Update: Another Christmas Care Package idea for my newest missionary can be found here.
Today I mailed a few Christmas care packages to my son serving an LDS mission in Bolivia. About a month ago I asked him to send me ideas of what he might want or need. This year I wrapped each gift and put a mailing label on it with a scripture for him to look up. I looked up the correlating scriptures in the Topical Guide and the Bible dictionary. It was enjoyable for me, and I hope he reads them instead of tearing open all of the little packages first.
- Keep package weight under 4 lbs. to prevent expensive customs fees at the other end.
- Use a postal scale at home before you get to the post office so you don't have any surprises. When I arrived at the post office, both packages weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz. each! Pretty good.
- Choose items that are lightweight.
- Don't try to send everything you desire because if he gets transferred, he can't take it all with him.
Items I sent:
Water filtration bottle - John 3:5
Beef Jerky - Matt. 25:35
Cracker Jack's - Matt. 12:1
Rice Krispies Treat - D&C 89:14
Starbursts - Genesis 1:16
Sugar Free Hawaiian Punch singles - John 2:3-9
Life Saver Storybook - Luke 9:56
Swedish Fish - Matt 4:19
Wonka Laffy Taffy - Eccl. 3:4
Post-it Notes - 2 Chron. 30:6
Nerf Basketball w/hoop & net - Matt. 13:47
Candycane Cocoa packets - Mark 6:8
November Conference Ensign - D&C 1:38
CTR rings in Spanish for kids - Joshua 24:15
5x7 Pictures of President Monson - Amos 3:7
Sm. Hand sanitizer - D&C 50:28
CD "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" - D&C 58:4
Oatmeal packets - D&C 89:16-21
Family Testimonies written in English & Spanish to be put in BofM's he passes out - D&C 76:22
Pillowcase with family handprints - 3 Nephi 11:15-17
Ties for companion and converts
Willowtree Thank You ornament & bookmark for pensionistas (cooks). I wrote a thank you in Spanish on the back of each gift.
Mini Christmas tree (Walgreens)
Super-mini Christmas lights (Walgreens)
A few gifts and letters from relatives.
Some other missionary care package ideas from BYU Women's Conference
More ideas here