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Topic: Military "care" package? for friend who just *had* to join the Army  (Read 2538 times)
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2005 12:01:50 PM »

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So what have you decided to get him?

Definitely the toiletry bag, filled with razors and nail clips and whatnot.  I liked the envelope-a-day idea, and started working on that for his AIT (he's SUPPOSED to be able to contact me much more often, but I'm not holding my breath, so I thought this would be nice).  If he ships out, I'm definitely making him the writing pack (in the link).  Let's see... the address labels, stamps, sexy pic-o-me... basically, almost every suggestion on here!  I'm having fun making up the packages.  They have to be smaller than a shoebox, so I'll just send one out every few days. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2005 02:00:08 PM »

Another tip, leave his packages plain except for the address and return address only with your first initial and last name. They are at the mercy of whoever is handing out the mail, and little hearts, x's and o's should be saved for the INSIDE of the package. Of course, if you want him to do a gazillion push-ups...

I am a navy wife, and I try my best to violate the heck out of this rule!  Granted, my hubby had four years in the army before he switched and went through the navy's boot camp, so he was the crusty old man among the new recruits.  That was a long time ago, but I still look out for those oh-so-special boxes to use for sending his packages to the ship.

The latest was a box for a case of KY Jelly  Smiley  All over two sides were markings for KY in several languages, plus I printed out a pic of a tube of KY and slapped that on a third side.  Another favorite was a full page newspaper ad for male get-it-up vitamins.  I packaged his goodies in a regular box and then used the ad to completely wrap the box.  I made sure that my mailing labels would not interfere with the funniest parts of the ad.

In reserve for future mailings are a box marked for Simple Solution Potty Training Aids (from a veterinary clinic) and a box for Boudreaux's Butt Paste (diaper rash cream).

My husband says I am evil because he has to hide in secluded places to open his mail.  Of course, I temper my badness by sending him homemade cards with sappy haikus and by sending him 4"x6" photos of activities back home as postcards.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2005 06:43:37 AM »

I am a navy wife, and I try my best to violate the heck out of this rule! 

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You sound like me!! I love pulling stuff like that, especially since my husband and I are kids at heart and do silly things on a daily basis. He's the kind of person that can talk himself out of anything and is hard to embarass, so I'm gonna have to take note of your packaging ideas. Ofcourse right now he's over in the middle east and I'm not going to send anything risqu out of respect for the conservative culture of the people there (although he is on an ally air base), but I'm sure I will make good use of these ideas in the future. I can't wait. Muwhwhahahaha
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2005 09:27:21 AM »

There are many other fun things to send which should not offend those with delicate sensibilities.  Once I sent a kiddie toothbrush that transformed into Batman's car.  In my last package I sent an old fashioned style G.I. Joe lunchbox that I decoupaged to say G.I. Jack instead.  Then there was the smiley-face bath poof that he wound up using on the boat for many months  Smiley

My husband has the outward appearance of the perfectly uptight military gentleman.  I just love to send items that shake his image up a bit!
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2005 10:06:14 AM »

Onthinice, your ideas are so funny and creative.  I wish I knew someone in the military so I could do that.  Or maybe I'll just send one to my brother's office, hee hee.
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2005 11:42:52 AM »

Thanks, StephInTheCity!  With my friends, I have to be ornery!

When I was a senior in high school (way back in the 80's when only us geeks had home computers) my boyfriend sent me a mock scholarship letter.  I had no clue it was fake.  He had a great time laughing at me when I told him how excited I was to receive this scholarship!  Later in college, I sent a guy friend a letter from "the health department", stating that he tested positive for an STD, and the government was going to contact all his sexual partners.  He knew it was a fake, but his girlfriend saw it and just about had a fit.

...my husband thinks I could do great things if I would just use my creative powers for good!
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2005 01:26:50 PM »

But it's much more fun to use your powers for evil!  Maybe you should set up an evil swap.

And, um... I was in high school in the 80s and and had a home computer too... yes, I am proud to be a geek!  And descended from a long line of geeks, as a matter of fact.  Well, geeks on one side and drama queens (literally) on the other.

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2005 03:32:27 PM »

LOL.  You guys crack me up.  I've been sending catheter boxes already (both parents work in a hospital), and write the addresses on the packages on Viagra stationary.  My guy's probably not quite a crusty old man (21... younger than me!), but he says his boot camp is filled with 18 year olds out of high school and they drive him NUTS.  I can't imagine already being in the service and then switching branches!  Yikes! But I'm part of a Navy family, so I can understand the switch. 

I've also got a case of urinal cakes I theived from work I'm thinking of sending out.  The sad part is he's so used to me doing weird stuff like that, I don't even think he'd blink.  In fact, he's probably disappointed that I haven't been as much. 

Oh, I had computers in the 80s, too.  My good old Apple IIGS, and the IIC+.  I had those into the mid-nineties, actually.  How sad is that?  I finally got a new computer in 1998. The games on the old Apples were the best.  My favorite was Apple Panic (where you beat the apple-monster-things on the head with a shovel when they fell into your holes).  My dad had a copy of strip poker that wound up in my box of games when I was younger, and my mom walked in on me and a friend starting it up (we were 6 or 7, and didn't know what it was).  LOL.  I still get harassed about that.
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2005 08:53:34 PM »

Oh my god!  More early computer geeks!  In the 80's I was dating guys off of BBS's whom I contacted with my good ole' Apple IIe (the oh, so much better computer than the II+ I had before).  My boyfriend (sysop of a BBS, of course) used his Commodore 64 to work up the bogus scholarship letter.  Ah, for the good old days when only smart guys were online, and there were not many worries of running into majorly weird criminals.

To keep this message on topic:  When mailing gag packages, ladies, do not forget the greatest fear of all men:  The Tampon Box!  I sent one to my hubby in navy boot camp, totally all original packaging with just teeny weeny address labels on it.  Since while in basic training the guys have to open all mail in the presence of a supervisor, my man plopped the tampon box down on his superior's desk and asked if he really wanted him to open it in front of him.  The super shoved it back at my husband and told him to get it off his desk!

ratjen37:  Catheter boxes and viagra stationary?!  I have got to make some hospital contacts to score some of those!
StephInTheCity:  An evil package swap sounds great, but I do not think I qualify as a swap coordinator - I've been in only two swaps.  I'll have to check the rules.
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2005 01:41:38 AM »

um.. if im not mistaken (but theres a big chance i am) when theyre training, you cant send food i think... theyll take it away. how about sending a book? or earplugs (in case people snore)? you can send lotion!!! i heard they need need need it. my friend would steal mayo packets so he could use it on this skin. and lip stuff. how about extra clothes? my friend said they only get 2 sets or some absurd number like that. i hope this helps!
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