251 Ways To Say Thank You

It's never too late to appreciate those who help and support you in times of need.

Reviewed by Sarah Kenville, MA (Marriage and Family Therapy)
Written by Sneha Tete, Integrated MA, Certified Relationship Coach
Edited by Shatabdi Bhattacharya, BSc  • 

Saying “thank you” is a simple yet effective way to show appreciation for and gratitude towards someone. Depending on the person and the setting, there are many ways to say “thank you.” While a personal “thank you” note or email is a sweet gesture toward someone who supported you, you can’t send a general thank-you note to your boss after your promotion or send a formal “thank you” message to your friend. These messages need to be personalized and chosen according to the recipient.

Dawn, a costume coordinator for movies and shows, shared the one thing that can make a ‘thank you’ really special. She said, “I’ve had the chance to witness directors, producers, department heads and of course costumers, stand up and deliver beautiful, heartfelt, sincere ‘thank you’ speeches to their crews… and I can tell you that something that comes from the heart makes all the difference (i).”

To make your job easier, we have compiled a list of 250+ ways to say ‘thank you’ – depending on the setting and recipient. These will help you express your appreciation and laudation, making your message more meaningful. Scroll down to check them out!

251 Ways To Say Thank You

Following are the different ways to say ‘thank you’ according to the setting.

Creative Ways To Say Thank You

  1. I am very thankful.
  2. I appreciate it.
  3. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.
  4. I appreciate your kind thoughts.
  5. Being thoughtful is a skill you mastered at birth. Thank you!
Being thoughtful is a skill you mastered at birth, thank you!
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  1. I appreciate your time.
  2. I cannot express my appreciation.
  3. I can’t thank you enough.
  4. I couldn’t have done it without you.
  5. I don’t have words to thank you.
  6. I don’t know how to thank you.
  7. I don’t know what I would do without you.
  8. I have so much gratitude for you.
  9. Let me know what I can do for you.
  10. Your support and kindness are much appreciated.
  11. You’re fantastic for thinking of me.
  12. Thank you for going out of your way to help me.
  13. You played a vital role in making it happen.
  14. I appreciate your favor and would love to return it someday.
  15. Thank you for having my back. I really needed it.
  16. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude.
  17. Let me express due credit for what you did for me.
  18. Thank you for your special favor. It has been such a blessing.
  19. That was so kind of you.
  20. Thank you for taking the time to help me.
  21. Your support in my difficult times means the world to me.
  22. I take this opportunity to acknowledge all that you have done for me.
  23. It meant a lot to me when you helped me out.
  24. My heartfelt gratitude knows no bounds.
  25. Your thoughtfulness and kind nature have left me speechless.
  26. Your selflessness has left an indelible mark on my heart.
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‘Thank you’ originated from the Latin word tongēre, which means to ‘think.’ In Old English, ‘ thank’ was defined as a ‘thought’ and dates between c. 450 – c. 1100.

Meaningful Ways To Say Thank You

  1. Thank you for being a beacon of light in my confusion and sorrow. You are a gift to my life and this world.
  2. Thank you for standing up for me and being someone I can depend on. I trust you, and it means to me that you’re always there to support me.
  3. Thank you for reminding me of what is important and what I truly deserve. I know I can count on you, and it helps me.
Thank you for reminding me of what is important and what I truly deserve. I know I can count on you, and it helps me.
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  1. Thank you for always being there. I don’t have much to give you except infinite love and gratitude. Thank you.
  2. Thank you! You make sure that you’re there for me. You give so much energy and time. I am so grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.
  3. Thank you for seeing the potential in me. I feel so encouraged and confident because you believe in me.
  4. Thank you for being a great figure to look up to. I feel secure under your guidance. And I know that with you, I will always be safe. So I value you the most.
  5. Thank you for understanding me and forgiving me on many accounts. I am doing better because of how kind and generous you are.
  6. Thank you for giving me boundless love, care, and support. I know I can always rely on you. It’s a priceless gift.
  7. Thank you for being my most consistent friend. Maybe I can’t be sure of everything, but I know we will always be friends.
  8. Thank you for having an open mind and never rejecting opinions. One grows with you. I learn how to become a wiser person with you.
  9. Thank you for being the light of my days. I become quite stressed and worried, but when I’m with you, I feel relief and comfort.
  10. Thank you for trying to make things easier for me. You help me as much as possible and assure me you’re always there. It means a lot.
  11. Thank you for always being patient and listening to me, even when I might be repeating many of the same worries. You give me space to be myself.
  12. Thank you for having the big heart to listen to my experiences and lessons. I told you things I never told anyone. I’m so grateful that I can trust
  13. Thank you for your hard work. You were a huge help to me during a difficult time, and I will never forget it.
  14. Your generosity rekindles my faith in humanity. I hope you keep spreading your light wherever you go.
  15. Thank you for being my lifesaver. You don’t even know me that well, but you still did your best to help me out.
  16. Thank you, rockstar, for all the hard work you put into helping me out. It is truly appreciated.
  17. Your ways are truly worth following, my friend. I pray that you are in my life for a long time.
  18. The way you care for me has given me extra confidence to do all the difficult things in my life.
  19. How do you go above and beyond to help other people in need? You are truly an inspiration to me.
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  1. You are a true gem, but you often go unnoticed. I appreciate you more than you know.
  2. I am at a loss for words, and a thousand ‘thank yous’ would not suffice to express my gratitude.
  3. You are a true superstar, and I am lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for always being there for me.
  4. You are like the sunshine on a cloudy day that makes the day easier.
  5. Thank you for being the fantastic friend that you are. You mean more to me than you’ll ever know.
  6. I am all ears for your advice and recommendation. You are truly invaluable in my life.
  7. Your help has made such an immense difference in my life. I am lucky to have you as a friend.
  8. You are a legend, and I am honored to know you. I hope you achieve all the success in the world.
  9. Thank you for stepping up to be there when I need you the most. You are a friend in the truest sense.

Funny Ways To Say Thank You

  1. Thank you for being my unpaid therapist.
  2. I’m doing the happy dance. Thank you!
  3. Today I am wearing the smile you left me with the other day.
  4. You made me smile from ear to ear.
  5. Here’s a generic thank-you card to prove I have excellent manners.
  6. If I had a cent for every time I appreciate you, I’d be a millionaire.
  7. Thank you. You rock harder than a hurricane!
  8. Don’t think you’re the only one who knows how to give.
  9. Should I send a thank-you email or not bother you with another email?
Should I send a thank-you email, or not bother you with another email?
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  1. Thanks a bunch of oats!
  2. This isn’t just a thank-you card; it’s a hug with a fold in it.
  3. I would floss a tiger’s teeth – that’s how much I appreciate you.
  4. You make me want to say thank you in other languages, and I can barely speak English.
  5. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Let’s cut to the chase. I’m just saying “thank you.”
  6. You must have people telling you how awesome you are all the time. Because there’s no way that quality is flying under the radar. You’re a towering beacon of helpfulness, and you always shine.
  7. We wanted to thank you for the huge favor you did for us recently. We owe you big. If you don’t remember what we’re talking about, it was that little favor you did that probably didn’t bear mentioning and didn’t require payback.
  8. If I were to send you a picture of myself, you would see how totally grateful I am.
  9. Did you know you have a fan club? You should be ready to sign some autographs as you have a fan following for your kindness.
  10. Do you practice this kindness that you shower on everyone, or is it by default?
  11. Is there any limit to your awesomeness? I am totally in awe.
  12. You get me thinking hard about the whole humanitarian thing.
  13. Thank you, my partner in crime. I hope to raise hell with you again.
  14. If you weren’t my friend, I would be so jealous of your insanely helpful nature.
  15. Here is a quick shoutout: your kindness would put Mother Teresa to shame!
  16. If it weren’t for you, I’d probably be lying in a ditch somewhere like a helpless puppy.
  17. You spoil me by helping me at every junction and then complain that I am getting spoiled.
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  1. My gratitude is overflowing like a cup of coffee on a Monday morning.
  2. Thank you for always getting me out of bed and pushing me to go live my life.
  3. My heart is overflowing with gratitude to you the same way my inbox is overflowing with spam mail.
  4. Thanks for putting up with my crap.
  5. I wanted to say a special ‘thank you,’ but I am broke right now. So please accept this high-five instead.
  6. If I weren’t this lazy, I would have given you a standing ovation for your help.
  7. You are my hero, a true superstar, for saving me from all evil.
  8. My stomach wants to thank you for that sumptuous meal.

Formal Ways To Say Thank You

  1. I appreciate your guidance.
  2. I appreciate your help.
  3. I appreciate all the time you put in to make this excellent.
  4. I sincerely appreciate it.
  5. My sincere appreciation.
  6. My sincere gratitude.
  7. My sincere thanks.
  8. Thank you for your assistance.
  9. Thank you for your consideration.
  10. Thank you for your encouragement.
Thank you for your encouragement
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  1. Thank you for your guidance.
  2. Thank you for your support.
  3. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
  4. Many thanks for giving me this opportunity.
  5. I appreciate the information and advice you have shared.
  6. Thank you for your consideration and forthcoming response.
  7. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude.
  8. Thank you for all your help with this project.
  9. My deepest gratitude to you.
  10. Consider yourself heartily thanked!
  11. I would take this opportunity to thank you humbly for the immense help.
  12. I would like to thank everyone who pitched in with ideas.
  13. You have my gratitude for supporting me through this project.
  14. I want you to know how much I value your support.
  15. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to lend me a hand.
  16. It is really generous of you to entrust me with this task.
  17. I appreciate your exemplary leadership.
  18. Thanks for all your dedication and effort.
  19. I am grateful for your adaptability and readiness to collaborate with me regarding this matter.
  20. Thank you for giving me the chance to work here. I will strive to surpass your expectations of my skills.
  21. You have shared your honest feedback regarding the project, which I highly appreciate.

Sarcastic Ways To Say Thank You

  1. So you think you’re all that? So what if you saved my bacon, solved my problem, and soothed my soul? Show off.
  2. You’ve put my life back on track to being the incredible journey it was meant to be; you’re a little too fabulous for your underwear.
  3. When God handed out all the talent, he gave you a big chunk of it, didn’t he? ‘Cause once again, I am sending you a thank-you card for your awesomeness.
Thank you for your presence
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  1. I’ve thanked you and thanked you and thanked you and thanked you over a hundred times, and it seems—man, I’m sick of repeating myself.
  2. Some people get to help others, and some are hopeless cases like me! Thanks again for being who you are.
  3. Since I’m always sending them to you, I finally got organized and bought a box of 500 thank-you cards. Thanks for all you did for me and the money I saved buying your cards in bulk.
  4. Did I ever thank you for all you did for me? If I haven’t, I’m sending this card to stroke your ego further.
  5. You’re one of the good guys in a world of bad guys. Shocking because most of the time, you fit right in as a bad guy. Thanks.
  6. Thank you doesn’t cut it. But since you already have an inflated version of self-worth, let me add to the pile —’You’re awesome, amazing, shockingly good-looking, kind, thoughtful, always right, and most of all, just like me.’
  7. I know you hate saying, “you’re welcome,” so I’ll do you a favor and not say thank you, but I feel it on the inside.
  8. You are lucky because I am mannered enough to thank you.
  9. You score phenomenally high in the kind-o-meter. Seriously, I checked.
  10. You conspired to help us, forcing us to say thank you.
  11. Can’t spell thank you without YOU, so there you go. Stroke your beard with pride a bit more.
Can’t spell thank you without YOU, so there you go. Stroke your beard with pride a bit more.
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  1. Thank you for putting up with the drama that is me. It’s well appreciated.
  2. Are you sure you don’t have a halo? Cause you’ve been acting like the angel on my shoulder quite a lot.
  3. I don’t want my gratitude to look like a run-of-the-mill thanks, but sadly, I can’t help it.
  4. Thanks a trillion for your timely criticism. I wouldn’t have survived without it.
  5. Thank you for gracing the occasion with your presence. I will be in debt forever.
  6. Your groundbreaking advice was spot-on and genuinely original. Thank you.
  7. Thanks, your criticism is just what I needed at this stressful time in my life.
  8. You are so wise, you put Dumbledore to shame.
  9. If your kindness cost anything, I would go bankrupt trying to repay it.
  10. Knowing how generous you are, I could have asked you for $10,000, your house keys, and your kidney, and you would have given it all to me.
  11. I would give you my firstborn if I could. That’s how I am grateful to you right now.
  12. I was thinking of learning some new languages to thank you.
  13. I think you should hand over a penny every time I appreciate you. I would be a billionaire by now.
  14. You are the biggest giver I know. And all I can ever give you is tons of gratitude.
  15. The only thing that exceeds your generosity is your good looks.
  16. I won’t say that I couldn’t have done this without you. I could have done it, but it wouldn’t have been this fun and so perfect.
  17. I don’t know if you are a lifesaver, but you are definitely a task-saver.
  18. I had thought of buying you a present to thank you, but I didn’t want to set a precedent I wouldn’t be able to afford.
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In a study of positive psychology, scientists found that a one-time act of appreciation increased happiness and reduced depressive symptoms (1).

Fancy Ways To Say Thank You

  1. Grateful is the only word I can come up with to describe how you have made me feel.
  2. I can’t even begin to explain how much your generosity means to me.
  3. Words can’t express how you have brightened my day. I love it!
  4. After everything you have done, just know I’m always in your corner.
  5. Without you, this ship would have sunk. I am forever in your debt.
Without you, this ship would have sunk. I am forever in your debt.
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  1. I just wanted to let you know that your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and that I appreciate everything you have done for us.
  2. Thanks a lot for your help. I respect and value your opinion.
  3. I am thankful for your flexibility.
  4. I respect your grind.
  5. Eternally grateful.
  6. Beyond grateful.
  7. Working with you was a more-than-pleasant experience.
  8. Thanks for taking the trouble of putting this together at the last minute.
  9. What can I do to show my thanks?
  10. I appreciate you taking the time to pick this gift for me. I love it!
  11. This meal is on me!
  12. I owe you a million times over.
  13. I am forever indebted to your help.
  14. Your kindness has left me in awe.
  15. Words cannot convey the depth of my gratitude.
  16. Your kindness and generosity knock me over every time.
  17. Your generosity is overwhelming.
  18. Thank you for being a friend in need. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on or carry some burden, remember that I have two.
  19. Have a drink on me!
  20. A person so kind and generous like you is a rare sight.
  21. You have always been so helpful, and I hope to repay your kindness some day.
  22. I just don’t know what to say in return for your kindness.
  23. Will I ever be able to thank you enough?
  24. You simply made my day!
  25. Please accept my gratitude that comes from the bottom of my heart.
  26. Let me just thank you by helping you out with your next task.

Cute Ways To Say Thank You

  1. You’re the best!
  2. You’re amazing!
  3. You’re the best friend ever!
  1. You’d have made a formidable enemy, so I’m thankful we’re friends.
You’d have made a formidable enemy, so I’m thankful we’re friends.
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  1. It’s been a pleasure working with you.
  2. Thank you for always being so upbeat!
  3. I’m so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for being such a great friend!
  4. Thank you for being a great listener. I know I drive you crazy with my constant blabber.
  5. You are the most incredible human being on the planet! Thank you!
  6. Thanks a ton!
  7. You are a thing of beauty! Thank you!
  8. Stop making me say thank you to your helpful and charming self! It’s annoying!
  9. I wish I could gift you a cape for being my superhero, but I can’t, so my thanks will have to suffice.
  10. You knocked me off my feet!
  11. If I could, I would teleport myself to squeeze you in a thank-you hug.
  12. I’m beaming with appreciation for you.
  13. I owe you a coffee.
  14. You just saved my day.
  15. I will be grateful to you forever.
  16. Thanks a bajillion!
  17. How sweet and thoughtful it is of you to offer help!
  18. You are a peach! Thank you for helping me out.
  19. I keep wondering where I would be without you.
  20. You bring a smile to my heart and soul, making my life so much easier.
  21. You are the sweetest heart for helping me out.
  22. I know saying a thank you would not be enough, so I’m sending you all the good vibes.
  23. Your kindness is like a beautiful meadow that a weary traveler stumbles upon.
  24. Your help at the right moment was invaluable. I hope you see the biggest rainbow soon!
  25. I am forever thankful to you! May this kindness of yours come back to you tenfold.
  26. You are my rock. I wouldn’t have made it without you.
  27. You are the biggest blessing of my life.

Other Ways To Say Thank You On Any Occasion

  1. Thank you for the gift.
  2. Thanks in advance.
  3. You shouldn’t have!
  4. I received your gift. It’s lovely! Thank you so much for remembering my birthday. I truly appreciate it.
  5. With this short note, I wanted to thank you for your assistance and advice throughout the academic year. I’m truly grateful for such an amazing teacher.
  6. Thank you for the beautiful blouse! I can’t wait to wear it this weekend.
  7. Thank you for coming to my birthday party! It was more special getting to celebrate with you.
Thank you for coming to my birthday party, it was more special getting to celebrate with you.
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  1. The new picture frame will look perfect in my college dorm room. Thank you!
  2. My stomach (and I) want to thank you for that delicious meal.
  3. I already made dinner tonight. Thank you for being so wonderful!
  4. Thank you for supporting my dreams, no matter what. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
  1. The coffee mug you sent is so me. Thank you for making my mornings brighter.
  2. I’m so grateful for the housewarming gift you sent; our place is one step closer to feeling like home because of it.
  3. I have a big bear hug waiting for you the next time I see you!
  4. I sincerely appreciate you for your kind assistance.
  5. I am profoundly grateful for your unwavering support.
  6. That is exactly what I wanted. Thank you for getting it for me.
  7. You have been so thoughtful. Thank you for understanding me.
  8. It was so kind of you to help me through a truly difficult time. It was much needed.
  9. Thank you for making this day special.
  10. You have supported me in achieving my dreams. Thank you for being by my side.
  11. It was so thoughtful of you to have reached out. It was so nice to hear from you.
  12. Your kind words deeply touched me.
  13. You are the most considerate person I know, and I am glad that I get to call you my friend.
  14. Your generous heart is something I appreciate forever.
  15. Thank you for your guidance in this matter. I couldn’t have made it if not for your help.
  16. I cannot express my full gratitude, but I hope these words convey my emotions.
  17. Thank you for not letting me down and for being by my side.
  18. Thanks a bunch. That hug was much needed.
  19. Thanks! I feel so loved that you thought of me.

Whenever you are stumped on what to write on your thank-you note or message, use any of the above messages or draw inspiration from them to write a meaningful message. The next section explains why you shouldn’t miss out on appreciating someone’s thoughtfulness.

Whenever you are stumped on what to write on your thank-you note or message, use any of the above messages or draw inspiration from them to write a meaningful message. The next section explains why you shouldn’t miss out on appreciating someone’s thoughtfulness.

The Importance Of A Thank You Message

Expressing gratitude is essential for the smooth functioning of any relationship, be it at the professional or personal level. It promotes positive interactions and helps foster a trusting, appreciative, and transparent bond. A creatively worded thank you note or message with a personal touch can instantly uplift the spirits of the recipient, making them feel seen, valued, and appreciated. It encourages them to continue with their efforts as they are being acknowledged for this. Additionally, it also drives people to reciprocate words of gratitude with more kindness and appreciation, thus creating an environment that provides a sense of security and contentment.

Infographic: 14 Ways To Say Thank You

Saying ‘thank you’ is not rocket science. It is effortless and can help make someone’s day. Each of us likes to be appreciated for our efforts, and penning down a thank-you note for someone who helped us out of a tough spot is the least we could do. Check out the infographic below to discover the different ways to say ‘thank you’ to express approbation or tribute to someone.

14 ways to say thank you (infographic)

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Conclusion

Expressing your gratitude requires that you take a step back and reminisce about the people who lent you their helping hand when you needed it. Thanking someone is one of the best ways to spread kindness and happiness, or to express adulation or praise. On a bad day, the recipient of a thank-you note might feel happiness at being remembered and appreciated by someone they helped in the past. Bookmark this article so whenever you find it challenging to come up with the right words to say thank you, you can come back here!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you say thank you professionally?

Be sincere and formal in your wording and use phrases like- “I sincerely appreciate…” and “Many thanks for giving me this opportunity.”

Is saying thank you formal or informal?

‘Thank you’ is considered the formal version, while ‘thanks’ is the informal version of expressing gratitude. You can use both informally, but only ‘thank you’ is used for formal settings for acknowledgment, recognition, commendation, or felicitation.

Can I say thanks instead of thank you?

Yes, you can say ‘thanks’, ‘cheers’, ‘kudos’, or ‘props’ instead of ‘thank you’ to express acclamation but only in an informal setting. If you are expressing gratitude to your friends or family, ‘thanks’ is appropriate. If it is your boss, colleague, or acquaintance, ‘thank you’ is more appropriate to express gratefulness or indebtedness.

Key Takeaways

  • Use the above-listed thank-you notes and messages appropriately, keeping the circumstances in mind.
  • These notes can be handwritten, emailed, or printed per your requirement and preference.
  • A personalized message sent on your behalf could make or break your future if it is in a formal setting.
  • Showing appreciation motivates others and vice-versa. If you feel appreciated, you will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the job done.

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References

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  1. Count Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation On Gratitude And Subjective Well-Being In Daily Life
    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/pdfs/GratitudePDFs/6Emmons-BlessingsBurdens.pdf
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