With my daughter away at university, I’m enjoying putting together care packages for her, especially around the holidays. Ten days ago I sent her a Christmas-themed one. I thought I would share the contents of the care package I sent as well as some tips for putting one together. You may be inspired to create one as a Christmas mailing to anyone on your list who lives far away and won’t be home for the holidays!
This is the first year that my daughter is living in a house (vs in a dorm), so she has more space for decorations, and she has more people for sharing things with. She enjoyed the Halloween care package I sent, so I thought I would do one for Christmas. She’s also coming home for Christmas on the last possible day (she’s taking an exam on the last day and time slot) so I really wanted to send something that would help her enjoy the build-up to Christmas.
Here are my tips for assembling a Christmas care package:
- Collect a few different-sized boxes from your purchases and keep them handy: shoe boxes, shipping boxes from online shopping, and sturdy gift boxes
- Choose a theme for the package. I chose Christmas, but have done other holidays as well as birthdays
- Include decorations that are small but impactful, like wall stickers or LED string lights, and collapsible decorations
- Include the recipient’s favorite food items like snack bars, homemade cookies, candy, and store-bought seasonal items
- Include an advent calendar
- Include a card
- Include enough items so that the contents can be shared with roommates
- Keep things lightweight!
- Shop at the dollar store as much as possible, mainly because the recipient will not be using the items for a long time, and also because the items may get damaged during shipping (just being practical here)
- Send as a priority package if the difference is a few dollars
Here’s what I included in this year’s Christmas Care Package:
Wall stickers, a lightweight advent calendar, homemade Christmas cookies, store-bought macarons, Kind snack bars, a small Christmas tree, a string of LED lights, a card, Hershey’s Kisses (holiday version), Junior Mints, and Whoppers.
I used a gift box that was lightweight and I wrapped it extra well so that it would ship safely.
What about you? Have you sent care packages to university students? What are your favorite items to include?Email This Post