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Blow out those 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 and Sweets by Holly will deliver the most amazing cupcakes (12 cupcakes for $20, plus a delivery fee). Who wouldn’t appreciate a customized cookie cake or cupcakes on their birthday? You can also have a cake delivered from Publix through Instacart. Also, read 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. Just make sure you get enough for their roommates. One of my personal favorites was when a mom had a bunch of donuts delivered right to her son’s frat house in honor of his birthday.
If balloons are their thing, here are a few places that deliver in the area:
- Balloon Magic of Central Florida – @balloonmagicofCFL
- Balloon World
- Party City
- Central Florida Balloon Decor
- Target delivers balloons!!
- Dollar Tree, inexpensive but doesn’t deliver
Who doesn’t like receiving flowers? Some can even be combined with balloons. Check out:
- InBloomFlorist.com (same day service available)
- Publix has a floral department AND they will deliver
- Oviedo Florist
- Elite Floral and Gift Shoppe
- Artistic East Orlando Florist
A few more fun ideas:
- CookiesByDesign also delivers in the Orlando area, but note that they are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
- www.Bakemeawish.com We just found this company and they have really cute delivery options.
- Edible Arrangements – Delicious and they can send balloons too.
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).
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.
One last 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.
Should you need your student’s official dorm address check here. For students in dorms, if they put their dorm office on the address to send the package, the dorms all have a mail center and the package will go directly to their mail center. Someone at the office signs for UPS and the postal services and studnets are notified when they have a package. They are allowed to receive food/flowers and the student will be contacted via the office. It is not the offices responsibility though and it is up to the student to pick it up.
There is an Amazon store located on campus near Towers so it’s also an option to send Amazon packages to this location. You can also return items to Amazon here.