How To Make a Christmas Care Package for the Military or Family Far Away
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I’ll never forget the first Christmas being married to my husband. He was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when we met, and he spent his first deployment in Afghanistan just a few months after our wedding. I had moved far away from my family and friends to have time with him, and so we both had a pretty lonely Christmas that year. However, I made sure that I made him feel at home the best that I could.
I love creating care packages for any celebration, honestly, but Christmas care packages are pretty fun. While you can’t wrap the outside of a package that is going overseas, you can wrap the inside, and make it a fun box for them to open! To get started, you’ll want to gather your supplies.
- A box! If you are sending overseas, a flat rate box will probably do you best, but any box will work, really.
- Wrapping paper
- Wrapping Supplies (Scotch® Gift Wrap Tape 3 Pack Caddie, Magic® Tape Single Dispenser Roll, Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8”)
- An assortment of treats/gifts to send
I picked up these wrapping supplies at my local Walmart. The Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8” are AMAZING, and so perfect for using with the wrapping paper.
You’ll want to take note of your box dimensions to know what size pieces of wrapping paper to cut for the sides and the inside bottom. For example, for this box I needed 2 pieces 8″ x 4.75″, 2 pieces that were 11.75″ x 4.75″, and the bottom piece was 11.75″ x 8″.
Use a ruler to measure out your pieces. This is an extra little step, but I find it saves me so much time and headache versus just winging it.
Once you have your pieces cut, you can start taping them into the sides. I typically do the sides first and then the bottom.
Once you have all of that wrapping paper in, you can do the flaps. This part is easier, I typically cut a piece of wrapping paper the correct width, and then just trace around the flaps with my scissors and secure with my Magic® Tape Single Dispenser Roll.
Once you get all of the flaps done, you end up with a nicely backwards wrapped box!
From here, the hard part is done. Now you can fill your box with all of the Christmas surprises and get your box ready to send on its way. If you have breakable items, such as my snowman mug here, you can wrap them in some extra wrapping paper and even use wrapping paper scraps to fill any gaps so that things don’t move around.
I can’t even imagine having to spend Christmas away from my friends and family, much less in a faraway land or war zone, even. This would surely be a nice surprise and a nice little piece of Christmas cheer from home. Speaking of the military, Scotch is going to be donating $200,000 to the Fisher House this holiday season with the Wrap for Warriors program. The Fisher House is a charity organization that provides comfortable temporary homes for military and veteran’s families to stay in at no cost while loved ones are receiving treatment. What better way to help give back this holiday season than by stocking up on the best wrapping supplies for all of your holiday gifting?
Wrap.Give.Repeat for an awesome holiday season this year. Stock up on Scotch brand wrapping products early and save, with the 50% bonus rolls and Rollback at Walmart!
Go here to learn more about Scotch gift wrapping supplies and the Fisher House & Wrap for Warriors program! Then, keep an eye out for these Scotch displays in your holiday section at Walmart!
I loved how you wrapped the inside of the box. I am in a swap and I think I am going to give that a go. Thank you!
Now this is creative! I am definitely going to try this for Christmas myself for family members I dont have any military family.
I would love to give something like this to my brother who lives at Duke University. It would be a fun surprise for him to open up around the holidays. Its a cute idea.
When my husband was overseas, I used to LOVE sending him care packages. I love the idea of wrapping the box like that!
This is such a fantastic idea and one that I know will mean a lot to so many, a great collection of gifts to include and I love the theme and wrapping paper too!!
Although I don’t celebrate Christmas I absolutely adore this idea. Giving back is what the season is all about. I always try to donate or participate in these type of programs and really love the idea of sending a care package to a solider abroad.
This is a really cool idea. I’ve never done one. But this is absolutely resourceful.
This is such an awesome idea! I am working with my kids to figure out a service project for this fall, and this sounds like a wonderful one!
This is such a cute idea! I love it! I still can’t believe Christmas is getting so close to being here! My kids are already counting down the days!
Omg loving this!!! I know a few people in the military. My daughter and I should make these for them
A care package like this is a great way to say thank you, I love you, I am thinking of you. This would warm anyone’s heart.
It sucks to have to spend Christmas away from your family. So this is a great idea
I absolutely love that you wrapped the inside of the box. What a fun way to make it a little extra special!
what a great & thoughtful idea. Anything we can do to let our military know that we are thinking of them & appreciate them is worth doing for sure!
That’s really sweet! It’s never easy being away from family especially during the holidays. It’s good to make them feel loved and cared for so they won’t feel alone.