College Gift Basket Ideas and Tips

College Gift Basket Ideas and Tips
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    Your son or daughter has been away from home for weeks, perhaps months, and you miss his or her presence.

    Chances are your offspring misses you too, and is looking forward to seeing everyone when a break is possible.


For many students, that break comes only once an academic year, specifically the weeks between the fall and spring semesters. You’re keeping the connection strong through text messages and phone calls, but there is another way you can connect with your student and that is by building a gift basket or care package and sending that out to a grateful recipient.

1. Choose a box or a basket. You could send a box and fill it with goodies or you could choose something that can be repurposed or reused by your son or daughter. Filling a laundry basket is one idea, but the size of that basket may make sending it difficult and very costly. You might also fill up a new bathroom wastebasket or a satchel, and placing that item in a box for shipment.

2. Assemble food items. You can send food with your gift basket, provided that these items have a long shelf life or are in a food safe container. You can bake your son’s favorite chocolate fudge cookies or your daughter’s Italian almond bars, wrapping these carefully to prevent crumbling and placing these in sealed containers. Dried fruit, packaged noodles and microwave popcorn are good ideas. The boxed popcorn can help protect the package when shipped. Think “emotional” when it comes to food choices too — what your son or daughter liked at home, but may not easily find at school.

3. Add in some personal effects. Think of some things that your daughter or son might make use of, especially items that she or he might not have on hand. A first aid kit. A rechargeable flashlight. A backup battery for the smartphone. Air fresheners. Perfume or cologne. Bars of soap and antibacterial cleanser. If you have a family pet, a recent picture (framed) should be included.

4. Finish with several surprises. Enclose a pouch and fill that with hard candies, gum, mints and throat lozenges. Place a few gift cards to a favorite place to eat along with an iTunes card in a marked envelope. If you find a poem or a work of art that your child made when young, include that too. Your gift basket or box should include a few nostalgic items, but maybe not too many items that could cause homesickness.

Shipping Options

Your shipping choices include the post office and package service companies such as FEDEX and UPS. You will want to familiarize yourself with each shipping option including items that should not be shipped, packing instructions, shipping and delivery. Pack the box carefully, using plenty of newspapers, bubble wrap or shipping chips to keep everything safe. Wrapped rolls of toilet tissue can provide protection and be used too. Verify that the shipping address is correct and look for the most cost effective way to have your package sent, knowing that a happy son or daughter will soon unwrap your big surprise.

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