Care Package Idea for College Girls
My niece is working hard and doing well in her first year in college, and I wanted to send to her a fun care package. I know she probably has little time or money to spend on herself, so I wanted to send her something that would be useful but would also allow for a little pampering. I also know that she lives in a very small room, so I couldn't send anything big!
A Few Favorite Things
I decided to send her a few small things that I know she enjoys, and that would provide a little fun. I went to the local drugstore and looked around the cosmetics and hair/nail care aisles for some inspiration. I was very excited at what I found! I spent less than $20 and bought quite a few items:
- Four bottles of nail polish in different fun shades of pink (her favorite)
- A portable set of nail files and clippers on a small chain
- A package of brightly colored hair ties
- Tinted lip balm (pink again!)
- A pack of headbands, which she wears all the time
A Fun Packaging Idea
But instead of just throwing them in a box, I wanted to put them into a fun and interesting package. Obviously, the outside packaging had to be a cardboard box in order to travel well, but I didn't want to just pack them inside the box.
I looked around my house and came across a plastic heart-shaped container that had originally contained Valentine candy. It was fully enclosed, with a bottom and a lid. After I took out all the labels, it was just a clear heart.
I lined the inside of the bottom of the box with pink tissue paper. There was no need to make it perfect, since the gifts were going to be placed on top of the paper. I just folded it so it would fit.
Once I had the tissue paper in place, I arranged the items into the bottom of the heart, on top of the tissue paper. I had to get a little creative in order to make it all fit. For example, the lip balm had to be on the bottom because of the large card it was attached to, and the headbands had to be folded at the bottom of the heart because they were longer than the container.
Finally, I lined the top of the container with more pink tissue paper. Then I put the heart together and taped the edges to make sure it didn't come apart. The finished product looked like a pretty pink heart with goodies inside!
Other Great Ideas
If you don't happen to have an old candy box lying around, there are many other ways to package small goodies like these. Plastic containers of all shapes and sizes can be found at discount and dollar stores. You could also use a cute basket (if you aren't shipping the items), or even a pretty makeup bag to hold the treats. Make sure that you have the container chosen before you buy the items to put inside, so you can be sure they will fit.