As coronavirus progresses, the world is going through a trying and stressful time. Friends and family who test positive may be experiencing difficulties with their health, as well as having a rough time in quarantine or in self-isolation.
Being away from friends and family is brutal, especially when they could be suffering from the coronavirus or having mental health struggles from being under lockdown or quarantine for so long.
Ongoing circumstances can be overwhelming, and in these trying times, providing care packages can brighten up someone’s day and let them know you are thinking of them!
What is a Covid Care Package?
A care package is a box of items, whether treats or small essential necessities, like hand sanitizer or a pulse oximeter, and are generally warm reminders that you are thinking of that person. For those going through hard times, receiving a care package can be an extremely uplifting experience as many tend to forget how loved and treasured they truly are. It's also a great way of reaching out to extended family members or distant friends, and is an incredibly thoughtful gift whether the recipient lives a block away, or an ocean away!
Care Package Ideas
The following are ideas for sweet care packages surrounding the recent Covid-19 crisis. Simply put these items in a small box and mail it at your own convenience.
‘Getter Better Soon’ Care Package:
This may be a great care package for someone who is currently diagnosed with Covid-19. Potential items to include are:
- Flasks/hot water bottle
- Ready to eat healthy meals and soups
- Warm clothes
- A customized/unique get well soon card
- A few snacks
'Romantic' Care Package:
It can be hard to feel connected to your partner if you have spent the quarantine period apart, and you are likely missing them a lot! This is a care package to send to a loved one who is currently living away from you to let them know that you are thinking of them. Potential items to include are:
- Handwritten or Handmade letter
- Scented or aesthetic candles
- Their favorite food, novel, or movie
- Small gifts or a gift card to a product or meal
- Framed photos
- Colored pencils
- An invitation to a Netflix Teleparty date
Birthday Celebration Care Package
Missing birthdays due to quarantine can be extremely annoying and upsetting. But having a care package ready to arrive on the day of a friend or family member's birthday will be a memorable reminder of your love. Items to include could be:
- Personalized clothes or mugs
- Easy to make cake boxes
- Flowers and plants
- Birthday card and candles
- Favorite food, snacks, and treats
- Small trinkets
- Funny gifts
Father's or Mother's Day Care Package
If you are away from a parent during these special days, it can be hard for both you and your mother or father. Sending a care package to celebrate your special bond will help you to both feel better - you can even have a phone call explaining the sentimental reasons behind the items! Potential items include:
- Family memories or heirlooms
- New clothes
- Health, wellness, and relaxation products (head massagers and oils)
- Funny gifts
- Sentimental or homemade items
Student Care package:
Many students have been displaced or stuck living away from home due to the ongoing pandemic. They may be lacking the necessary resources that they need to feel focused on their schooling. Items to include could be:
- New Headphones or earphones
- Books, notebooks, and journals
- Microwaveable/ready to eat healthy meals
- Snacks, candy, and chocolate
- Medical kit
- Gift cards to a streaming service
- Board games and video games
Fun and Entertainment Care Package:
This type of care package is designed to put a smile on their face! These are some ideas on what to send in a care package if you want to help them have a great time, distract themselves, and be entertained during the lockdown - these include:
- Board games
- A premium music streaming subscription
- Knitting kit
- A writer's notebook or journal
- Art/painting kits
- Flower planting kits
‘Come Home Soon’ Care Package:
If you are missing a family member who is currently living away from home, a great way to feel connected again is through a care package. Potential items to include in this package are:
- Handwritten letters
- Matching bracelets
- Small trinkets
- Homemade crafts
Rest and Relaxation Care Package:
This is a care package filled with items that can be used for self-care and relaxation. Items to include in this pampering box are:
- Scented soaps
- Bathing salts and oils
- Coffee subscription
- Stuffed animals
- Flowers and Plants
- Essential Oils mini bottles
Home Sick Care Packages:
If you want to reach out to a relative or friend that is feeling homesick, it can be difficult to find items that will make them feel better, rather than make them miss home more. We recommend sending a handwritten letter letting them know that you are thinking of them, and reminding them how everyone misses them too. If they are due to come home, it could be nice to include a homemade countdown device or calendar, so they have something to look forward to.
Cancer Care Packages:
When you cannot see people in order to protect them from Covid-19, it is a horrible situation. Sending a care package to those with illnesses such as cancer can be a fitting alternative during the pandemic. Send notes of love and well wishes, and perhaps some practical self-care items like luxury bath soap or chocolates! Make sure you sanitize all the items to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
'Sending personalized care packages for a certain occasion, or even just randomly, is a lovely display of affection that is extremely heartwarming.'
Sending personalized care packages for a certain occasion, or even just randomly, is a lovely display of affection that is extremely heartwarming. This pandemic has affected our perspective on the importance of socialization, and we all have found newfound gratitude for those around us, from our helpful neighbors to a significant other. Sending these goodies to loved ones living away who tested positive or social distancing can decrease anxiety, stay connected, and make us feel better overall. We hope that these gift box ideas inspire you and that it is not too long before you are reunited with your loved one again.