240 Care Package Ideas for Everyone In Your Life

A care package is a great way to let someone know you’re thinking about them. Whether you’re far apart or close together, a care package is a valuable and thoughtful gift that is both personal and practical.

These gifts can be personalized to the recipient’s interests or life needs, making it a great option for people who want to give something well-curated and meaningful. Especially in the time of social distancing, a care package is a way to say hello from afar and let the recipient know you’re always there for them.

Getting started on making the perfect care package can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of ideas for everyone in your life. Read on to find out how to assemble the perfect package.

For Your Mom

Whether blood or chosen, a mother figure provides warmth, support, and kindness to us in our daily lives. Show your mom the same generosity by sending her a care package that matches her lifestyle and interests.

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For the Crafty Mom

If your mom has a drawer full of buttons, thread, needles, beads, and other crafting goodies, then give her a care package that is just as creative as she is. Make the care package colorful and creative, and fill it with craft supplies and fun, alternative goodies.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • You’re the glue that holds our family together.
  • You were cut out for being a mom.
  • I am SEW lucky you’re my mom!

Container Ideas: 

  • A tin she can use to store her crafting supplies
  • A funky basket she can put on her bookshelf
  • A plastic organizer she can use to organize her craft supplies

Package Content Ideas: 

  • Embroidery thread
  • A thimble
  • Scrapbook stickers
  • Tape
  • Beads
  • Markers or pens
  • Gel pens
  • Sticker sheets
  • A cute headband
  • Craft paper

For the Busy Mom

Moms have a lot to juggle between family, friends, work, and household upkeep. For moms who need (or deserve) a little break, send a care package to remind them to slow down and relax.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • To the busiest bee in the hive.
  • Keep calm and mom on.
  • For My Super Mom!

Container Ideas: 

  • A small, over-shoulder bag she can use again and again
  • A plastic box she can use for home organization
  • A reusable zip bag she can throw in her purse to carry the necessities

Package Content Ideas: 

  • Travel sewing kit
  • A bath bomb
  • Nail polish
  • A pocket planner
  • Chewing gum
  • Chapstick
  • A cute keychain
  • On-the-go snacks
  • Bluetooth headphones
  • A soap bar

For the Wine Enthusiast Mom

Does your mom love a nice glass of wine? Send her a care package that will perfectly compliment her enthusiasm.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • To: Mom. From: Your Wine-y Kid.
  • So you can stop and smell the rosés.
  • Everything happens for a riesling.

Container Ideas:

  • A wine crate
  • A small cooler
  • A platter with raised edges for serving her wine and cheese

Package Content Ideas:

  • Wine bottle stopper
  • Corkscrew
  • Cheese knife
  • Small cutting board
  • Coasters
  • Dark chocolate
  • Wine glass
  • Nut mix
  • Candle
  • Crackers

Other Mom Care Package Ideas:

  • A throw blanket
  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • A framed picture of your family
  • A sleep mask
  • Face masks
  • Candy
  • A mix CD of her favorite songs
  • Earrings
  • An inspirational book

For Your Dad

Though dads oftentimes work to support their families, every dad needs a little support himself sometimes. Show your dad you’re thinking of him by sending him a care package that suits his interests.



For the Musical Dad

Dads who love to play and perform music will love this care package. Help them jam out while being reminded that you are always there for them.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • I’ll always pick you, dad.
  • You rock, dad!
  • Dad, thanks for teaching me to walk to the beat of my own drum.

Container Ideas:

  • A vinyl record holder
  • A guitar or drum case
  • A basket to hold his music accessories

Package Content Ideas:

  • Guitar picks
  • Drum sticks
  • Cassette tapes
  • CDs
  • A musician’s biography
  • Headphones
  • Guitar keychain
  • Ear plugs
  • A harmonica
  • Guitar strap

For the Nerdy Dad

Does your dad love to nerd out about his interests? Show him that you support his passions — even if you don’t quite understand them.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • You are my father. (And I couldn’t be more glad!)
  • You’ve got parenting down to a science.
  • As a dad, you’re next level.

Container Ideas:

  • A box that looks like a book
  • A tin lunchbox for his favorite show or movie
  • A laptop carrying case

Package Content Ideas:

  • Keyboard cleaner
  • A mousepad
  • A pocket science set
  • Gaming dice
  • Coffee Mug
  • Watch
  • A bowtie
  • A DVD of a movie he likes
  • A book
  • A pocket board game

For the Athletic Dad

For dads who love to hit the gym, or just jog the neighborhood after work, this care package will help them keep up their active lifestyle and remind them that you care.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • For my gold medal dad.
  • You really pull your weight.
  • Thanks for lifting me up, dad.

Container Ideas:

  • A gym bag
  • A cooler
  • A trophy case

Package Content Ideas:

  • Gym towel
  • Shoelaces
  • Deodorant
  • Light dumbbells
  • Protein powder
  • Workout tracker
  • Gym socks
  • A water bottle
  • A phone holder for runners
  • Glasses band for runners

Other Dad Care Package Ideas:

  • Cologne
  • A bottle opener
  • Spatula for grilling
  • Desk calendar
  • T-shirt
  • Fancy pens
  • Cellphone case
  • Baseball hat
  • Liquor
  • Snacks

For Your Romantic Partner

If you or your partner’s love language is gift-giving, a care package is a great way to show them you love and are thinking about them. Gift them something romantic,  sweet, or tailored to their hobbies to show them how much you care.



For the Adventurous Partner

If your partner is always looking for the next outdoor adventure, give them a care package that suits their on-the-go lifestyle.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Our love is in-tents.
  • I love you s’more.
  • I’m wild about you!

Container Ideas:

  • A weekender duffle bag for short trips
  • A backpack for hiking
  • A box for storing trip memorabilia

Package Content Ideas:

  • Trail mix
  • Hiking socks
  • Binoculars
  • An atlas
  • A foldable camping blanket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flashlight
  • Bugspray
  • Compass

For the Long-Distance Partner

Long distance is hard. Since care packages are traditionally sent through mail, they’re a great option for couples who aren’t physically close.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Distance makes the heart grow fonder.
  • I miss you!
  • Wish you were here.

Container Ideas:

  • A carry-on bag for flights to see each other
  • A tote bag for weekend getaways
  • A memory box with both of your names on it

Package Content Ideas:

  • A picture of the two of you
  • Half of a heart keychain (and you have the other half)
  • A shirt or blanket of yours, with your scent on it
  • Chocolate kisses
  • A snack from your hometown
  • A travel pillow
  • A letter or poem
  • A mix tape
  • A necklace or bracelet with your initials
  • Stamps

For the Partner With a Green Thumb

If your partner loves to plant and tend to their garden, show them you support their botany by giving them a garden-themed care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Life would succ without you!
  • Our love grows wild.
  • Planting the seed of love.

Container Ideas:

  • A gardening tote
  • A small planter box
  • A ceramic or terracotta pot

Package Content Ideas:

  • Herb or vegetable seeds
  • A small shovel
  • Gardening gloves
  • Garden shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • A small watering can
  • Succulents
  • Spray bottle
  • Tea packets
  • Garden label stakes

Other Romantic Care Package Ideas:

  • Bath salts
  • Chocolate
  • A scrapbook
  • Matching T-shirts
  • A memory journal
  • Artwork
  • Romance novels
  • Postcards
  • Massage oil
  • Poetry book

For Your Child

Whether your child is grown, still young, moved away, or living at home, it’s never wrong to tell them you love them and are thinking of them. Send them a care package to remind them you’ll always be there for them.



For the Grown Child

Help your grown child with their day-to-day by sending them a care package with the perfect mix of essentials and fun things to help them relax.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • You’ll always be my baby.
  • A parent’s love is forever.
  • I’m so proud of the person you are!

Container Ideas:

  • A tote bag for grocery shopping or running errands
  • A box for household items
  • A basket for household decor

Package Content Ideas:

  • A dish towel
  • A can opener
  • Spices
  • A to-do list notepad
  • A nice soap bar
  • Batteries
  • Coffee beans or tea leaves
  • A thermos
  • A crossword puzzle book
  • Serving or mixing spoons

For the College-Aged Child

College can be a hard time for kids, especially those who are living away from home for the first time. Show your kid you’ve got their back by sending them a care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • To the top of the class.
  • All homework and no play.
  • I’m so proud of you!

Container Ideas:

  • A backpack to carry to class
  • A shower caddy for dormitory showers
  • A plastic bin for dorm organization

Package Content Ideas:

  • Laundry pods
  • Instant noodles and rice
  • Air freshener
  • Chewing gum
  • Gift cards
  • Breath mints
  • Pens and pencils
  • Trashbags
  • Toothpaste
  • Candy and snack food

For the Young Child

A child who is still young and living at home can still appreciate the thoughtfulness of a care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • For my little one.
  • You’re one cool kid!
  • To my little cub.

Container Ideas:

  • A toy box or chest
  • A lunch box or bag
  • A tote bag for sleepovers

Package Content Ideas:

  • A DVD of a movie they like
  • Candy and junk food
  • Figurines and dolls
  • Playdough
  • A puzzle book
  • A stuffed animal
  • Crayons
  • A bookmark
  • A Pez dispenser
  • Playing cards

Other Child Care Package Ideas:

  • Popcorn
  • Body wash
  • Cereal
  • Hairbrush
  • Wall art
  • Breakfast bars
  • Slippers
  • Silverware
  • Magnets
  • A journal

For Your Best Friend

For those who have a lot going on, it can sometimes be hard to keep in touch with friends. Show your friends you still love and care for them by sending them a fun care package that suits their interests, or shows support for exciting events in their lives.



For the Long-Time Friend

Friends who have known each other for a long time share a special and unique bond. Let your long-time friend know you’re thinking about them by sending them a care package reminder.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • To the other pea in my pod.
  • You’re my best-tea.
  • Cheers to many years of friendship.

Container Ideas:

  • A box decorated with fun drawings and inside jokes
  • A bag your friend can use in their day-to-day
  • A container or box from the town where you met

Package Content Ideas:

  • A photo book with pictures of you together
  • A necklace
  • A mix of your favorite candy and theirs
  • A handwritten card
  • A DVD of a movie you both like
  • A recipe book with your favorite meals
  • A book with a handwritten note inside
  • A face mask
  • A nostalgic CD
  • A dream journal

For the Engaged Friend

Getting engaged is a huge life event for your friend. Show them you’re there every step of the way by sending a newly-engaged care package!

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Here comes the bride!
  • You look good in white.
  • Here for you until you say “I do.”

Container Ideas:

  • A personalized tote bag with the engaged couple’s names on it
  • A plastic tote for wedding organization
  • A box decorated to look like a ring box

Package Content Ideas:

  • A wedding planner
  • Pens
  • Shot glasses
  • Kleenex
  • Wedding magazines
  • Confetti/ glitter
  • A spa gift card
  • A robe or pajamas
  • A dried flower bouquet
  • Soap bar

For the Traveling Friend

Is your friend constantly jet setting around the globe, or about to take a big trip? Show them you’re thinking of them while they travel with a travel-themed care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Oh, the places you’ll go.
  • For a first class friend.
  • You mean the world to me.

Container Ideas:

  • A toiletry bag for their travels
  • A small, vintage suitcase
  • A laundry bag for storing laundry while away

Package Content Ideas:

  • A travel journal
  • Breath mints
  • A map
  • Passport holder
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Luggage case
  • A disposable camera
  • Sample-sized coffee beans from different countries
  • Reusable carry-on bottles
  • An airline bottle of liquor

Other Best Friend Care Package Ideas:

  • Art prints
  • Sunhat
  • Polaroids
  • Coloring book
  • Nail polish
  • Calendar
  • Encouragement book
  • Stationary
  • Enamel pins
  • A puzzle

For An Essential Worker

Essential workers make up the backbone of our society, especially right now. Show them you care for them and appreciate their hard work by sending them a care package to help them relax, have fun, and unwind.



For the Healthcare Worker

Healthcare workers are performing a crucial task with many emotionally and physically demanding hours on the job. Show them your support by sending them a care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • You’ve got a lot of heart.
  • Thank you for taking such good care of us.
  • Thank you for calling the shots.

Container Ideas:

  • A medical bag
  • A box decorated with heartbeat rhythms
  • A nice basket for decorating their home

Package Content Ideas:

  • Compression socks
  • Healthy on-the-go snacks
  • Foot soak and soap
  • Hair ties
  • Gel insoles
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie markers
  • Instant coffee packets
  • Sheet face masks
  • Hand lotion

For the Service Industry Worker

Service industry workers usually work in fast-paced environments that can be physically draining. Help them relax with a care package.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Thanks for all you do.
  • You’re essential!
  • Keep being awesome.

Container Ideas:

  • A tote or shoulder bag to take to work
  • A bag to keep in their car with essentials
  • A tin or basket for their home

Package Content Ideas:

  • Blanket
  • Slippers
  • Hair products
  • Energy drinks
  • Protein bars
  • Shower gel
  • Plain shirts for work
  • Breath spray
  • Face spray
  • Body lotion

For the Military Member

Care packages are a great way to remind service members that you love and care for them. Send a package full of fun memories from home and goodies they will enjoy.

Gift Tag Ideas:

  • Thank you for your service.
  • We miss you!
  • Overseas, but in our hearts.

Container Ideas:

  • A box that can be shipped overseas
  • A bag they can carry with them
  • A small basket they can keep memories inside

Package Content Ideas:

  • Disposable razors
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cheese crackers
  • Toothbrushes
  • Axe Body Spray
  • A first-aid kit
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Handwritten cards and letters
  • Magazines
  • Batteries

Other Essential Worker Care Package Ideas:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Bubble bath
  • Pain relievers
  • Hand and face wipes
  • Eye drops
  • Matches
  • Keychains
  • Hot/cold beverage thermos
  • Encouragement books
  • Essential oils

Care packages are a relatively simple gift that have a lot of heart. Next time you want to reach out to a friend, family member or romantic partner, consider doing so with a care package that will let them know you support and love them.

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