Just in Time for Exam Season: The College Care Package

College kid with backpack It’s no secret that college students love to receive fun 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 finals week—right when they need them most.

A finals care package is so much more than just a bundle of snacks. As the name implies, these special gifts tell your college 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 a final exam is.

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 treats, useful supplies, and sentimental items.

  • Snack food – nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, chocolate, baked goods, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Useful supplies – desk accessories, water bottles, socks, hair ties, school supplies
  • 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, mindfulness activities, 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 to make a perfect gift. Or you can build your own gift from scratch with our Gift Builders.

For even more customization, all Knack gift sets come with a personal note  that you get to personalize for your college kid with one of our message designs or your own photo or image.

Scheduling College Finals Care Packages

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 may 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.

College Care Package Ideas

Popcorn and a movie gift set
Shop the Popcorn and Movie Night Gift Box

Popcorn & Movie Night College Care Package: If they love movies, this is the gift for them. Eat What You Watch is a cookbook featuring recipes from popular movies. We recommend they select a favorite movie from the book, curl up on the couch to watch it, and enjoy fresh popped popcorn. The Popper makes popping easy. Add popcorn and a bit of oil, and place container in the microwave for a couple of minutes. The gift includes a bottle of Utah-grown popcorn yellow kernels, and yummy white cheddar seasoning. For family movie fun, they’ll enjoy Cinephile, the ultimate card game for film geeks with three levels of difficulty.

Coffee gift set for a recent graduate.
Shop the Wake Me Up Before I Go Gift Box

Wake Me Up Before I Go College Care Package: Wake them up with a gift that will have them on the go from the moment they start the day. Brew a rich cup of Caffe Del Sol with Espro’s French Travel Press that offers coffee on the go the way they like it. The travel french press brews coffee and its patented filter system keeps residue to a minimum while the double-walled design keeps coffee hot for hours. The gift set also includes a lightweight, softcover notebook as a daily reminder for them to wake up, kick ass, and repeat.

Snack gft set for a graduation gift
Shop the Grab and Go Snack Gift Box

Grab and Go Snack College Cage Package: This delicious gift set has something for every craving and any of the treats can easily pop in a backpack for students on the go. We offer healthy choices of a nut butter bar and a fruit and nut mix. If they have a sweet tooth, they can nibble on cocoa covered, chocolate dipped almonds or toffee pretzels. And if they’re seeking a salty evening munchie, the spicy Wicked Mix includes nuts, pretzels, and crunchy morsels in a shareable size.

Notebook, candy and candle gift set for a graduate.
Shop the Little Luxuries Gift Box

Little Luxuries College Care Gift: This most joyful gift gives the senses a rush upon opening the package – the vivid colors of the journals and the fragrant candle create an aaah moment. Rifle’s “Lively Floral” notebook set features three floral designs in black, blue, and pink, each with a lay-flat sewn binding and lined pages. Paired with the Multitasky’s deluxe needle point pen, they’re perfect for journals or diaries! The Hugs and Kisses XOXO candle tin has a refreshing grapefruit fragrance with notes of lily, rose, and peony, and is made of soy wax. Last but not least, Sugarfina’s Champagne Bears are the perfect sweet addition to an even sweeter gift!

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