmade, they’re custom-made to your (or your giftee’s) needs, with a huge range of fabrics, colours, patterns, weights and sizes. Whether you want to send a gentle squeeze or a massive group hug, we think this is a top way to say thanks.
Let's be honest: we all need a massive stack of these 'Thanks for Putting Up with my S***' chocolate bars at the ready for those days (or weeks, or months…) when things just aren't going right. These little choccie bars are proof that small thank you gifts don't have to be naff. And bonus - there's even space on the back to personalize your message.
Wallace and Gromit, eat your heart out! Melbourne fromagerie extraordinaire Milk the Cow has a dreamy cheese subscription, and we reckon it's a top way to show your appreciation for any cheese lover. They deliver to Sydney, Brisbane or Adelaide metro areas. This means your fave can enjoy 2 artisan cheeses, crackers and tasting notes sent fresh to their door, every month. Oh, and if you're feeling generous - they also do a Cheese & Booze subscription.
If your giftee is a bit of a green thumb, this Flora Edible Garden Kit is a great pick. Homegrown startup Earthli are on a mission to help Aussies grow food with purpose while bringing nature back to our cities. We reckon this zero-waste present is a win-win. Not only do you get to say 'thanks', but you'll also help attract bees and pollinators to the local environment with carefully-chosen companion flowers everyone can eat.
This Bubble Tea Club Peach Fruit Tea Kit is right on the money for the bubble tea fiend in your life. Your giftee will be stoked to make their fave Taiwanese tapioca treat at home without having to hit the shops or fork out for UberEats. Bonus - Bubble Tea Club started right here in Australia, so you're supporting local with this one.
Sometimes you can’t give a hug in person. Enter the Bathe Therapy Hug in a Box Set. This gorgeous collection of vegan-friendly goodies (made only with natural and organic ingredients) includes a body scrub, calm roller ball blend for soothing scents and a soy candle. Handmade in Aussie, and with free gift wrapping and a handwritten note, it’s the best alternative to an actual hug.