Birthday Thank You Notes

Birthday Thank You Note Tips

  Birthday thank you notes are recommended for large or special birthdays; usually the most notable ones being the milestone birthdays ending in 5 or 0.  In addition to expressing thanks for the gift, a thank you note should also thank the person for attending the party, kindness and consideration shown at the party, or any other favors that the friend did for the party or otherwise. A thank you note should detail why you love the gift, how it is being appreciated and used, and how it sits apart from other gifts.   If you got a gift card, you should state how you plan on using it.

  Birthday thank you notes are typically sent within a week after the birthday has passed. It can take two to three weeks if the birthday celebrator is extremely busy, but it should not be delayed any later than that. A birthday thank you note is generally less formal than wedding or confirmaion thank you notes, for example, but its timeliness is especially important.   Ideally, it should be sent a few days after the birthday.

  A thank you note for a birthday gift can be a great way to reconnect with someone you love but haven’t had much contact with.   Your friend has put in the effort by going to your birthday party and bringing a gift, and will love the fact that you acknowledge the friendship with a personal note.

  A birthday thank you note should start with a personal addressing of the giver.  If you have a nickname, you might want to use that as the greeting name.  Then thank them for the gift, which should be named and described with as much excitement as you can muster.  Following that, a description of how it is being enjoyed is often included.  Most other aspects of the thank you note can be whatever you like, but it should stay positive, stay focused on your loved one that you are thanking, and should conclude with a repetition of your gratitude.


Birthday Thank You Note Wording Samples

Sample Birthday Gift Thank You Note In a Formal Style
Sample Birthday Gift Thank You Note In a Casual Style
Thank You for the Item of Clothing
Thank You for Attending
Thank You for the Birthday Gift Certificate/Gift Card
Thank You for the Money
Thank You for the Flowers
21st Birthday Thank You Wording
40th Birthday Thank You Wording
50th Birthday Thank You Wording
For Gag Gift (Informal, and Faux Formal)
Funny Thank You Wording for Birthday Gift
Thank You to Friends or Family for Birthday Party
Other Phrases and Quotes


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Sample Birthday Gift Thank You Note In a Formal Style

“Dear Shannon,

  The beautiful silver picture frame you bought for me looks lovely in our living room. What a charming antique! I've placed a favorite photo of my parents in it. It looks absolutely stunning.

  Thank you so much for your very thoughtful gift. I'll always treasure it.

Sincerely”

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“Thank you for the luxurious, down comforter. It is so soft I can barely wait until night time to go to bed. You always have such great taste and know exactly what to buy me for my birthday. I love it. Thanks again for your thoughtful gift.”

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“Thank you for the lovely [insert gift].   I will think of you every time I use it. Your generosity consistently amazes me. Thanks again.”

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“Thank you for not only remembering my birthday, but also for sending such a lovely and thoughtful gift. Your choice of [insert item] was exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much.”

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“Thank you for the lovely [beautiful, original, wonderful] gift.   It was so thoughtful of you to remember my birthday. Your gift was an unexpected bonus. I love it. Thanks again.”

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“Thank you for the toaster oven [or insert other appliance] for my birthday [or insert holiday, housewarming, etc.]. Your thoughtful gift will come in handy almost daily and will give me cause to smile and think of you each time it is used. Thanks again.”


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Sample Birthday Gift Thank You Note In a Casual Style

“Thanks for sending me the [insert gift].   It’s awesome. You totally rock.  Thanks again.”

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“I had to write you an official thank you note for the [insert gift] you sent me for my birthday [graduation, etc].  It was so cool of you to take the time to pick out something so perfect. You are the best! Thanks again, man.”

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“Thank you for an awesome birthday present. Your gift was spent on a really fun night out of dinner and a killer show. You made this year's birthday that much more happy. Thanks again.”

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Thank You for the Item of Clothing

“Thank you so much for the [item of clothing]. It really is incredible, and I'm sure I will be wearing it a lot - probably starting this week-end. Thanks again.”

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“Thanks so much for the windbreaker! It will be perfect for camping, which I plan to do a lot this spring. It was very thoughtful of you, and it's easily one of my favorite gifts. You've also made my mother happy since she often worries about me getting "chilly".

Thanks again. I will send photos of my trip to Big Bear.”

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“The scarf you gave me is gorgeous! I just can't believe you knitted that yourself. It looks like something from a high-end boutique I could never afford. And with this cold weather, I know I will get lots of use out of it. with a gift like this, I almost don't mind getting another year older.

Best wishes,”

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“Guess what I am wearing right now! You really know my taste in clothes. The black blouse you got for my 40th is very me. It's so comfortable and versatile, and I can wear it anywhere. Thank you for your thoughtful gift.

Please give my best to Mike. “

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“Thanks for remembering my birthday. You're a good friend. I just love the silk blouse. It's gorgeous, and the color is perfect! Every time I wear it, I'll think of you.”

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“Thank you for the beautiful sweater [coat, scarf, hat]. Your taste is always impeccable. I cannot wait to wear it.  I have already set it aside for [insert special occasion]. Thanks again.

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“Thank you for the awesome [cute, stylish, hot] [top, dress, pants, skirt]. You pick the coolest [or hippest, best, most fabulous] clothes. I wish you had picked out my entire wardrobe.  Seriously, I love it - thanks again.

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“You are so sweet to remember my big day! I was trying to forget it but when your gift arrived, I was actually glad it was my birthday. I love the cookbook. I have seen it in stores and always thought it looked interesting. And it is! Tonight's dinner comes straight from it. Thanks again for thinking of me.”


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Thank You for Attending

“Thank you so much for coming to my birthday party. I had such a wonderful time, and it wouldn’t have been the same without you – your presence really made the day worthwhile. Thanks again.”


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Thank You for the Birthday Gift Certificate/Gift Card

“Thank you for the birthday gift certificate [or gift card]. It really was so very generous of you, and I cannot thank you enough. I will certainly put it to good use in the near future.  Thanks again.”


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Thank You for the Money

“Thank you so much for the generous gift - it really was so thoughtful. Your kindness and generosity is so much appreciated. I shall put the gift to good use for [purpose]. Thanks again!”

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“Thank you for not only remembering my birthday but sending such a generous gift as well. Your gift is being saved to put toward a down payment on a new car. I'll think of you when I'm driving around town smiling from ear to ear. Thanks again.”

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“Thank you for your happy birthday wishes and the generous present. Thanks to you, my vacation in Hawaii was much more fun. You're a kind and generous friend. Thanks again.”

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“Thank you for your generous birthday present. Your gift was used to buy a beautiful new pair of shoes that I've had my eye on. I'll think of you every time I wear them. Thanks again.”

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“Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.’  Maybe he should have had a generous friend like YOU. Thank you for the generous gift!”


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Thank You for the Flowers

“Thank you for the flowers you sent for my birthday. What a lovely surprise; you know how much I love roses. Their scent is heavenly and they are gracing the entrance hall and receiving lots of compliments.

Thank you once again.”

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“Thank you for the beautiful flowers you sent for my birthday. What a lovely surprise it was when I arrived home from work to find them on my doorstep. The roses are stunning and fit perfectly in my new crystal vase.

Thanks again.”

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“Thank you for the rose tree you sent me for my birthday. I have already found a spot in the garden for it and look forward to enjoying heavenly roses for many years to come.

Thanks again.”

 

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21st Birthday Thank You Wording

"Dear Mon and Dad, 

  Thank you so much for the surprise bash you organized for my 21st.  I had the most wonderful time and will have lasting memories of turning 21!

  What a joy it was to see all my old school friends and catch up on all the latest news and gossip!  I am blessed to have such wonderful parents and treasure every moment we spend together.

  Thanks again for a truly wonderful birthday.”


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40th Birthday Thank You Wording

“Thank you so much for joining me in celebrating my 40th. I hope you enjoyed the party as much as I did. The remote controlled helicopter is a great toy for a 40 year old, especially one as immature as me.  Now I just have to learn how to fly it!”

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“I had to let you know again how great it was to see you last week. Turning 40 isn't always fun but with you at my party I was elated to turn the big 4-0. I so appreciate your making the trip.

With a friend like you to spend time with, any age is great!

Thanks again.”


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50th Birthday Thank You Wording

“Just sending you a quick note to thank you for joining me in celebrating my 50th birthday. I had a wonderful evening and hope you did too.

I would also like to thank you for your wonderful gift of the chocolate camera. The pictures weren't any good so I'm afraid I have eaten it!  Also, thank you very much for your generous contribution towards the real thing which I am hoping to purchase early next year.”


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For Gag Gift (Informal, and Faux Formal)

“Thanks for the hilarious fake dog poop [or other novelty item]. I will think of you every time I see [use] it. You’re an original. Thanks again.

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“Dear Mr. [Ms. Miss, Master] Smith.

  Thank you for your generous and heartfelt gift of the fake dog poop [or other novelty item]. Your gift of fake dog poop is a natural reflection of the good taste and manners one would expect of an attendant at the auspicious occasion we all enjoyed at Bob’s Barbeque [my studio apartment, backyard, kitchenette]. You are a tremendous individual and a credit to humanity. Thank you ever so much, and be on the look out for a re-gift one of these days.  Aside from that, thanks for coming, dude - I appreciate it.

-sign your name but add Esq. or III or The Great “


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Funny Thank You Wording for Birthday Gift

“Lucille Ball once said, ‘The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.’   Now if I could only eat more slowly. But seriously, thank you for the gift and keeping my secrets.”

“They say it's better to give than to receive. So you can thank me later. :)”


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Thank You to Friends or Family for Birthday Party

“Dear Friends,

  Just wanted to thank you again for dinner the other night.  It was so thoughtful of you to turn our night out into a birthday celebration for me. You shouldn't have... but I'm certainly glad you did! What a nice surprise.

  Thank you so much. We're very lucky to have you as friends and neighbors!”

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“Dear Family,

  I just wanted to thank you again for the impromptu birthday celebration at your beautiful home. The festive dining table, and fantastic dinner and presents - including some things for the person who thinks he has everything! Who knew?!

  What I do have of course is all of you and that makes every day special. I appreciate everything you did very much, including your time and attention in the midst of your own hectic schedules.

  My love to you all.”


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Other Phrases and Quotes

“Thank you for your lovely gift of [insert gift]. It made my birthday! “

“Because you chose a special gift of [insert gift], my birthday was all the more special, too. “

“Your thoughtfulness in remembering my birthday (and of your in giving me [insert gift] – what a great gift!) - touched me deeply. “

“Thanks so much for the lovely gift. I look forward to seeing you soon. “

“How thoughtful for you to think of me on my birthday!  I truly appreciate the [name gift], and want you to know that every time that I [use it, wear it, see it] I’ll think of you.”

“Thanks so much for your kind gift. I hope to see you again very soon. “

“I don't think of it as being another year older. I think of it as another year of having enjoyed a friend like you. Thank you.”

“Thank you for not only remembering my birthday, but sending a gift as well.”

“Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me.”

“I am another year older, wiser, and more grateful. Thank you for a wonderful birthday.”

“Thanks for coming to my birthday party. It would not have been as much fun without you.”

“It's not that I'm afraid of growing old. I'm afraid of growing wide.”

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” -Buddha

“Robert Frost once said, ‘A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.’  Thanks for being diplomatic another year.”

“The best birthday present I could ever have is knowing you. Thank you.”

“It was great to celebrate my birthday with you.  Thanks.”

“Thank you for your birthday wishes.”

“The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.”  - Oscar Wilde


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