How to you satisfy a first-time university student or one returning for a new semester? Make them happy by knowing what to put in a college gift basket.

Comfort away from home

Most students feel a mix of excitement and anxiousness the first time they arrive at college with good reason. It’s a new environment where they balance studies with peer relationships. That’s not easy.

However, one thing that calms their nerves is knowing that family members near or far care about their well being. This is where your college gift baskets enter the picture.

Every day essential items that are taken for granted at home are one level of gifting in this special collection. Another group is supplies that make note taking and organization easy. Finally, do not, and I mean do not overlook including snacks and drinks. Be sure to offer customers both healthy and traditional (not-so-healthy – there, I wrote it) snacks that make late-night studying tolerable. This munch mix also makes family members and students happy.

Grade A containers

Large baskets are a good choice for this gift, as it will be re-purposed to store anything from school supplies to clothing accessories. Containers listed below are also appreciated as well as other vessels you select for students away from home until the semester ends.

In addition, some of the suggested items may seem out of favor due to technological advances. However, such items have staying power beyond current trends that may fail due to loss of power or recharging problems.

College gift basket containers

  • Decorative trash can
  • Laundry bag/pail
  • Pizza box
  • Popcorn pail
  • Book bag
  • Tote bag

What to put in a college gift basket

  • Writing instruments
  • Highlighters
  • Bookmarks
  • Notebook
  • Socks
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Wash cloth
  • Energy drink
  • Flash drive
  • Cord organizer
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Alarm clock
  • Sticky notes
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Flashlight
  • Paperweight
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • Picture frame
  • Keychain

You’ll find more design ideas in The Gift Basket Design Book, by Shirley George Frazier.

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