Gift Ideas for your Kids After They Leave Home
Making the Transition
When your kids leave home for college, a new job or a new lifestyle it's an exciting time, but it can also be a difficult transition. Email or telephone can keep you in constant communication but nothing says "I love you" like a package in the mail.
Here are some gift ideas for children who've left the nest.
Where's the Shampoo?
The Things They Took for Granted
When I left for university I was surprised at all the things I took for granted. There was always soap by the sink, shampoo in the shower and fabric softener in the laundry room.
Suddenly, I had to buy all those things and they were expensive. I had budgeted money for the important things like clothes, pizza and movies but not personal care items.
Why not pack up a box your child's personal favorites and ship them off? He or she will be glad you did.
Here's the list:
Shampoo and conditioner
Laundry soap and dryer sheets
Sunscreen and moisturizer
Mom's Comfort Food
The Cupboards are Bare
Nothing brings back the sense of home like home-baked goods. Properly packaged cookies, tarts and fudge will travel well to their grateful recipient. Throw in a box of your child's favorite chocolates or candy along with a book of gift certificates from a major grocery store.
If you are within driving distance bring a "starter pantry" with you. A starter pantry is all the staples you need to prepare your own meals. As with personal care items, the cost can really add up.
Here's the list:
Salt and pepper
Kitchen utensils such as cheese grater, potato peeler and colander
An Old Friend
Memories From Home
They gave up their childhood toys a long time ago but that old scruffy teddy bear, favorite book or sports medal will be a welcome addition to their dorm or new apartment.
Send them a photo album of their childhood photos or have them digitized and added to a digital frame.