The Best Care Packages For Long-Distance Gifting

Amidst the rediscoveries we've made during our adjustments to socially distant living (the understated chic of a matching sweatsuit, the joy of completing a puzzle, and mandatory mask-wearing), there's one that feels particularly comforting above all the rest: the sending (or receiving) of care packages. And even if it has become a little safer to move about the cabin (and the country), there are certain pandemic-mandated behaviors that will remain common long after the novel coronavirus is a distant memory (knock on wood) — and we bet that the snail-mail exchange of trinkets and tokens is one of them.
Care packages of yore — those 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. Ahead, we rounded up some ideas for bridging social distance among loved ones in the form of a curated shipment. There's everything from soothing clean beauty boxes to sexual-wellness kits; from fresh-baked cookies to New York-made bagels — and with budgets in mind, we tried to keep it to all the worthy under-$95 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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