Sunday, December 29, 2013

Missionary Package: Christmas

I had SO much fun putting this package together!
It was tiring, and tedious, but I am rather please with the way it turned out and it was a whole lot of fun :)
 
THE BOX:
My strategy for this package was to avoid crazy shipping costs by getting a small box and just jam packing everything possible in it. Mission accomplished. I lined the bottom of the box with Christmassy scrapbook paper and the sides with polka dots. I painted the box red and made a "Merry Christmas" banner for when he opened it! It was perfect for the box shape. I'm not sure how I would do that in a box with 4 flaps. Another smart box idea that I didn't think of is getting a flat rate box from the post office. I was kicking myself for a while once the pounds started adding up, but it all worked out pretty well for me. 
 
Gatorade (aka Priesthood PowerAde)
Chapstick
Tic-Tacs (Missionaries can't chew gum)
Hot coco with candy canes
 
Fruit snacks
Goldfish
Beef Jerky

Snickers
Starburst
M&M's
 
Sheet music for Love Story by Taylor Swift
and I Can Show You The World from Disney movie Aladdin
3 bookmarks
-Missionary quotes
-A poem
-My favorite scriptures
 
More "Open When" letters. I made these a couple months back but decided against sending them all at once because I am almost positive Joseph would just sit on his bed and open letter after letter until he had read them all haha! So I space them out, sending a few at a time:) You can find "Open When" letter post here. Making the letters was my favorite part of the whole package. Some of the topics were:
-When you're having companion problems
-When you need a good laugh
-When you're bored
-When you need to feel uplifted
-When you are discouraged
-When you feel like reminiscing
It was so fun writing these! For all of the letters I prayed for guidance on what to write and say. Especially the spiritual ones. It was really uplifting for me as I felt the spirit guiding me what to say, scriptures to share, talks to print out, testimony to bare. It was such a cool experience.
 
Warm socks for the winter months
Lint roller
Hand sewn Hand Warmers.
I just sewed two square pieces of material, flipped it inside out so the seams weren't shown and filled them with rice before stitching them up completely. You can also fill them with oats and they will work the same. You pop them in the microwave for a minute or two and they will stay warm for up to a couple hours! Just slip them in your pockets and they will keep them nice and toasty:)
 

This was the final product before I shipped it away.
I put the letters in the box and wrapped almost everything because I thought it would be fun for him to have something he could actually open on Christmas morning.
Everything has a cheesy saying to go along with it, if you couldn't read them in the pictures just leave a comment on this post and I will send them to you:)
I loved putting this together and any of my ideas are free to be used!
Goodluck!
 
All my love, Lauren.

48 comments:

  1. It's a wonderful idea! Thank you so much!
    I'm going to start the package for my son for Christmas. By the way, I can't read the words in the boxes, could you send me a email with the words that you put? Thank you! My email is: raquelin_e@yahoo.com

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  2. This is so cute! Do you think you could send me the tags as well? Thanks! Here's my email: artchica14@gmail.com

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  3. Thanks for sharing could you please send tags to me also drapertowing@hotmail.com

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  4. Fun ideas! Can you send me what you put not the tags?
    Thanks so much! 5blue1pink@gmail.com

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  5. So cute! Do you think you could send me the tags? vmherrer@gmail.com

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  6. Hi. Could you send me the tags as well? My email is happee2b@live.com. Thanks so much!

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  7. Way cute!! Can I beg for the tags as well? Thanks! My email is ashleycita97@gmail.com

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  8. I know there's a good chance you don't check this blog anymore, but if you happen to check it I would LOVE a copy of the words on the tags as well. My email is eternal8mail@cs.com. I have 2 missionaries out this year so I have twice as much to come up with for Christmas gifts! This would help a lot. Thanks!

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  9. This is absolutely perfect! Can you also send me the tags as well? my email is Ashleycutler6@gmail.com Thank you!

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  10. I would love to have the tags. Please e-mail them to me at
    rdavedoris@msn.com

    Thanks Doris

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  11. I too would love the tags please. Thank you. mrserinash@gmail.com

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  16. Super cute! I would appreciate it if I could get the tags.
    sierra.track.14@gmail.com

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  17. Could you please send me the cheesy things you said as well please? I recently adopted a US soldier and I want some ideas of what to send for the holidays. Thank you!
    My email is berenice.qromo@hotmail.com

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  18. I would love to get your tags also, if possible! Thanks for the great ideas! :)
    snowlinda64@gmail.com

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  19. I would love to get your tags also, if possible! Thanks for the great ideas! :)
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  20. I love this idea and would appreciate the tag ideas. Thanks!
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  21. You are awesome! I'm totally going to do this for my missionary. I'd love to get your tags.Thanks for the good ideas! lobotomomma@gmail.com

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  22. I would love to have the wording on the tags. This is such a cute idea. My email is melanieolson30gmail.com

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  23. Hi What a cute idea! I'd love to see the tags too. Please email them to me phgoddard@shaw.ca
    Thanks!

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  25. I love your idea. Can I get the tags to? tiff.an.daboyz@gmail.com
    Thank you

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  26. LOVE THIS! can i get the wordings on the tags? chipjulie@gmail.com

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  27. Can you send me the messages on the tags? this is such a cute idea!! bermcheer19@gmail.com

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  34. Can I please be sent these cute sayings!? 😁 12tealhorses@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  35. I need the tags, too please. angelnut29@aol.com

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  36. I would love the tags. Thank you! rataanza@msn.com

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  37. I would also love the tags, please!! What a cute idea!!

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  38. Can you email me, what the little notes said please and thank you this is such a cute idea!

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  39. Love your ideas!!! Please send me the tag notes :D, thank you for your ideas to help so many others!!! blueswan8@gmail.com

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  40. Thank you for sharing your ideas! Can you please email me the tag notes as well ;) smith3999@msn.com







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  41. Would love the tags. Thank you for sharing!
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  45. I would live the tags too!! Thanks, sdellamas@hotmail.com

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  47. Would love the tags too, thanks
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