Care packages are the perfect remedy for those who are feeling homesick this holiday season. Whether they’re overseas on a business trip, across the country studying for exams, or even just next door fighting the flu, everyone will be grateful for a little thoughtful delivery. Perk up a loved one’s day by making them a care package for every occasion.
You don’t have to blow the budget to assemble the perfect care package. Make sure to keep these tips in mind before you begin:
Most people are excited whenever they receive snail mail that isn’t a bill. Make it extra special for them this season, and include something that they may not have time to pamper themselves with on a day-to-day basis.
If someone is missing home and unable to get their hands on certain food products where they are, make sure to include their favourite snack or holiday treat for a little taste of home.
Everyone needs an emergency kit during flu and exam season. Make yours functional and fun by including necessary distractions along with the essential cold fighters.
Make your care package unique to whoever is receiving it. Include family photos, handwritten cards and anything else that reminds them of home.
London Drugs partnered with Airdrie Angel to make this holiday season a bit brighter for families who have fallen on hard times due to illness, financials difficulties and other trying circumstances.
“This is a really hard time of year for a lot of families and it’s really important that we support however we can,” says Colleen Lancaster, Store Manager at London Drugs in Airdrie.
Staff from her store and a group of volunteers from The Carre Group surprised families with everything from a Christmas tree and decorations to stockings and stuffers and gifts for the entire family.
“What a day like this does for all of us is to make us appreciate what we have and how we can share with others,” says Lancaster.
Airdrie Angel founder, Matt Carre, adds, “It’s about giving a lift to the spirit. This is exactly what Christmas is all about.”
Holiday Entertaining Made Fun and Easy for the Entire Family
Small appliances are always a hot ticket item during the holidays—they make ideal gifts and are great for holiday entertaining. However this season, in addition to the traditional small appliances, people are stocking up on new and unique novelty small appliances for family friendly holiday fun.
From hot dog steamers to indoor S’mores makers to snow cone makers, London Drugs has expanded its assortment of novelty appliances this season to help chefs of all ages create conversation worthy culinary delights for their family and friends.
Great under the tree as a gift, or used for creative holiday entertaining, here are our top picks for novelty appliances for this holiday season.
You’re sure to make Santa’s ‘nice’ list every year if you leave him cookie cups filled with milk this Christmas Eve.
Make six cookie cups, melt the chocolate, fill with milk and enjoy!
Impress your guests with a sweet treat at your holiday party. The snow cones and slushies are a perfect treat for kids. Add a little Yuletide cheer for an adult party drink.
You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to impress your guests. Bring the traditional campfire treat indoors this holiday season and enjoy delicious S’mores treats anytime!
It comes with an indoor safe heating element – no open flame – to roast marshmallows in approximately two minutes. It’s safe and easy to use, and comes with four marshmallow sticks and a serving tray with four compartments.
It can be a Charlie Brown Christmas for the kids as they make fun Snoopy and Woodstock character grilled cheese sandwiches at home in minutes.
Featuring a non-stick cooking surface, it will make two perfect golden brown grilled cheese sandwiches every time, and store away easily without taking up much kitchen space.
Holiday entertaining can be quick and easy with this non-stick quesadilla maker. The 9.5-inch surface easily makes six wedges, or enough for 2 to 3 people in mere minutes.
Try setting up a do-it-yourself quesadilla station at your next holiday party to have guests easily assemble their own hot and delicious eats so you don’t have to sweat over the stove the whole time.
When all the turkey and trimmings are done, you may be ready for something familiar and simple for your family. The kids can make mom and dad dinner with this fun and family-friendly hot dog steamer.
It makes two perfectly toasted hot dogs at home in minutes. With five adjustable toaster settings, you can get the bun exactly how you like it. Just insert the buns and hot dogs, choose the desired settings and enjoy!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—especially when you’re getting ready for a day of opening presents with the family.
Treat the family to delicious and easy-to-assemble homemade breakfast sandwiches in less than five minutes.
The non-stick cooking surface makes it a breeze to clean up, and you can set it and forget it with its built in timer.
Polaroids have made a big comeback with teens in the last few years. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is a compact camera that prints fun polaroids instantly – keepsakes they can hang in their locker or share with friends.
With all the hype surrounding the soon-to-be released movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront will undoubtedly be on every teen gamer’s wishlist. The game is available for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
The ultra-versatile Ion Party On Bluetooth Speaker is a Bluetooth speaker that streams music wirelessly, while red, green and blue coloured lights flash in synchronization to the music. Adjust the settings for a spontaneous dance party or easy listening while studying.
Create endless manicure patterns and styles with the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit. A portable LED light cures each layer of gel polish in minutes, resulting lasting gel manicures, just like in a professional salon.
Braids have never been trendier among teens, and this easy-to-use device can create fashionable braided styles in 3 simple steps. The Infiniti Pro by Conair Quick Twist braid maker even includes a starter kit with 30 accessories, for endless combinations.
For teens, style is priority. The Skullcandy Uprock Headphones with transparent casing feature Supreme Sound ™ technology, while also doubling as a stylish accessory.
Drones have easily become the hottest tech item of the year. This micro drone by Cobra is small enough to lay in the palm of your hand, and can be used indoors or outdoors with incredible stability.
Make perfectly toasted hot dogs at home with the Smart Planet Peanuts Hot Dog Steamer; just insert the buns and hot dogs, choose the desired setting, and teens can enjoy a fun lunch with friends in minutes.
This NYX travel set comes in a compact case with all the NYX makeup basics for a fresh everyday look and touch-ups on the go. NYX offers a wide range of gift sets to choose from that are suitable for a young beauty buff.
The simple gifts can make the biggest impact for a young teen. Opt for a basic skincare kit, specifically one that fights acne, like Clean & Clear’s Advantage Acne Control Kit.
Zoella, one of the most popular YouTube stars out of the UK (with 9.4 million subscribers), has launched her very own beauty collection, which is now available in Canada. Described as bliss in a bottle, Zoella’s Blissful Mistful Fragranced Body Mist is a relaxing and serene scent.
One of the biggest trends this year has been adult colouring books. From the creator of the world wide bestsellers Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean Colouring Book will take them on a magical journey beneath the waves.
They say in giving, it’s the thought that counts. It’s a sentiment doubly true of health and wellness gifts, which have the potential to rub people the wrong way. “Here’s a present to help improve your current condition!’’ Thinking in advance about the wants and needs of your giftee improves giving accuracy, helping you avoid awkwardness and waste.
When it comes to health- and wellness-related gifts, it’s all about the lifestyle and aspirations of your giftee. Is he or she more about jogging or marathons? Swimming lengths or aquasize? Lifting weights using a workout torn from a magazine, or taking classes with a professional trainer?
Knowledge is power, and we’ve got a suite of helpful suggestions. Of these four people, we bet you have at least one on your gift list.
Your bestie Amy practices yoga at home and at the gym, wants to lose weight, and is careful about what she, and everyone else, eats.
A workout mat and a colourful yoga outfit is the perfect gift — the clothes can double as a “run-around-town” outfit for when she’s out with the kids.
A wearable fitness tracker. Mom and Dad are now fluent with their smartphones, and like to assist their exercise with a handful of apps. Take it to the next level with a Fitbit.
In addition to lifting weights with a trainer, your competitive brother Dan does cross-fit, runs a few kilometres each week, and loves his morning protein shakes.
Prepared smoothie and shake mixes. Dan’s probably got strong preferences when it comes to protein powder, so do reconnaissance before you shop. If you’re not sure, Vega makes an excellent protein smoothie for early mornings short of time, or top-ups throughout the day.
Your sister Bella is naturally slim and fit, which is annoying, and she’s considering starting a “10,000 steps a day” program.