• Homemade cookies, rice crispy treats or brownies
  • Tea, hot chocolate or coffee
  • Popcorn (consider sending an air popper)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Cereal or instant oatmeal
  • Healthy snack bars
  • Ramen noodles
  • Mac ‘n cheese
  • Favorite easy-to-make recipes


  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Vitamins, vitamin C drink mix, and zinc lozenges
  • Lip balm
  • Favorite toiletry items
  • Quarters for laundry (if laundry facility uses coins)
  • Hand warmers (for cold weather locations and seasons)


  • Photos of pets, family members, friends, even the neighborhood
  • New release or favorite CD or DVD
  • Recent local articles about your child’s friends, former school or clubs
  • Recent magazines (consider a subscription mailed to your child’s dorm or apartment)
  • Letter and postcard stamps
  • Blank handmade cards and postcards
  • Holiday decorations
  • Card games such as Uno or Phase 10
  • Board and other games such as Bananagrams, Catch Phrase, Apples to Apples, or *Cranium
  • Magnets for a fridge, or pins or bumper stickers for a corkboard
  • Silly items such as glow sticks, kazoos, silly string, or bubbles (provided appropriate items will be used outside)


  • Handwritten note from you
  • Letters, cards or drawings from younger siblings or relatives
  • Gift card to a local restaurant, coffee shop, grocery store or online store
  • Cash
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