I am writing an email to a family member (in-law or brother/sister). While in the past I used "love" and signed off with my first name for closing, I usually wondered if there are better words I could use instead of "Love". For one thing, it sounds uncreative and a little trite. For another, it seems phony as I do not feel a close relation to some family members. What are the alternatives?
In a personal letter, while there is some traditional etiquette, you can largely close it however you'd like. Any sort of well-wishing or expression of affection/sincerity is acceptable. A few examples:
- "Best Wishes"
- "Yours Truly"
- "See you soon"
- "Wishing you good fortune in the New Year"
- "God bless"
Anything works really.
Using an en dash before the name. (It may supposed to be an em dash, but w\e IMO, just as long as it isn't a hyphen or a plan old dash.) Personally, I omit the space to denote attribution, to avoid confusing it with any other use.
Another option is to omit the sign-off entirely or phrase it into a TL;DR:
I hope to see you at [that party I mentioned]. Don't forget to bring your towel!
Also, emotes ;)