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DIY Care Package Ideas

Whether you have a student at college, a family member stationed far away, or just want to send a care package to brighten a friend’s day, these DIY Care Package Ideas are here to help you make a care package you will be proud to give and your recipient excited to get!

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Of course, you could always purchase a care package, already put together. That would be a fine option that you can send directly to your friend or relative without much hassle. BUT you may choose to personalize your care package so you can include things you know your recipient will love and, when you put time into the care package, it shows!

DIY Care Package Ideas

Who To Send A Care Package To

College Students

College students love to know you’re thinking of them while they’re away from home. My son told me that he loved getting care packages, when he lived in a dorm, and said they always seemed to come at the right time, when he was feeling down.


When my husband was stationed in various parts of the world, I sent him care packages of some of his favorite things. Back then, I would record his favorite shows on VHS to send. There’s probably no need to send a VHS but your military spouse, family member, or friend will welcome a care package full of their favorite things!


Send the missionaries in your life a taste of home! They may not have access to their favorite snacks and would love to know you’ve thought of them!


Even if your friends live nearby, you may want to brighten their day with a care package!


You probably know your family members well enough to know if they could use a little pick me up or you may just want to make them smile with a care package!

DIY Care Package Theme Ideas

You don’t have to have a theme for your care package but a theme makes it fun for you to put together and for your recipient to receive!

Theme ideas are limitless but here are a few ideas to get you started:

Party In A Box

Turn any holiday into a party by packing party items in your care package!

Holiday Care Packages

Holidays give you an excellent excuse to send a care package!

Seasonal Care Package Ideas

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

Care Packages To Brighten Someone’s Day

Food Care Package Ideas

Care Package Ideas For Big Life Events

Care Package Boxes That Focus On One Color

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Blue

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DIY Care Package Decor Ideas

One way to make a care package extra special is with box decorations. You can DIY your own or purchase care package box decor that has been done for you!

The box decor below is created to fit 3-1/2″ or 5″ box flaps.

What To Put In A Care Package

The best care packages have a good mix of practical items that will get used along with festive and maybe even silly things that will put a smile on your recipient’s face! Food, self-care items, something to wear, activities, seasonal items, silly trinkets, and a note from home are the top items to put in care packages.

Read more about what to put in a care package here!

These DIY Care Package Ideas are sure to make someone smile and thankful to know you cared about them enough to send a bit of fun!

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