There’s something about Christmas that gives it an extra hold on my heart. Maybe it’s the coziness of the holiday or the many layers of tradition. Or maybe it’s the lifetime of memories or all the little pieces that make it so special. It’s probably the combination of all these things that inspire me to make each year’s holiday as special as possible. I also try to pack all of those special elements into a Christmas care package when my husband is deployed.
But how do you fit all of the aspects of such a big holiday into a single flat rate box? You add a few care package extras! Care package extras are the “above and beyond” level of decorating and filling a care package. They may seem like small things, but they add another layer of love to your box, especially when it’s for a holiday.
Christmas Care Package Extras
Growing up, The Polar Express was a key part of my family’s Christmas tradition so jingle bells are synonymous with the holiday and are a natural Christmas care package extra. You could attach them to your flaps so when your loved one opens the box, there’s lots of jingling! My suggestion would be to attach them to the two interior flaps (the ones your loved one opens second) so that they have a little more room and it’s not as difficult to seal your box shut. You could also tie them to the box’s contents or sprinkle them amongst the box’s contents.
I’m a big fan of wrapping the contents of all my care packages, but if you only wrap the contents of one box, make it your Christmas one! There are so many fun Christmas wrapping paper designs out there that you can find one to fit whichever Christmas theme you choose. Wrap all the items in the box, not just the one or two that may be a true Christmas present, and add ribbons or bows if you’d like. Another option would be to use plain brown or white paper and have little ones decorate the paper!
Is Christmas even Christmas without twinkly lights? I would say no, but it’s hard to get that same look in a care package. Or is it? You can send Christmas lights for your loved one to put up in their room or you could send those light-up necklaces attached to the flaps. If you choose to go this route, make sure to find appropriate batteries per USPS regulations, ship them turned off and include a note telling your loved one to turn them on before continuing to open the box.
A few holiday tunes will definitely help your loved one get in the Christmas spirit, no matter where they are. But what if you could make your box sing?! You can! You can purchase one of those cards that play music when you open them, glue it to the box and then place your flaps over the card to hide it. Again, I recommend adding the card to one of the flaps that’s opened last.
Baking cookies, the smell of the tree…smell is such a large part of Christmas and without those smells, the holiday can feel like it’s missing something. While you can’t (and shouldn’t) actually pack a Christmas tree in your box, you can send similar scents to make your loved one feel like they’re home. I don’t recommend sending scented candles as those often aren’t allowed, but you could send a seasonal air freshener instead. Just remember to package it in a way that keeps the scent from escaping!
Whether or not you choose to wrap the items in your box, you can make them a little more festive with some fun Christmas tags. You can print them out, write a few notes on them and attach them to the items in your box. This adds even more fun to your Christmas care package. The Christmas tags featured in this post are available for easy download in my shop!
There are so many ways to make your Christmas care package special! Have you ever added any of these care package extras to your box?
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