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If You Can’t Be There This is Best.
My daughter has a summer birthday, which meant that we were almost always able to spend it with her. But for those students with birthdays during the school year, it can be a painful reminder for you as a parent, that your child isn’t at home anymore. Traditions of decorating their room, filling it with balloons, or giving that birthday hug and kiss when they wake up that morning will change. It’s just another part of letting go a little. Roommates and suitemates love to shower each other with birthday surprises too, so rest assured that they will have some fun that day. So, if you can’t celebrate with them on their special day, there are some things that you can do to celebrate with them from afar.
A care package can be made by you with fun treats and presents for them to open at school. Trust me, college kids love to get packages! If you need some fun, creative ideas search on Pinterest and you will surely be overwhelmed with ideas. Just remember that you don’t have to be a “Martha Stewart” type. Dollar store treats are perfect. Add in a gift card to their favorite fast food place, and you have it done.
There are a few local places that will deliver some goodies to your students.
Cookies by Design 11740 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33618 (813) 418-6418. They will deliver cookies that are incredible to your student’s dorm or apartment. They have many themes too.
Mrs. Field’s cookies 2200 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612 (813) 246-9441 They are located near the campus and students love them (or you can order online – just click on Mrs. Field’s Cookies).
Blondie’s Cookies – 28163 Paseo Drive #105, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 (813) 994-0733 Can be delivered via Doordash
The Cake Shop- 20327 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 991-8513
Sugardarlings Cupcakes – 24832 FL-54, Lutz, FL 33559 (813) 949-2257
Gigi’s Cupcakes– 3810 W Neptune St B2, Tampa, FL 33629 (813) 258-5555 Can be delivered via Doordash
Sprinkles – Hyde Park Village 2540, 717 S Dakota Ave, Tampa, FL 33606 (813) 304-1848. Can be delivered via Doordash and Postmates
I recently tried the birthday cake and cupcakes from Bake Me A Wish. It comes delivered in dry ice and then a birthday box with a card. From the presentation to the cake itself, it was seamless and delicious.
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. Just as popular is the Happy Birthday Gift Box from Baked by Melissa which ships from New York (you can grab this on Amazon and get free shipping).
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
Wicked Good Cupcakes – GF
Perhaps flowers are something they would prefer. Or even better, combining balloons with flowers. Many florists- like most of these- deliver balloons as well.
New Tampa Florist: Address: 15310 Amberly Dr #250, Tampa, FL 33647 Phone: (813) 982-1010
56th Street Florist: Address: 10688 N 56th St, Tampa, FL 33617 Phone: (813) 985-8528
A Special Rose Florist: Address: 14546 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613 Phone: (813) 979-9453
Just want balloons? Then try Balloonz Unlimited: 5002 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33603 Phone: (813) 348-9714
Your usual family celebrations can still be had the next time your child comes home. It’s getting used to the new way to do things that make birthday care packages so great to receive.
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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).
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