Show you know them with a just-for-them birthday care package.
The best way to get creative ideas is to focus on the birthday person. What are some of their favorite things? What are they into? What unforgettable memories do you want to remind them of? These thought starters might spark something for you:
1. Color-ific Care Package
Do they have a favorite color—maybe the colors of their school or favorite team? Fill a box with things of that color. You can start with one really special gift (like a scarf or candle), a star item with supporting players (like a mug and candies) or a bunch of fun little things (we love dollar stores and candy shops for this). Wrap each item in coordinating shades of tissue paper and tuck it all in a gift bag or wrapped box.
2. Hobbies They “Heart”
If they’re into sewing, you could pack a box with thread, fabric and other notions to inspire their next craft-venture. If they run, you could fill it with fun socks, mid- or post-run gels and snacks, accessories like race belts or safety lights and encouraging notes for their next race. If their gardening game is strong, send seeds, gloves, plant markers and other green thumb accessories.
3. Friends Forever
Been friends for a long time? Break out some vintage photos of the two of you and make a birthday care package that’s a blast from the past. Fill it with nostalgic snacks, a link to a retro playlist, a card that recounts your favorite memories together and maybe even some BFF jewelry.
4. In the Now
Each birthday finds us in a different place in our lives. Maybe your friend just had a big life change and needs some extra support. You might want to include things that bring them comfort, hope and encouragement. Maybe they just had a big win and they deserve extra celebration. Bust out the trophies, confetti and victory dance tunes.
If your friend can’t take that beach vacation they’ve been dreaming about, bring the beach to them. Include yummy-smelling sunscreen, a beach towel, sunglasses and maybe a postcard of their favorite ocean view.
6. Let’s Get Together
Maybe you can’t be in the same place on their birthday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share some quality time. Start a shared journal that you can pass back and forth to keep a record of your lives and your friendship. Send a book you love, bookmarked with notes and highlights. They can send it back with their comments and favorite parts—it’s like a long-distance book club. If you’re feeling artsy, try a collaborative art or craft project and you can each add your special touch.
7. Local Love
If they’re proud of where they live, help them show off their love for their city or state with a box of their favorite locally made products, accessories and stickers. Another route you could take is to go nostalgic: Make a care package filled with reminders of good times in their hometown or college town.