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.
- If the birthday falls at a busy time, like midterms or finals, surprise your student by having food delivered to his dorm or apartment. Search for delivery services near your student’s school. Birthday in a box: Fill a care package with party hats and favors, balloons and noisemakers, streamers, and the like. You can have a cake or cupcakes delivered straight to their dorm building or apartment!
- Buy or make a big card and have everyone in the family, plus any local friends and neighbors you can round up, write a message. Include in a box with your student’s favorite candy, fun magazines, and other treats.
- 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.
- Have flowers, balloons or a cake delivered — look up your student’s college on our website to find local businesses, or send a birthday care package.
- 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.
- Send a gift card to a local restaurant — someplace nicer than your student might go on her own — so she can take some friends out to celebrate.
- 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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