College DIY Holiday

DIY Finals Survival Kit

It’s that time of year again! The air is colder, Christmas music is playing on the radio, and the stress levels of college students everywhere are reaching new heights! Yep, finals time. Luckily, as an English major, I’ve been mostly immune to the horrors of finals week because for most of my classes all that’s due is a ridiculously long paper. And while papers suck, I usually have a lot of time to work on them and so my final consists of me dropping off my completed essay (damp with tears and lost dreams) at my professor’s office and continuing on my way. However, my non-English major friends have to actually prepare to sit down for two hours taking a test designed specifically to test your ability to spit back the material you’ve been force fed since orientation. To combat this horror, I’ve come up with the perfect DIY Finals Survival Kit!

My friends all live across the country from me, and instead of mailing them a gift card for Christmas, I figured this survival kit would be much more useful! Whether you put together this kit for yourself or the stressed out student in your life, I guarantee it will make finals week a little less awful! The greatest thing about this kit is the items can be bought basically anywhere! I’ll be going to Target (because it’s basically heaven) but Walmart, CVS, or even the Dollar Store would have plenty of similar options!

Here are some ideas for things to include in your diy finals survival kit!

Office supplies

  • Highlighters
  • Pens
  • Index cards
  • Notebook



  • Lip balm
  • Nail polish
  • Face mask
  • Bath bomb


I like to choose at least one thing from each category, adjusting as needed depending on the recipient! Once you’ve gathered your kit items, it’s time to decorate the box. Since I’ll be mailing mine, I’m simply going to decorate the box to make it the kit itself, but you could also include a separate box inside the box or use a basket if you don’t need to mail it. Since my handwriting is atrocious, I printed my labels on cardstock and included a list of all the stuff included in the box of goodies. You can download the customizable pintable’s here for your own box (You might need to download these fonts for it to work properly: one and two)!

Hopefully, this survival kit is useful to you or a college student in your life! What are your survival tips for college finals week?