How to Close a Personal Email

By Alexis Lawrence

When it comes to written correspondence, email has taken over in both office and home settings, and the rules of writing a letter have changed as a result. The formal standards of writing a personal letter on paper have become somewhat lax on the computer screen. Though the closing of a personal email does not require as much consideration as the closing of a professional email, you still might need a few hints on how to effectively close a personal email.

Step 1

Use a semi-professional closing if you are not particularly close to the recipient of the email. If you send a personal message to a co-worker, or someone that you have just met, for instance, "All the best," "Thank you," or "Hope to hear from you soon," can serve as a personal close without getting too personal or crossing any lines.

Step 2

Close your email with an appropriate greeting for the time of year. December, for instance, serves as a holiday season for many people in the United States, including those of either Christian or Jewish faith. Ending an email with "Happy Holidays" is generally acceptable at this time of year, though you might want to use this only if you know a person well enough to know whether or not they celebrate religious holidays.

Step 3

End your personal email with a personalized closing that emphasizes your personality or is appropriate to your relationship. With family and friends, you might simply use the well-used closing of "Love," while with more casual acquaintances, you might use a closing such as "Peace" or "Later."

Step 4

Say something important with your parting words. If someone you know is going through a rough path in life, for instance, you may want to provide words of encouragement, such as "Hang in there," or a more personal message of "I'm here for you."

Step 5

Skip the closing. At times, a closing may be more patronizing than polite. If you have just sent an old friend an email about the $500 he failed to pay you back, for instance, it may be less of a blow to end the email by simply signing your name, instead of closing "Sincerely" or "Respectfully."