You can always find a special day to send a care package to distant family or friends, whether it be an official holiday, or just an “I miss you” package.  The trick is making it a surprise.  While your loved ones may expect a card or gift from you on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean that the contents can’t be a wonderful surprise. Here are some recipes and ideas to go beyond the card.  Enjoy….they will.

Valentine’s Care Packages – Necessities & Treats:

Valentine's College Care Package for the Girl
Valentine’s Care Package for the Girl

I sent the above care package to my daughter when she started living in an apartment for the first time and began is cooking for herself and friends.  I thought some sturdy paper plates and decorations for cupcakes and bars she might take to a potluck would be appreciated.  I added some gel decor for her windows and some homemade Valentine’s Day treats, and voila…she’s ready for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's College Care Package for the Boy
Valentine’s Care Package for the Boy

While my son was in college he was always in need of money, so the Valentine box full of chocolates was turned into a Valentine box full of money.  I added some useful items for him at the time, like laundry pods, hot sauce and a coffee filter basket and his package was good to go.

Valentine’s Care Packages:  The Treats:

Red fruit, chocolate and hearts were, of course, the theme. Making the treats shippable was also important so I went with brownies and cookies.  All of the recipes can be found at this post, but here are a few photos of the end products:

Strawberry Brownies with Rosewater Frosting
Strawberry Brownies with Rosewater Frosting
Valentines Peanut Butter Blossoms
Valentines Peanut Butter Blossoms
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

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