Blow Out The Candles!
When their birthday rolls around, it can be just one more reminder that you won’t be celebrating together so putting together a care package takes the sting out. All three of my daughters were away at college when their birthdays came.
Our family tradition was filling their bedrooms with birthday balloons and eating cake for breakfast. Since I knew none of my daughters would be home on their birthdays, I placed balloon and cake orders and had their roommates or sorority sisters set it all up. They loved that I brought our tradition to them and that they were able to make their friends a part of our traditions. If I couldn’t celebrate with them, at least they knew I was thinking of them.
Some of the local places like Just Baked will deliver warm, homemade cookies or brownies (one dozen cookies for 11.99) You can even customize what type of toppings goes into each cookie. Who wouldn’t appreciate a dozen brownies or cookies on their birthday? You can also have a cake delivered from Publix through Instacart. Read also our blog on delivery companies here to see what else you can have sent.
Another great birthday suggestion is the Wicked Good Cupcakes Birthday Box. I sent these to my daughter last year and she loved them. Just make sure you get enough for their roommates. Of course, there are all the regulars, like Best Buy, Bloomingdales, Target and so on, that you can order a gift to for your student on their big day. Perhaps a gift card to some of their favorite places to shop if they do not have a wish list. Consider having it sent to their roommate who can be sure to hand deliver to them for you at just the right moment (be sure to prearrange this with the roommate first).
I don’t think I will ever get used to not celebrating their birthday with them; we’ve spent their entire childhood throwing parties and making a big deal of their day. But now it is a different type of acknowledgment. Don’t worry; sending a care package for their birthday does not preclude you from fulfilling any family birthday traditions when they get home.
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