So it’s that time of year again and I expect some of you will have already had to have your Christmas parcels done and sent out depending on where your loved one is this year. I decided to write a second perfect parcels blog to add any inspiration for anyone trying to think of something to cheer up the Christmas parcel.
Hannah from www.imaginesewbeautiful.co.uk
suggests plastic cubes you can insert photos in and send.Check out anywhere like Vistaprint or any online printing company that may print photos on T-shirts or mugs or blankets. One of my favourite things I have seen is a “Mushion” https://www.firebox.com/– not appropriate for some postings I agree but could be fairly funny if your beloved is out in the Falkland’s with the penguins for the next few months. But the ultimate has to be https://www.dogsy.co.uk for an amazing range of anything with your dogs face on.
Last year I sent my husband a birthday cake from bakerdays who have been approved to send cakes via BFPO - https://www.bakerdays.com/more-information/bfpo-cake-deliveries . They were pretty awesome, I ordered it online and he got an unexpected birthday cake. Pretty sweet.
Hannah also suggested sending mince pies – they travel well, and last a while and are delicious treat that you can’t always get your hands on.
Just to say if you want to get inspired for parcels follow some American military spouses on Instagram, these ladies turn it into an absolute art form let me tell you! This is a fab post from an American Military spouse about creating a healthy care package blog post https://tinyurl.com/IDHealthyCarePackage.One of my fave tips she has is for sending biltong and jerky what a brilliant idea – high protein yummy snack, lasts for ever, light to post.
Tea & Coffee Fiends
I think it’s generally agreed that military caffeine based drinks are not the greatest, so sending out their favourite bevvy of choice will always go down well. If you want to support a small veteran owned biz at the same time then there are some companies all run by veterans that I’ve recently become aware of who are selling Tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I personally have used Explorer coffee https://explorercoffees.com who I think is awesome. But you can also check out these guys, Tactical Tea https://tactical-tea.co.uk , and 50cal coffee https://www.50calcoffeecompany are also worth a look. There’s something for everyone.
For the Joker
Megan of https://www.cherished-moments.net/ gave a fab suggestion to think silly games, pranks, practical jokes- anything that breaks up the day and gives a bit of silly to the proceedings. Card games, paper planes, sweets that taste strange, you know their weird sense of humour, send something that will tug the funny bone.
Makes you can sleep on
We all know kids love to make things for their parents which is why my colouring in pillowcase is a perfect gift to send to a deployed parent away from home. Colour in, doodle, write messages. Fix the ink in with an iron, wash and send out in the next parcel. The recipient will get a nice pillowcase they can actually use as well as something from the kids that doesn’t take up to much space.
Check out the shop here https://www.gingerrainbow.co.uk/product-page/penguin-peeps-pillowcase-with-love
Something for you
Why not check out some of the amazing box subscriptions available on Instagram and treat yourself to a subscription box as a prezzy for yourself. Most of them will let you sign up for 1 month to try it out. My favourite at the moment is https://readinginheeels.com. You get a book; some pamper goodies and all kinds of lovely treats. Not bad for £12.80. I’m definitely going to be subscribing to more.
Anyway I hope that’s helpful and if you have a loved one away this Christmas, I wish you all a speedy and safe deployment.