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
The ability to shut out the nose around them is even more important for our sons (and daughters) this year with students sharing space at home or in a dorm room with Zoom classes. The Bose 700 headphones get the top reviews for their sound quality and lightweight construction.
Also recommended as a less expensive alternative are these headphones by Anker, which are the tops for under $100.
These 1More earbuds get the highest reviews for noise-cancelling bluetooth earbuds.
Tao Tronics noise-cancelling bluetooth earbuds are also highly-recommended and are a less expensive alternative to the 1More brand.
Regardless of where your son is studying this year, he will need school supplies for taking notes and staying organized. Staples offers free delivery and most supplies arrive the next day.
Here’s where you can shop for and send a “Staples surprise box” of new pens, pencils, highlighters, post-it notes, computer paper, etc. You can include hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and snacks, too.
Fanatics has the largest selection of NCAA and pro sports teams merchandise anywhere on the planet so check here for masks that your son can wear with his team logo or college colors.
7. College branded Nike shoes
While you are on the Fanatics page, take a look at the NCAA Nike branded shoes for these universities – Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Tennessee Vols, UNC Tar Heels, Arizona Wildcats, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon State Beavers, Oregon Ducks, Texas Christian University, Texas Longhorns, Southern Cal Trojans, Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State University Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, Michigan State Spartans, West Virginia Mountaineers.
If your son is a student – or merely a big fan – you will want to check these shoes out as a special college care package gift.
Adidas has a small line of NCAA shoes with these colleges – South Carolina Gamecocks, Auburn Tigers, Wisconsin Badgers, Texas Tech Raiders, Navy, Notre Dame Irish, Maryland Terrapins.
KIND bars are our family favorites and there is an enormous selection of different varieties to choose from. KIND will assemble a care package for you and Offer: Take 15% off a single purchase with code GROWNANDFLOWN at KINDsnacks.com through 10/31/20.
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.
Jack Black is our favorite brand for lip balm (we like it for ourselves) and the entire product line has great skin care products, too. Very popular for guys.
Fall will bring chilly days so why not remind him to stuff a hat this like one in a coat pocket for cold morning walks across campus? This is a popular brand and it comes in dozens of colors.
This is one of our favorite games to play with our teens and one they can play with new friends at school.
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.
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, like Kraft Mac & Cheese.
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.
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 weeks 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 is an easy ice-breaker.
Your college kid absolutely needs this football to toss around with his new pals.
If football is not their thing, try this safe-on-people-and-walls magnetic dartboard.
By this time in the semester, your son has undoubtedly lost more than a few socks. Time to send replacements. Here are NIKE Crew Socks, a set of six pair that come in three colors.
Eating in a college 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 will be a gift to your student. 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.
25. Small sports bag
If there is a sport that your teen can do safely now or in the future, a small sports bag to carry gear in is a great care package gift.
26. Water bottle
Hydro flask is one of the most popular brands for college kids and you can pick from many different sizes and colors.
Use any kind of popcorn kernel in this silicone rubber bowl. This is a great, healthy snack for your perpetually hungry teen, and it folds for easy storage.
Take a deep dive into movie magic with this poster that invites your teen to keep track of 100 iconic films. 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.
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!
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