The Easter bunny has quite a distance to travel to make it to an aircraft carrier to deliver a package to my husband this Easter. Not only will a special package this make Easter a little more than just another day on the ship, it will help my three year old cope with his absence. She absolutely loves surprises and giving gifts, so my focus for this package was to include items she could help put together.
Kids Bunny Faces: This was a great craft to do with my three year old mess was made!
Washcloth Bunnies: They are cute and will stretch the time your service member will have to do laundry!
Giant Easter Eggs- Purchased from my local dollar store and filled with peanut butter pretzels, gum, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and blow pops (these are some of his favorite snacks- you can pick anything your spouse likes!)
Tic Tacs (aka Rabbit poop) I sent enough of these to share with others.
Selfie Stick- To encourage him to take pictures so I can show the kids what his day to day life is like on the carrier (also purchased from a dollar store).
Self-Heating back pads – Self care items are not Easter themed, but will be appreciated as a gift of comfort if the need arises (you can also include, deodorant, shaving needs, travel sized toiletries etc.)
Small Games - I included a puzzle for some of the down time (also from the dollar store so he can toss without guilt after completing) other options are cards, and mini board games.
Plastic Easter eggs stuffed with individually wrapped mints, non-chocolate candies, Band-Aids (never know when you will need one!)
Seasonal Easter Treats- I included Peep flavored Oreos but you can choose anything that invokes thoughts of Easter like, Bunny shaped Gummies (like Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks), Easter Twizzlers (There are plenty of seasonal no chocolate candy options to choose from).
Peeps- Classic Easter treat (cute printable to tell them “You are my Favorite Peep”)
Gum- I chose to send a few varieties (hopefully my husband doesn’t think I am sending a not so subtle message about his breath)!
Easter Decorations: We put together a Homemade Banner. This project was really fun to do with my three year old, but it makes a BIG mess. We made the banner to say “Happy Easter” to hang in the state room. (Lots of additional DIY Easter Décor Ideas here)
Care Package tips -
- Avoid things that can melt (sadly this means no chocolate bunny)
- Send enough to share. My husband’s roommate is single, so we included treats for him too!
- Utilize your local discount store, I got many of the items for only a dollar!
Please share in the comments what you intend to send to your loved ones who are deployed or away this Easter!
About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (3 years and 11 months), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.
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