13 Care Packages and Little Gifts to Send Your Loved Ones, Just Because
Sending a “thinking of you!” text is always a good idea. But surprising your loved ones with a little care package is even better. Keep in mind, it doesn’t need to be a huge, complicated ordeal. Simply choose one of these pre-packed boxes and gift sets, all of which you can order from the comfort of your couch. The hardest part? Patiently waiting to get the text (or call) that your friends or family members love their unexpected gift.
1. Mouth Snack It To Me
The best part of any pantry is the snack section, and this box is stuffed with all the salty, sweet, savory and spicy things a gal (or guy) could want: gummy bears, toaster tarts, potato chips and so on. Plus, all the goodies come from independent artisans and small businesses across the country, meaning these are treats they’ve probably never sampled before.
2. Anthropologie Tea Ritual Gift Set
This handy little kit has everything they need to make an afternoon tea break as relaxing as possible. The set includes a tea mug, strainer (for loose leaf tea) and lid (to keep their beverage pipping hot). It also includes seeds and a passive hydroponic system so they can actually grow their own tea plant right in their window for an experience that's truly full circle.
3. Rifle Paper Co. Social Stationery Set
It might feel old fashioned, but now is the perfect time for you and your buddies to catch up on your correspondence. The first letter you can expect to receive? A thank you for this gorgeous note card and envelope set. (Psst, you can also send stamps if you want to make mailing cards even easier.)
4. Sephora Favorites Mini Hydration Set
Before you ask, yes, a beauty gift set is a care package for their skin. This five-piece kit features adorable minis of Sephora’s best-selling hydration products from Charlotte Tilbury, Milk Makeup and more. It’s sure to give their skin a little TLC and boost their spirit a little, as well.
5. Uncommon Goods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit
Let your foodie friend explore 15 spices from all over the world, without ever leaving the kitchen. This spice set includes a mix of common flavors, like sesame seeds and garlic powder, as well as things they may never have had the opportunity to try, like za’atar or marjoram. The box comes with suggested pairings and recipe ideas, just in case they need a little extra inspiration.
6. UrbanStems The Juliet
When in doubt, send an old classic: a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. UrbanStems has lots of stunning arrangements to choose from (including some potted plants, like succulents and orchids), but we’re partial to this spring-centric collection of roses, delphinium, lisianthus and starry asters.
7. Mouth Birthday In a Box
This is not the best year for spring birthdays. But just because you can’t celebrate IRL doesn’t mean you can’t deliver a box packed with yummy, festive treats right to your BFF’s front door. There are two sizes to choose from (the larger one costs $120), but the main goodies remain the same, i.e., cotton candy popcorn, birthday cake marshmallows and rainbow confetti macaroons, to name a few.
8. SunnyLife Inflatable Cactoss
This hilarious backyard/pool game is sure to make them smile, even if they don't actually have a backyard or pool to play in. And because it's inflatable, it can easily shrink down to fit in the hall closet when they're done.
9. Lego Architecture Tokyo
The 2020 Olympics might be postponed, but that doesn't mean you still can't get your Tokyo fix, albeit on a much smaller scale. Whether they’re 12 or 32, they’ll love spending an afternoon or two building up Chidorigafuchi Park and Tokyo Tower that, when finished, can be displayed on a bookshelf to inspire a little wanderlust.
10. Bouqs Sierra Vista
Keeping house plants alive can be tricking. Some require direct sunlight, some prefer shade, some need to be watered everyday, whereas others would just like a spitz every now and then—but succulents and cacti are an excellent place to start. This foursome by Bouqs is super-easy to care for and can thrive in just about any environment. Plus, the set comes with everything your loved one will need to help these little greens live their best lives.
11. Stitch It DIY Cross-Stitch Kit
Instead of scrolling through their ex boyfriend's cousin's new fiancé's Instagram while binge-watching Grace and Frankie, now they can create something pretty impressive.
12. Man Crates Get Baked Kit
Apple crisp, brownies and chocolate chip cookies, oh my! Skip sending a sensitive sourdough starter and try this delicious baking kit instead. It even includes perfectly-sized baking dishes (just in case), all they need are the wet ingredients, like milk, butter and eggs.
13. Maison Francis Kurkdijan The Fragrance Wardrobe 8-Piece Discovery Collection
No, it’s not cheap, but your luxe-loving mom will definitely appreciate this gorgeous perfume sampler. Consider it a combination Mother’s Day/birthday/thinking of you present.