College becomes rough at times for attending students, be there for their highs and their lows with care packages! Care packages give your college kid little pick-me-ups throughout the year and can be used for any occasion. Send one for the holidays, ship one for their upcoming midterms, mail one when they get an internship, the options are endless.
1. Thinking Of You Package
If you have no theme for the care package, call it “Thinking of you.” You can add anything to the package, individualize it with their favorite items. This care package leaves room for sentimental gifts and personalized gifts.
Fill the box with a sweet card, their favorite candy, and a framed picture of the both of you. The care package below added wordplay, making it even more unique! It will showcase your love without going too overboard.
2.) Sunshine Package
Sometimes cold, rainy, or dark weather creates moody times for college students with seasonal depression. The weather remains unpredictable, but you can send a bright care package in advance for when the slumber season does hit.
Fill the box with several comfort items like candies, candles (if they’re an on-campus student check if the university allows them, if not send a fake one), a small throw or scarf, their top choice of perfume or chapstick! Purchase a sun lamp (also called SAD lamp) for under $20 on Amazon and send one to your college student for the days the sun doesn’t come out.
3. Valentine’s Day Package
Spread love to your college kid with one Valentine’s Day care package! This care package gives you the opportunity to pack super mushy and lovable gifts. Packing candies, flowers (fake ones do better with travel), jewelry, and delicious cookies are a must to show the sweetness they bring to your life.
Spice your package up with one bigger item like fuzzy socks, a hat, gift cards, or a stuffed animal. Don’t forget your heart filled letter and pictures, words and photos from the heart will add that cheery on top!
4. St. Patrick’s Day Package
Luckily, your college student still pushes forward in the spring semester. Spring semester, where seasonal allergies rise, midterms sneak up faster than ever, and everyone drags till summer hits. Show how lucky you feel that your young adult made it past midterms with a St. Patrick’s care package.
Fill this package with fake golden coins (or the chocolate gold coins), shamrock cookies, green minty gum, and pistachios. For comical effect, throw light-up green beaded necklaces, a long fake beard, or a bright green shirt in the care package. Adding wearable products ensures your college student doesn’t get pinched!
5. Achievement Package
Whether your young adult just landed an internship, job, or successfully passed that difficult course they were stressing about, then say hello to celebration time! Proud moments come and go, but showing recognition for completing hard obstacles will remain remembered for life. Everyone remembers the people who supported them through all of life’s challenges and a care package easily sends that message!
This package allows for a spa-themed package or a treat themed package. You can full your package with relaxation related items (face masks, bubble bath soap, bath bombs) or you can make it into an ice cream box (fill with a spoon, bowl, sprinkles, cookies, chocolate chips, and a $5 gift card for ice cream.)
6. Hang In There Package
Starting the new semester brings excitement until looking over the syllabus. College students begin to dread the upcoming semester usually after the second week of school. Stay ahead of the game and send a “Hang in there” box when this time approaches.
With this care package, sending material your college kid may have forgotten, proves beneficial. Fill this package with new socks, Debbie cakes, chips, the phone charger they forgot, anything that will put them at ease for the remaining school year.
7. Halloween Package
Here comes October, gather the fake spiders and the fake spider web because the Halloween care package must be sent off! Time to give your college kid a little spook by sending some tricks and treats!
Pack their favorite candies, popcorn balls, and drinks. Don’t forget to add a tiny toy jack-o-lantern, some fake eyes, a cape, or a mask to make this care package pop! You can even throw fun riddles and caution tape in the package if you wish.
8. Open When Package
Many college students find themselves in ruts throughout the year. It can be for various reasons like struggling in certain classes, not feeling like they have accomplished enough, mental exhaustion, or break-ups. This care package allows you to send words of encouragement for any unfortunate situation they may find themselves in.
Make letters for any emotion (funny, sad, frustrated, bored, etc) your college kid may experience throughout the year. Tell them the advice you would give if you were present with them at that moment. Sometimes talking about things becomes difficult and having words of encouragement on hand without asking, helps in difficult times.
9. Themed Package
Brighten your college kid’s day with a themed package. Themed care packages deliver surprise and uniqueness. Your college student’s face will beam with joy knowing the time you put into creating a care package related to their favorite thing. This thing can be their favorite sports team, T.V. show, movie, store, color, or anything that piques their interest!
Stage the package with items that go together and compliment the theme. For instance, if you do a T.V. show, make sure you add snacks, collectibles, and quotes from the show.
10. Movie Night Package
This one goes to all the movie buffs! Your college student will find this care package to be a slam dunk! You can’t go wrong with movie care packages, everyone at least has one movie they adore. Pack multiple drinks and snacks if you know your college kid will want to watch it with friends.
Roll out this movie night by stuffing the package with popcorn, boxed movie candies, peanuts, drinks. Dive into the theme with a fake movie ticket, the movie, and a Dominos or Pizza Hut gift card.