Regardless of their age or gender, young adults love hearing from Mom and Dad. They may be independent (that's your job; to work yourself out of a job) but they still need the relationship with you! Sending your college student a "survival" kit, bag, or basket shows you value education and want to support their success. In the past we made up Survival Kits including:
*Gift Cards to their fave off-campus haunts or coffee shops
*Encouraging notes or family pictures
*Supplies like mini-stapler or gift certificate to the campus bookstore
*Something silly like a comic or goofy little toy
*Healthy snacks like nuts, beef jerky, protein bars, a jar of olives
Some years I'd include my daughters' roommates as it built a camaraderie between the girls. Don't worry about the size or content; it's really just a touch from home that matters.
*Sugar-free hot chocolate, EmergenC, fruit juices
Got a terrific tip for a finals survival kit? Feel free to leave it below so other readers can share in supporting their kids' college success. Hurry, as an adjunct university professor, I can tell you finals are already being scheduled and will be here before we know it.
No time to collect a bag or basket? You can order your student a Gift Basket now.