Oyewole Folarin loves writing greeting-card messages and helping others find the words they need for life's special moments.
Did a friend recently help you out in a significant way, and you can't find the words to tell them how much you appreciate their kindness? Sometimes it's hard to know what to write to show someone just how much you appreciate them. Fortunately, I'm here to help!
This article is an original collection of messages, quotes, and sayings that you can use to write a wonderful, heartfelt thank-you to someone who helped you through a tough time or gave you the perfect gift. You can use the examples below to craft your own unique appreciation messages or just use them as they are.
Some of these are perfect for cards because they're a bit longer and more in-depth, while others are great for a text message, Facebook, or other social media because they're succinct but powerful.
How to Write the Perfect Thank-You Note
Before we dive into the messages, here are a few tips on how to make your thank-you as special as possible. Instead of picking up a generic card and using the suggestions in this article verbatim, I recommend the following:
- Make it personal. Don't just say "thanks" and leave it at that. Include some specifics! Did your friend hook you up with your dream job? Let them know how thankful you are for their help in advancing your career and encouraging you to pursue your dreams.
- Include a picture. Did your friend knit you an awesome hat? Include a picture of you wearing it when you send your thanks! Trust me—it will make their day.
- Make it about them. Take the chance to highlight their kindness and make them feel good about who they are! This is also a great opportunity to tell them how much you're looking forward to the next time you get to see them.
- Include a gift card. Does your friend have a favorite coffee shop, restaurant, or store? Consider getting them a gift card—even for a small amount—to send along with your note. If all else fails, Amazon gift cards never expire and can be redeemed for millions of items, so they make a great gift for a friend whose specific interests and tastes you may not be familiar with.
How to Thank a Friend Who Supported You During a Difficult Time
Having a friend who stands by you through your darkest hours is something to be grateful for. But how can you thank someone for a thing like that? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for your kindness and generosity. Thank you so much for being there for me through thick and thin.
- When I thought I couldn't go on any longer, you gave me the strength I needed to keep moving forward. Thank you for always being there for me, even when I'm not easy to be there for. You are a true friend and I am so grateful to have you in my life.
- Thanks for being there for me when I really needed you. I appreciate you so much.
- You are such a light! Thank you for brightening my view when all I could see was darkness. You are such a special person, and I am so incredibly lucky to call you my friend.
- Your positivity and kindness have made an unbearable time a little bit better. I didn't think that was possible, but I should have known better than to underestimate you! Thank you for sharing your light. The world is a better place—and I am a better person—for it.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
— Walter Winchell
- Your words of encouragement inspired me during a difficult time. You'll never know how much your help meant to me. Thank you.
- Thanks for all your help and encouragement. You make me feel seen and heard, and I love you for that. I hope you know how special you are to me.
- You never fail to make me smile. Thanks so much for your help and support!
- I will always remember your kindness and support. Thank you very much!
- Words cannot express how grateful I am for your help. You were there for me when I needed it the most. Thank you for everything that you've done for me.
- You cannot imagine how much strength your support has given me during this difficult time. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and your words of encouragement.
- Please accept my warmest thanks for your thoughtfulness and words of comfort. I appreciate you more than words can say.
Appreciation Messages for Someone Who Helped You
Did your friend help you move to your new place or do you a favor when you really needed it? Here are just a few thoughtful examples of what to write in a thank-you note or appreciation message for that friend who always comes through for you.
- Thank you SO much for helping me move! I could never have done it without you. (And my back is thankful that I didn't have to try!)
- You are a wonderful friend, and I appreciate your love, kindness, support, and generosity. Thank you for always being there for me when I need you!
- I just wanted to write to let you know how much I appreciate the positive influence you've had on my life. Thank you for your concern and useful advice! I’ll be forever grateful.
- I am incredibly fortunate to have someone like you in my life. I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you.
- Consider this card a small token of my appreciation for the generosity you have shown me.
Thank you for making so many ordinary moments extraordinary.
- You are such a generous, kind person. Thank you for all your help!
- Words are not enough to express to you how grateful I am for your help, so I will simply say thank you. I only hope I'll be able to return the favor sometime. If there's ever anything you need, all you have to do is ask!
- I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your support. Thank you for being there for me. You know I'd do the same for you in a heartbeat!
- Few people have the privilege of having such a supportive and giving friend. I am beyond lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for being who you are!
- Thank you for being there for me yet again. I am so grateful that you are in my life.
- Please accept this thank you as a small token of appreciation for the support you've given me. Your kindness means so much to me.
- Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure. You are the best. Thanks a lot!
How to Say Thank You to a Friend Who Gave You a Gift
Below are some samples of thank-you messages for a gift received from a friend or loved one. I encourage you to personalize these messages with details about the gift to make your note a little more special.
- Your gift was so awesome. Only one of my closest friends would have known me well enough to get something like that. Thank you!
- Thank you so much for the present! I'm lucky to have you as a friend.
- You are such an amazing gift giver. Thank you so much for putting a smile on my face.
- Thank you for your awesome and thoughtful gift! I can't wait to try it out!
- I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw your gift! I have no idea how to return the favor. Until I do, thank you.
- I'm truly grateful from the bottom of my heart for the special gift you gave me. I just wanted to let you know how generous and thoughtful I think you are.
- This is just a little note to thank you for giving me something so special. I'm very grateful for our friendship.
- Thank you for your wonderful gift! I'm so grateful to have you as a friend.
Your friendship is a special gift. Generously given, happily accepted and deeply appreciated!
- I just wanted to let you know how much I love the gift you gave me. You knew exactly what I wanted. Thanks so much!
- Your thoughtful gift couldn't have come at a better time. I needed this so much. Thank you for your kindness.
- Your gift touched me beyond words. I just can’t believe how beautiful it is. You are so generous and kind and I can't wait to see you again!
- My dear friend, thank you for your thoughtful and generous gift. I love it. Thanks!
- Thank you so much for coming the other night and for your lovely gift. It was so great to see you!
- Thank you so much for the lovely gift and for coming to my party. I always love catching up with you.
- Thank you for the amazing gift! I always appreciate how you make time for me even with your tight schedule.
Religious Thank-You Messages and Quotes
- God works in mysterious ways, but it's no mystery to me why you're in my life. Bless you for your kindness and support.
- I thank God for sending you to help me in my time of need.
- You are a blessing in my life. Thank you for everything that you do.
- I want to thank the entire congregation for reaching out to me and supporting me. Thank you for everything that you've done to help me.
- You are a blessing to me, and I will always remember your kindness.
- I am truly blessed to have someone like you in my life.
- The way that you helped me is a clear demonstration of why you're a shining example at our church. You embody kindness, generosity, and so much more.
Quotes and Bible Passages About Thankfulness
- "I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you." —Romans 1:8
- "I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers." —2 Timothy 1:3
- "Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality." —Alfred Painter
- “God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” —William Arthur Ward
- "A simple grateful thought turned heavenwards is the most perfect prayer."
—Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
- “In everything, give thanks.” —1 Thessalonians 5:18
- “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.” —1 Corinthians 1:4
- "I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers." —Ephesians 1:16
Short Thank-You Messages for Social Media
Don't quite have the time to write or make a card? Social media sites and apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat, are a great way to let someone know that you appreciate them. Here are some very short thank-you messages to use on social media.
- Shoutout to [@name] for always being there for me.
- [@name] is the best. Thank you for having my back!
- Thanks for helping me! You're the best!
- Thank you! Your kindness is immensely appreciated.
- You couldn't have shown up at a better time. Thank you!
- Thank you for always being there for me!
- Thank you for helping me out. I'll return the favor any time!
- It rocks that I have such a supportive friend.
- You have my eternal gratitude. Thanks for all you do!
- I'm so lucky to call you my friend!
- You are the kindest person I know. Thank you!
- Stopping by to give you a quick "thanks!"
To make your message stand out, you can add a selfie, and emoji, or a gif. Whatever you choose, don't forget to tag your friends, like the [@name] messages above.
More Thank-You Quotes and Sayings
- "Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” —Brian Tracy
- “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
- “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” —Oscar Wilde
- “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiet
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.
— Richard Bach
- “Something that has always puzzled me all my life is why, when I am in special need of help, the good deed is usually done by somebody on whom I have no claim.” —William Feather
- “The unthankful heart . . . discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” —Henry Ward Beecher
- "None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone's help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you." —Harvey Mackay
- “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” —James Allen
Questions & Answers
Question: How do you Show Appreciation and Express Gratitude in Words?
Answer: If you’re brainstorming on ways to show appreciation and express gratitude to someone for their good work, thoughtfulness, support, kindness, or help, one great idea is to send a thank you card or note. Here is a useful guide to writing an appreciation letter to help you get started.
• Start with a personal greeting. For example: “Dear [recipient’s name],”
• State what you are grateful for
• State what their support, kindness, or help means to you, as well as the difference they made in your life
• Thank them again
• Close the letter with “Kindly” or “Best regards” followed by a comma
• Sign your name
© 2014 Oyewole Folarin
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@Bettyshares, am happy you enjoyed my thank you card messages and sayings. More of stuffs like this are coming like the recently published happy retirement wishes for a coworker or colleague. Have a blissful day. Thanks!
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