There isn’t any time to waste when it comes to putting together your Christmas Care Package for your deployed or mobilized loved one. A good rule of thumb to ensure your package arrives on time is to have your package(s) mailed by Thanksgiving.
The deadline to ship Priority Mail ® to zip code 093 (Afghanistan) is December 3rd.
Here are four essential tips for a memorable Christmas Care Package:
Find out the living conditions of your loved one.
If they are in a remote location with a small living space, then you might not want to send a 4’ Christmas tree or lots of Christmas lights. They might not have any place to put the tree or plug in the lights. Find out where they are living, what they are doing and if they want to share their tree. Perhaps they have a place where the tree can be in a community space.
Try to duplicate your family traditions as much as possible.
If you open one gift on Christmas Eve, send a separate gift to honor that tradition. If your loved one collects a certain Christmas item each year, find a mini version. This item could be a Santa, snowmen, snow globe, nutcracker or dated ornament. Make their favorite Christmas treat. Start baking now, so you don’t miss the mailing deadline. Freeze the items prior to shipping and vacuum seal the bag if possible to maintain freshness.
There are a lot of good little things you can send as gifts, get creative.
Easy to Execute Decorating ideas:
Keep in mind anything you send over, they will have to send back.
Holiday Dates for Military Mail:
Priority Mail Deadlines and Destination Zip Codes:
By the way, have you ever shipped cookies that arrived in one piece? I’m still trying to figure this out. Share your tips for shipping cookies and creating a memorable Christmas care package in the comments.
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