Care Package Gift Ideas
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Care Package Gift Ideas

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The other day I got a request from Sarah, over at Life [Comma] Etc, looking for some inspiration for care packages, especially ones for young teen girls.  Now, preteens/teens are not my area of expertise, but I have seen several care packages in my day!

Given that I lived overseas twice, the folks around me and I received a lot of these things!  Here are a few things that are age appropriate and fun.  Note that most of them are good for all ages :-)


Movie Night in a Box Gift Idea

This was definitely a favourite in residence!  Beyond the usual downloaded things off of university networks, it was fun to have a real DVD and all of the accoutrements.  The supreme version includes a blanket and new pajamas!  A DVD is key, of course.  Let it be known that many kids, pre-teens, teens, students and adults like to watch Disney and Pixar type films!  Next, throw in some popcorn.  Consider including some of those shaker flavour things and a nice bowl for all of it.  Finally, add some candy.  Personally, I am a big fan of skittles, but I’ll leave this one up to you.

You can give this gift as a wedding present, a bridesmaid or groomsman gift, a birthday gift, an anniversary gift, a care package… really for almost any occasion!


Frugal Funnies To Include

Grab that local newspaper with the crime report (is that just my small town?), that everyone finds hilarious.  Grab the campus humour newspaper.  Grab the Sunday comics section.

Print out of some web comics.


Kids comics, like Archie!

These things are way more awesome in print form.  Can you remember all of the ecard comics that you have seen or received on Facebook?  Not really?  Now, do you remember the ones that have shown up in the mail?  Thought so!


Tacky Socks

A housemate’s mom used to buy us cheesy holiday socks, like the type you can find at the dollar store.  We never would have bought them for ourselves and boy are they hilarious!  Every once in awhile I’ll wear a pair, especially if I’m going to an ugly sweater party, or something else that keeps with the right season for the tacky socks!

Other Pre-Teen Girl Gift Ideas

  • Special effects nail polish (This one was Life Comma Etc’s idea!)
  • Hair clips
  • Cookie cutters
  • Cupcake liners
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Coffee shop gift cards
  • Purses
  • Belts – these seem to be “in” right now… but never refer to me for fashion advice!
  • Scented candles
  • Bath and body stuff – these are still novelties to teens!
  • Bubbles
Does anyone else have some frugal suggestions for pre-teen girls?  Things that make fun care packages, to randomly receive in the mail?

16 thoughts on “Care Package Gift Ideas”

  1. These are great! Sometimes my mother-in-law gives us themed gift boxes. They are thoughtful and cute.

  2. Thanks for the lovely prize. It was a great surprise.
    My brother used to be in the forces and loved to receive candy that he could not get where he was stationed, and my son would be over the moon to receive Fruit Loops, which he had on holiday in Florida and we can't get over here.

    1. Hehehe – fruit loops you say? I will occasionally buy them for camping. It's a childhood memory of when we got the sugary cereals!
      When my friend was stationed overseas, she practically lived on those little tuna cans with crackers.

  3. One of my favorite wedding gifts was from a friend who works for Proctor & Gamble. We got a huge basket of full-size shampoos, conditioners, body soap, deodorant, toothpaste, & bathroom cleaning supplies. It lasted us two years and saved a crap ton of money!

  4. LifeCommaEtc

    Love this! We used a few of your ideas and it turned out great! We're going to try to send a small box every other month, so I'll probably just work through this post, haha.

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