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Topic: College student "care packages" - university kids, help me out here!  (Read 2815 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2007 01:28:28 PM »

I'm a first-year at Uni, so I think I might have a few ideas:
+ A few school supplies are nice, like pens, pencils, notebooks and so forth, but make them "fun" (even if they're just colourful, they'll probably be a hit. I'm pretty poor and don't have the cash to buy the "fun" ones).
+ Cookies! Smiley Enough said about those.
+ A gift card to a local grocery store would be GREAT (at least to me) since every now and then you're just dying for something familiar from home or something fresher than dining hall food.
+ For the girls, I would recommend maybe making some wristlets. I have one and it's great to just throw my cards, keys, phone and chapstick in when I'm heading out to eat or to work.
+ Anything made in school colors (jewelry, for instance) is fun. I always wanted to have something spirit-oriented for homecoming but didn't get anything until that weekend.
+ Mix CDs...

Subjects A, B, and C: Sounds like you have it under control. Wink

Subject D: Could you make her a book purse out of a classic/foreign novel? I've seen some for fairly cheap at used book stores.

Subjects E, F, G: Ooooh, good luck. I would stick with non-crafted things just because most of the boys I know don't find crafts all that exciting...  Undecided

Good luck!

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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2007 06:20:45 AM »

Hey! As a 1st year college kid myself, here are some things that are always appreciated:

- Gift cards to food outlets (pizza places, diners, restaurants, what have you)
- A whole load of coins for the laundry
- Laundry bags (if you can craft, stencil on "whites", "darks" and "colours" onto the front of each laundry bag)
- Stationery (Highlighters, notepads, pens, post-its, anything really! Something that has quirky/cute value always scores extra points)
- Book vouchers (books can get pretty exxy)
- Something to keep us motivated and moving (a note or card would be nice)
- Blank DVDs and CDs to burn our assignments in
- Batteries (you're bound to need them sometime or another)
- Stored values in bus cards (if your friends travel out of the campus)
- Calling cards
- Food recipes (the easier to make the better)
- Something soft for the room (cushions, seat covers, blankets)
- A small white board/black board/magna-doodle
- Key rings
- Cleaning stuff like cleaning solution and a cloth or something (sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night wishing I could clean, it's always on impulse. and it always so happen that I dont have any cleaning stuff with me. Maybe I've been working too hard in school?)
- Small packets of snacks (but try to have healthy ones in too)
- Boxes of tissue papers! (when college kids work too hard with little sleep, we tend to get sniffy)

Well that's all I can think of, all the best for packing in great stuff for your friends. They'll just be glad to know that you are taking time off to put together something for each of them. Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007 02:21:53 PM »

I'm a first-year, too, so lets see...

-Can you make soap? It's ALWAYS nice when you don't have to go out and buy soap
-As it's been said, FOOD.
-College kids, especially freshman, are sick. All of the time.  So anything you can think of with that...
-Dollar bills and quarters, and/or a container to hold them in!
-Walmart [much as I dislike it, it comes in handy] currently has this amazing, AMAZINGLY soft warm stretchy fleecey stuff in awesome colors for like...$2/yd.  And out of 1 yard you can make like..hat, gloves [fingerless or otherwise], scarf, and legwarmers, seriously.
-Those little magnetic poetry word things are fun to play with on the fridge..and if you can get some magnet tape, maybe you can make your own?
-Batteries. Eep.
-School supplies...personalized?
-Wall/door decorations!

Err..I'm spent for now ><
Hope that helped a bit...?
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007 02:40:33 PM »

I'm a second year student now (originally from CT, now in MA)

for the one in connecticut, warm is good for the wintertime. a hat or a scarf if you can knit, crochet, or sew.

as has been said, food. my grandparents sent me a pack of food last year and it was mostly full of junk food that I didn't eat. make sure it's something they'll eat and something that they can warm in a microwave.

the box that they sent also had a couple little "bendy toys" that my friends and I had fun with. they seem silly, but they really are fun to play with.

cushy things to sit on when watching movies

post-its are super useful

since everyone's suggesting quarters for laundry... how about something to hold quarters in? it gets annoying carrying around a little ziploc bag full of em. my boyfriend has a medicine tube that fits quarters fairly well, maybe you could decorate one of those or a m&m minis container (if those fit quarters, i'm not sure) to the person's liking?

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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2007 06:00:55 PM »

a nalgene bottle, if you can get it in their school colors, awesome.

 I got one for my brother as a welcome to college gift, and put a sticker of his school mascot on it, along with dremmeling his name/phone number on to it (my brother tends to lose things alot). Shove some of their favorite candy in it and voila!

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