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I have sent two of my “babies” off to college (much too far away). I am so proud of my babies and so excited for their grand adventures, but I also miss them like crazy. The way I handle missing them so much is to send to them frequent care packages. I couldn’t even guess how many care packages I’ve sent at this point, but given how much my babies and their roommates appreciate them, I think I’ve hit upon a winning formula. These are my tips and college care package ideas for the first college care package of the year.
I’ve sent care packages to both of my babies for combined total of four years (32 months, 960 days and I’ll just stop there). I’ve sent care packages to my niece and nephew, cousins and friends’ children. I truly do enjoy coming up with creative care package ideas and the first college care package of the year is an extra special one.
Care Package Ideas for the First College Care Package
Letters from Family and Friends
Write a personal letter from you. Take the time to tell your college student how much you miss her and how proud you are of her.
Collect notes from family and friends. As much as your college student is excited to be out on her own on a grand adventure, she will love hearing from her foundation of family and friends who know her. I collected cards from family and friends at my daughters’ graduation parties with this graduation party idea, but you could simply reach out to family and friends who would be happy to write a note.
Silly Fun Toys
Your student is having a wonderful time being a grown-up and living on his own. But there’s always a small part that is longing for the carefree childhood days. Add silly fun toys to the care package. These are also great for stress relief.
Include Gifts for Roommates
Be sure to include gifts for your college student’s roommates. It can be tough to watch a roommate receive a care package when you haven’t. Including some gifts for roommates is thoughtful. It allows your student to be generous and thoughtful in sharing those gifts you include.
Coloring always brings back happy childhood memories and is such a relaxing activity. Coloring books are a great stress buster and provides hours of peaceful activity that gives your brain a rest while you create. Include colored pencils or crayons to complete the relaxing gift.
My friend, Darlene at Let It Shine has created over ten coloring books for adults. She creates coloring images for mindful meditation and stress relief. Her books range in topics from dogs to cats to Christmas to inspirational quotes and more. Be sure to check out her coloring books on Amazon.
Practical But Still Fun Items
Think about practical items that your college student may need and won’t think to purchase. Even practical items can be fun. Look for bright, happy colors or fun names or packaging.
Reminder of Pets
Both of my daughters commented after their freshman year on how strange it was to never see a dog on campus. And, of course, they both miss our dog, Lila. Your college student will miss her pets, too. Send a photo of your pet or your student with their pet. I found these adorable pet pillows on Etsy. They’re very well made, beyond adorable and perfect for cuddling.
Include treats that your college student will enjoy. Consider health issues, allergies, food restrictions and food preferences. Choose fun treats tailored for your college student’s specific likes. And consider sending him extra to share with roommates and friends.
I’ve shared some of my favorite cookie, brownie and bars recipes here in the past. Be sure to check out my tips on how to package brownies for shipping so that your baked goods arrive whole and fresh.
I’m off to mail a college care package to each of my daughters. Who do you know that would appreciate these care package ideas? You’ll make a college student’s day (and week) when you send them a college care package that shows them how much they’re missed.