Thank You Messages to Write for a Gift Received

Use Words To Show Your Gratitude for Gifts

Using words to express your gratitude for a gift is a great way to ensure that a generous person understands your thoughts and knows that their generosity mattered.

The following are examples of what you can write in a card or a note when acknowledging a gift. Thank you messages for gifts don't have to be super difficult to write. It's just a matter of putting together the right parts. A few things to mention when saying thanks for a gift are:

  1. Tell why and how it is a cool gift for you. Be specific.
  2. Describe how you felt when you received the gift.
  3. Share something positive about the person who gave you the gift.
  4. Say thanks for the time, thoughtfulness, and generosity.
  5. Include a personal message of goodwill to close the note.

Including these will almost ensure that your message is an apt expression of your feelings. Keep in mind that you don't always have to write a lot in your thank you card. Simple and concise messages can work well.

Below are two sets of examples messages showing gratitude for gifts. One set of examples includes short messages, and the other includes longer thank you notes.

Short Thank You Messages for Gifts

Specific examples for various occasions are included, but you may find it helpful to read the entire list. Some of these examples may work for other occasions or may give you ideas for your thank you:

General Messages for Gifts:

  • Thanks for being the type of person who picks out excellent gifts for me!
  • How in the world did you know exactly what I needed yet never asked you for?
  • I appreciate your gift-giving skills. I am sure that you get a lot of practice, being as generous as you are.
  • I am continuously surprised by your ability to outdo yourself with gifts.You are amazing!
  • Many sincere thanks go to you for such a thoughtful gift. I can tell that you truly enjoy giving to others.

Birthday Gifts:

  • You made my birthday a special day. Thanks for your thoughtful gift!
  • Thanks for celebrating my birthday with me. I love the gift you got me!

Christmas Gifts:

  • Thanks for the Christmas gift. Santa couldn't have chosen a better gift for me!
  • Thank you for being a great friend and for being so thoughtful with the Christmas gift.

Wedding Gifts:

  • Thank you for supporting us in our celebration. We really appreciate your generous gift.
  • We are really lucky to have friends as thoughtful as you. Thanks for the gift.

Baby Shower Gifts:

  • The gift you gave us for our baby is almost as cute as him/her.
  • Thank you for showering me with gifts for the baby. I am looking forward to using all my gifts, especially yours.

Long Thank You Notes for Gifts

Sometimes it is more appropriate to write a handwritten note that goes beyond a short message. These are examples of longer thank you notes that can be written in a letter:

Birthday Gift:

  • Thank you for having such great taste when picking a birthday present. The shirt is really cool and I am sure that I'll wear it a lot. You have been a great friend, and it's great to have friends like you around on birthdays. I'm looking forward to hanging out with you next week.

Christmas Gift

  • When I opened your gift at Christmas, I never expected what you got me. Let me just say that I was more than pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely one of the best and coolest gifts I’ve ever been given. Your thoughtfulness really made Christmas memorable this year.

Wedding Gift

  • Thank you for being so thoughtful with your wedding gift. We are sure that it will help us get off to a good start as we settle in together. We also appreciate the support from you and the encouraging words you wrote in our wedding card.

Graduation Gift

  • Thanks a ton for the gift card you gave me for my graduation. It will definitely go to good use as I go to buy all the necessities that I’ll need for college. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, encouragement, and support.

Baby Shower Gift

  • Thanks for coming to my baby shower and showering me with gifts. I have really appreciated all of your support through my journey of pregnancy, and I am looking forward to continuing to draw on your expertise after the baby comes. You are a valuable friend and mentor to me.

Quotes That Express Gratitude

Here are some excellent quotes to use to amplify the gratitude in your thank you card:

  • "Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone." – G.B. Stern
  • "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." – Marcel Proust
  • "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." – Thornton Wilder
  • "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." – John F. Kennedy
  • "I feel a very unusual sensation–if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude." – Benjamin Disraeli
  • "For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." – William Shakespeare
  • "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." – John E. Southard
  • "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal."– Albert Pike
  • "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." – Marcel Proust
  • "I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you, my heart has no bottom." –Author Unknown

Difficulty of Writing Thank You Messages for Gifts

Why is it difficult to write thank you messages for gifts?

  • The gift was awful.
  • You don't like the person who gave you the gift.
  • It's hard to get started writing the message.
  • There's something you'd rather be doing than writing thank you cards.
  • You're not a grateful person.
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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I think Thank you notes are the easiest and the most fun to write. But the I used to do it for a living. A hand-written note is still one of the most powerful show of appreciation.

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nurseleah 3 years ago from West Virginia

Nice suggestions! Maybe you could do a follow-up hub on how to say thank you when the gift is really inappropriate or something the receiver dislikes, like a meat-of-the-month club subscription for a vegetarian. Lol. That's when I find it hard to write thank you notes, since I try to make the notes specific. Somehow saying, "Thank you so much for the meat. I'm sure the residents at the homeless shelter will appreciate it since you know I don't eat meat," just doesn't seem very grateful. (*Note: I love meat. I will accept any and all meat gifts and write a sincere thank you note for them.)

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Blake Flannery 3 years ago from United States Author


How about, "Thanks for thinking of me and getting me the meat of the month club subscription. I'm not normally a meat person, so it'll be a good chance for me to keep an open mind and try meat again. I will definitely think of you with each delivery and each sampling I taste."

Of course, the only problem with this is that it takes a detachment from the emotion associated with meat and an open mind to try something you don't like. That's true gratitude though, and something I would struggle to do.

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nurseleah 3 years ago from West Virginia

Very nice, Blake! The next time I run into a difficult thank you, I'll have to send you a message :)

vai 2 years ago

I got a great hamilton beach products for my wedding !! how should i thank my cuz?

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Blake Flannery 2 years ago from United States Author

Use the product to make something and share with your cousin. If you don't want to share, then take a picture of something you made and write a nice thank you message.

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mysweetlittle6 20 months ago from United States

I never know what to write. And I end up writing the same boring thing. Thank you for new fresh ideas!

Cookie Monster 20 months ago

This is so helpful i just celebrated a birthday party and i wanted to know how to say a neutrual thanks without sounding weird about it. Now i cna say thanks and just be polite not over done or anything

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