Missing Your Friends? Gift a Socially Distanced Care Package

April 16, 2020

socially distanced care package gift idea

It’s hard to believe we’re now over a month into social distancing measures. We’re dealing with a situation that is unprecedented in our (and our parents, and grandparents) lifetime. While I don’t pretend to understand the unique and nuanced challenges everyone is facing, I do think that a lack of social interaction has impacted everyone. It’s hard not to see your friends and family and show your love in all the little ways: from a hug, to buying them a drink, or treating them to a birthday night out.

Alex & I have definitely been missing our tribe and so we decided to create gift bags to curb-side deliver to our friends (staying at the car / socially distancing of course). Deciding what to get for the gifts bags and actually putting them together was a fun activity in and of itself, and we’re excited to gift them to our friends tonight! Head to my instagram stories today for some footage of our delivery escapades!

What to Include in a Socially Distanced Care Package:

Coffee Mug:

We’re all home. All the time. Drinking all the coffee. (Or wine out of coffee mug, #dontjudge 🙊). A Cute coffee mug makes a great gift idea for a socially distanced care package. You can tailor it to the person’s specific tastes or go for something that gives back! Alex & I gifted this “Socially Distant” coffee mug from a local boutique, The Heart. The owner is giving back $3 of the sale of each mug to charity to help those affected by COVID-19 and/or struggling with poverty and food security right now. Below are other funny/cute mugs that would make a great addition to the care package.


I repeat: we. are. all. stuck. at. home. Might as well brighten up your space with a pretty and good smelling candle! Below are some of my favorites.

Toilet Paper:

It’s a funny, cheap addition to the gift bag, and honestly it’s practical!

At Home Beauty Products:

You can get some great face masks, nail polish or other beauty goodies at affordable prices and include those. Personally, Alex & I got this face mask set since it’s great quality but a good deal when buying as a set (6 masks for under $21, so only $3 per person). Take a look at some of the other beauty products I’d recommend for this socially distanced care package below:

Coloring Pages:

If you have a printer at home, this is a great (and affordable!) thing to include. You can google pages to suit your friend’s particular tastes, print them and include them in the gift bag. Everyone needs distraction right now and adult coloring is perfect for that!


Pick up a few bags of candy and throw them in the care packages. Who doesn’t love a little  sweet treat!


This one is (clearly) a bit of splurge but depending on what you want to spend per socially distanced care package (Alex & I kept it to under $35 per person) you could add in some cozy sweatpants or a soft tee! I’ve linked up some below that are all less than $18.


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60 responses to “Missing Your Friends? Gift a Socially Distanced Care Package”

  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    This is such a cute idea!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. justlivejoy says:

    Ohhhhh….I must have that coffee mug! Perfect! Have a great weekend! xo~Sherry

  3. Sonia Aicha says:

    such an inspiring post, perfect during this quarantine! I am a huge fan of mugs and this is definitely a YES and candy is always a good idea, hello netflix and chill lol
    Happy Weekend,

  4. I love this idea! The coffee mug and the candle are always nice, I guess, and now will lift up our spirits. The toilet paper made me laugh, not exactly something beautiful, but super useful of course.
    Thanks for the tip!

    • Lee says:

      Haha I thought the TP was a funny option to add lol! Thanks for reading the post, and glad you like the idea!!

  5. Emily says:

    OMG I needed this! <3 Making one for my mom and one for my friend who lives a few hours away from me!

  6. MarciaF says:

    What a great idea. I’m not going out at all but I have a lot of masks and other small products like new travel size mascaras that I could use for a surprise box. This is a favorite post of mine of your posts.

  7. amybelle2001 says:

    This is my favorite blog post! I love this idea!!

  8. This is my favorite blog post of yours thus far! VERY practical! I have a dear senior friend in Grand Marais Michigan- food cost a lot up there and I’d like to send her a Sugar Free Candy assortment ( she’s diabetic).

  9. Heather S says:

    Love it! This is my favorite blog post of yours.

  10. Manda B. says:

    This is my favorite blog post! I love this idea…a great and easy way to make someone’s day brighter!

  11. Sharon Yarrell says:

    This is a wonderful idea. This is my favorite post.

  12. Lori Abrams says:

    This is definitely it’s your favorite blog post of mine! I love this idea!

  13. Katrina Brockavich says:

    I love this idea, I would love to make one of these for my mom. Social distancing is tough on all of us, but I have found small things like this mean a lot and bring us closer! This is my favorite post of yours!!

    • Lee says:

      That’s exactly how I feel! focusing on little things and what we can do to make each other smile makes a big difference!

  14. Stephanie says:

    My best friend’s birthday is on Tuesday, and I’m thinking I need to put together a little care package like this. I think she’d love it – and it’s practical while being cute. Great idea!

  15. Lauren Becker says:

    This is my favorite blog post of yours! Seriously, what a cute idea. I’m creating boxes for friends that live in other states, but I like the idea of making these for friends that live nearby and just dropping them off. What a fun way to spread cheer!


    • Lee says:

      That’s so great that you’re mailing something like this to friends in other states! What a great way to spread some love to far away friends.

  16. Sharon says:

    A sweet idea and helpful suggestions in this crazy time we’re living through! This is a favorite post of mine!

  17. Kelsey B says:

    This is my favorite blog post! I feel like quarantine is bringing out so many good and selfless acts from people, and I love seeing it!

    • Lee says:

      I feel the same way! Even brands are doing better! (I just shared a post today listing a bunch of brands giving back!)

  18. velvetwhip says:

    This is my favorite post. It’s a wonderful reminder to us on how we can “be there” for the people we care about even if we can’t actually be there. I love the ideas! Thanks ever so much!

  19. Alice Minx says:

    I love this. This is my favorite blog post of yours so far. I did little Easter baskets for the girls at work, but I love the idea of doing these for my friends that I don’t get to see at the moment. I need to do this soon! I never realized how much I miss a boring normal life lol

  20. keshakeke says:

    This is such a great idea and one of my favorite blog post. I miss my friends and family so much. This would be a great way to bring some joy into their lives and mine.

  21. Amanda says:

    Absolutely love this idea! The items you picked are absolutely perfect for a care package… definitely points for the toilet paper 😛

  22. This is so cute. I may need this cup. Curious if my best friend can use her DIY and cricket skills to make a similar one for me! I

  23. Nancy says:

    Yes, I miss my friends too! Let’s hope it will all be over soon. Stay safe!

  24. Amanda B. says:

    This is my favorite blog post! I love the idea of brightening someone’s day 🙂

  25. Megan says:

    I miss my friends so much! This is such a cute and fun idea. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Ria says:

    Hahah these are great!

  27. darleenmeier says:

    If it’s got toilet paper in it, I’m all over that!! It’s still so hard to find where I live. Love the mug too!

    • Lee says:

      Ah really!? That sucks! I’ve heard horror stories of people not being able to find it, but we’ve been really lucky here in Vancouver. There are three grocery stores we go to (all within walking distance of us) and they’ve all had TP in stock every time we’ve been!

  28. Michelle Damon says:

    Thank you for the ideas! So hard being away from those we care about right now & what better way to make someone smile?! Everyone could use a reason to smile

  29. dousedinpink says:

    I love this idea! And what a fun way to get out of the house too! That mug is so cute!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  30. shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    Lee, I love this idea! I have been sending cards with small gifts to friends, mostly my single friends who live alone, but I haven’t yet done the whole care package thing yet! Although I did just mention it to my husband about sending a care package to his mom who lives alone and is 300 miles away from us! Thanks for the lovely ideas and linking up with me.


    • Lee says:

      Aw that is so sweet of you, I love how many people you’re thinking of during this time; from your friends to your mother in law <3

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