College kids love getting a care package from their parents, the people who care about and miss them the most. If you’re a baker, by all means, go ahead and bake! If you love gathering your kid’s favorites and don’t mind the trip to the post office, shop and ship away! But don’t let lack of time or meager baking skills hold you back. If you want to get something in the mail to surprise your kid away at school, the answer is just a few keystrokes away.
We asked our Grown and Flown parents for their recommendations and here are their favorite places to order a care package for their kids.
Where to Order a College Care Package
You may know Shari’s Berries for their amazing chocolate-covered strawberries but take a look at some of the other scrumptious treats they offer like these to-die-for chocolate-covered cookies.
Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are the co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake and stars of Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes on TLC. Inspired by their grandmother, the sisters traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, DC in 2008. With six locations around the country, they also ship nationwide.
Laura Schmidt started notes to self to put her belief in the power of positive thinking into action (and on people’s feet!) During a trip with her family on New Year’s Day 2011, Laura watched out the window while her feet were propped up on the car dashboard. She was thinking about one of her favorite topics, positive affirmations, and how the subconscious mind is most receptive early in the morning and late at night. At that moment, she turned to her husband and said, “I think I’m going to put positive affirmations on the toes of socks!” A new pair or socks (or a few new pair) make for a great college care package.
Fresh fruit can be a welcome addition to your college kid’s carb-intensive diet so consider Harry & David, as they ship boxes of delicious pears and apples anywhere. There are many selections for $30 and under.
It’s so simple to order from Amazon and we bet you already have your kid’s address in your account, so check out Hangry kits in chocolate, sour, healthy, gluten-free and dozens of other selections for a super-easy college care package.
Founded in a college dorm room in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania, Insomnia has been feeding the insatiable hunger of students ever since. They specialize in delivering warm, delicious cookies right to the doors and dorm rooms of appreciative college kids. With 90 locations, see if they are in your kid’s college town.
Send cookies to your college kid with their Midterms and Finals packages, or “set it and forget it” with one of the cookie-of-the-month subscriptions. Choose “Just Like Home” subscription or “Fancy Schmancy” subscription, featuring hard-to-find artisan cookies baked in-house. All cookies are packaged meticulously, with the option to include a personalized note, and arrive in a ribbon-wrapped red box.
CampusCube College Care Packages looks for top quality and interesting items that college kids say they love or would like to try. The girls seem to love the pillowcases, the tees and the beauty products, and guys definitely are all about the food, Harry’s razors, and the four free blades coupon. They offer this cute happy birthday box, too.Crumbolicious
What makes these cookies yummy – They use all natural ingredients, bake from scratch, never add preservatives, and each cookie is simply delicious!
Janet Runkle Wall created care packages for her two sons and branched out into the business of shipping packages for others. Each box is made to order and wrapped up in a handmade raffia bow in school colors (or any 2 colors of choice.) There are seasonal and holiday boxes all with a personalized message.
There are six flavors in this assortment from David’s Cookies but there are lots of other baked goods to choose from. A bonus is the iconic red tin they’re shipped in.
In 2010 mother-daughter team Tracey Noonan and Danielle Vilagie took cake-decorating classes as a way to spend quality time together and they launched their first store in October of 2011 in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Soon they came up for the idea of a cupcake in a jar. Filling jars with fresh-baked layers of cake, frosting and filling, they were able to create a product that would stay fresh up to 10 days without refrigeration that could be easily shipped.
All college kids get sick and, when yours does, this box might be just what you are looking for to help them feel pampered. Beyond Bookmarks has lots of other gift boxes to choose from but this one seems perfect for an under-the-weather student.
Instead of sending flowers, think about send an edible arrangement of fresh fruit. With over 1300 stores in 11 countries around the world, check to see if there is a location in your kid’s college town.
This is a subscription box service that starts at three boxes of international snacks from countries around the globe. Each box features munchies from one country and a note describing the contents.
Sometimes you may want to send something oversized that can be shared with everyone on the floor. There are a few college tins available and, if your kid is a baseball fan, each MLB team in represented.
There are yummy-looking cookies for every occasion and we thought this birthday tin could be a good idea for a college student celebrating a big day at school this year, without you.
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