We ordered a pillowcase with our family photo to give to Sailor Dad. We took it to the boat and helped set up his rack. The kids enjoyed this activity as they can see where Daddy sleeps as well as assurance that Daddy has reminders of his family when he climbs into the rack after a shift.
We found Hallmark Gift Books on clearance and Sailor Dad read the book and the recorder captured page for page his narration. These books are great for read alongs and help the bed time "I miss Daddy".
Sailor Dad and the kids took a special trip to custom build a stuffed animal and Dad used a 8 second voice recorder box to capture a special message for each child to hear each time they hug their "lovey" they built together.
Post cards are great and inexpensive souvenirs. When Sailor Dad is with us for adventures we pick out a card and write a memory and mail it back to the house. This usually is included in a deployment box for both sailor Dad as well as for the kids to talk about fun memories created when Dad was on dry land. We select post cards during deployment and send them home to be placed in a special box at the kitchen table. When a mail drop is announced we have items to include send to Sailor…
Pictures and fun voice recorded post cards are great items to pack in a "halfway" or "deployment box". We used one recorder to catch the dog barking. The other recorder was used to capture the kids randomly talking.
Military deployment care package - Welcome to Fabulous Afghanistan
Daddy Kisses Count Down Jar If deployment gets extended you can add more chocolate kisses after bed time. Our FRG made these and sold them as a fund raiser. During the Holidays Elf On The Shelf enjoyed a kiss too!