Originally published August 22, 2016. Updated April 6, 2020.
Today’s feature is a red college care package idea for students with red college colors and for Valentines’ Day. Whatever the occasion, I enjoy sending a care package as a way to show my affection in a concrete way by personalizing the care package for the recipient.
I’m not sure how it happened, but I now have two “babies” in college. Wasn’t it just last year that they were playing dress up and wearing their hair in pigtails? If you’ve spent more than a couple of minutes here at Organized 31, you know that I love to send care packages to my babies and my friends’ children in college. Over the years, I’ve sent college care packages with all kinds of themes.
Making a themed red college care package idea is surprisingly easy. I already had this red fabric so I used it to line the box. You could use a red tablecloth from the dollar store, a red fabric gift bag, red construction paper or red tissue paper. But if you’re going to make a color themed care package, you have to go all out.
Head to your local big box store, grocery store or drug store and walk up and down every aisle. You’ll be happily surprised at how many red items you can find for your care package.
Red College Care Package Ideas
Occasions to Send a Red College Care Package
- First care package of the year for student at school with red as one of the school colors
- To celebrate the first football game
- To celebrate the homecoming game
- To celebrate the big basketball game
- For Christmas
- For Valentine’s Day
Red Care Package Items
- Red Individual Candy
- Snacks in Red Packaging
- Decorated Big Bag of Candy – I purchase candy at the after-holiday sales
- Bouncy Ball
- Fun Erasers
- Pens & Pencils
- Paper Clips
- Note Pads
- Organizing Baskets
- Drink Packets
- Chip Packs
- Granola Bars
- Hair Gadgets
- Throw Blanket
- Homemade baked goods
My favorite baked goods to send in a college care package:
- Twix Cookies
- Best Decorated Sugar Cookies
- Candy Bar Cookies
- Clean Eating Granola Bars
- Almond Cookies – You can use red food coloring for the frosting
- Best Oatmeal Fudge Bars
- Rolo Surprise Cookies
- Oreo Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’re not a baker, these are truly delicious cookies that are a great option (and that I eat (almost) every day!).
Be sure to add a card or a nice long letter. Even in this day and age, there’s something special about receiving a hand-written note in a reassuringly familiar handwriting.
It’s especially nice to collect notes from other family members, friends and neighbors. The more notes, the better to let your student know how much she’s loved and missed.
Pack all the red themed treats you found in your red decorated box. Add a personal note and pop your care package in the mail. You can go all out on the red theme and address the box with a red label or red ink.
If you’re creating a Valentine’s-themed care package check out these two ideas:
More College Care Package Ideas
Check out these more than 25 college care package ideas for every holiday, season and occasion.
Did I forget to add anything to my Red College Care Package idea? I’m so excited to send this care package off to my baby. I’ll be creating more color-themed college care packages soon now that have two babies to shower with love via college care package ideas.
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.