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Care Package Idea for College Girls

Updated on October 18, 2012

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 fun items that don't take up a lot of space
A few fun items that don't take up a lot of space

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 Valentine candy box made a great gift box once the labels were removed.
A Valentine candy box made a great gift box once the labels were removed.
Line the inside with tissue paper.
Line the inside with tissue paper.

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.

I had to arrange the items carefully so they would fit.
I had to arrange the items carefully so they would fit.
Line the top with tissue paper also, to hide the goodies!
Line the top with tissue paper also, to hide the goodies!
Put the lid on the heart - a fun and pretty homemade gift!
Put the lid on the heart - a fun and pretty homemade gift!

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.


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    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the vote, theclevercat! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Rachel Vega 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awww, how sweet! What a nice giftie for a college student to receive. Everyone likes to get nice surprises. Voted useful!

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Very cute idea. I'm sure it was a fun surprise and much appreciated.

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks so much Simone! I think these are as much fun to send as they are to receive.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is such a sweet idea, and I love how you've packaged everything so prettily as well. I absolutely TREASURED the care packages I got in college. Here's hoping the tradition continues for many eons to come :D

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for the vote and the read!

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      HubTub 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! It's always nice to find new, inexpensive gift ideas. Nice work with the photos too. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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