Moving is a hectic time, so receiving a care package from a friend can be a welcome treat. When coming up with care package ideas, think about what the person really needs at the moment. Check out these care package components that might work. Mix and match the ideas to come up with a custom care package for your friend as she prepares for her move.
Why not make the container a functional item? That way the entire care package can be used. A traditional basket is an option. She can use the basket in her new home as a decoration or as an organizational tool. Another useful option is a bucket. The bucket can be used in the garage or as a container for chores in her new home. You can also use items like laundry baskets or plastic tubs that can be used for storage.
If you’re giving the care package to your friend before she moves, packing and moving supplies are a great addition. You can never have too much packaging tape, bubble wrap and permanent markers to label boxes. You can also tuck in a change of address form from the post office to save your friend a trip to pick one up herself.
If you think back to the last time you moved, you probably ate a lot of takeout or whatever food you could grab quickly. Your friend has so much going on right now that she probably isn’t thinking about nutrition. Help her out with some quick and healthy snack foods in the moving care package. You can home bake some goodies so she doesn’t feel like she’s eating nothing but prepackaged junk. Or load her up with fresh fruit, nuts and other quick, nutritious snacks.
Another easy option is to tuck in a few gift cards to local restaurants. She’ll likely still eat some takeout even if you load her up with real food. Help ease the financial burden by giving her some gift cards.
Another helpful item to put in a moving or housewarming care package is something to use around the house. That might be tools, cleaning supplies or utensils. This option is ideal for people who are going out on their own for the first time or someone who is going from renting to owning a home. If you know of specific needs, go with those. If you’re not sure, choose some general items, like light bulbs or batteries.
Does your friend already have the basics? Give her something fun, like a decoration for her new home. This option works best if you know her style well so you get her something she’ll truly want to put up in her new home. If she has a yard, consider a garden decoration.
Pampering or Entertainment
Another general idea is to give the recipient something that helps her relax and feel entertained. She has a lot of work to do during and after the move. Give her a break in the care package. You might give her bubble bath and candles so she can take a relaxing bath in her new home. Or give her a gift card for movie rentals and microwave popcorn for an evening of entertainment at her new home. Or buy her a new board game to play with her family.
No matter what you put in the moving care package, don’t forget a personal note. Let your friend know you’re thinking of her during this big life change.