Top 10 Best Care Package Ideas Revealed

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Making the perfect care package can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to put something together quickly in time for it to arrive for the big day. We’re here to help! Care packages are a great way to make someone feel loved and cared for even if they’re far away or you’re not able to spend a lot of time with them.

Sending or dropping off a package like this can make any occasion better, and with these care package ideas, we’ll have you at the post office sending off your box of joy in no time!

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What is a Care Package?

Care packages are collections of items based around a themed that are usually sent to help the recipient celebrate or survive a season. We hope these care package ideas we will help you as you shower your loved ones with affection.

Top 10 Best Care Package Ideas

Finals Survival

Cram for Exams Care Package for Finals Week
  • Cramming for Mid-Terms, Finals, LSTAT/MCAT send this care package for surviving exam week
  • Care Package Includes: Cereal, Pretzels, Crackers, Granola Bars, Cookies, Popcorn, Peanuts and More
  • Final Exams Care Package Snacks are Conveniently Wrapped in Individual Serving Sizes for Fast, Easy Snacking

What to Include

  • Colored pens and highlighters—to help with color coding and studying
  • Sticky notes—either fun colors or with funny sayings
  • Snacks—energy bars or single-serving snacks
  • Gift card to a local coffee shop or Starbucks
  • Gift card to food delivery service like DoorDash
  • Bubble wrap to pop when they’re stressed
  • Stress relieving toys like Fidget Spinners or Squeeze Beans
  • Stress relieving tea

Why Send It

Finals can be gruesome. Your loved student might be sleep deprived, not eating well, and have a mind spinning with algorithms, authors, and astrophysics. Sending a care package lets them know that you believe in them and are there for them.

When to Send

Send your package the week before finals. Many colleges have what’s called a “dead week,” which is a week dedicated to studying before finals begin. Make sure your package gets to your student before they get buried in their books and forget to check their mail!

Price to Create

Depending on the size of your gift cards, you can put together a great Finals Survival Care Package for between $30-$75

Super Bowl

Super Bowl Photo Booth Props Kit - 17 Pieces Big Size Football Photo Props Party Favors, Touchdown Frenzy Birthday Sport Party Decoration, Selfie Dress-up Shoot Props for Theme Son Boy Party Game Day
  • ✿ BEST FOR TEAM PARTY - Each pack included 17 Super Bowl photo booth props, 17 wooden dowel sticks and adhesives for assembly. Big size, made of high quality material and bright color.
  • ✿ PARTY DECORATION IDEAS: Many fun ways to use these cute photo booth props! Use as intended at home, school or work and take party photos to share; add them to vases and floral arrangements as a fun sports centerpiece; or accent your football theme by displaying them in decorative candy jars!
  • ✿ PERFECT FOR ANY CROWD! Photo booth props are fun baby shower or birthday party supplies for adults and kids - everyone will love the funny faces on these End Zone - Football photo booth props. Take entertaining and shareable party photos of your friends and family while making memories with these stylish photo booth props!

What to Include

Why Send It

Watching the Super Bowl together is a tradition celebrated with friends and family. When you can’t be there to support your team in person, send a care package so that you can be there in spirit. Or pass the tradition on to your children so that they are able to celebrate the Super Bowl properly even when away from home.

When to Send

Send the package so it will arrive the week leading up to the Super Bowl. It will be no fun if it gets there late, so make sure it arrives by that Friday.

Price to Create

This package can be created for $40-$80 dollars. If you are looking to save money, make sure to buy Gatorade mixes instead of the actual Gatorade so you don’t need to pay to ship a heavy liquid.

New Mom Kit

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What to Include

  • A natural but tinted lip balm
  • Batteries for all the little gadgets like the baby monitor
  • Lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Alcohol-free hand sanitizer for all the visitors who will want to hold the baby
  • Cute, no crease elastic hair bands
  • Dry shampoo 
  • Personalized trail mix made with all her favorites goodies
  • A food delivery gift card, like DoorDash or UberEats
  • Dog toy to keep the family pup busy
  • Mints for when visitors arrive before she can brush her teeth

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Why Send It

This kit probably needs the least explanation—moms need it! New moms are potentially up to their sleep-deprived eyeballs in diapers and spit-up. They could use a little pick-me-up or at least a little help.

When to Send  

There’s no bad time to send this kit! You could send it before the big day so the mom can look forward to using all the items, shortly after she’s back from the hospital, or even weeks later after the majority of the help has faded away. These will always be welcome gifts!

Price to Create

The price on this care package will vary depending on if you choose to include food delivery gift card, but this care package could be assembled for $65-$100. Remember, though, that even a smaller care package with fewer items would be a welcome gift!.

Halloween

Darice Foamies Kids Activity Bucket
  • Each kit contains the supplies for 30 Jack o lanterns
  • 150 foam stickers and 60 Wiggly eyes
  • No glue included

What to Include

  • Candy!
  • Candy corn 
  • A set of fun masks for them and their friends
  • A spooky movie like a Hitchcock classic or a more recent crowd favorite
  • Seasonal baked goods—anything pumpkin flavored will do
  • Decor like miniature pumpkins or pumpkin fairy lights
  • Pictures from childhood Halloweens

Why Send It

Halloween isn’t just for kids, it can be an excuse for everyone to ditch their diets and eat a lot of junk food. Sending a Halloween care package helps the recipient be nostalgic for childhood days of dressing up and trick-or-treating. What a fun way to bring back happy memories!

When to Send

You can send this package anytime before Halloween. Just make sure it arrives before the big day! If you decide to include decor, send it at least two weeks before Halloween so they have time to enjoy the decorations.

Price to Create

Out of all the care package ideas, this one is the most affordable! You can put together a great Halloween care package for $25-$40, depending on what scary movie you choose.

I Miss You “Snow” Much!

What to Include

  • snow globe from a city that is important to you 
  • White gum
  • Fake snow
  • Indoor snowballs for some cold weather fun
  • A white sugar cookie candle
  • White rock candy 
  • Winter spice tea with the snowflakes on the box
  • A snowman stuffed animal

Why Send It

Winter is reminiscent of the holidays, and the holidays make us want to be around loved ones. When that’s not an option, this I Miss You “Snow” Much! care package can help bring you “together” during the winter season. 

When to Send

You can send this package anytime the snow is (or should be!) falling.

Price to Create

There are some big-ticket items in this care package, like the snow globe and indoor snowballs, so this care package is about $50-$70. Feel free to scale it up or down for your own needs!

Army Strong

Power Up Trail Mix, Mega Omega Trail Mix, Non-GMO, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Artificial Ingredients, Gourmet Nut, 14 oz Bag, Green
  • Our Mega Omega trail mix is a delicious blend of nuts, fruits and seeds. Walnuts and almonds provide you with Omega-3 “heart-healthy” fatty acids, while mango and cranberries offer a great source of antioxidants. We add a dash of protein and vitamin B rich pumpkin seeds so you’ve got the perfect, healthy snack!
  • Project Verified Non-GMO, No Artificial Ingredients, Gluten Free, Vegan, Certified Kosher
  • Made from only the best, most premium whole nuts, dried fruit and seeds, our delicious trail mix does not contain sulfites, or other preservatives. Our Mega Omega Trail Mix is a unique and satisfying blend of crunchy walnuts, crispy almonds, sweet cranberries, tangy mango, and nutritious pumpkin seeds.

What to Include

  • Drink mixes, hot chocolate, high-quality pour over coffee, and tea bags
  • Flavor creamer pods
  • Energy bars in their favorite flavors
  • Condiments to improve the food they already have!
  • Choose from their favorites of hot sauce, relish, mustard, ketchup, honey, Nutella, peanut butter, jelly
  • Gum
  • Trail mix without chocolate
  • Non-chocolate candy (chocolate could melt)
  • They’re favorite toiletries like high-quality soaps and shampoos
  • Sunblock
  • Lip balm
  • Books and magazines
  • Batteries
  • Movies
  • Pictures and cards from home

Why Send It

There may be nobody that appreciates care packages more than our military. As they protect and serve our country, we can certainly do our part in encouraging them.

While many of these care package ideas may be seasonally appropriate for your loved one in the military, if you’re looking for a “for no reason” package to send, here are some fun ideas. 

When to Send

You can send this package whenever you want! We doubt there is ever a bad time to send a box of encouragement and little life improvements like this

Price to Create

This is another one of the care package ideas that you can scale up or down. Depending on how many options you give for condiments, books, and movies, you can create a great care package for $40-$100.

Make sure to look for condiments in plastic instead of glass to keep shipping down and prevent breakage.

Movie Night

TOSSWARE POP 14oz Vino SET OF 12, Recyclable, Unbreakable & Crystal Clear Plastic Wine Glasses, PACK OF 12
  • Perfect for your next pool party, birthday celebration, or cocktail night. Toast and clink to your heart’s content — no chips, no cracks, just cheers.
  • Ideal for serving your favorite wines, cocktails, juices, desserts and more.
  • No glass = no stress. 100% recyclable, guaranteed to never break or crack, and crystal clear. Just add Friends!

What to Include

  • Movies! You can either center them around a theme like a collection of rom-coms or else give one from a few different categories
  • Cozy socks
  • Plastic (unbreakable) wine glasses
  • Popcorn to pop in the microwave
  • Pre-popped gourmet popcorn
  • Boxed candies like you get at a movie theater
  • fuzzy blanket

Why Send It

There may be nobody that appreciates care packages more than our military. As they protect and serve our country, we can certainly do our part in encouraging them.

While many of these care package ideas may be seasonally appropriate for your loved one in the military, if you’re looking for a “for no reason” package to send, here are some fun ideas.

When to Send

You can send this package whenever you want! We doubt there is ever a bad time to send a box of encouragement and little life improvements like this

Price to Create

This is another one of the care package ideas that you can scale up or down. Depending on how many options you give for condiments, books, and movies, you can create a great care package for $40-$100.

Make sure to look for condiments in plastic instead of glass to keep shipping down and prevent breakage.

Beach

What to Include

Why Send It

Nothing beats a day at the beach! If your loved ones don’t frequent the shore, though, they may not have everything they need to make the day successful. Use these care package ideas to help your friends and family have a holiday in the sun they won’t forget—and they’ll have you to thank! 

When to Send

You can send this package whenever you want! We doubt there is ever a bad time to send a box of encouragement and little life improvements like this

Price to Create

You don’t need much to have a great day at the beach, but these little ideas will help their day to gomore smoothly. You can put this care package together for about $40-60.

Love From Home

Homesick Scented Candle, Southern California
  • Packaging may vary from image shown
  • Zesty orange and lemon reminiscent of the OC A fresh sea breeze carrying notes of rose and jasmine from Balboa Park to Rodeo Drive
  • Top Notes: Orange, Lemon, Rose

What to Include

  • Homesick Candle
  • CD of music often played in your home
  • A favorite family board game
  • A family photo
  • Personalized notes from those still at home
  • Homemade baked goods

Why Send It

There’s no place like home, but with these care package ideas, you can send home away from home in a box! These care packages will vary a lot based on your home and family traditions, but these ideas will, hopefully, spark your own ideas to create the perfect package.

When to Send

You can send this package anytime you’re missing someone who is no longer at home, or anytime you think they might be missing you.

Price to Create

Because so many of these items are homemade, you can pull together a great Love From Home care package for $40-60. The Homesick Candle is the big-ticket item (about $30), so if you replace it with a different scent that represents home, you can bring the price down a little.

Superman

Superman: The Golden Age Vol. 1
  • Diamond Comics
  • Siegel, Jerry (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

What to Include

Why Send It

Many of us have a man in our life who has been our Superman. Using these care package ideas to put a box together for him is a great way to make him feel appreciated, especially when he’s far away.

When to Send

Send this box anytime you’re missing your Superman. 

Price to Create

Out of all the care package ideas, this is one of the more expensive because many of these items are handmade just for your special guy. You can pull this care package together for $80-$120, but feel free to make adjustments to fit your budget and your man.

Go Send Your Care Packages

We hope that you’ve enjoyed these care package ideas, and we hope that you are inspired to create and send packages of your own. Your friends and family will feel so loved and appreciated!

If you have ideas we didn’t think of, or if any of these ideas worked for you, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

Featured image by KRiemer via Pixabay.

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