Sunday, June 16, 2013

"Open When" letters

One of my best guy friends is moving to New York to pursue his dream of becoming a pharmacist. I am so proud of him. Yes, I'm sad but I love that he is following his dreams. So I started thinking of a going away present that I get him. I came across these "Open When" letters. I knew I wanted to make these for him but as I tried to find ideas for letters, I came up pretty empty handed. I only found a picture of an "Open When" idea but no link to the actual idea. So, I came up with my own but decided to share with everyone. I used to 6" x 9" storage envelopes for mine. I know you are thinking these are big. You can use regular size envelopes but I wanted to put a little twist on my gift. In each "Open When" envelope I included a letter but I also added other things to some of them.

Here is a list of some of my ideas I used. 

  • you are on the way to NY. (For this one I made a CD to listen to on the drive, I included songs that have meaning to our friendship and fun, upbeat songs. Georgia to NY is quite a drive.)
  • you need a laugh. (I added jokes and pictures of us being silly together.)
  • you feel alone. (I put a hug in this one. You just have someone lay down on a long piece of paper, you trace it and cut it out. My arms would be to long to trace and include so I traced my nephews.)
  • you feel like giving up. (Everyone knows school can be hard so I added motivational quotes.)
  • you don't wanna study. (I added study tips and ways to get motivated to study.)
  • you have a hard test. (I wanted to wish him luck so I put lucky charms in this one.)
  • you need an extra push. (I ordered a key chain that said "Doctor of Pharmacy Grad" but you can always get the year they will graduate.)
  • you miss me. (I put every picture of us I could find. If you have inside jokes you could add that or include it in the letter.)
  • you miss the south. (Sweet tea! I put sugar and tea bags in a plastic bag with a sweet tea recipe.)
  • you miss Miller Rd. (This is the pharmacy we worked at together. I asked everyone to write a short note to him and added pictures of him with everyone.)
  • you get a bad grade. (I added a shot.)
  • you get a good grade. (Another shot to celebrate and some confetti.)
  • it's your birthday. (Again, a shot and some confetti. He leaves in July and his birthday is in January. I plan on sending him a present so I didn't add a gift to this one.)
  • you get this or open NOW! (Tissues. Saying goodbye is hard. I wanted to let him know how much I was going to miss him and kinda explain my gift.)
These other ideas I couldn't think of anything to add to them but all these have letters for him.
  • you feel down.
  • need to know someone loves you.
  • you disappoint yourself.
  • you feel outta place.
  • you have your 1st day of class.
  • you are bored. 
 I then put all of these in a plastic box that way I knew he could keep up with them. I can't wait to give him this gift. You can make these for anyone and for any occasion. If you have any ideas to add please share. 


  1. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing it! I also saw just the picture, and decided that I wanted to do it for my little sister when she leaves for college. This is great :)

  2. great ideas! it's totally amazing guy, congratulations for ya and thanks for this post :)x

  3. I love this! I'll do it for my sweetheart when apart, for my sister, my niece, my friends...such great ideas.

  4. Thank you so much!! This is incredibly helpful....and super crafty! :)

  5. My sister and I have talked about writing letters to our kids as a "just in case" we are gone too soon. I loved this idea for that as well. Mom, never really "gone".

  6. Awesome! I'm doing one for my best friend's birthday, and searching the web for ideas they are all mostly romantic based. It's nice to see you can do this for just about anyone in your life!

  7. Thank you so much for the ideas of what to put IN the open when letters. I was totally drawing a blank!

  8. awsome totally what I'd been trying to find. it fits what I'd need and works for all the aspects. thank you so much for shareing this.

  9. tried to say thank you!!! that's totally awsome ,a wonderful thing to come up with.

  10. This is Perfect!

  11. perfect idea for my best friend she is moving

  12. This is perfect for fathers day

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