Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and this year we were lucky enough to spend the day with our favorite Veteran, my husband Ashton.
Last year at this time he was deployed so this year we are treasuring all these special times and holidays we get to spend together!
I thought this would be a good time to share some Deployment Care Package Ideas with all of you! When Ashton was deployed Ava and I liked to decorate themed boxes to mail him once or twice a week. They were filled with snacks, magazines, toiletries, pictures, cards, etc and just helped him to have some things from home with him and to see how much we missed him here! I even hosted a few Care Package Parties for our local FRG spouses to pack up boxes together! It really is a fun project to do with fellow military wives and/or family members!
Check out my ideas below along with my video for cake in a jar– perfect for care packages!
|Here’s an invite for one of the parties I hosted.|
I love hosting parties! these easy invites were created online at vistaprint.com.
Here’s some quick tips:
Boxes: I used a large flat rate Priority Mail box for most of my packages. The boxes are free and plenty large enough to stuff full and decorate.
The cost to send to any APO address is $15.90. This is a great deal!
Decorating: I used simple cardstock, wrapping paper, stickers, pictures, and scrapbook paper to decorate.
Nothing too fancy but they sure did look cute!
Treats: Include items you know they need (like mini toiletries or their favorite snack) and then add extra items to go with the theme of the box (for example Halloween) or the season (apple cider packets for Fall).
I’m Fallin’ For You Box
Doggone It We Miss You Box
Duck Dynasty Box
(come on we are in Lousiana!)
Mustache Box (great for Mo-vember!)
Military Pride Box
Good for July 4th and Veteran’s Day too!
Thankful For You and Favorite Things Box
For Thanksgiving (I like to add the Sunday Comics in my boxes too!)
(we’re big fans of Walking Dead!)
12 Gifts of Christmas Theme filled with wrapped presents and a stocking.
We even made his favorite Peanut Brittle!
St Patty’s Day/ Birthday Box
I sent him a card with pictures of his (breakable/large) gifts that I kept at home for him.
Including chocolate and sparkling cider with plastic champagne glasses.
Valentine’s Box and 10 Things I Love About You
With hand painted Valentine’s hearts and a box of chocolates.
Ava loved decorated our packages with stickers!
My friend Bailey created these cute boxes for her love. How creative is she?
My friend Brooke decorated the outside of her box for her husband
with pink painted handprints of her daughter and pup.
Red Velvet Cake in a Jar was a special treat for Ashton (and super easy to make).
Ava liked to help me pack them up 😉
You can see the recipe here.
Watch my cooking video here!
Our hero is home with us now but there are still many military men and women who are deployed.
Visit uso.org to donate and see how you can send them cards and care packages for the holidays!
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Courtney S Hickling
I loved this list and all the ideas you presented here. With my husband returning to a deployable status at our new duty location. Having ideas on how two still celebrate big milestones and events, and ones that the kids can get involved in, really eases the thought of handling deployments again.