Care Package Ideas

Stay connected to your college students with a package filled with treats—homemade cookies, candles, gift cards and more—to remind them of home.
Gingerbread men cookies in a box
Away for the Holidays
Being away from family and loved ones during the holidays—any holiday—is a little easier with some thoughtful gifts from home.
  • Dorm room decorations, such as a desktop Christmas tree, a menorah, Easter baskets and trick-or-treat pumpkins filled with candy
  • Food associated with the holiday, such as Valentine's Day treats or Christmas cookies
  • A decoration from your home that you know they love, such as their favorite ornaments or a music box
  • A gift card to a restaurant to celebrate with a nice meal out of the dorm room
Bowl of chicken soup
Get-Well-Soon Package
Looks like using chicken soup as a cold remedy isn't a myth after all. Studies done by the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., support eating chicken soup for a sore throat, runny nose and sneezing. When your son or daughter catches a cold, send then some soup, along with a few simple gifts, to get him or her back on the road to good health.  
Girl studying
Good-Luck-with-Finals Care Package
When midterms or final exams roll around, the world stops for college students. The pressure can be enormous! This is a perfect time to reach out to your children with some study aids that will help them keep their spirits up, get through the all-nighters and alievate stress.
  • A CD with calming, relaxing music
  • Teas or coffee
  • Healthy snacks and meals for those days and nights when they don't have time to hit the cafeteria, and to keep their energy going 
  • A personal planner to start off the next semester on an organized note
  • Toys from childhood, such bubbles, yo-yos, Silly Putty or comic books, to relieve stress
Trail mix
Congratulations Care Package
If you're looking for a way to celebrate your student's most recent accomplishment, big or small, a care package with some of his favorite treats is a fantastic way to do it.
  • A bag or two of their favorite snack foods, such as homemade trail mix or granola bars
  • iTunes gift cards, or a gift card to his or her favorite store
  • A flower arrangement or bouquet of balloons

pumic stone loofah soap
The Big Breakup Care Package
The first big breakup is tough—the sobbing, the sadness and the sappy songs played on repeat are just a few of the gut-wrenching hallmarks. Dealing with heartache far away from the people who love you unconditionally can make healing even harder. Help mend your son or daughter's broken heart with a surprise gift of love and comfort from you. Get more ideas for keeping a connection while they're away.