Pizza and beer are traditional go-tos when it comes to thanking friends for moving help. But there are other more creative ways you can repay friends for helping you move too. We’ve sourced some alternate ideas in case your friends are junk food-free or don’t drink.
Offer healthy drinks & snacks
It doesn’t take much effort to throw together a few healthy drinks and snacks, and your friends will appreciate the refreshments at the end of the move when they’re tired and thirsty. Pack a hamper with smoothies or bottles of raw fruit juice, and a selection of fruit, cheese and crackers for the day you move.
As soon as you get to your new place, plug in the fridge and put the hamper in there for easy access. Don’t forget to add some plastic tumblers and a cheese knife to the hamper since your kitchen utensils will likely be still packed.
Buy them dinner
Moving expends a lot of energy, so it’s likely everyone will be hungry and tired and in need of a good meal afterwards. While it’s a little difficult to serve up a home cooked meal when you’ve just moved, it’s super easy to source a nearby restaurant before you move and make a booking. You’ll grab the bill of course!
Buy them a massage
Thank friends for helping you move by buying them a voucher or gift certificate for a massage. If they’ve been moving your heavy furniture or boxes they’ll appreciate some pampering for tired muscles. Search for massage deals online to see if you can get a group discount.
Send a gift card
Alternatively, you might like to repay friends by sending a gift card for any kind of experience or item they might like. This could be for a restaurant, movies, travel, homewares, technology or even gas if they’ve been using their car to help you move.
If you’re not sure they’ll use it then consider a universal type gift card that can be used anywhere!
Give them a gift basket
Gift baskets are always well received by people, and it can be fun to personalize ones for your friends with a selection of goodies based on their preferences. You may like to include some cool souvenirs from your new city, craft beers, cosmetic items or some home-baked treats that they will enjoy.
A gift basket doesn’t need to be huge, even a small thoughtfully prepared basket can say a big ‘thanks’ for their moving help.
Give them first pick of your stuff
It can also work out well for both parties if you’ve extra appliances, clothing or household items you don’t want. Give your friends first dibs on your stuff so they get something they need and you’ll likely get more helpers once you send out the word free stuff is on offer. It can be a win-win situation.
You can also make your move easier on your friends by getting organized ahead of time for a less stressful experience! This article has some suggestions.
Help them out in return
Often friends will help out of kindness and don’t want material gifts or secondhand goods in exchange. For these people you can show that you appreciate their efforts by returning the favor. Send them a card to say ‘thanks’ and let them know you’re willing to help out if they ever need a hand.
Whether they need a pick up from the airport, a babysitter for a night out or moving help, you’ll be there!
Invite them to stay
Of course if you’re moving cities then you might not be able to babysit or help them move since you won’t be in the neighborhood. In this case it’s a nice gesture to extend an offer to come and visit and plan a fun itinerary for their stay.
Use professional movers
If you don’t want to bother your friends or you’re planning a long distance move, it’s best to use professional movers to get your belongings and furniture from A to B. Contact us if you’re looking for experienced moving company – we serve all NYC local boroughs as well as the greater NYC area!
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.