20 Care Package Ideas Sure to Make Someone’s Day


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There’s this thing about 2020 that makes you consistently yearn for a sense of…something. Something that’s missing. Maybe it’s connection—someone or something else to fill the void. Maybe, alternatively, it’s alone time—space to just be, away from yourself and your kids and your dog and the constant gogogo that is life with a family between four slowly encroaching walls. Maybe it’s anticipation—the sense of longing for the exciting things that are yet to come: the vacations and the gatherings and the swirl of emotions that tend to accompany them.

Whatever it is, that something, we keep on searching for it. We keep going, because that’s what we’re meant to do. We find new joys in the new normals and we trudge forward, even if things continue to feel off at times.

I’ve found lately that some of the best moments in this time are those that catch you by surprise (in the good way). They’re out of the blue blips of joy that take you out of your routine and out of the minutiae, that shift your circumstance for a little while. And one way to do that for the people you love is through small but meaningful tokens of your affection…through care packages, if you will.

Care packages come in many shapes and sizes, and there are no rules for exactly what they need to resemble. They don’t need to be big or expensive; they’re simply a quick reminder that you’re there for the other person, that you’re thinking of them, that they’ve got a friend.

Care packages come in many shapes and sizes, and there are no rules for exactly what they need to resemble. They don’t need to be big or expensive; they’re simply a quick reminder that you’re there for the other person, that you’re thinking of them, that they’ve got a friend.

Whether the person on the receiving end is someone who needs a pick-me-up, someone who’s homeschooling their kids and working full-time andandand with no time to treat themselves, or someone who just hasn’t been feeling great of late (or all of the above?), it’s never a bad idea to send a little thoughtful something their way.

The next time you’re in the mood to make someone’s day (and why not do it this week??), these are are few of the many meaningful gift ideas that can bring a little lightness to the lives of the people you love most. Pick one of the ideas below, go forth, and spread a little joy. I think it’s pretty safe to say we could all use a bit more of that right now.

1. Deliver flowers to a friend. The next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers’ market, pick up a bundle for someone you know would appreciate them and drop them off on your way home. Easy peasy. (Hot tip: Make it a habit of jotting down your friend’s favorite blooms in the notes app on your phone (or…wherever) if and when the topic comes up in conversation. It’ll be a helpful little resource to have on hand for the future! And truth be told, this tip goes for most gifts!)

2. …OR have a plant delivered. We’re big admirers of the company Bloomscape and their wide assortment of plants. I’ve given two as gifts in the past few months and I would personally recommend them all-around!

3. Make them a handmade bracelet. If you were a child of the ’90s (hi, nice to meet you), you know that all you really needed to ensure a fun afternoon was an assortment of colorful string, maybe a few strategically decided upon beads, a bit of tape, a pair of scissors, and that sweet, sweet friendship-bracelet-making knowledge that youths seem to be so quick to acquire. I’ve seen MORE than one person I follow on Instagram craft themselves a handmade bracelet recently, and the concept still looks as appealing as ever (to me, and maybe to you as well??).

4. Make someone a meal! If the cookware aisles at Target are any indication (does anyone know what I’m talking about??), there’s a high likelihood that most of us are cooking at home more than usual of late. Take the burden of prepping yet another meal off someone you love and do it for them. Drop it off at their doorstep and they’ve got a ready-to-go weeknight meal to make their life a little easier.

5. …Or put together a package featuring their favorite snacks.

6. …OR order them takeout from their go-to spot. (Clearly, I’ve got food on my mind, and you can’t go wrong with any of these options.)

7. Give them the gift of your presence. If it’s an option for you, reach out to a friend to set up a time, pack up a couple of drinks, a few individually packaged snacks, and a blanket or two, and meet them outside in a park. If I’ve learned anything these past few months, it’s the incredible value of human connection. And if I’ve learned one other thing, it’s that just because someone isn’t reaching out, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to see you (and sometimes it means they’re the ones most in need of a little interaction).

8. Sign them up for a subscription to Headspace. Know someone in need of a mental health day? (Or a few minutes that support their mental health every day?) Give them the gift of Headspace. I personally have had the app for years and while I’m not always perfect about daily use, when I do use it regularly, I notice a definite difference in how readily I’m able to process stressors and let them pass right on through.

9. Put together a self-care package. I know, I know…self-care. It’s an overused sentiment, often proclaimed as an immediate and idyllic salve for whatever it is that’s ailing you. But there’s a reason folks keep using the phrase—because taking care of ourselves is actually important (like…really important) and it can make an honest-to-goodness difference, even if it’s not always immediate or idyllic. Include a face mask, a candle, a bath bomb, whatever it is you think they’d like most. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who needs a little relaxing (and don’t we all?).

10. Deliver a bag of grocery essentials. We’re talking eggs, milk, greens, apples, yogurt—a few of the essential items that most of us like to keep on hand (personalized for your giftee, of course). This is a great thing to give to anyone who’s short on time or doesn’t feel super safe going out in public right now.

11. Bring them wine. And why not add some cheese in, for good measure? Maybe some chocolate too? (I don’t know, this is your care package…you do you.)

12. …Or bring them craft beer, if that’s more their speed. And add in some beer snacks! Whatever beer snacks are! Pretzels? Chips? Dips to go along with the chips? That sounds about right.

13. …OR gift them the ingredients to make their favorite cocktail at home, plus a recipe card with the instructions.

14. Bring their favorite coffee order to their place on a weekday morning (maybe consider texting first to make sure they’re, you know, wearing pants and whatnot).

15. For anyone working from home right now, drop off some particularly pleasing-on-the-eyes office supplies—post-its, notepads, an array of colorful pens, the list goes on. While this idea may seem boring at first glance, I know of very few people whose home offices are fully stocked. And we can all appreciate a fresh stack of pastel post-its for doing and creating and scheming (but mostly scheming).

16. If you want to pay someone else to do the work for you, you could order a care package from local small business Minny & Paul. I love the looks of this Sweet box, which features a mini collection of local treats.

17. Give the gift of a book bundle, featuring a couple of books from their favorite genre. We recommend shopping for your local reads from the newest Twin Cities bookstore, Black Garnet Books, on Bookshop.

18. Print a few favorite memories and send the photos in a handwritten card. This is the package for the sentimental type (raises hand), and it’s pretty much sure to make anyone smile (as long as flattering photos of them are included…please don’t be that friend). While digital photos are convenient, sometimes it’s nice to have a photo of the physical variety as a tangible memento to keep in your home.

19. Bake them their favorite dessert for, you know, post-dinner enjoyment or a midafternoon snack (…or as a delectable breakfast replacement, or as dinner itself, because the world is their oyster and that’s perfectly alright).

20. Gift them a package filled with items that’ll keep them busy in the good old-fashioned way. We’re talking a puzzle. We’re talking a book of crosswords. We’re talking a deck of cards or a classic board game. Because sometimes putting our phones and our Netflix accounts away and getting back to basics is a good thing.

Have you given (or received) any care packages of late? What items did they feature? How did it make you feel to give or get them? We’d love to know in the comments!

BY Jackie Saffert - August 25, 2020

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August 29, 2020 9:23 pm

A pretty colored new mask, jazzy postcards complete with stamps and M&Ms would be fun.

September 1, 2020 2:29 pm

These are all such great ideas! I love giving gifts, but I’m a chronic overthinker which makes for a hard time when actually deciding on WHAT to give. But these are all so simple and lovely. Definitely going to be sending some care packages soon. 🙂

September 5, 2020 12:05 pm

I love this. Great suggestions.

Charleane Stone
September 5, 2020 6:19 pm

I sent a tulip plant and a box of goodies to a ‘friend’ in grief. I felt overwhelmed but went with it and today I was blessed for being the giver 🙂

Carol Sanders-Sheehan
September 5, 2020 6:41 pm

I’ve become a pro at sending care packages to my son at college. Since this year he has to stay on campus until he’s home for Winter break, he’ll miss his birthday at home. I’m going to send cake mix, frosting, candles, cupcake liners so he and his roomies can make something fun. His care package will also include a few gift cards for local food delivery (like pizza, subs, etc) to campus, his favorite treats, and his gifts. I send a care package every few weeks, even if it’s just sample packs of different snacks/cereals or office supplies needed… Read more »

September 5, 2020 9:50 pm

Thank you for this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “I SO wish I was one of those thoughtful, conscientious friends who always knows what to send when SOMEthing is needed!” I always rationalize that, like, the only people who do these gestures are stay-at-home moms who live five minutes away from the recipient! It’s not true, though, and I know it. This list proves that it’s not that hard! Thank you for giving me ideas – easy, DOable ideas! – when, yes, the thought counts, but… the execution is clutch!

September 5, 2020 10:00 pm

Oh, yes! My neighbor brought me a flower in a beautiful vase! Yellow (my fav) flower and vase!

September 6, 2020 1:54 am

I have friends moving into their new homes and pregnant. I love creating a care package, and sometimes I get stuck on what to add.
Loving this post.

Adriana Larios
September 6, 2020 7:04 am

Excellent!! Thank you so much

September 6, 2020 11:04 am

My father used to send me care packages, he also sent them to my mother and her friensa. They would be filled with things like coffee, peanut butter, papertowels, pot holders or kitchen towels, sheet sets, and all kinds of wacky things, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cookies, snacks, etc. He’s been gone over 20yrs now, and that’s the thing I remember most, and miss. It was always a fun surprise to receive a package. It was almost a grab bag of fun. Even my friends looked forward to seeing what was in the box. And they still talk about it and… Read more »

September 9, 2020 10:21 am

I have actually sent care packages several times during the last few months. A great magazine, delicious tea, some locally-made soap/lip balm/lotion and of course a bit of chocolate for good measure.

September 15, 2020 10:26 am

Awwh these are lovely ideas!

Luna Lovegood
October 4, 2020 2:25 pm

Wow this is really cool and totally gonna help me!😃😃😃

November 29, 2020 10:56 am

I have a guy who lives in Australia, I want to send him a care package for Xmas.. and I need ideas and something meaningful.. I really like him ALOT! 😂 Hope to get an email..

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