Everyone likes to get mail… if it’s not a bill! Who can resist a fun-filled, thoughtful care package? But it can be hard to come up with ideas for what to send in care packages for any service member.
They don’t need much and you don’t want to load them down with bulky things. But you want to encourage them and let them know you’re thinking of them. Today I’ll give you some care package ideas that I’ve heard of or used.
Ideas what to put in a care package
- Notes just to say hi, wish him a good day or week, or send your undying love.
- Snacks. what does he like to munch on? What is husband craving or really missing?
- Encouraging words. Hearing that you love them, you’re proud of them, you’re waiting for them, you miss them, and how much they mean to you are huge ways to lift them up!
- Pictures! Of kids, your activities, trips, things around home, funny things, etc. You can email pics but sometimes a hard copy is the best. They can hang it on the wall or carry it around.
- Books. maybe they have some downtime for a good book.
- Calendars- One deployment I had a desk calendar made with pics of our family. That way he could have something to countdown and cross off the days with.
- Photobooks. I created a photo book with pics of our newborn daughter. Hubby was around for two weeks of her life before deploying, so I made him up a little book that he could flip through whenever he wanted.
- Candy! Throw in his favorite candy, or even get a couple of bars and create a candy message. (for example, You are such a BIG HUNK, I’m the SMARTIE who got to marry you! What a SKOR— better than 100 GRAND!)
- Spray some perfume in the box or on a specific card to keep the fire burning =)
- A new t-shirt.
- Fresh cookies or brownies are always a hit! Just wrap them in plastic wrap and then again with aluminum foil on the outside… maybe put some bubble wrap around them. Other options are putting them in a Tupperware type container to protect them or wrapping some cardboard in foil to make a sturdy base for them.
- CDs of your favorite songs, movies, even an iTunes gift card.
To close things off, here are a couple of my favorite (iPhone) apps that I use to send cheer and fun to my man:
- American Greetings – this is a free app through which you can send ecards. Sometimes an ecard brings a smile and laughs in a different way than just an email. And it just shows your thinking of them.
- Simply Postcards – this one has been great. It’s not free, unfortunately, but I think this one’s worth a few bucks every now and then. This app allows you to use a picture from your camera roll and create a postcard. You can type a message on the back, and send it pretty much anywhere. With APO addresses it costs the same as any US address- 1 credit. My hubby has cute pics of our daughter that came as postcards and he loves looking at them all the time!