Open when letters are meant to help couples stay connected when they are apart. We designed free open when letter printables with over 50+ ideas.
The first time that I ran across this idea was on Pinterest, but then I remembered the movie P.S. I Love You. The premise of the story is that the main character’s husband leaves letters for his wife after he dies.
You can see how, with a little creativity these letters can be very meaningful.
It is a creative way to show you care when your love is in the military or you are in a long distance relationship.
Open when letters printable
We designed 4 open when cards and 4 open when notes for you to fill out yourself and put into the envelope with any other items.
Open when letters rules
These letters help people stay connected when their jobs or life circumstances keep them apart.
While there are many ways to stay connected, having something physical to open helps make the distances seem a little less far.
Use for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife if you are in a long distance relationship, or in the military.
Maybe your best friend moved across the country and you want a creative and fun way to stay connected.
- Choose the reasons you would like the letters to be opened. Such as “when you miss me,” or “Open when you need to talk.” Have fun thinking about themes and reasons for opening up a new letter.
- Print out the open when card printables & cut them out
- Use double stick tape or hot glue to attach to the envelopes.The cards are approx. 4”x5” and they fit on envelopes 5×7 or larger.
- Write your personal message you can use our open when letter ideas for inspiration.
- Put a trinket into the letter which adds to the fun of opening them. Be creative! You can find all kinds of items in your jewelry box and the kitchen.
What do you write in open when letters?
Write a personal note on the open when cards. We have many quotes for you to use to add to your card that fits the theme of the letters.
What do you put inside of open when letters?
We give you lots of ideas to put into the envelopes. Such as trinkets and small food items. If you look around you will probably find items that are cute and fit the theme.
Remember how you loved the small toys or stickers that they put into cereals and cracker jack boxes? It never really mattered what the trinket was, just that it was there.
Open when letter ideas
We came up with some ideas to give you inspiration for your own letters. Depending on circumstances you may be able to give boxes along with envelopes.
If that is the case, then you can give larger gifts instead of flat items that only fit into envelopes. We chose quotes for each open when letter to use if you like.
Open when you are sad
“Nothing is permanent, not even our troubles”
Let them know that you are there for them, and offer your support. Fill the envelope with popcorn and a movie selection.
Open when angry letter
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind”.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write a personal note that reminds them of your love for them.
Open when stressed letter
“Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best that you can.”
“Today I refuse to stress about things that I cannot control or change.”
Add a stress ball or bubble wrap to the envelope or package
Open when you miss me
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” -A.A. Milne
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.-A.A. Milne
Spray your perfume or cologne on the card with a note.
Open when you need a little romance
“Distance gives us a reason to love harder”
Leave a lipstick lip print on a card and put it in the envelope.
Open when you want to take a trip down memory lane
“We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun”. A.A. Milne
Add pictures and a special playlist that you put together just for the two of you.
Open when you need to talk
“Talking to you makes my day.”
Schedule a Skype call
Open when you need a laugh
Sometimes I just want someone to hug me and say, “I know it’s hard, but you’ll be okay. Here is coffee and a million dollars.”
Send a link to some funny YouTube videos or stream their favorite comedian. You could put an Amazon gift card.
Open when you need a pick me up
“You are perfect exactly the way that you are.”
“Even though it is raining, the sun will shine again.”
Add a Dunkin Donuts or other favorite coffee shop gift card.
Open when you are sick
“I hate being sick, it’s like being a superhero without any powers.”
“I am so offended when my body decides to be sick, I gave you a vegetable last week.”
Add tea, honey sticks, soup packets and cough drops to the envelope.
Open when you want to reminisce
“I love those random memories that make me smile no matter what is going on in my life right now.”
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
Choose special pictures that show great memories to fill your envelope.
Open when you need a hug
“Sometimes a hug is all you need to make you feel better.”
“One of your hugs would be nice right now.”
Add a heat pack to your envelope to give them some warmth.
Open when you are lonely
“Sometimes the worst place that you can be is in your own head.”
“I am not alone, but I am lonely without you.”
Write a personal note telling them that they are not alone.
Open when you want to know how much I love you
“As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.” -A.A. Milne
Add a heart trinket to the envelope.
Open when you feel discouraged
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
“What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.”
Choose some meditation videos that will help them get back on track. Add the link on the card or give an Amazon gift card.
Open when you feel homesick
“Whenever you feel homesick, just look up at the moon. It’s the same moon wherever you go.”
“At the end of the day, our hearts just want to be home, but our homes aren’t always where we rest our heads.”
Fill the envelope or package with some of their favorite snacks from home.
Open when you want to make a wish
“Your wishes will go far.”
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true.”
Add a four leaf clover, if not real then paper, or some good luck symbol charms.
Open when you need to be cheered up
“Some days you just have to create your own sunshine.”
“Don’t overthink things, sometimes you just need to go with the flow.”
Give a fast food gift card to make them feel better. Food and treats can do that!
Open when we have had a fight
“ I refuse to give up on us, and I will fight for us. For what we have. For us.”
“No matter how many times we fight. We always find a way to make up.”
Open when you need motivation
“Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.”
“Start where you are with what you have and do what you can.”
Open when you need inspiration
“You were not built for comfort and convenience. You were built to overcome.”
“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”
Open when you can’t sleep
“I miss you most at night. When everything is quiet and the silence reminds me that I am not sleeping next to you.”
“Be the master of mind, rather than mastered by mind.”
Put some chamomile tea in the envelope.
Open when you are worried
“There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem and a concerned person solves a problem.”
“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.”
Links to positive videos or Ted talks can help them feel better.
Open when you had a bad day
“Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”
Put some chocolate in the envelope.
Open when you need some good luck
“Sending you some good luck vibes.”
“Every misfortune you find along the way will carry in it a seed of the good luck of tomorrow.”
Buy some lottery tickets and put them in the envelope.
Open when you need to feel brave
“Scared is what your feeling, brave is what you are doing.”- Emma Donoghue
“It’s OK to be scared. Being scared means you are about to do something really, really brave.”
Open when you need some TLC
“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
Put some lavender to relax or a packet of salts for the bath.
Open when you need energy
“When all your energy is gone, when you have nothing left, that is when it’s show time!”
Add some B vitamins or a coffee gift card.
Open when you want to celebrate
“Make time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small.”
Add confetti and balloons to the envelope.
Open when you want to hear a secret
“A true friend is someone that you can trust with all your secrets.”
Tell a secret that you have never told him before. You can surprise him with something spicy.
Open when you need encouragement
“Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”-A.A. Milne
Add some positive saying stickers to the envelope.
Open when you need something comforting
“Love is strong, Love lives on”
Add some hot cocoa packets to the envelope.
Open when things are difficult
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”
“Storms don’t last forever.”
Open when you are enjoying your favorite sport
Find ways to cheer along with them and their favorite team! Get creative with some sports related items.
It’s your anniversary
It’s your birthday
It’s a holiday
It’s the beginning of a new season
you feel jealous
You need a friend
You get settled in
You want to bitch and complain
You are bored
you miss my touch
You don’t feel appreciated
You feel uncertain about the future
You want to celebrate a special occasion
You feel scared
You want to make your partner happy
Your feeling a bit spicy
You are worried about us
You think that I don’t love you
Any life events that need to be addressed
Military open when letters
If your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend or wife is in the military, then you can spread the letters throughout his/her deployment. Let them know that you are thinking of them when they have to deal with difficult missions.
Long distance relationship open when letters
These are a great addition to staying connected when you are in a long distance relationship. Use the letters in between the times when you see your loved one.
Letters to friends or family that have moved away
When your friends or family move away, keeping in touch just isn’t the same. Give them the letters before they leave or ship them in a box for them to open at the selected times.
Letters to your future self
Why not write down your dreams and goals and put them in a letter to your future self. You may be surprised how much you have accomplished in the 6 months or year when you open your letters.
Letters to your children to open in the future
You could write your children sweet thoughts about what you wish for them and their future. Let them know all your hopes and dreams for them.
Conclusion open when letters
Use our free printable open when cards and ideas to stay connected in a cute way.. Opening something physical is a great addition to Skyping, texting and calling.
Below we have links to more quotes that you may want to use for your open when letters. We also have virtual date nights for long distance relationships to check out! Cheers.