College Gift Boxes: Why, When and Should Do Them for You?

College Shannon & Eric

Until I started dating my husband WAAAAAAYYY back in my college years, I really didn’t know that college care packages/college gift boxes were a thing. His parents used the University-sanctioned gift vendor where he got snacks and gift cards during stressful times at college. (read: midterms and finals) My parents would buy me things I needed but I can’t think of many times that my mom “themed” it or sent something because it was finals week. But I know that is a THING now. So it got me thinking…

What if I started creating gift boxes for college students? The transition to college life is both exciting and challenging. Students leave the familiarity of home and step into a world filled with new experiences, academic pressures, and social adjustments. In this whirlwind, a college gift box can be a comforting reminder of home, offering emotional support, practical essentials, and a touch of personal care. Here are box ideas I have so far:

A Touch of Home

One of the biggest challenges college students face is homesickness. They miss the comfort, warmth, and familiarity of home. A gift box filled with their favorite snacks (Almost Famous Popcorn anyone!), a cozy blanket, or a handwritten note can provide a sense of home and help alleviate feelings of homesickness. It’s a tangible reminder that their loved ones are thinking of them, even from afar.

Emotional Support

College life can be stressful, with academic pressures, social dynamics, and the challenges of independence all coming into play. Receiving a gift box can provide a much-needed emotional boost. What if you sent a box of sunshine that included tea, lemonheads, and lemonade packets to name a few things? What a pick me up!

Practical Essentials

College students often juggle busy schedules, and it can be easy to overlook everyday essentials. A well-curated gift box can include practical items like toiletries, stationery, and healthy snacks. These items can save students time and money, allowing them to focus more on their studies and less on running errands.

Celebrating Achievements and Milestones

College life is full of achievements and milestones worth celebrating, from acing a tough exam to securing an internship or simply surviving midterms. Sending a gift box to mark these occasions shows your student that you’re proud of their accomplishments and are celebrating with them in spirit. It’s a wonderful way to recognize their hard work and encourage them to keep striving for success. We could customize it specifically to your favorite college test-taker!

Encouragement and Motivation

College can be overwhelming, and students sometimes need a little extra motivation to push through tough times. A gift box filled with motivational quotes, study aids, and small rewards can provide that extra push they need. It’s a way to say, “I believe in you,” and to remind them of their capabilities and potential.

Personalized Touch

One of the best aspects of a college gift box is the ability to personalize it. You can tailor the contents to suit your student’s preferences, hobbies, and needs. Whether they’re a coffee enthusiast, a fitness buff, or a book lover, you can curate a box that feels uniquely theirs. This personalized touch shows that you’ve put thought and care into the gift, making it all the more meaningful. How does a monogrammed Stanley mug sound to you?

Building a Connection

Sending a gift box creates an opportunity for connection and communication. It gives you a reason to reach out and check in, fostering ongoing communication. Whether it’s a care package for finals week, a birthday surprise, or a “just because” gift, these boxes can spark conversations and strengthen your bond.

So what say you? Should I try this out? Is it something that you would use for your college student? Let me know in comments, on socials, or in an email. I’d love to get your feedback. Or contact me and we’ll just get this going for your student!

Until we chat again,

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