What to Write in a Thank You Card

What to Write in a Thank You Card

Life is full of big and small moments. And, throughout those moments are friends and family who support you, treat you, and help out. Whether it’s receiving a gift for a birthday or attending a fun-filled dinner party, there are lots of reasons to say, “Thank You.” Showing your gratitude in a thank you card is the perfect way to express your thanks in a simple and meaningful way. But, what should you say in a thank you card? We’ll take a look at occasions for saying, “Thanks,” and some examples of what to write in a thank you card.

Keep It Simple: How to Address a Thank You Card

Picking out the right thank you card for any occasion might seem like the easy part. Once you’ve found the perfect card, it’s time to think of a message to write to the recipient. But, where do you start? Should thank you cards be addressed formally? Informally? The short answer? The way you address a recipient in a thank you card depends on your relationship to them.

If you’re close to the recipient, you can keep it casual and informal. This means using their first name only, nickname, or whatever you feel best suits your relationship. If you’re not as close to the recipient, you’ll want to be a bit more formal. This means using their name and using a greeting, like, “Dear [insert name,].” Consider who it is you want to thank and why you want to thank them to get started. If you’re still not sure, your best bet is to keep it simple.

More than Words Can Say: Writing a Message in a Thank You Card

Sure, a simple, “Thank You,” can seem like all you need in a thank you card. But, consider a personal note. You might not be able to repay someone for their kindness, but you can write a handwritten, personalized note to let the recipient know that you’re thankful for them. This small gesture, is the a sure way to give the recipient a warm fuzzy feeling upon receiving the card. But, once you write, “Thank You,” what do you write from there? Here are some examples of sample wording you might consider using for different situations you might say, “Thank You.”

Thank You Card for a Gift

Gifts are a common gesture -- for birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and anniversaries. When saying, “Thank You,” in a card for gifts, consider thinking about the type of gift received, how much you liked it, how you will use it, and how it made you feel. All of these considerations will help you write a personalized, “Thank You,” that will help you show your appreciation for the gift you received. Here is some sample wording to use when writing a thank you card for a gift.

  • Thank you so much for the blender. We can’t wait to use it to whip up a batch of margaritas for our next dinner party!
  • I love the shoes you got me. They’re going to go perfectly with my wardrobe.
  • Thank you for the lovely flowers. They were such a perfect way to decorate our new home.
  • Wow! You can’t imagine how excited I was when I saw the video game you got me. I can’t wait to play it.
Thank You Card for Money or Gift Cards

There are occasions where a little bit of extra cash or a gift card is sent your way. Lucky you! Be sure to thank the gift giver with a thank you card that tells them exactly what you’ll be doing with your extra cash flow. Here is some sample wording to use when writing a thank you card for money or gift cards.

  • Thank you so much for thoughtful and generous gift. As newlyweds, we will be using it towards making a new home together.
  • You know me so well! Thanks for the gift card to the coffee shop. Now, I can get my coffee fix whenever I want.
  • Thank you, Grandma, for the check. It’s going towards my college fund.

One important tip when it comes to thank you cards about money. For money matters, you’ll want to decide whether or not to include the amount given to you. Depending on the occasion or relationship, you may not want to list the amount.

Thank You Cards for Any Occasion

Thank you cards can be sent out for just about any occasion. And, you don’t need to receive gifts or money in order to send one. Sometimes a simple “Thanks” is the only thing needed. Maybe the recipient has given you a lot of support; or, maybe they were just there to lend a helping hand. Whatever the reason, saying, “Thank You,” with a card works well in so many occasions. Here is some sample wording to use when writing a simple thank you card.

  • I’ve been going through a difficult time, and your support has meant a lot. Thank you for being there.
  • Thank you so much for helping with the lawn work. I couldn’t have done it without you!
  • Thanks for going above and beyond. You’re a true friend.

Saying Thank You: What to Write in a Thank You Card

No matter what you say or how you say it, writing a personal message in a thank you card is the perfect way to express your gratitude. These are just a few examples of ways you can say, “thanks.” With these examples and simple tips, you’ll be on your way to writing the perfect thank you card for any occasion.

Looking for other card inspiration? Check out our blog for tips on what to write for a variety of different occasions.