How to thank friends for helping you move

Friendship is one of the most precious things in life and you should be grateful to have good friends by your side – people who are there for you, in good and in bad times; who care about you and believe in you; who are ready to help you when you need it. Even when you need help moving.

Everyone knows how difficult moving is – and everyone also knows that having your friends there can make it much easier. And not just because there will be someone to help you lift and carry heavy items around, but also because there will be a trusted person by your side to help you overcome your stress and anxiety and focus on the positive aspects of your move.

You certainly know better than to take such invaluable help for granted, so if you have recently relocated and had your good friends help you move, you will surely want to thank them and show your appreciation for their time and effort.

But how to thank someone for helping you move? Buying them pizza and beer on moving day is fine enough, but you may want to go beyond that and show a little more gratitude.

If you’re looking for some more meaningful ways to thank your friends for helping you move, try the creative ideas below – they will allow you to express your appreciation and affection for your pals without breaking the bank.

Throw a housewarming party

You can just invite your friends over for dinner when you get settled into your new home, but a party will be more of a fun and will feel more like a celebration of your friendship. It will give you a chance to unwind, enjoy a great evening together, and make happy new memories in your new place.

So, once the moving chaos is over, throw a party for your friends to thank them for their help – provide some tasty snacks and drinks that they love, prepare your homemade specialty they’ve always been crazy about, play their favorite music, and raise a toast to the people who helped you through your moving ordeal.

Plan a fun experience

Carrying boxes and heavy items around is no fun, so you can compensate your friends for their effort by planning something fun to do after the relocation:

  • take them out to dinner;
  • buy tickets to a concert, play, or sports event;
  • plan a movie night, a game night, a bike outing, a fishing trip, etc.

Just choose an activity your friends love or a special event they would like to attend and enjoy it together (make sure you pay for it) – this is a great way to reward your pals for their moving help and also a chance to spend some good time with them.

Send a thank you note

A thank you letter or card is a classical way to show your appreciation (and one of your few viable options if you’ve moved far away from your old home and your old friends) – everyone who helped you with your move should all receive a personal thank you note from you. It should be handwritten on quality paper (or on a special thank you card) and should not include cliché phrases and empty expressions – make your thank you note personal, meaningful, and fun, so that your friends smile when they read it and feel appreciated and valued.

It is also a good idea to send pictures of your new city and your new home together with your thank you letter, along with an invitation for your friends to visit and stay with you.

See also: How to keep in touch with friends after moving

Make a gift basket

Receiving a gift basket will make everyone’s day – whether it’s an assortment of some of your friend’s favorite cosmetic items, interesting souvenirs from your new city, luxurious sweets, craft beers, or home-baked treats, it will be a wonderful surprise for your good pals. Just make sure you personalize the baskets and give each of your friends thoughtful gifts that suit their personalities and preferences. They will appreciate the kindness and will enjoy the goodies, so putting together a gift basket is quite a good way to thank your pals for helping you move.

Send a gift card

A gift card is a standard, yet welcomed gift – it can be a store gift card, a travel gift card, a restaurant gift card, a massage gift certificate, etc. It allows you to “buy” your friends an item or an experience they will enjoy in appreciation for their time and effort (a massage gift certificate is a particularly considerate way to show your gratitude for the heavy lifting your friends did on moving day).

Just make sure you select a gift card that your pals will use – if you’re not sure about what they might like, consider buying a universal gift card that can be used anywhere.

Make a special gift

The best gifts are those that come from the heart – you don’t need to buy your friend an expensive or fancy item to show them your appreciation for their help, all you need to do is find a way to say a sincere “thank you”. Making a special gift – something that will remind them of a happy moment, something that will make them laugh, something you have crafted with your own hands, a personalized item they can use in everyday life, etc. – is your best option. It will show your friend how much you care about them and how grateful you’re to have them by your side.

Related: How to say good bye to friends when moving

Let your friends take any of your no longer needed items they like

There is a good chance that you will be decluterring your home and getting rid of unwanted items before your move (the final moving costs depend on the weight of the shipment, so you will certainly not want to pay for the relocation of unneeded or “unliked” possessions). Once you’ve thrown away or recycled everything that is too worn out or damaged to be used ever again, you will be left with many items in good condition that can be sold, donated, or given away.

Before you sell or donate anything, however, see if your good friends could benefit from it first – let them look through the items you’re not taking to your new home and choose the ones they like or think that they might need.  It’s a win-win situation – your pals get something nice and useful for free and you get rid of something you don’t need, as well as more willing moving helpers.

Offer help

Needless to say, if your loyal friends helped you move, the least you can do is return the favor and offer them your help – for whatever they might need (as much as possible, depending on the distance of your move):

  • if they have pets, offer to watch them when your friend is out of town;
  • if they have kids, offer to babysit when your friend wants to have a night out;
  • if they need to get somewhere but don’t have the means to, offer to be their driver;
  • if they need something done but don’t have the time to do it themselves, offer to do the job for them;
  • if they need a place to stay in your new city, invite them to stay with you;
  • if they’re moving house, be there to help!

There are many simple, yet heartwarming ways to show your gratitude to friends who help you move. It is completely up to you to decide how to say thank you – just keep in mind that moving is hard work and moving help should not be taken for granted. In fact, you don’t need to bother your friends at all – you can opt for professional moving help instead and make moving safer and easier by hiring experienced, reliable, and affordable movers. What do you think?

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