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Care Package Ideas for College Students


Goldbelly Gift Cards and Merch
Goldbelly Gift Cards + Merch | Food Love Gift Box

Adjusting to college life can be a tough time, but a care package can ease homesickness and show how much you care. Care packages are traditionally a box of foods sent via mail to recipients who live a long distance away.

What is a Care Package?

The concept of the care package came about in 1946. They are named after CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe), a humanitarian organization. The food boxes were meant to save the lives of Europeans, who had been displaced because of World War II.

Today, care packages still contain food, but they can also be packed with practical items like toiletries, comforting reminders of home like a cozy blanket, and lots of love.

Care packages aren’t just for college kids. They can also be sent for occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, to friends recovering from an illness or surgery, to say thank you, or just because.

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What Do You Send Homesick College Students?

When you can’t be there in person to care for your homesick college student, ship comfort in a box. Sending a taste of home can help homesick college students adjust to their new home-away-from-home. In addition to shipping their favorite foods and iconic hometown treats, creative care packages for college students can also include products for self-care, items to destress, and small surprises to have fun.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit Wake & Bake Gift Box
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit | Wake & Bake Gift Box
Zola Bakes Rainbow Cookies
Zola Bakes | Rainbow Cookies

What College Kids Want From Care Packages

Whether you send a care package at the start of school, during midterms, or every month, it’s always exciting to get free food and to receive a package in the mail. But what do college kids really want from a care package? College students love care packages that contain:

  • Gift cards
  • Snacks & munchies like popcorn and pretzels
  • Souvenirs from their hometown
  • Toiletries like soap, body scrub, and dry shampoo
  • Treats like candy (that won’t melt!), chips, cookies, marshmallows, and nuts

No matter what you choose, what college students want most in a perfect care package is to feel your love, connection, and comfort. Care packages are a perfect way to show how much you, well, care! Here are some college care package ideas that they — and you — will love.

Essa Bagel New York Bagel Brunch

Bagel Care Package

Bring brunch to the dorm room with Essa Bagel’s New York Bagel Brunch. Your college kid doesn’t have to be from NYC to appreciate these chewy, crusty bagels with nova lox and cream cheese.

Goldbelly Gift Cards and Merchandise

Food Love Gift Box

Our love language is food, and we bet it’s the same for your superstar student. Give the gift of Goldbelly plus a GB T-shirt, stickers, and a seasonal snack with the Goldbelly Gift Cards + Merch-Food Love Gift Box.

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Bread and Roses Bakery Dessert Bar Care Package

Dessert Bar Care Package

Forget the bar and bite into Bread & Roses Bakery’s Dessert Bar Care Package instead. Perfect for snacking, the package contains handmade lemon, fudge brownie, blueberry crumble, Chocolate Oaties, and Magic Bars.

Russ & Daughters New York Brunch

Brunch Care Package

We heart NY and so will your student when they see Russ & Daughters’ New York Brunch with six assorted bagels, cream cheese, sliced Gaspe Nova Smoked Salmon, chocolate babka, coffee, and a Russ & Daughters mug.

Capannari Ice Cream Party-In-A-Box

Ice Cream Party-In-A-Box

They’ll scream for ice cream when Capannari’s Ice Cream Party-In-A-Box arrives at their dorm door. This ice cream kit comes with everything to make the best classic sundaes: ice cream, chocolate sauce, Oreos, sprinkles, peanuts, and M&M’s.

Jacques' World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gifts

The perfect study break snack — chocolate chip cookies — comes from Jacques Torres Chocolate. Jacques’ World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies are so irresistible that you won’t blame your kid if they don’t share with their roommates.

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Cookie Good Best Sellers

Crave-worthy Cookies & Brownie Gifts

It is said that you are what you eat. We know your child is one smart cookie, so send Cookie Good’s Cookie & Brownie Best Sellers. This 12-pack includes fun and funky flavors like Birthday Cake Cookies, Cereal Cookies, Banana Cream Pie Blondies, and Pot O Gold(belly) Blondies with gold sprinkles.

Olympia Provisions Royale 13 with Red Gift Box

Super Sausage Gift Box

Get a sneak of study abroad by taking a tour of Southern Europe with Royal 13 with Red Gift Box, which includes 13 of Olympia Provisions’ salami that are based on the flavor profiles of France, Greece, Italy, and Spain.

The Crispery Crispy Cakes Giant Crispycakes

Favorite Childhood Treats

The Crispery Crispy Cakes’ Food Explorer Giant Crispycakes are a nostalgic after school snack in whimsical flavors like Pretzel Caramel, S’mores, Marshmallow Drizzle, and Caramel Popcorn. They’re the perfect pick-me-up.

Frog Hollow Farm Fruit & Cheese Gift Box

Colorful Cheese & Fruit Gift Box

Make it convenient for your college student to eat a healthy diet by sending the Organic Mixed Fruit & Cheese Gift Box from Frog Hollow Farm.

Goldbelly 3 Month Subscription

Perfect Pizza Subscription Gift

Send a semester’s worth of pizza to your university student with enough pizza to feed them and their suitemates with Goldbelly’s Pizza Subscription. Crust us, they’ll love it!

Primanti Bros Sandwich Pack

Sensational Sandwich Care Package

Ship the ultimate midnight snack with Primanti Bros.’ Sandwich Pack, which includes fresh cut pastrami, corned beef, capicola, or Genoa salami, plus Italian bread, cheese, French fries, coleslaw, tomatoes, and Red Devil Hot Sauce.

Care and comfort is just a click away. Get an A for effort by sending the perfect care package shipping nationwide on Goldbelly!