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Birthday Gift for 18 year old Freshman Girl

herbrokemomherbrokemom Registered User Posts: 182 Junior Member
edited January 2009 in Parents Forum
DD will soon celebrate her 18th birthday. She was a bit upset that she will be far from home and friends for such a momentous occassion. I loved the post about bombing her mailbox and intent to follow up with that.

However, I'm at a loss for what to give her as a gift. I can't think of anything she didn't get either as a graduation present or in preparation for school (we're pretty practical people and so is she).

Any ideas?
Post edited by herbrokemom on

Replies to: Birthday Gift for 18 year old Freshman Girl

  • anothermom-w-qanothermom-w-q Registered User Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
    What is bombing the mailbox? Yesterday was my D's18th, and I sent Mrs. Fields cookies so she could meet new people. I guess it went over well. We didn't really give her a present, as she has a brand new computer and TV in her dorm room, not to mention the bedding and everything else we just bought her.
  • anothermom-w-qanothermom-w-q Registered User Posts: 1,125 Senior Member
    Sorry, I just did a search. It's a cute idea. I wish I had done that.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,623 Senior Member
    Well, since she can't celebrate with family and old friends, perhaps you should enable her to celebrate with new ones.

    You might want to consider buying movie passes for the multiplex in her college community for maybe four people (if there is a multiplex, it's probably part of a national chain, so you might be able to buy passes online or through your local cinema). Or maybe she would like a gift certificate to a nice restaurant in the college community so she and her friends could eat something other than dorm food one night at your expense.
  • 1ofeach1ofeach Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    I think a pretty piece of jewelry is good. Even if she isn't that much of a jewelry person. She'll always be able to look at the particular necklace, earrings, watch, whatever and remember "my parents gave me this for my 18th birthday."
  • mattmommattmom Registered User Posts: 1,763 Senior Member
    Cookies, homemade or commercial--there are several companies in addition to Mrs. Fields taht do very pretty cookies--Eleni's and Black Hound; a birthday cake from college food service if available; balloons or flowers (also sometimes available through school). Gift certificates for clothes or entertainment are also a good idea--it's nice for first-years to have soomething they can share with new friends on their hall or elsewhere.
  • cangelcangel Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    We sent a cake and balloons through a local florist that arranges such things for kids at the college, and I sent a birthday/Halloween care package that included some trinkets appropriate for an impromptu party, timed to arrive at about the same time.
  • mominvamominva Registered User Posts: 2,826 Senior Member
    Although still a HS senior, we just gave our now 18y/o D 4 seats behind home plate, a gift card for local deli box lunches(to tailgate) and cash for parking fee. My H was skeptical. It was a hit!!
  • sybbie719sybbie719 Super Moderator Posts: 21,090 Super Moderator
    love those Eleni's cookies. Also look at fat witch brownies. You can also look into sending something from Mrs. Prindables.


  • unwritten02unwritten02 Registered User Posts: 607 Member
    ^ I agree with the nice jewelry idea. I don't usually wear jewelry as I'm always playing sports but when I do dress up it's nice to have jewelry to go with it

    If you know her style, a nice purse is always cute too. My friend's parents give her a really nice purse every xmas and she loves it.

    Or if there's a nice restaurant near her college you could pay for her to take some friends out
  • bethelbethel Registered User Posts: 188 Junior Member
    There are some great ideas posted here! It seemed that it was much easier to buy gifts for our kids when they were in their "toy stage."

    One thing that is helpful when it comes to gift-giving (for both you as a parent and for other family memers) is to have your student maintain a wish list on amazon for books, music, or whatever - when birthdays or holidays come up, you (and others) can select things from the list. That way, you can be assured that the gifts will be a big hit.

    It's also nice to get things that your student wouldn't think of getting for herself/himself - gourmet foods (coffees, teas, really good chocolate), as well as some funky things that generate fun and help relieve tension (small squirt guns, an Etch-a-Sketch, bubbles, Silly Putty, that party spray plastic, a funny jigsaw puzzle).
  • cangelcangel Registered User Posts: 4,127 Senior Member
    One of the biggest hits I sent our daughter was a set of plastic "soldier men" with attached parachutes. I think those guys parachuted out of every window and down every stairwell in the dorm.
  • katliamomkatliamom Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    I agree about the jewlery - D isn't into it much so for her 18th she got the Mac of her choice. At the last minute I also decided to give her a pearl bracelet that belonged to my mother. It was a big hit - she loved the idea of having something especially nice for special occasions - and loved the added bonus of it being a surprise, not expecting anything besides the computer. (We are also practical type of people.)

    For her 19th - I'm using the ideas in this thread, complete with plastic parachuting men. Hope she doesn't get kicked out of her dorm.
  • ariesathenaariesathena Registered User Posts: 5,087 Senior Member
    I like the jewerly idea. I have (and still think about the occaisons!) diamond earrings from my 18th and a lovely watch from graduation.

    If you feel that your D has gotten a lot of "stuff" recently and doesn't want for much, why not a "fruit of the month" club (or better yet, look for "baked goods of the month") that can be delivered to her dorm room?
  • originaloogoriginaloog Registered User Posts: 2,645 Senior Member
    We gave our son a year subscription to Rhapsody, on on line music service which has all kinds of neat features. At last years Thanksgiving dinner which they had after the last day of class on Wednesday they searched the site for Turkey songs. Unfortunately it came up with mostly ethnic Turkish songs.
  • PrincedogPrincedog Registered User Posts: 740 Member
    My sister got a Vera Bradley bag for graduation. They're very popular here, all the girls have them. My mom thought it was kind of strange because it's not a "teen" brand really, but when we were at the store there was another girl there getting one for graduation.

    If she has an iPod, an itunes gift certificate for a few songs might be good.

    Jewelry is a good idea and if you have a family piece you have been thinking you might give her, her 18th birthday might be a good time to do that, although you probably wouldn't want to ship something like that.

    But she would probably like a care package a lot too. If there is something like cookies or brownies you usually make for her you could send some of those, with some candy or something.
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