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So here's the problem -
You want to buy a university care package because you got a shiny, convincing flyer, right? But there's no personality to them. They're all small and carbon copies. You've got one option; take it or leave it.
But you don't want your student to be left out, the only one in the dorm that didn't get a care package from home.
"When the oldest was a freshman, I knew he was coming home so I didn't send anything. "Everyone else got a box," was his response. From now on I'm not screwing up."
Theresa B., Ohio
That's where we come in. We have a variety of college care packages hand selected by college students.
Sometimes we are a little more expensive, sure. Quick shipping and quality care package ingredients weigh heavy on small businesses; we don't like it either. :-(
But we have a promise: our college care package will make your student the envy of the dorm. We're certain your student's floor mates in the dorm will call home asking, "Well why didn't I get a care package like this?"
So whatever you're looking for - whether it's a care package to help your student study for their upcoming exam, a care package to give your student some healthier snack options, or a care package to give your student everything they need for the perfect movie night - you're in the right place.
Check out our collection of college care packages now!
Any college care package from our catalogue will go from our shop to the dorm for only $7! Meanwhile, shipping from home or from many competitors will cost fifteen dollars or more! We at CollegeCratez.com are trying to minimize the cost of shipping your student a college care package.
The CollegeCratez.com staff frequently gets asked what makes a perfect college care package. We have gathered several suggestions below from our experiences and those of college students across the country.
The best college care packages will always have a personal touch. Including seasonal or birthday cards, a personal message, or photographs from home are great ways to add a little flare to your care package. Many parents have noted that they enjoyed sending framed photos or desk trinkets, just be sure to pack these items securely so that they arrive unharmed. Using any sort of shipping paper or bubble wrap is a feasible option, but small bags of Cheetos or potato chips make a creative and usefull padding.
Baked goods are the long-standing favorite addition to any home-brewed college care package. Chocolate chip cookies lead the pack in this category. However, brownies make a good alternative to cookies and often times they ship better because they're not as likely to crumble. Packing these goods in a reusable plastic container will keep the food fresh, while also providing your student with a container to use later.
Almost all college campuses are surrounded by restaurants with national franchises. Visiting the local Subway to get a gift card, and including it in your student care package is almost always a big hit. You may also purchase gift cards to local restaurants by contacting them online or via the phone. If there's one way to the student's heart, it's through the student's stomach.
Many times students need a stress reliever after a tough week of exams and homework. Adding an iTunes gift card to your college care pack allows your student to rent a movie online or buy some new music. Many parents have also suggested checking Groupon for the latest entertaining deals near your college student. Gift cards to local movie theaters also allow your student to take a few hours off and see the newest blockbuster!
College students are always on the move, so they also frequently eat on the move. Food that is quick and easy is always the easiest for students and catering to that in a care package can be a big hit! Keep in mind too that the only cooking tool available to many students is a microwave. Protein and granola bars are quick and easy breakfasts that can be consumed on the way to class. Easy Mac makes a great mid-afternoon snack that can be heated in the microwave in minutes.
After creating a box of goodies for your student care package, make sure to fill the box with padding to protect any fragile materials (potentially picture frames) and homemade delicacies (such as cookies and brownies) from shaking around on the trip. The easiest stuffing for your student care package is crumbling several sheets of old newspapers into balls. After padding your package and sealing it, take it to a local FedEx or UPS location to ship it. Expect to spend approximately $10-15 on shipping depending on the size and weight of the package.
If you are searching for the convenience of shipping a custom made package, you can search our collection of college care packages. Each package has been specially made for college students and takes the hassle out of shipping. Add your own custom message to each package for a personal touch.