5 Thanksgiving Care Package Ideas for College Students
Thanksgiving is a short break for college students, with some not able to enjoy enough time off to get back home to spend the holiday with their families. Although college cafeterias may be open and serving large helpings of mystery meat, watery gravy and canned pumpkin pie, the campus meal will leave some students feeling dissatisfied, even disappointed. You can remedy the situation by sending a care packing out in time for Thanksgiving.
1. Find a sturdy box. You’ll want to pack your food items in the sturdiest of boxes and fill it with foam peanuts and other package protecting material to ensure that nothing breaks enroute. Your son or daughter may be looking forward to your loving touch, but may cringe at the jar of homemade pickles that broke because you didn’t use the right box or packing material. A corrugated fiber box is the best way to ship delicate items.
2. Avoid fresh food. You probably know that fresh food can quickly spoil and can possibly poison your gift recipient. Resolve not to send anything that might possibly spoil unless it is packaged in an airtight jar or can. Your son may not be able to enjoy a hot drumstick in your company, but he may appreciate the canned turkey breast that he can stick in a microwave-safe dish and enjoy with his roommate.
3. Fill it with snacks. Canned cranberry sauce and a jar of your homemade carrot relish, jam or beets can be most welcome. Chances are she’ll be pining for something that will tug her heart toward home — like her favorite snacks. Bake and send crunchy granola bars, brownies and cookies in lightweight, but sturdy plastic containers. You can line your boxes with bags of ready-to-pop popcorn advises Libby, writing for The Kitchn.
4. Include some gift cards. Perhaps sending a package is a bit much for you. Or, maybe you want to go with a smaller package and include something he’ll really like: gift cards for his favorite supermarket and restaurants. With the latter, find out what restaurants in his area are open on Thanksgiving day. Include enough money for him to bring a friend as he is more likely to eat out if he doesn’t have to eat alone. You can’t be there to provide a home-cooked meal, but you can direct him to a restaurant that does.
5. Add in some love. Besides the friendly fare, you can include a few things that will really tug her heart. Don’t overdo it as she’ll grow homesick and sad. Some items to send out include recent photos, a treasured momento from a long ago family trip, a favorite movie or a book. With colder weather setting in, send out the new hat, scarf and gloves you were going to give her at Christmas as she can use those items now.
Lastly, make a plan for your college student to contact you and your family via Skype at an appointed hour. She’ll be able to catch up with everyone and at least have some time to savor a bit of family togetherness on a day when no one should spend it alone.
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