• creative spotlight: Care Packages [book] by Michelle Mackintosh

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    In what is a beautiful follow up to ‘Snail Mail‘ released through Hardie Grant last year, Michelle Mackintosh has delivered another delicious book jam-packed full of beautiful photography and practical advice on sending mailable gifts. Care Packages follows a familiar format to Snail Mail  with suggested types of creative packages and occasions for sending, techniques, templates, DIY’s as well as example packages from guest contributors such as Beci Orpin, Kate Ulman of Foxs Lane and Hiki Komura of UGUiSU Shoppe just to name a few. 

    There’s also the inclusion of creative mini packages sent in from all over the world as part of Michelle’s #POBox26 callout. I urge you to check out the images. 

    I really couldn’t imagine that there would be so much to say about crafting beautiful parcels for loved ones near or far, but Michelle has managed to create a concise compendium of lust-worthy mailable ideas sure to woo anyone. 

    If you’re into the idea of beautiful mail, crafting for friends and creating mailable memories, then this book is going to take pride of place on your bookshelf. 

    For your chance to win one of two copies of Care Packages (RRP $29.95 each), leave a comment below telling us who you’d like to send a care package to and some of the things it might contain. We will draw two winners on Friday at 4pm (AEST) and will announce the winners here!

    Update: Congratulations to Pip and Adrienne who each won a copy of Michelle’s new book!

19 Responsesso far.

  1. Mrs Pip Lee says:

    I have got into the habit of sending a fortnightly care package to my “Unbiological Twin” (aka UBT) Angie is my husbands cousin, but they didn’t see each other for almost 30 years, due to a family fall out. However, Dig & UBT have decided to start fresh on this generation. Initially as a ‘getting to know you’ thing, we would swap letters & piccies. But it turns out Angie & I think very similarly…much to the horror of our hubstars Scott & Dig! Love my UBT heaps. I would be lost without her, and I’m pleased we have met each other on this journey.

  2. Sarah says:

    At a time when the world revolves around the digital space, a book dedicated to thoughtful mailable gifts is such a gorgeous deviation from the every day.
    I’d send my beautiful mum something special, just because. Because she’s wonderful, she’s thoughtful, she sends me little notes and newspaper clippings in the mail because she knows they will make me laugh. Because she is just everything…and so much more. To put a smile on her face with something special in the mail would be wonderful. It would contain my love for my mum.

  3. Adrienne says:

    I’d love to send a care package to my Mother-In-Law, Grace, who’s been having a tough time as of late. She’s a total foodie (& a fabulous cook) so I’d include a hand-made Furoshiki apron (that Iv been playing around making at home), an Ariel Alasko wooden chopping board, a cute vintage cheese knife from my local antique shop and a bottle of olives from our farmers market. #carepackageperfection ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Lee-Anne says:

    I would love this book! I want to send all of my family and friends overseas a “just because” care package. hopwfully the start to more care in our worlds :)

  5. Kim Porter says:

    I would love to send a Care Package to my Mum. She is my rock. My package would have some photos of her Grandkids and a Lotto Pack – Our secret joke together.

  6. Meredith Yoneda says:

    I’ve lived overseas for 19 years, receiving care packages from family at Christmas.
    I put all the large boxes under the tree until Christmas Day, holding the urge to open them immediately.
    Feelings pour out as I open each box filled with love.
    An expat girlfriend recently moved away after her long tenure overseas with me.
    Without a doubt, I’d send her a care package of stationary, cookbooks, edible
    goodies and LOVE from her second home here in japan.

  7. Bel says:

    I’d send a little package to my bestie in Adelaide as I definitely don’t Ddo it enough these days. It would definitely include chocolate and a piece of handmade jewelry

  8. Karyn says:

    I’d like to send a care package to a beautiful friend who is about to have her first baby, she is always so thoughtful to all of us and I thought we could all make a voucher book from all of us to redeem things we’d love to do for her and that she might find helpful and I’d love to get more ideas from this gorgeous book too.

  9. Brittany says:

    I would (and am going to) send a care package to my best friend, Bambi. She’s 12 hours away and we only see each other once a year. I would send her a colouring book and pencils, some homemade cookies, some photos of what I’ve been up to and some bunting for her walls. Plus a letter, of course.

  10. Tessa White says:

    My care package would have to go to my Mum in the UK. She lost me to Aus 16 years ago and this year she had to say Goodbye to my brother.
    With no kids left in even remotely the same time zone I would send a package filled with memories, love tokens and inspiration for future fun with Dad.
    She knows it’s the best thing for us being here but I am under no illusion that she doesn’t feel abandoned or left alone… Sharing is caring as they say.

  11. Alissa says:

    Id love to send a care package to my mum. Something with lavender and her favourite colour green.

  12. Miranda Moffatt says:

    I’m due to send my friend a care package. She has a new to her caravan in her life, so the package would include some bunting made from remmants of dress fabrics, some nice tea, a novel, and a mixed ‘tape’ c.d of favoutite chill out songs.

  13. Brooke says:

    Although not by mail, it’s become somewhat a tradition that my partner and I gift care packages when the other is feeling down, overwhelmed or some sort of congratulations are in order. Over the years the packages have varied greatly. When we were younger they were very materialistic but lately have more of a focus on quality time together.

    Fun fact, us referring to them as ‘care packages’ is actually a reference to Call of Duty. We tend to directly quote the game by saying ‘care package inbound’ as we pass the box over.

  14. Paige McI says:

    Following Michelle’s format, I’d like to package these for my Mother-in-Law who lives interstate;

    Something fun: A train ticket to Melbourne.
    Something surprising: A little clue about the gender of her forthcoming grandchild.
    Something thoughtful: A card drawn by her grandson.
    Something unexpected: Some home-baked treats.
    Something indulgent: A voucher for High Tea at The Langham Hotel in Melbourne (something she’s always wanted to experience)

    As my husband’s work relocated with short notice recently, we have missed sharing some special occasions with my Mother-in-Law. A care package would remind her that she’s not forgotten even though we’re now miles apart.

  15. Brooke Ford says:

    What a devine book!!
    I live in Darwin and my mum is in Victoria… I am sending her a care package soon for an upcomming surgery she is having and would love some more inspiration!! So far it will contain: some handcream, lipbalm, delicious tea and travel mug, an adult colouring book, pencils, suduko book and some lollies. X

  16. Carina says:

    What an exquisite looking book – fulls of wonderful ideas. I love sending surprises to my bestie through the mail. I love sending ‘just because’ letters or pressies. I love the element of surprise and with ‘just because’ the recipient least expects – perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win this beautiful book.