Open When… Letter Ideas

Updated: Jan 20, 2021

Ever since my sailor left for boot camp, I have fallen in love with "open when…" letters. They are so personal and can have a really big impact on your significant other’s day. These letters and their envelopes can be as creative or as simple as you’d like and are great to send during boot camp and deployments.

If you don’t know, "open when…" letters are letters that are written for a specific occasion and have “Open when (occasion for the letter)” written on the envelope. So, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite topics to get started!

Open when…

  1. You graduate ___ school, boot camp, etc.

  2. We move in together

  3. You’re having a bad/good day

  4. You need motivation

  5. It’s the night before our wedding

  6. You’re having doubts

  7. It’s our ___ anniversary

  8. You’re sick/stressed out

  9. You need to know how much you’re loved

  10. You feel like giving up

  11. We’re having a fight

  12. You need to make a big decision

  13. It’s your/my birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.

  14. You’re on the boat/plane

  15. You need a good laugh

  16. You’ve forgotten what I smell like (spray letter with perfume)

  17. You’re coming home

  18. It’s our first night apart

  19. You need motivation

  20. You want to know more about me

  21. You’re not so sure about us

  22. You need a walk down memory lane

  23. I’m being stubborn (this one is a must-send for me!)

  24. You feel like you’ve failed

  25. It’s a nice/bad day outside

  26. You are missing home

  27. When the distance is too much

  28. You really need to see me (include an appropriate picture)

This is only a short list I gathered of my personal favorites, however, there are so many more topics on Pinterest and on Google to choose from.

Happy Writing!

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