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Time to blow out the birthday candles!
When their birthday rolls around, it’s just another reminder that you won’t be celebrating a traditional family occasion with your kiddo. Putting together a care package goes a long way towards taking the sting out.
Both of my daughters have been away at school when their birthdays rolled around. During their years at home, our family tradition had been decorating the entire house with Happy Birthday signs so that everywhere they walked or looked, they saw “Happy Birthday!” To create a new version of our tradition, I mailed all those signs to their roommates and asked them to hang them throughout their college apartments. My daughters each laughed and loved how I had brought our tradition to them and their “school home.” Even if I couldn’t celebrate with them, they knew without a doubt that I was thinking of them.
Birthday Cookies and Cupcakes, Oh My!
Some of the local places like Midnight 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? We also like Gigi’s Cupcakes. Other local options we like are Bearkery Bakery Dream Cakes and Heart2Heart Cakes, Cookies & Confections, which I ordered through BiteSquad to have delivered. You can also have a cake and balloons delivered by Publix through Instacart or Shipt. Read our blog on delivery companies here to see what else you can have sent.
Another fabulous 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 to share in the cupcake fun. Equally popular is the Happy Birthday Gift Box from Baked by Melissa which ships from New York (grab this on Amazon and get free shipping). Or perhaps a gift card to one of their favorite shopping haunts would be the gift of the moment if your birthday Gator doesn’t have (or share) a wishlist. Consider sending the card to their roommate, who can then hand deliver your gift to them at just the right moment. (Be sure to prearrange this with the roommate.)
HaveUHeard that Bake Me a Wish ships cakes right to their door and has a great variety of cakes to choose from? The prices are pretty reasonable as well. Another source for mail order desserts is the Birthday Sweet Shop of Milk Bar.
Gluten-free and Vegan
For those that are looking for gluten-free or vegan options, we recommend the following:
Baked by Melissa – GF, V
Bake Me A Wish – GF
Gigi’s Cupcakes – GFriendly
Uppercrust Productions – (GF Cake)
Wicked Good Cupcakes – GF
Maybe flowers (or a cool plant) are something your Birthday Gator would prefer. Even better, combine balloons with flowers! Many florists – like most of these – deliver balloons as well.
- Floral Expressions 352-375-1234
- The Flower Shop 352-371-2469
- The Plant Shoppe 352-371-6249
- Prange’s Florist 352-335-0100
- The Sill
We also really like these crazy-cool Pop Up Cards. Check them out here.
For their long-awaited, milestone 21st birthday, there are some great gift ideas here.
I don’t think I will ever get used to not celebrating their birthday with them. Having spent their entire childhood throwing parties and making a big deal of their day, I’m on a roll I’d like to continue. But I’ve found new fun in this different type of acknowledgment from afar. And don’t worry! Sending a care package for their birthday places no limits whatsoever on your continuing any and all family birthday traditions when they finally get home. Who doesn’t like having an extra birthday to celebrate anyway?!