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?
Want even more care package ideas? I have a whole section about them!