31 Generic Thank You Note Wording Examples

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

  • Do you need some generic thank you note wording because you lost your list?
  • Are you unsure of who the gifts were from at your wedding or another event?
  • Did you think you would remember who gave what and now you don’t?
  • Or perhaps you didn’t plan to write thank you notes for wedding, birthday, or gifts from other events, so you didn’t make a list at the time and now you want to say thank you.

Regardless of why you need a generic thank-you note wording, the examples below may be helpful. And it’s great that you are still expressing gratitude even when you can’t specifically mention the gift.

To admit or not?

When writing the note, you can choose if you want to mention that you don’t know what the gift was or not. 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 note doesn’t include what the gift was (which is usually my #1 tip for a great thank-you note).


  1. Your note can still feel personal and even when you don’t remember what the gift was. The trick is to add a compliment of the person or mention something about the event where the gift was received.
  2. Usually, I recommend a handwritten note that is written on a notecard that is blank on the inside. This may be a time where you want to use a printed card that has a thank you message already on the inside. Then you can add a quick thank you for the gift underneath the pre-printed message and sign your name. But it could be hard to find a pre-printed message that works for your situation. The handwritten note will help the card feel more personal than only signing your name. And a printed card may make the process feel easier.
  3. If could add a thankful quote from this list to help add length to your note. Choose a quote that fits your situation.
  4. If you know that someone gave you money but are not sure how much, that is going to be an easier task to work around in your note as you can still tell the person what you spent the money on. Now, you might not know if it was $10 or $100 and obviously the cost if things vary. So, to cover your bases, use wording like “saving towards” or “it helped us to buy….”. There are more examples for thanking for money here.
  5. Some people will notice that your note is generic or doesn’t mention the gift they gave you. If you think the person is going to be offended to receive a thank you note that doesn’t mention the specific gift, you may want to lean towards admitting that you lost your list or forgot. Honesty may be the best policy.
  6. Instead of writing individual notes, make a photo postcard on a site like Shutterfly and include the words “Thank You” on it. If this is for wedding gifts, a picture of the bride and groom will work. Or a picture of the baby for baby gifts.
  7. If you know what type of gift it was, like maybe baby clothes, you can say “baby clothes” in your note without describing them in detail.

Note: The examples that follow are samples of the center sections of your note. See the complete layout of what a thank you note should look like in the how to write a thank-you note guide.

Wording 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 know that you 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! Yes, it was fun at the time. And now we don’t know how much was from you. 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 give each gift 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 were opening them, she was right! We didn’t make a list. Now, 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 out thank you notes now. 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.
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Wording 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, your love, and the ongoing support.
  11. I am so happy and grateful that you are in my life. Thank you for being there for me.
  12. 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.
  13. I appreciate your gift! You are a wonderful and thoughtful friend. I am glad that we are friends.
  14. I was excited to see you at lunch last week. Thank you for the surprise gift! Your kindness and generosity always touch me.
  15. Thank you for the money. I am saving up for [item or experience that you are saving for.]
  16. I am thankful for you and your recent gift.
  17. Thanks for the gift!!!!!
  18. I love spending time with you. Thank you for coming to my party and for the gift. I enjoyed our conversation.
  19. You are a great friend! Thank you for driving to town for my surprise birthday party. Seeing you was awesome.
  20. Thank you for the wonderful gift. (You can use a thesaurus to change the adjective from wonderful to something else).
  21. I am grateful for your gift.

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Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.