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Time to 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. Both of my daughters were away at college when their birthdays came. Our family tradition was decorating the entire house with happy birthday signs so where ever they looked or walked, they saw happy birthday. The house would not have that fun tradition so I mailed them to their roommates and asked them to hang them throughout their college apartments. They laughed and loved that I brought our tradition to them. If I couldn’t celebrate with them, at least they knew I was thinking of them.
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. I ordered through BiteSquad to have them delivered. You can also have a cake delivered by 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).
For their 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; 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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