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Ways to Thank Someone For Offering Help
How to Thank Someone for Their Support
Giving up our time in service to others is one of the noblest pursuits we can aspire to. It’s a pure expression of selflessness. When someone does this for you, you want to find the perfect way to express your gratitude. But how do you say, "thanks a lot for the help"?
It’s not complicated. Simply open your heart and speak what needs to be said. But if you’re not sure what that is, read on. We’ve assembled a few ideas of our favorite thank-yous to help inspire you. Scroll through this valuable advice until something speaks to you. Use that phrase as the starting point for your thank you message and you’re sure to touch your recipient’s heart in the same way they touched yours.
We hope this article helps you find your voice so that "thank you" can make a real impact on the people in your life that deserve it, whether you're thanking your boss, wonderful husband, or a close friend.
Reasons You Might Need to Send Thank You Messages
There are as many reasons to send thank you messages as there are things to be grateful for. Here are some of the most common examples of when to thank someone for their help:
- For doing you a favor
- For their hospitality
- For career advice
- For job search help
- For planning your baby shower
- For a kind deed or gesture
- For their support during a difficult time
- For being a real friend
- Thank you response for gift
- For revealing a great opportunity
- For making your favorite drink (this last one is self-serving because we could really use one.)
The reasons you might need the right words to express your thanks are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Let's look at some examples of different phrases you can use in a thank you note in various situations.
Tips for Making Your Thank You Messages Even Better
When you’re crafting your thank you message, keep the following things in mind:
Be specific about what you’re thanking them for. In all likelihood, they already know why you're sending a thank you, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't talk about it. Make sure they know that you know the extent of the support they gave you.
Make it personal. Use heartfelt words that specifically target your recipient. Use their first name and include details only they'll know. Their kindness was personal, and your thank you should be, too. If you have a tough time with this, keep an image of your recipient in your mind, and the support they gave you, and then write as if you were speaking directly to them.
Avoid the generic “thank you”. This falls in line with our last suggestion. Consider these two examples:
"Thank you for always being there for me. You are a good friend and I appreciate your support. You're the best!"
"Sally! Thank you for taking the time to help me with my resume yesterday. Job searching is such a pain, but with you in my life it's much easier! My gratitude is boundless. Thank you for your support. Also thank you for reaching out. I hope this simple note is enough!"
Of these two examples, the first is generic and dull. It could apply to anyone, and so it makes very little impact. The second is specific to your recipient and shows that you were paying attention.
Keep it short and sweet. Use kind words and don't over-complicate things. A few sentences expressing your gratitude is all you need. Too many words and your sentiment can become muddled.
There are so many reasons to be grateful, and so many people to thank for their help. Knowing how to put your gratitude into words can be difficult, but it's worth the effort. The people who have helped you deserve to know just how much you appreciate them. Use one of the phrases we've suggested, or come up with your own.
Saying Thank You For a Good Deed
If you’re looking for a general thank-you to express your gratitude for someone else’s kind actions, any of these make a fine launchpad. Whether you're mailing to a friend, family member, dear husband, customer, or client, it's important to let them know you recognize their support.
- “I can’t thank you enough for stepping in when I needed you most.”
- “You didn’t have to offer to help, but you did, which says so much about you. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.”
- “Words can barely express how thankful I am that you’re in my life.”
- "I can't begin to thank you enough for what you've done for our family. You're the best!"
- “You are a true friend, and I want you to know just how much I appreciate what you did for me.”
- “Your kind gesture made me feel so cared for. I’m so lucky to have you. Thanks a million!”
- “I thought I was out of luck until you volunteered. Your kindness is appreciated more than you know.”
- “Thank you for trying when no one else was able to. You’re a true friend. Thank you.”
- "Thanks for helping coach the baseball team this year. Please accept my gratitude, meaning "you're the best!"
- “Thank you for your efforts. I’ll never forget what you did for me when I needed it the most. You’re amazing!”
- “I’ll be forever grateful for your help always. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
- "Thank you for your generosity, meaning thanks for everything! You're the best!"
- "Thanks for your "thank you message after accident" card you sent. It really helped!"
- "Thanks so much for the gift basket! As always, you've sent such a thoughtful client gift."
- Thank you for reaching out after so long. It was great to hear from you!
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Saying Thank You For Helpful Advice
Sometimes help comes in the form of guidance and instruction instead of actions. Especially when we have work related questions such as "Can someone help explain why this is incorrect and what the right answer is? Thank you!" or "please help me with these two questions, I'm very confused. Thank you!" or "please help me solve these problems they're all connected! Thank you in advance" or "can you please explain how to do these questions thoroughly. Thank you!!"
This might require less effort, but it can be just as valuable. As the old saying goes, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Here are some starter thoughts on how you can thank someone for good advice. After thanks, what to say? Nothing! "Thank you" is enough.
- “Thanks for agreeing to meet with me. Being able to bounce ideas off of you was immensely valuable.”
- “I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge with me. It’s sure to pay dividends in the future.”
- “I was completely confused before you offered to help. Now I understand, and it’s made all the difference!”
- “I can’t imagine having to navigate this situation without your expert advice. Thanks so much!”
- “I’m so grateful for your insights. I finally see what I need to do. Thank you for solving the issue!”
- "Thanks again for your help. Your advice really helped clarify my situation."
- “I’ve been stuck for so long! Your advice finally opened the door I needed to move forward.”
- “Thank you for your time and guidance. I know I can rely on you in the future.”
- "Thanks for your support. Your wisdom is always a great check against mistakes."
- "Sending big thanks for your support. You're always there for me. thanks you for sharing!"
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Saying Thank You For On the Job Support
We all face challenges in our professional lives. Sometimes all it takes is fortitude and resolve, but occasionally we have to reach out for help. When that happens, an appropriate thank-you is in order. Here are a few thoughts on how you might start.
- “I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to help me with my report. Your Excel knowledge is impressive!”
- “Thanks for providing a second perspective. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Your advice opened my eyes.”
- “Thank you for offering me your second laptop while mine was with IT for repairs. I would have been sunk otherwise.”
- “You really do know your stuff! You know just what to say. Thanks for helping my team out on this project.”
- “The term ‘team player’ was invented for you. Thanks for being there for us all!”
- "Thanks for the gift ideas! I think the gift baskets we got the client look great!"
- “I was so lost in that meeting. Thanks for explaining things to me afterward.”
- “You are the best manager I have ever worked for. Thank you for all your guidance and support. I am truly lucky to be on your team."
- "I know I can always count on you to be there for me. Thank you for being such a great resource and mentor."
- "What's another word for "thanks for asking"? Thanks for being such a responsible employee!"
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Saying Thank You For Financial Support
Money challenges can be frightening. Sometimes we just need a bit of help to get us through hard times until we can get back on our feet. Good friends and family that stick their necks out for us deserve all the thanks we can heap on them. You might say thank you in one of these ways.
- “Thank you for offering me the money I needed. I’ll pay you back as soon as I possibly can!”
- “Your generosity amazes me. Thank you for the generous gift. I can’t thank you enough for offering to help.”
- “You lent me money when I needed it without knowing if you’d ever get it back. I can’t thank you enough.”
- “I would have been in a real bind without your help. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. You really sent a snappy gift.”
- “I knew if anyone would help, it would probably be you. You are so generous and so kind! Thank you.”
- “It’s hard to ask for help financially, but you didn’t make me feel bad about it. I’m so grateful for your friendship.”
- “I know you are really busy, and I appreciate you making time to help me out. You are the best!”
- "Your support means everything to me. Thank you for being so understanding and generous."
- "Thank you for the discount. I'm so happy you could accommodate me because I love your brand so much."
Saying Thank You For Temporary Lodging
If you’ve ever needed a couch to crash on, you know how much of an imposition it can feel like. And yet people step up to help. Thank them effusively for their act of generosity with something like these.
- “Thanks so much for opening your home to me and my family. You helped us out of a real bind. If you ever need a place to stay, our doors are open!”
- “I needed a place to crash and you offered it. I’m forever in your debt.”
- “I know it’s difficult to share your space with others, so I really appreciate you letting me stay with you.”
- “I really enjoyed staying with you last week. You made me feel so welcome. Thanks!”
- “You were so gracious while we were staying with you that I never felt like we were taking advantage. Thanks so much for that!”
- “You are so kind! I feel really lucky that you were able to help us out.”
- "Your hospitality was amazing! Thank you so much for opening your home to me."
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How to Thank Someone for Their Help Professionally
There are plenty of occasions where you might want to thank a colleague or employee for aid they rendered on the job. Try out these simple phrases.
- "Thank you for your assistance with the Davidson account. Your input was invaluable and I can't thank you enough."
- "Thank you for willing to help when no one else volunteered. Your dedication to the company is greatly appreciated and we wanted to recognize you for it."
- "Thank you for assisting me with that recent customer call. I wasn't sure how to handle her concern and you executed it flawlessly. I appreciate the help!"
- "I never could have closed that account on my own! You really saved the day. Thanks for your assistance!"
Other Ways to Say "Your Help Was Greatly Appreciated"
Sending a thank you message is one way to say "thank you" but it isn't the only one. You might also try these quick thoughts.
Give Them a Small Gift
By itself, or along with a thank you card, a great gift can be the perfect way to show your gratitude. If you write heartfelt thanks, consider including a gift card in the envelope. Choose something universal, like a Visa or Amazon gift card and your friend will be able to get a small token that means something to them.
The perfect gift is different for each person, so try to get to know what they like. That's easy for your best friend or someone you've known for years. For a new person in your life, you can just ask them! Under the guise of getting to know them better, find out their interests and what motivates them. That way you can send a lovely gift that they'll love. They supported you, so you should support them.
Leave a Nice Comment on Social Media
If you're friends with someone on social media, and they helped you out in some way, leaving a nice comment is a great way to say thank you. Not only will your friend appreciate the sentiment, but other people who are watching your social media feeds will see that you're a gracious person (and more importantly, that your friend is a helpful person.)
Pay It Forward
Sometimes the best way to repay someone for all the help they gave you is to do something nice for someone else. They'll feel lucky that you helped them out, and you'll feel like a good friend. Few people will object to this kind of treatment. Make sure to ask them to pay your kindness forward to someone else. Doing so takes one helpful gift and transforms it into support that dozens of people can be thankful for.
Send a Video Message
If you want to go the extra mile, send a video message. You can use something like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype to do this. It's more personal than a text or an email, and it will show your friend that you really appreciate everything they've done for you.
Video messages are especially great for long-distance friends. You can thank them for their support "in-person" without being there. If they helped you get a new job, pulled you through a tough time, or helped you take a step forward where you were stuck, a video is a warm way to tell a wonderful friend thank you for always being there.
Have Flowers Delivered
If you want to go with a more traditional route, sending flowers is a very nice way to say thank you. You can order them online or go to your local florist. There are tons of different flower arrangements to choose from, so you'll be able to find one that perfectly suits your friend's personality and style. Plus, they'll love getting a beautiful bouquet in the mail.
Let Them Know They're a Great Friend
Sometimes the best way to say thank you is just to tell your friend how much you appreciate them. Letting them know that they're a caring person is one of the best compliments you can give. Everyone loves to feel appreciated, and your friend will definitely appreciate hearing that from you.
Remember, you really can't go wrong as long as you speak from the heart. Your friends will take your thank you in the spirit it was intended.
Thanking someone for their help doesn't have to be difficult. You can choose from a variety of expressions of gratitude, depending on the relationship you have with the person who helped you out. No matter what you do, make sure to say thank you! It's the polite thing to do, and it will make your friend feel good.
No matter how you say thank you, the sentiment behind it is what counts. When someone goes out of their way to help us, we should take the time to appreciate them. A thank you note may seem old-fashioned, but there's something about getting a handwritten note in the mail that still feels really special. So go ahead and show your appreciation in whichever way feels best to you! And don't forget an appropriate thank you note closing.
Make Your Message Personal
We hope you now you know what to say. But that only answers half the question of how do you thank someone for offering help. You also need to decide how to send your thanks. You could send an email or text message. They're are easy but also impersonal.
If you really want to show someone you’re grateful for their help you should consider a handwritten message. It can be a short note or a long letter. Any sentiment you send will be appreciated by your friends. A handwritten thank you note is a special gift you can provide your friends that doesn't cost much and shows just how much their support means to you.
If you have a difficult time writing one, we can help! All you need to do is upload your message to Simply Noted and our automated handwriting machines will fill out your card and envelope using a real ballpoint pen. It’s the next best thing to writing a thank you card yourself! Try it today.
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