My younger sister moved to Tucson over the Summer. I was really sad in the weeks leading up to her leaving, and I knew I was going to miss her like crazy. She’s never lived away from home before, and now she was moving to a whole other state! I mean come on, it was going to be difficult for her too. I wracked my brain for ways to make the move a little less painful, for both of us. After scouring Pinterest, I came across these “Open When…” letters. They are such a cute idea! I knew I had to make these Open When letters for my sister. But I had a hard time figuring out what I should put in each one, here’s what I did.
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What to Put Inside Your Open When Letters
I’ve also created a free printable that you can snag below with all of the open when ideas ready to be downloaded and printed out so that you can make these for a loved one!
In every envelope, I put a little letter. Some of the things were too big to fit in envelopes, so I put them in bags that I had and taped them shut.
Outside of Box
I had a box at home already, so I just decorated the outside with a bunch of different duct tape that I already had lying around. I also printed out this cute “I miss you already” tag and affixed it to the top.
The first letter was to open as soon as she got the gift. She left a week after her birthday, so I gave her the gift as both her going away present and her birthday gift. It had a bag of snacks for the road, instructions for the gift, bunches of pictures and a letter to her saying how proud I was for her taking this leap.
Open When… You’re Settled In
My parents drove out there with her, and then my mom stayed for a week. So I gave strict instructions that she couldn’t open it until after she dropped my mom off at the airport. I wanted her to go relax, so I put a gift card to the movies in it.
Open When… You Miss Me
Just a letter
Open When… You’re Stressed
Bubble Wrap – we’re silly and always loved playing with bubble wrap as kids. Okay, as adults too. So I knew she’d get a kick out of this.
Open When… You’re Getting Sick
Stuff to make a Hot Toddy along with instructions. Honey, whiskey, tea bags, and a cute mug.
Open When… It’s too hot to function
Open When… You’re Actually Sick
Cough drops and a soup packet, we love the Lipton Noodle Soup, and I knew it would make her smile when she was sick.
Open When… You Need a Little Sparkle
(Be careful when opening, but don’t worry it’s not glitter) Gold heart pushpins for her pushpin board. They didn’t have anything to protect the back and I didn’t want her to stab herself.
Open When… You Can’t Sleep
Chamomile tea and hand-drawn sudoku (I copied a few games off of http://www.websudoku.com/)
Open When… You Need a Pick Me Up
Gift Card to Starbucks, because who doesn’t want to drink Starbucks!
Open When… You Need a Vacation
Margarita mix and fun umbrella straws.
Open When… The Guys are Jerks
So she moved out there with two of her best guy friends. And I’ve lived with two guys before. It’s a rollercoaster, and it can be great, but it can also be awful. I knew there would be moments that they didn’t get along, that’s with any roommates. I included this to hopefully break the tension and get a few laughs. Did you know you can buy gummy dicks online? I think I saw these on Buzzfeed, and I about died laughing. So I had to get them. The letter was affixed to the front and it just said give this to the boys when they’re being jerks, and then they opened it up! The letter inside said, “Eat a bag of dicks”. That’s funny. As you can see by the picture, they had already opened and started eating the gummy candy. They both said it was delicious.
Open When… You Feel Like Coming Home
Gas card, it wouldn’t get her all the way home, but hey, it’s the thought that counts 😉
Open When… You’re Low on Money
Gift Card to Target, I figured she can get anything she would ever need there.
Open When… You’re Hungry
I wanted to put in a Pizza Hut gift card, I even slyly asked what her favorite pizza place was. But the stores didn’t sell them and I didn’t want to order online… so she got an Applebee’s gift card instead!
Open When… You Need to Talk
My phone number. I know she has it, but I wanted to remind her that she can call me day or night.
Open When… You Need a Laugh
Open When… You’re Feeling Spicy
Could be angry, feisty, excited, whatever. It had spicy popcorn in it. Popcorn has always been our “go to” snack, so I figured this would be a cute reminder of home.
Open When… You Need a Sissy Date
We always go to sushi together so I gave her some money for sushi (or whatever she wanted). She was so cute though, she saved the money until she came home so that we could go get sushi together <3
I had lots and lots of ideas but a lot of them I just didn’t have time to execute. One day I hope to make her some more as she’s already used all of these. I also sent her a little first aid kit. Target had these cute first aid carriers on sale and I’m the preparedness one of the family, so I knew she didn’t have a first aid kit. I got some supplies together and set them to her. I figured she could keep it in her car. She’s pretty accident prone so I’m sure it will come in handy.
Overall, I think this gift came out super great. My sister loved it. Apparently, she’d been telling her friends she wanted Open When Letters and I didn’t even know. These Open When Letters are such a great idea if you have a college kid, or even a sibling or friend who just lives far, this is the perfect gift to give that just keeps on giving. I also created these Valentine’s Open When Letters for my husband! If you think of any other great ideas for Open When letters, let me know in the comment section! I’d love to hear.