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Thinking Of You Card Messages: Ideas For What To Write In A Thinking Of You Card

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Anyone who loves stationery and greeting cards will no doubt have collected some “thinking of you” cards over the years. Sometimes you need some inspiration for what to do with all those cards. Or perhaps you have a friend or loved one you know you should reach out to, but you just don’t know what to say. Either way, we have some ideas for you! Read on for inspiration for sending “thinking of you” cards for all sorts of reasons, and for example messages for all the fun, and not so fun, occasions you may have to send a “thinking of you” card. 

What Is A Thinking Of You Card?

“Thinking of you” is an extremely broad category of greeting cards. Generally, a “thinking of you” card is just a card you send when you want to let someone know that they’re in your thoughts. They’re often sent when you feel that a friend or loved one could use some support or encouragement. However, they’re also great for sending spontaneously to bring joy to someone’s day. 

Types Of Thinking Of You Cards

We’ve all seen greeting cards that are straightforward and say “thinking of you” right on the front. But there are a whole array of other cards that can also be used as “thinking of you” cards – they just may be for a more or less specific occasion or intention. Consider some of the following types of greeting cards when you need (or want) to send a thinking of you card: 

  • Generic greeting cards: Some cards don’t have any writing on them, or they have some generic writing, like a nice quote, that can be appropriate for a broad variety of occasions. These cards make a great canvas for any type of message that you may want to send – making them a great choice to have on hand whenever you might need a “thinking of you” card.
  • “Thinking of you” and “just because” cards: Cards that say something along the lines of “thought of you today,” or “just saying hello” prime your recipient for a thoughtful note that doesn’t have to have any purpose at all. These cards are perfect when you just want to bring a little joy to someone’s day with a few kind words. 
  • Encouragement cards: Cards that remind the reader that they’re strong and capable are great for sending support when someone is going through a tough time, facing a challenge, or embarking on a new adventure.
  • Get well cards: Get well cards let your recipient know that you’re hoping for a quick recovery when they’re going through an illness or recovering from an injury.
  • Sympathy cards: “Thinking of you” cards that let someone know they’re in your thoughts or prayers when they’re grieving a loss. 
  • Romantic cards: Romantic cards that have generic messaging (i.e. they’re not specifically for Valentine’s day or an anniversary) can help you remind that special someone that they’re in your thoughts all the time. 
  • Friendship cards: Cards with messaging that’s perfect for a friend – whether it’s because they have a nice thought or quote about friendship, or something that reminds you of an inside joke or shared story – are perfect for writing a note to tell a friend what she means to you. 
  • Thank you cards:  We all (hopefully) remember to send thank you cards for big things, but thank you cards can be just as – if not more – meaningful when they’re sent to show appreciation for the small, everyday things that others do for us. Thank you cards can make great thinking of you cards when you want to tell someone that the little things they do make a difference. 

Reasons To Send A Thinking Of You Card

There are as many reasons to send “thinking of you” cards as there are types of “thinking of you” cards. When you need a reason to write some notes to use up cards, consider the following. 

Keep In Touch With A Friend

What better reason do you really need to send a card than that you haven’t seen a friend in a while? Sending a “thinking of you” or “just because” card when you haven’t talked in a while is a sweet gesture to show that your friendship is still important to you, even if you’ve both been a little busy. 

Sending a little note in the mail can enable you to reconnect with a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. It may be the spark you need to prompt a phone call, or it can give you an opening to invite your friend to get together soon so you can catch up. A quick note can also allow you to give life updates – like notifying friends that you’re moving or starting a new job. Sending a thoughtful note can also help you stay close and connected when life takes you far away from each other. Send a thoughtful friendship card to nurture your friendship and let your friend know that she’s important to you. 

Lift Someone’s Spirits

Going out to check your mail and finding a card from a friend or family member amidst the junk mail is enough to make anyone’s day a little better. When someone’s been feeling a little down, just think how much you could brighten their day by sending a cheerful note when it’s least expected. Send a “thinking of you” card with some lighthearted humor or thoughts they’ll find inspiring when you know someone is going through a tough time or may be lonely. Consider sending a loving note to an elderly friend or relative who’s homebound, someone going through a tough breakup or divorce, or someone struggling with mental health who could use a reminder that you care. A short note takes little time and effort, but could make a world of difference in their day. 

Provide Encouragement

In good times and bad times, we can all use a little encouragement sometimes. A “thinking of you” card with some kind words about the good qualities you value in a friend or loved one can boost their confidence as they face all sorts of challenges. Let them know that you believe in them when they’re starting something new, or when they could just use a little encouragement to keep going. Some times when an encouragement card is perfect to send are:

  • When someone is starting a new job
  • As a student is preparing for exams
  • At the start of their sports season, or before a big game
  • After they get a promotion
  • When they didn’t get a promotion they’d hoped for
  • When someone is starting a new business endeavor

Show Appreciation

Sometimes people help us in big or small ways that have a lasting impact. It’s of course always best to send a thank you note when someone does something kind for you, but sometimes you want to recognize someone for something they did long ago that you still appreciate. Or you may want to let someone know that the little things they do routinely don’t go unnoticed, and that you don’t take them for granted. A thank you card or a thinking of you card can be a great way to spontaneously express your gratitude for the thoughtfulness and extra effort that someone puts into their work or relationships. 

Send Support And Prayers During Illness Or Injury

Fighting an illness or recovering from an injury can be a lonely, scary time. Sending a get well message will be received as a thoughtful gesture whether it’s a short term recovery (such as an outpatient procedure or elective surgery), a longer term recovery (like healing from a broken bone or accident), or a prolonged illness (such as cancer). Some supportive words can let your loved one know that they are not alone as they go through their recovery and can help lift their spirits. A “thinking of you” card can also be appropriate to send to a caregiver of someone going through a long illness, such as a parent, child, or spouse – people in supportive roles need support too! Make your card extra thoughtful by offering to help with errands or chores if you can.

Acknowledge Grief And Loss

Sympathy cards may be one of the hardest kinds of “thinking of you” cards to write. Even just the small gesture of letting a loved one know that they’re in your thoughts and prayers can provide some comfort. Because so many people are uncomfortable with death and loss, the bereaved can often end up feeling very alone during their time of loss. Let them know that they’re not alone, and that you’re there for them as they grieve. Even if they do need some space for the present, let them know you’re there for them when they’re ready to talk to someone. 

Say “I Love You”

Don’t just save love notes for Valentine’s day and anniversaries – surprise your special someone with a note to remind them of your feelings, just because. Taking a few minutes to write down what your significant other means to you will make their day and give them all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings. It will probably be extra meaningful because it’s unexpected. 

What To Write In A Thinking Of You Card

You may be full of good intentions about writing a “thinking of you” card to a friend or loved one, but you just can’t come up with the right words for the occasion. We have some ideas to get you started. Keep your note short and sweet, or use our ideas as a jumping off point to start a longer, personalized message. 

Ways To Say “Thinking Of You”

  • I thought of you today, and that made me smile.
  • Just wanted to let you know that you’ve been on my mind. Sending some positive thoughts your way.
  • I was thinking of things I’m grateful for and thought of you. You’re the best.
  • I just wanted to say “hi!”
  • Thought I’d send a note just to check in.
  • I realized it’s been a while since we’ve talked, so here’s a little update!
  • I’ve been meaning to reach out and ask how you’ve been!
  • I just felt like sending some good vibes your way.
  • You were on my mind, so I said a little prayer for you today. Hope you’re doing well!
  • You popped into my head today, so I’m sending some happy thoughts back your way!

Thinking Of You Messages For A Friend

  • Today I am feeling extra grateful for your friendship. I’m so glad I have you in my life.
  • This funny thing made me think of you. Thought I’d share and bring some joy to your day, too!
  • I’m so glad you get me. Thanks for always being a great friend. 
  • Friends like you are such a blessing. Just wanted to let you know how much your friendship means to me!
  • Had a happy memory today. Just thought I’d share so you could smile about it, too!
  • We’ve gone through so much together. Aren’t we amazing?
  • I was thinking about how our friendship started…and look how far we’ve come! Hoping for many more years of friendship with you!
  • Heard a funny joke today and had to share it with you. I’m glad we have the same sense of humor.
  • I’m so glad I have you around. What would I ever do without our friendship?
  • You’re an amazing friend and I hope you have an amazing day!

Saying “I Miss You” In A Thinking Of You Card

  • Even though you’re far away, you’re always in my thoughts. Missing you and hoping you’re well!
  • Far away in body, but never in spirit. Sending you warm thoughts and hugs.
  • I wish I could be there to give you a big hug.
  • Wishing you weren’t so far away, but looking forward to when we can be together again!
  • I’m just a phone call away whenever you want to talk!
  • Nobody else is quite like you. Missing having you around.
  • I realized how lucky I was when I got to see you every day. 
  • I miss your smile, your laugh, and your attitude. Wishing we could be together more often.
  • Sending you happy thoughts and lots of love from far away!
  • Remember when we got to see each other all the time? Those were the good ol’ days. 

Words Of Encouragement For A Thinking Of You Card

  • I know you’re going through a tough time right now. I want you to know that I believe in you and I’ve got your back!
  • You’re smart, strong, and capable – go get ‘em!
  • I’m cheering for you as you tackle this challenge!
  • Things are hard now, but I know you have what it takes to keep going!
  • Friendly reminder that there are brighter days ahead. I’m here for you as you get through this!
  • I’m always rooting for you! 
  • So glad to see your hard work pay off – well done!
  • Tough times never last, but tough people do – I know you’ll get through this!
  • Sorry to hear things have been tough lately. Hoping you catch a break soon – but I’m always here for you until you do!
  • You’re going to knock it out of the park – good luck!

Say “Thank You” In A Thinking Of You Card

  • I’m sure I don’t say this often enough – thank you for all the little things that you do to make the world around you a better place!
  • I just want to let you know that you’re appreciated. Thank you for all the ways you bring joy to my life.
  • Your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for your constant care and attention to detail.
  • When I count my blessings, I always think of you. Thank you for the wonderful person that you are.
  • I appreciate you for so many reasons, and I wanted to make sure you know that!
  • I can never thank you enough for all the ways you improve my life.
  • You’re amazing. I just want to make sure you know that. 
  • Forever grateful that I get to have you in my life. 
  • Appreciating you a little extra today. Thanks for all the things you do.
  • I want you to know how much I admire you. Thanks for sharing all your good qualities with the world. 

Thinking Of You Messages For A Get Well Card

  • Wishing you strength to get through this tough time. 
  • I wish you didn’t have to fight this – but you don’t have to fight it alone. I’m here for you.
  • Hoping you get through this quickly and get back to feeling better soon!
  • Sending healing thoughts and lots of love.
  • Take your time to rest up and heal!
  • Thinking of you and praying for a speedy recovery!
  • Sending you prayers, strength, and positive vibes. 
  • Wishing you comfort and peace as you recover!
  • Hoping you feel better soon! In the meantime, snuggle up on the couch, binge watch your favorite shows, and eat lots of ice cream!
  • Hang in there – I hope it gets better soon!

Thinking Of You Messages For A Sympathy Card

  • Thinking of you during this difficult time. I know it’s hard now, but I hope the pain gets better soon.
  • Wishing you comfort in this time of sorrow.
  • I’m here for you in whatever way you need – a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, or bearer of many hugs.
  • I know words won’t make it better, but I want you to know you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Sending heartfelt condolences during this terrible time.
  • You’re in my thoughts during this sad time. 
  • I wish I could make it stop hurting. Sending you so much love.
  • Remembering all the happy times with your loved one. I hope their memory brings you comfort, too.
  • I can’t imagine what you’re going through. I’m here for anything you need.
  • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. You’re in all my thoughts and prayers. 

Romantic Messages For A Thinking Of You Card

  • Just thinking of you makes my day better. I hope this note brightens your day, too!
  • My life is so much better with you in it. Love you to pieces!
  • Just wanted to remind you how much I love you. You are my entire world.
  • Every time you pop into my head, my heart skips a beat.
  • You still give me butterflies in the best way.
  • You’re constantly on my mind – can’t wait until we’re together again.
  • I get distracted just thinking about you. You really are the best.
  • You’re my favorite thing to think about. My love for you just grows and grows.
  • You’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me – just knowing that you love me makes me the happiest person in the world.
  • When I think of you, I can’t help but smile. I’m so lucky to have this relationship with you.

Quotes To Use In A Thinking Of You Card

  • “When I find myself thinking of you, it is all the good memories that bring a smile to my face.” -C. Pulsifer
  • “If I had a single flower for every time I think of you, I could walk forever in my garden.” -Claudia Adrienne Grandi 
  • “Let us be grateful for those who make us happy; they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust
  • “When I think of you, I think of kindness, wisdom, and love. Thanks for being you.” -Sam Crow
  • “Words fall short whenever I want to tell you how special you are to me, but all I can say is that my world is full of smiles whenever I think of you.” -Natalie Anderson
  • “Do you know I never ever feel bored, never ever feel lonely, because you are always in my thoughts – morning, afternoon, and night?” -Mitch Cuento 
  • “In case you ever foolishly forget, I am never not thinking of you.” -Virginia Woolf
  • “One day I caught myself smiling for no reason, then I realized I was thinking of you.” -Rahul
  • “I think about you constantly, whether it’s with my mind or my heart.” -Terri Guillemets
  • “Love is missing someone when you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in the heart.” -Kay Knudsen
  • “My heart dances with joy when I think about you.” -Debasish Mridha
  • “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” -Dale Carnegie
  • “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” -Mark Twain
  • “Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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