10 Ready-Made Care Packages for College Kids

Why pack your own when these sites will do it for you?

College kids enjoy hearing from family and friends back home, and they're often short on cash and a little bit hungry. Assembling, packaging, and sending a care package can be time-consuming, costly, and, in many cases, not as enthusiastically received as the sender had hoped. Take the stress out of brightening a college student's day by sending a ready-made care package that can easily be ordered online.

Here are 10 sites where packages may be ordered:

Smiles From Home

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Smiles From Home

Who can resist a smiley face? Smiles From Home sends large care packages or sweet and simple smiley face mugs with a few special treats to your college student for a fun pick-me-up. With a variety of gift cards, snacks, and other items, Smiles From Home packages will brighten any day.

Man Crates

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Mancrates.com

A huge variety of gifts for the young man at college is available at Man Crates. The website has four categories of gift packages, each with distinct packaging. The wooden crate comes with a mini crowbar for (not so) easy opening, which only adds to the fun. Available gifts include the bacon crate, the cowpocalypse crate (all jerky!), the Nascar barware crate, and many more. While some are suitable only for ages 21 and older, there are lots to choose from for younger men.

Tastefully Simple

My Mug Cake

 Tastefully Simple

Many dorm rooms and apartments have microwaves, and Tastefully Simple has the perfect surprise for your favorite student with a sweet tooth. My Mug Cake is a cake that's baked in a mug, ready in minutes for a yummy treat. Send a few to share with roommates, dorm mates, and friends.

Gourmet Gift Baskets

Purple Floral Gift Basket
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Do you need a gift sent right away? Maybe your young adult is under the weather, has a rough weekend of studying ahead, or just broke up with his or her significant other. Gourmet Gift Baskets can help with same-day delivery of abundant and delicious gift packages that will cheer anyone up. While these are on the more expensive side, the quick response and delivery time can be worth it.

Gifty Baskets

College student gift basket

 Gifty Baskets

Not all gift baskets have to be about food. The Quest for Knowledge gift basket from Gifty Baskets includes a figurine of a student and a book of inspirational quotations to peruse when the pressure of studying and working hard gets to be too much. There are a few yummy treats, too. 

Our Campus Market

Our campus market

Our Campus Market 

For all things collegiate, head to Our Campus Market. Send your student a package with the school mascot emblazoned everywhere for game days and other events. There are lots of schools to choose from, all with quality products.

Hip Kits

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Hip KIts 

Hip Kits offers dozens of fun care packages, including a movie lovers package filled with everything you could want from a movie theater concession stand. You can add an iTunes gift card to the package so the student can choose a movie to watch with the munchies.

TetherBox

Tether Box

Tether Box 

​TetherBox goes straight to the source to pick out care packages for college students: other college students. You decide whether to do a monthly, semester, or annual plan and on your schedule a package handpicked by your college student's contemporaries is shipped out. No more worrying about ordering something special for a regular bit of love. TetherBox does it for you.

Knack

The Knack Shops

The Knack Shops 

Knack offers unique, millennial-friendly gift packages that you can curate and enhance with extra items. The yoga retreat package, for example, offers options including "The Bhagavad Gita: A Classic of Indian Spirituality" (a book about yoga), a yoga mat strap, a sea urchin air plant, and a motivating word rock. You can add any of the other items available for an extra fee. Namaste! 

Monthly Gift

Monthly Gift

The Monthly Gift Package 

For women only: The Monthly Gift package is a subscription service for all things menstrual-related. Not only can these products be expensive, but with all else that students have to think about, tampons can sometimes be forgotten on the "to buy" list. Give the gift of convenience to your favorite young woman in college. 

Also remember that organizations on many campuses make care packages ready to deliver to their students.

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