Surprise your friends and family with a DIY self care package! Homemade spa gift sets are a wonderful self care idea and help to stay connected with your loved ones. Included are self care package ideas for wellness, tips for packaging and mailing, and free printable greeting cards and tags to decorate the shippable gift.
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Self care package ideas for friends and family
Do you miss your friend and want to send her a self care package? Because same. My best friend and I live in different towns several hours apart. With jobs and kids, we can’t see each other as often as we’d like. Instead, we mail each other a monthly long distance best friend care package to share support and a little happiness.
Self care packages are a thoughtful way to stay connected with your friends and loved ones. With social distancing in full effect, it’s a good time for sharing my best friend care package ideas. We talk about good things to put in a care package and how to mail your self care gift safely.
Plus, I created a small set of self care package printables, which you can download a the end of the post.
What is a self care package?
Self care is the act of caring for your body, mind and soul. A self care package or pamper kit is a gift full of goods that are chosen with self care in mind. A DIY self care packages is a wonderful present for birthdays, holidays, to say thank you or show appreciation.
Who can I send a homemade self care package to?
Honestly, everyone needs a little self care in once in a while, even more so in times of social distancing. It’s wonderful to receive a DIY wellness box, even just a tiny self care kit. Sometimes you don’t have to look far. Your neighbour will be delighted to find a nice DIY self care package gift on her doorstep.
- mom, dad, grandparents, your sister and other relatives
- adult/college kids
Self care package gift ideas – What do you put in a self care package?
What is in a care package? There’s no right or wrong when it comes to making a self care package. A wellness kit can consist of bath and skincare products, candles, food and beverages, and other items that provide relaxation and comfort.
The self care gift should be tailored to your recipient and what they like. A self care package for guys will probably include different things than care package ideas for mom. My best tip is to create a personalized gift with 3 to 5 items they will actually use.
Here are a few homemade care package gift ideas:
DIY wellness gifts
Put some of these beauty gifts in your self care box!
- lip balm & lip scrub
- body scrubs
- bath salts
- bath bombs & creamers
- bubble scoops & bath melts
- shower steamers
- body butter or lotion
- hand cream & cuticle oil
- homemade soap
Aromatherapy products are some of the best self-care gifts for stress and anxiety!
Also, check out Irena’s essential oil gifts. She shares are beautiful care package ideas that the women in your life will love!
Healthy homemade food gift ideas
Who doesn’t love to find treats in their wellness box?! Try some of these shippable food gift ideas!
- cookies & cracker
- candy & chocolate
- roasted nuts
- energy balls
- elderberry syrup
- elderberry gummies
- tea blends & coffee
- hot chocolate mix
Remember that it can take a while for care packages to arrive, so consider the shelf life of perishable goods.
Essential oils blend gifts
Essential oils are wonderful for mood support and wellness. The blends below make perfect additions to a DIY spa kit:
- Relax essential oil blend
- Tranquil essential oil blend
- Clarity essential oil blend
- Meditation essential oil blend
- Balance blend
- Blues buster blend
- Worry free eo belnd
- mini diffuser
Self care gifts to buy
No time to DIY? Here a 16 self care gift ideas that you can order online:
- cozy blanket
- comfy robe
- manicure & pedicure set
- affirmative cards
- motivational mug
- colouring book & markers
- dreamy diary
- habit tracker
- water bottle
- sleep mask
- fuzzy socks
- healing crystals
- yoga dice
Free self care package printables
And how do you make a cute care package? With printable labels and gift tags, of course! The printables fit on letter-size and A4 paper. I recommend xy or xy. If regular printer paper is all you have, use it.
After printing, cut the card out, add a few words of your own and tuck it in.
Care package message
The printable greeting cards and gift tags include the following care package messages:
- Here’s a little gift, a token of my care, when you need a smile and remind you that I’m there.
- Even though we are apart, you’re always in my heart!
- Good friends are like stars, you don always see them but you know they’re there.
- Take care of yourself
- Think Happy Thoughts
- You deserve to be kind to yourself
- Nurture yourself and you will grow
- Self care package
How to assemble and mail a self care package
Sending a self care package to friends and family isn’t much different than mailing other shipments. I put together a few shipping tips that help your parcel arrive in good condition.
Select a sturdy cardboard box for shipping your care package ideas. The box should be spacious enough to hold all items and have no tears. If it’s possible to deliver the gift in person, make an open care basket.
To make the box prettier, decorate the inside of the box with gift wrap.
Use packaging materials to ensure your wellness gift idea arrives safely at its destination.
- newspaper: not the pretties filler but cheap and gets the job done
- bubble wrap and foam peanuts: I always collect packaging material from packages I receive and reuse them.
- crinkle paper: A gorgeous and eco-friendly way to pad your goodies.
- gift wrap: Reusing pre-loved gift wrap as stuffing paper is a pretty idea for what to do with old gift wrap.
How do you package breakables? These are my easy packing tips for breakables and fragile items:
- Use a box that provides plenty of space for your item and packaging materials.
- Fill hollow items (e.g. a cup, vase, bowl), so that outside pressure doesn’t cause them to break inwards.
- First lay the bottom of the box with packaging materials. Then place your gifts carefully inside.
- Wrap the item properly and secure it with tape.
- Stuff the entire box with packaging materials, so there is no room for things to move around.
- Write “fragile” on the box or apply a label.
Using these tips will help your self care package reach your friend or family member in one piece.
Can I mail liquids? The short answer is yes, you can ship liquids. When shipping liquids, you want to avoid leaking. Here are 3 simple tips for how to ship liquids safely:
- Make sure the bottle or container is tightly closed.
- Put the liquid in a waterproof bag.
- Secure the liquid in the cardboard box with lots of packaging materials.
Some carriers have restrictions of liquids that are considered flammable (e.g. spirits or perfume.) If you’re in doubt check with the courier service to find out what is allowed.
Heat & weather
Heat can be an issue if you or the recipient live in a hot state. Some products, for example bath melts or chocolate, might melt in transit. If that’s the case either avoid products that melt easily or package them in such a way that it won’t affect the other items.
More gift basket ideas
I hope these tips help you in creating self care packages for the special people in your life. For more inspiration also check out these posts:
Printable Self Care Package Labels
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What a wonderful package to make for a love one this season, appreciate your company hard work and skills
Thank you so much, Hannah!
This is wonderfully made! Thank you
Thank you, Daisey!
What a wonderful idea! Your photos are beautiful (as always).
Thank you so much, Cari!
What a thoughtful gift idea for friends and family! xx
Many thanks, ladies!