Fun and Loving Care Package Ideas For Friends and Family

Fun and Loving Care Package Ideas For Friends and Family

There is no right time to check the best care package ideas for your loved ones. And now it is the best time to send a quarantine care package for your family and friend and lift their moods. Getting mail from your loved ones is so exciting that it honestly does not matter what is inside the package. But if you are planning to send a care package, it’s always good to put in some thoughts and look for the best ideas. 

Deciding what to send in a care package is an overwhelming process in itself, especially if you are indecisive. And who said you could not send a self-care package to yourself? Self-love is above and beyond all. Some common things to choose from for your quarantine care package are tasty snacks, skincare, books, and accessories. What you put in a package majorly depends on the recipient.  

For instance, you send a care package to a close friend, it will be way different from what you will send to a new parent. To make things easier for you, we have put together some great care package ideas that will be suitable for family, friends, relatives, and everyone you know.  Let’s jump right into the list!

For college students

A college student who is living far away from home needs to feel loved. What better way to lift the spirits than receiving a hearty care package from the family in the mail? Care package ideas are perfect for students who are living far away as it sends a message that you miss them. Whether they are homesick or under exam pressure, care package ideas will comfort the home and encourage them. 

Feeling under the weather.

If your college kid is a little sick, and the mom in you makes them feel better, send a love filled care package full of feel god items and medicines. Don’t forget to remind them to take full rest.

Care package ideas:

  • Mug
  • Cough drops
  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Tea
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Microwavable soup
  • Thermometer
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Tissues
  • Band-aids
  • Hand sanitizer

Surviving finals week

Spending time in the library and taking extra classes during finals week demands a lot from the students. Sending a survival kit to release their stress is all they need for motivation and an energy boost.

Care package ideas:

  • A stress ball 
  • Coffee 
  • fidget spinner
  • Water bottle
  • Candy and chocolate
  • Headphones
  • Healthy snacks like dried fruit, granola bars, mixed nuts, or trail mix
  • Chewing gum
  • Stress relief candle
  • Study supplies like notecards, colored pens,  highlighters, and sticky notes
  • Chapstick

Housekeeping supplies

If your kid is stuck in college because of covid quarantine, send a care package full of common household items. There are many items they may be running out of or forget to pick up.

Care package ideas:

  • Body wash
  • Clothing hangers
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Razors
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • Scissors
  • Lotion
  • Stain remover pen
  • Lint roller

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For service members

Send a care package filled with personal items and supplies to your service member and remind them of their family at home. Deployment is quite a tough environment; sending practical and thoughtful gifts can help the survive member feel closer to home. 

Keep the following things in mind when shipping a package outside.

  1. Size and weight restrictions
  2. The time taken to ship (avoid perishable foods)
  3. Include a card listing of the materials box in case the package comes open
  4. Limit the number of items; soldiers have limited storage and personal space
  5. Use resourceful packing materials that they can reuse such as plastic bags or newspaper

Dear spouse

Sending sentimental items in a care package is a great way to give them a glimpse of life at their homes. These items can be small, which they can carry around easily with them and will mean the world to your spouse.

Care package ideas:

  • Printed photos
  • Flash drive full of home videos
  • Calendar printed with family birthdays.
  • Photo pendant
  • Kids crafts from school
  • Personal care items like deodorant, baby wipes, and toothpaste
  • Stationery and stamps

Taste of home

Send your soldier’s favorite munchies and snacks to enjoy during deployment. Send hard packaged and non-perishable food items or anything that can be directly added to water.  Don’t forget to put in some local food items for sending a taste of your home countries like barbeque sauce or local honey to liven up the meals.

Care package ideas:

  • Hot cocoa
  • Cookies
  • Candy (that won’t melt)
  • Fruit snacks
  • Chips and salty snacks
  • Condiments like hot sauce or honey 
  • Treats from a local restaurant 

My hero

Send a superhero-themed care package full of heroic entertainments and treats. Let them know they are appreciated and how strong they are with these fun care package items.

Care package ideas:

  • Superhero socks
  • Energy and granola bars
  • Sports drinks 
  • Board games
  • Jerky snacks
  • Playing cards
  • Movies or music on a flash drive

For a long-distance lover

Spending time with your partner long-distance is tough; however, it does not mean that you cannot make the bond stronger using some other methods. Let your girlfriend or boyfriend know that you miss them by sending a care package to their place. Send a lovely care package to celebrate your anniversary together and various other occasions and milestones. 

Celebrating an anniversary

Whether you are celebrating your one month anniversary or marking a milestone with ten years together, send a special and personal gift, and do a date night on skype. Take your date one level up by sending a secret playlist of songs you love.

Care package ideas:

  • Chocolate
  • Confetti
  • Framed photo
  • Travel-sized cologne/perfume 
  • Candles
  • Rose petals
  • Breath Mints
  • Lipstick or chapstick
  • Jewelry with initials 
  • Gift card for a virtual date together

Travel themed

Distance means nothing when your hearts have decided to hold onto each other. Celebrate your long-distance relationship with a travel-themed care package.

Care package ideas:

  • Map marked with dream destinations or your next road trip
  • Travel pillow
  • Cozy socks
  • Passport holder
  • Luggage tag
  • Pretzels
  • Sleep mask
  • Peanuts
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Magazines

For Self Love

Treat yourself with some self-care package and pamper with a box full of goodies and spa items. Put on some relaxing music, light up some good candles, and cozy up with these self-care package items.

Care package ideas:

  • Body lotion
  • Face mask
  • Bath bomb
  • Body scrub
  • Robe or pajamas
  • Manicure set
  • Nail polish
  • Fuzzy socks

For kids at camp

If your kids are going overnight camping for the first time, you know how overwhelming and scary it could be. But we know that the little camper will return with so many fun memories and friends while you will get some time alone at home. Whether it’s a sports camp, summer camp, or church camp, the kids are going to love a care package full of activities and goodies that will keep them going. 

Happy camper

Camping and sun exposure go hand in hand. It is important to stay protected from the outdoors and sun with these fun camping themed care package items. Even the kids will not be staying in an authentic cabin or tent, give them a feel of a real camping trip.

Care package ideas:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Compass
  • Hat
  • Graham crackers
  • Flashlight
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Snacks like pretzels and popcorn

Busy bee

Even with all the activities and programs planned, your kid may need some play ideas to not let them feel home-sick. Send a care package full of activities and games to keep them busy during free time.

Care package ideas:

  • Frisbee
  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Jump rope
  • Playing cards
  • Stickers
  • Glowsticks
  • Watercolor paints
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Inflatable beach ball
  • Decorations for their cabin

Capture the memories

You will not be present there to capture fun camping moments of your kids at camp; however, you can send a care package with their favorite memories for pets and friends. 

Care package ideas:

  • Drawstring backpack that  their friends can sign
  • Disposable camera 
  • Matching friendship bracelets
  • Journal with pen
  • Colored permanent markers
  • Silly photo props like crazy sunglasses and  fake mustaches 

Shipping Guide for sending your care package Safely

There are certain items that are restricted to ship via air or ground transportation. Before wrapping, make sure your package box does not contain any of the following restricted items so that it is safely delivered to your loved ones.

Restricted shipping items:

  • Alcohol (wine, beer, liquor)
  • Smokeless tobacco and Cigarettes 
  • Lithium-ion batteries

Restricted items via air transportation:

  • Perfume
  • Nail polish
  • Matches

Final Words:

There is always some reason to send your loved one something special. When you are far away, the best way to remind them how much you love them is by sending a care package. Full of personal items, and goodies, send joy, comfort, and memories their way no matter where they are. 


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