If you’ve been a long-time reader, you know that I don’t post care packages until the recipient has opened them. I just don’t want to ruin the surprise inadvertently. That’s a small reason why this post is late since Halloween’s been over for (almost) a month. I’m just a tiny (TON) bit behind on this post. But I had to share it anyway.
To put it mildly, care packages that are sent abroad are crazy expensive. If APO/FPOs didn’t get in-country rates, there’s no way I could have sent him so many packages when he was gone. Seriously– yay for “if it fits, it ships” and flat rate shipping from the USPS! However… that’s not the case when air-mailing. After the first box to my sister cost almost $70 for just under seven pounds and the sticker-shock wore off, I had no choice but to get innovative. After all, I’d rather send smaller boxes at a greater frequency than one heavy box every two ore three months.
I found that cute chevron wrapping paper at Target at the Dollar Spot (or whatever they call the $1 section). For the box decorations, I just cut the paper down and glued it to the box with Elmer’s. I used card stock and then Sharpies for the words.
For the packaging, again, I used the chevron paper and tied it with baker’s twine that I also found at Target’s Dollar Spot.
- DVD of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Caramel apple lollipops
- Candy corn
- Window decorations (found at Target)
- Halloween headband (found at Joann’s)
- Halloween socks (found at Joann’s)
- loose Halloween candy (it fits in the smaller crevices of the package nicely)
PS. Check out Everything You Need for a Spooktacular Halloween Care Package + The Eyes Have It for more Halloween inspiration!