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25 Ways to End a Thank You Letter to Family
There’s an old adage that goes, “You do for family,” and the meaning is clear. When a family member needs a favor, you grant it. You don’t ask for compensation. It doesn’t put them in your debt. If your family needs help, you help them.
Families — good families — have your back when no one else does. They’re the helping hand of last resort. Even if everyone else in your life abandons you, your family stays. They’re the core of your support structure, and you’re an important part of theirs.
And that’s why it’s so important to say thank you. Because they don’t owe you anything, and yet they do for you. They’re help you can depend on no matter how bad things get. And they don’t expect anything in return, so repay their kindness with gratitude.
Below you’ll find a range of ways to end a thank you letter to family. Why a thank you letter? Because it’s a lovely token of your appreciation that you can share with them. Because it means an awful lot to have people in your corner. And because they deserve it.
3 TIPS FOR A WARM THANK YOU LETTER TO FAMILY
- Families have a history that no one else shares. This enables you to personalize family thank you cards in a way you can’t with other people. Remind your family member what you mean to each other. Use warm family memories to set the stage for your gratitude.
- Speak from the heart. Don’t worry about saying things the right way. Your family shouldn’t bother you about that. They’re happy to hear from you no matter what you say, so say what’s there for you. Writing a thank you letter to family can be easier than writing to anyone else because you really can’t say the wrong thing.
- Be genuine. Your family can probably tell when you’re stroking their ego, so don’t go overboard. Tell them “thanks” and let them know what their gesture meant to you. Your thank you letter doesn’t need to contain much more than that.
SEE ALSO: What to Say in a Business Thank You Card
3 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN WRITING TO FAMILY
- Don’t bring up sore subjects. As close as families often are, there can be hot-button topics that spark conflict. Thank you cards aren’t the place to mention them, even in jest. They can shut your recipient down and ruin the moment. You want them to understand how grateful you are, so just say thank you.
- Make sure to thank everyone. Families talk; if you thank one person that deserves it but not another, the second person will probably find out. So let’s say your two cousins help you move. Send them both a thank you card, even if they live together. Expressing gratitude is no time to get lazy. Give everyone the thanks they’re due.
- There’s no need to use phrases like “I’m forever in your debt” or “There’s no way I can pay you back.” These phrases imply an obligation that isn’t there. Remember — you do for family. Don’t insult them by belittling their selflessness. You don’t owe them anything, so don’t make them feel bad by pretending that you do. Repay them with thanks — and with help whenever they need it.
WHY YOUR FAMILY THANK YOU LETTER’S CLOSING IS IMPORTANT
Thank you letters aren’t usually long. A few sentences to a couple of paragraphs is all it takes to express warm gratitude that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Remember that gratitude makes some people uncomfortable. That’s doubly true for family because they usually don’t expect anything in return. Negotiating a long thank you can leave them feeling like they didn’t do enough to earn it. Keeping things short and sweet is the best policy.
But this raises a new challenge. When your thoughts are terse, every word counts. Even your ending adds a lot to your overall sentiment, so you want to choose one that complements and amplifies what you express in the body of your letter.
HERE ARE 25 WAYS TO END A THANK YOU LETTER TO FAMILY
Remember, this is your family. You can say whatever you like, without judgment. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to pick the “right” ending. There isn’t one. Just select the entry that best expresses your heart.
- All my love,
- Big thanks, big [sis, bro]!
- Thanks so much!
- All the best,
- With gratitude,
- You’re the best!
- Gratefully yours,
- Huge love for you!
- Hugs and kisses,
- I couldn’t do it without you!
- You’re my rock,
- Here’s to paying it forward!
- I appreciate you,
- With love,
- Thanks again!
- Warm wishes to all of you!
- Thanks for being there for me!
- Can’t thank you enough!
- Anytime you need anything, just let me know!
- Thanks for all your help,
- Thank goodness for family!
- I couldn’t ask for a better [brother, sister, etc.]!
- Thanks for everything!
HANDWRITTEN NOTES ARE ALWAYS RIGHT
Emails are helpful in certain situations, but they ring hollow in others. Text messages should only ever be used to communicate quick bits of information — you should never use them for a heartfelt message. Only handwritten cards are evergreen — they’re happily accepted by everyone and always appreciated.
To put real emotional gravity behind your gratitude, take the time to handwrite your thank you letter. Your recipient will notice the time you invest, and they’ll love that you care about them enough to pen a letter by hand.
SIMPLY NOTED CAN SAVE YOU TIME
Handwritten is always better, but you might not have the time to buy a card, fill it out, stamp it, and get it in the mail. If this is you, remember that thank-yous have a time limit. Waiting too long to send them can dramatically reduce their impact. Imagine if you did something nice for someone, and they responded with thanks a month and a half later. Would you feel a bit underappreciated?
Try Simply Noted instead. Our handwriting machines use AI-powered smart fonts to drive real ballpoint pens. The result is a convincing illusion that has no peer. We can even recreate your handwriting for the ultimate in automated, personalized handwritten cards. Just select a card from our large selection, type in your message, and add an address, and we’ll wing a lovely, handwritten thank you card to your family member, or other loved one. It’s the easiest way to say a proper “thank you.”