Final Exams week....care package?

Jean - posted on 11/17/2008 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm new to this group and was hoping for some creative ideas for a care package to send to my son during finals week. Anyone got any fun ideas or even just practical ones? Thanks!

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Mary - posted on 04/21/2009

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His school dosn't offer any? My daughters school does and it's only ten dollars. They usually put in candy, energy drinks, something for them to squeeze, get there frustration out on. Go to the dollar store, you'll find tons of stuff...good luck to and your son...i'm new too here. have two in college and one to go yet

Jean - posted on 04/08/2009

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My son is a freshman and I sent him a care package of the snack foods he likes however when he was home for spring break he told me that he ended up giving most of it away and does not want me to send him one for this semesters finals. I told him it was my way of letting him know I was thinking of him, not to mention that the school sends out an order form for their own care packages and encourage 100% participation because they don't want anyone, especially the freshman, to feel left out. This time around I am going to send a Pizza Hut gift card so he and his friends can go out and relax after exams are done. I know that this isn't an answer to your question but this is my experience with care packages and wanted to share. Good luck.

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Phillippa - posted on 06/04/2009

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I sent my daughter the Twilight DVD and the Breaking Dawn book along with her favourite chocolates all to arrive on the last day of her exams, as she'd stopped reading and watching DVDs in the run up to finals, by the time I rang her that evening she'd seen the film, eaten the chocolates and was reading the book, all before going out to celebrate!

Mary - posted on 04/21/2009

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i love the ideas, especially the gift cards, never thought of that...thanks for sharing...

Jean - posted on 04/08/2009

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Hello again. I see this thread got a little more activity. Thought I'd just update. I did send my son a package. Since he's in Nebraska and December is very cold, I sent him a new scarf which he loved, a loaf of homemade zuchinni bread with a stick of butter, and several gift cards to his favorite restaurants that deliver on campus. He loved it all, but I think especially the gift cards. Who doesn't love Jimmy Johns?

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Oh, I have a great idea for you.  Go to my website, www.momsaremailingagain.com,  then go to the Care Package button on the left hand side.   On that page, it will show a Themes and Ideas link for suggestions on what to put in care packages. 



This is a web site that shows you how to send out personalized, affordable care packages to your college kids, with your own group of friends.  You will have so much fun getting together with your girlfriends each month, that you may forget to stuff the care packages - hahahaha!



Anne - posted on 04/02/2009

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Hi, I know this was first posted last  in Nov. how ever Finals week is here again! I read the other posts and would like to add a few other ideas. I have sent toothpaste, packaged oatmeal, paper napkins, plastic spoons. (I know these last two ideas are not very environmentally friendly, BUT most of our college students do not have a kitchen where they can wash dishes and end up either not washing them, throwing them away, or washing them in the bathroom sink.)n To get back to the ideas. One way to keep costs down in sending these packages is to put them into a flat rate priority post office box. they come in several sizes. The two that I use are the boxes that you can put up to 79 pounds in to it and only pay one flat rate. The price is about 10-13 dollars. Another thing I have sent only in the flat rate box is copy paper and quarters for laundry. Our Youngest is currently in South America  doing her semester abroad so I am not sending her any thing. I think I sent them as much for me as for her. Our oldest lives in a house and does not need as much but I still send her  a goody box about every 6 weeks. Have an great day!

Jean - posted on 11/19/2008

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I love all these ideas! He will, too! Thank you all for taking time to respond and I hope your kids have a great finals week, too!

Joette - posted on 11/19/2008

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Hi I am also new to this, just joined last night! I have twins in their freshman year, one in Calif and one in NW Iowa. The college in Iowa sent us letters with ideas and even put packages together if we wanted to buy them. Like the other moms, always bake or send their favorite stuff! But you can always buy a gift card to a pizza place that they have near the college. And usually the pizza place will deliver!!! Always letters of encouragement...they all need that or should I say we all need that!

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Hi, I'm new here also. These are great suggestions. My daughter is a Jr. at Baylor University and she really loves her finals packages. They really do make a huge difference for the students. Also we have our church send cards of encouragement and let her know that we are praying for her.

Suzan - posted on 11/18/2008

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Bake or buy their favorite cookies. Send some protein bars, hot chocolate mixes, teas, snacks (pretzels, chips...) also send them a card of encourgement to let them know they can do it. Maybe a creative sign for them to hang while they are studing in their room. Package of vitamins to keep them going so they don't get sick. These are just a few ideas I have.

Laura - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi, I'm new here also. I have a sophomore in college, SLU Missouri and we live in Georgia. I put together a box of things that she likes, but cant get where she is. Things like her favorite tea bags, bbq sauce, chips and dips, also now that it is getting cold there, a pair of gloves and a scarf. Hope that this helps.

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