What to Write... Thank You Notes

June 07, 2024

Thank You Messages for Birthday, Holiday and Just Because!

Here are some questions you could try to answer when writing a thank-you for a birthday, holiday or just-because gift: What was the gift? What do you like about it? Why was it a good choice for you? What do you plan to do with it? How did you feel when you opened it? How did it make you feel about the giver?

Below are some message examples that answer one or several of those questions.


  • Thank you for the bling hanger for my bathrobe. You know me so well!
  • I love the ceramic elephant. I’ll think of you every time I see it on my table.
  • Thank you for the fun and funky handbag. I don’t know where you find such unique things!
  • The up-cycled earrings you sent for my birthday are perfect! I can tell you spent a lot of time picking it out, and it makes me smile to think about how thoughtful you are.
  • I was so thrilled when I opened the personalized photo frame. You knew exactly what I wanted.
  • Thank you so much for the new cell phone case. I’d been needing one, and the one you chose is perfect to use with my phone!

Writing tip: Here are a few words to describe gifts: fabulous, perfect, touching, beautiful, unique, appreciated, awesome and much-needed. Some words to describe gift givers: generous, thoughtful, creative, sweet, considerate and caring.


Thank You Messages for Graduation, Wedding, Baby and other Life Events

The challenging thing about these life-event thank-you notes is that you likely have several of them to write. It’s fine to develop a general formula for what you’ll write, but anytime the task starts to become burdensome, put down your pen and come back to it later. You want to sound appreciative and enthusiastic, and you’re more likely to come across that way if you write five thank-you cards a day over 10 days, rather than 50 all at once.


  • Thank you for adding to the joy of our wedding with your warm wishes and thoughtful gift. We love the candles and how they look on our kitchen table.
  • We are so touched by your generous wedding gift. The serving set will be used and enjoyed often, and we’ll think of you every time.
  • Thank you for the adorable teddy bear sleeper and bib for Brayden. You put a smile in our hearts. Can’t wait to send you a picture of her wearing it!
  • From the bottom of my heart, thank you for organizing the group gift of the car seat and stroller for my baby shower. You shouldn’t have. (But it’s so nice you did!)
  • Thank you for the Kindle! I’m already using it and loving it. I really appreciate you thinking of me on my graduation.
  • I so appreciate your thoughtful graduation gift to me. Thank you so much. You’re the best!


Thank You Messages for Help

House or pet sitting, yard work or housework, help during a busy or difficult time, above-and-beyond assistance with a project at work…anytime someone steps in and makes your life a little easier, call it out with a thank-you note.

More general examples

  • This has been a challenging time, and I appreciate you so much.
  • You have no idea how much your help has meant.
  • For all the little and big ways you’ve pitched in…thanks!
  • There was nothing random about your acts of kindness. Thank you for all you have done.
  • I can never thank you enough. But this is a start.
  • You always know how to make life brighter for everyone you know.
  • You are always so helpful.
  • You make the world a nicer place.
  • You went above and beyond, and I am touched and grateful.


Warm Sign-offs for Thank-You Cards  

A warm ending to your thank you note is like the bow on top of your message. Choose one below or create your own.

  • Warmly,
  • Love,
  • With love,
  • Lots of love,
  • Love always,
  • Much love to you,
  • Love and thanks,
  • Warmest thanks,
  • Beyond grateful,
  • Feeling spoiled,
  • Gratefully,
  • With gratitude,
  • Blessings,
  • Thank you Thank you Thank you,