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5 Social-Distancing Care Package Ideas

Staying physically and mentally healthy under quarantine isn’t an easy thing to do. Between adapting to virtual workouts and mandated PPE gear to missing friends and family members, many of us could use a little cheering up during these tough times. If you’re looking for ways to show your loved ones that you’re always there for them, we have plenty of creative care package ideas to make them feel supported.

Read along for all the festive, health-centric, and quirky things you need to create the perfect social-distancing care package for your family and friends.

1. Comfort items

If there’s one thing every one of us wants during times of trouble, it’s comfort. A warm hug might not be possible at this time, but there are plenty of ways you can mimic this sensation by making your close friends and family members feel loved. 

Here are some comforting items you can include in your COVID-19 care package:

  • Broad-spectrum CBD gummy bears are not only a delicious treat to enjoy, but they can also help your loved one feel calmer in the midst of such chaos.
  • Herbal teas paired with a cute mug and reusable tea bag will make for the perfect soothing morning or evening ritual for your friend or family member.
  • Cozy slippers or socks are a must-have for long days spent at home. Make sure your loved one is well outfitted during the pandemic.
  • Snacks are always appreciated! Load up your care package with their favorite store-bought or homemade snacks to enjoy while they’re stuck at home.
  • Gift cards for groceries or their favorite local restaurants will take away from the stress of shopping and cooking each night of the week.

2. Health essentials

Since the spread of COVID-19 is ongoing, many of us are refocusing on what we can do to stay healthy, including implementing more thorough cleaning practices and immune-enhancing habits. To make sure your loved ones have the supplies they need to weather this storm, add these essentials to your care package:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Gloves
  • A handmade face mask
  • Vitamins

3. Stuff to spruce up their space

When you’re stuck in the same space 24/7, you quickly realize how cozy or uncozy your living situation is. And even if you adore your environment and decor, it’s easy to get tired of looking at the same artwork, furniture, and knick-knacks that don your living space.

If you and your bestie share similar style preferences or you just know their taste really well, why not supply them with something new to spruce up their self-quarantine space? A new art print, candle, or potted plant could rejuvenate their home once again.

Some other home and garden gifts to consider: 

  • Miniature herb garden
  • Weighted blanket
  • New throw pillows
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Ceramic vase
  • Flowers 

4. Things to pass the time

There’s really only so many binge-able TV shows one can watch until they start feeling the effects of being totally stir-crazy. The good news is, you can help your loved ones survive the stir-craze. 

Just check out these fun gift ideas:

  • Adult coloring books
  • Deck of cards
  • Dice
  • Candle-making kit
  • Baking set
  • Crafting kit
  • Stationery 
  • A gradient puzzle (experts only) 
  • Cookbook
  • A magazine subscription
  • Books
  • Old DVDs
  • Board games
  • An online gym membership
  • Art supplies

To encourage them to spend their time in a fun and positive way, ask your loved one to reply back with a letter rather than a text. To make it even easier for them, include a pre-addressed and stamped envelope so they can effortlessly drop their response into the nearest mailbox.

5. Personal touches

While any of these ideas will help you craft the perfect care package for your loved one, what will really make it memorable is including your own personal touches. A photo of the two of you, a custom haiku, or a handmade item can really take your thoughtful gift to the next level.

And of course, don’t forget to include a heartfelt note from yourself, letting them know you’re there to support them during this tough time!

Final notes

Sending a care package is a simple yet meaningful way to show your support for a friend, family member, colleague, or even an essential worker in your community! Just follow these five tips to find the perfect items to include.

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