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As the semester enters into December, you know that fall finals week 2021 is right around the corner. Soon enough students will be busy studying for final exams, putting together final projects, and working to stay calm as they finish up their fall semester. If you know a student who is quickly approaching finals week, you may not think there’s much you can do for them. But there is! You could always send them a care package to show that you care, and that you’re thinking of them at this stressful and difficult time. 

Main image courtesy of Science.

If you’re unsure what to send, not to worry, we’ve put together a list of items you can include in a homemade care package, as well as a few of our favorite already made care packages. No matter which one you choose to send, just know that they are very much appreciated by any student going through finals. 

Why Finals Week is So Tough

Why it’s so hard for students during this week of exams, papers, and presentations

Finals week is always the hardest week in the semester. Image courtesy of Best Colleges.

While it might seem like an easy question to answer regarding why finals week is so tough on students, it’s actually a little more nuanced than that. Yes finals week is hard because there are exams that are designed to test their knowledge of the entire semester, which is hard enough by itself. Multiply that same kind of test happening in each of their courses, and you may begin to understand why it can be incredibly stressful! 

On top of exams that require them to be ready to explain any topic that was discussed throughout the entire semester, there are also courses that require final papers and even presentations. That’s a lot to do for anyone! But what really gets students stressed out isn’t just the amount of tests they take or papers that are due, it’s the short amount of time they have to complete them all. Typically finals week is just that, one business week of five days (although sometimes exams take place over the weekend) to cram in all the exams and deadlines for papers and projects. While some schools have started to extend finals time, many others are still asking students to sometimes take two final exams in the same day. This makes it hard to prioritize which test to study for, not to mention include some time for a much-needed break.

Not only is that mentally draining, but physically and emotionally as well. Now you can see why it’s such a crazy time for students—and why they may just need a little something extra to help them through their busy week.  

What to Include in a Care Package for Finals Week

These items are must-haves for a care package sent from the heart

You know your student best, so include their favorite snacks and maybe a few useful items as well! Image courtesy of Food Business News.

When you’re thinking about what to send your student at finals week, it helps to consider what they’ll need in between exams and papers, when they have a little time to devote to themselves. In other words, what can they easily take on the go with them, or what can they open up and use for those precious breaks in between studying in their dorm rooms? Once you think about that, try breaking them down into a couple of categories and include items that you know they’ll just love!

Sweet snacks

Everyone has a sweet spot, and it’s hard to get this one wrong! You can include any kind of sweet treats that your student likes, from Reese’s cups, to Crunch bars, to maybe even some Starburst. These are all great additions to your care package because they don’t take up much room, and they’re easily transported anywhere on campus. Plus, did you know that chocolate may help improve focus and attention span, which is great for long study sessions!

If you know your student really likes a particular kind of hot cocoa or other sweet beverage, feel free to include that as well. There’s nothing better than slowing down once in a while and indulging in a little chocolate or taking a few sips of a sweet tea or fruity drink. No need to go overboard here, we want to make sure that these sweet snacks are a treat, and not a part of their daily diet while studying!

Healthy snacks

To balance those sweet snacks, make sure to include some healthier options as well. The nice little jolt of energy or drive you can get from sugar is great, but eventually it goes away. You’ll also want to include items that will provide energy and keep them full for longer—so they can concentrate on what they’re doing and not need to worry about their next meal. Items like granola bars, instant oatmeal, nuts, and low sugar individual cereal boxes are all easy to make in a dorm, or to bring along anywhere on campus. 

Since fresh fruits may start to go bad by the time they reach your student, opt instead for dried fruits (just be mindful of the sugar amount). You could also include their favorite beverages such as hot tea or Keurig cups for their coffee maker, both are a good reason to take a study break and enjoy a hot beverage while they relax for a bit. 

Something useful

Your student is going to be concentrating on their exam schedule for the week, and not where they accidentally left their water bottle. This is why it’s always good to include something useful in addition to the snacks. Items like water bottles and travel coffee/tea cups ensure that they have a backup should their original one go missing. You might also want to include an extra pair of socks, or any school supply you feel they may have run out of (think pencils, pens, notebooks). 

You also know your student best, so if they’re always losing hair ties, or their phone charger, you can also easily pack in one of those too.

Including a useful item like a back up coffee/tea travel mug is a great time saver. Image courtesy of The Spruce Eats. 

Something playful

It’s always good to include something to make them smile while students are tackling some tough study sessions, exams, and final papers. Why not include little post it notes to give them encouragement, but to also let them know they’ve got this and there is light at the end of the tunnel! Bonus points for making the note match up with the item you’re sending for example:

  • Consider sticking a note that says “When you work hard now, you can play later” to a pack of Now and Laters
  • Why not let them know they are ready and prepared for anything finals throws at them with a “Now is the time to show off your mounds of learning” attached to a Mounds bar

You can really have a great time with this, and we’re sure your student will definitely appreciate all the positive vibes you’re sending their way. 

Another bit of encouragement you can include is to let them know that it's also okay to take a break. You could include a gift card to their favorite restaurant in the area, or a gift card for Doordash or GrubHub when they just don’t feel like leaving their textbooks for the cafeteria. Because sometimes a little food reward can certainly go a long way!

A little bit of something from home

Whether it’s a picture of their beloved pet, their favorite sweater they accidently left at home, or just a nice framed picture of the family, your student will definitely appreciate a slice of home in their care package. Other ideas include a book they loved as a child, or even a small stuffed animal for encouragement and support. They’re aware that they need to get through this tough week in order to enjoy some rest and relaxation at home, and offering up a little bit of it is a great way to motivate them to ace those exams and turn in their papers early. 

Easy ways to destress

When they have a few minutes throughout the day, or even right before bed each night, it’s a good idea to include some destressing items in your care package. This could be an aromatherapy set, some calming lotion, their favorite herbal tea, or a book of poetry. Whatever you think could help them unwind, include it in their package.

One of the best ways to ensure they’re ready for their finals each day is to ensure they’re getting good sleep the night before. Lavender scented pillow spray or a soft eye mask to block out the light are fantastic ways to make sure your student is getting the slumber they need to be well rested for the day ahead of them. 

Send a Ready-Made Care Package for Finals Week

You can also send a care package from OCM to your student going through finals week!

Choosing a ready-made care package is a great way when you’re short on time to let your student know you’re thinking of them. Image courtesy of All the Buzz Gifts.

While creating your own care package is a fun idea, sometimes you just don’t have the time to do that. Especially since you should plan to send your care package well before finals week arrives. This is due to the fact that when packages are sent to campuses, they’ll first need to go to a central distribution center. Then they’ll go to the post office on campus for holding before they alert the student that there is a package waiting. Plus the earlier your package arrives, the more your student can prepare for what lays ahead of them! 

Exam Survival Kit

You can’t go wrong with the care package designed to help your student get through their finals with flying colors. In this must-have care package you’ll find all their favorites, including Act II Microwave Popcorn, Act II Kettlecorn Microwave Popcorn, Chips Ahoy Cookies, Oreo Cookies, M and M® Milk Chocolate Candies, Skittles fun size, Chex Mix – traditional, Cheez-Its, Ritz Bits Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and more! All of these yummy foods are designed to be eaten on the go, or when they have a little spare time between study sessions. With the perfect mix of salty and sweet, this care package is definitely going to be a hit.

Healthy Soups and Snacks

If it’s a little bit chilly where your student is finishing up their fall semester, then you’ll definitely want to include this care package that’s stuffed with yummy soups and snacks. Healthy eating can be tough when they’re running from exams, to study sessions, to finishing up final projects. Make it a little easier with this package that contains McDougall’s Big Cup Onion Soup, Dr. McDougall’s Big Cup Minestrone Soup, Dr. McDougall’s Big Cup Tortilla Soup, Dr. McDougall’s Big Cup Split Pea Soup, Wheat Thins, Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Late July Organic Cheese Sandwich Crackers, Avalanche Swiss Granola, and some calming tea bags. It’s always a good idea to slow down and take a break with some hot soup and crackers before your student races onto their next final. 

Sweet Tooth

While it’s a good idea to ensure your student is eating right so that they have the energy they need to take on their finals, why not send them a little something extra with this sweet treat care package! This one is designed to bring a smile to their face with all their favorite sweet snacks like Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Mike and Ike’s, Swedish Fish, gummy bears, Oreos, Nerds, Teddy Grahams and more! You can't go wrong when you send a little something like this for finals week. 

Whether you choose to send a care package you put together, or choose one that’s ready made, you’re going to bring a smile to your student’s face during finals week!