We’ve all seen the very sweet “Open When” letters idea, where you send your other half a series of letters to open in different situations (Open When You’re Sad, Open When You Miss Me, ect,.) but I haven’t been able to find out what people have put inside them! So here is what I put inside my Open When envelopes, plus a few more ideas 😉
In the “Open When it’s your birthday” envelope I included a letter as well as a dollar store birthday boy pin and a few balloons that I had blown up, written sweet messages on and then deflated so that he’d have a balloon bouquet of sweet messages when he blew them up on his birthday 🙂
In my “Open When You Miss Me” envelope I included a letter and some printed photos of the two of us 🙂
This one’s a little sexy ;). In my “Open When You’re Horny” envelope (what?) I included a sexy non-PG letter along with a couple of R-rated photos that I printed off the internet and glued my face on the bodies, more for a laugh than anything :p. Funny enough I did such a good face pasting job that I almost got myself in trouble! My boy said he was about to call me up and demand to know who took these photos of me, but then he realized what it was and thought it was hilarious. Phew! haha
In my “Open When You’re Mad At Me” envelope (which has not yet been opened, woohoo :p), I included a letter as well as a handful of kisses (of the chocolate variety). Nothing like kisses and chocolate to mend a lovers spat ;).
In my “Open When You’re Stressed” envelope I included a letter along with a square of bubble wrap and instructions stapled on that say “For immediate stress relief: pop 3 capsules as needed. And remember that I ❤ you!”
In my “Open When You Need To Smile” envelope I included a homemade card with a very beautiful and heartfelt poem on it: “Roses are red, But sometimes they’re thorny, When you’re around me I get sorta… (open card) … corny. Shame on you! I know what you were thinking.” I also included a couple inside jokes on the inside of it.
And last but certainly not least, this envelope took a LONG time and alot of planning but it was so worth it cause he loved it :). For my “Open When You’re Bored” envelope I sent my man on a long distance scavenger hunt. For a while I worked clues into letters/presents/postcards I sent him and by following the clues in this envelope he was able to find a hidden key that would unlock the box inside this envelope. Plus, there were some good surprises along the way so he wouldn’t skip ahead! 😉
For a full tutorial on how I made this LDR Scavenger Hunt check out this post:
Some More Ideas:
I think this would be really sweet to include in an “Open When You’re Having A Bad Day” / “When You Need Some Hope/Faith/Courage” envelope.
A cootie catcher would make a sweet addition to an “Open When You Need To Know How Much I Love You” envelope; include 8 sweet love notes (one under each flap).
Incase you’ve forgotten how to make one, never fear! Here are some easy-to-follow instructions: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Cootie-Catcher-(Origami-Fortune-Teller)
Another “Open When You Need To Know How Much I Love You” idea could be to make them a Youtube video or write up a nice blog post about them and include the link. This is a video I made of my boy and I using a free downloadable program called VideoPad Video Editor. Youtube Movie Maker is another good one that’s free.
Any chamomile or sleepytime tea will work for this but you could go that step further and make these hand-sewn heart-shaped teabags, or these love letter teabags for an “Open When You Can’t Sleep” envelope. As an alternative you could include something like a relaxing playlist on cd or a pocket-sized book or printed story they’d like.
Heart teabags tutorial: http://home-shoppe.squarespace.com/blog/2013/1/27/youre-my-cup-of-tea-diy-heart-shaped-tea-bags
“Open When you’re having a guys night” – certificates or money for pizza and/or beer, and/or a burned copy of a guys movie.
“Open When you’re having a girls night”- facemasks and/or money/certificates for snacks/wine/movie theatre and/or a burned copy of a chick flick.
In an “Open When Things Are Falling Apart” envelope include this adorable love note/photo puzzle, so that your loved one can put the pieces back together.
In an “Open When You Need a Reminder” envelope you could include a thoughtful keychain that would remind them of you, or a swatch sprayed with your perfume.
In an “Open When You’re Feeling Grumpy” envelope, include their favourite candy. Favourite junk food always cheers people up!
The possibilities for this are endless!
Giftcards (iTunes, coffee shop, movie theatre, spa, gas card, ect,.) open up tons of possibilities just in themselves, but make sure your sweetie has the service near them and can use the giftcard where they are (if they’re in another country for example). iTunes and Starbucks are a couple giftcards that I know can be used overseas :).
“Open When You Need Some Romance” -iTunes giftcard with a written playlist, or a link to a youtube playlist you’ve made for them
“Open When You’re Homesick” or “Open When You Need Me” -gas card/train ticket/bus ticket (if they are away on base or at school they could drive home, or if they are driving distance from you and have a car they could come see you).
Anything small and meaningful make ideal little keepsakes to put in such an envelope. I will likely add to this list as I see things and I’d love to hear your ideas! Have you ever sent/received Open When letters? How did they go over? Leave some words! 🙂
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