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Best Care Packages to Support New Parents Who Are Physical Distancing
Updated on
June 30, 2022

Best Care Packages to Support New Parents Who Are Physical Distancing

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Best Care Packages to Support New Parents Who Are Physical Distancing

Sending care packages has long been a tradition in support of those who are homesick, missing loved ones far away and in need of an extra bit of love and care. That’s especially true for new parents right now; while we may all be conscious of the benefits of physical distancing, being apart from family and friends, who would be able to help out under normal circumstances, means new parents could use a little extra support—and care.

The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is 100% true, and many new and expecting parents are without their village right now. While something like a care package or gift basket won’t bring the full village back during the Covid-19 pandemic, it can provide a few much-appreciated items to help make parents’ lives a little easier (even if it’s just to remind them to take a few minutes to themselves. Hello, spa package.). And most importantly, it reminds them that there’s still support out there.

Care packages contain a variety of things that help the recipients feel loved and supported. They can be themed around whatever someone needs most—food, toiletries, clothes, plants—or they can be an assortment of things. They can come pre-made in the form of gift baskets, or you can assemble them yourself.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite pre-assembled care packages as well as ideas to create your own to send to a parent who needs some extra support right now, whether that’s a friend, a family member or, of course, yourself. (We’re all feeling the weight of being without our support systems right now, so we fully encourage you to get a care package for yourself, too.)

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Pre-Assembled Care Packages

Quarantine Package

We love this care package for anyone with a sense of humor. If you know a parent who enjoys succulents and puns, this box has what they need (it comes with a real succulent!). It comes with different sizing options to also include things like a candle, matches, stemless wine cup, lip balm and a handmade soap and bath bomb. Keep in mind: Your succulent may arrive looking a little dry and sad, but that’s just from the shipping. Give it a little sun and water and it’ll look fresh and healthy in a couple days.

Spa Package

Spas are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give a new parent a well-deserved spa day. Complete with bath essentials like natural soap, bath bomb, body oil, scented soy candle and more, this lavender-themed care package creates a welcome opportunity for relaxation and self-care. You can even personalize the box with a name! Keep in mind: The majority of items in this care package are scented with lavender, so be mindful of any allergies.

Chocolate Package

We think parents are strong, brave, heroic people—especially during these difficult times—and this care package helps you tell the new parents in your life “You’re my hero.” With chocolate truffle bars and truffle candies, this package doesn’t just taste good, it also does good—five percent of profits are donated to Mary’s Place, an organization in Seattle, WA dedicated to helping women and families out of homelessness.

Comfort Food Package

Is there honestly anything better than comfort food? In a time when new parents might not be getting the pre-made dinners they could usually expect from friends and family, Spoonful of Comfort is creating care packages that give exactly that in the form of delicious soup, dinner rolls and cookies. Choose from five kinds of soup (in a whopping 64 ounces) and four kinds of cookies. They also offer additional comfort items like socks, candles, books and, in case baby wants to join in, these sweet bibs.

Book Package

Thanks to Changing Hands, a small, independent bookstore in Arizona, there’s a care package especially for book-loving parents too! You can pick your own book to send, or make a magical moment by letting the booksellers create a surprise package—just pick what kind of reader you’re buying for and what genres they like. They’ll also include a few surprise (themed) gifts like a candle, a notebook, a pair of socks, generally comforting things to create a cozy, curl-up-with-your-new-book atmosphere.

Picnic Package

Snacks abound! This gift basket is perfect for creating a special picnic right in your own backyard (or living room, if you prefer to stay indoors). Gourmet options like cheese, fruit preserves, olives, English tea and more will have parents saying “yum!” before they even open the packages. (And the basket, by the way, will make great nursery storage when all the food is gone). Like a little wine with a picnic? We love this gift basket with a trio of California wines.

Coffee Package

Some new parents swear by coffee as their secret to making it through the long nights with a newborn. The coffee connoisseurs at Bean Box are really good at finding unique flavors from small brands, and we’re willing to bet that there are some flavors here that the coffee-loving parent in your life hasn’t tried (yet). Choose whole bean or freshly ground for eight gourmet coffees, and paired with eight handmade biscotti cookies, this package will make any new parent’s caffeine habit feel truly cared for.

Tea Package

If you want a drink that really cares for someone’s soul, go for the tea. Sips by offers a wide variety of teas in one comforting little package—all you have to do is put on the kettle. Choose from caffeinated, caffeine-free or a mix as well as all loose leaf or a mix of loose leaf and bagged teas. The best part about this care package: it’s enough to make 50 cups.

Baking Package

For a lot of people, baking is a comforting, therapeutic activity (especially given the sweet little reward at the end). Red Velvet is well-loved for their baking kit subscription, but for a one-off gift, their store has a lot of delicious and varied options, like matcha swirl cookies, gluten-free flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons. Each kit comes with most of the necessary ingredients; the baking tools will need to come from their own pantry (as well as eggs, if the recipe calls for them).

Build-Your-Own Care Packages

Pre-made gift baskets and boxes are really convenient—and often a lot faster—but there’s something to be said about the homey comforts of a unique, personalized, made-by-hand care package.

If you’d prefer to make things extra special and create your own, that’s easy to do. While you may not be able to browse your favorite local stores in order to curate all the fun, personal items, you can shop online from lots of smaller, independent shops to create a unique care package. You could add a gift card from a cafe or store near them to use in the future, as well. Keep in mind: Buying separate items online means you’ll need to have the items shipped to you, and then you assemble the care package and send it out, so bake in a little extra delivery time if you want your package to arrive by a certain date. PS: USPS flat rate boxes are super affordable.

Want something more homey? Nothing says “here’s a virtual hug” like a dozen home-baked cookies or brownies (just make sure you don’t have to ship them too far or else they might go stale!). Or, if you’re sending it to someone who loves baking for themselves, put together a fun DIY cookie mix or hot chocolate kit. Have a favorite book you’re cool with parting with? Add it to the box for an ultra cozy, never-want-to-leave-the-house care package.

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