We can send "care packages," no bigger than a shoebox size, but it cannot contain food or clothes. So what in the world do you send someone at boot camp? My mind is boggled. He doesn't have much time as they regiment most of his time, so it has to be something creative that will make him smile, but not get him teased.
This son of mine is extremely frugal. If he could get his parents to buy him anything, even a haircut, he would do so just to save money. Oh, the things I could share you about his need to not spend money! However, there was one weakness that always prevailed and that was the Dairy Queen Blizzard. He would buy one every day and eat it; oh, not just one, but the largest one available! So as a fun mailing, I ate (a small size because I cannot get a big one down!) Blizzard, washed out the container, and cut it so it would lay flat.
On the reverse side I wrote "Sniff it! Imagine the smell. Imagine the taste. It's almost like the real thing!" In my note to him in the letter I told him that anytime he felt discouraged, to pull this out for yet another smile to get him through.
Yes, I'm a mean mom, huh!
I'm trying to think of the next creative thing when I recalled a website for "13 Ounces of Less." Anything that ways that weighs 13 oz or less (368 grams) can have an address label and stamp applied right to it and it will go first class! First class costs less than postage for heaver mail, regardless of size.
So I found on the site mentioned that I can send him a Frisbee and the idea immediately clicked! He loved to play ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee golf with his friends. So I'm headed out next to buy him an inexpensive Frisbee to see if that works!
Head over to the site for other ideas! Even a rubber ball was mailed! I like the idea of putting small items inside a plastic water bottle, but what could I put inside?
There is a Flickr group with ideas also.
Who are you going to make smile for the price of a stamp or two?
Do you have any ideas for me to try? If I try it, I will certainly share it on my blog. Leave a comment! I would love to hear from you.