I was always that girl that used to say that I didn’t care for Valentine’s Day. My thoughts were, show me you love me the other 364 days of the year – not just because a calendar holiday says you should. That way of thinking changed the year I experienced Valentine’s Day alone, while my husband was in Afghanistan. I missed him more than ever.
Luckily, I had prepped through January for an amazing care package full of goodies to send him so that he knew I was thinking of him. I came to realize through his deployment that those men/women truly do live and breathe for mail and packages. My husband would tell me how sad it was to see mail call and the people who never received anything. I couldn’t imagine! So if your significant other is deployed, take the time to send them a little something. It truly does make a difference in their morale.
Here are a few tips for putting together a great Valentine’s Day care package:
*Start off simple. Decorate the interior of the box. It doesn’t have to be over the top. You can just hand write some notes and tape some pictures on the flaps. (I personally don’t mind over the top, so I went all out. I glued scrapbook paper on the bottom, sides and flaps then used stickers, pictures & glitter to decorate.)
*Add in his/her favorite treats, but be mindful of the possibility of hot weather if you send the Valentine’s Day specialty, chocolate! My hubby preferred jerky, popcorn, etc.. as opposed to chocolate and candy. To each their own.
*Make sure to include a personal card from you with a handwritten note. I even sprayed mine with my perfume. Sounds cheesy, but he liked it.
*If you have children, include them on the Valentine’s Day fun. Let them make Daddy or Mommy a special card and add lots of pictures. We all know that time flies when your kids are growing up, so imagine missing out on 6-12 months of their lives. From experience I learned that you can never send enough pictures! There’s something special about having photos to hang on their wall versus just seeing them on a screen via email or social media.
*Don’t forget the extras! Just because it’s Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean that they don’t want/need the staple items too. Instead of stuffing my box with tissue paper, I used new socks and underwear. He appreciated the small things like that the most. I also added some hygiene items such as razors, soap, deodorant, etc.
*Take into consideration the shipping time to ensure he/she receives their package on or before the holiday.
Remember, you don’t have to be over the top or a creative genius to put together a package that will mean more to your deployed Valentine than you truly know. ♥
Chanity Creech is a wife and mom of 2 married to her soldier and high school sweetheart. They currently reside at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. You can find more of her writings over at her blog Chanity.
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