34 Favorite College Care Package Ideas for College Women (2024)

A care package is a welcome surprise for college students who have just moved to campus. We put together our favorite college care package ideas for college women with some true necessities and others that will make her smile.

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College care package ideas for college women

1. Washable Silk Pillowcase (Quince)

Improve her beauty sleep with a 100% mulberry silk washable pillowcase, which is meant to keep skin and hair hydrated. (Anything that means less bedhead is a win in our book.) Silk is also hypoallergenic. We love the value and twelve pretty color choices that Quince offers.

2. notes to self socks® 

Help our girls remember how much we believe in them with notes to self® positive affirmation socks. We love their singular messages, variety of styles, and gift packs — the only thing better than one pair is two. Or, three. Or, four…

Use discount code GROWNANDFLOWN to receive 10% off your $75 or more order. 

3. Custom Bracelet (Little Words Project)

Inspire your daughter with a custom bracelet from Little Words Project. Choose the color, the stone, add her initials and/or special words, a birthstone charm…the choices are endless.

4. Pom Beanie (Target)

This cute pom beanie is available in three pretty colors.

5. Crossbody Belt Bag (lululemon)

We are in love with this belt/cross-body bag from lululemon. They come in many pretty trendy colors and varied sizes. Your daughter will LOVE this in her college care package.

6. Casegrace Mini Jewelry Box (Amazon)

A mini jewelry box is excellent for travel and for storing unique pieces at college. This compact case is available in four pretty colors and fits in a drawer in a dorm room for safekeeping.

7. Apple AirPod Pros(2nd Gen)AmazonAirPods Pro

With the second generation of Air Pod Pros, there is now up to 2x more Active Noise Cancellation than the previous models. If your daughter is having difficulty blocking out noisy roommates and hallmates, this could be a fantastic care package or birthday gift.

8. Mario Badescu Facial Spray (Amazon)facial mist

This super-popular brand of facial mists comes in three fragrances: cucumber and green tea, herbs and rosewater, and camomile and lavender.

9. Supergoop! Play Lip Balm (Amazon)

super goop lip balm

Your daughter will love this broad-spectrum SPF lip balm with hydrating honey, shea butter, & sunflower seed oil. In a crowded market of lip balms, this one gets top reviews. 

10. Bliss Hand Cream (Amazon)

She will also happily try this Bliss hand cream with a lemon and sage fragrance.

11. Essie Treat, Love & Color Nail Polish (Amazon)Essie nail polish

Your daughter can polish her nails without needing a top or base coat with this line of Essie polishes. Gorgeous colors, too.

12. Stanley Travel Mug (Stanley)

These travel mugs come in many pretty colors and are super-popular. Available in sizes of 14 to 40 ounces, it will keep drinks cold for 8 hours and iced for 30 hours. Hot beverages stay hot for 4 hours. 

13. Cut Flowers(Bouqs)

boqus flowers

Want to send flowers to your daughter but don’t know what the florists are in her college town? The Bouqs Company delivers farm-fresh flowers and plants with beautiful arrangements.

14. Cookies by Design

cookies by design

Cookies by Design delivers freshly baked cookies safely to a dorm, apartment, or home. They have a wide assortment — including platters with assorted cookies — and these signature cookie bouquets, which might be perfect for students studying at home.

15. Aromatherapy Shower Steamers (Uncommon Goods)
shower steamers

Your daughter can turn her shower into a spa with one of these aromatherapy tablets. Infused with essential oils, they are available in lavender, eucalyptus, or orange mint.

16. Therapy Dough (Uncommon Goods)therapy dough

Modeled after clay used in art therapy classes, these pots of aromatic therapy dough are infused with essential oils for stress relief and have been super popular in the Grown and Flown group.

17. Bedside Essentials Pouch (Uncommon Goods)

bedside pouch

This felt pouch can hold glasses, a phone, or other necessities at your teen’s bedside.

18. Eye Pillow (Amazon)eye mask

We all need some things to help us relax, and our teens are no different. A nice eye pillow is cute and luxurious and might help your college kid get extra sleep.

19. Tea Assortment (Amazon)tea forte assortment

Your daughter will feel comforted and loved with this assortment of herbal teas from Tea Forte.

20. Betty Crocker Mug Treat (Amazon)

mug treat

A warm chocolate cake with chocolate icing that your daughter can cook in a microwave in one minute(!) might be a perfect indulgence after a long day of classes. Mug Treats come in many flavors.

21. Do Your Laundry (Amazon)

Do Your Laundry

Since day one, we have loved this book, and it is a G&F favorite volume to send to college daughters. Becky Blades is the uber-talented author and illustrator who wrote these words of encouragement for her off-to-college daughters. She left a blank page for you to add your love note to your daughter.

22. Hydro Flask Water Bottle (Amazon)

Hydro Flask is among the most popular brands in many colors and sizes.

23. Hair Ties (Amazon)

hair ties

Your daughter can never have enough of this, especially if she has long hair.

24. Neutrogena Makeup Wipes (Amazon)

These facial wipes are the easiest way to remove makeup, especially if you want to clean your face without walking down the hall to a communal dorm bathroom.

25. Facetory Face Masks (Amazon)

Face masks are great for a night in to do self-care. This pack of 7 is only $11.95.

26. Fuzzy Socks (Amazon)

Fuzzy socks are the perfect gift to get your teen as we head into fall, as the weather will soon become much colder.

27. Microfiber Hair Wrap Towel(Amazon)

These are so useful for drying hair and much gentler on the hair than using an actual towel.

28. Hello World!(Amazon)

hello world

Written by New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan,  Hello World! reminds us that the journeys we take through life are all about the people we meet and how these people will make us smarter, stronger, and more impressive than we ever thought possible.

29. Birdie Safety Alarm(She’s Birdie)

she's birdie

Get your daughter a Birdie safety alarm — it sounds loud when pulled to draw attention if she is ever in an unsafe situation.

30. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera (Amazon)

fuji instant camera

Having an instant camera is so fun for taking photos with friends and having them printed on the spot. These instant photos can be used as wall decor.

31. The 5-Ingredient College Cookbook(Amazon)

If your college student struggles with cooking ideas, this cookbook is designed for college students — filled with easy and simple recipes.

32. Laptop Case(Amazon)

A laptop case will protect their laptop from scratches, and this one has an extra pocket in front that provides enough space to keep a mouse, earphones, pens, and notepads, offering added convenience. Available in 34 colors.

33. Hair Mask(Amazon)

A hair mask will protect and deeply condition their hair, making it extra soft and silky after using this.

34. Jogger Pants (Target)

These soft joggers would be comfortable to lounge around in and sleep in. With side pockets, these are machine washable and can be tumbled dry for easy care.

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, she worked in marketing for a cybersecurity company for a year and a half. For the past year, she has been traveling the world while volunteering in hostels. Starting this fall, she will be teaching English in Spain. To learn more, here are her social media accounts: TikTok and Instagram. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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