When others show their support for us, it can be hard to put into words how grateful we are. After a big, happy event or a tough time like the loss of a family member, we often have to write thank-you notes or send thank-you cards. These thank-yous might be for people you feel close to, or someone you hardly know at all. You may have never even met the person before.
Jump ahead to these sections:
- ‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Parent or Close Relative
- ‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Partner or Spouse
- ‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Friend
- ‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Colleague or Boss
- ‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for an Acquaintance
- 'Thank You for Being There' Gift Ideas
Whether it’s your parent, partner, friend, boss, or a distant acquaintance, finding the right words and tone can be tricky. We’re here to help! We’ve come up with a list of 25 heartfelt ways to thank someone for being there.
Tip: If you recently lost a loved one, our post-loss checklist can help you sort through the complicated tasks and challenges you might be facing.
‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Parent or Close Relative
Our parents and close relatives are super important people to thank. They’re the people that raised us, cared for us, and kept us safe. If we are lucky enough that they continue to provide us support, there are lots of ways we can express our gratitude. You can always send a pretty bouquet of fresh-cut flowers to make your thanks extra-special.
- Keep it simple: “Thank you for being there, I truly don’t know what I would have done without you.”
- Be specific: “Thank you for being there for me. I’m so grateful for all of the meals you cooked for me and the beautiful flowers that you brought. My house still smells delicious!”
- Reminisce: “I am so grateful that I’ve always been able to count on you. You bandaged my boo-boos when I fell off my bike, wiped away my tears after my first heartbreak, and even now, you are the shoulder I cry on. Thank you for always being there for me.”
- Say thanks with a quote: “Thank you for always being there, Mom. I don’t have enough words to thank you. ‘Love as powerful as your mother’s leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply will give us some protection forever.’ -JK Rowling.”
- If they helped you through the loss of a loved one, your thank you can include condolences for their loss as well:
- “Thank you for being there for me in this difficult time. I know you are grieving as well. [Insert Name] loved you and was always grateful for all the love and support you’ve given us.”
- You can include something specific that your lost loved one appreciated about your parent or relative.
‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Partner or Spouse
When you are writing a thank you message to a partner or spouse, you can use intimate and romantic language to express your gratitude. You might also consider sending this note with a box of their favorite treats or, everyone's favorite, a nice box of chocolates.
- Keep it simple: I am so grateful to have you as my partner. Thank you for always being there for me no matter what.
- Make it romantic with a quote: “Thank you for being there for me. I’m so grateful we chose each other. ‘I choose you. I’ll choose you over and over and over. Without pause, without a doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.’”
- Recall your vows: “You vowed to care for me in sickness and in health, and you have demonstrated this beyond measure. Thank you for taking such good care of me during this hard time. I love you more than I could ever express.”
- If you’re religious: “You truly are a blessing from God. I cannot thank you enough for being there for me.”
- Show your gratitude: Take your partner out for a thank-you dinner. Call ahead to the restaurant and have flowers or a bottle of their favorite drink waiting at the table with a simple note. “Thank you for always being there for me. I love you.”
‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Friend
Having good friends really does make life better, but sometimes it is easy to take the people we are closest to for granted. Here are some ways to thank the friends in your life who have made a big difference.
- Personalize it: “To my whip-smart, hilarious, wine-loving best friend, thank you for being there for me when I needed you most.”
- Make them feel special: “Thank you for being there for me. Friends like you come along once in a lifetime and the world needs more [insert friends name]s.”
- Keep it light: You are a lifesaver! I have no idea what I would have done without you. A million thanks.
- Say it with a quote: “‘A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.’ - Walter Winchell. Thanks for being a real friend.”
- Include a punny gift: Send them a beautiful, long-lasting succulent along with a cute card that says, “Thank you for being there for me... My life would SUCC without you!”
‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for a Colleague or Boss
There are times throughout your career when it is appropriate to write a message of gratitude to a colleague or boss. Figuring out the right words and tone is not only thoughtful, but also important for your career.
- For their mentorship: “I am so grateful for your support and mentorship. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me throughout my career. You played a large role in shaping me into the leader I am today.
- For support through a tough time: “Thank you for being there for me through this trial in my life. Few people can say they have such an understanding colleague/boss. I feel very lucky and grateful.
- Let your coworker know you’re grateful for their friendship: “Thank you for being there for me. ‘Happiness is having a coworker who becomes a friend.’ I’m grateful for our friendship.”
- Say thank you with a quote: “‘The greatest gift of leadership is a boss who wants you to be successful.’ - Jon Taffer.”
- Offer a token of gratitude: A small gift for your boss or coworker’s desk is always a great way to thank them for being there for you. Some ideas include a zen garden, paperweight, beautiful pen, or something personalized. Include a simple note: “Thank you for your kindness and support. It meant a lot to me.”
‘Thank You for Being There’ Message for an Acquaintance
Sometimes we have to thank people that we don’t know very well, and it can feel awkward. There are quite a few ways you can go about this. You can take a fun and creative route, or be more simple and formal. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Be simple and formal: “Thank you for being there for me. I greatly appreciate your generosity of time and effort, and I hope that we will stay in touch.”
- Get creative: Send a thank you note, or record a video, saying “thank you” in lots of different languages. “Thank you! Gracias! Merci! Mahalo! Arigato! Asante! Danke! Grazie! Shukran! Toda! Spasibo! Tack! Hvala!”
- For a tough time, simple is sufficient: “Thank you for showing your support for our family at my dad’s funeral. It meant a lot to all of us that you were there.”
- For a happy time, be specific: “Thank you so much for coming to my baby shower. I know what a special friend you are to my mom. Thank you for the beautiful baby blanket, I can’t wait to take pictures of my little one all snug in it!”
- If the acquaintance did something major for you — take care of an ailing parent, for example — you may want to take more time and effort in thanking them.
- Sample thank you note for a caregiver: “I cannot begin to thank you enough for taking such good care of my grandmother in her final days. I feel so at peace knowing she had you as a companion. Please find attached the details for her funeral and a small token of my gratitude.”
- You might choose to include a meaningful gift, a small family heirloom, or perhaps a monetary bonus.
'Thank You for Being There' Gift Ideas
If you want to up the ante and show your gratitude through a gift or act of service, here are a few ideas:
- Buy them a gift card for their favorite restaurant.
- Treat them to a spa day.
- Gift them a yearly pass to their favorite museum or zoo.
- Make them a homemade meal.
- Send them on an experience they would enjoy.
- Pay it forward, and let them know you’re giving in honor of their generosity!
You can also take a look at our favorite appreciation gifts. But, no pressure! A simple thank you note really does go a long way.