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27 Things To Help Your Parents Stop Worrying About You While You're At School

They'll still be majorly concerned..... but these will definitely help.

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1. An organic snack subscription box in case the dining hall serves nothing but chicken nuggets.

Promising Review: "I really like the dried fruit, they were so good. I loved how we got two flavors to sample." —Kathleen RamirezGet it on Love With Food for $9.99/month.
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Promising Review: "I really like the dried fruit, they were so good. I loved how we got two flavors to sample." —Kathleen Ramirez

Get it on Love With Food for $9.99/month.

2. A fun planner for needed extra motivation — aka stickers and doodles — to actually get organized.

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Promising Review: "I'm gonna be real here. I'm a 32-year-old woman, and this is probably marketed more toward younger women, but whatever. It's perfect. I'm in love with this planner. My boss got one and I fell in love with it and had to have one, too. It makes being organized FUN." —Tiffany Marie

Get it on Amazon for $5.77+ (available in four styles and in three sizes).

3. A mattress pad because the difference between a dorm and prison bed is nonexistent, and this will help you get a good night's sleep.

Promising Review: "This is so comfortable. We were looking for a mattress topper for our son, whose mattress was so firm and uncomfortable. We laid it out today, and he was so excited. He was laying on it and laughing because he couldn't believe it was so comfortable!!!" —BeccaGet it on Amazon for $44.99+ (available in five sizes).
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Promising Review: "This is so comfortable. We were looking for a mattress topper for our son, whose mattress was so firm and uncomfortable. We laid it out today, and he was so excited. He was laying on it and laughing because he couldn't believe it was so comfortable!!!" —Becca

Get it on Amazon for $44.99+ (available in five sizes).

4. A daily Q&A diary as a way to prove to mom that you are FINE in college (relatively speaking).

Promising Review: "The questions range from 'How many people have you kissed this month?' to 'What is your dream job?' It is perfect for a new college student. It also is really fun to see how much you have grown!" —M. Anne

Get it on Amazon for $12.17.

Read our review of the non-college version here.

5. A custom pet pillow so best friends and cuddle buddies won't have to be separated.

Promising Review: "I LOVE our pet pillow of our kitty. We plan to use it in our wedding photos because kitties tend to not enjoy traveling." —CiudadDuerpoGet it from aurespaces on Etsy for $58+ (available in sizes M-XL).
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Promising Review: "I LOVE our pet pillow of our kitty. We plan to use it in our wedding photos because kitties tend to not enjoy traveling." —CiudadDuerpo

Get it from aurespaces on Etsy for $58+ (available in sizes M-XL).

6. A practical hamper to pretend you know that you can't wear the same underwear three times without washing.

Promising Review: "This is a nice sturdy laundry hamper bag. I like anything that helps keep my home organized, so I am very pleased with this purchase." —Janelle Get it on Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising Review: "This is a nice sturdy laundry hamper bag. I like anything that helps keep my home organized, so I am very pleased with this purchase." —Janelle

Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

7. Or get a laundry bag that doubles as a backpack, so the washing machines don't feel so far away.

Get it on Chipmunk Bags for $65 (available in eight colors).
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Get it on Chipmunk Bags for $65 (available in eight colors).

8. A llama desk duster that might be just cute enough to inspire the occasional cleaning spree.

Get it on Urban Outfitters for $15.
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Get it on Urban Outfitters for $15.

9. A breakfast sandwich maker if they ask why every bank transaction is at Mickey D's.

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Promising Review: "I've been using this breakfast sandwich maker for over a year, and I really do love it. Whenever family or friends visit and happen to spend the night, they all ask me for breakfast sandwiches the next morning because they know how great they are." —Daniel C. Hatfield

Get it on Amazon for $19.45.

10. A state-shaped necklace so home is *literally* close to the heart.

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Promising Review: "I never take this thing off. I even shower in it, and it hasn't rusted or turned any colors. I have had it for well over a month now." —Jessica

Get it on Amazon for $16.16 (available in 25 states).

11. An aromatherapy diffuser as a way to unwind from studying without lighting forbidden candles or... plants.

Promising Review: "This diffuser works well, and I love the aromas! I mix essential oils a little differently every day, and so far I have loved them all. The diffuser light isn't obtrusive, just pleasant." —Kansas GirlGet it on Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).
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Promising Review: "This diffuser works well, and I love the aromas! I mix essential oils a little differently every day, and so far I have loved them all. The diffuser light isn't obtrusive, just pleasant." —Kansas Girl

Get it on Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

12. A new approach to journaling to help you make the most of the memories they'll want to relive with you years down the road.

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So maybe keep it PG.

Get it on Urban Outfitters for $14.95 or Amazon for $11.31.

13. A motivational subscription box for female entrepreneurs as a monthly dose of ~girl power~ that every mom will love.

Promising Review: "I have been a subscriber for three months now, and I feel so empowered every time my box comes in the mail." —AmberGet it on Crate Joy for $39.95+ per month.
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Promising Review: "I have been a subscriber for three months now, and I feel so empowered every time my box comes in the mail." —Amber

Get it on Crate Joy for $39.95+ per month.

14. A pair of noise-blocking headphones because even the library can be a little distracting sometimes.

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Promising Review: "Comfortable on my large head. No headphone has ever covered my ears without hard places or getting sweaty or too tight. These are good for hours." —R. Lager

Get them on Amazon for $33.99.

15. A sunrise simulation alarm clock if that 9 a.m. lecture is a major concern.

Sometimes a class at noon is also a struggle. Promising Review: "I was one who hit the snooze button endlessly, so getting up early was impossible. This has seriously made all the difference in the world." —CindyGet it on Amazon for $49.27.
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Sometimes a class at noon is also a struggle.

Promising Review: "I was one who hit the snooze button endlessly, so getting up early was impossible. This has seriously made all the difference in the world." —Cindy

Get it on Amazon for $49.27.

16. A comforting candle with state-inspired scents as an antidote to homesickness.

Get them from BuzzFeed's Homesick Candles shop for $29.95 (available in 25 states).
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Get them from BuzzFeed's Homesick Candles shop for $29.95 (available in 25 states).

17. Some personalized charger stickers to put a face to your belongings.

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Promising Review: "Great and fun way to identify adapters." —Ladonna G.

Get a four-pack on Amazon for $12.95 (available in four styles).

18. A book club subscription box that offers a healthy escape from dorm life with vintage reads and savory coffee.

Promising Review: "I love vintage paperbacks now, and this box has me obsessed with old paperbacks. The first book I received was published in 1932, but the story was quite good and relevant. The extra touch of gift wrapping the book is super sweet. The book selection pushes me out of my normal comfort zone, but I think that is the greatest aspect of this club." —KathrynGet it on Crate Joy for $10.58+ per month.
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Promising Review: "I love vintage paperbacks now, and this box has me obsessed with old paperbacks. The first book I received was published in 1932, but the story was quite good and relevant. The extra touch of gift wrapping the book is super sweet. The book selection pushes me out of my normal comfort zone, but I think that is the greatest aspect of this club." —Kathryn

Get it on Crate Joy for $10.58+ per month.

19. A Fitbit in case you keep getting a gentle nudge to beat the Freshman 15 (from cookies! Definitely not beer).

Promising Review: "I love this! It's like having a fitness coach on your wrist." —Tammy

Get it on Amazon for $148 (available in six colors and in sizes S-L).

20. A daily dose of inspiration because calling every two minutes might get overwhelming for you both.

Get it on Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in two colors).
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Get it on Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in two colors).

21. Some reasonable shot glasses who will call your mom and tell her that you got home safe. Not really.

Promising Review: "I gave my friend two gifts, and these shot glasses were definitely the winning gift. Not your average set of glasses, and she got a kick out of them." —Gift giverGet a set of two on Uncommon Goods for $20.
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Promising Review: "I gave my friend two gifts, and these shot glasses were definitely the winning gift. Not your average set of glasses, and she got a kick out of them." —Gift giver

Get a set of two on Uncommon Goods for $20.

22. Some classic ice breaker games so you can report back home that you've made great new friends.

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Promising Review: "Great way to break the ice and get to know how everyone's minds work." —Jona Rocamora

Get them on Amazon for $25 and $27.79.

23. A stylish yet organized bag to make sure homework never just "disappears."

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Promising Review: "It's light and has lots of pockets. It's easy to pick up and put away all kinds of things." —Jessie

Get it on Amazon for $23.98 (available in four colors).

Find more bags that'll stay organized for you here.

24. A pretty letter organizer because sending a handwritten note never goes out of style.

Promising Review: "Looks fantastic on my desk, and holds all my notepads and outgoing mail!" —greengardengnomeGet it on Amazon for $9.13 (available in two colors).
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Promising Review: "Looks fantastic on my desk, and holds all my notepads and outgoing mail!" —greengardengnome

Get it on Amazon for $9.13 (available in two colors).

25. A not-so-tasty portable charger so you have no excuse as to why you didn't pick up the phone (sorry).

Get it on Amazon for $39.99.
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Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

26. An educational cookbook if you're no longer in the dorms and are seriously lost in the kitchen.

Promising Review: "Very good book for any college student to have. It contains many easy recipes that only need a microwave." —dragonrb22Get it on Amazon for $8.36 (paperback). Also available in Kindle.
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Promising Review: "Very good book for any college student to have. It contains many easy recipes that only need a microwave." —dragonrb22

Get it on Amazon for $8.36 (paperback). Also available in Kindle.

27. A DIY photo hanger that will definitely be filled with only your mother's face.

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Promising Review: "I love this way more than I anticipated. I didn't think it would come with the mini clothespins but it does, AND it comes with some cute photos to hang up, too!" —Jessica Passey

Get it on Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

ARE YOU STILL ALIVE, OK, I'LL CHECK AGAIN IN AN HOUR.

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