Whether they’re off to college for the first time or they’re well on their way to crushing their educational goals, sending your young adult away to study is a bag of mixed emotions. Happy to see them working hard in their quest for knowledge, while still sad to see them leave the nest, we’ve got a way to help you stay connected by sending your college kid a monthly reminder that they’re always on your mind.
The Cratejoy marketplace has awesome subscription boxes that make practical and fun college care packages. For students, homesick or not, a highlight of college life is getting some happy mail that lets them know that everyone at home is supporting them.
From subscription snack boxes packed with treats to get them through a long day of classes or back-to-back study sessions, gift boxes with body care goodies that help them save a little extra dough, or a self-care kit that reminds them that rest and relaxation are crucial for success, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite care package ideas that are perfect for college students!
Unique College Care Packages for Homesick Students
Price: Starts at $18.33
What's Included: Offering a fun, feminine care package that's filled with day-to-day items, each delivery of the Just for you subscription box provides the perfect way to show her that your thoughts are with her. Sent in a beautiful, colorful mailer, each month brings a mix of items, including trendy jewelry, calming essential oils, and beauty, body and self-care items; just what's needed for an instant pick-me-up.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $23.99
What's Included: A monthly subscription to the Munchie Case can help stock the dorm room with treats to fuel those all-night study sessions, or provide a grab-and-go breakfast on those mornings where the snooze button was just a little too enticing. Curated by 'snacksperts', every box brings a mix of sweet, salty, savory, sour, and chocolate with 10-12 flavor-packed snacks from both tried-and-true brands and those that are new on the snack scene.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $45.00
What's Included: Curated by college student advisers who are familiar with the needs of students, the College Delivery Club is one of the best college student gifts out there. Each item is chosen to be practical and useful, sending essentials like quick meals and snacks, school supplies, laundry items, body care products, special surprises and a personalized message so family and friends can show their love and support, even from a distance.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. between the 1st-5th the month
Price: Starts at $34.00
What's Included: Processing loads of new information, studying hard and balancing a social life, make college life pretty stressful. Send a college gift directly to your favorite student that reminds them that taking a moment to rest and unwind is crucial to their success. The Hygge Box helps to put them in the zone of relaxation, sending 4-7 items that promote cozy happiness, like hand-poured candles, soft socks, rejuvenating face masks, and comforting drinks and treats.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 15th-18th of the month
Price: Starts at $34.99
What's Included: Perfect for any college freshman experiencing her first year away from home, Kites & Ivy is an academically-themed care package that's curated specifically to deliver some TLC each quarter. Designed to be sent out during high-stress times of the school year, like the beginning stretch and finals week, your co-ed will unbox essentials to see them through, including everything from dry shampoo and lip balm, to superfood snacks, healthy supplements and useful gifts.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S.
Price: Starts at $11.99
What's Included: Want a fun way to say, "I'm thinking of you," now that you've sent your kid off to college? Say it with a Sock! Sending high-quality socks from some of the best brands in the game, each pair promises to sport bright, bold colors, or quirky patterns and unique designs. We all know that college campuses equal lots of walking, and that in turn equals stinky socks. This gift idea offers the perfect solution to that equation, sending 1 pair of brand new comfy, cozy, and clean socks every month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 48 business hours from receipt of order
Price: Starts at $69.99
What's Included: Shipping to all U.S. colleges and universities by Priority Mail, one of the best care packages for college students is the Freshman-Fun-Box. A box of fun to cure even the most stubborn case of homesickness, each monthly delivering includes practical personal care items, like deodorant, toothpaste, and face wash, all from trusted name brands, along with T-shirts, laundry detergent, healthy snacks and even easy-to-prepare recipes.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. between the 10th-12th of the month
Price: Starts at $21.00
What's Included: Available in his and her options, the InJoyBox is a gift box that aims to deliver happiness and encouragement every month. Choose either the Mini that brings 3-4 items, or the full box that packs in 7-9 goodies, including 1 inspirational and 1 practical item, plus something fun, something to snack on, a special gift item that's personalized with your student's name and a personal note from you!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of the month
Price: Starts at $19.00
What's Included: It can be a little nerve-wracking for parents to get those phone calls from their overtired and stressed out college kids, but it comes with the territory. Send them a gift that can help them be proactive in managing that school-related stress and anxiety with a quarterly subscription to Listen-Color-Relax. They'll get a special delivery that includes a 45-minute CD of calming piano music, along with 12 hand-drawn coloring pages featuring intricate mandalas and nature-inspired florals.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. 2-3 business days after receipt of order
Price: Starts at £9.95 GBP
What's Included: Everybody knows that a healthy body makes for a receptive mind, so here's a college care package idea that's all about providing an easy and convenient way to get college students the nutrition they need to be their best. Each month, Studifuel sends healthy snacks, like dried fruits, veggie chips, and organic chocolates, along with a choice of vitamin supplements that aid in concentration, and herbal teas that promote relaxation and better sleep.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. on the 4th of each month
Price: Starts at $11.95
What's Included: Whether it's that 8 a.m. class they couldn't avoid or that procrastination-induced late night, many college kids need frequent energy boosts from freshly brewed cups of coffee. Bell Lap Coffee provides a bi-weekly or monthly, budget-friendly coffee subscription that's on a mission to deliver artisan coffee beans at peak freshness. Veteran-owned and operated, each box brings the preferred grind and roast for an optimal brew.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. every week on Wednesdays
Price: Starts at $16.67
What's Included: Basic MAN is what every big man on campus needs to ensure he has clean wardrobe essentials at all times. Backed by plenty of positive reviews from men of all ages, every box focuses on delivering practical style basics that are durable and comfortable. Each month brings a box packed with fashion fundamentals, including 1 new pair of high-quality underwear, a long-lasting pair of socks, and a cozy basic tee.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in 1-2 business days following receipt of order
Price: Starts at £10.00 GBP
What's Included: The Unibox is a monthly subscription that sends a dose of inspiration that's meant to empower students to work hard and do big things. Select either the Unibox, a full-size subscription that delivers 5-8 products, including stationery items, healthy snacks and sweets, pampering goodies, and the latest edition of Tub Zine, or opt for the UniPocket, which is a bite-size version with 2-3 stationery items and 1-2 treats.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. in mid-month
Price: Starts at $37.60
What's Included: Don't have time to send home-baked cookies off to your favorite college student? No problem! Let the cookie experts at the Heart of Dough Cookie Co. do the baking, packing and shipping for you. With subscriptions available that cater to a number of dietary restrictions, like vegan or gluten-free options, send a baker's dozen of chocolate chip, raisin and jam-filled comfort, all packed in a biodegradable box with edible popcorn.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $9.99
What's Included: All those long college days and nights might require a little extra help in the skincare department with Sooni Pouch, an innovative beauty box that's available in 3 unique subscription options. Select either the Mask, Mini or Sooni Pouch to send a variety of luxurious beauty basics at a great price! Designed for all skin types, unbox a mix of products, like refreshing sheet masks, hydrating lotions, sun protection and fun character-themed accessories.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 1st full week of the month following receipt of order