We're headed to a local parade honoring soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division this morning.
Yesterday we used our $20 in Target pharmacy gift cards (from a prescription transfer coupon) to put together care packages for two soldiers serving in Iraq. I've found the cheapest way to send these is through USPS Priority Mail flat rate boxes or envelopes. An envelope costs $4, and you'd be surprised how much you can fit into (and still seal) those! In one, we stuffed a tube of Norweigan hand cream, a resealable package of beef jerky, bags of trail mix, two boxes' worth of Propel Fitness Water flavoring single serving packets. Include things which are relatively flat and compressible. DVDs are good, too. For bigger packages we use the $8 Flat Rate Boxes and include anything we want, even canned goods.
I might save money by using my own packaging and Parcel Post; Priority Mail flat rate boxes are so easy and free of charge. However, I always feel like I'm getting my money's worth when I can pack them so full of goodies.