Care Packages Are Like Nostalgia In A Box

Amidst the rediscoveries we've made during our adjustments to socially distant living (matching sweatsuits, puzzles, wine subscriptions), there's one that feels particularly comforting above all the rest: care packages.

The 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. So, we're making a case to re-embrace the care package (toothpaste optional).

Ahead, how to bridge the social distance between partners to friends and family members in the form of a curated care shipment. There's everything from soothing-beauty to sexual-wellness and fresh-baked cookies to New-York bagel boxes — and with budgets in mind, we tried to keep it to all the worthy under-$90 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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L'Occitane Rose Care Package

Best For: Mom
Budget: $20
The recipe to brightening her day is just a rose-infused shea-butter soap and nourishing hand cream away — packaged in a pretty pink box inspired by "the houses in Provence with their colorful windows and doors," of course!

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L'Occitane Rose Care Package, $, available at L'Occitane

Uncommon Goods Birth Month Flower Grow Kit

Best For: Mom
Budget: $34
Instead of going with the more obvious surprise flower or plant delivery, try a shipment of greenery tailored specially to her birth month. This thoughtfully curated care package is crafted in Idaho and comes complete with seeds (from lavender to poppies and mini sunflowers), a glass planter with a coaster-cork lid, soil-less growing medium, care instructions, and a writeup on what her birthday bloom symbolizes.

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Born to Bloom Birth Month Flower Grow Kit, $, available at Uncommon Goods

VineBox Wine & Cheese Pairing Box

Best For: Mom
Budget: $87
You may not be able to take her out to dinner, but this artful box of individual tasting vials will still delight her inner sommelier. Each of the nine wines was selected to accompany nine different kinds of cheese (sadly, not included) and come packaged with instructions on how to properly pair them.

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Vinebox Wine & Cheese Box, $, available at Vinebox

Rael Gentle Flow Set

Best For: Best Friend
Budget: $22
It isn't quite toothpaste status, but this period-care collection is a more elevated nod to those comforting utility packages of days past. Send the lineup of organic and breathable pad covers, panty liners, and comforting heating pads to a friend in need of some extra support this month.

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Rael Gentle Flow Set, $, available at Rael

Milk Bar Dozen Assorted Cookie Tin

Best For: Best Friend
Budget: $36
Christina Tosi's famous NYC bakery will make your bestie's day, no matter where they are, with a shipment of fresh-baked and shipped-direct sweets — like this tin of 12 assorted Compost to Cornflake, Corn, Blueberry & Cream, Chocolate-Chocolate, and Confetti cookies.

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Milk Bar Dozen Assorted Cookie Tin, $, available at Milk Bar

Olive & June The Everything Box

Best For: Best Friend
Budget: $80
If she gets her nails done every week (and is probably panicking over her cuticles right now) then this kit has, well, everything — from six different polishes to a polish remover pot, clean-up brush, flat-edge clipper, dual-grit file, buffer cube, polish-bottle handle, topcoat, and cuticle serum.

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Olive & June The Everything Box, $, available at Olive & June

Craft A Brew Premium Beer-Making Kit

Best For: Long-Distance Partner
Budget: $48
Your beer-bud may be far away, but they can still pour one out for you — once you ship this DIY craft brew kit their way. Using 100% malt extract, specialty grains, fresh hops, and high-quality yeast, this care package has everything needed (growler included) to whip up and crack open a cold one at home.

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Craft a Brew Premium Beer Making Kit, $, available at The Grommet

Trade Coffee Subscription Gift Box

Best For: Long-Distance Partner
Budget: $60

Since they can no longer drop by their favorite corner-coffee shop, a customizable gift subscription of curated coffee beans delivered directly to their doorstep c/o of their sweetheart will more than suffice.

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Trade Monthly Coffee Subscription Box, 3 bags, $, available at Trade

Maude The Solo Kit

Best For: Long-Distance Partner
Budget: $75
Whether you're sending this curated self-pleasure kit to a single friend in need, or as a sexy surprise for your long-distance SO, its contents are sure to not disappoint — including the brand's best-selling vibrator, organic shine lubricant, and hypoallergenic compostable wipe towels. (There's also a tamer tub kit option, too, for sensual soaks.)

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Maude the solo kit, $, available at Maude

Williams-Sonoma Herb Garden Seed Kit

Best For: Grandparents
Budget: $29

This sweet little care package will deliver them all the ingredients and tools necessary for cultivating their very own herb garden — from six different culinary herbs to soil and pots.

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Williams-Sonoma Herb Garden Seed Kit, $, available at Williams-Sonoma

The Bouqs Co. Standout Bouquet

Best For: Grandparents
Budget: $59

Go with the most classic care-package material to brighten their day: a vibrant bouquet of fresh spring flowers.

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The Bouqs Co Standout Bouquet, $, available at The Bouqs Co

H&H Bagels Half-Dozen Cream Cheese & Lox Care Pack

Best For: Grandparents
Budget: $70

For true bagel enthusiasts (aka New Yorkers), the name H&H means something — and an actual shipment from the NYC institution means even more. Although it'll cost you a pretty penny to ship them only six bagels, each package comes with a selection of cream cheese and Nova Scotia smoked salmon. Oh, and a guaranteed brunch to remember.

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H&H Bagels Bagels, Cream Cheese & Nova Scotia Salmon – Half Dozen, $, available at Goldbelly

Kid Made Modern Beach Bash Jewelry Kit

Best For: Best Friend With Kids
Budget: $16
When the recipient has little ones running around, sometimes the best care packages come in the form of craft kits — and we're loving the looks of these DIY beach-style jewels.

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Kid Made Modern Kid Made Modern Beach Bash Jewelry Kit, $, available at Maisonette

DavidsTea Cold Survival Kit

Best For: Best Friend With Kids
Budget: $28
Send her a little something that will help revitalize and soothe her drained mom-duty system — this curated kit comes packed with four loose leaf teas and filters, ten throat-soothing honey sticks, and a hydrating lip butter infused with eucalyptus tea.

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DavidsTea Cold Survival Kit, $, available at DavidsTea

Modern Sprout Unwind Live Well Gift Set

Best For: Best Friend With Kids
Budget: $50
This care package was curated to help her unwind after a long day cooped up inside — featuring a calming collection starting with a DIY Lavender grow kit she can plant with the kiddos, a soy-blended candle, sleep mask, and aromatherapy pillow spray.

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Modern Sprout Unwind Live Well Gift Set, $, available at Verishop

VarietyFun Snack Assortment Care Package

Best For: Dads/Brothers
Budget: $30

If he's a serious snacker, then he will deeply, deeply appreciate this surprise shipment of 50 bags of assorted cookies to chips and beyond.

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Variety Fun Snack Assortment Care Package (50 Count), $, available at Amazon

Mouth Sunshine In A Box

Best For: Dads/Brothers
Budget: $70
And if you want to go the more elevated-snack route, then this gourmet sunshine-themed box has him happily covered — including everything from lemon sugar cookies to popped-by-the-sun popcorn, ginger tea, and other sweet and salty goodies.

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Mouth Sunshine In A Box, $, available at Mouth

Loved & Found Gentlemen's Curated Gift Box

Best For: Dads/Brothers
Budget: $82

Even more of a premium care package (maybe Father's Day material?), this premium gift box for the fellas comes with an Izola engraved brass comb, Sugarfina dark-chocolate caramels, Virginia Cocktail Peanuts, and a pack of Three Jerks filet-mignon jerky — packaged in a twine-tied wooden box with greenery and a hand-written note to boot.

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Loved and Found Gentlemen’s Curated Gift Box, $, available at Anthropologie

Etsy Healing Crystal & Stone Kit

Best For: Pregnant Best Friend
Budget: $26
Bestow this small but mighty collection of high-vibrational healing stones and crystals on her — each lovely kit is hand-packed and charged with Reiki energy from positive fertility vibes to love.

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ElementalsBotanica Fertility Crystal Kit, Healing Crystals & Stones, $, available at Etsy

The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set

Best For: Pregnant Best Friend
Budget: $49
For any expecting moms in your life, these socially distant times take on an entirely different meaning — reach out and show your support with this helpful baby-care package full of essentials, from all-natural diapers to plant-based wipes and organic body products.

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The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set, $, available at The Honest Company

Moon Juice Cosmic Provision Collection

Best For: Pregnant Best Friend
Budget: $58
Bless them with a bounty of vegan-friendly snack material and surprise ship this sampler collection of organic and raw hand-crafted noms — from antioxidant-rich savory crisps and nuts to sweet dried fruit strips.

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Moon Juice Cosmic Provision Collection, $, available at Moon Juice

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