I have a stylish, brainy little sister who started exams this week. Every time I speak with her on the phone, I recall those pre-Christmas weeks of angst during my university years — the all-nighters, the chocolate-covered coffee beans and 2-for-1 pizza as I tried to squeeze in the dates of WWI battles, the 3 a.m. phone calls with my best friend about how we need to get home.
All this calls for a care package, preferably of the de-stressing, intellectually-stimulating sort. And one that will not break the bank of the sendee.
Here are my suggestions on how to put together a the perfect Christmas exam care package.
First things first, you head to Winners and Home Sense. They stock most care-package essentials like new socks and packaged-yet-semi-healthy-foods amenable to mailing. Let’s face it, when a package is going cross-country, fresh strawberries and soup don’t cut it.
You buy things like the following:
- fluffy socks and foot lotion;
- gingerbread body butter;
- Christmas lip gloss from philosophy;
- Organic peanut butter chocolate bars. The organic peanut butter part will somewhat stave off a sugar crash and provide essential proteins.
Organic lollipops, too. And open the package and eat one first because you’re curious.
Then, you go to your mom’s and nab a loaf of her homemade whole-wheat olive bread. (Some moms bake bread when they sense homesickness among one of their crew. It’s an awesome trait.)
You make a few homemade faves like granola bars and chocolaty banana bread. You fret a bit about carb-loading your sister and her study mate.
You toss in a little something for your brother’s fiancee that you should’ve mailed a month ago and this seems like a cost-effective delivery method. Finally, you throw in a few surprise odds and ends.
Then, you swear several times because you realize you had the perfect box and you recycled it yesterday. So you pull out an awesome vintage travel bag that you bought at Value Village several lifetimes ago.
Squeeze everything in. Swear again because you lack proper packing tape and labels.
Next, drive to the greyhound station. Sending by bus is far more affordable than courier services and the package will probably get there faster. Most important, the bus station is generally more accessible and stays open later than the courier places. That’s important for students who keep vampire hours.
Finally, you blog about it and ruin the surprise. It’ll arrive tonight or tomorrow, SJ. xo