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As a military family, it seems as though every other month we are sending out a care package. When my husband is deployed, I sent out monthly care packages to make sure he had his essentials as well as a few extra goodies. As a family, we also tend to live very far from relatives because the military moves us so often. Because of that, we tend to miss a lot of important events such as holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays.

With the both of us coming from large families, we hate missing birthdays the most. This is why when we’re out at Walmart, we always stock up on Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents and other items for birthday care packages to send out. We want each relative or friend to feel special on their day, even if our family couldn’t be there to celebrate.

Here are 5 Tips for your next Birthday Care packages.

1) Buy in Bulk

When you know you’ll be sending out multiple care packages, it saves money when you buy in bulk. For example at Walmart, I buy Hallmark cards starting at 47 cents in different colors and themes for different family members. I also make sure to have gender neutral cards handy for that “surprise” birthday that sneaks up. Hallmark Cards starting at 47 Cents is so affordable, it just make sense to stockpile these since you know they will be put to good use!


2) Try to Send Non-perishables

Items that have a longer shelf life will last longer through the mail system. Avoid any items that need to be kept in a cooler or dry ice. Also avoid anything that has the potential to melt or burst upon hot or dry temperatures.

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3) Decorate Your Care Package

The recipient will love seeing that personal touch when they open the care package. Incorporate their favorite colors or patterns. An easy way to do this is with tissue paper or wrapping paper.

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4) Package Appropriately

Before you seal up the care package completely. Temporarily close it and give it a good shake and tumble. You want to pack items so there’s not too much movement or otherwise this could cause breakage or tears in the care package. Place so more packing items (tissue paper, plastic bags, shredded paper etc.) for filler if you need to.

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5) Save Time

The USPS will also send you Priority packaging materials, allow you to fill out  and print forms online, and will pick up your scheduled Priority packages. If you’re busy and don’t want to forget about your loved one’s birthday care package, this is a perfect way to save some time.

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What are your tips for sending out birthday care packages?