According to the latest statistics, over 17 million students will go to college this year in the US. Most have gone back already. Many parents are excited to have their children continue their education but the leaving isn’t easy. Yes, it’s what we wanted, we just didn’t think the 18+ years and/or the summer would go so fast. The coming and going can be emotional but when the going gets tough, the tough send care packages! That’s right.
Here are some great ideas to consider from Family Education:
1. Coffee Mug filled with tea and coffee
Many students acquire a taste for coffee and tea. Send some along and add some hot chocolate too. For those who are fortunate to have a Keurig or the like, send some pods!
2. Gift cards
Yes, you can send cash, but will it be used for its intended purpose? Sending a gift card to a local grocery store will ensure they at least see the nutritious snacks and school supplies they might need.
It’s not that they don’t want to smell nice, it’s just that they get busy, especially during midterm and final exams. Believe it or not deodorant and toothpaste can be a welcome site!
Pinterest has some great ideas as well. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Party in a Box
Send them all the essentials to host a Halloween Party, SuperBowl Party, St. Patrick’s Day etc. Birthday in a Box is also a great idea if they will celebrate their birthday at school.
2. Manicure in a Jar
Not only does it make your nails look pretty, it’s a cool chic decoration for the dorm room.
3. Crayons and Color Books
Sounds crazy, and it is but you will be surprised how much it will relieve stress for your college kid, guys included! You really did learn all you needed to know in kindergarten. Sharing crayons and coloring is therapeutic.
There are several companies that well send a care package for you like Hipkit.com and DormSmart.com and many colleges have organizations that use carepackages as fundraisers. If you didn’t receive the paperwork in the mail already, check your college’s website for details.
No matter what route you take, nothing will replace a heartfelt note in your own handwriting, it’s the stuff dorm bulletin boards are made of!