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The Perfect Care Package for Your Forever Valentine: College Student Edition

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show those you love exactly how much you love them--and that includes your loved ones that are away at college! Put together the perfect sweet care package that reminds them of your support.

I loved receiving care packages in college, and I love sending them to my friends and family now. Filled with special personal notes and shareable treats, they’re perfect for letting that scholar in your life know that you’re in his or her corner. We’ve got all of the ideas you need for a special Valentine’s Day care package that your student will love!


Start With The Sweets and Treats 

Valentine’s Day Snack Assortment

Any student would be thrilled to get this delicious assortment from The Popcorn Factory in the mail. It’s jam-packed with flavor favorites like caramel corn and cheddar popcorn, and is perfect for sharing (or saving for a rainy study day)!


Valentine’s Day Collectible Cookie Mason Jar

Cookies are the ultimate comfort food, and they’re perfect for any care package. Treat your scholar to some soft, sweet treats, like the ones in this collectible jar from Cheryl’s. The buttercream-frosted cookies inside are wrapped individually, so you won’t have to worry about them getting ruined in transit!


Moose Munch

A Valentine that’s also a late-night study snack is a win-win. Moose munch fits that bill! Throw in this tin from Harry and David to give your grad a reason to stay focused while studying!


Mugs and Coffee

Buying coffee isn’t a college student’s favorite thing to do, and dining hall coffee can be great, but oftentimes, it isn’t a fave for students. Send yours this coffee and mug set from Harry and David. They’ll appreciate not having to make trips to the common area for coffee for a while!


Send 'Em Some Games 

Personalized Monopoly Game

Relaxing game nights with friends are some of my fondest memories from college. Help your student make some memories with this personalized Monopoly game from Personalization Universe. Fill it with photos of the family; they’ll love having a keepsake they can share with friends, too.


Hoops Game

Ok, maybe we shouldn’t be encouraging desktop distractions, but everyone needs a breather some time! For your gaming student, send them off with this cute Hoops game from 1800-Flowers! Cut them some slack--just remind them to only play in their dorm and not in class!


Include a Personal Message 


Popcorn Heart Card

Seal the treat with this cute popcorn heart card from The Popcorn Factory. It’s a delicious marshmallowy treat that reminds your star student of home, and it’s a great way to let them know who the gift came from! You can even snag a set of six cards and include the extras in the package so your student can hand ‘em out!


Madison Personalized Journal

If your student loves stationery, they’re sure to love getting a journal in a care package! This one from Personalization Universe is monogrammed and college-ruled. It’s great for taking notes when preparing for finals, or for writing down intimate thoughts to keep sane. Either way, it’s a great gift that’s useful in the long run! Write something special on the first page to let your student know you're rooting for her. 


Valentine’s Day Letter Box

Simple touches on packaging make presents feel that much more special. This letter box from Cheryl’s makes it feel like you’re getting an extra special surprise--and you are, once you see what’s inside! Include this small package within your care package; attach a note instructing them to keep it for when they need a little extra boost!

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