Daily Dose of Design: The Ultimate Finals Week Must Have Box

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Ultimate Finals Week Must Have Box


This time of year is beyond busy with all of the holiday madness, but it's also a really busy and stressful time for college students. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was getting my semesters-end finals schedule and worrying about tests, papers and getting it all done. And I'm beyond thankful that all of that is behind me, hah! Now that my sister is in college and I see her prepping for the end-of-semester-push, I'm remembering just how stressful it can be. That made me think to put together this gift box/care package to send to my sister - part essentials and part fun items that she'll love and will put a smile on her face during a stressful time of the school year! If you want to put together a box like this for your sister or a friend or family member whose away at school, here's some ideas of what to include:

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I thought of this in a couple of parts: food/things she loves, important "extras", like extra pens for tests and a box of tea bags (cold weather + late nights studying = not fun), a few cozy items so when she does get a minute to relax she can and some other things that'll be useful any time of semester/year but especially now.


Everything inside:



Thermal-Knit Long Sleeve Tee | Starbucks Gift Card | Sherpa Sock Slippers | Aquaphor | Clinique Moisture Surge | Essie Nail Polish 'stop, drop & shop' | Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask | San Pellegrino Limonata | Hyaluronic Acid Gel Sheet Face Mask & Avocado Sheet Face Mask | Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses | Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Pens | KIND Granola Bars | Peppermint Tea Bags

Sheet masks are a great idea because they're mess-free and easy to use just about whenever. The Hyaluronic Acid Gel Sheet Face Mask is one of my favorites for hydration - it feels SO good when it's on your face! And the Avocado Sheet Mask is extremely nourishing and great for tired, dry/dull skin. Aquaphor is another skincare must this time of year and a great addition to a box of goodies like this.


Let me just say, if you haven't tried these Hot Cocoa Hershey Kisses yet, you need to. They are EVERYTHING I'd hoped for and more! I added these in along with the Chocolate Covered Pretzels (that have peanut butter in them - another must try for all of my fellow foodies) and a few cans of San Pellegrino because they're some of my sister's favorites but adding in some snacks - a mix of healthy (KIND Bars) and their favorite things just-because - are exactly what college students need this time of year!

I added in a Starbucks Gift Card too so that she can go and buy coffee/tea - some other useful gift card ideas for a box like this are ones like Dunkin', iTunes, Panera (or any easy/to-go restaurants on or near their campus), Amazon, etc.

These are SO fun to pick things out for, put together and send to your sibling/child/friend and it's something that they'll love and will add a little fun to their busy, stressful school days this time of year. I always loved taking a break from studying or happily closing my laptop for 5 minutes during finals weeks in college! ;) Another way to go about putting one of these care packages together is think of some of the essentials that they'll have to buy in the next few weeks before the semester ends - whatever those things may be, include them so they have one less thing to worry about and one less thing to buy themselves.

Some other things you include in a gift box like this: index cards, highlighters, earbuds, portable charger, stress ball, chapstick, hair ties, post-its, body scrub, insulated stainless steel tumbler, gum, cash, a candle, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, a cozy sweatshirt, essential oil(s), homemade cookies/snacks, Tide Pods


What would you put in a care package like this? They are so fun to put together and pick their favorites so be creative!
XOXO -A

23 comments:

  1. What a sweet idea! I bet a student stressed over finals would love everything in this box. The cozy socks are such a thoughtful addition. You definitely want to be comfy when you're hard at work studying!

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  2. This is one of my favourite gift idea! I love to make boxes like this for my girlfriends

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  3. I love this ides, that way you can create a more personalized gift for each person in your life

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  4. This is an amazing gift idea! I wish I had something like this when I was in college. Love the ideas!

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  5. Oh what a perfect box! I remember finals and my mom always make me a little care package with all the necessities!

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  6. I would love to get this box back when I was in school! So many great items :)

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  7. That's a great box!! I love Aquaphor products, and I'm all about tea drinking!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  8. Can see myself using this when I was in college. Great idea for self care when you are stressed.

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  9. That thermal looks so cozy! I would've loved to have this as a finals box when I was in college!

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  10. Yes! Just gotta relax, prepare, and get your head in!

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  11. Wonderful ideas! Anything to help a stressed college student ease through finals week.

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  12. Oh how I miss college... these are all great ideas for finals!

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  14. Your sister is going to LOVE this box! The avocado mask is a fave of mine! I see you have our favorite Clinique Moisture Surge in there, great call ;). What an awesome sister you are! Good Luck to your sister on all her finals!

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  15. You are such a great sister. How thoughtful to send that to your sister for finals. And I have tried that peppermint tea and love it. It really does give you a great pick me up which will be very helpful with finals coming up.

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  16. Oh man when I was in college, what a box I would have loved to have! So many goodies, but of course the snacks are my favorite part! How nice of you to send it to her!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  17. This is such a great idea to gift! I wish someone had this gesture with me while in college :'( lol

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybau.com

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  18. OMG I wish I'd had this during every finals week! For some reason those times are STILL the most stressful thing in the world that I ever have gone through! To this day I have a weird nightmare where I don't turn in this ONE specific project in on time and I fail the class which makes me not get my degree!

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  19. I wish I got this nice of a care package when I was in college. A facemask a giftcard and tons of other goodies! How sweet.

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  20. OH GIRL, send one of these bad boys my way, pleaseandthankyou!!

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  21. I do not envy college students right now! If I had this when I was going through finals, it would have been a godsend!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  22. This is the cutest idea! My husband is in finals right now so I should do something like this for him!

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  23. I love this idea! Gift packages always got me through tough times in school, would have loved this for finals week!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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