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12 Days of Cheer Day 5: The Art of Care Packages

December 11, 2012

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Whether you will be bringing a hostess gift to a holiday get together, showing appreciation to a co-worker, neighbor or friend, gathering stocking stuffers,  or mailing/hauling presents across the country, I think there is something to be said for a gathering of small but thoughtful (and easy to pack) gifts.

Half of my family resides on the other side of the country, so the art of holiday care packages is something I know all too well. Here’s some inspiration for your own assortment of small gifts…

  • For the Academics: A tin of tea or hand roasted coffee, along with a handmade mug, homemade cookies, and a favorite book and bookmark.
  • For the Manly Man: A stylish scarf, beard oil,/aftershave/cologne, a favorite illustration, and accessories for his favorite beverage of choice…such as a shot glass, flask, or vintage beer coasters.
  • For the Crafter and DIYer: An artful magazine or notebook, and craft supplies such as bakers twine, vintage glitter, and blank stationery.
  • For the Foodie: a tea towel, gourmet seasonings and extracts, homemade treats, and quirky jotters for recipes and shopping lists.
  • For the Young or Young at Heart: sketchbooks, crayons, vintage toys, and festive socks.
  • For the Connoisseur and Constant Hostess: a cutting board,/serving tray/ platter, an assortment of cheeses, wine, and small batch accompaniments. Shipping wine varies by state, and cheese is not always the easiest to mail, so for long distance gifts I would stick with just the cutting board and accompaniments such as preserves, chutneys, chocolate, and crackers.

I try to buy handmade and/or local as much as I can, especially for my relatives that live far away. I also make it a habit of collecting small gifts and tokens throughout the year to have on hand for care packages or any last minute gifts.

What about you? Are you mailing any of your gifts this year?

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