It’s time to send another care package! Maybe it’s only been a week, or a day since the last one you sent, but when you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll. But those care packages can add up in price, so here’s a cheap care package option! You’ve probably heard that USPS small flat rate boxes are the way to go, and I definitely agree. The medium and large boxes can fit a TON of stuff for a decent price. But, if sent frequently, that $17+ postage can hurt the budget, not to mention the cost of filling the big box!
Small flat rate boxes are a great choice because you can send three small boxes for the price of sending one large. And more care packages to open means more fun for your loved one! Of course, a small box is best suited for small items. Larger items would have to go in a larger box or even a piñata. But for little stuff, and when you don’t have too much to send, a small flat rate box is a cheap, easy, and fun option!
List of ideas for care package
- A deck of cards
- Candy of almost any kind
- Gum, tic tacs or mentos
- Headband/wrist bands for working out
- New headphones
- A burned cd of your current fav songs
- Personal letters and love notes
- Photos of you, the kids and/or the pets
- Photos of activities you’ve done or places you’ve visited
- New razor
- Thumb drive/ USB drive
- Greeting card
- Sticky note pad (with a few notes written on a few)
- Granola bars or breakfast bars
- Balloons (not blown up of course) for an upcoming birthday
- Individual coffee packets
- Hot chocolate or cider pouches
- Crossword puzzle book
- Sudoku book
- Notes from family or friends
Tips for parcels
- If you’re sending it to a hot place like the Middle Eastern desert, be sure not to send anything that might melt. Items like chocolate, chapstick, candles, and soft candies may not make the trip. If you really want to send something like that, at least put it in a ziplock bag so it doesn’t make a huge mess in your box.
- You can decorate the inside of the box! Before folding it up, lay it flat on a piece of wrapping paper. Trace the box and cut out the paper. Be careful you leave space for the edge where the box seals. Glue it down and then fill, fold and seal. The inside will be nicely wrapped!