My husband is gone…..again. So, it’s time to put together some deployment care packages!
This time, he’s on a 9-month European Rotation for Operation Atlantic Resolve. And while this isn’t technically a combat deployment, he’s still gone for 9 months.
So here are our unique care package ideas!
I’ll update as I get each box in the mail!
Deployment Care Packages
Box #1: Christmas
“Wish you were gnome for the holidays!”
Unfortunately, my husband left right before the holidays, so this was the first box that we sent. The girls picked out the gnome wrapping paper and I found a saying to go with it.
In this care package, we put:
- 2 video games (he took a Nintendo Switch with him)
- a box of pecan spins
- a box of blueberry doughnuts
- drawings from the kids
- command hooks
- lotion for his hands (the manly kind)
- cough drops
Some of the things he specifically asked for, like the Command hooks and cough drops, the other things, we picked out for him. He is sharing a room with 3 other guys, so we can’t send anything that is going to take up too much room.
Box #2: Valentine’s Day
“Just some cupcakes waiting for our stud muffin!”
It took almost an entire month for his Christmas care package to arrive! I’m hoping it was because of the holidays and that they won’t all take that long.
But just in case, we put our Valentine’s care package in the mail around mid-January so that it will hopefully make it there in time!
The girls loved getting to make ‘their cupcake’ and they picked out the bright pink paper!
In this box was:
- a new sweatshirt
- warm socks
- several kinds Valentine’s Day candy
- beef jerky
- a candle
Box #3: We Miss You Deerly
“We miss you deerly!”
My husband loves deer hunting, so we couldn’t resist a hunting-themed care package while he’s deployed, especially after we found camo wrapping paper!
This care package included:
- 3 bags of beef jerky
- a late Christmas gift from my parents
- thermal shirt
- nerf football
- hand warmers
- body wash
- dried fruit
- notes from the kids
Box #4: Irish You Were Here
“Irish you were here!”
This box got to him just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! We don’t really celebrate the holiday, but it was still fun to decorate with the green gingham wrapping paper and a lucky 4-leaf clover! And he always likes it when I add pictures!
In this box, we put:
- individual cereal boxes
- nutty buddies (by request)
- boiled peanuts
- dried fruit
- deer jerky
Happy Father’s Day
“Happy Father’s Day!”
We didn’t send any packages during April or May because my husband was gone TDY to a class and I’m not sure that he could receive mail there.
So, we jumped back into package sending with a Father’s Day care package!
We kept this one simple by using poster stickers that we found at Wal-Mart and not getting too creative with the pun. Lainey drew him a picture on one of the flaps (and even included the ‘future dog’, you can tell she’s campaigning hard for a dog right now, lol)!
Inside this package was:
- lots of dried fruit
- pecan spins
- Father’s Day cards/drawings
- pictures of the kids
- a ‘somebody in Texas loves me’ sticker
Hurry Home, Sparklefarts
“Hurry home, Sparklefarts, we’ve got chaos to spread!”
My kids heard the trending audio on Instagram that says, “Get in, sparklefarts, we’ve got chaos to spread,” and thought that it was the funniest thing ever!
So, we made their dad a package calling him Sparklefarts and honestly, it’s made their whole year!
I used letter stickers that came from a Happy Planner set to spell out the small words and glittery, foam scrapbook stickers to spell ‘Sparklefarts’. (Finally, my hoard of unused scrapbook supplies is good for something!)
This package contained:
- lots of candy
- beef jerky
- gag gifts from 5 Below
- a candle
- rubber band guns
Sending deployment care packages is fun for us! We enjoy the creativity and my husband seems to enjoy them too.
You can follow along our deployment and military journey on Instagram!
We didn’t get 9 care packages sent during this deployment, but I’m happy with the ones that we sent. And our soldier is too!