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Today I’m sharing some awesome go-tos for your next college care package. These picks are easy on the wallet, and anyone would love them! This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation to help keep my blog running if you make a purchase using one of these links.
My sweet sister started college this fall, and I still can’t believe it. In my mind, she’s still the baby sister I begged my parents for, and the little girl who I used to dress up like my own personal baby doll. But now here she is, all grown up, beautiful, and taking on the world. She’s studying to be an elementary teacher, and I honestly couldn’t pick a better career path for her. She’s great with kids, has more patience than I’ll ever have, and y’all… I am so proud of her. The other day I was texting her, and realized just how much I wished I could just give her a big hug. But since I can’t, I decided to make her a care package instead. I had a lot of fun shopping for some of her favorite things, and I know she’s going to love it!
When shopping for a college care package, it’s important to take into consideration what your recipient likes. I decided to get my sister some treats I knew she would enjoy, but were also dorm room friendly. I also wanted to get her some things to pass time and have fun with friends, because you can never have too many card games or coloring books! And finally, I knew she would appreciate having some things to pamper herself with, because lets face it- sometimes you just need to treat yo’self.
I also decorated the inside flaps of the box to make it look pretty. I just used some mod podge to glue down some scrapbook paper, and cut out the words that I glued on as well. It was super easy and turned out really cute, if I say so myself.
I know how much my sister loves chocolate, so I decided to give her some of her favorites, along with a few things that caught my eye. While shopping for her package, I sampled the Larabar Bites, and really liked them. They are covered in cocoa powder, and I liked how they were bite sized instead of a full bar like normal. As for the Barkthins, who doesn’t like them?! I love the sweet and salty with the dark chocolate, sea salt and pretzels. SO good. And if you’ve ever been to or even heard about Trader Joe’s, then you must have heard about their Cookie Butter. Talk about a guilty pleasure!!
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and it’s right up my sister’s alley. Coloring is a great way to help manage stress, which is why I knew it would be perfect for her to relax after long days of going to class, doing homework and being a college kid. I also got her some card games that she can play with her friends. I think that some of the best memories I have from college are when my friends and I hung out and played games together. It’s a great way to get to know other people, and talk to one another. As for the headband, I live by the motto “you can never have too many headbands”, so naturally she got one too!
Taking care of yourself is so important! I know money can be tight when you’re in college, so I got her some little things I knew she would like. I’m all about the EOS lip balms and lotions, so I threw some those in, and when I came across the Sally Hansen gel strips, I couldn’t resist! My sister is always painting her nails, so I thought the strips would be a fun project to try out. I didn’t get anything fancy or expensive, just things I knew she would use all the time.
Have you ever received a college care package? What is something you would put in one?
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Oh that is so sweet! I’m sure your sister will love and appreciate recieving it!
Thanks Kerrie! She said she LOVED it. :)
Love this post! I loved getting care packages and mail from my family. Especially if it was good from a grocery store we only had back home.
Ohh that’s so true! I never got a care package, so I wanted to make sure my sister got one, because I always wanted one!
What a great care package! That cookie butter is the BEST!
Thanks Erin! And I KNOW RIGHT?! I don’t buy it for a reason… Because I’d eat it ALL within a few days. (who are we kidding… I’d knock the jar out in a day ;) )
What a cute idea!! I’m not in college but I’d still LOVE receiving this!
Thanks Katie! I think it’s simply knowing someone thought of you that makes it so special. And I’m with you… I would love to get one too!!
Wish someone had sent this to me in college. :) Cute and thoughtful.
Thanks Sarah :) My sister said she loved it!
Such a great idea! I have a couple cousins who would love this!
You should send them one!! I know they would love that you thought of them :)
My parents use to send the best care packages when I was in college :) There was always chocolate involved!
Ahh I wish I got ones when I was in college!! I always wished for one, but instead I get to give them… Which is almost better and more fun!
This is such a great care package!! My mom was always queen of these!
Thank you Taylor! I can’t wait till I have kids and can shower them with gifts haha.
Such a great care package! A girl I’ve been mentoring — okay let’s face it, she’s my friend who’s 10 years younger than me — recently left for uni and i’d love to send her something like this! Great tips.
Aw thank you Tawni! I know she would love the simple fact that you thought of her… You should totally send her something!
This is such a thoughtful care package! I received one my sophomore year from my parents and was so excited! You could honestly put anything into a package, and just the thought would be enough to make anyone forever thankful. It looks like you put in a lot of time and effort :)
I agree!! I always wanted one, which is why I thought it would be perfect to give to my sister. Knowing someone thought about you means the world!
This is a great idea! I always want to give fun thoughtful gifts to those college kiddos but draw a blank. Thanks!
Thank you so much! I’m glad I could help. :)
What a great care package! I would have love to get something like this when i was in university
Thank you Nellwyn!
Adorable care package! Your sister is going to love it! The flaps are just too cute. Great job!
Thank you Penny! My sister LOVED it and my parents said she was so excited.
What an awesome care package! Such a sweet gesture to do for your sister.
Thank you Jenny :)
Thanks Jessica! :)
I know, right?! I love trying all their different flavors of almond butter. And your kid would love that you thought of them!!