33 Amazing Items To Send In A Military Christmas Care Package


33 Amazing items to send in a Christmas care package. Whether it's for a deployed soldier, military, friend of college student these are great gift ideas for a care package. #military #deployment #carepackage #gifts #giftguide

Having a friend or family member deployed during the holiday’s can be difficult. The easiest way to stay connected during deployment is to send care packages. After thirteen years as an Army wife I can tell you that these packages mean the world to your soldier.



At times it can be tough to think of items to include in care packages, make your Christmas care package spectacular with these ideas. This list contains items for deployed men AND women. So many lists out there are only geared toward military men, that’s why I’ve included gifts that work for men and women.


My kids love to get involved in creating our care packages! Not only is it fun for them but it’s a way to stay connected with their dad.


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When we create our Christmas care package we like to decorate the inside of the box using either Christmas wrapping paper or pictures that my kids have drawn. Each item in the box is then wrapped in wrapping paper to make it extra special.


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Here’s a list of 33 Amazing items to include in your Christmas Care Package.


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A USB drive with pictures and videos from you and your loved ones.

Have your kids make Christmas ornaments to send. These kits are a great place to start.

Candy canes

A stocking filled with small goodies such as candy, new socks or a bouncy ball. Pretty much anything tiny that will entertain them.

Hot chocolate mix

Mad Libs. These are for grownups.


These mints will make your soldier smile!

A fidget puzzle


Single serve drink mixes such as Kool Aid.

Photo album filled with pictures your soldier will love.

A silly gag gift like dehydrated water.


Special shaving cream

Noise canceling headphones for at night.


Beef jerky, we love this kind.

Insulated coffee mug or thermos

Shaving set. Electric or manual, whichever they prefer.




Journal. Here is one that I love for women as well as one for men.

Snack bars.

Lip balm, check out our favorites here.

Shampoo and body wash

Personalized pillowcase

Baby wipes

Books or magazines

Little Debbie Christmas Cakes

Coffee creamer and special coffee




iTunes gift card

Hand lotion or body lotion

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Twin size bedding

Comfortable pillow 


Hopefully these suggestions were helpful to you. What items are you putting in your Christmas care package?




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33 Amazing items to send in a Christmas care package. Whether it's for a deployed soldier, military, friend of college student these are great gift ideas for a care package. #military #deployment #carepackage #gifts #giftguide


Written by: Devon




  1. Melissa Pillone | 4th Nov 17

    Great list! Thanks for sharing this. These are all great ideas.

  2. Allie | 4th Nov 17

    Great ideas! I love the ubs driver full of pictures and gag like dehydrated water!

  3. Inna | The Little Big Spender | 4th Nov 17

    These are good suggestions. Usually for my Christmas wish, I put in the necessary things that I need and not want just because I don’t think people can handle my taste. Hahaha and I am very picky when it comes to gifts 🙂

  4. Tiara | 4th Nov 17

    I love this post. My husband is out now, but I know this life all too well. It’s so important to send them love when you’re apart. Especially during the holidays.

  5. Tosha Ornelas | 5th Nov 17

    These are really great gift sending ideas! Great selection!

  6. Magen | 7th Nov 17

    Great post. Our base used to do an event around this time for people to donate care packages for those deployed.

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