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CREATIVE CARE PACKAGE IDEAS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

35 Creative Care Package Ideas for College Students

For many students, college life is like driving on a highway and hoping that your miracle fuel continues to sustain you until you get back in control of whatever situation you are facing. Care packages are like fuel. No matter how little they are, they are valued. Care packages are answers to prayers that were never actually prayed for. They are a convenient distraction, a good breather, and a mood-weight-lifter. If you are looking for creative package ideas for college students, we’ve listed some lovely items that will make any colleger happy.

Our gift ideas have been grouped under the following subtopic;

  • Freshman care package ideas
  • Funny college care package idea
  • College goodie box ideas
  • Halloween care package ideas for college students
  • Other care package themes

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Sending a care package is like making a public announcement about somebody. It is the kind of announcement people don’t mind being made about them. Everyone deserves such a spotlight.

care package ideas for college students

FRESHMAN CARE PACKAGE IDEAS

The needs and wants of a freshman are great and quite often, the ‘pocket’ is small. In this section, we’ve listed basic items to include in a care package for a freshman student. You might be interested in our Gifts for first-year college students. Here are our off-to-college care package ideas;

1. DOCUMENT ORGANIZERS

Handling important personal documents is unavoidable. With a file organizer like this one, a freshman should be able to store documents properly and orderly. Usually, two of these organizers are good. We chose this zip-up organizer because it does a good job of keeping documents neat. It is also easy to carry and files are readily accessible.

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This is a handy tool for freshmen and they should have this.

2. 6 PACK SPIRAL RULE NOTEBOOK

It comes without saying that collegers will be doing a lot of writing. A good supply of notebooks is important. This 6 pack spiral 100 sheets rule notebook will surely come in handy for a freshman. These are the best types of notebooks for college students. We chose this particular one because the price is fair.

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These are great notebooks for college. This is a good bundle.

3. PEN SET

Somehow, we tend to lose pens easily as college students. This may be because we live in a community and share our property (pen) quite often. A freshman needs a good supply of pens and these G-2 pens are nice.

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This is a nice set. They are great for drawing too. This is a bonus for students that love to draw.

4. HIGHLIGHTER SET

These highlighters are not messy at all. They glow well on any color of text and dry fast on pages. They have very light shades of inks.

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Having a variety of markers is great. These markers are nice to have.

5. A PAIR OF READING GLASSES

It is no longer news that screens emit lights that could strain the eye and therefore reading glasses are important. This pair of glasses are not only stylish but comfortable and effective as reported by many reviewers. It is worth giving it a try.

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A freshman still has a long way to go, this pair is a good buy.

6. INSULATED WATER BOTTLE

A sturdy water bottle should be included in your ‘freshman care package’, it is very important. This Iron Flask Thermo flask is perfect. Water stays chilled or warm for a long while. It will serve on hikes or long trips too.

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This bottle will be of great value to a freshman.

7. INSPIRATIONAL KEYCHAIN

Everyone needs a good dose of encouragement now and then. You could engrave your words on various items like keychains, and wallet cards to keep your college son or daughter focused and motivated. You could also look for inspirational pieces that speak your mind and there are many options on Amazon. A keychain like this one is a lovely gift.

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This is a lovely keychain that is worth giving.

8. BREATHABLE ANKLE SOCKS

It’s yuk to pile dirty socks but college students don’t get to wash their clothes every day. Therefore they need a good amount of socks for a week at least. Stock socks for all weather and occasions. We recommend that you include these breathable ankle socks.

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The reviews on these socks will convince you better. These socks are nice.

9. BODY CREAM SET

Skin health is important and college students need to have enough supply of body care products that work for them. Since the face is sensitive, we would not recommend any face product, however, If they do not have a particular brand of body cream they stick to, include this set in your care package. It moisturizes well and will last.

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Anyone can comfortably use this product. It is great!

10. MANICURE SET

With a convenient manicure set like this one, college students can get a clean nail cut whenever and wherever they choose. The set comes in a nice portable leather case and includes 16 nail tools.

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A nice item to include in a care package for college students.

11. ELASTIC HAIR BANDS

For some reason, elastic bands tend to disappear like certain stationery. They either break or disappear and they are important. Throw in a couple of these bands in your care package for a freshman.

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Sturdy nice hair bands.

12. MOISTURIZING LIP BALM SET

With this moisturizing lip balm set by Burt’s Bees, no more chapped or cracked lips for your child, sibling, or friend who is in college. Thousands of Americans will agree that Burt’s Bee lip balms are amazing.

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This is a good buy. A value for money item.

13. SMALL FIRST AID KIT

We can’t always control events like hitting a toe against a hard object, getting cut by sharp objects, getting bruised during some physical activities, working with spiteful knives etcetera. This is why this little guy always comes in handy. This kit has 170 emergency items.

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This is a very practical and handy item to include in a care package

14. TOILETRY SET

Get your son or brother this 5 piece body care kit. It has been specially formulated for people with sensitive skin and can be used by all skin types. The content is great and the products will last for at least three weeks.

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It is a convenient body care kit to get for a college student.

15. SNEAKERS

A college student will be needing a lot of comfortable and fashionable shoes because the adventure is much. We must emphasize that paying attention to comfort and style when picking out a shoe for a college student is important. Include Bobs B cute sneakers to the list of sneakers you intend to buy for your daughter or sister at college. This shoe goes with a lot of outfits. For guys, check out Adidas sneakers.

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Bob’s sneakers are cool and comfortable for a college student

16. DISH SET

Settling down in college is stressful enough, your loved one should not have to worry about plates and cups. You do not want them to be eating raw cereal until they shop for dishware. Include a dishware set like this one in their send-off care package. This set is microwave safe and unbreakable. They look presentable too.

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You would not have to worry about sending this dish set because they are not fragile. They look presentable too.

Making a college student happy is easy. Send care packages that include a lot of helpful items and their favorite things

FUNNY COLLEGE CARE PACKAGE IDEAS

If you are looking for other fun items to include in your care package, here are a couple of them;

17. 3D ANIMAL BOOKMARKS

These screaming little guys are adorable, aren’t they? They add so much fun to a person’s reading experience (for people with an active imagination). Imagine trying to take a break from reading and pick up a panda bookmark, you might be tempted to replay the Kung Fu Panda movie in your head haha.

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We think these bookmarks are worth adding to a college care package. They are fun to look at, they are durable and to an extent, effective. They are a lively addition to a college care package too.

18. BREAD PLUSH TOY

If your college son or daughter loves bread or pastries, this bread plush toy is a good way of telling them that you always think of them. It will be a conversational piece for them and their visitors.

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A friendly cuddly plush for a college student.

19. FUN PAPER CLIPS

Are you looking for nature-al things to include in a college care package? Throw in these colorful nature theme paper clips. They are such a delight to work with. They have been shaped into natural things like animals and fruits.

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A nice stationery gift

20. PLANT STUDY DESK LAMP

It could come off as a plant in a quick glimpse, right or wrong? It is the aesthetic design for us, it is simply attractive. Imagine how pretty and lively it will look in a room. This little rechargeable LED lamp has a 3-level adjustable brightness option and a pen pocket. It lights up well and the battery life is ok.

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It’s a good lamp to study with. This lamp will also be perfect for a nature-themed care package. A college student will be pleased with this lamp.

21. BLACK PANTHER FLASH DRIVE

This is a lovely gift to include in a care package for college students that love black panther and other animated characters. The flash drive has 64GB memory which is a good storage size.

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This is a lovely gift for superhero lovers.

22. CARROT STATIONARY CASE/ SUPPLY

If you are making a ‘healthy care package’ a funny gift to include in the care package is this pretty carrot stationery case and supply. The set includes a silicon case, gel ink pen, pencil, eraser, and a pencil lead refill, all in the form of carrots. Don’t let the carrot body make you underestimate the quality of this stationery set. The set is good.

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This is a creative gift and can work as one item in a natural or vegan-themed care package.

23. ROBOT ALARM CLOCK

Get him a robot friend that makes sure he does not oversleep. This cute robot alarm clock has a silent tick-tock and a great alarm. It uses AAA batteries which are not included in the package.

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The perfect toy desk gift to include in a care package

24. ANIMAL SLEEP MASK

These animal sleep masks are a fun way of reminding a college student that rest is important. These masks are soft, lightweight, and well-made.

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Beautiful sleep masks.

COLLEGE GOODIE BOX IDEAS

We understand that it is not easy to pick out a ready-made goodie box online and send them to your loved ones. It would be terrible if they opened up their package to find stale products. Since you will be making this treat care package yourself, here are a couple of delicious snacks that you could consider adding to the box;

25. ORGANIC FRUIT BARS

The reviews on this product are amazing. If you are worried about sending too many candies in your care packages, these Organic Fruit Bars might just be the best substitute.

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Since the reviews are great, these bars are worth adding to your care package

26. JELLY BEANS

Jelly beans are the perfect lazy snack or reading candy. Knowing how delicious they are, it is quite easy to finish a pack at a go and this is why we recommend this Jelly Belly Jumbo for a college care package. They come in little wrapped sachets to help a person space their snacking. This pack includes 20 flavors of delicious jelly beans and 70 little sachets in the box.

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These are fresh and tasty jelly beans.

27. LAFFY TAFFY CANDY

Add some Laffy Taffys to your care package, they are one of the best chewy candies out there. You get 145 pieces of fruity yumminess in a jar. Two of these jars should last a month or two for a college student.

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Candys like this one will make reading enjoyable

28. KIRKLAND NUT BARS

For nut lovers, Kirkland nut bars are a delicious treat. This is probably one of the best nut snacks to include in a care package for a college student. Almond, cashew, and pecan are the products’ main ingredients.

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This is a good pack to include in your goodies box, the price seems fair too. You might also be interested in their jelly beans.

29. OREO MINI CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES

Don’t forget to include the all-time favorite Oreo in your care package. We recommend this 12 pack on-the-go Oreo cookies. The packaging is convenient.

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The packaging is convenient. The taste is great. This is a good on-the-go snack for college students.

30. WALKER ASSORTED TOFFEES

For aToffee lover, these English toffees might be worth their fancy. This jar contains assorted yummy flavors of addictive toffees. A college student will enjoy each wrap while they burn the night candle.

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Although some customers have reported receiving stale products, these toffees are great. Hopefully, you don’t receive a stale order.

In the event you choose to go for a ready-made goodie box, here are a couple of care packages that might interest you;

31. VARIETY PACK CHIPS

Get this 28 piece variety pack of chips. It contains 3 Lays, 5 Doritos Nacho Cheese, 3 Smartfood, 3 Doritos cool ranch, 5 Cheetos crunchy cheese, 3 Rold Gold original, 3 SunChips harvest, and 3 Cheetos puff cheese.

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This is a convenient pack.

HALLOWEEN CARE PACKAGE IDEAS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Are you looking for cool halloween gifts, here are a couple of items that should make your list.

32. ZOMBIE PEN HOLDER

People who have ever fantasized about killing zombies will enjoy sticking a pen into this zombie’s heart. Weird. The sculpting is worth applauding.

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This is a cool spooky gift.

33. ANTIQUE SKULL DIARY

This skull diary looks enchanted in a way, great for secrets. It’s not something anyone would carelessly pick and open, or would they? This is a 100 sheet/ 200 pages ruled antique diary.

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This is a dark beautiful Halloween gift for a college student.

34. SUGAR SKULL MOUSE MAT

It’s going to be an exciting halloween for a mouse, this mat is gorgeous. Apart from the attractive sugar skull lady graphics on the mat, this mat has a non-slide base and a very smooth surface for increased performance.

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A cool halloween gift for a college student

35. CLEAVER CLUTCH

She will absolutely slay with this cleaver clutch. It has enough space to store her spoils too.

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She is ready to slay for halloween.

OTHER CARE PACKAGE IDEAS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

1. WINTER CARE PACKAGE

Some items to include in a winter care package for a college student are; warm socks, coffee tins, tea packets, thick robes, cereal boxes, baked pastries, a throw blanket, warm indoor slippers, body balms, a Thermo mug, vitamins, hoodies, wool sweaters, sweat pants, lots of cookies, a memory stick with a dozen movies, chocolates, and a plush toy.

2. SUMMER CARE PACKAGE

In a summer care package, you could throw in fashionable summer hats and caps, sleeveless tops, and shorts, good sunscreen, stylish sunshades, long and short dresses, water can, energy drinks, a portable loudspeaker, sports gear, waist trainers, a playlist of love and sunshine music, nail polish, lip glosses, body mists, and perfumes and stylish purses and wallets.

3. BIRTHDAY CARE PACKAGE

Surprise them with a cool wristwatch, unique stationery set, a camera, stunning figurines, nice shoes or bag, a ticket to a game or show, a gaming device, a thoughtful note, a nice photo, their favorite pastries, spa gifts, and some scented candles 

4. STRESSED STUDENT CARE PACKAGE

Get them relaxed with a good playlist and some movies in a memory stick or hard drive, inspirational stress balls, funny comics, any massage gadgets, bath gifts, a musical box, relaxing pills, workout pamphlets, cookies, bars, and candies, Magazines with topics they love, games and puzzles, and inspirational jewelry.

5. HOMESICK CARE PACKAGE

A photo album of family, friends, and pets, home-baked pastries, motivational notes from the family in love pills, parent’s favorite sweater with their scent, family figurines, a paw signed note from favorite pet/s, some dried fruits from the home garden (if you have a garden), comfort snacks and animated toys or gadgets are items to include in a homesick care package for a college student.

6. FINALS CARE PACKAGE

Finals come with a lot of tension and stress. Include energy bars, candies, popcorn, coffee, motivational jewelry and items, alarm clock, a few stationery supply (book maps, highlighter, pens, calculators, and bookmarker), mug, tea set, biscuits, air diffuser,  and letters of prayers, promises, and best wishes.

7. PAMPER CARE PACKAGE

Bath gifts, luxurious towel and robe, perfumes, body cream, face mask, face gadgets, foot massager, scented candles, homemade cookies, favorite magazines, a designer item, and lots of goodies.

8. HOUSE WARMING / DORM CARE PACKAGE

Any of these items; dishware set, air fryer, curtains, air diffuser, microwave, potted flowers, reading lamp, wall arts, pillows, throws, soups, coasters, spice set, and bourbon gifts will add comfort to a college student’s new space.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What do you put in a college care package?

Most care packages for college students include supplies. It could be stationery supplies, body care supplies, goodies, and clothes.

2. What do you put in a college care package for a girl?

  • Body creams
  • Body wash
  • Candies
  • Tampons
  • Cookies
  • Socks
  • Power bank
  • Hair Bands
  • Summer tops and gowns
  • Sunshades and reading glasses
  • Cute snickers
  • Stationery supplies
  • Hard drive
  • Novels
  • Alarm clock
  • Reading lamp
  • Sneakers 
  • Portable speaker
  • Cute phone pouches
  • Cereal boxes and many more

CONCLUSION

Making a college student happy is easy. Send care packages that include a lot of helpful items and their favorite things. In this article, we have listed a couple of items a college student will find useful and there are many more care package ideas in our article Gifts for first year college students.

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