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Need help with a birthday care package

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  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3438 replies11 threads Senior Member
    The garrett mix from the garrettpopcorn.com site - how good would that be with the red solo cups and it comes in a tin so won't get crushed.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3734 replies124 threads Senior Member
    Garrett Mix AKA Chicago Mix (until they got sued for using that name) is truly a great snack. Loved it up until I had diverticulitis...
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  • abasketabasket 19679 replies874 threads Senior Member
    Another vote for Garrett's - a tin of it is pure heaven.

    Can you send me one too? :)
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  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 4580 replies18 threads Senior Member
    edited February 11
    I didn't read the whole thread but we sent as stated an Insomia chocolate chip cookie cake. He has a meeting in college and shared it with the people there.

    They texted him and said they had a delivery for him and sent it to his dorm.... Not 100% surprised but we had no other way to do it since he walks past there daily I though he might just go lick it up and be easier in general.

    Just reading above, yes to Garrett's.. Living in Chicago hard not to get some when walking around.

    Also how about like ticket to a play in his area?
    edited February 11
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  • WhistlingalWhistlingal 142 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I'm having problems accessing the Garrett's site. The link above doesn't take me anywhere and a search takes me to the same non place!

    @greenwitch spotted dick comes in plastic pudding moulds now so that you can microwave it. But when I was a kid it came in a tin and needed to be steamed for an hour! But I do love spotted dick- sweet suet pudding with raisins - what's not to love :))

    I like the Mrs Field's cookie tins. There will be about 14 to 20 of them on the break so need something that will go a long way and my lad loves cookies.
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  • MassmommMassmomm 4015 replies82 threads Senior Member
    I personally detest mail order/online baked goods--they're usually full of preservatives that I can taste or they are horribly sweet. I would contact a bakery in the area where they will be, then ask if they can bake a fresh cake for him. It will taste much better and you will be able to request his favorite flavors.

    Or bake something you know he loves and send it in dry ice. (Can you send dry ice overseas?)
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  • HImomHImom 34537 replies392 threads Senior Member
    I agree that if you can post what city they'll be in for spring break, someone here will surely know a good bakery who would deliver, if that appeals. Buying a gift card for pizza is always a huge hit as well, so he can treat the gang to a nice birthday meal.
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3734 replies124 threads Senior Member
    Garrett's does not deliver internationally so maybe their web site won't operate in other countries? I sent a message asking if it was possible to order from overseas for delivery within the United States.

    Can you get into this web site? Will your son have a kitchenette? https://www.tastesofchicago.com/
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3734 replies124 threads Senior Member
    Already heard from Garret's
    Thank you for contacting Garrett Brands. Yes, that i possible however. We are only able to take payments from from debit card with a U.S Billing address or Canada Billing address. Our customer experience phone number is 888-476-7267.

    Don't know how you order if you can't even see the web site; she didn't address that part of the question.
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  • snowballsnowball 2725 replies245 threads Senior Member
    I know my daughter has trouble access some US websites from the UK. Right before she moved back to the states, I had to activate her patient portal for one of her doctors as she could not get on the website. It is not unusual to not be able to get on some sites from outside the country.
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  • WhistlingalWhistlingal 142 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Thank you for the Garrett link. Managed to get on and see the product. Is it sweet popcorn? We tend to go for the salty with a mix of sweet. Tastes a lot better than it sounds!

    I've contact 'nothing but the bundt'. They have a bakery in Memphis. Not sure where they are going for the beach break. Not sure he knows. He is just paying his money and joining in. The Soccer girls are organising it - somewhere on the Florida panhandle he thinks!

    Love the idea of the pizza gift card - if I could find out where I think that would work well. Meant to be talking to him tonight but he's full of cold and wants to postpone. I'll just add it to the list of things I will bring up when we do speak to him!!
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  • WhistlingalWhistlingal 142 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @Massmomm Ironically his favourite cake is Betty Crocker's fudge cake made from a mix! Maybe I should just send him a packet of that and he can make his own!!! I can say as I generally have to make my own cake he can keep the family tradition going :))
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  • IsoinfoIsoinfo 101 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I have a Target Red Card, so I get free two-day shipping at Target with a $35 purchase. I've had a lot of luck finding items there that I know my daughters like for their birthdays while they are away at school. Not all food items ship, but many of them do. I find using Target easier than using Amazon for candy/food/snack items as I don't want to subscribe to Amazon Pantry. And other than Amazon Pantry items, most food items at Amazon are for rather large quantities. I've seen the snack packages from Amazon, but they seem to have a lot of items my kids don't like. Also, sometimes around certain holidays, Target offers free shipping to everyone.
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  • HImomHImom 34537 replies392 threads Senior Member
    There are Pizza Huts and Papa Johns pizza stores throughout most of the US, so those may be good options for a gift card, or just some cash he could use at any place—pizza or ice cream, for example.
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  • CAtransplantCAtransplant 553 replies15 threads Member
    I asked my daughter what she'd like for her upcoming birthday and she said Insomnia cookies to share with her friends - you can order them to be delivered at a certain time so they'll be fresh/warm. But if he's taking them to the beach, I don't know if they would be as fresh or warm by the time they eat them! Still good I'm sure. I don't know if they have an Insomnia near his school though.
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  • az1001az1001 51 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I don't know if the OP has made her final decision but some thoughts:

    1) If sending a birthday food gift - send before or after spring break to his college. The Florida panhandle is insane for spring break, nothing can reliably be delivered there. Don't even try.

    2) Same for "going out for pizza". Again, please reevaluate the circus of spring break. Things are done in very large groups and all restaurants upcharge the college kids. Unless you're prepared to spend several hundred dollars - taking the inevitably large group out for pizza and drinks won't really work.

    3) Your son might appreciate being able to use your cc to have pizza delivery to dorm/apartment when he is at school and around his regular group of friends. You can Amazon him birthday plates/napkins/hats ahead of time to make it more festive.

    For the uninitiated, check out sites like pcbeachspringbreakdotcom to see all the fun you're missing out on !
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  • MarilynMarilyn 3734 replies124 threads Senior Member
    The Garett Mix is a combination of cheddar and caramel popcorn. They also have buttery which is regular salted popcorn, and you can customize a tin with one, two, or three flavors. It’s delicious.

    But I agree that relying on timely delivery in the Florida panhandle during spring break could be risky, especially since the area is still recovering from the Hurricane Michael destruction last fall. They do advertise that spring break tourism locales are ok and are actually hoping for those $$ to speed recovery.
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  • WhistlingalWhistlingal 142 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @az1001 Haven't made any final decisions yet. But thanks for your input on the pizza restaurants. Am having to get cake/cookies or whatever delivered to the college before Spring break - birthday on Wednesday, leaving on Monday. Trying to get them delivered to his roommate who has agreed to 'hide' anything bought so that it will be a surprise for him on his birthday.
    If I were to go for the Bundt cake - what is the shelf-life on it, bearing in mind that it would maybe have to be delivered on the Friday or Saturday before? Anyone any ideas? Bundt cake is not a big thing here so not sure - it's a sponge cake isn't it?
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  • rphcfbrphcfb 242 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @Whistlingal,
    Have you checked to see if your son’s dining hall makes cakes to order? To my surprise, at my D’s uni (medium to large size), people can order cakes. Last year someone in her group ordered a birthday cake from there. It was good according to D and her friends.

    Our D‘s birthday is next month, too. We will order cake for her and ask her best friend to pick it up.

    If that’s not an option, you could check a local bakery near his college. There is usually a bakery or two near most colleges. If they don’t deliver, maybe a friend who has a car could pick it up for him?
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  • SybyllaSybylla 3968 replies50 threads Senior Member
    edited February 13
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