Care Package & Gift Basket Ideas for Moving {Giveaway}

August 21, 2013 18 Comments »
Thank you CVS/pharmacy for donating the gift basket items for the Yon family.


Whether you know a family who is moving to a different house, neighborhood, city, state (or maybe even country) or there’s a new family in your neighborhood, it’s always thoughtful to create a care package or gift basket with useful items. Personally, I love shopping at CVS/pharmacy for all kinds of things besides just refilling prescriptions for my family. When I heard a family from my daughter’s school was moving to Africa to become missionaries, I thought to myself, “How can I help in my own personal way.” I decided to approach CVS/pharmacy with a list of items that this family had on their needs list for their trip. CVS/pharmacy quickly gathered items (more than I could fit in the gift basket), for my family to donate on their behalf.

Care Package and Gift Basket Ideas for Moving MommyB

This gave me great ideas for gifting to people who are moving anywhere in the world. Here are some care package and gift basket ideas for different ages and moves using products that can all be purchased at CVS/pharmacy.

College or Back-to-School Care Package

  • CVS/pharmacy carries a long list of Back-to-School supplies from Crayola crayons, to composition notebooks, and more that would be great to add to this care package.
  • Consider adding CVS brand over the counter medicine, {did you know most CVS brand medicines has the same active ingredients as the name brand??}
  • Gold Emblem snacks for late night studying, affordable and yummy too
  • Laundry supplies {unless of course they’re bringing all their “dirties” back home to you}

Moving Gift Basket Care Package MommyB

Overseas Move Care Package (of course this package may vary depending on restrictions of airlines or country law/limits)

  • Sunscreen – we love any of the CVS clear mist versions, it’s easy to apply.
  • Pack some snacks for the recipient to munch on during their flight, Unreal Candy is a healthier alternative, but is still a nice, sweet treat.
  • In some countries multi-vitamins are very hard to find, these are easy to stock up on and send in your care package
  • Send some entertainment, purchase some card games or small board games, featured in CVS/pharmacy’s toy aisle

Hallmark Blooming FlowerFriend Moving Away Care Package

  • Personalize notes for a set timeframe and include inspirational quotes, memories, favorite sayings, or Bible verses
  • Choose a theme for the gift basket like all items one color, that person’s favorite scent, or items that will remind them of your friendship
  • CVS/pharmacy carries a full line of greeting cards and also sells great Hallmark products including the popular blooming flower greetings, perfect for friendship or someone you love
  • Purchase a gift card or two to somewhere you both can visit when you see each other next. This gives you a date to look forward to and not having to worry about where to go or who will pay.

Welcome to the Neighborhood Gift Basket

  • Create a list (with permission) of the names and phone numbers of neighbors in your area to give to your new neighbor so they may reach out or have someone to call in a time of need.
  • Since you may not know food preferences or if there are food allergies, you may want to stay away from food based gifts and stick to household products instead.
  • A CVS/pharmacy gift card is a great addition to this gift basket so the recipient can buy some items they may have left behind or need for their new home.
  •  Grab some standard cleaning products like baking powder, sponges, disinfecting wipes so they have cleaning items handy.

CVS/pharmacy is great for all kinds of needs whether you create a gift card tree or buy a bunch of great items to fill a care package or gift basket to the brim.


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I received products from CVS/pharmacy who I often partner with in order to provide some needs of the Yon Family. My family and I have used CVS products and shopped there well before I began working with the brand because we trust and appreciate their amazing service. All opinions and thoughts in the above post are my own, however yours may vary.


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  1. Renee August 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    I have a niece starting grad school, so definitely the aspirin and some snacks!

  2. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM - Reply

    I think a great moving basket would be some basic stuff like hand soap, toilet paper, some breakfast bars and snacks. Things that they may not have available to them during the moving process.

  3. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy August 21, 2013 at 4:52 PM - Reply

    What great ideas. I never thought of a moving gift basket. I need to make one!!

  4. Heather Hayes Panjon August 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM - Reply

    My Sister Is Moving, Snacks, Hand Soaps, Would Be Helpful.

  5. Amy R August 21, 2013 at 10:54 PM - Reply

    I have a niece going to college–great ideas!

  6. Amanda Sakovitz August 22, 2013 at 1:06 AM - Reply

    My brother is moving. I would give him some personal care products like shampoo, conditioner and a toothbrush

  7. Lisa Brown August 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM - Reply

    No one I know is moving, but if they were, I would give them hand sanitizer, packing tape, and some snacks.

  8. erin August 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM - Reply

    My brother in law got a new place. I’d set him up with easy prep boxed foods, kitchen utensils and TP!

  9. Thomas Murphy August 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    My sister is moving. I would get her some shampoo, conditioner, and cleaning supplies.

  10. Jessie C. August 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    My SIL is moving to Dublin, I would get her some travel size personal cleaning supplies for sure.

  11. Rosita August 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM - Reply

    What a great idea for a gift for going back to college kids

  12. Susan Christy August 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM - Reply

    A friend from high school is moving close to me – I would get her some cleaning supplies and a candle for her new place.

  13. Tabathia B August 24, 2013 at 5:32 PM - Reply

    Not right now but I would provide them some microwaveable dinners since they would be unpacking

  14. meredith August 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM - Reply

    My best friend is moving – I would fill with some roadtrip snacks and some fun beauty gear

  15. Kelly D August 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    My brother is moving, and I would fill the care package with Tissues, Aspirin and Vitamins.

  16. Lindsay H August 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM - Reply

    We will be moving shortly, i am sure this type of gift basket would come in handy for any family!

  17. Sherry Lykins August 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM - Reply

    I would put hand soap, dish, soap, paper towels, and some kind of air freshener!

  18. Irene Donalds October 15, 2015 at 10:18 AM - Reply

    Lovely, lovely idea! A great way to show how much you love and care the ones who are moving. My sister is moving to Europe soon and I’m now in search for the best sister-moving-away gift. Thank you for the cute idea!

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