It's been a while since I posted a good girl tip, so when I found myself making a care package for my (unfortunately) deployed boyfriend, I thought it would make a good post.
I absolutely love making care packages/gift baskets. I've been known to give them for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween... you name it! It is always a great way to show that you care and are thinking about the person.
Obviously what you include will be different for each person, because I think it's important to think about the recipient's personality and predilections. For example, this past Christmas, I made Matt's mom and aunts each a set of flannel pajamas, in a print I picked specifically for them, and then I included bubble bath, lotion, etc. in scents that I knew they would love. It was a hit!
Boys can be a little more difficult to pack for, but here are a few things that I think are always sure to go over well:
- Magazines: Does the person like surfing? Gardening? Current events? Head over to your local book store and pick up a few that pertain to their interests.
- Snacks: I know that Matt loves beef jerky and coffee, so I made sure to pack some, as well as a coffee mug from his favorite store. However, I know I'd want a box of English breakfast tea and some shortbread cookies, and my best friend would love some wasabi peas and dried fruit, so it's different for everyone!
- Fun stuff: DVDs of their favorite movies, a fluffy blanket, maybe fresh socks (I included a lot of those for Matt!), whatever you think might make the person happy and comfy.
- Bath stuff: I sent Matt some chap stick and a bottle of Dr. Brauner's soap, which can be used as shampoo/soap/everything and is eco friendly in his favorite scent. For my birthday, one of my best friend's made me a mani/pedi kit with cute nail polish, emory board, and remover wipes, and it was perfect!
- A note: always include a note telling the person how much you care about them and maybe explain some funny things you included - I sent Matt a Star Wars theme Lego kit to help pass the next few months, but I didn't want him to think that it was totally random so I explained it in my little note!
Last but not least, I think it's usually good to set a theme for what you're sending, whether it's a girls' night kit for a new mom, a comfy hospital kit for a sick friend, or a tailgating set for a football fanatic! Whatever it is, though, your friend is sure to love it!
Until next time,