We all love receiving care packages. When you were away at camp or college, you delighted in receiving those boxes full of things that reminded you of home.
Why not send your mom a care package?
A care package shows the recipient you care for them, thus the name. A good care package should be personalized to the person’s likes and dislikes.
Care Package Ideas for Mom
- Send photos from your album or put a few photos in decorative frames, along with something that will remind her of the good times you’ve had together. For example, if you and your mom love to go on walks, include fall leaves or an acorn. How about sending a record player and some old records? A vial of her favorite perfume is sure to bring back memories, too.
- In winter, try a mug and packets of hot chocolate, slippers, and a scarf. In summer, place sunscreen, a sun hat, and gardening tools in the box. For St. Patrick’s Day, give her green things, such as a green scarf or photos in a shamrock frame—even a gift certificate for a McDonald’s shamrock shake. And gardening catalogs, calendars, and bulbs should get her motivated in spring.
- Let your mom know she’s still important in your and your children’s lives by keeping her in the loop. Send her cards that record your voices wishing her a happy day. Print out photos of your family activities. Include photos of you and your kids baking cookies just like you and your mom did, and add photos of your children’s accomplishments and activities. If she has a computer or DVD player, burn a DVD for her.
- Spoil your mother with delicious treats she rarely treats herself to. Or include some healthy, easy-to-make packaged meals or fresh fruit.
- Mothers love to receive flowers, especially if the bouquet includes their favorite flower.
How to Prepare a Care Package for Mom
- Designate a box for your mom’s care package and put it in an easily accessible location.
- Choose a theme appropriate for a month in the future. For example, if you’re sending the package for your mom’s birthday, plan a month in advance.
- Involve your children. Your children may love the idea, and before long, they’ll be thinking of Grandma and putting their own gifts in the box.
- Limit perishables. Be careful what type of food you send. If you send the package in the summer, it may be exposed to extreme heat.
- Consider decorating. If your teen daughter has a talent for art, let her decorate the care package box. It’s sure to bring a smile to your mother’s face.
- Set a date to send the box. If you use a delivery service, you can call for a pick-up or you can drop it off at your local post office. Just be sure you don’t miss the date.
Care Package Options
If you don’t have time to send a care package on a regular basis, find a service here. It’s a service that sends such gifts as old-fashioned candy, jigsaw puzzles, hand lotion, puzzle books, and holiday décor, as well as a historical photo from the 1920s-1960s. Recipients can mail their memories that relate to the photo, and they may be published on the Senior Care Box Reminisce webpage.
Benefits of Care Packages
Not only does a care package show mom you love her, but it may also help avert depression by decreasing feelings of loneliness. And you know your mom will tell her friends and neighbors about the gift, which always makes her happy.
What a happy client has to say about our Dracut location on Google
I am so grateful to the staff (and also the residents) at The Arbors Dracut for the warm welcome my father has received. Every day Dad is extremely well cared for and entertained! He is happy there and feels safe which is so important to us. The staff is incredibly kind and attentive to all his (and our) needs. They have made this transition easy and worry free.
Mary Beth B.