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Share Some Love From Home: Creative College Care Package Ideas

I loved heading off to college every fall. I got away from home, and back to my friends. But little reminders from my parents showing that they care meant the world to me. Remind your college student that you love them, even if they are thousands of miles away with these care package ideas! 

Sending your child off to college is hard enough as it is, and you don't have to go crazy every month sending care packages to remind them that you exist. These simple ideas will get your student out of the library for a bit and thinking about you. Plus, they might even prompt a phone call home every once and while!


Personalized Wall Decor

Social media is sure to become a way of life for your student, so why not make it perminent. Send a bunch of small square frames so he or she can create a personalized Instagram Photo Wall. With a mix of pics from home and new college snaps, your college student won't ever get too homesick.


A Tin Full of Sweets 

Nothing makes you feel more at home then some freshly baked cookies. Send your student and assortment of back-to-school cookies from Cheryl's, including cute little footballs and fun apples.The buttercream-frosted cookies are the perfect late-night snack during those midterm all-nighters. 


A Homemade Treat

Another fun treat option are these homemade Caramel Apple Popcorn Bars made with popcorn from The Popcorn Factory. They're easy to make, and can be delivered in bulk for sharing or individually wrapped for portability.


A Salty and Sweet Assortment

via thepopcornfactory.com

While we're on the snack train, make your student be the envy of everyone on his or her floor with an assortment of sweet and salty snacks from The Popcorn Factory. This tin has everything a college kid needs to survive those long papers and endless study sessions; popcorn, candy and even cookies. Plus, the tin can be upcycled for a variety of reasons in the dorm room, from storing hair products to doubling as a desk trash can. 


DIY Orange Zest and Almond Oil Scrub 

All students need a little pampering, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune. This DIY body scrub is a great little gift to send to your student to transform those dorm showers into a luxurious-feeling spa. And if you make a bit extra you can pamper yourself as well.


A Cozy Reminder of Home 

No matter how old your college student gets, he or she will aways love something reminiscent of home. Rather than a standard t-shirt quilt, check out this afghan from 1800Flowers.com. You can personalize it with just his or her first name, or put the family's las name on it. 


Pretty To Do List 

Give your student an extra hand with a designated notebook for to-do lists, reminders, and important dates. This one from Personalization Universe can be customized however you want, and there will be no questions about what it's for! 


Monogrammed Mason Jars


Give those red Solo cups a rest, and give your college student something that's a little nicer for all that iced coffee and Diet Coke. These personalized mason jars from 1800Flowers.com are perfect for all those late night study sessions, or even for tailgates. Pop some sealable lids on there, and they are perfect for taking that drink to go all around campus. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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