Suggestions for a care package
Hello Military Families,
Yes, it’s that time of year; to my husband it’s a Hallmark Day. To others Valentine’s Day is an important day to celebrate their relationships and/or express how they feel about someone special. As my daughter gets older it is cute to see her get caught up in the spirit of the day. Asking me, “what do you want mom?” Every year couples go back and forth about what the best gifts are for our sweethearts. There are the usual cliché’ gifts, such as flowers and chocolates, jewelry (okay what girl doesn’t like diamonds) and then there are the unique gifts which hold a special place in your heart. When your spouse is deployed, many pull out all the creativity in their arsenal to celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, did you already purchase your gift? Did you send it to your loved one overseas? I think about what to include in my husband care package weeks in advance. I also decorate the inside of the box with some colored wrapping paper that has a Valentine’s Day theme. I’m sure I spend more time decorating the inside of the box instead of coming up with ideas of what to send him. And yes, I put that little spray of perfume in the inside of the box so when he opens the box he will think of me. I know…cheesy!
Remember when putting your care package together, every service member is different in style and personality so what I give mine could be a stepping stone to what you can get yours. Make it personal and make it sweet. The more effort you put into making a care package the more reassured your service member will be as to no matter the distance between you, your love for each other will just get stronger. And I am sure they will be more than happy to receive a decorated package, they just don’t admit it.
So as Valentine’s Day is upon us, it’s a great opportunity to show your love and send a piece of home by making homemade or a bit of a more personal care package. Here are a few ideas to help you with this package or future ones.
- Picture Pillowcase: Grab a comfy pillowcase and some photo transfer paper to create a personalized sleep aid. By sending the case over in a Ziploc bag sprayed with perfume, your service member can get a scent of home along with the visual. Also, if you’re worried about bedding rules, try ironing pictures on the inside of the pillowcase.
- Love Lists: A simple list of all the reasons you love your spouse can be a great way to remind your spouse how much he or she means. You can also send a smiley photo of yourself with a list of ways your spouse makes you smile. A variation of a love list that is very popular is taking a deck of cards and putting one reason on each card. This will give your service member 52 reasons why you love them; one for each week in a year.
- Love CD: Take it old school and make a mixed CD of you and your spouse’s favorite songs. You can make a theme of all love songs or songs that spur special memories. If you’re feeling bold, you can record yourself singing.
- Baked Goodies: Bust out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and decorative icing and have yourself a time making your honey some goodies. Try cookies, rice crispy treats or if you’re feeling bold, make a cake in a mason jar. If you’re not the cooking type, order up some personalized pink, red and white M&Ms they may not melt in your hand, but they’ll melt your spouse’s heart.
- Night at the Movie: Inexpensive or pre-viewed DVD movie that you went to see together on a first date, the first night in your house or the TV series you enjoy watching together. Or just add the series with a bunch of meaningful movies of your time spent together. Don’t forget to add the popcorn, candy and soda pop.
If you have any ideas of packages or ideas you would like to share we would love to hear them. Write in and I will post them on a future article. Have a great holiday weekend.
Blessings from my family to yours,
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