46 Of the Best College Care Package Ideas

We recently asked our Grown and Flown Parents for favorite college care package ideas. 

Grown and Flown College Care Package Ideas

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1. Homemade chocolate chip cookies

2. 2nd Generation Echo

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3. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm


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4. Battery Operated LED Fairy String Lights

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5. Insomnia Cookies

6. Selection of Gift Cards 

7. Stress Relieving Coloring Book

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8.Sleep Mask with Moldex Ear Plugs

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9. Design Your Own M&M’s

10. Slinky

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11. Girl Scout cookies

12. Notes to Self Socks college care package ideas

13. Gummy vitamins

14. Spider-Man T-Shirt and some trading cards – my son’s been a Spider-Man fan since fourth grade.

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15. Fresh pillowcase

16. Lego Tape to stick to the wall and a box of their old Legos

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17.  Framed photos of summer trips

18. Amazon Prime Pantry box of favorite types of snacks around midterms first semester 

19. Photo, life-size cut out or pillow of the family dog.

20. Pizza money to order out while he and roommate are studying for exams.

21. Water bottle

22. Extra Long Charging Phone Cable

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23. Ear buds

24. I found a local bakery and had them deliver a dozen cupcakes of various flavors.

25. Apples from a local orchard near home

26. Silly Putty or water balloons at exam time

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27. I sent my daughter a Homesick Candle and she could light it when she missed us (check to see if the dorm allows candles.)

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28. Facial Cleansing Wipes

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29. Edible Arrangement – Every term the week before or during finals and a home-made coupon to go and buy a steak dinner for her and a friend.

30. Funny and corny greeting cards

31. Favorite hot sauce or seasoning

32. Pictures of the dog

33. Nerf guns

34. Frisbee

35. Heated shoulder wrap

36. College Logo Gear

37. Cookie cakes

38.Starbucks Gift Card

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39. Homemade mac and cheese

40. Easter basket! 

41. When snowfall is predicted: a sled!

42. Mini Rubik cube

43. Fidget spinner

44. Postcards that can be used as dorm decor

45. Granola or protein bars

46. I knew I hit the jackpot with my care package idea when I made her snap, with “goals”

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Tell us, what other college care package ideas do you have? Email us at grownandflown@gmail.com


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