Show Your Team Spirit With a Sports Themed Care Package!
A care package that includes these top items will be sure to please any sports fan
Sports are a big part of many people’s lives– and college kids are no different! Some people don’t become a fan until they attend a college or university with a great athletic team, and then the rest is history– they’re fans for life! College students are some of the most passionate fans around, and whether they root for their hometown team, another town’s team, or their school’s athletic teams, there’s no doubt they’ll need some items to show off their team spirit.
If you know a college student who could use a care package for their favorite sports team, then look no further! We’ve collected a couple of ideas to include in your next package that are sure to make watching the big game that much more enjoyable– especially if your college student is far away from their hometown team, it will definitely be a nice reminder that they have people who miss them and are thinking about them at home. So consider sending a sports care package and be sure to add a couple of the items on this list!
Image courtesy of Sam’s Club. Munchies are a must for any sports fan, so be sure to include a couple of them in your care package.
No care package would be complete without some amazing snacks, regardless if it is for a sports fan or not! Every college student has a favorite snack, and their sports-loving peers are no different. Make sure to include a couple of different options so they can choose what they’re in the mood for during the game.
Favorite munchies are a must
Some people have a particular snack that they just have to have when they watch their favorite team play. It could be due to the fact that it actually is their favorite snack, or that it brings their team good luck when they have it. Whatever the reason, including their favorite snacks will ensure they’ll enjoy the game that much more.
Peanuts are a great option for sports fans in general, and not just for those that love baseball! A small bag of peanuts is easily portable to the game (if they’re lucky enough to see it live), or just as easily enjoyed from the couch. If you like to cook, consider sending some peanuts flavored in a delicious rub like honey mustard, or salt and spice to really change things up for them.
Another sports package standard is chips and salsa– the perfect dipping option for any sport! Tostito’s makes a portable version of this beloved dip, so you won’t have to worry about any jars coming loosened in the shipping process.
Overall you’ll want to lean towards the saltier options for snacking during sports games, as opposed to the sweeter side. However, if you know that your college student has a bit of a sweet tooth, maybe include a trail mix that also happens to have a couple of chocolate pieces in it as well. Their friends will love the salty treat, and they don’t have to sacrifice the chocolate in the process!
Locally made snacks
If your college student is away from home, consider putting in some locally made items, especially if they can’t get all the games they love where they’re going to school. Hook them up with some locally made cheese and crackers, or popcorn mix– they’ll definitely appreciate how it feels like a little bit of home just arrived. Cities have many local choices for dips as well, sure to go well with any chip college students can get a hold of. Sometimes you can even find snacks in team containers, which would also be nice to include in the package.
Local brews (if they are over 21)
If your college student is over 21, consider putting in their favorite local beer as well. When you’re attending school out of state it can be hard to get your favorite micro brews easily shipped. Include one or two in your care package so they can enjoy it while watching their favorite team. They might just feel like they never left home!
Image courtesy of NFL Shop. Make sure your college student has some of their favorite team’s gear to show off on campus.
No sports fan is without their lucky shirt, hat, or sweatshirt. If you know that they could use an extra item to display their love of their favorite team, why not pick up a couple of these options? Most teams make all kinds of wearable items, so don’t limit yourself to just these couple!
Shirts and sweatshirts
Include a new shirt or sweatshirt for your college student– perhaps a new design that came out this year, or one that honors their favorite player. Whatever they like to wear– t-shirt, hoodie, tank top, long sleeve t-shirt– most teams will have many options for you to choose from. Many franchises and universities also offer extended sizes as well as sizes specifically designed for women, so you can get your college girl a great looking item that’s just her size.
Hats, beenies, and visors
Protect your student from the sun and give them the chance to show their team pride with a new hat or visor. There are all kinds of different designs to choose from, so try to include one that they might not already have. Most hats and visors are adjustable, so you won’t have to worry about getting their exact size either.
When the cold weather hits, it’s also very helpful to have a nice warm hat available to keep them warm on their way to classes. Beenies, or knit hats, are easy to keep in a jacket pocket, and are sure to keep them warm as the walk or bike to class, study sessions, or get togethers with friends.
Something your college fan might not have thought about is a great pair of socks with their favorite team’s logo on it. It’s an effortless way to show where their loyalties lie, plus it is a useful item even in the off season! In addition, if you think your college student would get a kick out of it, include a pair of underwear with their team logo on it with your care package– because you can’t get enough good luck when the season is on the line!
Image courtesy of Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Include a few smaller novelty items that will give your care package something extra.
Now that you’ve included their favorite snacks and some great team apparel, the next step is to include a little something extra. Maybe it’s an item they could use in their dorm, put on their car, or just add a little fun to break up their study time. Including a little something extra is a great idea, and definitely won’t break the bank either!
No matter if your college student lives on campus or off campus, they’ll need something to drink their coffee and water out off, as well as heat up their favorite single serving meals in. Consider including a team mug, tumbler, or bowl to your care package as well. These items go a long way in their usefulness, and you never know when they’ll need some extra glasses when friends come over to hang out for the game.
Stickers, decals, posters
When preparing to go to the big game, some college students paint their faces– others paint their whole bodies– in support of their team. If your student would rather not go to that extreme, include some temporary tattoos or stickers of their favorite team’s logo. They can put them on their face, arms, legs, etc., and not have to make the full commitment to painting large portions of themselves.
If you college student has a car at school, they’re definitely going to need some swag for their car. Decals and license plate holders make great additions to a sports themed care package– and allow them to show off where their loyalties are. Another great idea are magnets– because every dorm room has a min-fridge!
Some students have an absolute favorite player, the one at the top of their list for the team. So if they already own their jersey personalized t-shirt, why not include a poster of their favorite player instead? Chances are there is some wall space to cover somewhere, and nothing’s better than a life-size cut out of their star player in action.
Mini game items
Whether it’s a mini football to pass around the dorm at half time, or a mini bat they can proudly display on their desks, pick up a novelty item or two to include in your care package. It may seem silly at first, but something they can throw around the room is a great de-stressor, as well as a way to pass the time between halves. The NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB all offer versions of their game items in a smaller size– perfect for a care package and a dorm room!
If you know a college student who is a big fan of a certain team, consider picking up some of these items and sending them a sports-centric care package! It’s a great way to show you care, and gives them a great opportunity to show their love for their team.