When your daily schedule gets hectic, you’re going through a rough patch in life, or you’re just feeling down, it always feels good when the loved ones in your life step in to help ease your load. Maybe they surprised you with a lavish bouquet of flowers. Maybe they dropped off a week’s worth of meals so that you didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner every night. Maybe they provided a much-needed listening ear, and some sage life advice. No matter what they did, you feel immensely grateful for their presence in your life, and you want to thank them for everything they do for you.

Rattling off a quick thank you text message is the fastest and easiest way to show your appreciation, but it can also come across as flippant or inadequate. How do you send a thank you text messages that convey the full depth and breadth of your appreciation?

Here are some of our best and most creative ideas for showing appreciation through thank you text messages!

1. Be sincere

It’s not every day that we tell our loved ones just how important they are to us. On some level, they know that we love them, but sometimes the best thing you can do is let them know exactly why you’re so grateful to have them as a friend, family member, or significant other. Don’t be afraid to get sappy! Tell them what you admire about them, and how they make the world a better place.

For example:

“Thank you so much for staying up late to listen to me vent last night! It was a super rough week..it means so much to me that you made time to listen to me. I don’t know what I’d do without your wisdom!”


“Thank you so much for the thoughtful birthday gift! You always have the most creative gift ideas. I love it!”


“Thank you so much for dropping off a cake at my place! You’re the greatest baker I know, and I can’t wait to dig in!”

2. Don’t wait for them to do you a favor

Most of the time, we send thank you text messages after someone has done something for us. However, sometimes the best way to show appreciation is to do it spontaneously, instead of waiting for an “appropriate” occasion. Instead of thanking someone for doing a specific favor for you, send them a surprise text out of the blue that lets them know how much you appreciate them!

For example:

“This is super random, but I was just thinking about how much I appreciate you! Every time I see you, you always have a huge smile on your face and an endlessly optimistic outlook on life. I’m so grateful to have you as a cheerleader!”


“I don’t say it often enough, but I’m so lucky to have you in my life! Your friendship means so much to me!”


“Can I just say that I’m so grateful for your thoughtfulness? You always know the right thing to say, and I’d be lost without you!”

3. Reach out to them on their special day

If you feel awkward just randomly texting someone to tell them how much you appreciate them, you can also take advantage of special holidays or anniversaries to let them know how much they mean to you.

Birthdays are a perfect opportunity to send someone a heartfelt appreciation text, but you can also send texts on special anniversaries, holidays like Mother’s or Father’s Day, or even important dates like the day of a final exam or major work presentation.

For example:

“Happy Birthday! I just wanted to let you know that you’re my best friend, and I feel lucky every day that you’re such a huge part of my life. I love you!”


“Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe that we’ve spent X years together, it’s crazy how time flies! These have been the best X years of my life, and I hope you know that I cherish every single second I get to spend with you!”


“Break a leg at your audition this afternoon! You’re the most talented actor I know, and I know you’ll kill it today! You’ve always been my biggest cheerleader, and I’m rooting for you just as hard!”

4. Use your thank you text messages as a hint for more appreciation to come

If you live together or near each other, you can also show your appreciation in more physically tangible ways. Surprise your loved one with a gift or note that shows how grateful you are for their presence in your life – and use a text message as a tiny heads-up to let them know that you’ve prepared a little present for them!

For example:

Leave little sticky notes around the house that list things that you appreciate about them. Then, send them a text to let them know to keep an eye out for your sticky notes!

“Here’s a little note to tell you how much I appreciate you! I’ve hidden a bunch more notes around the house, I challenge you to see how many you can find!”


Arrange to have some flowers delivered to their house or work, and then send them a text that keeps them anticipating your gift!

“Hey! Keep an eye out for a little “just because” present that’s coming your way today! Can’t wait for you to get it!”


Prepare their favorite meal for them and send in-progress shots of your cooking to get them excited!

“Guess what? I’m making X for dinner tonight! I know this week has been super hectic for you. It’s time for you to be spoiled! 😊”

5. Don’t be afraid to get romantic!

No matter whether your relationship is in its early stages, or you’ve been together for years, it can be easy to let romance and appreciation fall to the wayside.

If you’ve just gotten together, it might feel awkward to verbalize just how much your significant other has changed your life in such a short amount of time.

If you’ve been dating or married for a long time, you might fall into a rut and forget to let your partner know how much they mean to you. No matter what kind of relationship situation you’re in, don’t be afraid to tell your partner how much you appreciate them! Get romantic with some of these thank you text messages!

For example:

“Before you came into my life, I never thought that I would find a person who makes me smile so effortlessly! I just wanted to say thank you for being the best boyfriend in the world!”


“I feel like I can really be myself around you, and you don’t know how much that means to me. Thank you for being you!”


“I miss you every time we’re apart. You make me feel safe and loved, and I’m so grateful to have you in my life!”

Showing your appreciation to a loved one can feel hard sometimes, but we often underestimate the impact that vocalizing our gratefulness can have on a person’s day, or even their life. Especially over text, which is normally a quick and casual method of communication, it’s hard to know how to begin.

Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas for how to show your appreciation and tell the people in your life how much you care.

The biggest takeaway? BE SINCERE!!! If you feel love, thankfulness, and joy that someone is in your life, let them know exactly how you feel! Go ahead and start firing off your own thank you text messages!

Claudia Cox

Claudia Cox is a modern communication expert who gives singles and couples alike the tools they need to improve their relationships. She is the creator of The Text Weapon Texting Club, and the author of French Seduction Made Easy. She loves the outdoors, baking tasty treats for friends, and of course, texting.
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