Saturday, March 19, 2016

Packages Of Cheer

I've sent boxes of goodies to family members for as long as I've been married.

During our early years of marriage my husband spent a lot of time on deployment and loved getting "Care Packages"  I would fill them with home baked goodies, chocolate chip cookies made to fit Pringles Potato Chip containers were his favorites. (the cans helped keep them from breaking) I would include photos, candy, newspaper clippings about things happening at home (this was before the Internet) cassette tapes and any other little thing I would come across that I thought he might enjoy..

When my youngest went away to school I sent packages of things that a college student might appreciate. Things that work for college students include, home baked goods, gift cards to local fast food places (there was a coffee shop we knew he frequented), toiletries, socks, and snacks. College students are notoriously poor so just about anything is appreciated. 

As Christmas gifts I have sent my youngest son a baked good a month. He received a book that gave him three choices each month that he could request and we would make it and send it. He travels a lot more so he doesn't always get something each month anymore but I will still send a box out when he's home.

Now I have far away grandchildren. I wanted to stay connected, I wanted something for them to look forward to, something that would help them remember us, so we started sending them "Goodie Boxes" I enjoy putting them together as much as they enjoy getting them.

Their boxes include a variety of things. Their boxes take about a week to get to them so cakes don't travel as well but cookies and brownies do. I shop the thrift stores to look for clothing or trinkets that would make them smile. Sweet treats are always included and books. Last month I found these adorable baby dolls at the thrift store and little clothes to fit them, the girls were delighted. This month I found a cute idea on Pinterest using Mason Jars for treats. I love trying to think of new things to include in a box. Most items are found at the thrift store so the cost is minimal, my biggest cost is the shipping and that is totally worth it for me. Dear Daughter In Law took a photo after they received the last box, they were each wearing clothing I had sent and items that were included. Oldest granddaughter not home at the time so she is not included in photo.

Have a far away loved one, think about sending something to brighten their day.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely tradition you have and the looks on the grands faces are priceless.

Happy Spring and Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

Creations By Cindy said...

What a sweet thing to do for your family. I love the idea of this. I may need to do something like this with my grandbabies. Happy Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I love what you have done with your gift boxes and it has inspired me to do something like this with our far away grandchildren. It is so easy to be involved with the ones close by and I so miss that connection with the others.