Parents Corner: The Best Care Packages For Freshmen

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If there’s one thing that is universally true of college students, it’s that there’s nothing better than receiving a care package. Care packages, especially for freshmen going off to their first residence halls or apartments, are a great way to send a little love and support. These freshman-inspired gifts are the best way to show you’re thinking of them.

 

Welcome Package

A big milestone deserves an awesome gift to go along with it. The Welcome Package and Move-In Mug is just the right sentiment. The new dorm dweller will get a shiny new mug packed with favorite instant drinks (including hot cocoa) and enough snacks to be the envy of their roommates. From popcorn to Airheads, your package recipient will settle right in with a stocked pantry of goodies.

 

Fitness Fuel

With cafeteria food, takeout, and late night snacks in your focused student’s way, eating healthy can be a big issue. Start them off on the right foot with a care package full of healthy, delicious, and energizing treats. The Fitness Fuel package includes super popular Clif Bars made for an after-gym treat, gel shots for endurance athletes, PowerBar for protein packed nutrition, and muscle recovery teas for rest days. Whether your student is keeping up with their routine or wanting to avoid the Freshman 15, this package encourages them to be their best.

 

Hang In There

College isn’t all new friends and wild parties. Oftentimes, it’s a bad grade on a paper or a fight with a new roommate. If your student is getting discouraged, a little pick-me-up can really help to make him or her feel better. That’s where the adorable Hang In There package comes in. It’s a little bit of fun with the hanging monkey and package of animal crackers and it’s a lot of treats with Tootsie Rolls and chips.   

 

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Healthy Soups and Teas

From changing weather to living side-by-side with other students, college is crawling with opportunities to get sick. But even if parents are far away and no one can make your student’s favorite comfort foods, a Sick Day care package can help get them back on their feet. Our Healthy Soups and Teas set is a blend of classic soups like split pea and minestrone, as well as comforting Yogi blend teas. While you can’t be there to pour the hot water for the mixes, this makes it a little easier for them to get better faster.

 

Homesick Helper

Being away from home for an extended period of time isn’t like summer camp or a summer vacation. It can be much harder to handle, especially with the added stress of school. You can pick up their spirits and send a reminder that you miss them just as much by sending the Homesick Helper. Along with a personalized note (which can be done for every package), your freshman will be surprised by an almost endless amount of sweets and favorite staples like M&Ms, Pop-Tarts, Lifesavers, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Act II Popcorn, and Cheerios (just to name a few).

 

Sending your freshman off to college can be emotional for both you and the student. But you can send love year round with packages meant to surprise, wow, and comfort them.

3 Sweet Care Package Ideas for Valentine’s Across Campus

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you decided what to get that special someone? Whether the person is your college-aged child, a partner studying across the United States, or your new campus boyfriend or girlfriend, these special care packages are sure to make them fall head-over-heels. Here are our three favorite packages to make them think of you this February 14th.

  1. Be Mine

One of the hardest parts of a first Valentine’s Day together is determining what the other person expects of you. For college students on a budget, going all out with dozens of roses, a fancy dinner, or gifts galore may break the bank. That’s why we are in love with the adorable Be Mine care package!

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Not only will this be one of the best surprises they are sure to get this year, they will also love how thoughtfully sweet it is! There’s the standards he or she will expect, like candy conversation hearts, and treats they will eat up, like individual packs of popcorn and Cheetos. For those who want to say it from the heart, add a personalized message so they know who their admirer is. If you want to make it a special day, this care package sure knows how to do it!

  1. From the Heart Gift Tower

What’s better than one amazing gift? How about FOUR! For that someone who deserves the best, this From the Heart Gift Tower care package will win over even the hardest to impress. Maybe because it’s a wow moment from start to finish or maybe because you get the traditional and the fun — either way, you’ll make your special someone swoon this Valentine’s Day.

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Start with box number one. It’s a gourmet popcorn delight! Those who love sweet and salty will certainly dig the hidden surprise of chocolate truffles stuffed inside. In box number two, you’ve got luxury Lindor chocolates they’ll think are way too decadent (but will still love to devour). And in box number three, you’ll have them flipping over new favorite treats like crunchy chocolate wafer bites enough to share with a roommate or friend. Finally, end their surprise with our personal favorite — caramel covered chocolates! Now that’s one tower of gifts overflowing with love!

  1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

One of our favorite traditions as kids was waking up on Valentine’s Day to a special treat. But once you’re in college, that treat is usually another day of cold cereal and long lines at the cafeteria. While you may not be able to be there in person to make the treat yourself, you can promise them a great start to their holiday with the Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed care package.

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Your Valentine will love making their own homemade heart shaped pancakes with our easy-to-make pre-made mix and real Canadian maple syrup. There’s even a side of fresh country ham and Maine blueberries for a little extra touch. But you can’t leave out the drinks! Add in a hot cup of Perfect Potful coffee, and you’ve got a morning that they will never forget!

Parent’s Corner: 5 Fun Care Packages for Finals

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Your favorite college student is almost finished with fall semester. Just a couple more exams, and they’ll be out the door and officially on break! But what many parents and loved ones don’t understand is that those exams aren’t just any old exam. They are actually some of the most challenging tests your college student will ever undergo, and this causes stress, fatigue, and burnout.

Instead of just sending warm words of love (which are indeed needed), you can also ensure that they are getting a little bit of fun in their lives as well with a creative care package. Personalized to what they love, these options will put a smile on their face and help them power through to the final question.

1.   Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket

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The snow is falling, the temperature’s dropping, and all around the United States, students are stuck inside studying. It certainly takes the beauty out of the season! But you can make them fall in love with winter all over again with a Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket. There’s chocolate wafer bites, Lindor truffles, and sea salt caramel and chocolate squares to munch on and remind them just how awesome the winter break is going to be (after they ace their exams)!

2.   New England Breakfast Gift Basket

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If your college student lives on their own or has access to a kitchen instead of a cafeteria, it can be hard to worry over if they are starting their mornings off with a filling breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day for a reason, and it certainly shouldn’t be neglected on the day of finals. The New England Breakfast Gift Basket is a treat for them to share with roommates and friends. Complete with pancake mix, New Hampshire maple syrup, and even locally grown fruit!

3.   Snack Break Gift Basket

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If your student is dedicated to their studies, they’re probably neglecting their most essential needs such as sleeping and eating. But you can send them a reminder to fill that mind and the stomach with the Snack Break Gift Basket. It comes with organic snacking staples such as kettle corn and even protein packed trail mix.

4.   Tea and Cookies Gift Basket

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With winter bringing in the chill, your college student will love a bit of warmth sent their way. This tea and cookie basket is carefully curated to include winter favorites such as Earl Gray tea with organic clover honey sticks. And when drinks are not enough, they can indulge on decadent chocolate butter cookie brittle or classic sugar cookies.

5.   Popcorn and Sweets Tin

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Okay, it isn’t a care package, exactly. But college students LOVE popcorn, especially when it’s mixed with candy and sweets. But this tin is not just your grandmother’s favorite blend of stale popcorn. Your college student will love testing innovative flavors such as brown sugar and honey mustard popcorn. With favorite candy like Atomic Fireballs adding even more fun, they’ll dig the options. And even better, they’ll have enough to share with their roommates and study pals!

Non-Perishable Food for the Dorm Room

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Whether you are preparing to move to the dorm for the first time or if you are returning to your college campus for another year of residence hall life, you are probably familiar with long hours of studying and pulling those famous all-nighters to write papers.  During these uncomfortable stretches of time, sleep deprivation interferes with your productivity and hunger pains can make it even more difficult to concentrate. After all, late nights, erratic schedules, and the stress that comes with trying to juggle it all can lead to some unhealthy eating habits. Stock up on nourishing snacking non-perishables that will give you the energy and brainpower you need to perform your best. Shop prepackaged healthy college care packages  from OCM or look below for recommended items to purchase!

  1. Fruit

Fruit is such an essential component of our diets, but it may be the last thing you think of when it comes to non-perishable options.  Fresh fruit does not have a very long shelf life, even when it is refrigerated.  Look for canned fruit, such as peaches and pineapples; just make sure to drain excess syrup. Plus, there are plenty of dried options, like raisins, mangos, pineapples, apple rings, and apricots.

  1. Trail Mix

The best part about trail mix is that the protein and (healthy) fat content will keep you satiated.  You can find many varieties of pre-made options, or you can make it yourself.  Mix together almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, raisins, or any of your favorite nut and dried fruit combination and keep it sealed in an airtight container.

  1. Granola Bars

Granola is a true go-to snack for any college student.  There are an infinite number of brands that create bars so, no matter what your preference or dietary restriction may be, there is sure to be an ideal option for you.  If you are gluten-free, vegan, allergic to peanuts, or looking to increase your protein content, you can carry a compact little package to nibble on when other options are limited. For the healthier options, look for options that contain less sugar additives, as these can cause you to crash later.

  1. Boxed and Canned Goods

If you live in a suite and have access to a stove or even a microwave, this opens up an entire new avenue of food options.  Canned goods like soups, beans and chili have a very long shelf life. Additionally, rice and pastas can be whipped up in mere minutes.

  1. Grains

Non-perishable grains are very abundant and easy to come by.  If you have access to a microwave in your dorm, instant oatmeal is one option that comes in a wide variety of flavors.  For the healthier choice, go with the plain option and add a little peanut butter and honey (non-perishable) to your preferred taste.  Dry cereal or granolas offer some other great options, as you have so many kinds to choose from.  Crackers are an equally delicious option – look for whole grain or brown rice versions (for the gluten free folks).  Spread a little peanut butter and enjoy!

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Need a Sweet Way to Share the Love this Valentine’s Day?

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January 14 has now passed us, leaving less than a month for us to be swarmed with Cupid appliques, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and carnations as far as the eye can see. You know what that means, Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day can either be a dreaded day for those who are anti-romance, or exciting for those who like to cover their significant other’s car with 100 post it notes of what they think makes them so special (definitely too much, in case you were wondering). Whichever the case, Valentine’s Day also means that either you, or your significant other are looking for sweet and thoughtful Valentine’s Day Gifts to put a smile on each other’s faces. The problem? Valentine’s Day is so specific to every relationship, and a box of chocolates no longer does the trick. If you’re looking for a sweet gift to send your special Valentine on campus this year (or anywhere!), we’ve got a brand new assortment of Valentine’s Day Care Packages your better half will be SURE to love. And, let’s face it: Those home-made Pinterest inspired gift baskets are adorable, but they take lots of time and resources to complete for someone with a busy schedule. Interested? Here’s a few!

1) “Be Mine”- Loaded with irresistible goodies, this package is a perfect way to ask that special someone to ‘be yours’. Jam packed with heartwarming goodies and sweet treats, this package is sure to please any one lucky enough to receive it! Delight your student on campus with a rich, delicious Brownie (2.75 oz.), Crunchy Cheetos, 3 Pack Chew-Ets Peanut Chews, Chocolate Chip Granola Bar, Chips Ahoy Cookies, and of course, a Valentine’s Day Chocolate Sampler. This package also includes a box of Valentine’s Day must haves: Conversation Hearts, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Fruity Cheerios Cereal On-The-Go, Hershey’s Miniatures, Jolly Rancher Stick, Laffy Taffy, Milk Chocolate MnM’s, Microwave Popcorn, Smarties, Vinyl Valentine’s Day Bee and a Thank You Card to complete. The added surprise? A 12″ Inflatable Red and White Beach Ball for those in between study breaks! With a packaged deal as sweet as this, there’s no way your student won’t feel the love from home!

2) “Straight Through The Heart Chocolate Tower” -What could possibly be a better Valentine’s Day surprise for your loving student on campus than a box of delicious chocolate treats they can enjoy to their heart’s content? An entire tower of delicious chocolate treats sent straight from the heart, of course! This “Straight Through The Heart Chocolate Tower” is a sure-fire way to light the flame of love under your sweet Valentine. This succulent gift basket is a perfect way to send sweets to your sweets on campus that even Cupid himself couldn’t refuse! This gift includes 8 oz. Chocolate Covered Nuts, 12 Assorted Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares, 8 oz. White Chocolate Covered Pretzels, 8 oz. Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels and 3 pc. Heart Shaped Gift Box filled with a tasty tower of delectable treats. Your student will be so infatuated with this gift they won’t want to share with their roommate!

3) “I Heart U” -Show your special student on campus that you’re thinking of them in a BIG way with our biggest, most popular care package picked out just for them for Valentine’s Day. Stocked to the top with eats and treats that are both healthy and delicious, this package gives one lucky Valentine an endless supply of their favorite munchies to nibble on. Send your student your love with this “I ‘Heart’ You” Care package packed with sweet treats to make their heart beat a little faster. This package Includes a 12” Inflatable Red and White Beach Ball, Rich Brownie (2.75 oz.), Animal Crackers, Dark and Milk Chocolate Bug Bites, Crunchy Cheetos, Chew-ets Peanut Chews (3), Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar, Chips Ahoy Cookies, Signature Valentine’s Day Heart Sampler, Conversation Hearts, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Cherry (1) and Grape (1) Fruit Leather, Fruit Gems, Fruity Cheerios Cereal On-The-Go, Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips, Hershey’s Miniatures, Jolly Rancher Stick, Karr’s Apple, Nut & Yogurt Mix, Laffy Taffy, Milk Chocolate MnMs, Coconut Macaroons, Microwave Popcorn, Musselman’s Applesauce Oatmeal Cookies, Pirate’s Booty, Planter’s Salted Peanuts, Pop Tarts, Rold Gold Tiny Twists (2.0 oz.) and More! The sweet surprise? A Valentine’s Day Novelty Heart Relax Ball!

With Care Packages as love-ly as these, your Valentine will be sure to feel the love straight from your heart! The best part? You’ll send a thoughtful and sentimental gift filled with all of their favorite snacks and treats. Browse the full selection here!

New Look and Feel For a New Year

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The year has almost come to an end. After this Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Hanukkah, New Years Eve and beyond, we’ve successfully made it through to 2013! It’s hard to believe that 2012 has flew right by us. With the New Year comes new resolutions and, a new you. So, what are we doing to show you a new us? We’re excited to show you our new website with new gifts and goods for everyone in the family! If you don’t have the link handy, head on over to www.ocm.com and let me guide you through all of our new and exciting features. If you’re a chocoholic, keep your taste buds calm- there’s sweet treats you won’t be able to refuse.

1) The first new thing you’ll notice is a brand new home page. Notice anything interesting? That’s right! We’ve got Teddy Bears shipped from the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory itself, stitched to completion with warmth and love. We’ve got a bear for every occasion, keeping our selection stocked with the perfect variety of cuddle buddies for everyone in the family. Need to send a little good luck or inspiration? We’ve got the cutest Good Luck Wishes Fairy Bear that comes with wishing stones in a magic carrying bag. Need to send some one a reminder that they’re EXTRA loved? We’ve got the perfect bear- a huge Hunk’a Love Bear made big enough for the perfect bear hug. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got the selection for your bear-y special recipient. Shop Bears!

2) The next thing you’ll notice (and it’s almost impossible not to) is a delicious selection of rich, decadent, deliciously photographed brownies. We’ve got brownie sprites, morsels, and mouthwatering full sized brownies for every occasion. Buy them for yourself or ship them to a loved one- no one’s judging… but be prepared, there won’t be a crumb left on your plate! Chocoholics, unite! Regardless of your taste, we’ve got the perfect supply to make for one happy tummy. So prepare your palette and dive into a world of rich brownies. You’ll be amazed to find flavors of Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Swirl, Walnut, Cream Cheese, Original and more. The best part? We’ve got COOKIES too! Have the best of both worlds- buy a variety box with your favorite type of brownies and cookies mixed in for a sweet treat SURE to please. Shop Brownies & Cookies!

3) Cakes! Okay, so we already spoiled this sweet surprise a few blog posts ago but this deal is even better. Now, you can shop cakes (plus other items) and add them all to your cart on Ocm.com itself! Gone are the days of switching between websites to buy the things you want. Here’s the gift of simplicity- in a sweet, frosting enriched, decadent variety of cakes. Boston Cream, Classic Carrot, Vanilla Bean, Triple Chocolate Brownie- we’ve got all of the cakes to make your heart sing. Pick and gift for the perfect birthday or holiday surprise to your student on campus. You can trust us to have it delivered right on time, every time. Just make sure you send a few extra forks, there’s no way your student will be able to keep this cake from the hordes! Shop Cakes!

4) Remember how we said we had something for EVERYONE on your list this year? Check off neighbors, clients, colleagues and friends too. We’ve got a brand new assortment of holiday gourmet gift baskets with contents for every crowd. Not in to Smarties and Cheez-Its? No worries, these baskets are filled to the handle with gourmet cheeses, coffees, teas and more to leave a bold impression on your recipient. They’ll love how thoughtful you were to gift them such a delicious gift. And, if you want to send a little something for the kids in the family as well, we’ve got a basket just for them packed with fun games and yummy treats they’ll be sure to love. If you’d like a basket for yourself, these are really something to gather over- perfect for party hosting! If you’re into snacks and sweets, you might want to check these out. Shop Gourmet Gift Baskets!

5) Care Packages GALORE! Sometimes, all a student needs is a little reminder from home to know they’re loved. A little motivation goes a long way, and we understand the importance of fun and hard work to balance out a healthy student. That’s why we’ve come up with the perfect assortment of care packages for on-campus shipping for EVERY occasion! Final Exams? Sick? Birthday? Special Diet? Need Some Encouragement? Just Because? Whatever the case may be, we have fun and unique care packages to hit every spot. Parents love sifting through the assortment to find the special one for their student, and students love having them delivered as a sweet surprise on campus. Our goal? To bring a little bit of home to campus. Choose between numerous categories such as Get Well, Birthday, Final Exams, Study Boosts, Easter, Mardi Gras, Halloween and much, much more! Shop Care Packages!

6) You may not be a marching banana- but you’ll sure LOVE these pajamas! (Too old of a reference?) One of the most exciting additions to share- Pajamagrams for everyone in the family. Something about being in a residence hall during the cold winter months just sends a chill down my spine. If you are (or have) a student who loves to be cuddly and cozy in their down time, this is the perfect section for you to explore. But note, these aren’t just ANY pajamas. We’ve sought out the softest, most comfortable (and stylish) pajama sets that will last for years to come. This section features our pajama star- the Hoodie Footie! Made in a variety of fabrics including a super soft micro-fleece these Hoodie Footies are the perfect solution to a chilly night. Available in pink and blue, grey Varsity or a variety of cuddly animals, these Hoodie Footies are a family favorite! And- they’re available for boys too, with zip of feet to keep tootsies at just the right temperature. Not into a full pj-suit? We’ve got boyfriend style pajamas and classic plaids to impress even the snooziest of snugglers. Shop Pajamas!

If all of these new additions are too much excitement for one post, don’t forget we also have all of our famous dormwares to gift this holiday season! Wall canvas, posters, electronics and more- we’re expanding our stock to give you just what you need to make your dorm room feel just like home! And, with our new gifting assortments, we’re helping parents and students bridge the gap between home and campus.

Who Said Cakes?

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You’ve seen OCM’s vast selection of linens, stylish dorm bedding for males and females, as well as our chic dorm decor that never goes out of style! BUT, did you know we offer more than that (a little taste for everyone!) If you’re the kind of person who’s in for a much sweeter treat, you’ll be pleased to know that we are now offering delicious, gourmet cakes shipped to any on-campus location! Whether you’re looking to send a gift to your loved one for their birthday or simply just want to award them for doing an outstanding job, these cakes are a delicious and unique way to put a smile on any student’s face! These are also great ideas to send to a roomie or friend to help kick off the party college-dorm room style! Add some streamers and a few balloons and you’ve got one gourmet party with a delicious cake! Our favorites?

1) Boston Cream- If you’re a lover of cool, Boston cream filling then this classic New England treat is the real deal. Two light and fluffy layers of golden yellow cake hide traditional French Vanilla cream. Then the entire cake is covered in classic milk chocolate icing. And of course an imported Belgian Chocolate Happy Birthday Plaque tops it all off! Imagine getting one of these babies shipped to you on campus! Delicious- AND it’s Kof-K Kosher!

 

2) Deluxe Chocolate Mousse Torte- Chocolate Lovers everywhere are going to rejoice over this super chocolatey- moussey-tortey delicious, rich cake shipped to them for their birthday. If you’re the one receiving this cake, I’d lock yourself in your dorm and cut yourself the first piece before your roomie eats it all! Trust me, it’s that delicious… just look at it!

3) Authentic Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake- Every once in a while, you meet that person who’s in love with a delicious, classic Vanilla Bean birthday cake to ring their birthday in right. For these people, chocolate is chump change compared to the sweet and refreshing Vanilla taste and creamy icing. For these people, we present them the Authentic Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake; a delicious combination of two yummy layers of traditional yellow cake infused with clouds of luscious vanilla cream mousse, and then layered with butter cream, white chocolate and even more mousse.

If your taste buds aren’t ready for some delicious sweet treats after seeing those three selections, they’re going to be once you see the rest of the cakes we have in Classic Carrot, Outrageous Black and White and Chocolate Brownie! We’ve got the cakes you want, delivered to you right on time! If you want to browse the selection of cakes, visit this link to find your cake of choice! (And, they’re all 10% off right now!)