Celebrating a special occasion during deployment is probably not anyone’s definition of ideal, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try! Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, promotions…you can still recognize (and celebrate) them all even when your loved one is away from home. You may just need to get a little creative in how (and when) you celebrate. Luckily, care packages for special occasions are a great way to recognize the moment no matter where your loved one is at the time.
Care Packages for Special Occasions
My favorite idea for a long-distance birthday celebration is a birthday in a box! Send everything your loved one may need for to celebrate their day: presents, cards from friends and family, decorations, hats, plates and a sweet treat. Encourage them to video chat you when they open their box or hold their own birthday party.
More birthday care package ideas are here.
Celebrating someone else’s birthday? Send your deployed loved one a mini care package filled with items they can use to join in on the fun. This would be especially sweet if a child is celebrating a birthday without mom or dad, but could work for anyone! A party hat, a noise maker, decorations that match the party’s theme and a sweet treat for them to enjoy during cake time all help them feel like they’re part of the moment.
Wedding anniversaries, dating anniversaries, engagement anniversaries…I believe wholeheartedly in celebrating them all, even if my husband is deployed. You can decorate your box pretty much however you’d like, but definitely consider adding photos of you both throughout your relationship!
Consider sending one of these care package-friendly traditional anniversary gift ideas or items significant to your relationship. For example, on our first date, my husband and I had mac and cheese for dinner so I would, without a doubt, send mac and cheese in an anniversary care package.
Our military loved ones work exceptionally hard so anytime their effort is recognized with a promotion, we should celebrate! You could send confetti along with notes of congratulations from family and friends. This may also be a good time to send a relaxation-themed box after they’ve worked so hard.
Not sure how to decorate your box? Check out my branch-specific care package posts (Army, Air Force, Marine and Navy) for some decorating ideas to get you started.
Holidays can be so hard when you’re missing a loved one, but they’re difficult for those away from home too! That’s why holiday care packages are so important. Depending on how long and when your loved one is away from home, you may end up sending a lot of holiday care packages. Don’t be afraid to send combination boxes (Christmas and New Year’s are a great combination) or smaller boxes for some holidays. Read more about a mini Halloween care package here.
Want more holiday care package tips? Check out my post about holiday care packages for groups and this giant list of holiday care package ideas.
Other special occasions
Life is full of special occasions and they should all be celebrated, even during deployment. Check out some care package ideas for additional special occasions:
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