Ideas for Care Packages

by Ellie Kuykendall

Care packages are something everyone enjoys making and receiving. Wrapping a few or all of the items in colorful wrapping paper will make them fun to open. If you plan to ship your package, pack any breakables in bubble wrap and put any liquid items in plastic bags. Check out various shipping options. Some private express services offer less expensive shipping than the post office.

New Home

Surprise your friends or relatives who are moving with a care package in a large kitchen wastebasket and deliver it the morning or afternoon of the move. Include items such as glass cleaner, paper towels, a sponge, dish soap, an extension cord, trash bags for the kitchen, toilet and facial tissue, some dishtowels, and a brush for doing the dishes. Add some coffee singles, paper plates and cups, plastic spoons and forks, and a gift certificate for pizza.

New Baby

Pack full-size products of baby care products such as lotion, shampoo, powder and diaper rash ointment. Include a receiving blanket, washcloths, bibs, baby wipes and a refill for them, a sling wrap, and some baby bottles and extra nipples. Honor the parents with a restaurant gift certificate and a gift certificate for shopping on the web.

Gardening

Make your favorite gardener a care package with flexible and waterproof gloves, seeds, a book about gardening (or a gift certificate to a bookstore), a gift certificate to a local nursery or home improvement store, and a bottle of hand lotion.

Get Well

Send or take a care package to a sick friend or family member that includes a can of chicken soup, a favorite movie on DVD or VHS tape, some herbal tea, candy and small bottles of fruit juice. Include a couple of silly toys such as a yo-yo or silly putty for the kid in all of us. Include the latest novel or magazine of interest to the person. Do not forget to add a get well card.

Senior

Pack up a care package for a senior relative or friend. Include some snacks and a framed photo of you (and your family if the person is a relative). Add a puzzle book, a mug and a box of tea or coffee singles. Include letters or drawings from your children if the senior is a relative. To make your package complete, add a large print book or magazine, and a gift certificate for a haircut, yard work or housecleaning.

About the Author

Ellie Kuykendall has been writing and editing professionally since 1997. Her travel and insurance articles have appeared in national magazines. She's contributed to four books and is currently writing her own book. She received a bachelor's degree from University of San Francisco.