1. The “Good Luck On Your First Day” Care Package
School supplies don’t have to be boring. Cool products like these Warhol quote “philosophy pencils” will give them some inspiration for their first day.
Specifically the Despicable Me pun package– great because there are SO many food and craft tricks based upon those adorable minions.
Instructions for minion marshmallows here.
3. The “This is All the Shit You Forgot” Care Package
Nothing’s better than a beginning of the year reminder that you have the best parents in the world by way of a package filled with everything you forgot at home and were probably going to put off buying at Target for weeks.
It’s an inevitability that every college kid will become ill at least once during his or her freshman year, and that first time being bedridden in a loud, dirty dorm can be rough. A “get well soon” care package filled with all of the essentials for beating a cold will definitely make it suck less. Throw in some Campbell’s chicken soup, cough drops, these pill-shaped get well soon notes, and of course some real medicine too.
This package has the perfect personal touch for anyone who is a huge fan of things like manga, Hello Kitty, and Japanese candy.
Recipe for homemade pocky here.
6. The “Home in a Box” Care Package
Obviously not New Orleans specific. Just grab some stuff from their favorite hometown restaurants/stores/teams to construct a care package that’s just the taste of home they’ve been craving.
Everyone knows that college is the time to bulk up, and a package filled with protein-packed snacks and supplements will aid building lean muscle in a healthy way.
Homemade Clif Bar recipe here.
This is an awesome out of the blue pick-me-up. Just go to a drugstore and pick out any yellow stuff you think they could use or would enjoy (or go with another color scheme if you’d prefer).
A cake in a jar and a bunch of “pop-me” balloons make for awesome box-fillers to wish a happy birthday from afar.
For the collegiate Pixar Fan. Recipe for Monsters University Cupcakes here.
This is a cute way to send them a bunch of their favorite DVDs that they didn’t have room to pack. Add chocolate covered raisins and some popcorn to take it to the next level.
12. The “You Look Thin. Have You Been Eating Enough?” Care Package
Just a cute reminder that you’re thinking about them. Recipe for yummy blueberry scones here.
A package filled with decorations (and of course snacks b/c always snacks) will add a festive flair to any dorm room for the holiday season.
Build this care package with a combination of things that facilitate studying, like chocolate-covered espresso beans and mint tea, and things that relieve stress, like this stress-relief bubble wrap.
Dietary restrictions shouldn’t get in the way of homemade brownies and candy. RIGHT??!
Recipe for Vegan Dark Chocolate Brownies here.
16. And the “Cut to the Chase” Care Package
- Turkey's military released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to the Russian warplane before it was downed near Syria's border. ›
- Protesters marched in Chicago for the second night in a row after the release of a video showing the police shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald. ›
- And President Obama actually made his daughters laugh at the annual White House turkey pardon. ›