Gift and Package Ideas

I know that it is hard to know what to send to a son or daughter while serving a mission. As I have spent time with the missionaries during interviews I have asked them for ideas and suggestions for packages or for gifts. It was interesting to hear their ideas. The things they want most are things that they need and use on a daily basis.

Here are their suggestions:

Most of the missionaries said not candy, not junk food. They get candy and treats from the members here. However, if there is something that you know your missionary loves, then send it.

Toiletries – shampoo, deodorant, lotion, a new toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, toilet paper, soap, laundry detergent. These things are expensive and they don’t like spending their food money buying them.

Socks – everyday socks as well as running or exercise socks. The sisters mentioned peds; the little foot socks that you wear with shoes, but they aren't seen.
White shirts, ties, garments, slacks, slippers, skirts, blouses

CD’s of appropriate music (music that could be played at a baptismal service), General Conference CD’s, talks by General Authorities

Stamps, stationary, good pens, return address labels (with the address of the mission office), journals, a Book of Mormon cover (, memory card for camera, flash drive
jump rope, resistant bands, things to help them exercise
Pictures of family and of home; a homemade calendar with pictures on it. However, it was mentioned multiple times that the missionaries dislike when reference is made as to when they will be coming home, or how many more days until they get home, or any kind of countdown thoughts and numbers.

In the winter it does get cool (in fact, it can get cold!) in Las Vegas.  Sweater, hats and gloves often come in real handy!

Gift cards – This is every one's favorite....especially gift cards for fast food places or restaurants......Subway, Wendy’s, Panda Express, Cold Stone, Olive Garden, Mimi’s, Red Robin.  Gift cards to  Target, Wal-Mart, KOHLS, ROSS, TJMaxx, Burlington, Deseret Book, Walgreens, CVS, Smiths, VONS, a VISA gift card are also always appreciated!

Money or money in their account so they can buy things they need or want.

Almost all missionaries will be on a bike some time while on their mission. They suggested bicycle accessories or repair kits, or money to purchase them when they are needed.

They are disappointed when they get a package and there is not a letter or any type of communication in the package. They love notes and letters. They would love to have a hand written testimony from family members. Missionaries love ‘snail mail’ as well as their weekly emails.

Missionaries do love packages!