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Christmas Care Package Contents

November 29, 2017
Christmas Care Package Contents

With heavier mail volume than the rest of the year, shipping times can get longer around the holidays, That’s it’s recommended that your box is in the mail by as early as December 4 for some APO zip codes. Hopefully you’re almost ready to put your holiday care package in the mail, but just in case you still have some room in your box, here are some fun Christmas care package contents you could include!

I may be a little biased because I do love the holiday, but I think Christmas care packages may be the easiest to fill.  There are so many possible Christmas care package contents that easily fit and ship in a flat rate box. The most important thing with filling a Christmas care package (or any care package really) is to choose things that your loved one enjoys, even if something fits the theme better.

The best part about almost all of these Christmas care package contents is that you could easily use them to fill a stocking and have that be the only thing in the box. Your loved one can hang their stocking up until Christmas Day and have lots of goodies to open.  I also like the idea of filling mini stockings with small things like candy canes and hot cocoa packets for your loved one to share with folks. I did that when A was deployed last Christmas and I think he got as much joy out of playing Santa as his co-workers did getting their own stocking.

While there are plenty of food items to put in a Christmas care package, I think there are some fun non-food Christmas care package contents as well. Christmas movies are always a good idea and you can usually find them fairly cheap if you keep an eye out. I wouldn’t necessarily send large, very expensive or very sentimental gifts, I think a few smaller presents are a great idea. Things like a new book, t-shirt, hat, coffee mug or even the fun NERF football are good additions.

You could also include plenty of Christmas cards from friends and family, Christmas music and other decorations for your loved one’s room. I absolutely love that little mini tree and hope every Christmas care package heading overseas has one, complete with mini decorations! Fill any extra space with jingle bells so it sounds like the holidays too!

A deployment during Christmas is never the ideal and your loved one would most certainly rather be home with you. But a fun and festive care package filled with contents that he or she will love goes a long way to brightening up the holiday overseas.

What kinds of things have you sent in a Christmas care package?

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Halloween Care Package

November 6, 2017

Happy Monday! Boy, am I glad to finally be able to share this Halloween care package with you all. I wouldn’t necessarily call the past few weeks a Halloween movie, but it sure was suspenseful. Mail service has been spotty where my husband is and with his homecoming date quickly approaching, I cut it very close on this one. But just a day before Halloween, his care package arrived!

I sent this in his emoji care package so I needed to keep it small, but I didn’t want to give up any of the festive look. I made the most of the box itself by wrapping it in fun caution tape from Target and then chose a bold print for the inside.

I loved the spider web paper for the inside of the box, especially because of how well the decorations popped against it. I actually repurposed pieces the Halloween care package from my shop and kept it very simple. The ghost and pumpkin were just the right size for this mini (but spooky) box!

I think the biggest challenge with using a small flat rate box for a care package is finding items that fit in it! I managed to find a few Halloween-themed items that fit just perfectly: fall flavored Kind bar, mini Halloween candy and Halloween-themed tissues. Of course the chocolate was completely melted by the time it arrived almost 3 weeks after I sent it, but he can use the tissues to clean it up!

It felt nice to temporarily retire my tape gun (woo hoo for the end of deployment!) with something as cute as this Halloween box.  But don’t worry, there are plenty of cute care packages coming your way even while my husband is home!

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New Year’s Care Package

October 23, 2017
New Year's Care Package

Christmas last week, New Year’s this week…the pages are flying off the calendar! Ok so it’s not really 2018 yet, but when you’re shipping care packages halfway around the world, sometimes you have to think ahead. That’s why I’m excited that my New Year’s care package is now available in the shop.

I modeled this one after my husband’s New Year’s care package from last year and, just like my Christmas product, I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I wanted paper that was sparkly without being glittery (if your loved one is anything like my husband, glitter is a no go). But what’s a New Year’s care package without some sparkle?!

The shimmery black paper is the perfect backdrop for my design and a type of paper that I keep coming back to for care packages. It’s a nice thickness and the shimmer adds a little extra to the design.  The gold cutouts really pop against the black and add just the right amount of sparkle to this New Year’s care package.

New Year's Care Package

The gold lettering and black background sell the whole New Year’s theme, but I think the fireworks really make the box! You can almost hear them explode amid the oohs and aahs of the crowd. This New Year’s care package is a great way to start off 2018 with your loved one and make it your best year yet.

While it doesn’t quite make up for not being able to kiss them at midnight, it’s a very close second. You can fill it with lots of photos and wishes for 2018. Other contents could include confetti, Hershey’s kisses, sparkling apple cider and fun decorations.

You can shop this New Year’s care package now. As always, it ships free and 10% of your total is donated to an organization that supports military families.

Want even more care package ideas? I’m giving away 165+ ideas (plus what to put in them) here.

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Emoji Care Package

October 18, 2017
Emoji Care Package

Sometimes a care package just feels meant to be, like the whole universe wants you to create that care package. Way back at the beginning of this deployment, I was strolling through the gift wrap section of WalMart and found the most amazing emoji wrapping paper. I immediately knew that I wanted to send A an emoji care package!

I opted to keep the design of the box very simple so that the wrapping paper was the show piece of the emoji care package. I found a scrapbook paper that was very similar to the background of the wrapping paper and went from there.

Emoji Care Package

While the flaps were very simple, I couldn’t leave the bottom plain! The blowing kiss emoji seemed like a perfect fit for a deployment care package and I absolutely love the way it turned out. I could certainly see this becoming a listing in my shop!

Emoji Care Package

I always like wrapping a care package’s contents and to find wrapping paper that fits a theme perfectly? Well that’s like care package heaven! I love the cute little faces and think they totally sum up my relationship with A. There are always lots of smiles, laughter and maybe a stuck out tongue or two.

Emoji Care Package

The overall look when the box is open is exactly what I envisioned the day I bought the wrapping paper.  It’s such a simple theme, but this emoji care package would be perfect to send just about any time of the year, especially between holidays.

Emoji Care Package

Items in this emoji care package include: lots of magazines, mixed nuts, protein drinks, Mio water flavoring, trail mix, beef jerky, Nutella and peanut butter.

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Christmas Care Package

October 16, 2017
Christmas care package

I know what you’re thinking: “Rachel, it’s only October, why are you posting about a Christmas care package?” Well for a few reasons, but mainly because I’m so stinking excited about how my Christmas care package came out and I couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you.

I modeled this new listing after my husband’s Christmas care package from last year, but secretly may like this one even more! I added “ho ho ho” to the bottom paper instead of keeping it plain and really think it completes the whole look. Otherwise though, the bottom is very simple to keep the attention on the flaps. And they sure are beauties!

Christmas Care Package

The red plaid paper I chose for the flaps just screams holidays to me. I can picture it as a blanket, all snuggled on the sofa in front of the fire. The cut out pieces pop so well against the red. I opted to use gold foil for a large portion of the details and think they really drive home the holiday feel.

Christmas Care Package

The tree is decorated with a combination of gold ornaments and candy canes. The mirror effect of the ornaments almost gives you the illusion of the tree having lights on it. It’s the next best thing to being home in front of your own Christmas tree.

Christmas Care Package

What’s a Christmas tree without presents? I chose a holly print with green and red in it to tie into the other colors of the Christmas care package. Then I topped each present off with a gold bow. The whole picture has a very traditional Christmas feel and I love it!

Shipping times tend to get longer around the holidays so make sure to send out your Christmas care package with plenty of time to spare.  This Christmas care package is currently available in my shop and ships within a week (for free). As always, 10% of each purchase is donated to an organization that supports military families.