17 Care Packages We’re Sending to Friends
If someone in your life could use a smile right now, we’ve got a few ideas.
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A little love delivered right to their doorstep
While social distancing is incredibly important and necessary, it can also hard. But self-isolation doesn’t have to mean complete isolation—and, in fact, it shouldn’t. You can still talk and see friends and family online, of course, and you can even give a virtual hug to someone by sending a care package, whether you want to celebrate a life event that you can’t be there for or just want to make that person smile. Their day will definitely be a lot brighter when they receive one of these thoughtful gifts from you.
Winc California Classics
Toast to everlasting friendships and good health with this gift set that comes with two California wines, a chardonnay, zinfandel and two stemless wine glasses. They pair well with a favorite home-cooked meal—and possibly even better with the perfect spa products and some soft music. By the way, here are some easy food and wine parings.
BarkBox Gift Box
If you’ve got a friend who’s making the most of their days with a furry BFF, they’ll definitely appreciate a surprise from BarkBox. Each BarkBox is filled with themed treats, toys and Fido-friendly fun that pups (and their humans) will make the most of all month long. You can buy a single box or continue with a monthly subscription because wagging tails encourage human smiles. Don’t miss these other great gifts for dogs.
Baketivity Cake Pops Baking Kit
It’s hard to keep kids happy and entertained at home for such an extended stretch. That’s why parents will really appreciate this thoughtful set, which will keep little ones busy—and teach them some real-life skills, too. This Baketivity baking set is brimming with delicious ingredients, creativity-sparking baking activities and limited-mess packaging with delicious results. Even better: The dry ingredients are pre-measured, vacuum-sealed and ready to pour. Here are another 100 fun things to do at home with bored kids.
Caswell-Massey Dr. Hunter’s Original Remedies Gift Set
When you’re not really sure what to say or do, a relaxing self-care gift set is always a good idea. This Caswell-Massey classic includes sparkling body cleanser, fragrance-free castile soap, rosewater and glycerine hand creme, softening cuticle cream, soothing foot cream and lip salve. Your loved one will feel pampered from head-to-toe. Better yet, it’s all made in America, cruelty-free and elegantly packaged. Check out these other ways to unwind that don’t include cookies or cocktails.
Godiva Goldmark Chocolates
Life is like a box of chocolates, but in this case, whatever you pick in this Godiva gift box will be downright delicious. This perfect assortment contains 17 mouthwatering pieces in flavors like white chocolate sugar cookie, dark chocolate eclipse and milk chocolate hazelnut heaven. You’ll definitely sweeten someone’s outlook with this little care package—and look like a hero in the process.
1-800-Flowers Graceful Gardenia Plant
Sure, everyone loves bright, happiness-inducing blooms, but a gorgeous flowering plant will last for weeks and months to come. This gardenia comes pre-potted and brimming with flowers. Talk about all-natural aromatherapy! If your bestie has a brown thumb, consider giving one of these cool succulents.
Love with Food Snack Box
Make a movie date from afar and set up your viewing partner with the perfect snacks ahead of time. Love with Food’s snack subscription boxes cost less than a combo box at the theater and offer a tasty array of wholesome-yet-exciting munchies. Choose from tasting samplers, deluxe sets and even gluten-free themed boxes of snackables. Plus, for every snack box purchased, the company donates at least one meal to someone in need. Love this idea? Here are healthy snack boxes to try.
Bamboozle Food Composter
Here’s a bright idea for the friend who’s always looking for reusable versions of everyday items and ways to be more eco-friendly: a countertop composting bin for the kitchen. This Bamboozle food composter is just the right size for salad scraps and old bread that will eventually make their way outside to the nurture the garden. It makes an ideal care package for busy home chefs, gardening fanatics and those who love the idea of being more conscious of their own impact on the world around them. Here’s how to start composting at home.
Minted Personalized Stationery
Having a little (or a lot) of extra time might just be the perfect recipe for reviving long-lost art forms like letter writing. Sending a care package of personalized gallery-worthy stationery is the perfect excuse to keep the lines of communication open and flowing while reminding that special someone how unique and important they are.
Justin’s Honey Almond Butter Squeeze Packs
You could order one set of 10 individual-size sustainably sourced nut butters, but why stop there? Fill your care-package cart with the brand’s other mouthwatering gluten-free and non-GMO offerings like maple almond butter, cashew butter and honey peanut butter. They come in portioned packets that are ideal for healthy, protein-filled snacking that feels more like dessert. Check out these other foods to snack on when you’re working at home.
Erin Condren Wellness Bundle
Alone time can be the perfect time to focus on health goals, setting intentions and creating lasting mindful habits. This stylish gift set from Erin Condren includes a planner that serves as a wellness log, matching stickers, colorful markets, a habit-tracking notepad and other adorably designed items that would encourage just about anyone to live their healthiest life yet.
Universal Yums! Snack Box
Send this whimsical travel-themed snack box and your favorite person can travel far and wide without ever leaving the sofa. Each box comes loaded with lip-smacking goodies from an international destination we all dream of visiting. Current boxes offer snacks with goodies like crackers, cookies, wafers and chocolate bars. For some extra fun, tell your bestie to check out these virtual tours you can take for free.
Beyond Words Co. Basic Box No. 1
Not sure what to send? This Beyond Words Co. gift box is the right combination of relaxing essentials (hello, eye mask), sweet treats, honey sticks, herbal tea and more. It’s thoughtfully packaged, too, so all your loved one will have to do is open it up and prepare their own inner debate about whether to pair it with a movie or book. Also, keep this one in mind for when life is back to normal and you need the perfect hostess gift.
Printworks Classic Chess Set
It’s the perfect time to boost intellectual skills by playing brain-stimulating games like chess. This chess board comes complete with an acrylic top and lacquered wood pieces, and it can just as easily be played at their dining room table with a partner or positioned in front of a phone camera for an exciting remote match with you on FaceTime. Or opt for one of these best-reviewed board games to play while in self-quarantine—which you just might want to pick up for yourself, too.
Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine Redux
When a regular bottle won’t do, this Vinebox sampler of 12 individual glasses of wine certainly will. While Vinebox typically reserves this set for the holidays, the company is bringing out and modifying it for these trying times. It’s perfect for those in long-spanning quarantines who are trying their hands at culinary adventures and wine pairings, as well as makeshift date nights at home. Instead of cracking open whole bottles, these single servings of robust wines are the perfect answer for smaller portions. Here’s our review of Vinebox’s 12 nights of wine.
Squeeze the Day Gardening Set in a Box
This fun, practical gift box is just what every newly minted gardening enthusiast needs to power through a few isolated weeks at home. It comes in a fun, uplifting box and includes a watering can, garden gloves and a gardening tote with spray bottle all printed with a decidedly on-trend lemon pattern. It’s the perfect excuse to break out the seeds and look forward to fresh growth each day. These are the easiest foods to grow at home during quarantine.
Carr Valley Cheese “Life of the Party” Gift Box
Instantly elevate a cheese lover’s next virtual happy hour with this “Life of the Party” gift box straight from Wisconsin! The curated box has something grate for every cheese connoisseur, from mouthwatering cheddar to Monterey Jack and Colby. They can pair it with their favorite bottle of wine and grab some artisanal crackers, nuts or jam from their pantry to create an unbrielievable cheese board.
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