Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Finals Care Package

My daughter is a college sophomore 
(how is that even possible when she was just a teeny tiny baby girl what seems like a few days ago?) 
& one of my absolute favorite things to do is send her finals care packages. 
I seriously wish I could start a care package business. 
How fun would that be? 

This year instead of sending one big box of stuff like I usually do, 
I decided to space it out and send The 12 Days of Finals gifts. 
 I sent the wrapped gifts back with her after Thanksgiving 
and she will start opening them 12 days before the end of her finals. 

It works just like the 12 Days of Christmas song so 
day 1 includes 1 thing, day 2 includes two things, etc. 
I thought it would be more fun to have something to 
open each day rather than one giant box. 


In case she reads this I won't post exactly what I included as her gifts 
but I will say that I alternated between gift cards, 
food treats, and fun brain breaks and little gifts.
Many of the days include treats for her sweet roommates too!
 (If you'd like an exact list of ideas I used just email me at the link in the right sidebar 
and I'll be happy to send my list to you! As she opens them I'll add them to the bottom of this post!)


Here are a list of some things you could include:

  • Snacks (cookies, beef jerky, crackers, popcorn)
  • Drinks
  • Gift cards to Starbucks, Sonic, a fave restaurant, etc (most can be in any denomination so they are great for higher number days)
  • Cash (always a big hit!) 
  • Coloring books/crayons
  • Water guns
  • Nerf guns
  • Gum
  • Candy
  • Fun/holiday socks
  • Play dough 
  • Magazines/books
  • Makeup or nail polish
  • Silly string
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Craft ideas/supplies
  • School supplies
  • Cookie making supplies

I created some fun tags for each day's gifts. 
I put a card on the outside of each gift as a label and 
then another card inside explaining what the gift was. 
I made the tags gender neutral so they will work for boys or girls 
and printed them four to a page. 


My tags said.....
On the first day of finals my mommy gave to me... 
but I also created versions that say parents, daddy, and aunt 
as I shared the idea with some friends on FB and they asked for cards to print too. 

If you'd like to print them out you can find all of the label cards in the folder HERE.


It was fun to package them up and get them ready to give them to my sweet girl! 
I even found ribbon at Hobby Lobby that matched perfectly!
{And of course it was 1/2 off! I love Hobby Lobby!}

If you don't have a college aged student you could 
easily adapt this idea for a younger child or your sweetie pie- 
and do it for the 12 days leading up to Christmas! 

If you have any other ideas for items to include- 
feel free to leave them as a comment below and I'll add them!

The items I included for my sweet girl were...

  • one IHOP gift card
  • two magazines
  • three bottles of nail polish
  • four coloring books

5 comments:

  1. I had so much fun sending care packages to my daughter while she was in college! She was away for her birthday one year so I sent a box of packages numbered 1-20 containing one of this, two of that, etc. I love your idea, especially the labels ... so cute!

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  2. This is so fun! Great idea what a treat for her.

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  3. This is so fun! Great idea what a treat for her.

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  4. You are such a fun mom! I hope to be just like you when my kids are older! ;) I love this idea.

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  5. Thank you so much for the idea, and the printables! My daughter is going off to college (2000 miles away!) as a Freshman this fall and I've been looking for clever ways to send her love from home. :)

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