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 :)
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)
Tic-Tacs (Missionaries can't chew gum)
Hot coco with candy canes
Sheet music for Love Story by Taylor Swift
and I Can Show You The World from Disney movie Aladdin
-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
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!
All my love, Lauren.