Thursday, November 19, 2009

LDS Missionary Christmas Care Package Ideas

Update: Another Christmas Care Package idea for my newest missionary can be found here.

Today I mailed a few Christmas care packages to my son serving an LDS mission in Bolivia. About a month ago I asked him to send me ideas of what he might want or need. This year I wrapped each gift and put a mailing label on it with a scripture for him to look up. I looked up the correlating scriptures in the Topical Guide and the Bible dictionary. It was enjoyable for me, and I hope he reads them instead of tearing open all of the little packages first.

Shipping Tips:

  • Keep package weight under 4 lbs. to prevent expensive customs fees at the other end.
  • Use a postal scale at home before you get to the post office so you don't have any surprises. When I arrived at the post office, both packages weighed 3 lbs. 14 oz. each! Pretty good.
  • Choose items that are lightweight.
  • Don't try to send everything you desire because if he gets transferred, he can't take it all with him.

Items I sent:

Water filtration bottle - John 3:5
Beef Jerky - Matt. 25:35
Cracker Jack's - Matt. 12:1
Rice Krispies Treat - D&C 89:14
Starbursts - Genesis 1:16
Sugar Free Hawaiian Punch singles - John 2:3-9
Life Saver Storybook - Luke 9:56
Swedish Fish - Matt 4:19
Wonka Laffy Taffy - Eccl. 3:4
Post-it Notes - 2 Chron. 30:6
Nerf Basketball w/hoop & net - Matt. 13:47
Candycane Cocoa packets - Mark 6:8
November Conference Ensign - D&C 1:38
CTR rings in Spanish for kids - Joshua 24:15
5x7 Pictures of President Monson - Amos 3:7
Sm. Hand sanitizer - D&C 50:28
CD "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" - D&C 58:4
Oatmeal packets - D&C 89:16-21
Family Testimonies written in English & Spanish to be put in BofM's he passes out - D&C 76:22
Pillowcase with family handprints - 3 Nephi 11:15-17
Ties for companion and converts
Willowtree Thank You ornament & bookmark for pensionistas (cooks). I wrote a thank you in Spanish on the back of each gift.
Mini Christmas tree (Walgreens)
Super-mini Christmas lights (Walgreens)
Advent Calendar
A few gifts and letters from relatives.

Some other missionary care package ideas from BYU Women's Conference
More ideas here


  1. Great idea for missionaries. We did something similar in Relief Society. Note on the boxes....most Priority mail boxes now have printing on the insides too so you can't turn them inside out. The box says "this provided solely for use in sending Priority Mail shipments." I've seen guys at the post office required to ship a package priority mail because they turned the box inside out. The only other option was to go home and find another box.

    Another option is to save some boxes and reuse them.

  2. we are doing a similar thing for our son/brother serving in Montana. Thankfully, the shipping isn't so bad. Thanks for the ideas.

  3. Just a heads up, the PO gets very upset when their boxes are turned inside out instead of being used for priority shipping.

    I'd be careful.

  4. Thanks, ParkerMama. I had no idea. I removed the idea.

  5. Our son is working on his mission papers at this moment. He plans on leaving in about 5 months. He turns 19, May 7th.

    I can't thank you enough for your WONDERFUL ideas for Christmas. I am printing this off and saving it. Love your blog!

  6. Very cute -- I love the scripture/notes idea! Thanks for sharing.


  7. For those with Missionaries serving overseas, find out if there are shippers that send to those areas, (like the Philippines Balikbayan shippers) often it is cheaper to send through them than the Post office.

  8. When people order missionary gifts from us we recommend ordering them first to your home address in the USA. The gifts can then be combined so that you're only sending a single package to your missionary.

    If anyone's interested our missionary t-shirts are selling really well in the run up to Christmas.


  9. Great ideas! I can't wait to use the scripture notes and items for our missionary son! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Love this! Thank you! I was trying to come up with a few creative things to send my son for his b-day. This helps lots! Thanks!

  11. Thank you for this list! My parents are serving in Africa and have requested some of the items shown here. This has been a great help for me in making a customized 12 Days of Christmas package for them.


Thanks for your comments and suggestions!