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Top 10 email sign-offs

In the new world dominated by online communication, we all need a few more options to spice up our email signatures.

Kaitlyn Hilliard is a Top 10 Writer for The Cavalier Daily.
Kaitlyn Hilliard is a Top 10 Writer for The Cavalier Daily.

1. Regards

If you are having trouble determining how to close your email or how to sign off, regards is a great option. This friendly goodbye works for just about any occasion, although it is slightly more professional. The range for this signature is incredible — it can be perfect for communicating with your landlord, professor, boss, parent and roommate that you don’t particularly like. 

2. Thanks in advance

This is one of my personal favorites because this is a sneaky way to rope the recipient into doing what you asked by making them feel a little guilty. What do I mean by this? Well, by thanking them ahead of time, it seems like you’re simply being polite and grateful, but you’ve taken away their choice in doing what you asked. So, if you find yourself shooting an email to an unwilling person or you’re trying to convince someone to complete a specific or unpleasant task, finish up with this sign-off — it’s guaranteed that you won’t have any troubles. 

3. Keep on, keepin’ on

Let’s be honest — we all need some encouragement, and this is just about the best advice you can give or receive during this time. Whether your email is being sent to friends and family with an update on your life, you’re communicating with your co-workers and peers or you are talking to a boss or professor that is having a difficult time, it’s hard to get more uplifting and supportive with an email sign-off than this one. Without getting too deep and long-winded, “keep on, keepin’ on” will send just the message you intend — and now there’s no need to attach a Google image of an inspirational quote. 

4. Looking forward to your reply

Similar to “thanks in advance,” this signature forces your email correspondant to reply to your email — and if you’re lucky, it may even be a timely response. This closing statement helps to convey enthusiasm about the email exchange and whatever may be coming next — and the recipient doesn’t need to know whether you are genuine or just putting up a front of excited energy. 

5. Cheers

If you are looking to put a British twist on your emails, “cheers” is the sign-off for you. Whether you have sent a celebratory email, a party invitation or are just trying to send an optimistic end-of-email message, this is a great option. Additionally, closing your emails with this sign-off will set you apart from all the “best” and “thanks” signatures. Be careful with this one, though — before you know it, you might start calling your friends and colleagues “mate” without realizing. 

6. Socially distant

If you are looking to be cute, quirky and clever with your email sign-off, then this is the one for you. This sign-off helps to point out that you are acknowledging current recommendations and guidelines to keep others safe during this pandemic. Why not use this signature to communicate your responsible actions and to help your email to stand out amongst the basic sign-offs others are employing. An added bonus here is that you are subtly implying that you would be closer if you could and you are close in other senses — after all, “socially distant” implies emotionally close and gives the same sort of message as “with you in spirit” without having to explicitly state these things. 

7. Stay tuned

If your email is a little vague, questionable or you are feeling uncertain about the plan you have just provided someone, “stay tuned” is a great way to communicate all of these things without directly telling the email recipients that you have no idea what is going on. During this “unprecedented” time, we have all had our fair share of confusion and vague replies to emails and messages. So the next time you don’t feel like giving a direct reply or you are aware that you didn’t address everything you needed to, throw in a “stay tuned” before your name and consider your bases covered. 

8. Sincerely

A true classic — you can’t really go wrong with this signature. This sign-off is both professional and personal, so you can easily use it for work emails and for corresponding with family members and friends. If you are looking to close your email in a simple yet effective way, “sincerely” is definitely the option for you. You know what I always say — “when in doubt, ‘sincerely’ it out.” 

9. Virtual hugs

Obviously this signature is not for your professor or other types of professional use — however, this is a great option for your email exchanges with distant friends, family or anyone else you care to hug virtually. This one is also especially relevant seeing as virtual hugs are pretty much the only option we have at this point during the pandemic. If you really want to spice up your email sign-off, considering throwing in a gif of some people hugging — I can guarantee that the recipient will be grateful for the joy that this brings, and they may even be able to feel the faint comfort of a virtual hug. 

10. Sent from my iPhone

We’ve all been on both sides of this sign-off — sender and receiver. Whether you have sent this in a frantic state of mind to explain yourself to your mom, professor or boss or you have received this signature after you drafted a full-length, well-developed essay-style email, we can all agree this end-of email one-liner stings a little bit. But, I have good news — in today’s coronavirus world, it is more acceptable than it used to be to seal your emails with “sent from my iPhone.” Everyone has become a little more understanding of the demands and difficulties of virtual communication, so email apps are more than sufficient. Is this sign-off recommended? Not necessarily. Will it suffice? Sure.