Crafting the Perfect Care Package

Thanks to the Internet, it is now possible and even common for a person to have friends dotted all over the globe. I'm very grateful that blogging has connected me with some amazing people from the UK and beyond, but it is sad that I don't get to see some of my blogging pals as much as I'd like. Having long-distance friendships can also be hard when one of your close mates is going through a rough patch and because you're so far away, there's not much you can do to help. However, today I'm here to show you just what you can do for you faraway friends! The wonderful Kate and I have clubbed together to craft the perfect care package for our good friend Hels, who is currently juggling a full time job, caring for her son Dougie, running a successful blog, AND arranging a wedding! Phew! Kate and I are seriously in awe of Hels's neverending energy, kindness, and commitment. We thought she deserved a treat, so keep scrolling to find out what we sent to her!

📚 Tea & a Book ☕️

Regular readers of my blog will know that I featured Sarah Knight's The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck in a recent post where I detailed My Blogging Fuck Budget, and because I found this book so inspiring and thought provoking, I knew I had to send it to Hels! One of the quotes from the book that most stood out to me was "You're part of your family too, so your happiness also matters!" I thought that Hels could also benefit from these pearls of wisdom because she never fails to put everyone else above herself and is one of the most selfless people I know. I really believe that she deserves to take her own happiness into account way more, and I hope that reading this book will inspire her to do so.

To accompany the book, I included a selection of teas for Hels to enjoy as she is reading! Twinings' Salted Caramel Green Tea sounds like heaven in a cup to me, and I'm sure that Hels will find something here that she likes! Now I just need to find a way to send her the time she'll need to actually sit down and enjoy a cuppa, which may prove slightly trickier...

✨ Cosiness & Cuteness 💩

Next up come a couple of fun things from my lovely friend Ellis Wooley's newly revamped online shop - Pastel Elixir! I know that Hels is a huge fan of Ellis's gorgeous design work, so I just had to include some goodies from her shop in this care package. Both of the items that I picked out were badges: one has the adorable Poonicorn design (get it?) and the other is an equally cute Elephant! If you're reading this post to gain inspiration for creating a care package of your own, supporting a small online business is a great thing to do when deciding which items to include. Not only will you be guaranteeing a unique gift for the recipient of your package, but you'll also be making a huge difference to a small seller!

A blackhead remover might be thought of as a bit of a rude gift for a friend, right? Well, I'm hoping that Hels will forgive me! A little while ago, Hels, Kate, and I collaborated on our first blog post together, all about busting beauty fads! We all talked about trying a blackhead mask but none of us never actually got round to doing it, so I picked up this little beauty for Hels to try out - I'm eager to hear her thoughts on it! I think that little gifts like this which reference things you and your friend have talked about or done together are a really lovely touch!

Last but by no means least, a comfy prezzie in the form of a pair of fuzzy socks will always be appreciated! I actually have a pair of fluffy socks exactly the same as these ones (shout out to my friend Beth for gifting them to me!) so when I saw them in Primark, I just had to pick up a pair for Hels too! Twinningggg!

 💦 Pamper Time 🛀


The crowning glory of any care package has to be some new skincare products! There's nothing like a new range of smellies to tempt you into having a self-care evening! The lovely people at Palmer's provided me with some goodies to try out myself, and a couple to send to Hels as well. I trialled the 24-Hour Moisture body lotion which promised to pamper and smooth your skin, and it certainly delivered! The coconut oil formula meant that the lotion smelled DIVINE and left a lasting, but not overpowering scent on your skin. My skin felt touchably soft and silky, and the product sunk in quickly, leaving no annoying, sticky residue. As for the body cream, the texture of this truly was thick and luxurious, perfect if you're feeling a little bit decadent! I'm also confident that Hels will love the hydrating and rejuvenating body oil - the ideal addition to any skincare routine. Palmer's is also a company with an ethos I can really get behind: as well as being 100% cruelty free, the coconut oil from all of their products is ethically and sustainably sourced. So, if you're looking to put together a care package for one of your pals, I highly recommend picking up a few of Palmer's gorgeous products!

And there you have it - my top tips for crafting a gorgeous care package that anybody would love! My friend Kate who also contributed to Hels' care package has also written a post about the products she included, so look out for her post over on Finding Kate!

Over to you: What would you include in your perfect care package? Who in your life most deserves a treat? Share in the comments below!

Until next time,

A x

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