Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m not the type to go out and celebrate the day with a romantic dinner and being in a relationship won’t change that. I do believe in always celebrating and appreciating the person you’re with regardless of what holiday it is. Having said that, I wanted to share with you the Christmas gift that lasted more than just one day that I sent to J.
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I stumbled on this idea on Pinterest months ago and I always thought it was a cute idea and decided to put my own twist on it for J. Christmas and NYE was two holidays that we weren’t going to be able to celebrate together due to the distance but I wanted to make sure it was always Christmas for him.
By doing so, I wanted to create Open Whens for him to be able to open almost every day until the New Year. Here are some ideas of what I put together in the Open When Package:
Open When… you receive this package
A letter explaining the idea of the gifts and a Stitch keychain
Open When… it’s 11:11
He & I have always messaged each other when it’s 11:11 every day to make a wish. Luckily for us, due to our timezone differences, we are able to say it at least 4 times a day. I created a jar full of origami stars. It was my way of giving him a jar full of wishes. [Read the story behind the Japanese Origami Stars]
Open When… you feel unattractive
A letter telling him what I thought of him and what I attracted me to him. I also gave him a box of Orange CRUSH gummies to let him know he’ll always be my Crush.
Open When… we get into a fight
I painted a small box and filled it with cookies & cream Hershey’s kisses with “I’m Sorry” painted inside the box.
Open When… you’re feeling under the weather
I create a small medical kit to help him feel better whenever he’s feeling a little sick. Halls, Hot Lemonade Mix, Kleenex, Advil (for cold and flu) – you know, typical things you need when you feel a cold coming on.
Open When… it’s Dec 21
I bought him matching luggage tags for him to use on his first flight to Canada in Jan
Open When… you miss my face
I took a bunch of selfies with the instamax camera
Open When… you’re stressed and need to rage
I wrote a letter of encouragement and a stress ‘man’
Open When… it’s Christmas
Stussy t-shirt with a framed picture of us
Open When… it’s 12AM on NYE
I painted a small heart shaped box and put 1 chocolate Hershey’s Kiss inside. Considering I won’t be there physically to be his NYE Kiss, I still wanted to give him a kiss.
It took some time for me to get everything together and to ensure each one had a special meaning for the both of us. Thankfully, I was able to send it out to him in time to where he was able to enjoy them during the Christmas holiday.
At the end of the day, showing appreciation regardless of the holiday helps improve any relationship. You don’t need a hallmark card day to celebrate the relationship you’re in, every day should be a celebration.