College Care Packages

I’m a big believer in giving gifts that are memorable and that I can add a personal touch to whenever possible.

This leads to some gift procrastination because I’m sometimes a little slow coming up with an idea.

Way back in May, I was stuck on giving several high school graduation gifts that would be personal even though I know that most graduates love good old-fashioned cash or the more hip and cool gift cards.

Easy gifts that are very appreciated from my own experience of having 3 high school graduates who were very grateful!

Finally, I came up with what I thought was a great idea for gifts.

In August.

Not very timely for the May and June graduates.

Until I realized that the gift recipients were going to college and it would be way more fun to mail their graduation gifts as care packages.

So in September I ordered 3 copies of this favorite book.

And then I got busy and started baking. I made 3 different kinds of quick bread (no yeast).

I might have made more than 3 loaves. Good time to freeze bread. You know, I like to bake in batches. Great little gifts any time!

I did this baking over two weekends not all at once.

I made 3 different kinds of cookies. Chocolate Chip were the obvious first choice.

Next I wanted to try these Triple Threat Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies and they did not disappoint.

Who wouldn’t love a box filled with 3 dozen cookies?

The chocolate chip cookies were made the weekend before so they were frozen in little dollar store foil containers. I decided the 3rd kind should be chocolate-free so I made Lemon Drops

And 3 adorable mini loaves of bread?

Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread & Poppy Seed Bread

To share or hoard as I told the new college freshmen in the note I sent in each box.

I’ve heard via texting, phone and a lovely handwritten note that they enjoyed all the goodies.

Send a college kid a care package if you can. Any time of year, for no special occasion, just because you’re thinking of them. In fact, I think you can send anybody a care package and they’ll love it!

Next week I’ll share our new favorite cookies that are the best I’ve made in YEARS!


One year ago..

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  1. 1
    Ann says:

    I’m taking 2 grad classes. That officially makes me a college student. Can I get one of your care packages, too?!? LOL The care packages were a great idea for grad gifts! It would be interesting to know if each one shared or hoarded! 🙂
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    Melinda says:

    should I send my daughter’s addresses so you can send them care packages? God knows they aren’t getting them from me except for the one the school creates and I pay for which consists of store bought items and fruit. did I mention one of mine lives at home and goes to GG? Does she still qualify for a care package? I know she’d love it. Until then I guess I’ll just continue to feed her what we eat – sushi, steak, mexican, etc…..
    I’m glad you bake. it creates too much heat in my kitchen, lol

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      Sherra says:

      Perhaps I should start taking orders? A care package is a care package and I hear they are big business! I think students love any kind of mail and/or box sent with love reminding them someone is thinking of them!

      • Melinda says:

        yes, you could start a new business. I usually spend around $50 I think on Mary’s care packages from GSW. They have fruit and snacks in them that are delivered during exams. There’s different levels you can buy. I’ll have to remember to send you the info next time I get it, lol.
        I did get your reply as well so your new feature is definitely working.
        Students do love any kind of mail. I try to send Mary cards occasionally so she’ll know I’m thinking of her but it’s so much easier to text or call..
        heck I LOVE mail and no one sends me any except for the dang people wanting $$, lol.

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    Karen says:

    Great idea! And, I now have guilt since it’s October and my college son has yet to receive a care package. It is on the “to do” list so this motivated me even more.
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