41 Generic Thank You Note Message Wording Examples

Generic thank you note wording is needed sometimes when writing out thank you notes.

Perhaps, you are in a hurry or forgot who gave you the gift. Or you need something generic because you don’t know the person well. 

If you want your note to feel personal, include a compliment of the recipient. 

    General Generic Thank You Messages

    Here are some examples of generic thank-you messages. In the sections that follow, there are examples specific to gifts. 

    1. I am so happy and grateful that you are in my life. Thank you for being there for me.
    2. You’re the best. Thank you so much!
    3. Thank you for all that you do for me. 
    4. Thanks for your help and support. 
    5. You’re a blessing to me. Thank you for being my friend. 
    6. I appreciate you!
    7. You bring joy to my life. Thank you. 
    8. Thanks for always being kind to me. 
    9. Thank you for your love and prayers. 
    10. I am grateful for you and all that you do. 
    11. Thank you for inspiring me. You’re amazing. 

    When You Forgot Who Give You The Gift

    Sometimes, you may need to write a generic thank you note when you don’t know who gave you which gift. 

    Perhaps you didn’t use a gift list tracker when opening baby shower or wedding gifts. Regardless of the reason, when writing your thank you note, I will have to decide if you want to mention you don’t know what gift they gave you.

    Admitting it will mean you can stop trying to remember and avoid being tempted to lie if asked explicitly about the present. The other choice is not to mention it and only mention that you don’t know what the gift was if someone asks you. Some people may not notice that the note wasn’t specific. By specific, I mean the message doesn’t include the gift (usually my #1 tip for a great thank-you note).

    Another option, instead of writing individual thank-you notes, is to make a photo postcard that includes the words “Thank You” on it.  For example, a picture of the bride and groom will work for wedding gifts. And for baby gifts, a picture of the new baby. Then, you can include a simple message in a thank you card that says, “Thank you for attending our wedding” or “Thank you for the gift for our baby.” 

    Generic Thank You Messages When Admitting That You Don’t Know What the Gift Was

    1. Thank you for the gift. I appreciate your kindness. I lost my list of gifts, and who gave them, so I don’t know which was from you. I liked them all!
    2. In the excitement of opening our wedding gifts, we forgot to make a list of who gave each gift. Thank you for coming to the wedding and your gift.
    3. We received many gifts when the baby was born, and we know one was from you. However, we were not organized and now have no idea who gave each gift. We are so embarrassed! We do appreciate all of the clothes and other items.
    4. Thank you for your gift, if you gave me one! I can’t remember who gave me what at the party. I am sorry about that. I enjoyed visiting with catching up with you and hearing the latest on your children.
    5. I am grateful for your gift! I can’t remember which one was from you and lost my list. All the baby gifts from the shower will be used and are appreciated.
    6. Thank you for your generous gift! Have you ever wondered if newlyweds open cards without reading them and just shake out the cash? We were that couple! It was fun then, but now we are embarrassed to admit that we don’t know how much each person gave us. Maybe it’s okay that we don’t know! Thank you for coming to the wedding too.
    7. Thank you for the gift! I mixed up who gave each present at the shower. I am a little embarrassed about that. I know you likely spent hours choosing a gift for me. I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.
    8. I am glad we are friends! Thank you for coming to my birthday party. I lost my list of who gave each gift. If you brought me a gift, thank you for it!
    9. Thank you for the wedding gift. We have learned a lesson the hard way. When Mom said to keep track of gifts as we opened them, she was right! We didn’t make a list. We are sending out thank you notes without knowing who gave us what. Thank you for coming to the wedding too.
    10. The gift list is missing! Instead of delaying even longer, we are sending thank you notes. Thank you for any gifts you gave us. We enjoyed visiting with you at the reception and hearing the latest on your children and cats.

    Generic Thank You Messages When NOT Admitting That You Don’t Know What the Gift Was

    In the first two examples below, in place of the word [event], in your note, put birthday, Christmas, surprise, baby shower, wedding, or whatever event is the reason for the gift. If it was a random surprise gift, you could say surprise in place of the event. Or leave it out and just say thank you for the gift.

    1. Thanks for the [event] gift.
    2. I was excited to see you at [event]. Thank you for coming and for the gift too.
    3. Thank you for the birthday gift. Celebrating with you was fun! Let’s have lunch soon.
    4. I was excited to spend time with you at my birthday party. Seeing you was a delightful surprise. Thanks for the gift too!
    5. Thank you for your gift. We enjoyed seeing you at the party. Let’s plan to meet for lunch next week.
    6. I am thankful for all of the baby shower gifts! They will help us when the baby arrives. I enjoyed talking to you at the shower and hearing stories from when your babies were born.
    7. Thank you for coming to the wedding! We appreciate your gift.
    8. The food you brought while I was recovering from surgery was excellent. Thank you for taking the time to make it. The whole family enjoyed it.
    9. Thank you for your kindness and the gift.
    10. Thank you for the gift, love, and ongoing support.
    11. Thank you for your Christmas gift. I mixed up who gave me which scented candle, but I liked them both! I will enjoy them soon.
    12. I appreciate your gift! You are an excellent and thoughtful friend. I am glad that we are friends.
    13. I was excited to see you at lunch last week. Thank you for the surprise gift! Your kindness and generosity always touch me.
    14. Thank you for the money. I am saving up for [item or experience you are saving for.]
    15. I am thankful for you and your recent gift.
    16. Thanks for the gift!!!!!
    17. I love spending time with you. Thank you for coming to my party and for the gift. I enjoyed our conversation.
    18. You are a great friend! Thank you for driving to town for my surprise birthday party. Seeing you was awesome.
    19. Thank you for the beautiful gift. (You can use a thesaurus to change the adjective from wonderful to something else).
    20. I am grateful for your gift.

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    Author: Heidi Bender

    Title: Writer

    Expertise: Thank You Notes


    Heidi Bender is a writer and author who founded Tons of Thanks. She aims to help people write thank-you notes by providing examples and tips. She is the author of She is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes.