If you have a friend or family member serving overseas during the holiday season, it's the perfect time to prepare Christmas care packages to brighten their spirits. It's also an opportune to unite friends and family, coming together to send additional boxes that your service member can share with their fellow soldiers.
Below is a curated list of 15 thoughtful gifts to send your service members for Christmas:
1. Christmas Candy
Particularly chocolate as they travel well during this time of the year and remain unaffected by warmer temperatures.
2. Baked Goods
Send cookies and bars, which are more resilient during transit compared to a full cake.
3. Individual Drink Mix
Make lukewarm water more enjoyable for servicemen and women stationed far from home. Individual packets are convenient for carrying while on duty.
4. Beef Jerky
Provide a high-protein snack that's popular among soldiers, especially when out on patrol.
Pack a nutritious snack rich in protein.
6. Individual Snacks
Consider the individual preferences of your soldier, but options like protein bars, granola, and small pop-top cans of fruit are generally well-received.
7. Handwritten Cards and Letters
Encourage friends and family to write short, heartfelt cards and letters. Handmade cards from children can add a special touch.
8. iTunes Gift Cards
Most soldiers have iTunes accounts, offering a variety of entertainment options beyond music, such as audio books, TV shows, and movies.
While digital pictures can be emailed, physical copies held in hand can mean the world to loved ones stationed away during the holidays.
For soldiers in combat uniforms, durable socks in black, brown, or dark green are always appreciated.
Address the constant need for batteries in various devices.
Include travel-sized soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Ensure these items are double-bagged in zip-top plastic bags if shipped with food to prevent cross-contamination.
13. Wet Wipes
Versatile and useful for various purposes during deployment.
14. Playing Cards and Frisbees
Combat boredom on base with entertainment options like playing cards and frisbees.
15. Books, Magazines, and Puzzle Books
Provide soldiers with engaging reads and activities to pass the time during off-duty hours.
These items are frequently collected and shipped by MotherProud members. Feel free to add your personal touches to the care packages and let us know what you would include on this list.