Finding ways to connect with others feels especially important as we approach the summer season with lighter social distancing requirements. Reaching out to loved ones who live around the globe or that you haven’t seen in the past year is a great reminder that you’re there for them.

Care packages are the perfect way to show someone that you care. There are countless things you can add to a care package to personalize and make it truly special for the receiver. Here’s a comprehensive list of care package ideas that will make your loved one’s day.

Self-Care Items for Wellness Packages

When life is feeling more hectic than usual, it’s important to make time for daily self-care practices. A care package provides a great opportunity to remind a loved one to prioritize their mental health and stay on top of their physical well-being. Add any of the following relaxation or cosmetic products to promote wellness with your care package.

Beauty and Bath Products

One of the most important elements of self-care is taking care of yourself physically. Incorporate these items into your care package to help the recipient feel beautiful and clean on the daily.

Photo of a care package with bath bombs, bubbles, soap, and more.

Spa Day and Pampering Items

Sometimes, a day at the spa can be the perfect way to clear your head and relax. Add the following things to your care package to help your loved ones curate the perfect spa day at home.

  • Face masks (skin care)
  • Hair masks
  • Foot masks
  • Eye masks
  • Body lotions
  • Mini candles
  • Hand towels
  • Essential oils
  • Potpourri
  • Skincare products
  • Coffee scrubs
  • Nail files
  • Nail clippers
  • Wax melts
  • Oil diffuser
  • Slippers
  • Robes
  • Hand creams
  • Bath bombs
  • Bubble bath

Other De-stressing and Self-Care Tools

Incorporate any of these versatile items to level up the wellness factor of any care package.

  • Stress balls
  • Bullet journals
  • Colored pencils
  • Books
  • Cozy blankets
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Heating pads
  • Fidget toys
  • Agendas
  • Back scratchers
  • Adult coloring books
  • Scalp massagers
  • Scented room spray
  • String lights
  • Small potted succulents 
  • Knitting needles
  • Blue light glasses
  • Fitbit/Fitness tracker
  • Mini bluetooth speakers
  • Noise-canceling headphones

Mockup of two care package gift tags for relaxation.

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Tasty Ideas for Food and Beverage Care Packages

Food and drinks are always classic additions to any thoughtful care package. Whether the snacks are homemade or thoughtfully purchased, your package’s recipient will be grateful for these tasty treats when they need them most!

Photo of spices and food packed in jars.

Sweets and Dessert

The following treats are great additions to any care package for someone with a sweet tooth. Combine these with salty snacks for a delectable sweet and salty combination. 

  • Brownies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Cinnamon rolls 
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Fudge
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Hard candy
  • Fruit gummies
  • Banana bread
  • Jelly
  • Jam
  • Caramel corn
  • Candied nuts
  • Granola bars
  • Chocolate bars
  • Baking mixes
  • Mini fruit pies
  • Shortbread
  • Jelly beans

Savory Snacks

Whether the person receiving your care package appreciates food that’s salty, spicy, or just plain delicious, these savory care package ideas will provide something tasty to nibble on throughout the day.

  • Bagels
  • Beef jerky
  • Gourmet popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Spiced nuts
  • Ramen noodles
  • Dry pasta
  • Potato chips
  • Tortilla chips
  • Biscuits
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Olives
  • Veggie chips
  • Parmesan crisps
  • Hummus
  • Kettle chips

Beverages and Accessories

No fantastic food care package would be complete without drinks. Whether you include the ingredients for a piping hot winter beverage or an ice cold summer refresher, these drinks and drink accessories will make great additions to your care package.

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Champagne (special occasions, etc.)
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Coffee
  • Coffee creamers
  • Mugs
  • Drink stirrers
  • Tea
  • Lemonade mix
  • Energy drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Glasses
  • Eggnog (for holiday care packages)
  • Glass bottles of soda
  • Cider
  • Metal straws
  • Bottle openers
  • Reusable water bottles

Oils, Spices, and Dressings

If you’ve included food or drinks in your care package and feel like something is missing, feel free to spice it up a little bit! You can elevate the quality of your package with artisan seasonings and sauces from local food stores. Bring the flavor to any care package with the following condiments and seasonings. 

  • Homemade salsa
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Ketchup
  • Yellow mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Relish
  • Olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red and white wine vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Seasoned salt
  • Barbecue dry rub
  • Pesto
  • Tomato sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Chili oil
  • Horseradish
  • Chipotle mayonnaise
  • Sesame oil

Mockup of two food care package gift tags.

Click to download food gift tags.

Crafts and Activities for Family Fun Packages

As we all spend more time at home, adding a little bit of fun and games into each day can help us stay optimistic and provide a break from our everyday activities. Incorporate some of these fun items into your care package ideas to help your loved ones enjoy the little things in their daily life.

Photo of a father and son painting a wooden moose.

Craft Supplies

One of the best ways to explore your creative side is with DIY projects and crafts! Include the following items for a care package that allows the receiver’s creativity to shine through. 

  • Watercolors
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Slime kits
  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Crochet hooks
  • Sewing kit
  • Sketchbooks
  • Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Jewelry-making kit
  • Cross-stitch kit
  • Tie-dye kit
  • Clay
  • Wine corks
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stickers

Games and Puzzles

When you’re stuck at home, sometimes you just need something entertaining to pass the time. Playing games or completing puzzles can be a great way to stimulate your brain and enjoy time with your family or roommates. Add an element of fun into your care package with these games and puzzles.

  • Decks of cards
  • Checkers
  • Popular board games
  • Mini chess set
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku books
  • Triangle peg game
  • Mancala
  • Marbles
  • Jacks
  • Dominoes
  • Dice
  • Peg solitaire
  • Desktop bowling
  • Poker chips
  • Memory games
  • Character sheets for fantasy games
  • Dart board
  • GameStop gift card

Other Toys & Activities

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the toys and pastimes you grew up with! Include items from this list as extra boredom-killers that will make any care package even more enjoyable for the person receiving it. 

  • Balloon animal kits
  • Origami paper
  • Chalk
  • Brainteasers
  • Magic 8 ball
  • Yo-yos
  • Frisbee
  • Roller skates
  • Slinkies
  • Water guns
  • Puppets
  • Trading cards
  • Dart gun
  • Bubbles
  • Whoopie cushion
  • Model building kit
  • Jump rope
  • Silly string
  • Remote-controlled toy vehicles
  • Disposable camera

Mockups of two gift tags for family fun care package ideas.

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Miscellaneous Care Package Ideas That Never Fail

Try to incorporate some of these more practical and versatile care package ideas that could come in handy when the receiver least expects it. Some items are even sentimental, which will help get across just how much you care about and miss them.

  • Sentimental note or letter
  • Greeting card
  • Pictures
  • Sunglasses
  • Earbuds
  • DVDs
  • Bandaids 
  • Q-tips
  • Hairbrush
  • Chewing gum
  • Travel-size toiletries
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Erasers
  • Magazines
  • Lip balm
  • Mini flashlight
  • Protein bars
  • Wallets
  • Command strips
  • Flowers
  • Face masks (sanitary)
  • Drawstring bags
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Lint roller
  • Stationery
  • Batteries
  • Stamps
  • Jewelry
  • Glowsticks
  • Lighters

Creative Care Package Container Ideas

Once you’ve decided what you’ll be using to fill your care package, it’s time to decide how to package everything up. Any of the following containers will make for a practical yet creative vessel for any care package.  

  • Woven basket
  • Wooden crate
  • Gift box
  • Gift bag
  • Mason jar 
  • Cardboard box
  • Plastic bin
  • Tin lunchbox
  • Empty first-aid kit
  • Picnic basket
  • Origami box (for smaller packages)
  • Popcorn box
  • Pencil box
  • Large matchbox
  • Stocking (for holiday packages)

Mockup of two printable gift tags for your care package.

Click to download gift tag printables.

The best way to stay connected with our loved ones is by reminding them that we’re there for them to brighten up their day in any ways we can. With a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of love, the items on this list will ensure that your care packages stay on budget and light up the lives of anybody receiving one.

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