Best College Care Package Ideas

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It’s been so much fun to share our college journey with you.  From dorm room organization and designing a beautiful dorm room,  21 Tips for College Move in Day to Beautiful Home Decor on a Budget we used in my daughters house, you have loved these posts! I’m so excited to share the Best College Care Package Ideas today with you!

Whether they are in their freshman year or even in their Senior year sending a little love from home always lets them know you are thinking of them, no matter how far they might be!  My daughter has loved receiving packages from home and told me they always arrived when she needed a pick me up.  I know I’m not alone in thinking about sending a happy from home so I wanted to share with you my thoughts and ideas, as well as some of the things others have shared with me. 

While the photos below are centered around a bit of a guy and girl theme, they are really interchangeable, except for the game day shirt and earrings, of course!  School spirit attire is always a top gift for college students. I always used the USPS Flat Rate Boxes so that the weight won’t matter in the price of shipping.

Here’s a list of fun ideas they will appreciate now and throughout their college years.

UNIVERSAL IDEAS

GIRL SPECIFIC IDEAS

GUY SPECIFIC IDEAS

Many of you have shared your ideas along the years and I would love to know your ideas on care packages. Please drop your thoughts below and I will update the post and share them.

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Happy Care Packaging! 

XO

Alicia

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12 Comments

  1. Carrie Fisketjon

    Working on year two of making care packages for my kiddo. Love it! Great ideas here, Alicia! Two more suggestions: throw in something silly and fun, like a spinning top-like toy. Create a Box Club with some friends. Everyone brings something to share in everyone’s care package. Great opportunity to share your feelings about having a child in college….and, of course, wine!

    • Alicia

      Hi Carrie!
      I love those ideas! I need to do that next month!
      xo
      Alicia

  2. Kelley

    Great ideas! My girls also loved getting holiday themed decorations – Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc. They could decorate their dorm room or apartment and make it a little festive!

    • Alicia

      That is such a fun idea, Kelly! I’ll add that to my list!
      xo
      Alicia

  3. Jennifer Crecelius

    These would also make great stocking stuffers! I’m going to save these lists for Christmas!

    • Alicia

      Wow! I hadn’t thought of that! I’ll add these to my stocking stuffer list coming out in November!
      xo
      Alicia

  4. Angela Linderman

    Love your ideas! I send frozen homemade cookies and home made pumpkin bread in my care package to my daughter- I also add a small candle, sleeping socks and a little something for the roommates. She loves receiving a care package from home.

    • Alicia

      Hi Angela!
      Homemade items are so appreciated! There will be some in my next box. Love sending a happy to the roommate, too! So sweet!
      xo
      Alicia

  5. Roz

    I found a great photo of my son’s tight knit group of high school buddies and put it in a masculine 5 x 7 wood frame. He appreciated that little sentimental touch almost as much as the giant bag of Skittles 😉

    • Alicia

      Hi Roz,
      The guys get credit for being tougher than they are sometimes! I know he loved the photo! Such a fun idea!
      xo
      Alicia

  6. Barbara

    Great ideas. The only thing my boys wanted was Rice Krispie bars and homemade cookies. Lots of them – enough to pass around. It’s a hit with all the guys. I can almost guarantee you all these goodies won’t stay with your daughter.

    • Alicia

      Hi Barbara!
      I love the idea of sending a big box of goodies to share! I’ll do that for exam time! We love Rice Krispies!!
      xo
      Alicia

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12 Comments

  1. Carrie Fisketjon

    Working on year two of making care packages for my kiddo. Love it! Great ideas here, Alicia! Two more suggestions: throw in something silly and fun, like a spinning top-like toy. Create a Box Club with some friends. Everyone brings something to share in everyone’s care package. Great opportunity to share your feelings about having a child in college….and, of course, wine!

    • Alicia

      Hi Carrie!
      I love those ideas! I need to do that next month!
      xo
      Alicia

  2. Kelley

    Great ideas! My girls also loved getting holiday themed decorations – Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, etc. They could decorate their dorm room or apartment and make it a little festive!

    • Alicia

      That is such a fun idea, Kelly! I’ll add that to my list!
      xo
      Alicia

  3. Jennifer Crecelius

    These would also make great stocking stuffers! I’m going to save these lists for Christmas!

    • Alicia

      Wow! I hadn’t thought of that! I’ll add these to my stocking stuffer list coming out in November!
      xo
      Alicia

  4. Angela Linderman

    Love your ideas! I send frozen homemade cookies and home made pumpkin bread in my care package to my daughter- I also add a small candle, sleeping socks and a little something for the roommates. She loves receiving a care package from home.

    • Alicia

      Hi Angela!
      Homemade items are so appreciated! There will be some in my next box. Love sending a happy to the roommate, too! So sweet!
      xo
      Alicia

  5. Roz

    I found a great photo of my son’s tight knit group of high school buddies and put it in a masculine 5 x 7 wood frame. He appreciated that little sentimental touch almost as much as the giant bag of Skittles 😉

    • Alicia

      Hi Roz,
      The guys get credit for being tougher than they are sometimes! I know he loved the photo! Such a fun idea!
      xo
      Alicia

  6. Barbara

    Great ideas. The only thing my boys wanted was Rice Krispie bars and homemade cookies. Lots of them – enough to pass around. It’s a hit with all the guys. I can almost guarantee you all these goodies won’t stay with your daughter.

    • Alicia

      Hi Barbara!
      I love the idea of sending a big box of goodies to share! I’ll do that for exam time! We love Rice Krispies!!
      xo
      Alicia

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