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Care Package Ideas for Seniors

Throughout the year, there are several days on which many people receive gifts from loved ones: birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, etc. While these days are convenient reminders to shower our loved ones with affection, sometimes it’s nice to surprise someone with a random care package. A care package is a parcel of gifts designed to comfort the recipient, and it’s typically sent to someone who lives far away from the gift giver. For example, many people send care packages to military members and college students. If you don’t live near a beloved friend or family member, why not send them a care package to let them know that you’re thinking about them? Below we’ve compiled a list of care package ideas for seniors.

Care Package Ideas for Seniors


What does your loved one like to do? Are they into puzzles, crafts, or games? Or maybe they’ve always wanted to start a journal but never got around to it? By giving your loved one something fun to do, you can provide hours of entertainment. Check out these ideas:

  • Crossword puzzles
  • Sudoku puzzles
  • Adult coloring books
  • Craft items (yarn, cross-stitch patterns, paints, sketching paper)
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Books and magazines
  • A journal or stationery
  • Deck of cards
  • Games
  • DVDs

Special Foods

Who doesn’t like to eat? Consumable gifts are always appreciated because they won’t add clutter to the recipient’s home. Think about your loved one’s favorite foods or places to eat. If you live somewhere with a great food scene, you could also find some local delicacies to gift. Here are some ideas:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Hot cocoa
  • Homemade cookies or bread
  • Candy
  • Snacks
  • A gift card to a fast-food place or restaurant

Pampering Items

Is your loved one in need of some “me” time? Help them pamper themselves by gifting some luxury personal care items like the following:

  • Lotion
  • Fancy soap
  • Body scrub
  • Lip balm

You could also gift some cozy comfort items, like the following:

  • Blanket
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Scarf
  • Pillow
  • Pajamas

Seasonal Items

If a holiday is right around the corner, help your loved one get in the right spirit by gifting some seasonal items. For example, they might like some of the following:

  • Home decor
  • Handmade craft
  • Food items (Christmas cookies, Easter candy,
  • Santa hat
  • Christmas cookies
  • Mini American flag

Personal Touch

Finally, don’t forget that the best gifts have a personal touch. If you (or your child) enjoy arts and crafts, why not make a homemade gift? Even if your skills are a little lacking, your loved one will appreciate the sentiment. The following ideas will also have a nice personal touch:

  • Handwritten card
  • Framed photograph (of you, your family, you and your loved one together, etc.)
  • Playlist of songs burned onto a CD
  • Photo album


If you’re thinking about sending a care package, don’t hesitate! It’s always worthwhile to share your love by giving a random, “just because” gift. We hope our care package ideas for seniors have given you some inspiration.

Good luck!

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