Top Ideas for a Care Package for Your Girlfriend for Any Occasion

How to show your girlfriend you care? A care package, of course!
Colleen Zewe - The Knot Contributor.
Colleen Zewe
Colleen Zewe - The Knot Contributor.
Colleen Zewe
The Knot Contributor
  • Colleen writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in venues and wedding stationery.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Colleen contributed to Vox’s Curbed and Her Campus.
  • Colleen holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Updated Jul 31, 2023

Looking for a way to show your S.O. how much you adore them at a moment when they're stressed, sick or far away? If so, you might want to consider putting together a care package for your girlfriend.

Care packages allow you to bundle several small, but special items perfectly curated for your girlfriend and the gifting occasion into one big box of joy. Maybe you're celebrating a big anniversary from separate locations, showing sympathy, saying get well soon or simply sending a "just because" gift. Putting together a care package shows your girlfriend you appreciate her and all that makes her unique. Unsure where to start? Lucky for you, we've rounded up the best care package ideas for your girlfriend for every occasion.

In this article:

What to Put in a Care Package for Your Girlfriend

Personalized and thoughtful—those are the two top things to keep in mind when looking for the perfect gifts to include in your girlfriend's care package. This is an opportunity to choose things she'll truly love, appreciate and use. Whether it's soup if she's feeling sick (packaged to travel, of course) or a new book she can dive into, these items should be carefully curated to your girlfriend's unique tastes and the intention of the care package.

You can build the care package around one focal point, such as a coffee-themed care package, a gift basket full of snacks or a gift filled with merch from her favorite franchise. Or you can keep it varied with lots of different things you know she'll love. To help you out further, we're sharing the best ideas for what to include in care packages to your girlfriend below.

For a Special Occasion

Gearing up for a birthday, toasting an anniversary or celebrating a holiday? A care package is the perfect thoughtful gift for your girlfriend for a special occasion. You can include a variety of her favorite things to make her feel special and seen by you.

  • Luxury candle in her favorite scent
  • Her favorite candy or snack
  • Earrings, a bracelet or a necklace
  • Gift card to her favorite store
  • Gift certificate for a spa day
  • Her favorite hair care, skin care and beauty products
  • New makeup bag to store those self-care goodies

For a Faraway Girlfriend

Long distance relationships are never easy. You may find yourself wanting to send your girlfriend a few sweet somethings so she knows you're thinking of her, even from miles away. Care packages make amazing long-distance relationship gifts because they're easy to ship and fun to receive in the mail as a special surprise.

  • Postcard with a handwritten note
  • Gift card to order takeout so you can enjoy a video-call dinner date
  • Scrapbook filled with your favorite memories and photos
  • Cozy blanket
  • Comfy neck pillow to level-up your long-distance travels to see each other
  • Succulent or easy-to-ship plant

For School or Studying

If your girlfriend is spending late nights studying or working hard to get through school, show her you see how much effort she's putting into her studies and give her a special care package to help make the long nights a little sweeter.

  • Her favorite salty snacks and sweet treats
  • Coffee or chocolate-covered coffee beans
  • Fun and colorful gel pens
  • Cute coffee mug of tumbler
  • Quirky keychain for her school bag
  • Sheet face mask
  • Peppermint gum—research shows peppermint can energize your brain and boost memory before a big test

For a Sick Girlfriend

Nobody likes to see their girlfriend sick. Whether she's coughing and sneezing or prone to migraines, sending her a get-well package filled with thoughtful gifts is sure to put a smile on her face and lift her spirits while she recovers.

  • Boxes of tea
  • Weighted blanket or cozy throw
  • Get-well remedies such as cough medicine, ibuprofen and vitamin C packets
  • Packaged chicken noodle soup
  • Fresh honey to soothe her throat
  • Moisturizer and lip balm
  • Adult coloring books or crossword puzzles
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Gift card for her favorite streaming service

For a Stressed Girlfriend

Is your girlfriend feeling stressed and burnt out? Help her take a minute for herself with a self-care-themed girlfriend care package. She deserves some time to pamper herself.

  • Sweet-smelling bath products, such as salt scrub, a bath bomb and moisturizer
  • Gel eye masks
  • Gua sha or jade face roller
  • Gift card to get a massage
  • Reed diffuser or her favorite candle
  • Mini diffuser and essential oils
  • Stress ball, fidget toy or slime
  • Warm and fuzzy slippers

For a Sad Girlfriend

Does your girlfriend have a case of the blues? Cheer her up with a loving and carefully curated gift box. Whether she's mourning a loss, processing bad news or just feeling low, gift her a box filled with mood-boosting treats, fun distractions and thoughtful ways to process how she's feeling.

  • Something sweet, like donuts or cupcakes
  • Funny card to put a smile on her face
  • Citrus-scented body butter
  • Spotify gift card
  • Gift certificate to a shared experience, such as a painting class, to get her out of the house and having fun
  • Cute notebook and gel pen for journaling
  • Puzzle to keep her mind occupied
  • Mini sun lamp

Sample Care Package Messages to Your Girlfriend

Assembling your box of treats is just the first step. Now it's time to dig deep into your inner Shakespeare and write a heartfelt message for her to accompany the care package for your girlfriend. Have a case of writer's block? Don't worry, we have some ideas for what to say.

  • I'm so happy we're marking another trip around the sun together. To celebrate you and our love, I put together this gift box with all of your favorite things. I love you!
  • Being far away from you is never easy. Here's a little something to say: "I'm thinking of you, even from miles away!"
  • Even when we're miles apart, you're always in my heart. I can't wait to see you soon!
  • I know you've been studying so hard. I hope this care package adds a little bit of fun to all your hard work! You've got this!
  • I'm sorry you've been feeling sick—here's a little something to help you feel better. Get well soon so I don't get sick from missing you!
  • You deserve a little pampering. Enjoy an evening all to yourself and feel that stress fade away!
  • Sending a little bit of sunshine to brighten your day. Through thick and thin, I love you and am here to support you however you need.
  • Happy birthday to the best girlfriend I could ask for. Cheers to you!
  • You are a special, bright and beautiful person. I couldn't resist putting together this care package for you!
  • I sent you this care package as a "just because" treat. You're my favorite person and deserve something special.

Where to Buy Girlfriend Care Package Supplies

Feeling ready to start buying your care package supplies? The Knot Shop has many small, personalized gifts that'll work—from monogrammed makeup bags to cute hair accessories. The shop even sells customized gift boxes, bags and gift tags to help wrap your care package in the cutest way.

On Etsy, you can find almost any quirky or unique gift you can think of. Artisans and independent creators sell their goods on individual Etsy storefronts and, if your girlfriend has a favorite show, franchise or hobby, you can surely find a gift to go with her niche interest. There's also many prefilled care packages and gift boxes on Etsy to help do the hard work for you.

And of course, there's Amazon. What can't you find on Amazon? Many items have two-day shipping, so you can fill your box fast, and you're sure to find plenty of wrapping supplies (baskets, cellophane, ribbon and cards, just to name a few) to build your care package into an Insta-worthy gift.

Another great option for finding unique gifts is Uncommon Goods. This Brooklyn-based company carefully curates creative and thoughtful gifts with a focus on items that serve a purpose, solve a problem or are made from unusual or sustainable materials. You're likely to find something that you've never thought of before, but may just be the perfect gift for your girlfriend.

Anthropologie also sells many giftable home products, such as candles, kitchen towels, blankets and office supplies. Their beauty and wellness section boasts plenty of luxurious products for your girlfriend to pamper herself with, too.

No matter what you include in your care package for your girlfriend, she'll appreciate you putting together something special just for her.

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