When people are good to us, it’s customary to thank them for their kind words or actions. When it’s something extraordinary that has a huge impact, some people say “I can’t thank you enough” for the action.
That is very fitting, because sometimes, words aren’t enough to express our gratitude. Nevertheless, we still try with the best words we can find.
Let’s discuss some of the most meaningful ways to thank someone and when they can be used. We’ll also throw in a few examples you can tweak and use for all the times you just have to say “I can’t thank you enough”!
Send a handwritten letter to express gratitude
A handwritten letter is a thoughtful way to express your gratitude. You can use it to go into detail about what you’re thankful for and the impact it has had on your life.
You can also use the letter to talk about plans, invite the person out, offer something in return, or to tell the person more about yourself if it’s a stranger. A handwritten note can be sent in the mail or delivered in person.
Before starting your letter, jot down the things you really want to say. This way the letter won’t be too lengthy or all over the place.
Once you have in mind what you want to say, and the appropriate length, you can start to put pen to paper. Here are four examples of handwritten letters you can send to say “I can’t thank you enough” for kind words or actions:
01Thanking someone for saving your life
I’ll never forget the day I met you because it’s the day you risked your own life to save mine. It was a day like any other to begin with, and I never thought the waters I’ve swum for my entire life would be the place I nearly met my end.
I’ve always heard stories about these things, but I never imagined I’d be the one in the headlines. Thanks to you, I get to see my kids grow up and I can spend more time with my friends and family.
If there’s anything I can ever do for you, please let me know. I know there’s no way to ever repay you, but I’d like it if I could try.
We could go out to dinner one day, or I could buy you a drink. You’ve earned it a hundred times over.
I can’t thank you enough. Thanks again for being my hero.
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02Thanking someone for saving the life of your loved one
I want to thank you once more for saving my cousin’s life. I don’t know what I would do if she didn’t make it, and it’s all thanks to you that she did.
I’m glad you were her doctor, because you took the time out to test every theory until you found the solution. I wish there were more doctors like you, willing to go the extra mile to get the right answers for patients and families who’ve suffered for years.
Now that she’s better, our family is planning to throw a little party to celebrate her recovery. We’d all love it if you could attend and be our guest of honor.
The rest of the family is yearning for the day they get to shake the hand of our miracle worker. It’s the last Saturday of next month.
Please let us know if you can make it and if you have any special requests. My mom is a chef and wants to make sure you will enjoy your meal.
Give us a call when you’ve made up your mind. Thanks again Dr. Jones!
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03Thanking someone for being there for you when you needed them the most
A good friend is priceless- even when I lost it all, I knew all was not lost because I had you in my corner. Thank you for talking me through the tough times, and sticking by my side when all my so-called friends abandoned me.
Because of you, I kept pushing until I reached where I needed to be. You were my motivator, cheerleader and my shoulder to cry on.
Without you, I might not have recovered, and I would not be able to live the life I have now. Please allow me to honor you with a well-needed getaway to show you how thankful I am.
Just choose where you want to go, and we’ll go! I’ll make all the arrangements, and all you have to do is prepare to be pampered.
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04Thanking someone for their kindness and generosity
Now that I’ve graduated from university, I want to thank all the people that helped me to achieve my goals. Your generosity in the form of a scholarship ensured I had all the tools I needed to succeed.
I’m currently doing an internship, and I’m working towards becoming a permanent hire at the company of my dreams. I now live in my own apartment in the city, and I’m able to help my family back home.
In the future, once I secure my dream job, I’ll be able to move my family into a better home, or even here in the city with me. I will be able to give my mother, especially, the life she deserves for all her sacrifices.
Thank you for taking a chance on me, and believing in what I could become. I hope to follow in your footsteps and help someone like me gain a proper education and move on to live a better life.
It’s all thanks to you, and I’m forever grateful.
Love always, Gregory.
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Make a special dinner and serve it with a handwritten note
The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Show the person your gratitude with a lovely home-cooked meal and a touching handwritten note on the side.
This is how you can say “I can’t thank you enough” with dinner for both kind words and actions:
“I can’t thank you enough” note for kind words
01“Thank you for coming over and spending time with me. I hope you enjoy the meal I prepared for tonight. You are literally the best friend a guy/gal could ask for. You have stuck by my side through thick and thin, and have proved how much you love me. I am so lucky to have the back of someone like you.”
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02“Not a lot of people know this, but I went through a very tough time last year. I’m just very good at hiding it. I had to deal with a lot during that time, and your kind words always took a weight off my shoulders. Thank you for being the person you are, because you’re the best. You are a man/woman who loves his/her steak cooked medium rare, don’t you? I’ve got just what your carnivorous soul needs – medium-cooked and red in color.”
03“When I was at the height of my crisis, your kind words got me through the storm with my head held high. Even though we weren’t very close, you treated me like one of your own and I really appreciate that. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend. I can’t thank you enough! I have made your favorite apple tarte tartin as tonight’s dessert. Please enjoy it.”
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04“Words can cut like a dagger, even if not intended that way, but I’ve never experienced that from you. I always enjoy your company. Thank you for always sharing kind words and thoughts with me. It has done me more good than you know! The ceviche and shrimp linguini are perfect for tonight. I know you love seafood, so enjoy!”
05“Thanks for all the help with my event. It would not have been such a success otherwise. Continue to lend a helping hand, and good things will always come your way. You’re one of the best people I know, and one day, I hope to be half as good as you are. I am so excited to cook for you today. There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned steak and wine session after all!”
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06“I just want to say I appreciate you and everything you do. You are the glue keeping things together and the voice of reason. You’re more than just words, and your actions back up all the things you say. You are an amazing human being who deserves the world. I remember how much you love my cooking, so today is all about giving back. Let me know what kind of toppings are your favorite – peppers and extra cheese for the pizza? Let’s have fun playing around in the kitchen tonight.”
07“You are nothing short of a miracle worker. I don’t know how you managed to pull that off, but somehow you did, and I’m super grateful. I hope to return the favor one day, but until then, accept my deepest gratitude for everything. I know you are vegetarian so tonight’s lasagne is all veggies. No meat here!”
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08“I’ve always wondered what I did to deserve someone like you, but I still haven’t come up with an answer. You are like my guardian angel or fairy godmother. My life would not be the same if you were not a part of it, and if you didn’t continuously do good things to help me on my journey. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done. I remember how much you love the Vietnamese pho we tried in that restaurant last time so this is for you tonight – a bowl of beef pho! Please, enjoy it.”
Buy a gift that is meaningful and personalize with a note
Another way to show your gratitude is to buy a thank you gift or token. You can personalize the gift with a heartfelt note expressing your thanks.
This is how you can say “I can’t thank you enough” with a gift:
“I can’t thank you enough” note for kind words
01“As someone with self-esteem issues and anxiety, it means a whole lot to be uplifted by someone else in my lowest moments. Thank you for your kind words. Please accept this [gift] as a token of my appreciation.”
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02“This [gift] signifies the bond we’ve formed over the time we’ve known each other, and serves as a thank you for your words of motivation. You are an amazing person with a heart of gold. Keep being amazing!””
03“If there’s one person I can always count on for good advice, it’s you. You always have my best interests at heart and know how to support me. This [gift] is not even a fraction of what it means to me, but it’s a start.”
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04“You deserve the best in life for being a kind and thoughtful individual. Since my love language is gifting, this should show you just how appreciative I am.”
Thank you note for kind actions
05“I know you said I don’t have to worry about repaying you, but I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t show you my appreciation. God will continue to bless you for all your good work. Please accept this [gift] as a thank you for your good deeds.”
06“We met at an integral junction in my life, and since then, you have gone above and beyond to serve as a true friend and loyal companion. Whenever you see this [gift], remember that you are loved and appreciated for your kind actions.”
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07“One thing I know for certain is that good friends are hard to come by. When you find them, you should hold onto them and never let them go. I will never take you and the things you do for granted. You deserve this [gift] and so much more.”
08“I know your job is to save people, but it takes a special type of person to do what you do. Thank you for your service and dedication, and for having a big heart. I hope the hospital and your patients know how lucky they are to have you. I know this is not the same as saving someone’s life, but I hope this [gift] will remind you of your invaluable contributions to my family and to all your other patients. Thanks again doctor.”
A lot of people struggle with expressing gratitude because it never feels like a fair exchange compared to what the person has said or done for you. However, if your message is heartfelt and genuine, the love and appreciation will be received well by the person.
These 20 ways to say “I can’t thank you enough” are just the beginning. You can show your gratitude by preparing a meal or buying the person a gift.
You can also say it in a handwritten letter if you have more thoughts to get off your chest. This works the same way as a text or email, and if you’re up for it, you can do it face to face.