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Our 3 favorite quarantine care package ideas

We’ve been dealing with the pandemic for over a year now, and many of us continue to feel the effects in all parts of our lives. It’s been stressful, lonely at times, and nerve-wracking, to say the least. If there were ever a time to send someone a care package, now would be it.

Care packages are the perfect way to promote self-care, let a loved one know they’re being thought of, and make quarantine feel a bit less lonely. We’ve created a list of care package ideas that are perfect for your elderly family members, friends who you haven’t been able to hug, stressed-out parents that are over distance learning, and anyone who could use a little pick-me-up.

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Pre-made packages

There are so many inexpensive options that are easy, fun, and quick. Greetabl allows you to curate a personal box, card, and note all in one. You can add photos, notes, and unique gifts, and Greetabl does the rest!

For a more in-depth experience, you can purchase an annual MasterClass membership. Who doesn’t want to learn cooking skills from some of the world’s best like Alice Waters, Gordon Ramsay, and Dominique Ansel? The videos are pre-recorded so your loved one can learn at their own pace, and they will keep anyone entertained. If they need a little TLC, Natural Life makes these adorable heating and cooling pads that come made to look like a sloth, heart, dog, and more. Who wouldn’t want one of these in their lives?


Our must-haves

The best part of care packages is that the receiver knows you were thinking of them. It’s important no matter what gift you are giving — adding a personal touch is key. Whether it’s a hand-written note, includes an inside joke, or has a picture of the two of you in pre-pandemic times, it will make your loved one feel special.

Many recipients are still looking for contactless-only options, so make sure you understand the delivery vehicle before you land on a gift. Most companies will offer no-contact delivery, but there are some items that still require a signature or a person to receive it.

Amazon boxes

Best places to shop

Finding a one-stop shop is important. It’s a time saver and, most of the time, you can have all items shipped and delivered at the same time. Amazon is an obvious choice because you can find everything under the sun (and then some) to make someone’s day. Uncommon Goods is another favorite because of their variety and price range, and they also offer a gift-finder option to narrow your search. Box Fox is another option for curated, personalized gifts that are luxurious and fun. You pick the items; they do the rest.

Urban Outfitters is an ideal online option for sending clothing, accessories, and fun, quirky, or hilarious gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. (Can you say baby Yoda device holder?) If you want a gift that really stands out, check out Cameo. They have celebrities, athletes, and well-known personalities that will send your loved one a personally-crafted video message — who can beat that?

A quarantine care package is a great way to be there for someone without actually being there. There are so many fun and creative ideas you can send without spending a lot of money. Online services today are so easy to use that it doesn’t actually require much time or effort on your part either. The point is that you took the time out of your day to send a loved one a gift that reminds them that you are here and they are not alone.

With the pandemic, gifts that allow your friends and family to pamper themselves are also a bonus. Gift cards for food or grocery delivery services, face masks, and a good book may not necessarily be considered a “gift box,” per se, but they are just as meaningful and welcome.

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