Like many women my age, I love Pinterest and all of its glory. This past fall as I was looking for Advent decorations, I came across this really great idea to use for Valentine’s Day. If you don’t know Pinterest very well, then that statement may sound a little strange. But if you do know Pinterest, you understand that as I was looking for Advent decorations I then started looking at Christmas card layouts which led me to look at poses for family photos and I ended up with Open When cards. Simple, right?
Because I had never heard of the concept of Open When cards, I actually clicked on the website that featured the pins and I learned a lot about this unique and relatively inexpensive gift. Open When cards are a stack of greeting cards that you give to someone in anticipation of the highs and lows of everyday life.
This is a great idea for a gift that keeps on giving and reminds the people you love that they are on your mind. Here’s how you do it:
- You are going to select anywhere from 10-20 cards per person you are planning to present the cards to. This year, I am giving all three of my kids a set for Valentine’s Day. I plan to also give each of my parents and my aunt a set for their birthdays this year. When we went to a Christmas party at a friend’s house in December, I took a set for her as a hostess gift with enough cards to last her until January 1, 2017. As you can see, anyone can enjoy this gift.
- When you’re shopping for cards, you need to think about the upcoming holidays that may be on the shelves already. Since we’re in February, the obvious Valentine’s Day cards are included, but St. Patrick’s Day, the Spring Equinox, and Easter may also have fun cards for you to peruse.
- Next you need to think about very human experiences that we all have. At some point, everyone feels sad, everyone feels nervous, everyone misses a loved one who has passed away. Think about getting a congratulations card, a sympathy card, a good luck card, and a blank card for you to write your own message.
- Most importantly, get a birthday card! You know your recipient will have a birthday in the coming months and a birthday just isn’t a birthday without a card.
After you leave the card store, come home and sort them as soon as possible. I bought all of my cards in December and by mid January when I was working on this project, I kind of forget who I had in mind for each card. The kids were easy, because for the most part, their cards are the same with the exception of a few. Here how the round of cards for Valentine’s Day looked. before I signed and addressed them.
Here you see four sets of cards that I am giving for Valentine’s Day. Three for my kids and one for an adult. Now, I need to tell you that since I started this project, I have become a bit of a card freak. After buying the original set of cards from my local Dollar Tree, I found some more on-line from this website.
The most time consuming part of this project is the next part. Here’s where you sign the cards and write whatever sentiments you want to express. Then, address each envelope for the circumstance it covers.
You can see that I’ve started addressing the cards for one of the kids. The lime green envelope relates to a school event where each of them will have to give a presentation. If this year is anything like the past two years, they will put a lot of hard work into it and absolutely rock the event. That particular card is a a congratulations card.
This project is great for its versatility as well. After I received a “what can I get a new girl that I’m kind of dating” text message from an old friend of mine, I gave him this idea. Because the woman lives in a different city he bought an extra large card to send the smaller cards in. In his words, she was not only touched but be gained major romance points with her friends!
Have you ever given Open When cards? What are you giving those closest to you this year?