This post provides care package ideas for college students that you can use every month. These boxes of treasure will make the kids famous in their dorm!
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College students absolutely LOVE to get packages from home. They DO talk about them in their dorm and fame is bestowed on the best of the bunch. If you want to put smiles on your college student’s face then follow some simple guidelines each and every month.
Care Package ideas for both sexes
Here are some tips that you can use right away. They work for both girls and boys. This might seem like a strange notion but in colleges today, girls and boys live as neighbors on their floors. Their lives are completely intermingled.
Yes, this is horrible to think about if you let yourself down that rabbit hole. So just let it be.
The fact is that even some of these suggestions that might seem “girly” and even may be very “girly” work for the boys too. That’s because they hang out in each other’s rooms. So if a girl likes what a boy has then guess who is happy? The boy!!
Care package contents 101
These are the objectives you need to meet with each care package.
Set a Theme
Yes, everything is theme based in our young people’s lives and care packages are no exception. Fortunately, for most months you can simply see what holiday your kids will be celebrating that month.
In the picture above, the theme is pretty obvious: St. Patrick’s Day!
College kids see each big and small holiday as a reason to dress up and party so themes matter in their world.
Lift Their Spirit
The whole point of the care package is to keep the student’s spirits high. That means to include some fun and maybe even silly things for their dorm room. Target is great for this with seasonal merchandise right in their bargain section.
Without spending a lot of money, dorm room decorations can make their room festive (even during mid-terms). Examples of some goodies
Fill Their Stomach
It’s a given that college food isn’t great, although it sure has come a long way. Putting a few treats in the box, preferably something you made from scratch, will really get your child excited.
One favorite is Puppy Chow (aka, Muddy Buddies), or in this case, it was aptly named, “Leprechaun Food”. If you do want to try this recipe, make sure you let the mix completely cool before trying to cover with powdered sugar!
If your hometown has a famous food item, that would be a great addition to the care package as well. Try to make sure it won’t go bad too quickly, such as many baked goods. Energy bars and caramel apples are great for this option.
Give Them a Reason to Party
As if college kids need a reason to party BUT including some fun seasonal dress-up items goes over way better than you might think. NO they aren’t too old for dress-up.
In the March box, a green hair bob was included for going out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The college also happens to be in Green Bay Packer country so the green hair will come in handy during the fall too! Go Pack!
Make It Personal
When you’re considering care package ideas, take a little time to think about what your child would like that’s personal to them. In the package pictured, a fruit infuser was included with a name applied to the outside. Doesn’t get much more personal than that.
This is the area where you might spend a little bit of money on something they’ll use throughout the year.
Help Take A Stress Break
College can be crazy stressful between the classes, activities, and social life. Not to mention how living in a dorm can slowly build anxiety levels. Think about a way that your student might appreciate a little release.
An easy and inexpensive stress-relief is a face
Movie gift passes, a good book, and a certificate to a local yoga studio are all great too!
Serve Up Some Parental Inspiration
Our kids do listen to what we say EVEN when they act like they don’t. It never hurts to give a little pep talk to keep the outlook moving forward in a positive direction.
A few photographs, a handwritten note, or an inspirational plaque (shown in picture above) are all examples of how you can keep their head on straight. A college care package is a tool to let your child know that you love them. Make sure it doesn’t go unsaid!
college care package ideas put into action
It isn’t hard to get into the habit of sending out a care package. When you’re out doing errands, always be on the lookout for little things that you can add. Before you know it, you’ll have enough goodies to box up and send out.
The presentation can be both fun and functional. Make sure you save good quality boxes and packing supplies such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Don’t skimp when it comes to putting the box together and let your theme shine!
Try wrapping the inside of the box with craft paper, wrapping paper, or a table cloth (seriously, the box in the photo is lined with a green plastic table cloth).
When the box is all assembled and taken to the post office or UPS Store, give a head’s up to your student. Like Christmas, anticipation is almost as much fun as the actual receiving. Let them build up the excitement for a few days!