College kids love getting a care package from their parents, the people who care about and miss them the most. If you’re a baker, by all means, go ahead and bake! If you love gathering your kid’s favorite treats and small gifts and don’t mind the trip to the post office, shop and ship away!
But don’t let lack of time or meager baking skills hold you back. If you want to get something in the mail right now, the answer is just a few keystrokes away. Take a look at these sites where you can order a college care package.
Note: We receive a small amount of compensation from orders placed through some of the links in this post.
Where to Order a College Care Package
CampusCube College Care Packages sends nutritious snacks plus high-quality and useful American-made gifts. The founder tells us that she gets great feedback from college kids who say “they love or would like to try” what CampusCube offers. In addition to monthly box plans there are specialty options including gluten-free, nut-free and vegan boxes.
Notes to Self Socks
Laura Schmidt started notes to self to put her belief in the power of positive thinking into action (and on people’s feet!) During a trip with her family on New Year’s Day 2011, Laura watched out the window while her feet were propped up on the car dashboard. She was thinking about one of her favorite topics, positive affirmations, and how the subconscious mind is most receptive early in the morning and late at night.
At that moment, she turned to her husband and said, “I think I’m going to put positive affirmations on the toes of socks!” A new pair or socks (or a few new pair) make for a great college care package.
With a mission statement of “Send love and do good. Care packages with purpose,” Hugabox makes it easy for parents to send care packages to their teens in college who need a bit of love from home. With each box that is purchased, Hugabox donates to a leading Sarcoma Cancer research institute. Here’s where you can read about the courageous mom who lost her daughter to Sarcoma Cancer and started her Hugabox company to honor her daughter’s memory and raise funds for research.
Gift Idea for Moms of Teens: The Grown and Flown book is available now!
Cookies By Design Cookie Bouquet
Take a look at the wide range of Valentine’s selections offered by Cookies by Design. Not only do they bake, ice, and decorate the oversized sugar cookies daily, but they also offer baskets of cookies that include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, red velvet and more. Cookies are a great gift for your student to share with roommates and hall mates.
If your teen is a big sports fan, sending them a box full of sports gear of their favorite college or pro team will be a very welcome treat. This was a very popular gift during the holidays and it is easy to see why.
Nothing pleases college kids more than being able to take a break from the dining hall to eat at a neighborhood restaurant, instead. Sending a gift card from Grubhub will bring the restaurant to them, in their dorm, where they can order dinner in and share with a roommate or hall mate. While you’re at it, download the app so YOU can order out, too, and treat yourself. Why should our college kids have all the fun?
Harry’s Shave Kit
Harry’s ingenious subscription boxes will keep your son supplied with razors, shave gel and replacement blades at a frequency that matches how often he shaves. Harry’s also has face wash, body wash, lotion and some cute accessories.
KIND care package
KIND will assemble a care package for you – we love these bars, we love the mission of the KIND company:
Nice means well, but it’s not enough. Kind is different. Nice is polite, but it stays out of it. Kind is honest – it speaks up and rises to the occasion. Nice doesn’t add to problems, but Kind rolls up its sleeves and solves them.
Smiles From Home
Janet Runkle Wall created care packages for her two sons and branched out into the business of shipping packages for others. Each box is made to order and wrapped up in a handmade raffia bow in school colors (or any 2 colors of choice.) There are seasonal and holiday boxes all with a personalized message.
Wicked Good Cupcakes
In 2010 mother-daughter team Tracey Noonan and Danielle Vilagie took cake-decorating classes as a way to spend quality time together and they launched their first store in October of 2011 in Cohasset, Massachusetts. Soon they came up for the idea of a cupcake in a jar. Filling jars with fresh-baked layers of cake, frosting and filling, they were able to create a product that would stay fresh up to 10 days without refrigeration and that could be easily shipped.
It is impossible to beat the ease and instant gratification of Amazon for ordering a college care package. You know exactly what your teen would like for snacks, dorm decor, ice-breaker toys, replacement socks (already), toiletries, cosmetics – it’s all there just waiting for you.
Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are the co-founders of Georgetown Cupcake and stars of Cupcake Cam LIVE and DC Cupcakes on TLC. Inspired by their grandmother, the sisters traded careers in fashion and venture capital to follow their passion for baking and opened Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, DC in 2008. With six locations around the country, they also ship nationwide.
Love From the Nest
Dorm rooms are minuscule and cluttered and of the nicest thing about Love From the Nest is the recognition of that with the careful selection of interesting and useful items sourced from small batch artisans across the US. The boxes are centered around themes that evoke memories of home. Parents can upload 3 photos and a note to include in their child’s box.
Cookies from David’s Cookies
Cookies come in multiple flavors and arrive in this durable tin.
Founded in a college dorm room in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania, Insomnia has been feeding the insatiable hunger of students ever since. They specialize in delivering warm, delicious cookies right to the doors and dorm rooms of appreciative college kids. With 145 locations, see if they are in your kid’s college town.
Me to You Box
These college care packages for young men and women feature unique and premium brands from categories including tech accessories, health & beauty, dorm essentials, trendy gifts and delicious snacks. Start a care package subscription, choose a pre-curated xo or build your own custom care package. A portion of all profits are donated to Julia’s Butterfly Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of terminally and chronically ill children and their families.
All college kids get sick and, when yours does, this box might be just what you are looking for to help them feel pampered. Beyond Bookmarks has lots of other gift boxes to choose from but this one seems perfect for an under-the-weather student.
Instead of sending flowers, think about send an edible arrangement of fresh fruit. With over 1300 stores in 11 countries around the world, check to see if there is a location in your kid’s college town.
Treats From Around the World
This is a subscription box service that starts at three boxes of international snacks from countries around the globe. Each box features munchies from one country and a note describing the contents.