Hopefully, the kids are settled into a groove at school and everyone, including you, has adapted to the new normal. But that doesn’t mean that our thoughts don’t turn to our teens who are away from home every day. Heck, who are we kidding, many times a day.
Sometimes it’s nice to send them a little something to remind them of home, to let them know we are thinking of them or just because we want to. You don’t have to spend megabucks to have a mega-impact. Here are our very favorite ideas for unique gifts from one of our favorite companies, UncommonGoods.
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25 Unique College Care Package Gifts for Teens
1.With Love Chocolate Cards
These fun cards conceal bars of caramel-filled chocolate, Send this when a card doesn’t feel like quite enough. Trust us, your college kids will love the card and the treat.
2. Collapsible Popcorn Popper
Use any kind of popcorn kernel in this silicone rubber bowl. This is a great, healthy snack for your perpetually hungry student, and it folds for easy storage.
College students seem to run through socks and why not send a replacement? These whimsical shark socks will bring make your teen smile.
4. 100 Movies Scratch Off Poster
Take a deep dive into movie magic with this poster that invites your teen to keep track of 100 iconic films. As they screen each one, they can use a coin to scratch off each title and reveal surprise, movie-related artwork underneath. This is a clever way to decorate a drab dorm wall, perfect for any movie buffs.
5. Collapsible Water Bottle
A great product that can help your teen stay hydrated, this bottle collapses and is small enough to fit in a pocket or backpack.
6. Cord Organizer
Dorm room organization is a challenge for even the most organized student. With this organizer, your teen can easily store their electronics cords and throw in a backpack. Great for traveling home, too!
7. Microwave Pasta Pot
Eating in the dining hall begins to lose its appeal a few months into first semester. Being able to take a break and cook something in their own dorm room in the microwave will be a gift to your freshman. Just add noodles and water and nuke.The flexible lid’s a strainer, too, so they can drain, toss with sauce, and eat straight from the pot.
8. Orbits Eye Stones
When your student’s eyes are exhausted from doing schoolwork, these stone disks bring instant relief. Chill them in the mini-fridge and apply on or under eyes for a spa treatment right in the dorm room. eye stones
9. iPhone Charger Sticker Faces Set
These whimsical labels are custom-designed to fit the accessories of Apple devices. They are a cute way for your teen to personalize and keep track of their charger. No more squabbles over whose charger is whose.
10. Drink More Water Bottle
This bottle gentle reminds your teen to stay hydrated.
11. Water bottle/phone holder
The problem of what to do with a phone and water bottle while working at at the gym is solved with this clever water bottle with built-in space for a phone.
12. Blooming Lollipops
Savor creative combinations like lavender-lemongrass and strawberry-basil. For any teen with a green thumb (and the space to grow a plant) the lollipop stick can be planted to grow a plant that was an ingredient. Genius!
13. Therapy Dough
Modeled after clay used by art therapists, this dough is infused with essential oils for stress relief. It’s fun, it’s stress relieving and it provides aromatherapy-all things our kids need.
14. Music Playing Cards
In this music lover’s card deck, the cards bear star’s portraits and genres are represented by the suits. Fun for teen music lovers.
15. Overnight Foot Care Kit
The life of teens is stressful, schleping their stuff all over campus…Give them some TLC for their feet, while they sleep: rosemary-mint scented cream, and soft socks you wear all night.
16. College Dish Towel
Celebrate your alma mater or your kiddo’s college with this vibrant collegiate dish towel.
17.Letters To My Future Self
This correspondence-inspired time capsule lets you postmark your memories and read them years later. This is a great exercise for teens to hone their writing skills and so much fun to read later.
18. Things They Don’t Teach You in School Game
400 fun facts, random factoids, and pieces of useless knowledge make for a great dorm trivia game.
19. Literary Mugs
Our college kids need a mug or two in their dorm room. This one is perfect for them to curl up with quotations from classic authors. Microwave- safe.
20. Sweet Treat Hand Cream Set
Feed your hands sweet treats with moisturizer flavored like a corner confectionery.
21. Choose Your Dog Breed Socks
They miss their dog.
22. Retro No Tip Mug
Form and function with this no-tip travel mug that stays upright no matter where you put it. Microwave-safe.
23. Bedside Essentials Pouch
This felt pouch can hold glasses, a phone or other necessities at your teen’s dorm bed.
24. Inspirational Pencil Set
We love these playful pencils with inspirational sayings that will make your kid feel like you’re right there encouraging them.
25. Telescoping Reusable Straw
All of our kids are worried about the environment. Give them this portable, stainless steel straw and help make the world plastic-free.
Are you the parent of a teen? While you are thinking of a treat for them, why not treat yourself to the Grown and Flown book?
There is no better company in this gnarly, possibly fantastic transition than Grown and Flown. The perspective in these pages has been invaluable to me.” – Kelly Corrigan, author of the New York Times bestseller Tell Me More