A survey conducted by Army Wife Network of nearly 2,000 military spouses revealed some interesting findings when it comes to celebrating and appreciating the military spouse. Participants were asked to vote on (or add) their favorite item that would be included in a military spouse appreciation care package.
As expected, many voted for the package to include their husband. Even though we know there are hundreds of USPS Flat Rate boxes out there, I'm pretty sure that's not possible.
But what wasn’t expected was how many spouses said they want practical gifts -- things like a day at the spa, help with housing cleaning, child care, dinner, help with automobiles and, of course, lawn care.
Is there a way to meld these practical wants with a care package? I think so. That’s why I took these practical "needs" to a whole new level and created some very fun gift ideas for you to celebrate the special military spouse in your life with in a military care package. Feel free to adjust -- or leave out entirely -- any suggested gift cards based on your budget.
Military Spouse Care Package: Spa Day
Nail polish (several fun colors)
Nail file, clippers, etc.
Skin care (masque, exfoliator, etc.)
Robe or slippers
Certificate for a mani/pedi or massage
Package this in a pretty gift bag with tissue paper
Military Spouse Care Package: Household 6
Fancy cleaning gloves, broom, dustpan
Name brand (you know the ones you wouldn't spend money on yourself) cleaning supplies
Candle or Reed diffuser
Special (I'm talking Victoria's Secret type) laundry detergent
Mixed CD or dance music for cleaning
Certificate for housecleaning (for the day she doesn't feel like doing it herself!)
Package this in a plastic cleaning caddy complete with a bow
Military Spouse Care Package: Date Night
Certificate for local restaurant or fast food joint
Military Spouse Care Package: Precious Car – Go!
Tire cleaner foam
Febreeze for autos
Hanging car air freshener
Certificate for an oil change
Certificate for a car wash or car detailing
Package this in a bucket with a large sponge
Military Spouse Care Package: Yard & Garden Party
Seed packets or flowers
Fun garden hat
Certificate for lawn maintenance
Package items in a planter or large pot with garden tools
Military Spouse Care Package: Gift of Service
An easy way to spruce up any package or a great idea for the budget conscience is to give the gift of your own service. Use your creativity to make a printable coupon book or visit this site and do them for free.
No time to put together a package? Visit the Military.com discount center for great gift ideas.