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Posted at 2:55 PM ET, 12/ 6/2010

'Tis the season for care packages

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

When I was in college, one of the best parts of the finals season was finding a note in my dorm mailbox alerting me that I had received a package.

During finals, my mom would always send a small care package filled with ramen noodle cups, candy, hot chocolate mix and cheap holiday decorations for my room. My grandmother would surprise me with homemade brownies or study supplies. Other relatives or friends would send holiday cards.

present.jpgSure, today's college students love text-messaged photos, e-cards and Facebook messages. But nothing beats old-fashion mail. Especially during finals season.

A couple weeks ago my friend Jill Conner, a graduate student in Colorado, bragged and gushed on Facebook about a massive care package from her friends: Red Bull and Mountain Dew, gift certificates to Starbucks and her favorite take-out places, study snacks (like trail mix, chocolate and soup), bubble bath and soothing lotions, fuzzy socks and gossip magazines for quick breaks.

"It was just what I needed and kept me from having to worry about making one more trip to the store b/c I was dog tired and needed my Red Bull fix," she told me in a Facebook message. And while she loved all of the caffeine and easy meal options, "knowing that I had all these people who cared and cared to see me do well was greater than the gift itself!"

What are the best things to include in a care package? I threw the question out on Twitter, and here's what I heard back...

Do you have more ideas? Tell me in the comments section!

Photo by Johnny Miller Photo, via washingtonpost.com.

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By Jenna Johnson  | December 6, 2010; 2:55 PM ET
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