It’s useful to come up with another way to say “give my regards.” While the phrase works well, it’s often overused and impersonal. This article will look at what to say instead of “give my regards” in formal and informal contexts. These are the best options:
- Send my best
- Send them my greetings
- Give them my love
- All the best to
- My best to
- Pass on my greetings to
- Tell them I asked about them
- Tell them I say hello
- Say hi to them from me
- Give them a kiss from me
- Give them a hug from me
Other ways to say “give my regards” are “send my best,” “send them my greetings,” and “give them my love.” These are great synonyms showing that you wish a third party well, even though you cannot talk to them directly.
1. Send My Best
If you’re wondering how to say “give my regards” better, “send my best” is a great alternative.
It shows that you want someone to receive “your best,” meaning you wish them as well as possible. It’s a very loving phrase that shows you admire or respect someone outside of your current conversation.
For example, you might know the person you’re speaking with has a mother in the hospital. You might want to “send your best” to help her feel better, even though you aren’t going to see her in the hospital.
The intention is that the person you’re speaking with will act as a bridge and pass your message on.
- Send my best to the children when you next see them. I’d love to learn more about what they’re doing.
- Send my best to them, won’t you? I feel like I haven’t had a chance to talk to them in ages.
2. Send Them My Greetings
“Send them my greetings” is great to use as a direct request. It shows that you’d like to greet someone you can’t talk to or won’t see for a while. If you know someone else who will see them sooner than you, this is good to pass on to them.
It shows that you would like to greet someone or send them positive wishes. The only problem is you don’t know when you’ll see them again, which is why you “send” your greetings through someone else.
- Send them my greetings. I would love to hear from them when they’re back in town. Can you arrange that?
- Send Steven my greetings. He’s always welcome back here if he wants the position. He knows that.
3. Give Them My Love
“Give them my love” Is another great alternative. You may use this intimate phrase when you want to send someone your best wishes or “love.”
It shows that you care deeply about someone you’re not able to talk to at the moment. It lets the other party pass your kind message on when they see the person next.
- Give Samantha my love. She was always such a great spirit to have around these parts. She’s dearly missed.
- Give your family my love, won’t you? I’d love them to know that they’re all in our thoughts right now.
4. All the Best To
“All the best to” is a great phrase if you’re trying to be more formal. It shows that you want to send your “Best” to someone you can’t talk to right now. It’s most effective when you’re speaking with someone who will visit the other party soon.
You should use this in formal situations (i.e. when talking to your boss or a coworker). If they mention someone from their personal life, you might want to say “all the best to” them to show that you’re interested in the people in their life.
- All the best to you and your family. I realize that times are difficult, but I’d like to help you with that.
- All the best to everyone going to the show. Tell them all I said hi, and I’m gutted that I can’t come.
5. My Best To
“My best to” is another great formal alternative. It shows you are sending “your best” to someone because you care about them or the people in their life. Again, you should use this when you expect someone to pass along your message.
It’s great to use this when you know someone is doing well for themselves. “My best to” is a sign of support and admiration, making it useful in positive situations rather than negative ones.
- My best to your family, Frank. I know this is tricky, but I think you’ll find a way to work through it.
- Give my best to your mother. I really enjoyed the chat we had when I last saw her. She doesn’t deserve this.
6. Pass On My Greetings To
“Pass on my greetings to” is a simple way to say hi to someone who you’re not currently speaking with. It lets the person you’re talking to know that you’d love to contact someone they know.
The next time the other party sees the person you “greet,” they will usually pass this message along. It’s great if you haven’t seen someone for a while and don’t know when you will see them next.
- Pass on my greetings to Steve and Sharon. I hear they’re getting married over the weekend! I’m so happy.
- Pass on my greetings to your father-in-law. I love that he’s finally exploring new options with his business.
7. Tell Them I Asked About Them
“Tell them I asked about them” is great to use in many contexts. It shows that you are keeping someone in your mind, which is a loving way to show them you care.
You can use this when you want a friend or family member to pass on your caring words or kindness. It shows that you “asked about” someone whether there are good or bad things happening in their life right now.
- Tell Hughie I asked about him when you see him. I’m sure that’ll put a smile on his face.
- Tell everyone I asked about them when you go back home. I’d love to see them all again soon.
8. Tell Them I Say Hello
“Tell them I say hello” is a slightly simpler alternative that works well. You should use it when you’re talking to someone who knows another person you’re familiar with.
Using “hello” here shows that you want to greet the other person without speaking with them directly. “Hello” here doesn’t mean “hi” like it normally would. Instead, it means “I hope you’re well” or “I’m thinking about you.”
- Tell Michael I say hello. I’ve missed spending quality time with him. It’d be nice to have him around again.
- Tell Tia I say hello. She’ll probably ask a bit about me, too, so feel free to share some new information!
9. Say Hi to Them From Me
“Say hi to them from me” is used similarly to the above synonym. You should use it when you want to send a caring greeting to someone, in which “hi” is more like “I’m thinking about you” rather than “hello”.
It’s great to use this when you know someone will visit a relative or friend soon. If you want to let that relative or friend know you care, you should use a phrase like this to show that they’re in your mind.
- Say hi to Julia from me, won’t you? I miss having her around. She’s always welcome back if she wants to come!
- Say hi to Peter from me. I’m glad you’re able to keep in touch with him. I was worried things went badly.
10. Give Them a Kiss From Me
“Give them a kiss from me” shows that you care about someone you cannot see (or kiss) right now. It lets someone know you wish them well by offering them a kiss through someone else.
This phrase is usually meant as a joke. You won’t often request someone to “kiss” another person like this and expect them to go through with it.
It’s more like asking someone to say, “let them know I’m thinking about them.” The “kiss” is just a caring way to show that you’re thinking about them.
- Give Sarah a kiss from me. Lord knows I won’t be allowed to do it myself. She’d kill me if I tried.
- Give him a kiss from me. I know he’ll smash this competition, but I’d love him to know I’m rooting for him.
11. Give Them a Hug From Me
“Give them a hug from me” works similarly to “give them a kiss from me.” You may use it when you want someone to pass on your kind wishes in the form of a “hug.”
A hug is much less personal and intimate than a kiss. Therefore, using this phrase may result in someone going out and “hugging” the person you asked them to.
If they do hug the other party, they will usually say, “this hug was from” to show that your message was passed along.
- Give George a hug from me. I know he’s having a rough time lately, but he’ll get there in the end.
- Give him a hug from me. He seems to need it right now. I hope he finds his way soon.
What Does “Give My Regards” Mean?
“Give my regards” means you’d like to send well wishes or positive thoughts to someone you’re not speaking to. It works when directing your kind words to a third party, not in your current communication.
It’s most common in formal situations when talking to someone with family members who you might know.
Here are a few examples to show you how to use “give my regards” in a sentence:
- Give my regards to your family! I hope things work out nicely for you.
- Give my regards to Sam, would you? I’d love to hear how he gets on with the project.
“Give my regards” works best when you’re not speaking to someone directly, but you’d like to pass your love or kindness to them. You’ll often find it useful when talking to family members or friends.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.