The 2020 school year is kicking off with plenty of uncertainty, and many college students are having to adapt to a year that looks like it will be anything but business as usual. To minimize risk and comply with necessary social distancing, many campuses are moving to an all-virtual, distance learning structure. Others are reducing risks by limiting the number of students living on campus.
No matter what changes this year has thrown at college students, we're here to say that nothing should stand in the way of their educational goals and dreams! But, because the quest for knowledge might look and feel very different this year, your college kid might need some extra support and encouragement to navigate this new path.
The Cratejoy Marketplace offers some of the best subscription boxes that are perfect to send as a practical and fun college care package. Whether your college kids are working online from home or isolating in their dorm room on campus, a highlight of college life is getting some happy mail! So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift ideas for college students!
Unique Care Packages for College Students
Price: Starts at $14.00/month
What's Included: A healthy body makes for a receptive mind, so send a monthly box that offers an easy and convenient way to get students the nutrition they need to do their best! The Studifuel Box is dedicated to sending a sweet and salty mix of grab-and-go healthy snacks from ethical brands, along with a choice of vitamin supplements that improve focus and concentration, and herbal teas that promote relaxation and a good night's sleep.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. on the 4th of each month
Price: Starts at $22.95/month
What’s Included: Help your favorite student put their best face forward with the Vegancuts monthly subscription box. Each beauty box offers a sampling of some of the best clean beauty products out there. Curated by experts with years of experience, unbox 100% vegan and cruelty-free skincare items that promote health, inside and out, bringing a mix of everything from soaps and scrubs, to serums, mists and more!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 17th of each month
Price: Starts at $21.00/month
What's Included: Offering both a his and hers option, InJoyBox is a great monthly pick-me-up for college kids. College life, filled with plenty of work and less-than-stellar sleep, can be a particularly stressful time. And this year is no exception. Send a dose of happiness and encouragement with a unique assortment of inspiring words, practical items, creature comforts, snacks, a special personalized gift and a personal note from you to them!
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $7.57/month
What’s Included: Looking for a great gift that's budget-friendly and perfect for K-beauty enthusiasts? FaceTory is a monthly box that's filled with at-home facials and skincare goodies made from innovative ingredients. Send an opportunity to relax and unwind with a mix of popular sheet face masks that are perfect as low-maintenance nourishing treatments, or a curated K-beauty kit filled with masks and other full-size skincare products.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 1-4 days after ordering
Price: Starts at $10.00/month
What’s Included: Low-maintenance and easy-care plants are the specialty of Succulents Studios. A great way to show your support and add a little charm to any dorm room or at-home study space, each monthly box brings a selection of 2 healthy and unique succulents grown in SoCal. Handpicked by plant-care experts and guaranteed to be repeat-free for 18 months, each month they'll continue to build a little garden of happiness.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. 2-3 business days after ordering, with renewals shipping 2-3 days after your monthly anniversary
Price: Starts at $20.67/month
What’s Included: Remind your favorite student that rest and relaxation are crucial for success with a self-care kit from Feeling Fab. Promote balance, self-love, inner strength and resilience with a box of body care items and spiritual essentials. Mindfully curated to support a healthy body and mind, they'll get everything from holistic beauty items and healthy teas to a weekly self-care tracker, mood charts, and positive affirmations.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. starting from the 10th of the month
Price: Starts at $34.99/every 3 months
What's Included: Kites & Ivy is the ultimate college care package designed to be sent just when it's needed. Sending 4 boxes throughout the school calendar year - Back to School, Winter Finals, Spring Fever and Finals Survival - each box is a thoughtfully curated, academically-themed box filled with TLC. See them through the stressful study times with assorted goodies like dry shampoo, energizing supplements, superfood snacks, and other practical gifts.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except to select countries based on specific University academic schedules
Price: Starts at $16.33/month
What’s Included: Keep the student in your life on the straight-and-narrow with a box that keeps them supplied with high-end writing utensils and planner tools. Available in 3 different options, those who like to stay one step ahead will love getting a monthly box brimming with a mix of premium writing instruments, stationery paper, and other planning necessities like stickers, note pads, to-do lists and more!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. except for select countries between the 19th-24th of each month
Price: Starts at $17.00/month
What’s Included: Sometimes the frenetic pace that comes with college life can have a way of pushing personal passions to the side. Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly is a subscription service that will ensure they're still having a little fun! Sending a curated collection of geekiness that's centered around a different fandom each month, fangirls can proudly display their favorite obsessions with everything from wall art and hats to jewelry, socks, pins, and other accessories.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 23rd-27th of each month
Price: Starts at $23.99/month
What's Included: While there might not be any scientific sources to cite, anecdotal evidence shows that study snacks really do help to sharpen the mind and keep you laser-focused. Keep the snacks coming on autopilot with Munchie Case, a box that brings both classics and new-to-the-scene snacks. From sweet and salty to spicy and sour, each mix includes 10-12 items that can be kept on hand for whenever they're needed!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $28.00/every 2 months
What’s Included: Practical gifts go a long way for a college student because they help to free up funds for all those other expenses. With the All Girl Shave Club, you not only send practical premium shaving accessories, but also luxurious body care products like whipped shave butters, nourishing lotions and exfoliating scrubs. Each bi-monthly box will ensure that she's got what she needs to keep her skin silky and smooth.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 3 business days from ordering
Price: Starts at $6.75/month
What’s Included: If the young man in your life is sporting some fashionable facial hair, send a gift that delivers all that he needs to keep his look well maintained. With 11 unique subscriptions catering to a range of budgets, the Beard Care Club delivers high-quality grooming essentials made from all-natural ingredients, such as beard oils, waxes and balms, for a clean, soft and manageable beard.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 5th-7th of every month
Price: Starts at $7.08/month
What’s Included: Don't let the pain and irritability of that time of the month derail her from her priorities, when you can send her a care package designed to see her through to the other side. The Shark Week Survival Kit brings a useful mix of period necessities sourced from small women-led businesses, including organic tampons and pads, pain relievers, holistic PMS care items, calming teas, snacks and chocolate!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of every month
Price: Starts at $29.99/month
What’s Included: Whether they'll spend this season competing, training or simply hitting the books, elevate is a snack box that's perfect for college athletes, students who lead a healthy lifestyle, and those with dietary restrictions. Here to deliver nothing but healthy and nutritious options, each box sends a dozen delicious sweet and savory whole food snacks, including bars, trail mixes, energy drinks and plant-based supplements.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $16.67/month
What’s Included: Ensure the big man on campus (or at home) has clean wardrobe essentials at all times with a monthly subscription to Basic MAN. Men of all ages love getting a practical and coordinated set of basics that includes a new pair of odor-resistant bamboo boxer briefs, a long-lasting pair of socks, and a stylish, cozy tee in a wide range of colors, including neutrals and brights.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 2-5 business days after ordering, with renewals shipping around the 10th of each month