When I’m away from home, one of the things I miss most is my family. Although when you are deployed, you are with thousands of people, it is not the same as being with loved ones. Out of all the Holidays, Christmas screams family and since my best friend (who is currently deployed) cannot be with her family this year during her favorite holiday, I decided to send her a Christmas care package.

Christmas Care Package

One thing I hate about sending Christmas gifts in the mail is the ugly packaging. Of course there are many boxes that you can buy already wrapped but when I send care packages, I usually use the FPO/APO large flat rate box available at the post office just to save money.

The perfect compromise to using an ugly flat rate box is to wrap the inside of the box instead of the outside. My theme was Red and Gold peppermint!

All you need is:

Flat Rate Box (or box of your choosing)

Elmer’s School Glue

Wrapping Paper


Clear Packing Tape

Flat (or almost flat) Decorations

Open and extend box so that it is flat and all sides are exposed. Line wrapping paper up against box and cut the end of the wrapping paper. Lay box with the inside part facing up


Squeeze glue all over inside part of box making sure to apply glue to all edges. Carefully place the cut piece of paper on to box. Press down paper to ensure glue dries with paper attached. Allow to dry for 30 minutes so that paper will not slide.


Once dried, cut slits in paper where the box folds and separates. Re-assemble box. Now you have an inside wrapped box!


Decorate top folds of box with flat decorations. Tape down and fill box with goodies! These are the decorations I used for the folds of the box. I got everything from the dollar sections at Michael’s and Target except the peppermints.





 You can also ship these cute mini Sweet Potato Pies! Yum!

Mason Jar Sweet Potato Pies

 I wrapped them in bubble wrap and then in tissue paper to make them cuter.


Additional tips: To add scent, I bought a bag of soft peppermints and disbursed them throughout the box so that she could smell them once she opened it. You can also use car air fresheners, I prefer Yankee Candle.

She loved it! Your troop will too!


 Any theme would be perfect, as long as you show them that you thought of them. What theme would you do?