June 4, 2020

Care Package Ideas for Quarantine

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Due to the ongoing, global COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all pretty much stuck at home. We’re all missing out loved ones, and we could all use a little extra love. Care packages are a great way to send and show that love.

So, why not mail your loved ones some things to help get them through quarantine in a care package? Whether it’s mentally, physically, or emotionally, they could surely use a bit of support.

Even just receiving a care package from someone they care about will be sure to brighten their spirits, especially if you consider what might help them during these difficult times when you put it together.

Whatever you think your loved one would appreciate is a great choice, and of course you know them and their interests best. In case you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, though, here are some great options for quarantine care packages to get you started out!

Free Time

Anything to kill time in quarantine would be a fantastic addition to a care package for being stuck at home, so consider your loved ones’ interests and buy something that might help them cope with the amount of free time they have suddenly found themself with.

Board games are a great idea for families in quarantine to spend some quality time together, but even if your loved one is stuck in their house by themself, send a puzzle or pack of cards their way! Puzzles can take a lot of time and be very fun, and cards a great option for either group or solitary quarantine situations.

There are also plenty of less interactive ways to pass time in quarantine, so this could be a perfect time to send someone a new book or movie you think they’ll really enjoy. At the very least, be sure to give recommendations, as they’ll never be more likely to listen than when they have nothing to do!

This could also be the perfect time to start a new hobby! Send knitting, painting, or stationary supplies along in your care package! Who knows, you could inspire a streak of creativity!

Arts and crafts are a great pastime for people of all ages during quarantine. This could be the perfect time to pick up drawing, painting, or even to buy a coloring book!

A lot of people have also gotten very into keeping their space clean, especially now that we all can’t exactly go out to avoid dealing with dirty dishes or a messy floor. Any disorganization is now always staring us directly in the face, so maybe buy your loved ones something with which to declutter or organize their space!

These types of gifts may be too big to fit in a care package, but it’s certainly something to think about, especially if you know your loved one is making an effort to be more neat lately.

And, if your loved one has also been making an effort to get better at cooking, throw in some new pots, pans, or tupperware! Cooking is not only a hobby, but an incredibly useful one that is much safer than constantly going out to eat.

Health

Speaking of cooking, now is a great time to eat well and eat healthy, since exercise has become a lot harder. Taking care of yourself during this time is absolutely essential.

So, send a healthy cookbook in your care package! Better yet, send along some healthy snacks you think your loved one may enjoy. You can find plenty of options for healthy snack care packages right here if you’re not sure what exactly to buy!

Even if exercise is a lot harder, now, and gyms are closed, it’s still important to make sure you’re getting up and moving around. Going outside for exercise walks or runs is still perfectly allowed, so wear a mask and get some fresh air.

And, as far as staying inside goes, there are still plenty of ways to get fit indoors even if you can’t go to a gym. In fact, lots of people have gotten really into fitness in quarantine, and there are plenty of exercise videos available for free online.

Something as simple as sending a stepper or a yoga mat to your loved one could make a huge difference in their routines.

In addition, though it’s a no-brainer at this point as the pandemic has been ongoing for over a year— and it feels like much longer —throw in some masks and hand sanitizer.

You can never have too many masks, so they could be the perfect choice to send in a quarantine care package! The more different colors your loved one has, the more they can match! Masks are essential, but there’s no reason they can’t also be fun.

Why not? It’s not like one can be too safe when it comes to taking precautionary measures against the coronavirus, and everyone could use some right now.

Along with that, while it may not be typical of a care package, hand soaps and cleaning supplies are also decent ideas. After all, they will be useful, and anything that can be hard to find in stores these days will be a blessing in the mail.

Self-Care

Of course it’s important to consider your physical health during a global pandemic, but it’s also vital that you don’t forget about your mental health, especially with it being at an all time low due to how much the world has changed.

Your loved one may be feeling stressed or depressed, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. After all, who isn’t struggling right now?

So, send something in your quarantine care package that won’t just help them pass time or stay healthy, but something that cheers them up. What better time to treat yourself?

Though they may not be very healthy, a care package of desserts will certainly brighten even the greyest of days, and a nice bottle of wine or champagne if your loved one is old enough could be a great addition, too.

To that end, face masks, perfumes, bath bombs, candles— anything to promote self-care and pampering will also be welcome in a quarantine care package. We all not only deserve but need a little bit of self-care these days.

Here’s a great option for a self-care care package if you aren’t sure what to put in yours!

We all deserve to feel good, especially with everything going on in the world. Give your loved one all the supplies they need for a spa day in your quarantine care package.

You could also buy your loved one some new makeup, nail polish, or skin care stuff, depending on what they use! Why not?

And if you’re not exactly sure what products they like, you can never go wrong with some new jewelry or nice clothes to make your loved one feel like royalty. Even if they don’t really have anywhere to go, dressing up always feels nice, and it will also help them feel a bit more normal no doubt.

Besides, they could always cash in on the now popular trend of dressing up to go grocery shopping— one of the few excuses people have to leave their house now.

While they’re spending all that time at home, though, you may as well get them a gift to make the environment more comfortable, like comfy blankets, robes, or even fuzzy socks!

And if they may want to take this opportunity to redecorate their home so they feel better about the space, send a house plant in your care package! Sure, it’s something to take care of with all your new free time, but they can also be very good for mental health.

House plants can make any space feel more open, and it’ll be especially good to bring nature indoors when you can’t go outside! Send one in a quarantine care package, or send your loved one seeds so they can grow their own from scratch!

When in doubt, though, gift cards to their favorite stores are never a bad idea. They hardly take up any space, and hey, it’s another excuse to go outside! With full precautions, of course, but that way your loved one can directly buy whatever they think will help them get through quarantine the most!

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, make sure to leave a note with your care package. Though the gifts will be sweet no matter what, remember that the purpose of it all is to make sure your loved one feels loved— so tell them that they are! 

Be sure to let them know how much you value them, and how you’re there for support when they need it even if you can’t physically be with them. Care packages are the perfect way to pleasantly surprise a loved one who you haven’t seen in a while!

At the end of the day, though, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself during this time, too. One of the best and easiest ways to cheer yourself up is to talk to those you care about, and a care package is nothing if not a conversation starter.

But as you’re building or buying this care package for someone else, check in with yourself and make sure that you’ve got everything and everyone you need to get through quarantine to stay safe and keep doing well.

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