How To: Military Care Package (Birthday Themed)

You guys! Where has the time gone?! Another deployment… already?! A lot has changed since my last blog post: new home, new deployment, new human being growing inside of me. Casual things in the military wife life.

I am so excited and blessed to finally pour my heart into Anchors and Planes as a new mummy-to-be, but first things first, it’s my lovely airman’s birthday! As all deployments go, there are missed holidays and seasons, but that shouldn’t keep us from a celebratory project.

This post will hands down be the least expensive, creative, and most boring care package made yet… the first trimester did not treat me well. However, this is perfect if you’re on a budget or have fun sending things “just because you love them.”

Theme:Birthday
 Same as a few of my other boxes, I used scrapbook paper to cover the wings of the box completely ($2), sticker letterss to say, “Happy Birthday” ($5), and red, white and blue ribbon for… no reason, ribbon is awesome ($3).🙂
Inside are large things my husband asked for, with a smaller items being surprise gifts.
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • GQ magazine
  • Star Wars puzzle
  • Multiple sauces and seasoning
  • Snacks and candy
  • Energy drinks: 5 HR energy shots

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Total weight: 0 lbs. (Flat rate box – $18)

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“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

 

I hope this inspires you to spoil those you love, and spoil them well. We never know when our last day will be, so don’t hold love back from anyone ❤ Happy birthday to my amazing husband, and may our troops, you, and your loved ones be blessed in the name of Jesus!

Xoxo – Angel

 

Christmas Care Package Post: Click here.

Thanksgiving Care Package Post: Click here.

Halloween Care Package Post: Click here.

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How To: Military Care Package (Christmas Themed)

Okay. I have no idea what I’m most happy about:

  1. I’m off work the next two days.
  2. Elf is playing on the TV right now.
  3. I’m on my second beer.
  4. I applied for a house this week.
  5. My Christmas packages arrived safely to the middle east!

I am so excited to FINALLY be sharing the mother of all care package ideas, CHRISTMAS! *Praise break* In this post, I’ll show you not one, not two, but THREE packages I put together for my husband, troops, and my family! If you have a loved one deployed, in school, or just far away, I hope this helps inspire you to send love via care packages!

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Theme: Christmas // Holiday Gifts
My husband’s is the only one with decorated “flaps” (?) Whatever they’re called. The wings on boxes that unveil awesome stuff. I used scrapbook paper to cover them completely, metallic stickers to say, “Dear Deployment, LET HIM GOOOO!” *Frozen dance break*, Olaf and snowflake stickers, along with a picture of us 🙂
Inside the box is a burlap bag and many gifts! Our puppy helped me out a little… gifts
I made sure to include a gift for new years and our anniversary in January! The gifts were dated up to 12 days, making them the “12 Days of Christmas.” So everyday he has a gift to look forward to, with the last one being (hopefully) his favorite! (Total weight: 50 LBS)  Feel free to ask in the comment section for gift ideas, but for now, I’ll move onto what was in the package for our troops!
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  • Instant soups
  • Mac n cheese
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal (instant)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Beef Jerky
  • Almonds & Walnuts
  • Breakfast Teas & Stress Relief Teas
  • Hot Coco
  • Candy Canes
  • & 150 + Homemade cookies (Chocolate chip, sugar, mint chocolate chip, pumpkin spice, and snicker doodle)

Total weight: 40 lbs.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this package, and to my beautiful mom, sister, and niece (along with her girl scout troop) for sending their own packages with just as much, if not more to our troops!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

As for my family’s package, I sent two packages to California. One to “mom’s side” and one to “dad’s side.” Instead of ordering online, or sending gift cards, I wanted to personally wrap each gift with a photo that comes to mind when I think of them.

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Grandma Toni at Kristi’s Wedding 2015

Okay, and maybe all of my gifts are from Nordstrom… Sorry hunny!

I hope this inspires you to spoil those you love, and spoil them well. We never know when our last day will be, so don’t hold love back from anyone ❤ Happy Holiday and may our troops, you, and your loved ones be blessed in the name of Jesus!

Xoxo – Angel

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Thanksgiving Care Package Post: Click here.

Halloween Care Package Post: Click here.

How To: Military Care Package (Thanksgiving Themed)

First off, happy Veterans Day! May we be honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces not only today, but everyday. Thank you to my father-in-law (Navy) and my cousin’s dual military marriage (USAF) along with those currently serving (and will one day be veterans), my husband (USAF) and brother-in-law (ARMY.) May your day be blessed!

Now, onto the post...

I am so excited to be sending a second care package! Even though it hasn’t arrived yet, my airman already knows what’s in it, so I wanted to post early to give y’all some new ideas! If you have a loved one deployed, in school, or just far away, I hope this helps inspire you to send love via care packages!

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Theme: Military // Thanksgiving
I covered the interior of the box completely with scrap-booking paper from Michael’s Arts & Crafts ($1), and wrote on top of it using a white pen.
  • Packs of cigarettes
  • Chewing tobacco logs
  • New socks
  • “Open When” Letters
  • Basketball shorts
  • Face wipes
  • Candies

Total weight: 4 lbs.

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For Christmas, I am getting together giant care packages to send out to the middle east for my husband and our troops! If it is on your heart to bless the men and women who serve (especially during the holidays) please let me know! You can e-mail me at angel.mcclung@yahoo.com My big packages will be sent on Nov. 20th from Florida!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

Halloween Care Package Post: Click here.

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How To: Military Care Package (Halloween Themed)

Praise the lamb! My first care package to my deployed Airman arrived safely! This was my first care package I have ever sent anyone, so I was very nervous. If you have a loved one deployed, in school, or just far away, I hope this helps inspire you to send love via care packages!
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Theme: Nightmare Before Christmas / Spooky
I covered the interior of the box completely with colored papers, and drew the Jack & Sally by freehand (google images for references)
  • Oatmeal Cream Cookies (1 box)
  • 5HR Energy Shots (2)
  • Candies (assorted, non-meltable)
  • Peanut Butter (4 to-go cups)
  • Men’s Health Magazine
  • Beef Jerkey
  • “Open When:” Letters
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Post-workout Formula
  • Body Wipes for Sports
  • Homemade Cookies
  • Word Search
  • Ibuprofen
  • Pain Killers (PM)

Topped off the box with Halloween decorations (my husband is terrified of spiders) just for for fun 🙂

Just because you’re not with the ones you love, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the little things!

Every time I go to a store, I try to buy at least one thing for my husband that reminds me of him. Things that will bring him joy in the midst of working so hard for our freedom… it’s the least I could do ❤

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