January is a time where a lot of people (myself included) reflect on the past year – events, people, triumphs, failures…everything! I feel very grateful for this last year, as we’ve been able to spend a lot of time with both of our families.
Two of Forrest’s siblings got married (one in August and one in October.) Almost the entire Clark family were at both, except for a brother-in-law who couldn’t take time away from medical school. We also spent Christmas with them in Myrtle Beach, SC, which was a great time.
We were also able to have several gatherings with my side of the family – a family reunion in Utah, a few days at Christmas time in Colorado, and then a few other times throughout the year.
Most years probably won’t be like this, so it’s important to me to try and let those we care about know that we are thinking about them. There are many ways – both small and big – to do this. A text, phone call, Skyping, etc. One of the best things I think you can do is just to tell someone thank you for the impact they have had in your life.
A simple thank you goes a long way. While I don’t think it’s necessary to make a grand production out of saying thank you to someone, sometimes it’s fun to shake it up a little bit. I thought I’d share a few creative ways to say thank you. I think anyone would appreciate these kind gestures. You could easily pair any of these with a cute card from Hallmark – they have an awesome line of “just because” cards. I’d be thrilled to get any of these.
First off, I wanted to share a little thank you idea I recently came up with. We took some family pictures while we were at the beach, so I made this little Canvas art piece out of the picture. I wanted to make it a full canvas print, but the picture was a really strange size, so I ended up just painting a pretty border around it. We plan to send this to my in-laws to thank them for the wonderful Christmas. I think this is a fun way to say thank you to someone, or just to remind them of a fun memory, especially when paired with one of Hallmark’s cards. Come back in a few weeks to see the tutorial on how to make homemade canvas prints (so easy – all you really need is stretched canvas and matte mod podge!)
Donut Thank You Printable by Happiness is Homemade
You’re the “Balm” by U Create
Thanks for Giving Gift from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
DIY Soy Candle Favor by Ruffled Blog
Shine your Light Candle by Cars and Ribbons
It “Mint” A lot by Happy Money Saver
Right on Target by Bitz and Giggles
The Art of a Surprise Note by The Thinking Closet (really cute ideas here!)
“Extra” Special Thank You Gift by One Artsy Mama
Flippin’ Awesome by Mother’s Niche
Thanks a Bunch Nutella Gift by Landeelu
M&M Thank You by Mason Jar Crafts Love
Thanks a “bundt’ch” by Skip to my Lou
Thanks You’re So Sweet by Living Locurto
Apple Dip Thank You by Grey Luster Girl
All Bottled Up by Moritz Fine Blog Designs
Popcorn in a Jar by Evermine
Mints and Mounds by Calico and Cupcakes
Extra Ordinary by Play. Party. Pin.
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