Care packages are a welcome way to spread cheer this holiday season.  College students studying for finals are obvious recipients.  Military personnel stationed far from home are another excellent choice.  Wounded warriors shouldn’t be forgotten this time of year, or ever for that matter, and a surprise care package would be a great way to let one know that they remain in your thoughts.  Know anyone hospitalized this season?  A care package would surely brighten their day.  Perhaps you have friends that recently moved, and would appreciate a care package of goodies to remind them of home.  Think  of them as random acts of kindness.

Care packages can be as simple or elaborate as you decide to make them — it really is about the thought.  Try to make them personal, and add in some holiday items.  I just finished preparing few for college students getting ready for finals, and assembling them definitely put me in a holiday mood.  Included among the goodies in the various packages are snacks, peppermint-striped socks, light up ski caps, hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows, mugs, pens, and a holiday movie.  Other ideas are paperback books, holiday window clings, fleece throw blankets, holiday t-shirts or leggings, and of course, homemade cookies.

IMG_5518An assortment of snacks and holiday-themed goodies

IMG_5519Ready to be shipped

Surely you know someone who would be surprised and delighted to receive a care package this holiday season.  Have fun putting one together, and bring an unexpected smile to someone’s face.


  1. Sara’s freshman year, a group of 10 moms got together monthly to send care packages. We brought 10 identical items and put together boxes for all of the girls. They were a HUGE hit. We did holiday specific (Halloween, Christmas, Hannukah), brain food for exams, etc. We had wine, good chatter, and lots of fun.

    • I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I had hoped to organize such an effort, but time got away from me. Maybe for Valentine’s Day and Easter.

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