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      Just a note, many of you have mentioned that your kids are leaving for college
      this fall. Here are several ideas for fairly inexpensive care packages

      Each Month you could create a New Theme Box:

      Month 1: Back to School

      Essentials like toiletries, phone card, roll of quarters (for vending &
      laundry), instant soup mixes, snacks, drink mixes and maybe some homemade
      goodies. Lotions/razors/trial size items, etc.

      Month 2-3: Exam time
      Instant coffee Mixes (see our beverages pages on ), ramen
      noodles, microwave popcorn, candy, Tylenol, Stress balls to squeeze. Cookie
      Mixes if they have a Kitchen in the dorm. Eye pillow with lavender flowers in it
      to calm and soothe during these high stress times.

      A CD of music made by you to
      help relax or energize as needed. Ear Plugs (some dorms are so loud you can’t

      Months 4: Christmas/Yule/Kwanzaa/Hannauka/etc
      send some small decorations to brighten her room and some holiday goodies
      including beverage & snack mixes, JAW (Just add water) soups from our site.

      Inbetween Months:

      “Chocolate” theme…cookies, brownies, her favorite
      chocolate candy. Items like Brownies & blondies seem to have a longer storage
      life than cookies.

      Football Theme: Super Bowl package w/ cheese, crackers, beef sticks, Beef Jerky,

      Birthday Box: (for those celebrating during the school year)
      goodies, balloons, confetti. (One year I sent a friend Fireworks.. but this
      didn’t go over well with the dean!)

      Journal Jars:
      You can use a jar or pail as needed, fill with pens/ stationary/stamps/
      Envelopes, address labels (make them on your puter), etc. You can include notes
      for her to send out “Thank You’s” etc. One year I created a jar for a friend
      that had birthday dates/ anniversary dates 7 addies all written out so she
      wouldn’t forget anyone when she got busy.

      It didn’t cost much, but she really
      appreciated it.

      Cake in A Mug: Check this out on our site! These are great
      mixes that you can make for her to have cake anytime by just adding water and 2
      minutes in the Microwave. You can include frosting mixes that just need water
      as well.

      Off to College Basket: When they first leave:
      large Rubbermaid laundry basket. Lining w/ twin sheets for the dorm bed & bath
      towels, a daytimer planner, stationary, rolls of quarters for laundry, a phone
      book, address book, assorted school supplies, a backpack, plastic tumblers, a
      photo album, film, plastic plates and flatware (from Walmart), shower shoes, a
      college sticker for the car, and an university sweatshirt.

      These and other great ideas at

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