Parents enjoy filling boxes with great treats and gifts for their college students, but often dread the cost of shipping which can double the cost of the package. For this reason it pays to keep an eye on the bottom line and the weight of the package you are shipping. These care package items will allow you to use your money to delight your college student, not to pay for postage.
Try to get as many items as possible into a small box. You can get a lot of lightweight packaged foods such as popcorn, tea bags, and hot chocolate envelopes into a box, especially if you discard the boxes. Soup mixes and instant oatmeal envelopes also fit into this category.
Send a box full of one item. A years supply of mints or chewing gum is a fun items to put in a care package, plus you can stuff a ton of these in a small box. Imagine their surprise when they open the box and see it full of orange tic-tacs with a silly note on top.
Fill them in on an event they missed. Send an envelope full of photographs of an event they could not attend and a note to let them know they were missed. Even cheaper than mailing an envelope of pictures is to send them on a disc or jump drive, or better yet, email them.
Send them a quick pick-me-up. Write a letter of encouragement and throw in a gift card to a local restaurant or the supermarket. Don’t forget to include notes from younger siblings too.
Order a ready made care package. Send ready made care packages from companies have reasonable shipping fees if any at all. Places like popcorn factory, Wolferman, and Harry and David, and flowers.com can deliver fun gifts and packages to your college student at any time. Some colleges actually have their own care package service that you can use to send a spontaneous care package and not worry about shipping charges.
Note: If you are mailing a heavy (yet smallish) item or two, ship it in a flat-rate priority mail box or envelope to help control the cost of shipping.