Fall will be here soon, and the kids are back in school. In my family, we now have a student in college. She lives three hours away from home, and we all miss her. We decided we’d like to put together a care package to help her know she’s remembered, and to just add a little fun to her day. Here are 5 ideas for an autumn care package, whether you’re creating one for a college student, a military member, or anyone living far from home.
I added my student’s favorite candy, peanut butter M&M’s. I also put in a package of mints. Did you know that mints help students focus better? At least, that is what I’ve heard and read, and I’m sticking to it.
2. Stationery and paper goods
Maybe this is primarily a girl-thing, but I love pretty papers.
Milly Green’s notecard set is a winner, with heavy-duty notecards in a beautiful binder, along with pretty matching envelopes. Stamp a few and address them with the home address … 🙂
I love cute organizers too, like this organizer from Milly Green’s Ditsy Florals line. It includes a to-do list, notepad, and sticky notes, all in a cute floral binder that will look great on a bookshelf.
One of the girls also made an artwork creation to add to the lid of the box.
3. Personal Care Items
I added a fun chapstick in a fruity flavor, a little hand sanitizer (in pumpkin scent, of course — it’s fall!), and even a tiny tube of “good lotion” (in our house, we differentiate “regular lotion” and “good lotion” — since our student has had eczema for years, we are familiar with all types of lotions).
4. Writing Instruments
The box includes a pack of mechanical pencils. I have rarely used these, but my girls love them. Maybe most kids these days do? Anyway, Walgreen’s recently offered a pack of 5 for .49, and I couldn’t resist. They even have the comfy hand grips on them!
Okay, let’s face it: what most students most want is a little cash. Another of my daughters looked online and found a fun way to fold a bill into a heart.
What are some ideas you have for making care packages special?