I am not a longtime fan of baseball. In fact, for the longest time, I was decidedly NOT a fan of America’s pastime, finding it a bit boring compared to my first sport loves: basketball and hockey. But then I went to a few games with my baseball-loving husband and began to come around. Granted, post-game fireworks and tasty snacks may have had something to do with my change of opinion, but I actively initiate going to baseball games now and truly enjoy it!
So what do you do if your favorite baseball fan is deployed or away from home for the majority of the season? You send a baseball care package, of course! I’ve written about sports care packages in the past and have seen firsthand how much recipients enjoy receiving a little taste of their favorite sports teams.
Sending a baseball game in a box definitely requires a bit of creativity to bring the in-game atmosphere overseas, but it can certainly be done! One of the best ways to make your loved one feel like they’re at the game is to make the box look like the game itself.
Baseball Care Package Decorations
One of the best things about putting together a baseball care package (or any sports care package) is the abundance of decoration ideas! You could decorate your baseball game in a box in a few different ways:
- Like a favorite team’s stadium: the bottom of the box will be the field and the four flaps would be the scoreboard and fans in the stands. I did something very similar to this in a football-themed care package for my husband and it came out really cute!
- In a favorite team’s or player’s “jersey”: you can recreate the team or player’s jersey out of paper or decorate the box in team colors.
- With general baseball-themed imagery: most craft stores have pre-printed paper that would work perfectly for a baseball care package. You can add stickers or printed clipart featuring baseballs, bats, gloves or hats.
If you want to add text beyond “Go Red Sox”, try a few of these baseball-themed puns!
- You’re my home run
- Forget stealing bases, you stole my heart
- You’re a grand slam
- I love you – no ifs, ands or bunts
- Deployment’s a pitch
- You’re a hit!
- You’re such a catch!
Baseball Care Package Contents
If you’re trying to send a baseball game in a box, a baseball care package definitely needs a few specific items! Obviously peanuts and Cracker Jack are ballgame staples. I mean, the song even says so!
While you couldn’t send hotdogs, you could send condiments for your loved one to use while overseas. For example, if Chicago dogs are their thing, Chicago-style relish is a must.
Other options include sunflower seeds (my husband’s favorite as a kid), Bull Durham and Big League Chew. You could also send baseball cards, preview magazines of the season ahead, a new hat (or any other gear) from a favorite team. In my baseball game experience, you haven’t really lived if you haven’t had ice cream out of a mini baseball helmet. You could send your loved one a set of mini helmet bowls for the entire league so they can share with co-workers. An actual mitt and ball would also be really good additions! Check out this cute way to use a baseball to say “I love you”.
A baseball care package is the perfect way to send your loved one a little piece of home while they’re overseas. Whether you deck it out like a favorite team’s jersey or make it look like a mini baseball stadium, your loved one will be thrilled to get their baseball game in a box!
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