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I might be guilty of saying this all the time, but my “baby” is away at college and I miss her like crazy. It’s her second year of college, which is wonderful for her and I’m extremely proud of her, but I still miss her like crazy. I’ve found that planning, creating and sending her care packages helps me deal with missing her. I know that this time of year is particularly tough at college. It’s dark and cold, you’re trapped inside with not much else to do but study and it’s the dragging part of the year. My daughter’s roommates have become like family, so I thought I’d send some fiercely fun college care package ideas for women so they can spend a relaxing girls’ night in together.
My baby has has lived with her three roommates for two years, so they really are like family. I often include enough loot to share with them when I send care packages.
College Care Package Ideas for Women
If you’re a missing-your-baby mom trying to distract yourself, then you create a themed care package as a way to add to the surprise factor. When I saw these limited edition Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strips in animal prints I knew I’d be creating a fiercely fun college care package this time. And because I show my love through making things (or is it another way to distract me from how much I miss my baby?), I decided to make coordinating headbands for the roommates.
I am not a seamstress, so these headbands are easy to make. Really. You’ll need just a small amount of animal print fabric. I found these fat quarters for a dollar each. You’ll also need a small amount of elastic. I purchased non-roll elastic 3/4 inches wide.
Cut the fabric 5 inches wide and 18 inches long , which is the longest length of the fat quarter. Sew the long sides together with a 1/4 inch seam and leave the ends of the tube open. Turn the fabric right side out. Press the tube flat with the seam in the middle so that it is hidden on the backside of the headband. Turn 1/4 to 1/2 inch of fabric in on the ends of the tubes and press down. This makes a neat edge to the fabric where it attaches to the elastic. Cut a 5 inch piece of elastic. Place the elastic in the middle of the opening on one end of the tube. Pinch the side of the fabric in and then neatly fold the top down and pin. You can skip pinching the fabric in, but this is what allows the wider fabric to transition down to the narrower elastic. Sew back and forth three or four times about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric to secure the elastic. Repeat on the other side.
In about 15 minutes you can create four headbands. Aren’t they wildly adorable?
College Care Package Ideas for Women
I want my baby and her roommates to have a girls’ night in filled with fun and relaxation. With that in mind, I searched for coordinating pampering items to include in the care package.
- Coordinating personal care items. I added zebra-striped decorative tape to hairbrushes.
- Color-coordinated candy. I packaged it individually because it’s always nice to get your own individual treat. I embellished the packages with the zebra-print decorative tape. I sent gift cards to their favorite local restaurant so they could pick up snacks to eat and drink, too.
- I happened to find these cute zebra print photo albums. Be sure to check in the office supplies and party supplies sections of your store for coordinating goodies. I slipped notes and the food gift cards into the photo album pages.
- I picked up coordinating, straws, napkins and cups. I looked high and low for animal print cups, but couldn’t find any. But you know I wouldn’t let that stop me, so decorative tape to the rescue. The band of decorative tape is a cute way to add to the festivity of their girls’ night in.
- More fun ideas to add to the care package
Everything went into a box with a coordinating bow.
If you’re going to create a themed college care package, you’ve got to go all out and make the box match the contents. Right?
Can’t you just imagine the girls’ exclamations when they open this college care package for women? And to think this fun girls’ night in care package all started when I saw the limited edition animal print Bioré Cleansing Strips.
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips deep clean your pores in just 10 minutes, removing a week’s worth of dirt and yuck that causes clogged pores. With continued use, Bioré Cleansing Strips can visibly reduce the appearance of pores (girls of all ages are cheering for less visible pores). Fiercely clean pores plus a wildly fun pattern equals a perfect girls’ night in with roommates, a good movie and lots of treats.
Since these limited edition Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips can only be found at Walmart, I popped over there to get everything I needed for my baby’s college care package ideas for women gift. I found the Bioré Cleansing Strips on the facial products aisle in the health and beauty section of the store. Since they’re available for a limited time, be sure you run by soon to pick up yours, too.
Who do you know who would appreciate a wildly fun girls’ night in with college care package ideas for women? You could always put one together for yourself and your friends, too.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.