My youngest brother, Jason, recently moved to Tennessee. My brothers and I have all been close so it is really weird to not see him very often. I’m looking forward to going to visit him soon, but for now I decided to put together a care package.
Care packages are a great way to brighten someone’s day. When you live far away from a friend or family member, it takes a lot more effort to stay in touch. With a care package, you can send a note and a few favorite things to let them know how much they are missed.
Here are a few of the things that I like to include in a care package:
Something handwritten: Get a funny card or write something that will make them smile. The fun gifts in a care package are important, but it’s also nice to get a handwritten note. You could also get colorful post-its and write a funny note to put on each item you sent.
Something to munch on: What’s a care package without some food? I baked some cookies to include in Jason’s care package, but you could buy their favorite candy or junk food.
Something local: Include something from where you live. This could be a postcard, a tasty treat from a local bakery, a product your city is famous for, you get the picture. This is great when the recipient of your package used to live there, too. It’s like getting a taste of home in the mail.
Something useful: This is especially important if you are sending a package to a college student or a young bachelor like my brother. You could include hygiene products, a grocery store gift card, something for their house, etc.
Something funny: Pick up a random item at the dollar store that will make them laugh. It could be a reminder of an inside joke, or just something completely off-the-wall.
Something from friends and family: What’s better than a care package from a friend? A care package from lots of friends! Enlist a few friends or family members to write notes or buy small items to add to the package.
It’s always fun to decorate the outside of the box, too! The people at the post office got a kick out of the writing and smiley faces all over my box. One even told me that the trick to getting a fragile package to it’s destination safely is to have a child draw all over the box. They are always extra careful with those!
Tip! Pick up a flat rate box and fill it up. You can make it as heavy as you like and it will still be the same price. That way, you won’t be surprised at the price when you go to mail your package.
Do you have a friend or family member that lives far away? Brighten up their day with a care package! What will you include in your package?