{April 7, 2012}   THEMED CARE PACKAGE IDEAS ((To send Overseas))

Here is a list of themed  care packages that I thought I’d share with all of you. Of course here  is just a “few” I’m sure you guys have many more ideas/suggestions. Hope  this helps.

THEMED CARE PACKAGE IDEAS! New Baby: A  “Its A Boy/Girl” birth announcement card, candy pacifiers, baby bottles  filled with candy, baby wipes (which they need), baby lotion, baby  powder small stuffed animal, bubble gum cigars, baby boy stuffed bear,  cheerios, Gerber Graduates – Banana Cereal Snackin’ Squares, Veggie  Crackers, Veggie Wagon Wheels, Fruit Juice Snacks, Cereal Bars,  Johnson’s Take Along toiletry pack, Sugar Babies, Milk Duds, Sour Patch  Kids, Mini sweet tarts, Jerky Steak Bites – for teething, and can of  powdered pink lemonade[Now I realize blue kool aid would have been more  appropriate] (printed a new label – Baby Soldier Formula – Caution – use  of this product may cause baby to require less sleep than normal  babies, ability to sleep anywhere, develops strong patriotism, etc., and  a disposable camera to record his rapid growth

Crazy for cookies: Any type of cookie in the cookie aisle Would be great during the holidays.

From  the local zoo: animal crackers, peanuts, peanut butter from the  elephants, beef jerky from the lions, dried banana chips from the  chimps, trail mix from the birds ,Hostess Snowballs from the polar  bears, tuna from the seals, postcards, stuffed animals or plastic zoo  animals

You got the “write†stuff: pens, pencils, markers,  stationary, envelopes, your own letters of encouragement, phone card,  blank greeting cards, post cards, hand made cards, gel pens, stickers,  sheet of computer printed return labels

Sweet Dreams package:  cookies, hot chocolate, tea, pillow, powdered milk, book, small reading  light, marshmallows (for the choc), mug

Fiesta theme: Margarita  drink mix, Pina colada mix, lemonade, Salsa, Torango Chips (in a  triangluar pringles type can), cheese in a jar (found in chips isle),  hot tamales candy, Fire Balls candy, Red, green, yellow balloons, Chili  peppers (canned), Refried beans, taco or fajita seasoning, tobasco  Sauce, pinata (filled with candy),Taco Bell sauce packets

Lets  Play Ball: baseballs, peanuts, major league gum, sunflowers, baseball  cards, baseball hat, shreaded beef jerky (looks like snuff), sunglasses,  popcorn, fake beer (near beer?), Cracker Jacks and a pennant from a  hometown team, game day programs, stats on teams and players

Brain  Teasers: Those little games you get at parties and you have to put  those little balls in the holes, crossword puzzles, puzzles, those  puzzles that are small and metal and you have to take them apart and  then put back together, rubiks cube, travel size games of checkers and  chess

Emeril of Iraq ( or other place ): all kinds of hot nuts  and sauces and spices, Sun-dried tomatoes, dried shitake mushrooms olive  oil, minced garlic (jar), balsamic vinegar, dry rub spices, marinades,  specialty oils pesto, capers, anything from Emeril’s food product line  (esp BAM! essence), perhaps some grilling utensils (spatula, tongs,  etc), Emeril recipes/cookbook (Every Day’s A arty sounds like a fun one)  napkins, coasters, etc from his restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas,  or Orlando

Under the Sea: anything with Sponge Bob? Fish shaped  crackers, salt packets, Blue colored Kool Aid, shark gummies, swedish  fish, little game that has those fish going around and you have to fish  for them? Goldfish game cards, At Oriental Trading company you can buy  those toy fish. Maybe a Go Fish game. Tuna, those Sea Monkeys you add  water to and they grow. Maybe the crystals you add water too and they  grow to resemble underwater coral growths, How about one of the medium  sized Conk seashells so he could hear the ocean? Salt water taffey is  always a hit too

Breakfast on the Go: individual packages of  cereal, instant oatmeal, trail mix, hot chocolate, coffee, mug, chex  morning mix, donuts, Pop Tarts, cereal bars

You Stink: soap,  deoderent, socks, laundry soap tablets, air fresheners, Foot powder,  Odor eaters, baby powder, Fabreeze, baby wipes, new undies, tee shirts,  whoopee cushion

Big Cheese/Promotion Box: Cheese curls, cheese  balls, cheese flavored chips, cheese Doritos, cheese popcorn, cheese and  crackers, cheese flavored crackers, tubs of cheese spread, cheesy  instant mashed potatoes

Jamaica in a Box: Jerk Seasoning for  their MRE’s, Bob Marley posters and CD’s, sand bucket and shovel (They  have all the sand they need there), travel magazines from Jamaica Some  beach towels with board games like twister, checkers on them,  sunglasses, tropical fruits (since you can’t send fresh fruits, he  thought either the canned ones or dried fruits) pictures of the Jamaican  countryside we took, little tropical things like palm trees, fish, etc  that you can get from Oriental Trading Company postcards from Jamaica,  sunscreen one of those hats with dread locks attached, translation guide  on how to speak Jamaican or Patois as it’s called there, a Jamaican  Flag with an explanation on what the colors mean

Sun Tea:  Get one of those plastic 2qt jugs with the handles and the push button  spout.. fill the inside of the jug with tea bags, sugars and sweet and  lows and see about finding a restraunt that carries those little packets  of real lemon…or even include a few real lemons??? Include a spoon  and some cups… or Celestial Seasonings ‘summer tea’ bags that you use  with cold water….hubby seems to like these real well….I also found  on an end cap at wallyworld sample size for 25cents that came 4 bags in  each pouch…we used these in our platoon packages this last shipment. ~

Pool/Sand  Party: a burnt cd with the ‘beach boys’ or any other group singing  about…summer time fun… beach ball, squirt guns–water  balloons–ummmm, koolaid and those little paper umbrellas, several  different types of “water bombs” that you soak in water and toss around,  footballs, vollyballs, sand toys, those velcro pads you wear on a hand  & the balls that stick to them. bunch of beach towels, , chapstick,  bottles of aloe vera, Beach Towel board games(Twister, Checkers &  Tic, Tac Toe), hacky sacks, insect repellent, plastic baseball bat and  ball sunflower seeds, buckets and shovels(to build sand castles),  soft-sided cooler plastic Trucks to play in the sand with, croquet game,  kiddie blow up pool, ice tea, lemonade, sunglasses, sunscreen

Hawaiian/Luau:  Macadamia nuts, coconut creme cookies, Kona coffee, sugar in the raw  packets, photos/cards with Hawaiian scenery, go to  they have a TON of Hawaiian things like paper palm trees, grass hula  skirts, leis, coconut novelties, tropical staws w/ palm trees,  flamingos, pineapples, etc. pineapple chunks, ‘hawaiian tropic lotion  smell’, Hawaiian punch juice boxes, sun glasses, pina colada drink  mixes, bag of seashells, line the box with tropical themed wrapping  paper, Hawaiian girl car ornament, inflatable fish, sharks, palm trees,  Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Dole tropical fruit cups, dried  mango, papaya and pineapple, those Loreal Kids Shampoo in fish shaped  containers, teriyaki chicken and beef nuggets, Barbie dolls dressed in  bikinis, colorful flip flops

Kick back and have some fun:  Dominoes, playing cards, magazines, books, music CD’s, those relaxation  CD(the ones with sounds of waves, etc), crossword puzzles, word  searches,jig saw puzzles, hand-held electronic games, squirt guns, water  balloons, bubbles, hacky sacks, nerf Balls, jokes and funny pictures  and cartoons

Going Nuts/Hang In There Package: banana chips,  barrel of monkey game, I think Little Debbie makes some Curious George  Banana Twin cakes, Bath & Body Works has some Kids Bananarama wipes,  all kinds of nuts – carmel corn with nuts, peanut butter, peanut butter  crackers, baby ruth, snickers, almond joy, planters bars, peanut  brittle, Peanut – Almond or Peanut Butter M&M’s, all flavored corn  nuts

Cold Season : some cough drops, kleenex, tea, instant noodle soup, hot chocolate, get well card phone card to call MOMMY

Poker  Party: Poker chips and cards… for snacks so far I have pizza, cheese  and bbq pringles, sunflower seeds, tobasco flavored microwave popcorn  (found at dollar store)… and since I have read of people being  successful sending cans – I am going to send O’Douls non-alcoholic beer  in ziplocks and bubble wrap. maybe send cheese/cracker snack packs with  Pepperoni pieces, chips and dips, salsa, pretzels, shelled peanuts,  dice, play money, dealer visors and a lucky rabbits foot and shot  glasses, felt to play on, Crackers & Pub cheese or velveeta (no  refridge req’d kind), beef summer sausage, salami, or pepperoni, drink  mixes (Bloody Mary, Margarita, etc – for virgin drinks), Gatorade or  iced tea powder some kind of multicolor hard candies (in case they run  out of chips, chocolate – Tasteations or Nips or equiv. for the summer,  men’s magazines, CDs/Music & batteries, cards, chips, dice ,  cigars/cigarellos – the real ones – recommend Black-n-Mild – they’re  pretty cheap, bubble gum cigars & candy cigarettes – for those that  don’t want the above, party-themed napkins/plates/decor

Salute to  the Heroes: bag of toy soldiers, donuts, water guns, small black  flashlight, there are some fire stations that will give a t-shirt to  another fireman in a different area that may be visiting, maybe if you  explain what you are doing they may give you a t-shirt from their  station a St. George Medal. St. George is the Patron Saint of the  Military. The inscription on the back reads: “Keep us safe, day and  night. Give us courage, strength and might.”

Warm Them Up: Hot  Tamales, flamin hot Cheetos,hot sauce, hot nuts,cajun spices,Fritos and  Jalapeno Dip, Atomic Fire Balls, Cinnamon Gum, Red Hots, Hot-Flavored  Planters Peanuts, Mini bottles of hot sauce, Cinnamon TicTacs, IcyHot  Sore Muscle Rub, Crystal Lite Iced Tea, Andy Capp Red Hot Fries,  Jalapeno Jelly Belly Beans, a Hot Rod magazine and Tums,Icy/Hot Cream

and  Cool Them Down: A few of Angel’s chilly willys squirt guns (forgot to  put them in the bday box – space cadet!) Fan/Mister & Batteries  Dentyne Ice & Koolerz gum IceBreakers mint tin Lemonade Drink Mix  SnowBall cakes Cool Ranch Doritos Sunglasses (also forgot to put them in  bday box – I must get organized!) water bottle “wet suit” candy ice  cream cone thing-a-ma-jigs

American A-Z: A- Individual Apple Pies  B-Baseball: Plastic or nerf baseball and bat C- cotton candy in a bag,  chocolate chip cookies, D- Ding Dong Hostess Cakes E- F- Flags, Nerf  Footballs, G-Gatorade powder H- Hot Dogs(Vienna Sausages(chicken)) I-Ice  Cream -The astronaut Ice Cream someone else mentioned J- Jokes, jelly  bean ( red white and blue ) K- Kool Aide mix, Kellog’s cereals L- M-  mac n cheese N- O- Oreos P- poker cards/chips,phone card to call home,  Mr Potato Head, popcorn Q- Q-tips R- Racing: Die Cast Cars, Schedules  from Race Tracks, Ritz crackers S-Sunflower Seeds, Soldiers (Toy  Soldiers), slinky T- tea for sun tea, twinkies, taco bell sauce U-Unity:  Photos showing people’s support of our soldiers(signs in yards, etc) V-  volley ball and net W- watermelon flavored hard candy X- Y- yo yos,  yellow mustard Z- zingers

Fishing: a box of “Whoppers, the game  Go Fish, some little plastic fish from Oriental Trading Co, they’ve got  all kinds of fish and things like that, rig up a little fishing pole out  of a piece of dowel rod and string, a hat with fishing flies on it,  pepperidge farms goldfish crackers, Swedish Fish, Field and Stream  magazines, gummy night crawlers, tuna kit

Lets Play Ball:  baseballs, peanuts, major league gum, sunflowers, baseball cards,  baseball hat, shredded beef jerky (looks like snuff), sunglasses,  popcorn, fake beer (near beer?), Cracker Jacks and a pennant from a  hometown team, game day programs, stats on teams and players

Gentlemen  start your engines: Any racing related items: NASCAR, NHRA, BUSCH,  Fomula One, little remote control car, they also make die cast car  replicas of the individual driver’s cars

Personal Hygiene:  razors, baby wipes, toilet paper, deodorent,foot powder, odor eaters,  sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, eye drops, lotion, soap with plastic  case, Q-tips, shaving cream, towels, Bug Be Gone, medicated  chapstick,antibactarial hand sanitizer,dental floss, tampons/pads, baby  powder, sports bras, underwear

Pamper Party: I’m thinking of  including 2 bottles of foot soak and a small inflatable pool so they can  all soak their feet, also some foot lotion, foot powder, foot files,  new socks, some mud mask stuff, and some cappucino or International  Foods coffee and some cookies,some shampoo and deep conditioning  treatment too, scented lotions, peel-off facial masques (individual),  travel size Caress body washes & lotions, travel size baby powders,  chap sticks, clear fingernail polish, emery boards, foot scrub &  foot/leg lotion, new socks & underwear, microwave popcorn, fancy  chocolates, the movie “Thelma & Louise”, Cosmo & other  magazines, stationary, plastic soap dish’s with lid’s and used those to  pack several small bottles of nail polish & toe seperators. Wal-mart  has a little itty bitty bottle for $0.88 in various colors. Liquid body  gel & lotion in matching scents, a soap scrunchie, a back washing  “strap”, packet of pony tail holders, case of bobby pins, a small pair  of trim scissors., nail clippers, tweezers, disposable “ladies” razors,  toothpaste, toothbrush

Birthday Ideas: In an Oriental Trading  book, there is balloon animal kit, cake in a jar, party hats, streamers,  confetti, noise makers, get some of the Little Debbies cakes and  candles, traditional birthday banner, party favors, noisemakers of  course, confetti, balloons, filling space with shredded colored tissue  paper (red, white & blue or camo colors to keep with the theme so to  speak), hard candy, and bubblegum, camo napkins, plates (seen them at  party supply stores and craft stores) party games like pen the tail on  the donkey. Hostess Cupcakes, box of candles, confetti, birthday cards  signed by as many people as possible, goodies like candy and books etc  wrapped in birthday paper. Hershey gifts sells a chocolate cake  (basically it’s in the shape of a cake-candle included and personalized)  it’s like a giant chocolate candy bar but a circle in a b-day tin.  check out the…2(Hershey)

Christmas  Ideas: how about a Christmas card swap, I know postage would be a little  more but soldiers would be bombarded with cards across the nation,  those little Christmas trees that they sell in all of the mail order  catalogs (Lillian Vernon, etc.) that come with their own ornaments, mini  Christmas stockings and candy canes or those little candy bags of coal  (bubble gum ones), the green and red M&Ms for the holidays, an  Advent Calendar box, Oriental Trading Company has these. They are little  pine trees (about 4″ tall) that have a mineral solution on them (I’m  going by memory here, I have a whole bag upstairs in a closet but am too  lazy to dig them out). You add water to the little base, and these  color mineral salts “grow” on the tree and look like colored snow and  decorations

Halloween Ideas: A gingerbread haunted house ( all  precut and ready to go), goodie bags full of candy, plastic carved  pumpkins, a Tootsie Roll pop covered with tissue to look like a ghost,  apple cider packets, candy corn, costume for your soldier, carvable  pumpkins

Thanksgiving Ideas: Turkey Jerky, dried cranberries I  think they are called Craisens?, if you check a good candy store there  are some candies called Peas n Carrots ( they are round green balls and  small orange squares ), candy corn, beef jerky or summer sausage =  venison, potato chips = potatoes, canned veggies = veggies, dried fruits  and assorted mixed nuts are themselves assorted crackers or breadsticks  = asst. breads, hostess fruit pies for the pies, cupcakes for cakes,  you could even send some caramel sauce with shortbread cookies for the  gravy! and send it in one of those cheapy cornucopia baskets from the  craft stores and stick some plastic or silk colored leaves around it and  write a note on a nice autumn looking picture postcard ! If you have  kids – or access to some, you can do some Thanksgiving crafts. The old  trace-you-hand and color turkey comes to mind, instant mashed potatoes,  many of the big candle companies make scented candles that would fit  this theme and Thanksgiving also, for example, Yankee has Harvest,  Cranberry Chutney, Apple Cider, Autumn Lodge, Pumpkin Pie, and Spiced  Pumpkin

Valentine’s Day Care Packages:…ddonsid=30…l?osCsid=f  Care Package Ideas to show how “sweet†your soldier is to you: •  Happy Valentine’s Day Card • Red and White Crinkle Paper •  Personalized Valentine’s Message • 6″ Valentine’s Plush Bear • Necco  Conversation Hearts • Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses • York Peppermint  Patties • Nestle’s Crunch Hearts • Sweetarts Hearts • Reese’s  Peanut Butter Cups • Big Red Gum • Red and White Mints • Twizzlers  • Homemade valentines. • Traditional Valentines candy such as  sweethearts • Conversation Hearts and/or small “friendly” gift such as  warm socks or a stuffed animal. • Valentine’s Tootsie Pops •  Valentine cards from local school children • Valentine’s for  Veterans-get some vets to write out some cards for our troops or better  yet send a Valentine for a vet. • A valentine letter wrote entirely  with candy message hearts glued to the paper.

St Patricks Day:  green beanie baby, green jelly beans, instant irish coffee, rice krispie  treats dyed green, potato soup, green sugar 4 leaf clover cookies,  Irish Spring soap, Pert Shampoo, taste the rainbow of “skittles”,Lucky  Charms cereal, sour cream and onion Pringels, small toys from Oriental  trading company or your local party store, gum in green wrappers, green  dental floss, green toothbrush,guacamole chips,

EASTER IDEAS:  jelly beans, starburst, bunny corn, skittles, easter basket, colored  candycanes,. eggs, candy, toys hidden in eggs, bible verses, chocolate  eggs,Don’t forget the peeps!!! Those lil sugary chics, bunnies, etc  remember? A big hit last year were the “jousting” peeps. Send your  soldier toothpicks, have them insert on in each peep, put them in the  microwave facing each other, turn it on (obviously)and watch them  “joust”!!! Your soldiers will get a big kick out of it!!! Banners to  decorate their rooms or mess hall that say Happy Easter. Confetti to  decorate the tables, pin the tail on the Easter Bunny-maybe a playboy  bunny,Stuffed Animal of a Easter Bunny, Stationary, Phone Cards, typical  chocolates, Easter Coloaring Book with Crayons, Easter Book Mark, just  some fun things. I’m trying to find an Easter Pinata to send along with  the candy so the soldiers can fill the pinata and have at it, Water Guns  that are shaped like Easter, Easter Straws, if you go to walmart, in  the toy section there is a pack with a jump rope , jacks, the paddle  with a ball. I sent a few of those to a unit, and they said that was the  best thing that they could have ever receive. They laughed all night  long. And they are only $2.00 for a pack, How about a couple of egg  dying kits. I’m sure they can get hard boiled eggs from the chow hall.  Make sure the kits only require water (no vinegar). Easter M&Ms are  great, they won’t melt, Plastic eggs so he can make up Easter treats for  buddies or have an Easter egg hunt, Stickers,The dollar stores sell al  kinds of Easter Novelties, like plastic bendable rabbits, colorful  erasers, pencils, etc.

4th of July Care Package Ideas: Thanks for  defendingthe red, white, and blue.We want you to knowthat we’re  thinking of you.So here are some treats-all in U.S. hues,To help you  combat the “Mess Hall Blues”!

Personalized MessageCards from  local school childrenRed, White & Blue Crinkle PaperRed, White &  Blue – Chex MixRed, White & Blue – Cracker JacksRed & White –  Starlight MintsRed – Nacho Cheese DoritosRed – Atomic Fire Balls Red –  Twizzlers Red – Gatorade Drink MixRed – SkittlesWhite – Tic TacsWhite –  PaydayBlue – Oreo CookiesBlue – StarKist Tuna PackBlue – Rice Krispie  TreatBlue – Winterfresh GumBlue – Phase 10 card game4th of July type  movies (see other post)4th of July music (see other post)4th of July  items from Oriental Trading4th of July table decorations/picnic  itemsAmerican……erican.htm

For  Fun and Entertainment: Batteries (AA, AAA, C), Blank Greeting Cards  (for Soldiers to send home), Books, Magazines (Please see disallowed  items list), Card games (Uno, Skip-bo, etc.), Colored pencils, Crossword  Puzzle Books, Decks of cards, Dice, Disposable Cameras, DVD/CD cases  with zippers, Bandannas, DVD’s and VHS Movies, Electronic hand held  games (poker, blackjack, etc.), Flashlight with a red lens, Frisbee,  Envelopes, Global phone cards (pre-paid), Hackie Sacks, Hand-held games,  Jigsaw Puzzle Books, ,Jokes & comics, Journals, Jump ropes,  Mini-fans, Music CDs, Nerf toys (small footballs, basketball, etc.),  Paper / Stationary, Pencils (mechanical), Pens (Black ink only), Pocket  size notebook ,Slinky’s, Softballs, Squirt guns, Travel games, Word  Search Books, Wrap Around Sunglasses (Blaster Shield Style), Yo-yo’s,  you could also use newspaper for packing material that way they could  read it afterwards.

Food and Snack Items: Crystal Lite Drink  Mixes (Just add water) Beef Jerky, Beef Summer Sausage, Breakfast Cereal  – Individual sizes, Cereal bars, Instant Cup of Soup (Just add  Water), Cheese and Crackers, Chex Mix / Snack Mix, Instant coffee  (various flavors), Chocolate, Coffee Singles (like a tea bag),  Coffee-mate Non-Dairy Creamer (powder), Condiments (Fast food restaurant  type packets), Cookies, Equal (packets), Fruit Cocktail / Applesauce  Snack Packs, Gatorade (presweetened, powder), Granola Bars, Gum, Hard  Candy, Hickory Farms Beef Stick, Homemade cookies / baked goods, Hostess  Snack Cakes, Hot cocoa / Hot chocolate (Just add water), Hunt’s Snack  Pack Puddings, Individually Wrapped Snack Items, Instant Grits (Just  add water), Instant Oatmeal (Just add water), Jell-O Snack Packs,  Kool-aid (presweetened, powder), Kraft Handi Snacks, ,Lemonade Mix  (presweetened, just add water),Life Savers / Certs / Tic Tac’s, Little  Debbie Snack Cakes / Treats, Malted Milk Mixes (Just add water),  Maruchan Instant Lunch – Cup of soup/noodles, Milk & Cereal bars,  Nacho dip, Peanut Butter and Crackers, Pop tarts / Pop tart sticks,  Power bars, Pretzels (Regular, Yogurt dipped, etc.), Pringles snack size  packs, Rice Krispies Treats, Salt / Pepper packets, Snack Crackers  (Wheat thins, Ritz), Snack Size Chip Varieties, Sugar (packets), Tea  Bags, Trail Mix, Tuna Snack Kits, Velveeta

SOLDIER CARE PACKAGE  “Tucked inside this little bag When your spirits are starting to sag Are  some little reminders that I care As you fight for freedom over there.”

Toothpick:  To help you pick out the good in every situation you encounter. Hugs  and Kisses(Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses): Because sometimes we all need a  “hug and kiss” Paperclip: to help you “keep it together” when it all  seems to be hitting the fan. Marble: To replace “the ones we all lose”  from time to time. Snickers: To remind you to “laugh” even when you feel  like crying. Rubber Band: To help you be flexible and “bounce back” in  times of trouble without breaking. Stick of Gum: To remind you to  “stick” with the task at hand. Mint: To let you know you’re worth a  “mint” to me. Cotton Ball: To help “cushion” the rough times. Lollipop:  To help you “lick” the problems you encounter. Star Burst: To let you  know I’m “bursting” with pride for you. Nut: To remind you to relax and  get a little “nutty” sometimes. Tootsie Roll: To remind you of the  important “roll” you play. Lifesaver: To signify the “lifesaving” things  you do to keep our country free.

Boredom Buster Care  Package: This care package is full of great activities to cure their  boredom. It’s an ideal military care package, or perfect for anyone that  is homebound, in the hospital, or stuck in bed. If your child needs  some extra fun for camp, this care package is great fun for camp. All of  the items in this care package are small enough to fit into a pack,  backpack, or suitcase. Hasbro Electronic Hand-Held Yahtzee Radica  Electronic Pocket Poker Hand-Held Game Radica Electronic Pocket Slot  Hand-Held Game MGA Entertainment Baseball Hand-Held Game Original Full  Size Rubik’s Cube Original Full Size Slinky

“Spiritual Journey”  devotional literature; encouraging studies; bulletins, notes, &  recordings from congregation; books by favorite authors (to be shared  with one another then donated to the chapel), etc.

“Surviving the Sandstorms” eye wash, nasal spray, chap stick, sand scarf, bandana, etc.

“Laundry  Load” laundry soap (sample size), fabric softener sheets, cleans socks,  socks, underwear and bras fare always eaten up by the washer and or  dryer.

“Lotta Java” Tea, cocoa, coffee singles, creamer, sugar, international coffee tins,

“Thanks  a Million!” Things that “seem” expensive such as Grey Poupon, small  amount of cash, electronic version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?,  and wrap items in green tissue paper

“Hang in There!” Stuffed  animal monkey, banana bread, banana chips, banana pudding, Monkeys in a  Barrel game, card with a monkey on it

“A Day at the Beach”  sunscreen, beach towel, beach snacks, flip flop sandals (shower shoes),  Aloe Vera gel, sunglasses, beach music, beach ball

“Medicine Cabinet” Aspirin, band-aids, Neosporin cream, A&D ointment, cold medicine, Alka Seltzer, Rolaids, etc.

“Staying Healthy” Nutrition/health bars, vitamins, nutri-grain bars, Gatorade or PowerAid,

“MRE/Mess Hall Survival Kit” Restaurant size condiments and snacks

“Correspondence  Carton” Notebook paper, stationery, pens, pencils, stickers, journal,  envelopes, address book (filled), camera with a note to send back once  its filled

“Action Heroes” Powerbars, squirt guns, Red Bull drinks, small Army figurines

“To  Be a Kid Again” silly string, bubbles, small bouncy balls, hacky sacks,  brain teaser toys (Rubix Cube, etc.), deck of cards, dominoes, whoopie  cushion

“Bathroom in a Box” toilet paper, razor refills, foot  powder, bars of soap, washcloths, travel size shampoo, conditioner,  toothpaste, toothbrush

“Stress Reliever” back scratcher, bubble wrap, yo-yos, bubbles, squeezy tension

“I’m Nuts about You” peanuts, cashews, pistachios, peanut butter cookies, any

“Rocks On” Pop rocks, CDs, Itunes/Napster music gift card, music dvd

“And  this Little Piggie went to the Sandbox” (foot care kit) foot powder,  boot inserts, foot lotion, foot file, fresh socks, toe nail clippers

“Chili  Today, Hot Tamale” Hot Tamales (candy), small cans of chili, red pepper  flakes, salsa flavored sunflower seeds, Cajun flavor Pringles, Spicy  Chex mix, Boston Red Hots, peppered beef jerky, Taco Bell hot sauce  packets, Extreme Doritos, chili powder, nacho cheese sauce in a can

“How do you eat your OREOS?” regular Oreos, peanut butter Oreos, double stuff Oreos, chocolate filled Oreos, etc.

“Pick  Nick Basket” Line basket with linen napkin and fill with juice boxes,  beef summer sausages, pre-packaged cheese, fruit roll ups, chips, nuts,  cookies, candies, pickles, olives, etc. Throw in some plastic ants and  photos of your pick nick back home

“Breakfast on the Go”  nutrigrain bars, instant oatmeal cups, boxes of cereal, pop tarts,  powdered donuts, packaged muffins, cocoa, coffee, Tang,

“Ruck Sack Snack Pack” fill with loved one’s favorite snack items

“Sloppy Kisses” chocolate melts there, so a package of Hershey’s kisses are bound to be “sloppy kisses”

“Congrats on your Promotion” congratulations party favors, snack items, sparkling cider (wrapped in bubble wrap)

“Pamper  Party” (for females) feminine hygiene products, shampoo, conditioner,  hair barrettes and scrunchies (same color as their hair), facial scrub  or soap, facial mask, lotion, shower gel, razors, facial moisturizer,  tweezers, nail care kit, toner, special facial products

Beach  Party Luau: Coconut drink holders, leis, Hawaiian music cd, dried  pineapples & other tropical fruits, sunglasses, grass skirts, etc (a  lot can be bought in the Oriental Trading Company Catalog)

Hot  & Spicy Extreme Pack: Hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder,  extreme Doritos, extreme cheese sandwich crackers, microwave popcorn  (use chili powder on this), Nachos, jar cheese, salsa, tums.

Picnic  Basket: Cheap picnic basket, checkered tablecloth, plastic ants, summer  sausage & cheese stuff (from Hickory Farms), Hostess Apple Pies,  root beer barrels, Frisbees.

At the Movies: New release movie, or  taped sitcoms, microwave popcorn (get empty popcorn tubs from movie  theater for putting popcorn in), cups & straws, Koolaid mix, movie  candy (good-n-plenty, whoppers, malt balls, etc)

Saturday Morning Cartoons: tapes of cartoons, mini boxes of cereal, poptarts, cereal bars, fun socks or boxers, fun pillow cases

Fun  & Games: Nerf balls of all kinds, bubbles, cards, card games, hacky  sack, squirt guns, balloons, Frisbees, silly string, slinky, bubble  gum, rice krispy treats, cookies, pez & dispensers, popcorn,  koolaid, travel games

Friday Night Pamper Me Party (for the  girls): shower/bath gel, lotion, flavored coffee (Starbucks), teddy  bear, cute coffee mug, fun socks, stationary, teas, novels, bath  beads/salt, nail polish & other nail accessories, mask, hot oil  treatment, popcorn , wooden hand massager, relaxation cd, candle in a  tin & CHOCOLATE

Foot Care Kit: Foot soak, Peppermint foot  lotion, foot file, foot powder/spray, Pumice stone, Dr Scholls Inserts,  new socks, put all in plastic tub big enough to soak feet in

Fishing  in a Box: Fishing Magazines, goldfish crackers, Swedish fish, gummi  worms, fishing games, “go fish†playing cards, fishermans hat, tackle  box, lip balm, sunscreen, lego kit of a boat, sand pail to fill with  water to play with fish price fishing game that comes with plastic fish,  fishing pole & tackle box.

Action Hero/Super Hero: figurines  or toy action figures, packs of little green army men, squirt guns,  Gatorade, power bars, red bull drinks

Keep in touch kit: writing supplies, journal, pictures, cameras, blank all occasion cards, address book, envelopes

Keep  Smiling box: Magic 8 Ball, Mad Libs, Smiley Face Toys, Goofy candy like  Sours, Nerds, Laffy Taffy (line box with Smiley face paper)

Lotta Java Pack: teas, cocoa, coffee packs & canned coffees (starbucks), Milano’s cookies, relaxing magazine to read, etc

Staying  Healthy: Doctor bag or plastic toy one filled with aspirin, cold meds,  sinus meds, vitamins, visine, bandaids, Neosporin, power bars, soup, and  other health related things

Movie Care Package: Movie (DVD or  VHS), Microwave Popcorn (or already popped if they don’t have  access),M&Ms,Doritos,Cracker Jacks,Rice Krispie  Treats,Twizzlers,Cookies (Oreos and Chips Ahoy),Ruffles Chips &  Dip,Hot Tamales,Nachos (Tortilla chips & cheese),Make a “Now  Featuring” Movie “Poster” on your computer and add it to the package

Get  Well Package: Puzzle,Chicken Noodle Soup Packets,Gourmet Tea  Packets,Cold Medicine,Crackers,Inspirational “Get Well”  Quotes,Goldfish,Dole Fruit Cups,Get Well “Pills” (candy coated  mints),Get Well Card, Chapstick,A&D ointment

At Ease Package:  Glow in the dark yo yo, Crossword Puzzle Book, Silly Putty, Deck of  Cards, Ritz Bitz, Pringles, Cookies, Twizzlers, Cheetos, Cereal Bars,

“Scruf”  Care Package: Razors, Baby Wipes, Chapstick, Shaving Cream, Deodorant,  mouthwash, Lotion (if soldier is female step it up a notch and do  something SPA line),Foot Powder, Shampoo & Conditioner, Soap, Big  Fluffy Towel, Toilet Paper, Shoe Polish

Comforts of Home Package:  Small Bottle of Febreeze, Candle, Snuggle Dryer Sheets, Phone Card,  Blanket (A nice comfy one), Glade Stick Ups, Pair of Slippers or Cozy  Socks, Hot Cocoa or Coffee, Decorative Coffee Mug, Pillowcase with your  perfume/cologne sprayed on it, Book on Tape

“Big Kid” Package:  Squirt Guns, Silly Putty, Silly String, Whoopie Cushion, Funny Face  Eyeglasses, Sidewalk Chalk, Crayons & Color Book, Jacks, Marbles,  Balloons, Frisbee, Football/Soccer Ball (mini), Hacky Sack

Holiday  Themed Packages: Fill any package with holiday themed ideas and use  things like tissue paper, balloons, confetti etc. to decorate it!

Bath  Package: Gel eye-pack, Shower Gel, Shower Flip-Flops, Aroma therapy  oils, Scented candles and holders, Pumice stone, Washcloths, scrubber or  loofa sponge, Back cleaning brush, Relaxing music on CD or cassette,  Rubber ducky

Write Home Package: Note paper or cards, Envelopes  (choose a variety of sizes), Letter opener, Nice Pen or Pencil, Address  Labels, Address Book

Sports Theme Package: Favorite Sport Magazine, Taped TV or DVD of favorite sport, cheetos, Popcorn, Personalized Mug, Cookies

“A  Day At Home” Package: There are several variations of this package. The  idea is to replicate a day with you. First, you’ll need a camera. Take  pictures of each thing you do. Use your creativity here are a few ideas:

We  woke up (take a picture in bed) and ate breakfast (take a picture  eating cereal) and then took a shower (take picture in towel). We  started the day off by doing some yard work and mowing the lawn (take  picture mowing lawn). After our work, we had lunch (take picture with  lunch). Then we colored pictures – or threw around a football etc. (take  pictures doing activity). We all ate dinner together (take picture  having dinner). We had a full day so we were tired when it was time to  set down and watch our favorite TV programs (take picture watching TV).  Later we snuggled up in our jammies (take picture in jammies) and had a  nighttime snack (take picture snacking). We love you very much and miss  you! (send picture of kiss goodnight)

Now take all of your pictures (referencing above) and send them with “treats”

Pillowcase  with cologne/perfume sprayed or maybe a decorated one Several small  boxes of cereal or cereal bars Shower Gel or Shampoo or even a towel  Grass Clippings in a baggie or dirt from backyard (strange but reminds  them of home) Color Books or Football Lunch Snacks New Pajamas Popcorn  Recorded TV show or movie DVD Hershey’s Kisses


CRAYON:  To color the future of our country bright and successfulASPIRIN: To  help ease your and our country’s painPUZZLE PIECE: To remind us that  each person is different and we can all fit together.SANDPAPER: To make  life in these United States run smoothly.TOOTHPICK: So we help our  government pick the right choiceRED HEART: To represent our LOVE for the  UNITED STATES OF AMERICALUCKY PENNY: To remind us how lucky we are to  be living in “America”FLAG: To show that United We Stand!!STRING: To tie  this country together when others try to tear it apartTOOTSIE ROLL: To  keep our country rolling along toward victory

“A Day  At Home” Package: There are several variations of this package. The idea  is to replicate a day with you. First, you’ll need a camera. Take  pictures of each thing you do. Use your creativity here are a few ideas:

We  woke up (take a picture in bed) and ate breakfast (take a picture  eating cereal) and then took a shower (take picture in towel). We  started the day off by doing some yard work and mowing the lawn (take  picture mowing lawn). After our work, we had lunch (take picture with  lunch). Then we colored pictures – or threw around a football etc. (take  pictures doing activity). We all ate dinner together (take picture  having dinner). We had a full day so we were tired when it was time to  set down and watch our favorite TV programs (take picture watching TV).  Later we snuggled up in our jammies (take picture in jammies) and had a  nighttime snack (take picture snacking). We love you very much and miss  you! (send picture of kiss goodnight) “A Day At Home”  Package: There are several variations of this package. The idea is to  replicate a day with you. First, you’ll need a camera. Take pictures of  each thing you do. Use your creativity here are a few ideas: We woke up  (take a picture in bed) and ate breakfast (take a picture eating cereal)  and then took a shower (take picture in towel). We started the day off  by doing some yard work and mowing the lawn (take picture mowing lawn).  After our work, we had lunch (take picture with lunch). Then we colored  pictures – or threw around a football etc. (take pictures doing  activity). We all ate dinner together (take picture having dinner). We  had a full day so we were tired when it was time to set down and watch  our favorite TV programs (take picture watching TV). Later we snuggled  up in our jammies (take picture in jammies) and had a nighttime snack  (take picture snacking). We love you very much and miss you! (send  picture of kiss goodnight)


Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever read a more comprehensive list!

Awe Thanks Hun. I’ve sent lots of care packages out. I use to become part of a program that did, I got into it so much because. I was brought up being a military brat with my dad being in the Air Force. Also my grandfathers from both side were in the military also. One Air Force one Army. And than I married my husband and he was in the Army also. But I felt this was the best way to give back since medical problems kept me from joining. But till this day I still send packages out, on the holidays. If you have any platoons you no that are in need of a good pick me up, u can always let me no. And I would always be there to help out. My email is
I will add some more soon cause I haven’t in such a long time. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

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