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25 Ways You Can End a Thank You Letter or Card
People commonly fret about what to write in letters or cards that express strong emotions. This is particularly true for thank you letters. Expressing gratitude can be difficult for some people, and they struggle with accurately expressing what they’re feeling.
Once you’ve completed the body of your card, you might assume you’re finished, but the closing you choose can make a difference. There’s generally no wrong way to close a thank you card. However, a fitting ending can capture and summarize your sentiment in a way that elevates your gratitude.
Below you’ll find 25 of our favorite ways to end a thank you letter or card, along with some tips geared toward improving your cards overall. Remember, as long as your ending is appropriate it won’t ever ruin your card — there are just good and better endings.
SEE ALSO: What to Say in a Business Thank You Card
3 TIPS TO A HEARTFELT THANK YOU LETTER OR CARD
- Don’t over think it. Just speak from your heart. You might think that dressing up your thoughts in flowery language improves them, but your recipient would prefer to hear from you unvarnished.
- Having a hard time figuring out what to say? Grab a piece of scratch paper and just write down whatever comes to your mind, stream of consciousness. Don’t worry about editing or saying the right thing. If you write down everything, the core of what you want to say will be there. Only once you’re finished should you start picking out the best bits.
- It’s a thank you note, so...say thank you! There’s very little need to talk about anything else. Begin your note with an earnest expression of gratitude. Then let them know what their gesture meant to you, say something nice about your recipient, and then thank them again. That’s enough to create a compelling thank you.
SEE ALSO: 5 Sample Thank You Cards for Business
3 MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN EXPRESSING GRATITUDE
- When you’re sending a thank you card, you don’t need to write a novel. A few choice sentences can mean more than paragraphs of text. However, if you feel a longer message is warranted, favor a letter over a card. Cards are best used for short, meaningful sentiments.
- Keep the focus of your thank you letter or card on your recipient. You’re celebrating the impact they’ve made on your life, so don’t spend time talking about yourself. Keeping your message can help maintain proper focus.
- Don’t let too much time elapse between your recipient’s favor and your thank you card. Delaying too long sends the wrong message — one where you don’t care enough to be timely.
WHY THE RIGHT SIGN OFF IS IMPORTANT
The sign off you choose says a lot about you and your recipient’s relationship. If you choose something too familiar in a professional setting you could make the other person uncomfortable. Likewise, choosing a formal closing with someone you know well can feel out of place.
As we said earlier, it’s hard to get the closing wrong as long as your choose something appropriate, so that’s your first task. Decide whether you’re sending a professional thank you letter or card or something more casual. You’ll notice that we’ve separated our closing into professional and personal columns.
Once you’ve determined how familiar your closing should be, simply decide which closing best reflects how you want your recipient to feel. You might express love, gratitude, or warm wishes. The choice is personal to you and your recipient.
HERE ARE 25 WAYS YOU CAN END A THANK YOU LETTER OR CARD
Your relationship with the recipient should influence your choice of ending. You can afford to be more casual with friends and family versus business associates. As you peruse this list, bear in mind that you can use any of the 25 casually, but you should only use the professional closings in a business context.
Remember, the more formal your relationship, the more formal the closing.
- Yours appreciatively,
- Respectfully yours,
- In your debt,
- With deep gratitude,
- Many thanks,
- With warm regards,
- Graciously yours,
- With fond appreciation,
- Warm wishes,
- Cheerfully yours,
- Thanks for all you do,
These endings are appropriate for friends and family. Only use them in a professional setting if you’re good friends with your recipient.
- Thanks again!
- All the best,
- Can’t thank you enough!
- Thanks for everything,
- All my love,
- Big love,
- You’re the best!
- Forever thankful,
- Thanks for being you!
- All thanks to you!
- Humbled by your kindness,
Let Your Closing Make an Impression
The closing you choose is important because it’s the last thing your recipient will read. It’s your last chance to speak from your heart. Yes, your thank you letter or card would be fine closing with a standard “Sincerely” but doesn’t your recipient deserve better? They did you a solid. Shouldn’t you return the favor by putting some thought into every part of your card?
Choose a closing that expresses your core sentiment. Barring that, pick something you know will be meaningful to your recipient. The card is from you, but it belongs to them. Choose your closing sign off with them in mind.
LET SIMPLY NOTED AUTOMATE YOUR THANK YOU CARDS
Knowing what to write in a thank you card is only half the battle. You also need the time to write it, and if you’re a busy professional, that’s often not the case. You want to take advantage of the power of handwritten thank you cards, but you miss the chance with your customers and clients because the time commitment is too great.
SEE ALSO: 8 Ways to Say Thank You — Automatically!
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