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7 thoughtful care package ideas for the college student in your life


For many college students, finals are just around the corner, which means lots of studying and stress and often not a lot of sleep, time to cook healthy meals or other important parts of self-care. That means now is the best time to send a little relief to the students in your life with a thoughtful care package. Here, we’ve compiled a few Kenvue essentials to help your favorite student ace this busy time of year.

Zarbee’s® Immune Support

Studies have shown that excessive stress (and let’s face it, college can be stressful) can deplete the immune system, which makes a person more susceptible to colds and even slower wound healing.1 One way to help boost immunity is to send Zarbee’s® Elderberry Immune Support Gummies, which not only pack a sweet and juicy punch, but also contain elderberry, zinc, and vitamins A, C, D3, and E—powerful ingredients that have been found to help support the immune system.*

Healthy snacks

It’s important to keep up energy high when pulling all-nighters, and while coffee can work in a pinch, proper nutrition plays a vital role in overall energy and brain function. Consider curating a basket of healthy fruit and nut energy bars, whole grain crackers, dried fruits, dark chocolate, nuts and trail mix — items easy for students to stash in their bags and quickly grab when they’re away from a fridge or the dining hall.

Cleansers and body washes

Including something like Clean & Clear® Night Relaxing Facial Cleanser gives students a great product to cleanse away daily build-up and includes MoodScentz™ technology, which contains calming aromas to help them wind down at night.

Combine that with the Aveeno® Stress Relief Oat Body Wash Lavender Scent — an allergy tested oat body wash that gently cleanses and moisturizes skin combined with the relaxing scent of lavender.

Gift cards

College students don’t always have the financial means to treat themselves. Sending a gift card is a great way to let them get what they want, when they want it, whether that’s coffee, tea, food from a local grocery store or supplies from the college bookstore. Or, consider a gift card for a food delivery service so they can escape the dining hall and have a delicious meal delivered right to their dorm or apartment.

Face masks and lip balms

There’s a lot of dry air in classrooms and dorms, which can mean chapped lips and flaky skin. Stash the Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Face Mask in the care package, which instantly quenches dry skin, leaving it hydrated, smooth and supple. And don’t forget the Neutrogena® Revitalizing Lip Balm, so your student has a quick way to make sure painful, chapped lips won’t be a distraction.


Lots of stress and reading can mean tension headaches, stiff necks and other aches and pains that no one — especially someone in the middle of exams — wants to worry about. Include pain relievers like Tylenol® Extra Strength Caplets** in your self-care surprise so they can quickly get the symptom relief they need.

A handwritten note

In the digital age or email and text, it’s not that often that you actually get a note from someone who took the time to write it out themselves. Include some handwritten words of encouragement for your student, letting them know you’re proud of how hard they’re working and that you’re thinking of them.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
**Use product as directed.

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