Below, we have a collection of personal thank you note examples.
There are so many scenarios in which writing a thank you note would be appreciated. But, no matter the occasion, all good thank you notes combine common courtesy, personal anecdotes and genuine respect.
To A Friend - For Being There in a Time of Trouble
I canâ€™t thank you enough for the support youâ€™ve given me over the last two weeks. I donâ€™t think I could have made it without you. There are certain times in oneâ€™s life when you fully understand the value of a true friend. You have been a true friend to me.
My gratitude is unending. Youâ€™ve done so much for me over the years, but most of all, thank you for being there. That means the world to me.
Thank you for the delicious chicken casserole! Having just come back from overseas, the last thing we wanted to think about was cooking. What a nice surprise to find you on our doorstep with a home-cooked meal!
Even before we began devouring it, the mouth-watering aroma filled the dining room beckoning us to leave unpacking for later. The meal was so good, both kids made me promise to ask you for the recipe!
It was a nice surprise and a wonderful dinner; your thoughtfulness is appreciated more than you know.
Please accept my best thanks for the gift you sent for my birthday. It was such a pleasant surprise to come home and find a package waiting for me at my door. And what a beautiful scarf! I have been wearing it every day. My friends are very jealous of how fashionable I look now.
Again, thank you so much. You always know how to put a smile on my face.
Thank you for picking up Emily after school on Thursday. I hadnâ€™t anticipated my being unable to get to her on time, and knowing I could count on you made me breathe a huge sigh of relief. Emily loves her Auntie Eva, so being able to spend extra time with you was a real treat for her!
I appreciate your flexibility, and I hope I wonâ€™t have to call you again in such a panic. Your calm manner and willingness to help soothed my frantic mood. Thank you also for making the unusual transition so easy for Emily. Iâ€™ve been the only one to pick her up for the past several months, and your easy going persona kept her from questioning why her routine was different that day. She really loves you, and so do I! Thank you for being so willing to help on a momentâ€™s notice.
When it comes to seemingly small tasks â€“ such as picking up a child from school - expanding on why, in particular, you are grateful is essential. In the note above, Samantha outlines the unusual circumstance and how her sisterâ€™s willingness to help on such short notice was appreciated.
She also made sure to mention an extra benefit of the situation â€“ that Emily got to spend additional time with her Aunt, whom she loves. Including additional benefits of the recipientâ€™s actions brings your written thank you note full circle.
Thanks For Helping Me Move
Thank you so much for helping me move last weekend. Iâ€™m not sure what I would have done without your incredible strength. :)
I know that you always say, â€œthatâ€™s what friends are forâ€. But most friends donâ€™t own so many records. For that, please accept this modest gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse.
I will try my best not to move again any time soon, because I know that when I do, youâ€™ll be there insisting on helping. Youâ€™re a true friend, and I love you.
Thanks For Helping Us Move
Dear Mark and Julie,
I know buying you dinner in return for helping me move was our deal, but I couldnâ€™t let your actions go without expressing my appreciation in writing.
Moving is never fun or easy, but somehow you two made it feel that way. Iâ€™ve never laughed so much while lifting heavy objects! Even early in the morning you were both chipper and energetic, which is more than I can say for myself (until I had some coffee, anyway).
Not many people will agree to help a friend move, let alone offer their assistance without being asked. You two are some kind of super heros â€“ do you know that?
Outlining how many different ways some one's actions have positively impacted you is always a good idea.
In this sample note above, Dianaâ€™s thanks Mark and Julie for the physical assistance in moving houses. However, she also pointed out that their humor and positive attitudes were of just as much importance.
When thanking someone, describe all of the benefits of their good deed.
Thank You Notes to Family Members
Too often, we neglect writing thank you notes to family. We feel simply saying, â€œthank youâ€ is enough, and that our love and appreciation is a given. However, itâ€™s often the people we are closest to who deserve the most thanks.
Take every possible opportunity to thank your family.
Thanks for being the greatest Mom a daughter could ask for. Youâ€™ve given me so much more than I could ever give back in return. I want you to know how much I appreciate the little things you did for me growing up.
You made me into the woman I am today. I donâ€™t know what I would have done without you.