The boxes filled with everything from utility buys (
toothpaste, gee, thanks!) to trinkets ( another stationery set?) and treats ( OMFG, Reese's PB Cups) were sent by loved ones ( hi, mom) while we were away from home, often for the first time. Today, even though it isn't a sleepaway camp or college freshman year, many of us are currently separated from the important people in our lives. So, we're making a case to re-embrace the care package (toothpaste optional).
Ahead, how to bridge the social distance between partners to friends and family members in the form of a curated care shipment. There's everything from soothing-beauty to sexual-wellness and fresh-baked cookies to New-York bagel boxes — and with budgets in mind, we tried to keep it to all the worthy under-$90 options we could find. Scroll on to send a little feels-like-home lovin' to someone who could use it right about now.
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The recipe to brightening her day is just a rose-infused shea-butter soap and nourishing hand cream away — packaged in a pretty pink box inspired by "the houses in Provence with their colorful windows and doors," of course!
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Rose Care Package, $20.00
Buy Seattle Chocolate You're My Hero Care Package Best For: Mom Budget: $36
This curated chocolate box will make her smile for more than just its sweet packaging and contents — the goods are crafted by a woman-led company based out of Seattle that not only sustainably sources its ingredients, but also gives back. In addition to
partnering with The Pink Umbrella Fund
, which donates to food banks in cities across the country, Seattle Chocolate is also donating 5% of all proceeds from this particular purchase to supporting homeless women and families in need.
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You're My Hero Care Package, $36.00
Buy Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit Best For: Mom Budget: $34
Instead of going with the more obvious surprise flower or plant delivery, try a shipment of greenery tailored specially to her birth month. This thoughtfully curated care package is crafted in Idaho and comes complete with seeds (from lavender to poppies and mini sunflowers), a glass planter with a coaster-cork lid, soil-less growing medium, care instructions, and a writeup on what her birthday bloom symbolizes.
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Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, $34.00
Buy Papa Rozier Farms Lemongrass Gift Box Best For: Mom Budget: $54
This Black-owned, Brooklyn-based business specializes in all-natural skincare products to hair treatments described as "Farm to Home." With proceeds from every purchase donated towards
educational and agricultural funding for Hati's The BATI School
, this curated package of lemongrass-infused beauty goods (from a ylang-ylang lotion bar to a moringa oil, balm, and sweetgrass incense braid) makes for meaningful care-package material.
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Lemongrass Gift Box, $54.00
Buy VineBox Vineyard Fresh Wine Tasting Box Best For: Mom Budget: $79
You may not be able to take her out to dinner, but this artful box of individual tasting vials will still delight her inner sommelier. Each of the nine wines is the newest vintage and fresh release sourced from VineBox's favorite European vineyards.
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The Quarterly Wine Club, $79.00
Buy Mini DIY Farmers' Cheese Kit Best For: Best Friend Budget: $14
This mini DIY farmers' cheese kit from Urban Cheese Craft in Portland, Oregon is a hit with over 200 happy reviewers who are now fromage-making connoisseurs. Send one to your best friend before your next much-needed virtual cheese and whine sesh.
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Mini DIY Farmers' Cheese Kit 3-5 batches, $14.00
Buy LOLA Period Essentials Best For: Best Friend Budget: $29
It isn't quite toothpaste status, but this period-essentials collection is a more elevated nod to those comforting utility packages of days past. Send the lineup of breathable tampons, ultra-thin liners, and cleansing wipes crafted from 100% organic cotton and packaged in recyclable plastic to a friend in need of some extra support this month.
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Period Essentials, $29.00
Buy Milk Bar Dozen Assorted Cookie Tin Best For: Best Friend Budget: $36
Christina Tosi's famous NYC bakery will make your bestie's day, no matter where they are, with a shipment of fresh-baked and shipped-direct sweets — like this tin of 12 assorted Compost to Cornflake, Corn, Blueberry & Cream, Chocolate-Chocolate, and Confetti cookies.
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Dozen Assorted Cookie Tin, $36.00
Buy Briogeo Aromatic Essential Oils Kit Best For: Best Friend Budget: $38
Support Black-owned businesses while sending a friend in need of some self-care this value-bundled set of essential oils. The trio is comprised of aromatic blends of lavender, bergamot, rose, clove, sandalwood, and cedar that are formulated to promote well-being for the mind, body, and spirit.
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aromatic essential oils kit, $38.00
Buy Fire Box Isolation Mystery Box Best For: Best Friend Budget: $49
This mysterious care package was strategically curated by zany U.K.-based gift-brand Firebox for brightening up any isolation situations — it comes filled with around $65 worth of boredum-ending activities and smile-worthy trinkets your BFF will adore.
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Isolation Mystery Box, $49.99
Buy Olive & June The Everything Box Best For: Best Friend Budget: $80
If she gets her nails done every week (and is probably panicking over her cuticles right now) then this kit has, well, everything — from six different polishes to a polish remover pot, clean-up brush, flat-edge clipper, dual-grit file, buffer cube, polish-bottle handle, topcoat, and cuticle serum.
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The Everything Box, $80.00
Buy Mystery Fun Pack Best For: Long-Distance Partner Budget: $12
This illustration artist from Milwaukee makes stickers, temporary tattoos, zines and other cheeky bits of artwork. Buy a Mystery Pack or an
Mystery Pack if you're feeling extra saucy, to surprise your more-than-a-friend with something unexpected in the mail.
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Mystery Fun Pack!, $12.00
Buy Craft A Brew Premium Beer-Making Kit Best For: Long-Distance Partner Budget: $48
Your beer-bud may be far away, but they can still pour one out for you — once you ship this DIY craft brew kit their way. Using 100% malt extract, specialty grains, fresh hops, and high-quality yeast, this care package has everything needed (growler included) to whip up and crack open a cold one at home.
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Premium Beer Making Kit, $48.00
Buy Trade Coffee Subscription Gift Box Best For: Long-Distance Partner Budget: $60
Since they can no longer drop by their favorite corner-coffee shop, a customizable gift subscription of curated coffee beans delivered directly to their doorstep c/o of their sweetheart will more than suffice. Also, in addition to donating $2 from every first coffee bag purchase to their roaster employee funds, Trade just launched
to support local roasters and baristas inviting its customers to show their gratitude by leaving a tip for Trade's third-party roasters.
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Monthly Coffee Subscription Box, 3 bags, $60.00
Buy Maude The Solo Kit Best For: Long-Distance Partner Budget: $75
Whether you're sending this curated self-pleasure kit to a single friend in need, or as a sexy surprise for your long-distance SO, its contents are sure to not disappoint — including the brand's best-selling vibrator, organic shine lubricant, and hypoallergenic compostable wipe towels. (There's also a tamer
option, too, for sensual soaks.)
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the solo kit,
$82.00 $75.00 Buy Williams-Sonoma Herb Garden Seed Kit Best For: Grandparents Budget: $29
This sweet little care package will deliver them all the ingredients and tools necessary for cultivating their very own herb garden — from six different culinary herbs to soil and pots.
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Herb Garden Seed Kit, $29.95
Buy The Bouqs Co. Standout Bouquet Best For: Grandparents Budget: $59
Go with the most classic care-package material to brighten their day: a vibrant bouquet of fresh spring flowers.
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Standout Bouquet, $59.00
Buy H&H Bagels Half-Dozen Cream Cheese & Lox Care Pack Best For: Grandparents Budget: $70
For true bagel enthusiasts (aka New Yorkers), the name H&H means something — and an actual shipment from the NYC institution means even more. Although it'll cost you a pretty penny to ship them only six bagels, each package comes with a selection of cream cheese and Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Oh, and a guaranteed brunch to remember.
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Bagels, Cream Cheese & Nova Scotia Salmon - Half Dozen, $69.00
Buy Kid Made Modern Beach Bash Jewelry Kit Best For: Best Friend With Kids Budget: $16
When the recipient has little ones running around, sometimes the best care packages come in the form of craft kits — and we're loving the looks of these DIY beach-style jewels.
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Beach Bash Jewelry Kit, $16.99
Buy DavidsTea Cold Survival Kit Best For: Best Friend With Kids Budget: $28
Send her a little something that will help revitalize and soothe her drained mom-duty system — this curated kit comes packed with four loose leaf teas and filters, ten throat-soothing honey sticks, and a hydrating lip butter infused with eucalyptus tea.
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Cold Survival Kit, $28.00
Buy Modern Sprout Unwind Live Well Gift Set Best For: Best Friend With Kids Budget: $50
This care package was curated to help her unwind after a long day cooped up inside — featuring a calming collection starting with a DIY Lavender grow kit she can plant with the kiddos, a soy-blended candle, sleep mask, and aromatherapy pillow spray.
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Unwind Live Well Gift Set, $50.00
Buy Mr. MiSocki Pair of Socks + Comic Book Best For: Dads/Brothers Budget: $12
This charming oddball gift from independent designer Munish Taneja is a pair of mismatched socks that come with a comic book about a sock who wakes in the dryer only to realize that he's lost his other half. The "volumes" are limited, so snatch up what's left for the guy who likes a gift with a story, comic illustrations, or simply a funky pair of socks to brighten his day.
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Pair of Socks + Comic Book,
$16.00 $12.00 Buy VarietyFun Snack Assortment Care Package Best For: Dads/Brothers Budget: $30
If he's a serious snacker, then he will deeply, deeply appreciate this surprise shipment of 50 bags of assorted cookies to chips and beyond.
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Snack Assortment Care Package (50 Count), $27.99
Buy Mouth Sunshine In A Box Best For: Dads/Brothers Budget: $70
And if you want to go the more elevated-snack route, then this gourmet sunshine-themed box has him happily covered — including everything from lemon sugar cookies to popped-by-the-sun popcorn, ginger tea, and other sweet and salty goodies.
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Sunshine In A Box, $70.00
Buy Loved & Found Gentlemen's Curated Gift Box Best For: Dads/Brothers Budget: $82
Even more of a premium care package (maybe Father's Day material?), this premium gift box for the fellas comes with an Izola engraved brass comb, Sugarfina dark-chocolate caramels, Virginia Cocktail Peanuts, and a pack of Three Jerks filet-mignon jerky — packaged in a twine-tied wooden box with greenery and a hand-written note to boot.
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Gentlemen’s Curated Gift Box, $82.00
Buy Healing Crystal & Stone Kit Best For: Pregnant Best Friend Budget: $26
Bestow this small but mighty collection of high-vibrational healing stones and crystals on her — each lovely kit is hand-packed and charged with Reiki energy from positive fertility vibes to love.
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Fertility Crystal Kit, Healing Crystals & Stones, $26.25
Buy Farmacy Beehive Kit Best For: Pregnant Best Friend Budget: $2
If you make any sort of contribution to
right now, Farmacy will match it. The indie beauty brand is also donating 10,000 meals
for 30 days as part of its commitment to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America. Any of Farmacy's sets makes an excellent gift for expecting mums due to its clean ingredients.
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The Beehive Mini Set,
$40.00 $28.00 Buy The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set Best For: Pregnant Best Friend Budget: $49
For any expecting moms in your life, these socially distant times take on an entirely different meaning — reach out and show your support with this helpful baby-care package full of essentials, from all-natural diapers to plant-based wipes and organic body products.
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Baby Arrival Gift Set, $49.95
Buy Moon Juice Cosmic Provision Collection Best For: Pregnant Best Friend Budget: $58
Bless them with a bounty of vegan-friendly snack material and surprise ship this sampler collection of organic and raw hand-crafted noms — from antioxidant-rich savory crisps and nuts to sweet dried fruit strips.
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Cosmic Provision Collection,
$65.00 $58.00 Buy