If you are going to be separated from a deployed loved one on Thanksgiving, sending them a care package is a nice way to show them that they are always in your thoughts. Here are some creative tips for putting together a special Thanksgiving care package for your soldier.
Decorate the box – Turn a boring box into a fun expression of love and appreciation. Take a look at this care package featuring a colorful turkey at the bottom of the box.
Add embellishments – Fall-themed stickers and artificial leaves are inexpensive and festive additions to a Thanksgiving military care package. Here is a care package that incorporates both beautifully.
Make it picture perfect – Photos are a meaningful touch to any care package. This care package used pictures as part of the flap decoration.
Include a taste of home – While not nearly the same as a homemade meal, you can fill your care package with food and treats that will remind your service member of a Thanksgiving feast. Dried cranberries, cranberry sauce, applesauce, pumpkin-flavored snacks, canned turkey, and candy corn, are just a few tasty options.
Give thanks – No package would be complete without a personal message. Write a note about how thankful you are to have your soldier in your life. For some inspiration, see how this care package turned the box flap into a handwritten, heartfelt expression of thanks.
Make it a family affair – Putting together a Thanksgiving care package can become a fun family project. Include notes and letters from many family members and friends. If your soldier has children, encourage them to create cards and draw pictures. A handprint turkey would be perfect and is sure to make your soldier smile.
Go beyond Thanksgiving – For many people, Thanksgiving is synonymous with football. If your soldier is a football fan, include a mini-football or a fun item featuring a favorite team. Depending on the part of the world your soldier is serving, Thanksgiving time can also mean colder weather is coming. Warm cotton socks, gloves, and hats will be a welcome surprise.
Don’t forget extras – Some soldiers may not receive any care packages. Include extra treats so that your service member can share with others. Many military members also like to hand out candy to children in the areas in which they are serving.
Don’t have time to make your own care package? Businesses like Stateside Man Goods and Gift Basket Bounty will do it for you. No matter what type of care package you send your deployed soldier, it is sure to be appreciated and will remind them of your never ending love and support.