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. Once I filled a box with party hats, blowers, balloons, popcorn, candy and her gift. The pictures my daughter sent of she and her roommates sitting around with all that silly stuff and big smiles made me happy. If I couldn’t celebrate with her, at least I knew she was having fun.
Some of the local places like Insomnia Cookies will deliver the most amazing cupcakes (12 cupcakes for $20, plus a delivery fee). Who wouldn’t appreciate a cookie cake or cupcakes on their birthday? Other local places worth checking out are Lucy and Leo’s Cupcakery and Christine’s Cakes & Pastries where you can get hand decorated cookies. You can also have a cake delivered by Publix through Instacart. Also, read our blog on delivery companies for getting those goods delivered (in case their roomie or friends can’t help you out) and to see what else you can have sent.
Another great birthday suggestion is the Wicked Good Cupcakes Birthday Box. Just make sure you get enough for their roommates. One of my personal favorites was when a mom had a bunch of Krispy Kreme donuts delivered right to her son’s frat house in honor of his birthday.
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).
One more note: No matter what sort of package you send be sure to double check the mailing address. Too many times we have heard of packages arriving, but never getting to the right recipient.
Don’t worry; sending a care package for their birthday does not preclude you from fulfilling any family birthday traditions when they get home. Our personal favorite is the family march where the birthday person sits and we all march up to them singing as we deliver our gifts.