Just in Time for Finals: The College Care Package
It’s no secret that college students love to receive care packages year-round (after all, what college student will turn down free food?), but they are especially important to send in early November because that’s generally just before final exams—right when they need them most.
College care packages as so much more than just a bundle of snacks. As the name implies, these special gifts tell your student that you really care about them and support them during what can be a very stressful time. They’re especially good for freshmen who are experiencing university exams for the first time and likely just realizing how serious they are.
How to Create a Great College Care Package
The recipe for a great college care package is a tried-and-true one: a combination of food, useful supplies and sentimental items.
- Snackable food – nuts, granola, dried fruit, chocolate, baked goods, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
- Useful supplies – desk accessories, water bottles, socks, hair ties
- Sentimental items – these vary but are always super sweet. (We sent out a college care package with a hardcover Goodnight Moon book last week.)
- Stress relievers – games, spa items, aromatherapy candles
Personalization: The Heart of A College Care Package
One of the most vital parts of the college care package is the gift’s level of personalization. Just throwing something in the mail just won’t do. So be sure to pull together a gift that will be meaningful. If one of Knack’s college care packages isn’t quite right, you always can customize it by swapping items it to make perfect. Or you can build your own gift from scratch with our Gift Builders.
For even more customization, all Knack gift sets come with a gift message and name card that you get to personalize for your college student with one of our message designs or your own photo or image.
College Care Package Scheduling Tips
Keep in mind: Most large colleges and universities have incoming packages routed to a central processing station rather than being delivered directly to dorm buildings. The processing time between when things arrive in the central location and when they arrive at a dorm can be multiple days.
Some colleges and universities require students to come collect their care packages from a central location rather than having them forwarded on to dorm lobbies.
So depending on the policy of your son or daughter’s school, keep in mind that it make take up to a week for a package to find its way to your student after it’s officially been “received” at their school.
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