Homesick young adult college students look forward to receiving a care package or gift from home. Here are some ideas to help the student get through the year.
1. Homemade cookies or cakes. Be careful to pack them right, using shredded newpaper or bubble wrap to keep them from crumbling into dust. Using First-class mail will get the goodies to them in 2-3 days, at a reasonable price.
2. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Pack up hot chocolate mixes, chocolate chip cookies, their favorite chocolate bars, chocolate dipped pretzels, and chocolate covered nuts and fruit.
See how happy a package from home can make them?
3. MagicKitchen.com’s “Fight the Freshman 15” low fat meal bundle is a great idea for students who are apt to eat more fast food in their first year away from home. With meals like Portabella/Shittake Mushroom Ravioli, they never need to know it’s lowfat and healthy.
4. Care package basket – It can be the simple things that break a budget. Fill a basket with shampoo, nice soaps, batteries, phone cards, gift cards along with pictures of siblings or a favorite pet.
5. Healthy snack foods – send granola bars, low-fat microwave popcorn, lowfat pretzels, trail mix, beef jerky, dried fruit, and those 100 calories packs of snack foods.
6. MagicKitchen.com’s Home away from Home Bundle features 8 meals that can be heated in the microwave, including Rib Eye Steak with Scalloped Potatoes and Seasoned Baby Back Ribs alongside Rice with Mixed Vegetables.
7. Tea or Coffee package – if your college student likes their tea or coffee, sending a selection of gourmet drinks will really lift their spirits, ad help them get through those late-night study sessions. Bocajava offers all this and more, with accessories and gifts.
8. Condiments and powdered drinks – Two oft-requested food items, these are inexpensive to ship and you can be quite creative with them. Crystal light individual packs are very popular, and why not send some gourmet mustard and Charred Pineapple Relish to dress up that hot dog?
9. Send some computer gadgets you know they’ll use, like a 16GB USB drive, or an Altec Lansing inMotion iM7 Portable Audio System for iPod.
Melody, MagicKitchen.com blogger