There are tons of great blogs dedicated to helping you put together awesome care packages for your missionaries; but what about their kids? As Global Youth and Family Ministries missionaries we often get asked: “what gifts are good for young MKs – to help them connect to their family back home?” Now that we’re over a year into raising our own MK I’ve received a lot of amazing gifts that help Quinn know her family and friends back home and I thought I’d share a few with you.
1. Postagram – This is one of my favorite apps on my phone. In the time it would take me to text a picture of Quinn to her grandparents I can now send them a postcard in the mail with a popout picture of her. As a missionary, it’s awesome because it ships from the US, so for less than the cost of one international stamp I can mail a personalized postcard. Just search for this one in your iphone app store.
2. Avon photo blocks – My sister’s mother in law actually gave us these for Christmas last year! Inside each spot is one of Quinn’s grandparents or aunts and uncles. As she plays with them she learns their names and we can tell her stories about each person. They’ve been great because they’ve moved through several developmental stages with her since they are large and soft (and drool proof!) but also good for stacking (and knocking over!) Contact an Avon rep to order some or there are alternatives on amazon.
3. Personalized Board Book – I recent new favorite discovery of mine is personalized board books. Quinn loves being able to read and hold her own board books but how cool to have one filled with pictures of her and her family! Now you can make your own with your own pictures and your own words!
Go to this website to upload and design your own book and then use promo code “10 percent off” and receive an extra 10% off your first order!
4. iherb.com – Is an American-based health and grocery store (picture Trader Joes online). They sell tons of baby products (puffs, other healthy snacks, feeding supplies, etc.) for a considerably cheap price. In Japan we can have an entire box shipped for $4.00 for up to a 20 pound box of food! (That’s a fraction of the cost if you were to buy the food and ship it yourself). They ship to almost any country and most are under $10 for shipping a 20 pound box.
5. Recordable books – What if your grandchild, friend’s child or someone you care about could hear your voice read them a story every night? Some of our friends from seminary recorded their voices reading a book and it’s one of Quinn’s favorite stories. While she listens to them read, we can tell her who each person is reading the page. Hallmark has a huge selection of books but you can also buy recordable stuffed animals and other toys in most toy stores.
If God has called you to support missionaries through prayer, financial giving, or loving them well (hasn’t he called ALL of us to at least one of those?) then next time you want to send them a care package consider one of these… OR if you ARE an overseas missionary these are great tools to keep your little ones connected to their cousins and friends back home as well!