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Thank You Messages for Friends: Expressing Gratitude for Friendship

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How to Thank a Friend

To have a friend is to be blessed. Writing a thank you card or note to your friend is a great way to express your gratitude for your friendship. It's also an opportunity to name specific ways your friend has helped and enriched your life. This is a resource for figuring out the best way to say thanks to a friend.

There are many reasons a friend might deserve to be thanks. Maybe a friend gave you an amazing gift or spent time helping you solve a problem. Some friends know just the right thing at the right time.

Below are a variety of thank you messages for friends. Use these to say what you need to say, or edit one for your friend. Here are a few simple tips for writing a great thank you note to a friend.

  • Express your thoughts and feelings genuinely
  • Explain why your friend is important
  • Name specific things for which you are grateful
  • Tell why you want to express your gratitude
  • Compliment your friend's good qualities
  • Encourage your friend

Thank You Messages for Friends

  1. For your support, understanding, and sense of humor, I want to say thank you! You are an amazing friend. I don't know what I'd do without you.
  2. What did I do to deserve you as my friend? I am thankful to be graced by your friendship, which I don't always deserve.
  3. If one word could express my gratitude for you and our friendship, it would be 'hug.'
  4. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there for me during my many ups and downs. I’m so blessed to have you as a friend in my life. You have been very understanding and have helped me in countless different ways with your wise words.
  5. No one understands me quite the way you do. I think it takes someone who is a little weird to understand a weirdo.
  6. A friend like you only comes once in a lifetime. I feel so lucky that I found you in my path. We've had so many incredible moments together. We have a one-of-a-kind, unbreakable bond. I look forward to creating more memories with you. Thank you for being my friend.
  7. How many friends can you think of who would put up with what you put up with? I can only think of one, and it's you!
  8. I hope you are doing well. Just in case you weren't aware, I just want to let you know with this card that you have always been my true blue friend. I admire you for the amazing human being you are. You have always been by my side and have talked me out of bad choices.
  9. When I need some good advice, I always know I can talk to you. Then I know that I should do exactly the opposite of what you told me. Just kidding! You are my wise adviser.
  10. We go way back! You have been my friend for how many years now? Phew! How did you put up with me for so long? You are such an incredible person. You have helped me learn so many things about this difficult and confusing life. I want to thank you for being a real friend to me throughout all of these years and for being so patient with me.
  11. No one can make me laugh the way you do. There's something about hanging out with you that makes me feel like a child again. And that's a great feeling. Thanks!
  12. Thank you for everything that you have done for me. Without your help, I would be lost in this crazy world. I consider you to be more than a friend, as you have treated me like family more than anything else. I will always cherish our relationship.
  13. The friendship that we have is one-of-a-kind. I know that you will always be there for me no matter what happens in my life. For that matter, I want to thank you. Thank you for being that friend I always wanted.
  14. You are the best friend I could ask to have! You are not only smart and beautiful but also very caring. Thank you for being there for me at whatever time I need to have a good cry or laugh on the phone. I have learned so much from you. Never change!
  15. Friendships like ours never end. We just get old together and move on to a better place together to carry out our shenanigans.
  16. You have been my shoulder to cry on when I've been down, my rock that has kept me looking straight ahead in life, and my confidant when I needed to talk about issues. For that, I want to thank you for being my friend.
  17. The word friend means a lot to me, because I think of you and all that you have done for me. You are my definition of a good friend.
  18. Did you know that I admire you? Did you know that sometimes I wish I was like you? I have never met as special of a person as you. Thank you for being the great friend that you are to me.
  19. I have learned so much from you. You have showed me what a real friend is. You mean so much to me! Thank you for always being there when I need you.
  20. Dear friend, I have nothing to say to you other than 'thank you.'
  21. Thank you for always having my back. I wish you and your family the best of luck in anything you guys opt to do this year.

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How to Say Thanks with Actions

Don't forget that actions speak louder than words, so sometimes a thank you card is just the beginning of expressing gratitude toward a friend. There are unlimited ways to say thank you with actions from inviting friends to do something they like to do to surprising them with their favorite treat.

Below is a comment section where you can contribute your own ideas of the best way to say thanks to friends. Leave a comment and help others with ideas.

More Resources for Saying Thanks

  • Thank You Messages: What to Write in a Card
    Use these thank you card messages to help you with wording for your card. Expressing your gratitude and saying thanks can be difficult. Edit these to fit your situation.
  • Thank You Messages for Teachers
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  • Thank You Messages for Gifts: How to Say Thanks for ...
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What Actions Say Thanks to Friends the Best?

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on December 26, 2015:

It is always good to acknowledge our friends and that we appreciate them. Some helpful messages here.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on November 18, 2015:

I always like to add my own message in a card to make it more personal. Sometimes I can't think of the right way to say something. Your hub definitely gives a lot of useful ideas and it's a great reference for future use.

Sai Chaitanya from INDIA on November 15, 2014:

Actions speak louder than words. So, If we really want to express our gratitude to our friends. Its better to show them, with our acts and our take towards them.

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