“Open when letters are so cute! I’m going to send some to my soldier.”
*Gets on Pinterest, scrolls till fingers fall off.*
*Buys envelopes. Stares at them for days.*
While they are cute, fun, and creative, open when letters can be difficult to make. It’s hard to write all of these letters, to know what little extras to include in them, and how to decorate them.
I made 11 Open When Letters for my husband while he was on a hardship tour. I had fun writing the letters, shopping for them, and putting them together, but I’d be lying if I said that it was a quick and easy process.
It took me days to decide which topics I wanted to do and what little things I wanted to put in the envelopes. Then it took me more than a week just to write all the letters and cards.
Some of the letters were easy to make. I was able to put them together effortlessly, while other letters took much longer.
So, I made a list of the easy ones to get you started.
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Open When You’re Sick
This open when letter is easy peasy!
Several small items can fit in the envelope to go along with this theme. This letter could include:
- a ‘Get Well Soon’ card
- cough drops
- travel size Tylenol/Motrin packets
- funny memes
- Bible verse
- band aids
- green tea packets
Open When You’re Stressed
This open when letter was an easy one for me!
When I put this letter together for my husband, I tried to think of things that I would appreciate when I’m stressed out. This letter could include:
- ‘treat yourself’ card with a little bit of cash
- funny memes or jokes
- an encouraging scripture
- a sweet card/letter
- pictures of loved ones
- a piece of bubble wrap for stress relief
- some of their favorite candy
- green tea packets
- stress relief aromatherapy samples
- an ‘I Owe You’ coupon for a massage or foot rub
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Open When You Are Bored
The “Open When You Are Bored” letter is an easy one because it’s something that everyone can relate to!
This letter can be individualized to its recipient depending on what they are interested in. Some ideas for this letter include:
- an e-reader/bookstore gift card
- a list of shows to watch on Netflix
- a relationship questionnaire
- crossword or Sudoku puzzles
- coloring pages and crayons
- word searches
- mazes or other puzzles
Open When You Miss Me
The “Open When You Miss Me” letter is another easy one.
Simply think about what would cheer you up when you are missing your loved one. This letter could include:
- pictures of you or pictures of you two together
- a card/letter reminding your loved one that you miss them too
- sweet quotes
- kisses (paper cut-outs of your lip prints)
- a hug (your traced handprints cut out and attached to yarn)
- reminders of inside jokes/good memories
Open When You Want to Watch Our Show Without Me
Every couple has a show (or shows) that they watch together. For one person to watch ahead in the series without the other is a true betrayal! So, this open when letter is a no-brainer.
The only thing needed for this letter is a note telling your loved one that if they watch the show without you…they will regret it!
Or you could be nice about it and give them permission to go ahead and watch it.
These open when letters are sure to make your long-distance loved one feel missed, appreciated, and loved. And the best part is….they’re easy to make!