Tips for Parents

Best birthday gifts for your college student!

The first birthday away from home can be a bit sad for students (and their parents!). You can still pamper and celebrate your student from afar. Here are a few of our favorite college student birthday ideas.

  • There’s sure to be something your student has longed for but can’t afford on her own (new bike? tablet or smartphone? clothes, shoes, a jacket or purse?)…now’s your chance to indulge her.
  • Does your student have a favorite shop in town? Call and order a few special items. The store should be happy to wrap them and have them waiting for your student. Let him know when to stop by — he’ll be surprised when he’s handed a bag of unexpected gifts.
  • Frame a favorite photo of your student with friends or family.
  • Other gift card ideas: movie theatre, coffee shop, spa or salon, sporting goods/outdoor recreation store.
  • For off-campus students who like to cook: Put together a themed cooking package (weekend breakfast with waffle iron and waffle mix plus a jug of maple syrup; wok with utensils, Chinese cookbook and specialty ingredients needed for stir fry; etc.).

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