November 8, 2014

“Open When” Letters


If you are still on the hunt for a romantic, meaningful (but still simple and inexpensive) gift idea for your man, then…

Today is your lucky day!!!

We have an idea that we think you are gonna LOVE….



Have you seen all of the ADORABLE “Open When” letters that have been popping up all over Pinterest?!  We fell in love with the idea the second we saw it!

 It would make the PERFECT gift idea for a long distance couple, or really for ANY couple!  

Heck- I want to do this for my daughters one day when they go away to college.   It’s such a sweet sentiment and a beautiful way to show some love.  


AND {with the help of one of our favorite designers}- now it is super EASY to do too!  

Yep, Erin at Strawberry Mommycakes designed this whole set of  printable “Open When” envelope labels and coordinating cards  just for our readers!  

How lucky are YOU?!  


Want to know what all of the envelope labels say?


  • You need to know how much I love you
  • You need a good laugh
  • You could use a little pep talk
  • You are feeling lonely
  • You want to reminisce 
  • You want me!
  • You’re worried
  • You’re upset or angry
  • You can’t fall asleep
  • You’re feeling happy
  • It’s your birthday!
  • It’s our anniversary!
  • It’s Valentine’s Day!
  • It’s Christmas Day!

Just cut and glue the labels to your choice of envelopes.  Then use the coordinating blank cards to write your own personalized love letter to match the label’s theme.  (Print out as many pages as you need.)  It doesn’t get any simpler {or sweeter} than that!



UPDATE: You’ve been asking us for ideas on what to pair with your love letters and we’ve listened… BIG TIME! Check out our new printable bundle of ready-to-go love letters for your sweetie!


Our ALL NEW Open When Letters Kit Contains:

  • 15 Envelope labels that announce “when” to open your fun DIY love letter cards and romantic gifts.
  • 15 Cute coordinating love notes to capture a message just for his or her eyes.
  • Small printable gifts to shower your sweetie with love.
  • Gorgeous embellishments to decorate a keepsake box for your love letters.

Our Open When Letters Kit makes the process of showing your love easy and fun! We’ve taken out all the stress of figuring out how to write him or her the perfect love letter.  Check out THIS POST for the full scoop on how to get started.

When you put this darling kit together, you will have a whole year’s worth of fun love notes and romantic gifts, ready for your favorite person! 

For more great gift ideas check out our Ultimate Gift Guide for HIM.  AND make sure to check out our Pinterest board FULL of “Gift Ideas for HIM”

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84 Responses to ““Open When” Letters ”

  1. Janice S. says:

    These are so cool! But you know, I’m thinking that they would actually be perfect for my mom. She still gets a little down because I don’t live nearby anymore. I can see these being great pick-me-ups for her and reminders that I still care. So while they’re great for the men in our lives, they also work wonderfully for other family members and loved ones. :)

  2. Chris says:

    These are wonderful. I was trying to think of a little something special for my hubby. He is going to be traveling a lot the next year and I wanted to make an emergency travel kit. He does love his family and gets homesick.
    Thank you SO much!!

  3. Tara Tara says:

    I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!!! I am all about the ‘from the heart’ kind of gifts. Seeing a line-up of letters like this makes me SO happy!!!!! It truly IS perfect for any person! A husband, kiddos, parents, a loved one far away. LOVE it!!!!

  4. Julie Julie says:

    Wow Becca, what a fantastic idea!! Everything is so cute to go along with it too…I really love the cute ‘stamps’ to go with each one:)

  5. Britta says:

    Perfect!!! At the moment, my husband and I only get to each other at the weekends and it has been really hard on him. I am printing right now and can’t wait to give him the envelopes!!!
    Thank you!

  6. TT says:

    LOVE these! Thank you so much for taking the time to make and post them and for sharing the printables!!! These are going to be getting a lot of use :) Thank you!

  7. Toni says:

    Ahhh… Thank you!!! I was going to do these for my boyfriend for Christmas (we live 1200 miles apart), but I decided to wait – and now I have adorable stationary to do them on! So cute. :)

  8. cindy says:

    Thank you!!! You’ve made it so easy!!! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  9. I LOVE this idea! They turned out so cute :)

  10. Holly says:

    I actually made my own open when letters and made a post about it on my blog if anyone needs any ideas! I have pictures of everything I included inside the envelopes too. In case anyone needs any inspiration! :)

    I Love the Dating Divas website by the way, i’m always pinning your stuff! :)

  11. Aparna says:

    Im going to use this for our anniversary to give to my husband… Im sure he will love it :)
    Thank u!

  12. Tiana says:

    I LOVE this idea. My fiancé and my second anniversary is this weekend. We live two hours apart, and while it’s not a HUGELY long distance relationship, we only get to see each other on weekends, and he can get down when I’m not there (as can I.) These would be a great for lifting his spirits in those times, cuz it’s a little bit of us together for him to flip through when he needs it :-)

  13. Lindsey says:

    Thank you SO much for the download…I’ve been wanting to make these for my hubby’s upcoming deployment and am so glad you shared a premade template for those of us who are not crafty enough to make something so cute ourselves! :) Question about the template…is there a way to edit it to add more…was thinking of adding other “open whens,” but can’t seem to figure out how to manipulate the template to make more. Thanks again!

    • Becca Becca says:

      Hi Lindsey, so glad you’ll be able to use them for your husband’s upcoming deployment. So sorry that you have to be apart, but hope that he loves this! There are a couple of blank cards if you would like to add other “open whens”- you can just write on it or use a photoshop program if you are skilled in that area. 😉

  14. Tricia says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this awsome idea! I am deployed right now and it becomes kind of difficult to be so far away from my bf so this is a perfect pick me up!

  15. CAT says:

    I was trying to find some letter ideas for my sister. She is leaving for Basic Training in Texas for the Air Force on Monday. Great inspiration! Thank you so much!

  16. Sarah says:

    This is SUCH a cute idea! I just left for school and my boyfriend and I have been really struggling being apart. I think he will love it :)

  17. Pania says:

    Ooohh this is soo good! I just finished making mine (didn’t use the printable ones..thought I’d personally do my own). I felt so sad while making them — just wished I can be there for my man instead of him opening those letters when he is feeling sad, happy, angry, worried etc. :'(

    Oh well, this helps a lot. I really think he will love it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea!!!

  18. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for this! My hubby and I are newlyweds and he can be called to work on an oil rig at the drop of a hat which means no phone, sometimes internet for email but never enough bandwidth for skype, and he can call me off the rig’s landline but they have a strict 10 minute rule on phone calls home.

    This is ideal because it’s small and lightweight and I can sneak it into his bag for when he goes away :)

  19. Brittni says:

    So, I actually decided to do these for my boyfriend for Christmas last year, and I’m in the process of making 50. They’re (finally) almost done. He knows what he’s getting, they should be done around the beginning of March. But I gave him the first one on Christmas, and the rest will get to him soon. I did, however, decide to go all out. I’m making 50, and each one comes with two quotes and the letter, and some come with pictures, and gifts, and all kinds of things. That’s the reason I’m still not done, though. I can’t afford to get all the supplies to go inside of them. It will probably cost about $200…… I’m getting there, though!

  20. Madi says:

    This is perfect for my boyfriend who’s in the Army. Can’t wait to print these out and send them to him! He’ll love it. Thank you so much!

  21. Amanda says:

    These will be perfect for my boyfriend!! We recently moved in together but strangely it seems like we spend less time together than ever before. With our work schedules it seems like we only see each other when I drive him to work and pick him up some days. I also know he has been very stressed lately to due to some family issues and I think these could be a perfect pick me up!

  22. lauren says:

    These are absolutely beautiful ideas. All of them! Such a wonderful gift, that really help when in need of something special.

    Thankyou so much !

  23. cchrewin says:

    what would you say inside them?

  24. Beejay says:

    Do you guys have any of these templates so we can put our own “open when…” on them? I have more ideas for the letters I’m giving my man and I wanted them all to match…

    • Becca Becca says:

      Unfortunately we don’t have an editable template. However, if you have Photoshop or a similar program, you are more than welcome to edit ours to make your own extra matching letters for your own personal use. :)

  25. Sheela says:

    I was looking for a gift for my friend, and this is PERFECT. Thank you. :3

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