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10 Gifts to Include in a College Care Package

10 Gifts to Include in a College Care Package

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10 Gifts to Include in a College Care Package

With students returning to school, sending a college care package is a fantastic way to send some love their way and let them know you’re thinking of them.


Whether you’re looking for gifts for first-year college students or returning students, you can create a personalized care package that will perfectly suit your favorite college student.


To get some ideas for what to put in a college care package, see our list below.


What to Put in a College Care Package

Care packages for college students should have variety, featuring a good mix of practical and fun items. Check out the ideas below to help you get started designing a thoughtful gift for your college student that will be a welcome surprise.


1. Baked Goods

Is there a baked treat your college student loves, and that is the perfect reminder of home? Then bake up those chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin scones, or whatever baked item they can’t get enough of (just be sure to send enough to share with roommates and friends!). Package them up in a food storage container to keep them fresh. As a bonus, use a storage container they’ll be able to reuse to keep leftovers in. 


2. Coffee or Tea Gift Subscriptions

If your college student is an avid coffee or tea drinker, then a coffee or tea gift subscription is one of the best gifts you can send their way. Choose from our coffee collection or tea collection and then select a delivery frequency: Once a month for three months or once a month for six months.


3. Earplugs and Noise-Cancelling Headphones 

Sometimes it’s hard to find peace and quiet when sharing a dorm room or apartment with others. Earplugs and noise-canceling headphones can provide a welcome respite from noise - not to mention can be a lifesaver when trying to study.


4. Games & Toys

College kids need breaks from studying, and fun games and toys are the perfect way for students to relieve stress and have some fun with their friends. Board games, card games, and other games for two or more people are sure to get plenty of use. You can also send a few yo-yos, paddle balls, and other easy toys to use whenever in need of a quick, fun, stress-relieving break.


5. Gift Cards

Send a few gift cards to their favorite stores that they can use to shop online or, if the store is near their school, locally. You can also send digital gift cards or add money to their student spending cards. Did you know you can get The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ® gift cards? We have physical gift cards, as well as e-gift cards available! They can be used in-stores for when they need a relaxing study environment or online for them to shop all their coffee & tea essentials. 


6. Cash

Need we say more?


7. Cozy Clothes

Sweatshirts, sweatpants, yoga pants, fun socks. Anything comfy to wear while spending hours studying in dorm rooms will be worn a lot and appreciated every time they’re worn. 


8. Toiletries & Essentials

First aid items, pain reliever, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, laundry detergent, razors, shaving cream, soap. You get the picture. These are items your college student will be happy to have on hand, saving them an unexpected trip to the store when they realize they’re out of one of these items when they need it. 


9. Cold/Flu Season Items

Tissues, cough drops, a selection of teas, microwavable chicken noodle soup, Gatorade packets that dissolve in water, hand sanitizer, and decongestant are all items your college student should have in stock to fight colds.


10. Handwritten Letter

But be sure to top off your care package with a handwritten letter. This alone will make your college student’s day!


Mix and match items from the suggestions above according to your college student’s needs, interests and personality. And, of course, add in any other items you think of that would perfectly round out your care package and delight your loved one.