12 Holiday Out of Office Emails you’ll LOVE

By Meher Pratap

It’s that time of the year again!

The roads are covered in snow ❄

The aroma of coffee is sky high ☕

Everyone at your workplace has a secret tab of Airbnb open 💻

You guessed it right, it’s Christmas 🎄

And everyone is on a mission to sit back, relax, and enter the new year with a bang - plotting fresh resolutions, buying new things, and spending time with their loved ones.

But… wait, before you jump out of the madness of work, how about setting up that one crucial thing that everyone does but with a little merrier twist and a cherry on top.

We’re talking about those cutesy Out of Office emails.

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back on this. 🎅

This is our little Christmas present that’s going to make your life a lot easier.

Let’s get started with the basics. Great Out of Office Emails (OOO) have these 3 things in common without which they don’t even stand a chance to serve their purpose:

  • The Duration
  • Whom to reach out to while you’re away
  • Your big return date

Cross off this checklist before you even get started with them.

With those out of the way, let's dive into some of the funniest, cringiest, or sometimes even out of the world OOO emails that hit the right spot.

Promise I won’t bore you with the ones that you’ve already come across on the web.

 1. Nothing like quality family time

One of them, a mother of  2 kids and a great multitasker says that she's going to Read, Dive, and Play with her kids this holiday season.

If you're a multitasker too, you should definitely follow her lead.

Hello,

I'm off with my family right now, back on [date]. I'll be reading, diving and playing with my boys while they still want to play with me!

My great team will be dealing with my emails while I'm off ensuring you get support from the right people to keep things moving.

Feel free to reach out to [email]

Merry Christmas!
Suzanne

2. Living life dangerously

This Executive lives his life to the fullest and turns humble emails into so much more.

Hello

I am on annual leave until [dd/mm/yyyy]. I will allow each sender one email and if you send me multiple emails, I will randomly delete your emails until there is only one remaining. Choose wisely. Please note that you have already sent me one email.

P.S - JK... I don’t really delete the emails. Keep’em coming!

Happy holidays!
Gerald

3. That one Rick Astley fan who hasn’t really given up

If you're one them (80's Pop fans), you should definitely give this one a spin. It's hilarious and blunt at the same time. The best part, however, is that you can sing along and it'll make all the sense in the world.

Hey there,

Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you, Never gonna make you cry, Never gonna say goodbye, Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.

I'm also never gonna reply to your message until [date] as I'm off for Christmas

Happy holidays!
Anton

4. Boasting about your cool holiday destination

The No.1 rule about making travel plans abroad is letting everyone else know about. So, let's get started

Hello,

The rumor is true.

I’m in France for the month – meandering through museums, eating copious Nutella, Banana crepes, and smothering my gorgeous girlfriend with more PDAs than Paris can handle. #TMI #SorryNotSorry

Most out of office replies just sit there and skirt the truth that someone is having fun while you are sending an email. I accept the disappointment that you can’t reach me – compounded by the fact that you slightly hate me for pointing out the obvious.

But consider this: in no time at all I’ll be reading your OOO reply and getting all jelly myself. Circle of life baby.

Now, if your email does, in fact, require immediate attention, please fwd your initial email (and cc me) to the appropriate rockstar on my team – they should be able to help.

Eva – Content & campaigns (… and lord of the rings trivia)
Janet – Fields & events (… and how to make the best homemade dip)
Miranda– Demand Generation (… and how to pose for an awkward photo)
Haruko – Japan Marketing (… and Crossfit WOD technique tips)

Otherwise, I’ll get back to you the week of Jan 10.

Happy holidays!
Rudy

5. The Clean Bandit

It's clean, sharp and everything nice - almost the perfect email.

Hey,

Season’s greetings!

It’s my favorite time of year, which means I’m currently out of the office chugging mugs of cocoa, stuffing my face with cookies, and attempting to fulfill my life-long goal of memorizing every single line of [your favorite holiday movie].

I’ll be back in front of my computer on [date] and will respond to your message at that time. If you need immediate assistance, please send an email to [Contact Name] at [contact email] so that the other elves in this workshop can help you out.

Happy ho-ho-holidays!
Samantha

6. Boost your social presence

How does gaining some Twitter followers while sippin' margaritas on the couch sound? The agenda is set, just hit CRTL + C & CRTL + V. You're all good!

Hello

I’m out of the office this week, but my Twitter signal is always on. Seriously, I’ve got robotic wonder thumbs! (No, not really.) I never fail to tweet fascinating stories about how people can win big with their marketing efforts. So, until I’m back at my desk, won’t you follow me [link]?

Whether you follow me or not, I’ll get back to you as soon as I can upon returning to my desk on January 10th.

Happy holidays!
Derek

7. Keep the conversation ALIVE

Let your emails do the talking. Keep your Inbox engaged while you're making eggnog.

Hi there,

Thanks for writing!

You can expect a response to your note in 1-2 business days.

While you’re waiting—surprise! Here’s something I made for you:

[Include a worksheet, tool, video, blog post, checklist, resource list, or whatever you’d like!]

I hope [name of thing] makes your day a little brighter and easier.

Thanks for your patience, and talk to you soon!

Happy holidays!
Tony

8. The Binge watcher’s club

That new show you didn't have time for earlier, suddenly found its way to the TV and you can't stop binging it. How about explaining that in an email.

Hello,

I’m out of the office until [date].

However, I will be taking periodic breaks from binge-watching everything I’ve missed to check my email [once per day/every evening/occasionally] while I’m away.

If this matter isn’t time-sensitive, rest assured that I’ll respond when I’m back in the office. But, if this is an urgent request, please resend any messages that require my immediate attention with a subject line of

URGENT: [Original Subject].”

Happy holidays!
Martin

9. The Startup cliché

You know you work at a startup when you start thinking and writing like this.

Hello,

'Tis the season when a lot of people get to take a break from work. I’m on one such break, and that means I get to avoid email. And Slack. And Asana. And the entire suite of Google products from Calendar to Sheets.

So, although I’m sure whatever you had to tell me was insightful, inspiring, or otherwise riveting, I’m not going to read it anytime soon. Instead, I intend to gaze upon colorful lights, or the frosted shimmer of a wintry morning, anything that isn’t backlit and powered by a lithium battery.

Upon my return, I’ll ease back into work life and answer emails at a pace I’m comfortable with. Unfortunately, that may not be a pace you’re comfortable with, so if it’s urgent, ping me again when my inbox reopens on [date].

Happy holidays!
Andrew

It's not that bad after all.

10. Get your GIF game ON

Hello,

I’m out of the office until [date] without email and WiFi. I’m sure to return tanned and refreshed, at which time I’ll reply to your email cheerfully.

I will not, however, be able to get away with wearing my vacation shirt once I’m back to work. RIP, vacation shirt.

Cheers,
George

11. The vintage GIF

Hello,

Thanks for your email. I’m currently out of the office, returning on [date]. I’ll respond to your message then.

While I won’t be quite as far as the North Pole, I will still be completely disconnected from my inbox until my return. So, if you require immediate assistance, please send your email to [Contact Name] at [contact email].

Best wishes for a happy holiday season,
Marquess

12. One from our own stable!

Hello,

Merry Christmas!

I know you’ll be reading a lot of  “I’m currently out of office” responses at this point in the season. But don’t worry, your email is in good hands and be assured that I’ve either already read it or will be reading it tonight.

The good news is, if your email sounds important, I’ve already forwarded it to someone on my team and asked them to get back to you.

The bad news is, I won’t be back until [date]. So if your email needs my personal attention, you’d have to wait until then.

Nonetheless,  I hope you get to enjoy your holidays too with your loved ones or go surfing in the Bahamas, really take that break and start the new year afresh.

Good luck and Happy holidays!
Michael

A few DO's and Don'ts while writing OOO emails

  • Don't forget about the checklist I've mentioned on the top.
  • Keep tabs on your company's out of office policy if they have one.
  • Think twice before you let your creative juices flow.
  • Understand your audience, in other words - use humor lightly.

These were our favorite out of office emails.

Straightforward, simple, or outlandish - pick a style you like and start writing.

Let us know about the ones you absolutely loved and share this article with your friends.

Merry Christmas!

About the author

Writer + Marketer by day. Sleepless superhero by night. Loves to travel, listens to EDM and drinks gargantuan amounts of beer. Freudian by mind. Hit me up on twitter @meherpratap

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