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What to Write in a Thank-You Card

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A Thank you card is one of the most heartfelt and meaningful ways to express gratitude. Maybe you can’t repay your recipient for the nice thing he or she has done, but you can reflect the thoughtfulness with the time and care you put into writing and sending a warm, gracious thank you card.

Especially after a wedding for example.. It’s important to thank your friends and family for their time, their generosity, and their thoughtfulness. They all helped celebrate your special day and were helping to build your life as a newlywed, after all.

If you’re at a loss on how to plan, assemble, and write your wedding thank you cards, look no further than our step-by-step guide below.

A Simple Thanks

Briefly mention the specific gift or kindness you’re thanking the recipient for. Then add a warm thought like one of these…

  • “Thanks a ton.”
  • “Thanks for everything.”
  • “My sincerest gratitude.”
  • “My deepest gratitude.”
  • “You’re the best.”
  • “I’m humbled and grateful.”
  • “You knocked me off my feet!”
  • “My heart is still smiling.”
  • “Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure.”
  • “Sometimes the simplest things mean the most.”
  • “Thank you. You made my day!”
  • “I’m touched beyond words.”
  • “All I can say is wow! (Except, of course, I’m grateful.)”
  • “My heart just keeps thanking you and thanking you.”
  • “You’re a blessing to me.”
  • “Thank you for being my angel.”
  • “I can’t thank you enough.”

Writing tip: Sign and send your thank-you card while the gift or event is still fresh in your mind. Within three days is ideal, but in most situations a “thanks” will be appreciated no matter how late it arrives.

For A Gift

Here are some note you could try for a thank-you for a gift you received.

  • “Thank you for the generous gift. You didn’t have to, but you’re the kind of person who does, and I really appreciate it.”
  • “Many thanks and gratitude for your gift. I’m very lucky to know you and feel incredibly blessed.”
  • “Somehow you knew exactly what I wanted, and I didn’t even know what I wanted. You’re an amazing gift giver. Thanks so much!”
  • “You nearly shocked me when I opened my gift. I couldn’t believe what you’d given me. You knocked my socks off. I’m so grateful to have a friend like you.”
  • “I was so touched when I opened your gift—you left me speechless! Thank you so much.”
  • “I’m very grateful for the gift that you gave me. Please know that it definitely did not go unnoticed and I’m glad to know someone as generous as you. Thank you!”
  • “Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your gift meant the world to me but not only that, I’m thankful to have a friend like you and hope we get to hang out soon.”
  • “You mean a lot to me and so did your gift. Thank you so much!”
  • “I was so touched. I’m very grateful to have you in my life and will put a lot of use into your gift.”
  • “Giving a gift like that should be illegal. I’m surprised you haven’t been placed under arrest for your excessive generosity. Thank you!”
  • “I don’t know what you were thinking when you gave me this gift. You must either be crazy or really generous to have done that. Since I know you aren’t crazy, that leaves generous. Thank you so much.”
  • “You made my day when I opened your gift/card. What a fun/terrific gift. Thank you for making my day.”
  • “You made me feel so special when I opened your gift. I knew that you spent time, effort, and energy to make sure it was awesome, and it was just that. Thank you.”
  • “Thank you for the much-needed …….. I was so pleased when I opened your gift and just knew you’d be the kind of thoughtful person to get me something like this. Thanks.”
  • “Perfect is the word that comes to mind when I try to describe your gift. I don’t think I myself even could have gifted anything better. Thanks for knowing me so well.”
  • “Your incredible generosity and thoughtfulness shone through in your card. You didn’t have to do that, thank you!”
  • “Thank you for knowing me so well and for the perfect gift. One of the best presents I’ve ever gotten!”
  • “You never fail to surprise me. Thank you for such a terrific gift.”

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.

Wedding/Graduation

  • “Wow! We are so touched by your generous wedding gift. The place settings will be used and enjoyed often—and we’ll think of you every time.”
  • “Thank you for adding to the joy of our wedding with your warm wishes and thoughtful gift. We love the …….. and how they look on our hall table.”
  • “Thank you for the adorable …….. for Ben. You put a smile in our hearts. Can’t wait to send you a picture of him wearing it!”
  • “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for organizing the group gift of …….. for my bridal shower. You shouldn’t have. (But it’s so nice you did!)”
  • “Thank you for the ……..! 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. The watch is beautiful, and it almost makes me look like a real grown-up when I wear it 😉 Thank you so much. You’re the best!”

Writing tip: You get a little more time to write thank-you cards for graduation, wedding, shower and baby gifts. It’s still best to write and send a card as soon as possible, but for a wedding gift, you have up to three months to send it. And if you have a new baby, people will understand if it takes that long or longer.

For Help

House or pet sitting, housework or 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.

  • “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.”
  • “I can’t possibly repay you.”
  • “You are always so helpful.”
  • “You make the world a nicer place.”
  • “You went above and beyond, and I am touched and grateful.”
  • “You took common courtesy to an uncommon level. We’re so grateful for your help.”

Warm Closings

A warm closing is like the bow on top of your thank-you message. Choose one of ours 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,
  • God bless,
  • God bless you,
  • God bless you now and always,
  • Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou,

Now, click here to see a selection of pretty thank you gifts.

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