I wanted the gift to be just right, but of course, not too expensive.
I finally decided on making her a set of "open when" letters. I had seen this idea circulating Pinterest as a gift idea for a romantic partner. Yet, with a little customizing I thought it would be a sweet heartfelt gift for my dear friend to last her all year.
In case you, my gentle readers, are unfamiliar with the idea "open when" letters are a set of letters/notes/small gifts for the recipient to open when a specific time is reached or event occurs. "Open When.. It's Your Birthday!" or "Open When...You Need a Laugh" are common examples.
I spent a total of $14 on this gift. Yes, it's close to double what I usually spend, what can I say?
I started with some on hand envelopes and card stock. I just started writing Open When statements on the front of the cards. I thought about Lindsey's life, her goals, her strengths and times when she might most need a friend or a reminder of love.
Inside I wrote a little note or motivational phrase. When possible and relevant I included a small token/gift,
I intend for this to be opened at her next birthday since the whole series of these letters is her gift for this birthday.
I wrote a quick note and included a Birthday Girl pin along with a few balloons.
Open when..You reached a milestone
"She believed she could so she did" and a small bag bag of confetti for celebration purposes. :)
|You reached a milestone|
Open when...you need a little encouragement
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly"
Followed by a terrible attempt at a butterfly. Seriously, so much respect to artists!
|You need a little encouragement|
"It seems that germs, like everyone else, find you irresistible! Get well soon"
Along with an adorable ice pack. Scored this one at the dollar store, how cute is it?!
True beauty comes from within, the outside is fun to make up!
Along with a three pack of mini nail polish. Also a dollar store score.
|You need to feel pretty|
Along with a card stuffed with awesome jokes. For those of you who don't know, I'm hilarious. So this envelope is really quite a gem. :)
|You need a laugh|
Along with a pack of sparklers (to be used with care and responsibility, of course).
|It's Canada Day|
Just a few motivational words from someone who cares.
|You feel like giving up|
Earth Hour (when all the lights/electronics get turned off for an hour) can be a great family fun night when you crack open a few glow sticks. Which is exactly why I included a pack of ten for her and her family.
|Its Earth Hour|
Included were some pictures my daughter couldn't wait to create for Lindsey and a note that explains why I included them.
|You forget how loved you are|
We bottle our own wine at one of those "Brew Your Own" places. Since we do not often drink we have roughly 42 bottles of wine in the basement.
I thought there might come a day when Lindsey could appreciate the comfort of Merlot.
|It's been one of those days|
|You need a hug|
Included with this is a package of Sponge Bob stickers, coloured craft sticks, pipe cleaners, feathers, pom poms and a bottle of craft glue.
Also a small note that encourages Lindsey to allow the mess to happen if it means she will get the moment of mental stillness she needs.
|The boys are telling you they are bored and no one slept|
last night and you're not feeling well and you just need
a moment to think!
"Time to celebrate the every day"
Along with a bag of confetti. Yes, I did repeat the confetti idea. But really, confetti is so much fun it should be included in celebration whenever possible.
|You've had a great day!|
|The whole lot|
Happy birthday, friend!