The Best College Care Package Ideas

Discover the top care package ideas for college students.

Shawna Newman

September 02, 2022

The Best College Care Package Ideas
Your student will feel happy when unboxing these care packages!
Living in a digital world, it can be nice to get an old-fashioned surprise care package in the mail. There is something special about unboxing a care package from someone you know. Especially with surprise treats and useful things inside! Sending your student off to college is not always easy; you want to be sure they are not homesick and to let them know you are always thinking of them even while they are away at college. A college student care package is a great way to show your college kid you care about their well-being.

Best College Care Package Ideas

There are three ways parents of college students can send a care package: • Build and send your own care package. • Find a company that builds and sends care packages for college students. • Sign up for a subscription-delivery service.

Build Your Own Care Package

Adding to the nostalgia, you can create your own care package or a gift basket to send to your college student. The special touch and extra effort it takes to build it will make it the perfect care package! Consider including things that they have always loved, like their favorite snacks or candy. Be sure to include a motivational message, too. Wondering what to put in a college care package? Include items like: • Nail polish • Home décor • Face masks • Lip balm • Water bottle • Scented candle • Coloring book • Gift cards

One-Time Delivery Care Package Ideas

Below are some fun ideas for college care packages. These package companies get the box ready and delivered. This means there is no hassle for you, as a sender.

Baked by Melissa

From cupcake mosaics to macarons, you can send sweets to celebrate any occasion (or non-occasion). They also offer great assortment packs in case you think the recipient will want more than one flavor.

Campus Cube

In addition to subscription cubes, campus cube offers one-time care packages. You can even shop care packages options by college or university.


Cheryl’s has a lot of options when it comes to assortments of sweets. They offer a Mystery Flavors Cookie Box for $19.99!

Cookie Dō

An edible cookie dough confectionery, your student can eat this cookie dough raw. Their cookie dough is also ready to bake if desired.

Garrett Popcorn

Popcorn is a snack any student can enjoy during their late-night final prep nights or while watching movies with their friends. Choose from a variety of flavors, like buffalo-cheese-corn, buttery ranch, or go with the classic Garrett Mix. Plus, they can reuse the tins as dorm room storage containers.

Insomnia Cookies

One of the first of its kind, Insomnia Cookies offers delicious, just-out-of-the-oven cookies, brownies, ice cream and other treats delivered straight to a student’s door. Or you can ship Insomnia Cookies if you would like to surprise your student.

Molly’s Cupcakes

Molly’s Cupcakes delivers nationwide! And, they have more than cupcakes, like cookies, ice cream, bars, cheesecake and pies. Our favorite part? They stuff a lot of their cupcakes with the best part: more frosting.

Painted Pretzel

This pretzel company featured on the hit show Shark Tank lets you send tins, baskets, and bins of chocolate-covered pretzels.

Subscription Boxes

Subscription boxes are more popular than ever, and you can get a box for just about any interest, hobby, or craving. We’ve highlighted some of our foodie and college-themed favorites:

Candy Club

Every month, you can get an assortment of premium candy delivered to your door. Choose from monthly, 6-month or 12-month plans.


Pick a theme, any theme and Cratejoy is likely to have a box for it. With plenty of options geared toward students, you can find an appropriate theme for your student. Items within each box are relevant to the college experience. For example, the RamenPak includes assorted Ramen-related snack items.

Munch Mail

Eliminate the need for your child to go to the store by having a market assortment delivered right to their dorm. Featuring the “Suprise! Happy Birthday in the Dorms!” package, students will feel the birthday love and support from home.

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