For most of us, December evokes ideas of family gatherings, hot chocolate, warm fireplaces, fun snowball fights . . . but, for college students, this time of year can be amongst the most stressful, thanks to the dreaded Finals Week.
During this time, the college students in your life will undoubtedly be pushed to their mental and emotional limits. They’ll be cramming for exams, writing papers, giving presentations, and much more! The entire semester has lead to this one critical week. As a student, they’re on their own for making sure they get good grades, often meaning that other priorities are pushed to the wayside. As a parent, you can help to relieve some of the stress they’re feeling. Sending little gifts, cards, and care packages can reduce some of the tension your college student is feeling during finals week. Aside from traditional college care packages, we take a look at some of these fun finals week gift ideas to lift your college student’s spirits when they need it most.
#1: Healthy Packages:
Students undergo a ton of stress during the end of the semester. Help cheer them up with a pick me up present during finals. Consider sending them things such some baked lentil chips or boxes of your students’ favorite peanuts to soothe their nerves. Alternatively, maybe create a fun “anxiety-relieving” bundle, with items like stress balls, decorative pillows to punch or even a personal massage machine.
#2: “Punny” candy presents:
Put a smile on your students face with a creative, or “punny” gift. Sending them candy with motivational sayings on them will elicit a chuckle while they study. You can send them Smarties candies to keep their hard working brains going; Kit Kat Bars when they need a break; or minty Tic Tacs when they need to take a “chill pill.” Or just satisfy their sugar cravings by sending an all candy basket and sweetening up their life!
#3: Coffee care packages:
During finals week, your student is going to need their energy to prepare for the end of semester rush. They’ll be staying up late studying and spending hours in the library working on papers. Help keep your student on track with a coffee care package. This can include ground coffee, a thermos and/or mug, flavored shots, a gift card and little snacks to accompany the beverage. Your student will appreciate your caffeinated surprise.
#4: Words of encouragement:
Sometimes you don’t need to send anything too extravagant to get your son or daughter through finals week. Maybe all your student needs is some helpful advice from their parents. Consider sending a motivational card that let’s them know that you are proud of them regardless, and that you’re sending them good vibes. College can be extremely supportive, so the reminder that they have people in their corner will be well received.
While finals week can be a rough and stressful time for college students, it does have great reward at the end. After all the papers are handed in, all the exams are completed, and all the presentations are given, your student gets to come back home to you and relax during their break. In the meantime, send your son or daughter some stress relieving help and some words of wisdom, and they’ll be just fine getting through their finals.