Are you looking to show a special someone how much you care about them?
When you’re separated by distance, a care package is a perfect way to showcase your love and care. Whether your loved one is experiencing a challenging time or celebrating a major milestone, a care package is sure to put a smile on their face.
To help ensure that your care package is top quality, we’re sharing our best advice on how to make a care package they’ll never forget. From selecting your items and including a card to determining your shipping methods, we’re covering it all.
Let’s get started!
1. Decide on the Receiver
First and foremost, who is going to be on the receiving end of your care package?
Is this a friend, or is it a potential love match? Is it a parent, or is it a sibling? The relationship that you have with the receiver will largely dictate what you include in your care package.
2. Outline Your Reason for Sending
When it comes to sending a care package, it’s essential to outline the reason for which you’re sending.
Are you sending your care package a general gift? Or are you sending your care package to put a smile on their face during a challenging time? Whatever it may be, it’s crucial to consider your reason for sending.
The truth is there will be some occasions where certain items are far from appropriate. For example, a friend mourning the loss of a loved one or dealing with a difficult health diagnosis. In these examples, it’s essential to think long and hard about the items that you’re including.
3. Create a Budget
What is your budget for your care package?
When it comes to shopping for your care package, it’s easy to get carried away. After all, the whole point of your care package is to uplift the spirits of your loved one.
Before your shopping commences, be sure to establish a budget. With this, you’re going to want to establish a budget for the items to be included as well as the packaging and shipping costs.
Remember, the cost of shipping a large package is often more than you initially think.
4. Shop for Your Contents
Next, it’s time to shop!
This is the fun part and where you can really get creative. In shopping for your care package, be sure to include a wide assortment of items. With this, it’s fun to purchase items that relate to the reason for their care package. If they’re recovering from an illness, a care package full of warm socks, herbal teas, and bath salts would be fitting.
Don’t forget to consider the world of online shopping. This has become one of the most popular means of shopping for Americans today. In fact, one study found that over 227 million Americans choose to conduct some of their shopping online.
5. Write a Meaningful Card
Of course, no care package is complete without a heartfelt card.
This is where you can outline your love and care for your friend in need. If your loved one is going through a challenging time, allow your words to uplift their spirits at that moment.
This is a great way to get your message across and personalize your care package. Here, you can opt to make your own or you can purchase one at a retailer.
6. Determine Your Packaging
How exactly are you going to package your present?
If you’re looking to keep things as cheap as possible, it’s to opt for a soft envelope. While this will prove to a more budget option, it will limit the items that you can include. It’s also not as effective for fragile or sharp items.
If you’re including a wider assortment of items, you’ll want to opt for a box. Not only will this keep your items contained and safe, but it’s also fun to decorate and personalize.
Are you looking to take your packaging to the next level? If so, it’s time to make it custom! With this, you can choose anything from custom wrapping to custom tape.
7. Plan Your Delivery Route
How do you plan to get your care package from Point A to Point B?
If you’re separated by distance, you’re likely going to be mailing your care package. With this, you can bring your items to the post office and have them take care of the delivery.
Unfortunately, doing so can prove to be costly. You can minimize shipping costs by purchasing lightweight options and containing said items in a smaller parcel. If your items are large-scale, be sure to factor high shipping costs into your budget from the very beginning.
Of course, you can also opt to hand-deliver your care package if distance allows. This will eliminate the cost of shipping and allow you to splurge on the items being included in the care package.
8. Sign up for Shipping Updates
Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for shipping updates from the delivery company.
This will ensure that you’re kept up to speed with when the package is arriving as well as door instructions for the receiver. It’s also a good way to ensure that the package is properly delivered and that it doesn’t get lost.
With a surge in online shopping, it’s important to consider that delivery speeds may slow down. In 2018, worldwide shipments grew by 17%. As we progress into 2021, it’s easy to imagine just how much this number has jumped even more.
Because the receiver isn’t necessarily expecting the package, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the delivery process runs smoothly.
The Art of How to Make a Care Package
Are you looking to uplift the spirits of a loved one?
If you’ve never sent a care package, understanding how to make a care package may be confusing. Fortunately, we’re here to show you the right way to send a care package from beginning to end.
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