I send four or five packages a year. Generally Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and finals weeks. Precious Oldest reports that word spreads quickly when a package has arrived for her and she usually has an audience when she opens it.
Every time I go to Target I swing through their dollar section. The stores I frequent have several aisles devoted to cheap sale items right up front. (Sometimes I throw in a Target gift card too.)
Holiday themed fleece blankets have always been a big hit!
For finals snacks are a must and just plain silly things; sidewalk chalk, gumballs, Disney princess pens.
And, if you are a REALLY good mother, a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints you found squirreled away in the deep freeze gets added to the mix!
I do this the old fashioned way. I save boxes (shoe boxes, catalogue delivery boxes, etc.) and packing materials from the office.
The correct size box is important. Things should fit snugly to avoid to much shifting during transport.
I wrap them in brown paper.
I didn't say I did a good job!
If I get these in the mail today they should arrive Monday.
It isn't extravagant. It isn't expensive. It isn't hard. It just says we love you and we're thinking about you. Isn't that all anyone wants after all?