Open When Letters

Open When Letters

Open When Letters are a sweet and simple gift that you can share with a loved one. We love how simple it is to prepare such a heartfelt way to help your sweetheart in any moment of need! Sometimes when something happens, it’s hard to find the right words to say. You may want to offer comfort, congratulations or just a kind, uplifting word showing that you care. Open When Letters make it easy to thoughtfully and sincerely construct a letter for a future moment so that you get just the right words on paper! These letters can be filled to the brim with your love!

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Handwritten love letters will never go out of style. Over time we’ve put together several Open When Letter printable packs to help make it easy to put together an unforgettable love letter for your sweetie.

NEW Open When Letters Kit

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, romantic Open When Letters for your sweetie!

Click here to check out our NEW Open When Letters Kit!


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! 

 Check out our original Open When Letters. You can find these FREE envelope covers and cards if you scroll to the bottom of this post!

Open When Letter Ideas

You are gonna LOVE this simple idea… Open When Letters! 

Open When Letters and Card Labels

Our original Open When Letter Ideas are super simple, but oh so cute and perfect for writing letters to your boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife. These letters are meant to be written in advance for special occasions, that way your loved one has a letter ready for any moment they might need one.

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!  

Open When Letter Ideas
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These adorable Open When letters covers can be used with any envelopes and you can write a card or letter to place in these envelopes for that special moment!

Open When Letter Topics

Want to know what all of the envelope labels say?

Open When Letters Cards

  • Open When You Need to Know How Much I Love You
  • Open When You Need a Good Laugh
  • Open When You Could Use a Little Pep Talk
  • Open When You Are Feeling Lonely
  • Open When You Want to Reminisce 
  • Open When You Want Me!
  • Open When You’re Worried
  • Open When You’re Upset or Angry
  • Open When You Can’t Fall Asleep
  • Open When You’re Feeling Happy
  • Open When It’s Your Birthday!
  • Open When It’s Our Anniversary!
  • Open When It’s Valentine’s Day!
  • Open When 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!

Open When Cards

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! They fit perfectly in these envelopes.

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

Open When Letters for Kids

Open When Letters are such a great idea for anyone you love, even your kiddos! 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.

Open When Letters for Kids Entire Set

We’ve put together an Open When Letters for Kids that is absolutely amazing for all those special moments in your kid’s life from when they just learn to read to when they are graduating high school or even going off and getting married! You can prepare a letter for all of these special moments with our kit!

Open When Letters For Kids Box

Click here to check out our Open When Letters for Kids!

More Open When Letters Topics

If you want to make your own Open When Letters, here are some more ideas for topics you can use to get started.

  • Open When You’re Excited
  • Open When You Are Ready for An Adventure
  • Open When You Miss Me
  • Open When You’re Tired
  • Open When You’re Overwhelmed
  • Open When We’ve Said Goodbye
  • Open When You Feel Sad
  • Open When You Need Some Cheer
  • Open When I’m Angry
  • Open When You Feel Like Giving Up
  • Open When You’re Angry
  • Open When You’re Traveling Alone
  • Open When You Need Some Cash
  • Open When You’re Afraid
  • Open When You Need to Make a Big Decision
  • Open When Someone Has Let You Down
  • Open When You’re Frustrated with Work
  • Open When You Have Some Bad Luck
  • Open When You Are Sick
  • Open When You’re Confused About Life
  • Open When I’m Driving You Crazy
  • Open When You Have Financial Stress
  • Open When You Need Someone to Believe in You
  • Open When Someone Passes Away
  • Open When You Need A Little Spice in Your Life

This list of Open When Letters topics will help you get started. With this list and our FREE printables below, you have everything you need to get started. Make it even easier to prep your Open When Letters surprise with one of our printable packs. Here are the links again, just for your convenience!

Open When Ideas

Now you’re all set and ready to write a pile of Open When Letters for your man (or your woman), or even for your kids!

About the Author: Becca

Besides my hilariously witty husband, I love a good book, sappy songs, old black-and-white movies, cute crafts, and all things chocolate. I have four (seriously adorable) little kiddos at home and they definitely keep life at home FUN!

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128 Responses to Open When Letters

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

    1. 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. 😉

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!!

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. […] we said “see ya later” to brittany and her team as they head off to salt lake city, ut this summer with send north america as generation send students with the north american mission board. there was a table set up with “open when…..” cards for everyone to write notes for various emotions and needs! it was great fun and everyone participated so well! the open when envelopes were printed from the dating divas blog. […]

  16. 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…

    1. 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. 🙂

  17. Daughter leaving for college soon. These will be included in a special bag she will take with her. Great if she never has to open one of the envelopes, but if she does we hope it brings her solace and laughter.

  18. This is going to be my first Christmas with my boyfriend; after going through a divorce after such a young age, I was eager to make him a gift, just to show him how thankful I am to have found him. He’s my best friend, and a great reminder of how great life can be again.
    He lives a few states away, so it’s hard to always cheer him up when he needs it. I’m in my own funk, and couldn’t think of anything practical (I’m not the romantic-minded type)…. but this is an amazing idea! I know he’ll just love it!

  19. Wow ladies when do you get time to do all this…. I’m a working mom of 2 teenagers and I’m running arround like a craze person.
    I just love all your ideas but have no time to get this all done…
    Any tips for the working mom and wife?
    Much love and dont stop what you girls are doing 🙂

    1. We’re all busy. Im going to college for nuclear physics and have class 20 hours a week. As well as a part time job for 25/30 hours a week and an internship for 20 hours a week. As well as doing tutoring for about five hours a week for extra money as well as having to study and exercise every morning among other things. Its a matter of how badly you want to make time for such crafts. I stayed up literally all night to do this and other little projects for my boyfriend. Took three cups of coffee and i was exhausted at work, but I really wanted to do this for him.

  20. Love this idea!

    Could people share their ideas of what you put inside? Don’t want to put letters etc in all of them (husband hates reading!) so has anybody thought of something inventive or quirky?!

    1. The envelopes for ‘laughter’ and ‘reminiscing’ could include pictures of happy/laughter-inducing memories. Also, I did something similar to this for my husband and in the ‘when you want to smile’ envolope I placed a small recordable button (purchased from Hallmark) with the recorded laughter of our infant son. It worked :). Hope that helps!

  21. […] You can find a great tutorial here. One way to format these letters is as pictured, where the recipient opens them at given moments when they’ll need them. One of the ideas I personally love is doing the letters P.S. I Love You-style. Pick dates that will be significant in their life, or the first day of every month, etc. to give words of encouragement or love. […]

  22. Your website is the cutest thing! My boyfriend and I are coming up on our 1 year anniversary and I can’t wait to use this! We are long distance and I think it will be perfect for us.

  23. I have often seen this idea, the “open when” letters, and kinda just shrugged it off, but its my first year of college and I actually have to stay at campus all summer into the next school year and the separation has been hard on my mother and I, so I get to go home this weekend after final exams and be there for Mother’s Day. I bought her a special necklace that will be arriving late, so I wanted to do something else to make it even more special. and I came across this. I thought it would be perfect for my mother, not just on Mother’s Day but all summer when I can be there with her. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  24. OMG I’m so happy that i found your website!!. i actually don’t have any ideas how to write letters for my boyfriend. this is my first time to write letters for him. we’re really far away though he lives in New York and I’m from Asia. anyways thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

  25. I was looking for something for my daughter for when she leaves for University this fall. We’ve always been super close and it’s going to be a hard transition for both of us..
    I’m going to write her letters and hide them in her box when she packs so when she’s lonely or just needs to hear from us she can pick up a letter and remember how much we love her are so proud of her. 🙂 Thank you!!!

  26. I just printed out these and love them! One quick question – do you have a recommendation on what type of envelopes to buy? Or what size they need to be?

  27. Hello, I loved the idea and would love to do for my boyfriend, but he does not speak English (we are Brazilians)… I would like to translate the envelope labels to Portuguese, you could tell me what the font?
    Thank you for your attention and congratulations for the idea <3

  28. I love these Open When letters too – and am in the process of trying to create ones for my Mum before I leave for China. Are there any editable ones anywhere as the downloadable file here is mainly linked to partners/hubby/wifey! 🙂

    1. Hmmm… you could put in a 4-leaf clover, a lucky penny, or a rabbit’s foot keychain (anything LUCKY) along with a love note wishing him luck and telling him how amazing he is. Hope that helps. XOXO

  29. Hello from Germany
    I Love this Website. I use them a lot of time and take the Great Ideas for my Boyfriend, Family or my Friends when they is a reason like Birthday, Anniversary or other stuff.

    Thanks for this Site=)

    Best regreats


  30. I am so glad I found this page!! Sadly my is terminally ill with stage 4 cancer. She has already wrote us all sealed letters but I am going to print these for me and my brother and have her write for each one to help us cope! <3 🙂

    1. Oh Brooke, I am so sorry to hear that. We lost my Father-in-law last year. I hope you do this and it’s able to ease your grief during this trying time. Nothing will make up for her loss but it is so special to have those moments in the years to come. Big hugs! XO

  31. I made these Open When Letters for my boyfriend that is in the military. He loves to open them when he is away serving our country. He says that he always look forward seeing what surprises are in each envelope…….I told him just don’t open them around other people LOL (some of them have private things in them). Thanks for the great idea

  32. When I did it for my boyfriend I purchased Heavyweight Brown Kraft envelopes with reusable clasp (from the dollar store they measure about 6X9 inches). It allowed me to add a few extra surprises to each one. For instant on the one for Open When its your birthday I put 2 birthday cards filled with confetti

  33. LOVE LOVE LOVE, this idea! i did last year for my man for Valentines day and add a few every now and then and for other special occasions! It’s a great gift to continue on and to always show you S/O their on your mind!

  34. Well, i’m doing this gift idea for my boyfriend but what i actually came here to figure out was what to put inside the envelopes other than letters. any ideas?

  35. Thank you so much for your time and dedication to all your online work!!! I took alot of your advice. I made one for my husband and now i think my mother deserves an “open when” box of cards!!! Thank you again!!

  36. I LOVE this idea I’m very poorly so don’t get to see my grandchildren on bad days but now I can communicate with them on the days I’m unable to talk thank you I had never heard of this before 😀