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The Best Thank You Messages to Show Your Appreciation

When a simple "thank you" isn't enough, these thank-you messages will convey just the right sentiment

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Thank-you messages for every occasion

Showing gratitude is one of the best things you can do, both for yourself and for others. Plus, saying “thank you” ranks high among etiquette rules you should always follow. So, why is it so hard to write thank-you messages? Probably because a simple thank-you message needs to express a whole lot more than just “thank you.” You want to acknowledge your relationship with the other person, what they did, how it made you feel and what they mean to you. Oh, and you have to get the tone just right. That’s a lot of pressure!

Take a deep breath, and relax. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re looking for something sweet, heartfelt or funny to put in a proper thank-you note, a quick text or even a Facebook message. Have more notes to write? We’ve also crafted the perfect happy birthday messages, wedding wishes, graduation messages and condolence messages to help you say exactly what you mean.

What is the best thank-you message?

The best thank-you card messages are personal and tailored to the occasion, and most important, they express your gratitude. While a lovely thank-you message can be a gift itself, when someone really goes above and beyond for you, you may want to show your appreciation with more than words. In those cases, check out this list of hand-picked thank-you gifts as well. You’re welcome!

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Thank you for the well wishes and the sweet present.
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Thank-you messages for gifts

  1. Thank you for the gift—it makes me smile every time I see it!

  2. You are the best gift I could ever ask for, but I appreciate this one too.
  3. How did you know this was exactly what I wanted?

  4. You know me so well! Thank you for the amazing gift!

  5. Thank you so much for the thoughtful gift. I’m enjoying it so much.

  6. Thanks a melon for your gift. I’m extremely grapeful—you’re a peach!

  7. I will cherish this gift always—and my relationship with you. Thank you.

  8. Our friendship is such a gift to me, and I will treasure this memento of it.

  9. Your gift totally made my day. Thank you!

  10. Thank you for the well wishes and the sweet present.

  11. You know just how to make me smile! Thank you!

  12. Every time I look at your gift, it reminds me of you and how much I love you.

  13. Thank you for the thoughtful gift. I already found the perfect place for it!

  14. I can’t wait to use this gift with you the next time we’re together.

  15. Your generosity is an inspiration to me and so many others.

  16. Finding your little gift on my porch was the best surprise. Thank you!

  17. Taco ’bout grateful! You are the cheese to my nachos.

  18. Your gift made me do a happy dance!

  19. You didn’t have to, but I’m so grateful you did! Thank you!

  20. Grateful AF.

For more thank-yous that will make anyone smile, check out these hilarious thank-you memes.

It's not a party unless you're there! Thanks for coming!
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Thank you for birthday wishes

  1. Thanks for making my birthday so special. I feel so loved!

  2. With how crazy our lives are these days, the fact that you took the time to remember my birthday means the world to me. Thank you!

  3. If I have to get another year older, then at least that means I get to spend another year hanging with one of my favorite people—you!

  4. Thanks to everyone who posted “happy birthday” messages for me today! I read every one of them, and they totally made me smile.

  5. I’m overwhelmed with love and gratitude for all the birthday wishes. I am so blessed to have so many thoughtful friends.

  6. There’s no one I’d rather celebrate my birthday with than you. Thank you for coming to my party.

  7. Thanks for spending my special day with me—it meant the world to me.

  8. Thanks for the birthday wishes and your lifelong friendship (and for not telling anyone about what really happened to my mom’s car in high school).

  9. It’s not a party unless you’re there! Thanks for coming!

  10. Thanks for not just making my birthday better but for making my life better.

  11. When I say your birthday wishes mean a lot to me, I don’t mean as much as cash … but still, a lot.

  12. Thanks for the birthday wishes—and for being the one and only you!

  13. Thanks for the birthday gift … of always being older than me!

  14. I may not be royalty, but your birthday wishes sure made me feel like a queen/king today.
  15. Thanks for coming to my birthday party even though Mom is no longer making you do it.

  16. Thanks for remembering my birthday—it really means a lot to me.

  17. Waking up to your birthday text started my day in the best way possible. Thank you so much!

  18. Thanks for being my friend through thick and thin—and for always thinking of me on my birthday.

  19. Birthdays can be tough for me, but your note really helped today. Thank you.

  20. Birthdays are best when celebrated with loved ones—thanks for being one of my people.

Need to send birthday wishes to someone else? You can’t go wrong with these funny birthday quotes and thoughtful birthday gifts.

I can't thank you enough for your love now and your help along the way.
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Graduation thank-you messages

  1. Thanks for being my parent, tutor, therapist, friend, nurse and financial-aid counselor—I couldn’t have done this without you.

  2. Thank you for your generous gift. I so appreciate that you thought of me on my graduation.

  3. Your heart is bigger than a triple-scoop sundae topped with whipped cream and awesome sauce.

  4. Thank you for being such a great example and mentor to me. I will always look up to you!

  5. I know it wasn’t easy for you to make it, but I can’t imagine celebrating my graduation without you here. Thank you for coming.

  6. Thanks for sharing this exciting moment with me and being so happy for me.

  7. I believed in me because you believed in me first. Thank you.

  8. Thanks for the gift card for my graduation. I will put it to good use starting my new life.

  9. I probably could have done this without you—but it would have been a lot harder and way less fun! Thanks for everything.

  10. Your generous gift will be a huge help in this next phase of my life.

  11. Thank you for the gift and for always being here for my big milestones.

  12. Thank you for always believing in me and being there to support me.

  13. I wouldn’t have made it here without you. Thanks for being there for me every step of the way.

  14. Your love and support has meant everything to me on this journey.

  15. I can’t thank you enough for your love now and your help along the way.

  16. Thanks for coming to my graduation—it meant the world to me having you there.

  17. Thanks so much for helping me start this next chapter of my life.

  18. Thank you for all the time and effort you spent helping me achieve this goal.

  19. This is a big step for me, but I know I’ll be just fine with you by my side.

  20. Your being there will always be one of my most treasured memories of my graduation day.

These gratitude quotes can also make your thank-you wishes more meaningful.

Thanks for helping to make our big day so special.
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Wedding thank-you messages

  1. Thank you for your thoughtful gift and for celebrating our joy with us.

  2. Thank you for being a part of the best day of my life.

  3. Thanks for being you so we can be us—you will always be a special part of our life.

  4. How did you know this was exactly what we needed? Thank you!

  5. Who knew you could breakdance?! Thank you for making our wedding memorable and fun.

  6. Thanks for being my best man/maid of honor on my big day. I couldn’t have done it without you.

  7. I was told I had to send a thank-you card to everyone who gave us a gift. So, uh, we good now?

  8. Your generosity is only outdone by your kindness. Thank you for the amazing gift and for thinking of us on our wedding day.

  9. Your love is one in a million, and we’re so grateful that you were a part of our special day.

  10. We couldn’t have imagined our wedding day without you—and we’re glad we didn’t have to. Thank you for being there.

  11. Thank you for celebrating our love.

  12. The toaster was perfect, and we are so grateful for it, but your presence at our wedding was the real gift.

  13. Thanks for helping to make our big day so special.

  14. We so appreciate all the time and effort you put into making our wedding such a success.

  15. We know it wasn’t easy making the trip out for our wedding, but we are so grateful you made it and could be a part of our special day.

  16. Thank you for all the love and support you’ve given us—not just today but every day.

  17. Thanks for making our wedding day so memorable. We look forward to making many more memories with you.

  18. Thanks for welcoming me into your family with open arms.

  19. Your marriage is what we aspire to! Thank you for your beautiful example of love and for cheering us on.

  20. Thanks for all your help as my bridesmaid … even after you saw the dresses!

Depending on the occasion, you may also want to include anniversary messages or congratulations messages.

Thanks for always being the first one to help and the last one to leave.
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Thank-you messages for help

  1. I don’t know what I would do without you! Thank you for all your help.

  2. Thank you for being the person I can call for help at 2 a.m. and you’ll always answer.

  3. Thanks for always putting up with me. Your sacrifice is duly noted.

  4. You are a gift and a blessing in my life.

  5. I know this isn’t what you signed up for, but you keep showing up for me every day. I can’t thank you enough.

  6. You showed up exactly when I needed someone, and I’m so grateful for you.

  7. I love you and am so thankful for your help.

  8. Your help [doing XYZ] was exactly what I needed. You’re amazing.

  9. Everything turned out perfectly … thanks to you.

  10. Thank you for being the person I can always count on.

  11. Thank you for being there to lift me up when I’m feeling down.

  12. There aren’t enough words to thank you for everything you’ve done.

  13. Thanks for letting me cry on your shoulder … even when I leave mascara on your white shirt.

  14. Thanks for helping out on such short notice. You are truly a lifesaver.

  15. Thanks for always being the first one to help and the last one to leave.

  16. Thanks for sticking with me through the valleys and the mountains. You are truly the best.

  17. Your example is a shining star of the kind of person I hope to be someday.

  18. I don’t have the words to tell you just how grateful I am for you and your help.

  19. Your generosity and kindness has blessed not just my life but the lives of so many others. I can’t say thank you enough.

  20. I am so thankful you are in my life!

If a thank-you message doesn’t seem like enough, check out the best online flower delivery services to send the perfect arrangement.

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Gorgeous thank-you notes they’ll love

Sure, a quick text can do the trick, but some occasions call for a handwritten thank-you note. Plus, there’s nothing like it, even for the little things: It’s always a welcome surprise, and it adds another layer of appreciation, since it shows you took that extra step. This is one of those forgotten etiquette rules parents should be teaching their children too. Pro tip: Keep a reserve of thank-you notes in your home so you have the right one when you need it. Here are a few of our favorite boxed sets, for a variety of occasions.

Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen is a health, lifestyle and fitness expert and teacher. She covers all things wellness for Reader’s Digest and The Healthy. With dual masters degrees in information technology and education, she has been a journalist for 17 years and is the author of The Great Fitness Experiment. She lives in Denver with her husband, five kids and three pets.