Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I was in hardcore care package mode over the past two days filling orders, planning for the rest of 2017 and designing a few care packages for my husband. It’s funny how quickly something goes from a hobby to a full on obsession, isn’t it? A few years ago, I didn’t even know what a flat rate box was and now people come to me for care package advice! I pulled together a few of the most commonly asked questions for you all today.
How do you get things to stick?
There are a lot of suggestions out there about which glue to use. Some people are firmly in the glue stick camp while others insist that hot glue is the way to go. I place myself in a third group: glue dots. They come with zero mess and have great holding power. They’re what I use to put together all of my care packages, both for my husband and for my shop. If you haven’t tried them, give them a shot!
I want to send a lot of care packages to my husband, but they get so expensive. How do I keep costs down?
There are lots of ways to keep care package costs down, but I think the best one is to think small. Yes, you read that correctly. Sending small flat rate boxes instead of large or medium ones helps save money. You could even package a few small care packages in the larger one so your loved one has lots to open!
I’m sending clothing, but how do I keep them from smelling musty?
Dryer sheets tucked in between each item of clothing will help things stay fresh. You can also package each item into a plastic bag with a dryer sheet to keep as much smell out as possible. Plus, let’s be honest, sending some extra dryer sheets for your loved one to use probably wouldn’t hurt.
How do you keep chocolate from melting?
Oh I wish I had a foolproof answer for this one. Ultimately, any chocolate you send may melt during shipping. But there are steps to reduce melting and minimizing the mess when any does occur. Freezing your chocolate before shipping it may reduce the amount of melting. I would pop your chocolate in the freezer for 3 or 4 days before you ship it and then pack it into plastic bags so any melted chocolate doesn’t end up everywhere. But I think we can all agree that melted chocolate is still better than no chocolate, right?
How do you come up with your ideas?
This is probably the easiest question to answer because most of the time it’s my husband. Seriously, I make boxes that I think he would like and that goes for products in my shop as well. Sometimes I show him a few ideas and he picks the one he likes the best.
But this time around, I am asking you to fill in for him! I have a few ideas for the next product to add to the shop and need your help picking the winner. Take a moment or two to choose the care package(s) you’d most like to see in my shop! Don’t see one you love? Leave me a comment with your suggestion. At the end of the week, I’ll pick two people to receive a free care package kit as a thank you for participating!