13 Easy Ways to Say “Thank You”

13 Ways to Say Thank You

How many times have you wanted an easy way to say “Thank You” to someone? After all, one of the most powerful phrases in the English language is “thank you.”  It lets you express your gratitude and show appreciation to others. In this post, I will show you 13 easy ways to say “Thank You” so you have a toolbox of gratitude you can use every day!

“Thank You” – With those two words, you can express appreciation for a kind gesture or service someone has done for you. These words have the power to make someone’s day. When you want to go the extra mile in expressing gratitude, try one of these 13 Easy Ways to Say “Thank You”.

Try these gratitude expressions to get you going:

  1. Smile. Express your gratitude with a smile and the other person will almost always smile back. If that person is having a bad day, a smile could be just the thing that turns their day around.
  2. Send a note. If you’re shy, you may find it easier to express yourself in writing. If writing intimidates you, simply write a short note expressing your gratitude. Your heartfelt words will mean more to the recipient than the most beautiful prose or poetry
  3. Buy a unique gift. Look for a small item that you can give as a token of your appreciation. If you’re unsure of what to get, try buying them coffee or sending them chocolates. You can also ask their friends for ideas.
  4. Invite them out. Say “thank you” with a dinner or time together doing something fun that you both enjoy.
  5. Share your story. Brag to others about what someone has done for you. They’ll likely hear about how highly you’re speaking of them. Better yet, brag about them to others in front of them. This will improve their reputation and their confidence at the same time.
  6. Offer a favor. Let the person choose what kind of favor they’d like from you. A small favor can often help someone out in a big way.
  7. Buy them a ticket to an event. Find a local concert or show that they would enjoy and buy them tickets.
  8. Contribute to a charity. Find out what your recipient is passionate about and then make a donation to an appropriate charity in their name.
  9. Add a personal touch. Say “thank you” with a homemade gift. The person will recognize your thoughtfulness and appreciate the gesture. You can handcraft a card or make a photo slideshow. Create something sentimental that truly shows your appreciation.
  10. Phone call. Sometimes a simple phone call is all you need to get your message across. In addition to a phone call to say “thank you,” call on a regular basis to see how they’re doing. Offer your friendship.
  11. Give them a “Gift of the Month.” For someone who’s always doing nice things for you, consider a gift subscription to their favorite magazine. You can also prepay for a subscription to a “book of the month” club that features books that interest them.
  12. Give a gift certificate. If you’re having trouble figuring out the perfect thank you gift, consider a gift certificate to a local mall or online store that sells a variety of different merchandise. That way, they’re sure to get something they like.
  13. Bake some cookies. If you love to bake, your talents can be a sweet way to show your gratitude. Everyone appreciates delicious, homemade desserts. 

The only limit is your imagination. If you go the extra mile to show someone you’re genuinely grateful, the gesture will be remembered for a long time to come. Strengthen a significant relationship in your life today. Choose one of these ideas or come up with your own, and say “thank you” to someone special in a meaningful way.

Have you used of these 13 easy ways to say “Thank You” in the last month? Did you do something else? Leave a comment below and share what you did!


  1. Hanna Long on January 4, 2022 at 9:49 am

    This is a great post! It is so important to be grateful for the people we have in our lives and to say thanks to them! MAde a homemade bread ths evening and I am actually going to gift that to me best friend neighbour! Thank you for this important reminder

    • Paul on January 6, 2022 at 11:08 pm

      You are welcome, Hanna! And I wish I was your neighbor – I would be ready to receive some homemade bread 🙂

  2. Dominique on January 4, 2022 at 9:54 am

    IN the last month — probably. I am a big smiler and I say thank you a lot. When I was out in public more (the pandemic caution is real!), I used phone calls and notes a lot!

    I will have to remember some of these other options. Thank you for reminding me!

    • Paul on January 6, 2022 at 11:10 pm

      Happy to give you some alternatives you can use. The pandemic is real, and I look forward to getting out more as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Jeanine Byers on January 4, 2022 at 10:06 am

    I’ve done a few of them The ones I have done most often are smiling and offering a favor. But these are all great ideas. I’ll have t think of ways to do some of the others.

    • Paul on January 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      FOr me, smiling is the easiest! Just make sure it is genuine.

  4. Roy A Ackerman, PhD EA on January 4, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    The prime fact- MAKE SURE YOU DO THANK FOLKS for their gracious acts. It helps you and it helps htem.

    • Paul on January 7, 2022 at 12:31 pm

      Ya gotta thank then, for sure!

  5. Samantha on January 5, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for sharing this great list. I always try to smile which I have heard many times it, along with laughing, are the best cures for sadness or depression. However, these are all great ideas and I will remember to be thankful in many different ways. THANK YOU for sharing. We are grateful for you (said while smiling, lol).

    • Paul on January 7, 2022 at 12:31 pm

      Received loud and clear, Samantha! And, You are most welcome!

  6. Martha on January 10, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Great list and my (and Lia’s) favorite is #13. Love making cookies or other baked goods as a thank you or even a “feel better” to make someone smile.

    • Paul on January 13, 2022 at 9:13 am

      Of course #13 is her favorite!!

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