There is no better time to send your deployed loved one a taste of home than around the Fourth of July. It is a time to celebrate this wonderful country we live in and all the freedoms we enjoy. More importantly, it's a great time to thank the people who are helping keep it that way! I wanted to make a special care package for my spouse to remind him what a wonderful country we live in and hopefully help him be less homesick for barbeque and fireworks while he is away.
Here's what I filled my large flat rate shipping box with:
- A flag-print drink cover.
- A patriotic shirt. Look for stores that offer a 10 percent military discount. (like Old Navy)
- Red, white and blue candy. I included blue gum, red hard candy, and some white mints to cover the colors of the flag. Many candy makers feature seasonal promotions. I was able to find red white and blue licorice.
- Inexpensive fillers. I bought patriotic sunglasses, decorative banners, glow sticks and temporary tattoos at my local dollar store. These items provide a little bit of fun, are reasonably priced and help fill up the box.
- Regularly requested items he normally requests. I found protein bars and peanut butter in flavors and packaging to match the red white and blue theme.
- Movies or songs that relate to Independence Day or the American spirit.
- Red white and blue cakes made in jars. I used pint-sized Mason Jars (12 for $7, purchased at my commissary) and filled six of them with one cup each of boxed cake mix batter. Then I placed the jars on a cookie sheet and baked according to the package directions for cupcakes. When they were done, I removed them from the oven and carefully screwed on the tops. Within ten minutes, I heard the "pop" of the seals, ensuring the cakes would stay fresh through the long shipping process. Once they cooled I packed them into a box with a can of store-bought frosting, red, white and blue sprinkles and some plastic forks — a perfectly patriotic semi homemade treat!
How do you make your loved one feel special for Independence Day?
Please share your care package ideas in the comments!