As the parent of both a daughter and a son who are students, I can say without hesitation that it’s much harder to come up with college care package ideas for guys than it is for girls.
If you’ve struggled like me, walking past fuzzy socks, cute hair ties, and nail polish in frustration, here are some care package ideas that will make a young man smile (and hopefully call home!) with gratitude.
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College Care Package Ideas for Guys
These microwavable mug cakes, new from Duncan Hines, are genius – just add water, stir, microwave for four minutes and enjoy a warm snack. Each box has four pouches which makes them perfect for sharing. Flavors include cookies & cream, lemon, German chocolate, Blueberry muffin, red velvet, brownie and more.
I know, it’s a mouthful to say, but please trust me that your son needs these in his life. Yes, they’re going to cost a bit more than a bag of Chips Ahoy cookies, as they should. Thank goodness for the Dutch bakers who came up with this magical little sandwich of waffled-wafers with a buttery caramel center. The best way to eat one is to place it on top of a cup of hot coffee – or herbal tea – for about 90 seconds, until it gets warm and melty. Unreal.
For the kids who like a warm late-night snack or would rather sleep than spend time at the dining hall in the morning, a couple more “just add water” convenience classics. For the more adventurous eater snack bags of beef jerky, in Original and Teriyaki flavor, are perfect to throw into a backpack or gym bag for an on-the-go bite. And don’t forget your Clif bars.
One unexpected expense for guys is buying razor blades as it is quite possible you have been the one keeping their shaving supplies fully stocked. Harry’s solves the problem by sending them a razor, shave gel and replacement blades at a frequency that matches how often your son shaves. Harry’s now has face wash, body wash, lotion and some cute accessories.
There will come a day when your son will run out of all his clean clothes. Send him this great gag gift and he can wear this t-shirt, giving mom the credit she deserves. While we are on the subject of laundry don’t forget this over the door basketball hoop that goes on the back of their door and doubles as a hamper or these Tide-to-go instant stain remover liquid pens.
If you’ve never heard of this soap, it’s the real deal. And now that your son has a greasy pepperoni stain on his shirt, he’s gonna need it. Just rub a bit of the soap and water into a stain and let it sit for a while, then wash normally. This stuff gets out spots that many other detergents can’t, which is why it’s been a classic for decades. (Apparently, it’s great for poison ivy and other rashes, as well.)
These wireless headphones, by Bose, are comfortable and sweat-proof, and can be used while running or working out. This is one of the more expensive college care package ideas for guys but they might be a great motivator to get your son to the gym.
Boys and injuries just seem to go together like PB and J. Why did I not think to send my son off to college with a cold therapy pack? Wishful thinking, I suppose. This gel pack is heavy-duty and sewn along the double sealed seams to prevent leaks. It conforms to any body part when frozen, so great for use on knees, ankles, wrists and necks. Also helpful, when folded up, it’ll fit in that small freezer section of dorm-sized refrigerators.
It’s a few months into school now and your son is still looking for a way to break the ice with some of the people on his hall. This is a fun and engaging game that will soon have the whole floor laughing. This Cards Against Humanity card pack is guaranteed to provide more laughs than a game of poker. (Includes a small, yet gory, poster for a dorm room wall.)
Your college kid absolutely needs this football to toss around with his new pals or if football is not their thing, try this, safe on people and walls, magnetic dartboard.
Fall means football, and what better way to show some team spirit than painting your face and screaming your head off? These paint crayons are non-toxic, and with twelve different colors, they’re great for fans of every college and pro team out there. Any leftovers can be used for Halloween.
We’ve got Happy Socks in a box that are soft, comfortable, stylish and very, very useful. Or “Fornite” Cotton Socks, another fun sock option for the Fornite fans. If you prefer No Show, Non-Slip Socks (6 Pair) because every time he does laundry, at least one sock disappears, here’s a set of six pairs in a variety of colors that are moisture-wicking, anti-odor, and have silicone strips that keep them from slipping off heels.
There’s a high likelihood that once your teen boy moves away from home, the small details of his physical appearance could become a bigger focus in his life. It might be due to some attention from a “new friend”, or it could just be a roommate who says, “Dude, get rid of that nose hair!” No matter what the motive, this small and easy-to-clean set can take care of those bushy eyebrows or other unwanted strays quickly. Even comes with a battery.
If you’ve ever picked this magical stuff up, you know how fun and therapeutic it is. Great for fidgeting with while studying or just contemplating life. It comes in all kinds of cool colors, and in regular and mini sized tins. This is one of the most often-recommended items for college care package ideas for guys.
If your boy is away at school for the first time, he’s probably a little stressed out. Getting through each day is a frantic juggling act, and we all know how challenging it can be to settle ourselves down at night after hours of physical and mental overdrive. Sipping a mug of this caffeine-free, herbal tea will help promote relaxation and a sense of calm. Just the smell of the lavender, chamomile and lemon balm will make anyone close their eyes and breathe a little deeper.
It’s hard to find a teen boy who doesn’t experience a little joy when a warm box of pizza is placed in his hands. But what about Taco Tuesday? Amazon’s got you covered with a Taco Bell gift card. Oh, and there’s Panda Express. And Subway…
No matter what you end up putting in a care package for that special teen boy in your life, he’ll love the excitement of receiving a box from you and will feel all the love.
Fingers crossed for a phone call home!