21 Ways to Say ‘Thank You for Helping Me Out’


During the hardest periods in life, you may have friends and family gather around to lend you a helping hand. They might help you with babysitting your kids, cooking some meals, driving you to appointments, or even provide a shoulder to cry on. Having that kind of support in life can feel priceless, and you may be wondering how to say thanks for all the help.

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At times, saying thank you can feel harder than figuring out how to ask for help. If you’re in need of some fresh ideas, you’re in luck. Here are several ways to tell someone just how much they mean.

How to Say ‘Thanks for Helping Me’ in a Letter, Note or Email

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If you’re planning to sit down and send a thank you note the old-fashioned way, here are a few examples of things you can say. 

1. “Dear John, I appreciate your help, your love, your care, and your concern for me during this time. It has been harder than I can say with experiencing the loss of my mom, but you being here has been a tremendous encouragement. Thank you.” 

If a friend or relative has helped you through a particularly difficult time in life, such as the loss of a parent, it is perfectly appropriate to reference how deeply grateful you are for their aid. 

2. “Thanks for everything you’ve done for me and my family. Your actions mean more than I can say to us all.”

If you’re writing a thank you note on behalf of your family, be sure to reference everyone in this way. To add an extra special touch, have each person sign the thank you note, as well.

3. “Having you by my side during this season meant so much. Thank you for helping and for always being there just when I needed you the most.”

Use a message like this for a person who has not only helped out here and there, but has been someone you can rely on. If they have been a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to sit in silence with you and just hold your hand, here’s a great way to say thanks.

4. “Do you know how thankful I am for you? More than I can say. You helped us out during a time when we weren’t sure how we were going to make it through. Thank you for being by our side.”

If you’re unsure of whether your friend or relative knows how thankful you are for their help, use a message like this. They will surely know that they have made an impact in your life after they read this note.

5. “You have been such a tremendous help to me during this time. Thank you so very much!”

This message is short and sweet and can work for nearly anyone who has helped you out in some way.

6. “Thank you for sticking by my side when my world started falling apart. You helped me keep it together and make it through.”

If you had someone hang tough with you when tough times arrived, send them a note with this message. Consider adding thank you quotes in addition to your own message to lengthen the note.

7. THANK YOU in pictures

If your thank you message is on the lighter side, consider taking a number of pictures where you hold one letter in each picture and spell out ‘thank you.’ Combine all the pictures into a collage and print it out. Include it in the note to put a smile on their face. This is a creative, fun, and lighthearted way to thank someone for their help.

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How to Say ‘Thanks for Helping Me’ in a DM or Text Message

When thanking someone for helping you in a direct message or a text, you’ll want to keep the message simple, short, and impactful. A DM can be a bit longer but keep text messages short so someone can read it on the go.

8. “Thank you for everything!”

This is simple and short, but also references what you’re thanking them for. Make sure you make some mention of what they did rather than just saying, “Thank you” and leaving it at that. Even saying, “...for everything” is enough to job their memory and tell them that you’re thanking them for helping out.

9. Send a picture

Send a picture with you holding a sign that says, “Thank you so much!” Consider variations on this for different situations such as you and your family holding a sign or your children holding a sign.

10. Send a voice clip

This works best for direct messaging on social media platforms. Send a brief voice message thanking them for their help and you’ll be sure to bring a smile to their face.

11. Send a video clip

This also works well for direct messaging. Simply record a short video clip of you thanking your friend or relative for the help they’ve been to you and hit send. It might only take thirty seconds, but it will mean the world to the person who receives it.

12. “You’re the absolute best! Thank you for your help!”

This is a short and upbeat thank you message that works well when sending someone a text message.

13. “I couldn’t have made it through without you. Thank you for everything!”

This text message is purposefully on the serious side. Send this to someone who helped you through a difficult situation. Even though it’s short, it’s still appropriate when thanking someone for helping you. 

14. “Thank you a million times over for helping me out!”

This text message is on the lighthearted side but also relays how grateful you are for the person who helped you out. Let them know how thankful you are.

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How to Say ‘Thank You for Helping Me’ When You’re Face-to-Face

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Face-to-face conversations can be tricky. You want to share your gratitude without sounding overly mushy or insincere. Thanking a friend is always easier than thanking someone you don’t really know. What do you say? How will they react? Here are a few short messages and actions you can use when thanking someone in person.

15. “Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did. I couldn’t have gotten through that without your help. I really appreciate it.”

Having serious or significant conversations isn’t always easy. But sharing something like this will tell the other person how much you value them, how grateful you are for their help, and how vital their presence was to you. It says everything you need to say in a short and concise manner.

16. Hand them a note to read

If you’re dreading the face-to-face conversion, consider handwriting them a note to read with you present instead. Notes can help break the ice on what you want to say. After they’ve read it, you may find it easier to hold a conversation since they already know what you want to talk about.

17. Take them for coffee

Taking someone out for one-on-one time with you can be a perfect way to destress and communicate your gratitude for their help. Coffee and conversation is a natural way to connect and share important thoughts.

Be sure to tell them how grateful you are while talking. An easy way to do this is by referencing your family and saying something like, “My family and I are so thankful for your help. You’ve been such a support to us all.”

18. Handwritten card from child

If your friend or relative helped watch your child by babysitting, taking them out from time to time, or doing other things to help them through some hard moments, consider having your child write a card.

They can express through words and pictures how thankful they are in their own way. Hand this to them when you see the person face-to-face so you can explain any drawings or text. This will create a meaningful note that they’ll be sure to keep for a long time.

19. Floral bouquet 

Consider purchasing a bouquet of flowers to show your gratitude for someone’s help. Make sure to include a note of thanks on the card included with the bouquet.

A simple message such as, “You’ve been a tremendous help. Thank you so much.” should suffice. This is just one of many ways to show gratitude that will bring a smile to their face and brighten their day.

20. Gift basket 

If you want to give a gift as a way to say thank you, consider what things the person would like and put together a gift basket.

This could be something on the smaller side such as a bottle of lotion, body wash, and loofah or more elaborate such as a date-night for the person and their spouse with movie tickets or DVDs, popcorn, theater candy, and a gift card for a restaurant they enjoy. 

21. “Your presence has meant the world to us. Thank you for helping out so much.”

If you only have a few minutes to say thank you to someone in person, say something along this line. Though short, it still goes far in telling them how thankful you are for their help. 

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Showing Gratitude For Receiving Help

Whether you thank someone through a card, text message, or face-to-face over coffee, you’ll be sharing something significant and meaningful. Communicating gratitude helps other people know that they made an impact in your life for the better.

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