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.
Open-when letters are a bit of a viral phenomenon among the LDR community. Parents send them to faraway college students, husbands send them to distant wives and a huge chunk of long-distance couples are using them as a way to be there for that special someone despite being so far apart.
If you’re looking for a sweet, heartfelt and very sentimental gift that you can make and give with a small amount of hassle and money, open-when letters are your best bet!
If you're using a decorative envelope, you're already halfway there. You just need to either use stickers and/or printed labels to put write "Open when … " and the moment it should be opened. You do not have to use decorative envelopes. You can simply use a marker, and write everything on the envelope.
Write a letter, and insert into the envelope. You can also include sentimental objects, such as a picture of you and your significant other's first date, inspirational long-distance relationship quotes, etc.
Seal, and give to the person the next time you’re together or send via snail mail. Make their lives a little happier! I do this when I miss my fiancé. I write encouraging notes for when he might be feeling sad or lonely. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you guys are not together physically.
Open when you’re having a guy’s night: Include certificates or money for pizza and beer or a DVD of one of Maxim’s 100 Greatest Guy Movies Ever Made.
Open when you need a reminder: Include a thoughtful keychain that would remind them of you or a swatch sprayed with your perfume.
Open when you’re feeling grumpy: Include his favorite candy. Junk food always cheers people up!
Open when things feel like they’re falling apart: Include an adorable love note with a photo puzzle so that your loved one can put the pieces back together.
Open when you need to know how much I love you: Include eight sweet love notes (one under each flap).
Open when you need to know how much I love you: Make them a video or write up a nice blog post about them and include the link. YouTube Movie Maker is free and easy to use.
Open when you miss me singing: Include a playlist of great songs about long-distance relationships Record a cover of you singing your song.
It’s really simple and easy to do. There is no wrong way to decorate an envelope or write an open-when letter. Remember, it’s the thought that counts! Let your imagination run wild. I’ve done this before for my fiancé, and he really loves it!
If you’re ready to get started, here is a whole set of printable open-when envelope labels and coordinating cards.
What other ideas do you have for when to send open-when letters?
Sheril has been writing since she was 11 years old. She has a diploma in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and loves going to the gym, reading Greek mythology and playing with her cat. She writes about her long-distance relationship with, Rafiq, on her website, amyskinexy.blogspot.sg.
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