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17 College Care Package Ideas

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Encourage, support, and inspire your college kid by giving him/her a personalized college care package.

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In this article:

  1. Tastefully Simple
  2. Fleece Scarf
  3. The First Day College Care Package
  4. The Despicably Caring Package
  5. DIY College Bookmarks
  6. Practical Toiletries
  7. The Monstrous University Care Package
  8. Night At The Movies College Care Package
  9. Holiday College Care Package
  10. The Get Well Soon Package
  11. The Hello Kitty Care Package
  12. The Feel Of Home College Care Package
  13. The Color Your World Package
  14. Happy Birthday College Care Package
  15. The Stress Buster Care Package
  16. The Incredible College Care Package
  17. The Cash Care Package

17 of the Coolest College Care Package Ideas

Creative Care Packages for College Kids

Nothing is as comforting than a simple touch of Mom’s creativity and thoughtfulness! College can be tough for kids.

We’re sure, deep inside, those college kids still miss the feel of home and their families. Here are some unique college care package ideas that will surely show you care and think about them all the time.

1. Tastefully Simple

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Every student apartment or dorm room has a microwave, and DIY Projects has a great little surprise for your favorite student with a sweet tooth. A mug cake is a cake that’s baked in a mug and can be ready in just a few minutes for a yummy treat that has the taste of home.

Your kid can share this healthy food care package with roommates and friends.

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2. Fleece Scarf

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A comfy DIY fleece scarf will keep your beloved college student warm at any campus bonfire, football tailgate, or a cold walk around the square. Plus, it requires zero sewing skills.

3. The First Day College Care Package

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Give them the inspiration they need on their first day. Thoughtful words and cool school supplies would do the trick.

This would make the perfect going away college gift baskets.

4. The Despicably Caring Package

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Everybody adores Minions because they’re the best characters from Despicable Me. Who wouldn’t love to receive a college care package inspired by them?

Fill this kind of box with some fun food and tricks you can send your college kid to make them really feel like a kid again.

5. DIY College Bookmarks

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These magical little bookmarks come together in a flash, and they’ll add spirit to even the toughest reading material.

They’re customizable to your recipient’s desires. Utilize the school logo, a piece of the college map, or any cute photos. Or perhaps a little Einstein for that science book will do the trick!

6. Practical Toiletries

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Vitamins, dental picks, toothpaste, and first aid supplies are no fun to purchase on a thrifty student budget, but they are necessary — making them a welcome addition to any care package. Your kid will surely be relieved when they get this dorm care package from you.

7. The Monstrous University Care Package


Show how much you miss them with this care package that will make them feel like they belong. College can be tough, but it can also be fun when they open your college care package loaded with Monsters University stuff.

8. Night At The Movies College Care Package

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If movie night is something your family does every weekend, why do your kids have to miss it when they’re away at college? Send them a care package to unwind after a hectic exam week.

9. Holiday College Care Package

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There are always going to be times when your college kid won’t be able to come home for the holidays. Send them a special themed care package for every holiday when they can’t make it home.

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10. The Get Well Soon Package

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Even if your kids think they’re invincible, you know better. Make this get well soon care package and make sure that even if they fall ill, they can still feel Mom’s healing hands even from a hundred miles away.

11. The Hello Kitty Care Package

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Here’s something perfect for your girl. Send her a surprise with anything Hello Kitty and everything pink in it.

This care package will sure hit the spot and put a big smile on her beautiful face.

12. The Feel Of Home College Care Package

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This care package idea will cure any homesickness your kid may feel. Round up their favorites, from popular local food or a sweet card from their little brother.

13. The Color Your World Package

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This care package can bring a different color to cheer your kid up when all they seem to see (and feel) is blue. We made this yellow, but feel free to stock it up with any color your teen is fond of.

14. Happy Birthday College Care Package

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We’re sure you won’t forget their birthday, but make it even more special with this birthday in a box. If a cake won’t fit, try making a cake in a jar and don’t forget the balloons!

15. The Stress Buster Care Package

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Every college student can affirm that their days are long and exhausting. So why not give them energy in a jar?

Just imagine all the nights of cramming for finals week — that’s stressful! Show them how to manage stress and relieve it with this care package idea.

16. The Incredible College Care Package

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Bring out the hulk in your boy with this incredible care package. College is that point in a boy’s life when they turn into a man.

Help your kid find his inner strength by sending him this ‘Incredible’ care package. Bulking up doesn’t have to be boring; it can also be fun!

17. The Cash Care Package

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College students always seem to be short on cash, and letters from home or a nice book (especially with cash enclosed) are very much appreciated. Save this valuable present for a special occasion, like a birthday — and maybe get the grandparents and aunts and uncles in on it too!

Time to learn how to pack a college care package! Check out this video from Organized Momma:

The best care packages are loaded with things parents know their own kids will love and enjoy. Mix and match to send some love when your student starts experiencing the fun yet tough college days. Enjoy wrapping!

And if all else fails, you can always send a subscription box to your student as a gift.

Which college care package will you wrap for your college kid? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 30, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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