Tara Crooks
Limitless Contributor

Do you have a deployed or faraway loved one on your Christmas list? There won't be a "ho hum" holiday for them with these great holiday care package ideas! I've captured the spirit of the season through items that relate to the sights, sounds, smells, and the tastes of the holidays. Add your own touches for a sure-fire way to make their spirits bright!


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Santa hat
Stuffed reindeer
Christmas movie
Kid's craft - paper snowflakes
Fake snow
Fake tree
Handmade ornaments
String popcorn and cranberries
Tiny wrapped packages (use gum, mints, or small items to go under the tree)
Advent calendar
Picture book (include pictures from past holiday gatherings)
Small wrapped items to the theme of the "Twelve Days of Christmas"
A box of Christmas Cards stamped and addressed to the soldier's family


Just hear those sleigh bells ringaling...
CD of you (and your children) singing Christmas carols
CD of Christmas music
Jingle bells


Jack Frost nipping at your nose...
Holiday scented candle (pine, cinnamon, baking)
Holiday scented oil
Pine cones (scented)


Now bring us some figgy pudding...
Fresh baked cookies
SPAM (Christmas "ham")
Sausage and cheese
Holiday RITZ crackers
Mixed nuts (in shell) with a nut cracker
Candy canes
Christmas boxed chocolates
Advent calendar
Holiday coffee & creamer
Hot cocoa or cider


I'll be home for Christmas...if only in my dreams.
Don't forget that though your soldier is far from home and needs pampering, you and your children need something to feel connected to him/her, too. Craft a tradition for your family such as buying an ornament each year, writing a letter to Santa Clause, hanging a special stocking or reading a special story and make sure you do it regardless of anyone's location. Make every effort to share this tradition across the miles by video-taping, calling or even having your soldier available via webcam to participate.


Here comes Santa Claus...
Keep in mind special ways to create the perfect "Holiday Gift Delivery System", or HGDS, as Bob Gilead from www.CamoSock.com calls it. Stop by his site and pick up a perfect HGDS in the shape of a stocking made from the fabric of your soldier's service branch. Be creative and find interesting things online such as a Christmas tree in a tube (search eBay they're easy to find). Most of all have fun, get the entire family involved, and put your heart into it. Tis' the season, but to your soldier you're the reason any gift is special.


To order supplies and see the USPS holiday shipping schedule visit: https://www.usps.com/holiday/welcome.htm.


Merry Christmas to all! And to all, a good night!