Whatever the celebration, sending a holiday care package at the end of a long year is a wonderful way to show loved ones, friends, and even colleagues how much you care.
From Christmas and Hanukkah to Kwanzaa and more, here are practical ideas for preparing and sending care packages to those you may not otherwise be with during the holiday season.
At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to show you care. A Christmas care package lets a special someone know you’re thinking of them, even if you can’t be together.
Whatever’s inside the package, your delivery will send a smile at a time when well wishes are always welcome.
Exactly what you include in the package will depend on the person you’re preparing it for. The items you send a grandparent will likely be different from those you pack for a close friend.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Similar to Christmas, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah is another celebration when you may wish to send a holiday care package.
Hanukkah, which traditionally accompanies the lighting of a special candelabra called a menorah, typically falls in December and lasts eight days. Actual dates change from year to year depending on the Jewish calendar.
Many of the ideas listed above will work well in any holiday care package, whatever the celebration. For Hanukkah care packages, items such as holiday candles and gelt -chocolate coins wrapped in foil - will lend a traditional touch.
Add kitchen items such as canola oil for frying and apple sauce for sweetening Hanukkah potato cakes, known as latkes.
Kwanzaa, which means the “First Fruits of the Harvest” in Swahili, is an annual celebration of African-American heritage that runs for seven days from December 26 through January 1.
Each day of the festival focuses on a core value - from unity and creativity to purpose and faith - with a candle lit on each day. The seven candles reflect the colors of Kwanzaa—red for struggle, green for hope, and black for the African people.
Educational and artistic items, like books and craft sets, capture the spirit of the celebration and make great inclusions in your Kwanzaa care package. Offer pantry staples as your contribution to the feast that is traditionally held on the sixth day.
Dress up your package with Kwanzaa flags and go heavy on the customary reds, greens and blacks. Slip in a handwritten note, or even a poem reflecting on one of the holiday’s core values, for that personal touch.
Whatever you’re shipping, you’re only as good as your box.
Reuse a container if you have one handy - just make sure it’s in good condition and don’t forget to remove any labels before adding your own. If you don’t have a box that works, stop by your local The UPS Store® location and pick one up.
Next, get packing:
As you build your care package, aim for a seasonal look. Holiday decorations like baubles, ornaments and a customary sprig of foliage, will lend a festive feel.
Before you seal the box, include a handwritten card with a family photo or other personal touch.
Simple rate shipping with UPS is a great option for your holiday care package.
With UPS®Simple Rate, ship packages up to 50 lbs. anywhere in the United States for a simple, predictable rate. Simply determine your box size by multiplying its width, height, and depth for total capacity in cubic inches.
Select from a range of delivery options, depending on how quickly you’d like your package to arrive. If you’re sending a care package with a particular holiday in mind, check the UPS holiday schedule for recommended last days to ship.
For international deliveries, choose from a range of service options - just remember to complete the necessary customs forms. UPS’s online wizard will guide you through the process.
A holiday care package is the perfect way of showing someone how much they mean to you - especially when you can’t be with them at this special time of year. Let someone know you care and get shipping your holiday care package now.
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