Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ideas for College Student Care Packages

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My oldest niece is starting her first year of college this fall (boy, does that make me feel old!), and she's going to be moving away from home - pretty far away - for the first time. Although I was only 100  miles from home when I attended college, I remember getting a care package a time or two after I moved.  It was the most amazing thing to see that little slip of paper indicating I had something that was too big to fit in my tiny dorm mailbox.  Opening it was like Christmas morning each and every time - even when the things included were not big and luxurious.  It was amazing to know that someone was thinking of me and helped bring a little bit of home to my dorm room in those first uncertain, exciting months away from home.

So I have vowed to myself that at least once a month, I will be sending our niece something just to lift her spirits and (hopefully) make her smile.

Of course you can always do a themed gift box that includes toiletries, first aid stuff, candy, foodstuff, holiday items, or any other "theme" you can think of.  But you can also just throw in a number of things that are in no way related one another, but you just wanted to send.

And being on this website, I cannot go without saying that some of these things you can get for cheap or free because of seasonal purchases, sales, and playing drugstore shopping games. =)  Go with what you can find.  But if you are looking for some ideas, these are perfect.

Any other good ideas to add to this list? I'll add them to the list! What did you receive at college that was a must have?


  1. Quarters really aren't needed at most colleges anymore. Laundry and vending machines take student ID/debit cards.
    Also, use the priority mail flat rate boxes. You can fit a ton in them, for a low cost.

    1. They took them back when I was in school too, but they did still take quarters as well. And since money is always a welcome gift, I will leave it on the list. :)