The holiday mailing deadlines are here. To get your package there in time for Christmas you'll need to move fast!
Here are some tips to help as you prepare your holiday care package:
If your spouse hasn't already told you what they would like you to send, I recommend asking them for a wish list. You might be surprised by what they request. You could discover your theme of "Keeping You Warm" that includes really thick wool socks, a cozy blanket and soft flannel sheets doesn't have anything on the "wish list". Instead learning they prefer a CD of their favorite music artist, a specific video game, a couple of cigars, beef jerky and protein bars. Include the "wished" for items and your care package will be that much more of a success!
Online retailers, Amazon.com for example, will ship direct to an APO address and save you the trip to the post office. Make your shopping list and then determine which items you can have shipped directly to your spouse's APO address. If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free.
Creative Christmas Content Ideas
Consider sending Holiday themed items in the box to help bring Christmas to a far away place:
Post Office Visit
Lines at the post office can be really long this time year. There are some tricks to make this part of the process go much smoother, saving you time and money. Visit the post office a few days prior to pick up flat rate shipping boxes. These flat rate boxes allow you put as much as possible in your box for one flat rate. You can also pick up a customs form to fill out at home. Return to the post office with your box packed, labeled and customs form filled out in its entirety. Completing these steps in advance will save you valuable time when arriving back at the post office.
Holiday Mailing Dates
The most creative thing we ever sent in a Christmas Care Package was a Build-A-Bear stuffed beagle puppy (we have a beagle). We had to pre-order the unstuffed puppy from the website and go into the store to purchase the voice chip (the website didn't offer this separately). Once the puppy arrived and we had the voice chip, we recorded our beagle howling, our Christmas "we miss you and love you" message and then returned to the Build-A-Bear store to bring the beagle "to life". It was a big hit. We still have that stuffed beagle to this day and my husband keeps it in his office.
Let me know what you are including in your Christmas Care Package!
Last Minute Holiday Care Package Ideas
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