If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I believe decorating a care package makes a huge difference for your loved one. But I also believe that what you put in a care package is just as important as what you put on it. After all, that’s the whole point of the box: to send something in! So when you’re selecting items to send in your care package, it’s important to choose things that are as meaningful as your decorations.
Now, of course, sending your loved one’s favorite snacks and toiletries is great! They will enjoy the comforts of home that you send. But for some care packages, you want to send something a bit different. Maybe it’s a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary or maybe you just want to change up your care package contents. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of things to send that make your care package special.
These contents don’t need to be super expensive or family heirlooms. Frankly, I’d actually recommend against sending anything super valuable (either in monetary or in sentimental terms) because things can be damaged or lost during shipping. But items can still have meaning even without a large price tag.
Care package contents that have meaning
I’m all for love notes or open when letters, but sometimes you want to share more. Sometimes the one care package a month can’t capture all of the little things you want to tell your loved one, especially if communication is spotty. That’s where a journal comes in handy: you could write in it daily and send a month’s worth of letters and thoughts to your loved one at a time. A few small and inexpensive notebook could get you through a deployment and allow you send a meaningful account of life to your loved one.
If you’re not a writer, don’t worry! You can still send a journal filled with drawings, paintings or photography.
As wonderful as letters and phone calls are, sometimes you really need to see your loved one’s face. If internet is spotty, that can be easier said than done, but there is a way to get around it! Recording a short video (or maybe a series of short videos) for your loved one to watch over and over again will mean so much, especially during their loneliest days.
You don’t need any special equipment to do this: use your phone, pull the videos to your computer and put them on a USB drive. I would put the USB drive in a padded envelope within your care package so it doesn’t get crushed. Keep an eye on the temperature as extreme heat may cause damage to the USB drive.
A mixtape (or the 21st century equivalent: a playlist).
While the days of cassette tapes may be long past, a mixtape or customized playlist is still a meaningful care package content. Choose songs that are significant to your relationship (they don’t all need to be love songs) or put together a pump-up motivational mix to get your loved one amped for the day. You can put your playlist on a USB drive and mail it in your care package.
A fun crafty way to say “I love you”.
There are so many fun “I love you” craft ideas on Pinterest; you will certainly find one to fit your relationship. Whether you use a deck of cards or make a little alphabet booklet, the more fun you have with it, the more meaningful it will be to your loved one. You can add photos, stickers and drawings to personalize the craft even more.
Meaningful care package contents don’t need to be expensive or terribly complicated. The thought that you put into choosing items and the work that goes into creating or customizing each item is what will make your loved one’s day.
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