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Nothing beats receiving a package that you know came straight from home. Knowing that your parents or friends went out and got a bunch of stuff they thought you will love and put it all together into a sweet little care package.
From making sure they are staying healthy to getting them a little bit of everything, there is always something you can throw together for your college student that we know they will love and really appreciate.
This post will show you a variety of care package ideas you can put together for your favorite college student.
Friend Care Package Ideas
1. Bluetooth speaker + personalized playlist
- All-Purpose Bluetooth Speaker -Take the party everywhere with Flip 4, a portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers powerful stereo sound. With durable, waterproof fabric, this speaker features up to 12 hours of continuous, high-quality audio playtime.
- Wireless & Noise Cancelling - Wirelessly connect up to 2 smartphones or tablets to the speaker & take turns playing impressive stereo sound. Plus, take crystal-clear calls from your speaker, thanks to the noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone.
- Waterproof & Durable - No more worrying about rain or spills: Flip 4 is completely waterproof—you can even submerge it in water. Plus, the improved, durable fabric material and rugged rubber housing protects the speaker on your outdoor adventures.
- Extra Features - Link over 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together to amplify the party. Plus, access Siri or Google Now from your speaker with a simple button press.
- Includes Bass Radiator - Hear the bass, feel the bass, see the bass: Dual external passive radiators demonstrate how powerful your speaker is.
Missing your bestie and songs on the radio are reminding you of all of the great memories you have together?
Pull together a playlist via Spotify or write out an artistic, creative list for them accompanied by a Bluetooth speaker they can use to play them out and remember fondly.
2. Matching Necklaces/bracelets
- ✔FRIENDSHIP NECKLACE FOR 2 - Side By Side Or Miles Apart Puzzle Piece Necklace Set of 2 - Best Friends Necklace - Friends Puzzle Set, Make your best friend feel special with our cute and charming BFF necklace. Share your stories and the hearts of the necklace to remind each other of your special bond.
- ✔BEST FRIEND NECKLACES FOR 2 - The necklaces engraved with the words “ side by side or miles apart , best friends like us stay close at heart “ .it is best gift for friends .
- ✔BEST FRIENDS NECKLACE FOR 2 - Perfect gift for your friends for an anniversary gift! These Puzzle piece couples necklaces . These puzzle pieces are made of alloy and are about 1 x 1.5 inches long and come with jump ring and key rings.
- ✔BEST FRIEND NECKLACES - ♥All orders now come in a cute Melix Home Jewelry Gift Box ready to be gifted ♥The cute best friend necklace set for girls is a true reminder of an eternal friendship. Surprise your best friend on her Birthday, Christmas or Thanksgiving!
- ✔BFF NECKLACE FOR 2 - Melix Home: Your Reliable & Best Choice of Fashion Jewelry, Our products will stay with you for a long time because of the durable raw material. We make timeless accessories that can brighten up and compliment your look without much effort.
Who said BFF jewelry was so 2009? Because it’s totally not! Make little matching necklaces or go on Etsy to create matching bestie bracelets. Being miles apart doesn’t stop the bond the two of you have!
Healthy College Care Packages
3. Gym Membership
Places like Planet Fitness offer special discounts for students and sometimes if there are local gyms, they will also offer specials where they can come workout for a discounted price. Offer to pay for a membership for 6 months or send them a gift card for one of these places and they will get the motivation to get their booty to the gym!
4. Wireless Headphones
- Quick access to Siri by saying “ Hey Siri ”
- More than 24 hours total listening time with the Charging Case
- Effortless setup, in-ear detection, and automatic switching for a magical experience
- Easily share audio between two sets of AirPods on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV
Getting your student wireless headphone is perfect if they are a fitness enthusiast.
Without having the hassle of getting their hair, arms, or frankly anything tangled up in the wires and getting the buds yanked right out of their ears, AirPods or wireless Beats are perfect.
5. Swell Water Bottle
- TRIPLE-LAYERED INSULATION: S’well Milky Way 17oz stainless steel water bottles feature triple-layered, vacuum-insulated construction, Keeps beverages cold for 36 and hot for 18 with our exclusive Therma-S’well Technology. Each water bottle features unique colors, prints, patterns and textures, all while delivering superior functionality. Hand-wash only
- THE PERFECT FIT: Our metal water bottles and beverage containers are designed with an opening wide enough for most ice cubes so you can easily refill and reuse it over and over. Whether you're hitting the road, bike trails, or the gym, you’ll find S’well fits just right in most standard-size cup holders.
- DON’T SWEAT IT: S'well beverage containers are insulated with a copper wall layer to eliminate condensation by providing an exterior that won't sweat on your hands or in your bag
- WORRY-FREE HYDRATION: Your search for safety is over. All S’well containers are BPA-free and composed of 18/8 premium food-grade stainless steel. We are compliant with California Prop 65 regulations and our products are certified to meet all regulatory requirements by an independent and accredited testing facility
- SUSTAINABILITY WITHOUT COMPROMISE: You won’t have to compromise fashion and functionality to live more sustainably with our sleek, beautifully crafted, built to last bottles. Every S’well purchased counts towards displacing millions of single-use plastic bottles.
The perfect item to keep your coffee hot and your iced coffee even colder. A Swell water bottle is a large thermos that you can decorate with stickers and use to pretend you’re a VSCO girl with.
So honestly, it’s useful for a variety of reasons.
College Care Packages for Guys:
6. Body Wash
Boys sometimes just think it’s ok to use shampoo as body wash, but not yours with your care package! Send over a couple of different scents of body wash to get him smelling good for the sake of his roommates!
7. Razors + Shave Gel
- WHAT YOU'LL GET: Contains two 2.25-ounce sticks of Tom's of Maine Antiperspirant Deodorant for Women in Fresh Meadow Scent
- 24-HOUR PROTECTION: Clinically proven to protect against wetness and odor
- NATURALLY DERIVED INGREDIENTS: Made with recycled aluminum that's originally derived from natural mineral bauxite ore
- SMELLS GREAT: Stay fresh with antimicrobial olive leaf extract and a clean Fresh Meadow scent
- TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF NATURALLY: Contains no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors and is not tested on animals
Getting all of the daily essentials on shopping trips sometimes slips the mind of any college student because of everything else going on. And let’s face it, sometimes that means deodorant gets overlooked sometimes, too.
Get him a couple of packs of his favorite so he is set for the next couple of months.
You may think that they used to hate getting socks as children, but your guy needs new socks more than ever. They more than likely have holes in them.
You probably just shuddered at that thought. Get him the socks.
Build Your Own College Care Packages
- Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist Tested. Free of dyes and perfumes
- 3-in-1: detergent, stain remover, color protector
- Each pac of Tide Pods Free & Gentle provides a deeper clean (versus the leading Free detergent) that’s gentle on skin
- 1 laundry pac for regular loads, 2 pacs for large loads and 3 pacs for extra large loads
- Tide PODS laundry pacs dissolve quickly in hot & cold
To be honest, your student may not know what the brand is that you used to use on their laundry to make it smell so good.
Get them pods for easier use or the normal liquid if they know how to measure it. But you can never be too safe. Just get them the pods.
11. Dryer sheets
- Hypoallergenic, free of any dyes or perfume
- Dermatologist tested, mild on skin
- Helps Reduce Wrinkles so you can Iron Less.
- Controls static cling in fabrics and helps repel lint & hair.
- Toss in two Bounce dryer sheets for your average loads to iron less, fight more static, repel more lint & pet hair, and add more softness. For small & medium loads toss in one Bounce dryer sheet, and for extra-large loads toss in three!
You would be painfully surprised how many college kids don’t realize that the reason why their clothes are still static-y is because they didn’t use dryer sheets. You may want to pack a couple extra for their friends.
Coffee Lover Kit
- Brews multiple k-cup pod sizes: (6, 8, 10 ounce) – the most popular k-cup pod brew sizes. Use the 6 ounce brew size to achieve the strongest brew.
- Large 48 ounce water reservoir: Allows you to brew 6 plus cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. The water reservoir is removable, making it easy to refill whenever you need to.
- Descaling: An important part of cleaning your keurig brewer. This process helps to remove calcium deposits, or scale, that can build up inside a coffee maker over time.
- Auto-off: An auto-off feature is easily programmed to turn off your coffee maker after it has been idle for 2 hours, helping to save energy.
- Simple button controls: Just insert a pod, select your desired cup brew size, and brew a great-tasting cup in under a minute.
Do you even coffee if you don’t have a Keurig? Getting a Keurig is perfect for making that single cup of coffee rather than wasting a whole pot’s worth of it. And honestly, they are just a lot of fun to have!
- Includes 2 K-Cup pods from 20 popular varieties, including Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, The Original Donut Shop Regular, Newman’s Own Organic Special Blend, Caribou Coffee Caribou Blend, Tully’s Coffee Italian Roast, and many more
- Sample different coffees and discover your favorites from a wide variety of roasts, flavors, and brands
- Contains authentic Keurig K-Cup pods, engineered for guaranteed quality and compatibility with all Keurig K-Cup coffee makers
- K-Cup Pods are not in original packaging and may appear different than in the image
- Includes light, medium, and dark roast coffee as well as Fair Trade and organic varieties
Ask your recipient their favorite type of coffee brand and get them a couple dozen K-cups to keep up with their Keurig (because they’re in college.
They are going to go through a lot of K-cups.) For college students, they can be pricey. So, you sending them over can really help them in the long run!
14. Coffee Mug
- TOP QUALITY 15OZ CERAMIC COFFEE MUG. This cute (and funny) mug feels great in your hand. The ceramic is strong and durable so your new daily fave won’t get chipped. And at 15oz, this mug holds a lot of coffee, tea or cocoa. (Unlike those tiny 8 ouncers.)
- COOL, FUNNY, GIFT FOR ANY OCCASION. Gift this mug to your secret santa at the office party. Or give it to your mom, dad, brother or sister as a motivational holiday gift. Or to your boss as a great birthday present. Or to any male or female coworker as a fun novelty gift. Or use it for an unusual present for grandma, grandpa, your quirky cousin or that hard-to-buy-for friend.
- MOTIVATIONAL MESSAGE THAT DOESN’T GET SCRATCHED UP. Who wants scratches ruining their cool morning vibe? Not us. That’s why we fired your mug in a kiln at up to 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps it looking great even if you use it every single day. Plus the text is printed on both sides so you never have to stare at an annoyingly plain white mug.
- GREAT SIZE FOR ANY TIME OF THE DAY. Is this mug great for a hot cuppa joe? Yes. What about your evening hot chocolate? Yes! At 15 ounces, this fun unique mug is large enough so you don’t have to go back for seconds. (Unless you want to.)
- DISHWASHER AND MICROWAVE SAFE. You don’t need to worry about hand washing this mug! It’s designed for everyday use. Or three-times daily use. And you can microwave it or stick it in the dishwasher and it will stay awesome. Like you.
Festive coffee mugs are a great way to be creative with coffee time!
Play along with Starbucks “Destination” mugs and send one from home to where they are now. Went on a trip recently? Send them one from there!
Other College Care Packages Ideas
For the Homesick
15. Letter from home
Get creative and have everyone in the house still write a sweet note to your college kid.
Whether it be parents, siblings, or other family members nearby, a handwritten note is so special and is great to look back on rather than just a text message.
16. Family pictures
- Metal and wood desk top frame
- Recommended for a 4-inch by 6-inch picture
- Stenciled sentimental words on the base
- Great gift idea
- Use the frame to cherish the special memories.Note: The face paper on the picture frame may vary
Nothing brings a smile to someone’s face quicker than seeing all of their loved ones in photos. But make sure the family dog is included in these pictures, as well.
If you don’t, then they probably won’t smile because the dog is the real reason behind the smile.
17. Home-cooked meal (if possible)
If you have the ability to overnight a nice little homemade meal – do it! Do you realize how long it has been since they have had something like that? Probably since the last time they were home!
For the Skin-Care Enthusiast
18. Face Mask
- Includes: (2) Sweet Tea Masks, (2) Manuka Honey Masks, (2) Cucumber Pink Salt Mask, (2) Black Charcoal Sugar Masks, (2) Dead Sea Mineral Masks, and (2) Pomegranate Gel Masks
- Sweet Tea Lemon removes impurities tones for radiant skin
- Manuka honey tea tree oil cleanser mask instantly deep cleans absorbs oil without over-drying
- Cucumber pink salt clay mask instantly detoxes clears pores for renewed skin
- Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals and Pomegranate instantly clears pores balances for renewed skin
Face masks are the ultimate self-care tool! There are tons to choose from – charcoal, clay, peel off. No matter what you pick, get ready for some silly selfies to come your way.
- Indulge your lips with this exciting ChapStick Spring/Summer Seasonal Pack
- Lip balm seasonal multi-pack containing your favorite summer flavors: Cake Batter, Strawberry, a Tropical Paradise Collection, a Spring Collection, a Summer Collection, and a Classic Collection
- Enjoy Spring and Summer all-year-long with delicious, sun kissed flavors of ChapStick Spring/Summer Collection
- Lip balm tube in a convenient size that you can take with you on-the-go. Never leave home without Chapstick
- Delightful summer flavored lip moisturizers help lips feel soft and moisturized
Whether it be the original Chapstick or the Internet favorite Burt’s Bees – chapstick is a must for anyone.
20. Sephora Gift Card
- Sephora offers a vast and diverse selection of prestige beauty products online and in our 250 stores nationwide.
- From classic brands like Clinique, Bare Essentials, Dior and Philosophy to hard-to-find brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER and Fresh, you have easy access to over 13,000 products and more than 200 brands.
- Card is redeemable for merchandise sold at Sephora stores, on online, or at Sephora inside JCPenney stores.
- No returns and no refunds on gift cards.
Listen, here. Makeup can be expensive in this day in age. Nothing will make your college kid happier than seeing a Sephora gift card in the mail. Even if they just wear makeup casually, it still is a huge help.
21. Fleece Blanket
- FEATURES and DURABILITY - Stay warm and cozy all year long with Richave Super Soft Fleece Blanket, the Great thermal insulated ability keeps you WARM while providing you with a SOFT and GENTLE touching with the great quality and superior softness.
- Material and SIZE COLOR - This super soft plush throw blanket is made of high quality MICROFIBER material, 350 GSM, SOFTER and WARMER than usual blankets.Available in Varied color choices of Grey, Dark Grey, Ivory, Lake Blue, Royal Blue, Brown, Green, Camel, Purple; Travel/Throw size: 50" x 61"; Twin size: 66" x 90"; Queen size: 90" x 90"; King size:90" x 108" ;Be able to meet the needs of different people. Solid color style, SIMPLE but ELEGANT.
- Suitable for all seasons - Winter warm and summer light, all year-round use. Applicable to BED, COUCH, CAMPING, Home, Sofa, Car, Airplane, and Outdoors - easy to carry.
- EASY WASH and CARE - Machine washable, gentle cycle with cold water. CONVENIENT and EASIER. Stay soft and as new, after every wash. LIGHTWEIGHT makes it easier for the storage. Instruction: DO NOT tumble dry.
- RICHAVE BLANKETS PROMISE - Buy without any concerns knowing that we allow customers to refund or exchange within 60 days, if not satisfied for any reasons. Welcome to contact us.
Fleece blankets are one of the best things you can get for a college student!
They’re super comfortable and make for the perfect night in for binging movies on Netflix.
For the Techie
22. Phone Case
- Hybrid technology that is made of a TPU bumper with a durable PC back
- Crystal clear transparency flaunts original phone design
- Raised bezels lift screen and camera off flat surfaces
- Pronounced buttons are easy to feel and press, while large cutouts fit most cables
- iPhone 11 Case Compatible with Apple iPhone 11
Do you have a klutz on your hands and their phone is no stranger to being thrown to the floor? Get them an Otter Box or a glitter wallet phone case to spice up their old iPhone until they can upgrade to the new one!
23. Portable charger
In this day in age, portable chargers are a great tool to keep on you. They are perfect for long road trips, music festivals, and just those long days your student will inevitably have in the library. BTW – you can get both phone and computer portable chargers!
Random Care Package Ideas
24. Comfy Pajama Pants
- Soft, comfy poplin cotton with gentle stretch
- Short-sleeve design
- Shirt hemline falls at natural waist
- Elasticized waistband with drawstring
- Round neckline
C’mon. Everyone needs comfy pajama pants! Maybe they are going to have an exciting sleepover or they need to make a late-night fast-food run and don’t want to put on real pants (hey, we all know the feeling.)
25. Box of Snacks!
- Snack chest bulk sampler includes an assortment of 50 savory snacks
- A snack variety box for all occasions with a wide variety of chips, cookies and candies
- Perfect care package gift to send to friends and family at camp, or at school
- This 50 count care package includes a mix of sweet, salty, and savory, snacks. Includes the top chip, cookie, and candy brands
- All snacks are handpicked & shipped loose in a snack chest gift box. In certain cases based upon availability some snacks might be replaced
Honestly, the last thing you probably want to do is send them junk food but just do it. Just this one time. We won’t tell anyone else. Having that one snack they always went to as a kid is a fun little reminder of their childhood and can bring back some awesome memories.
No matter what kind of care package or how many of them you send, you are doing something that your student is really going to be thankful for, even if they don’t say it.
Taking care of them is something you have done for 18 years, that doesn’t mean that has to stop anytime soon! And believe us, they don’t want you to stop doing it anytime soon!