I’ve previously posted about suggested gifts to a high school graduate. And that resulted in many people finding my blog while searching for gifts to give their mom when they graduate and head off to college. I posted about that as well. This concept of a gift from the graduate to the parent touched many hearts. It also shows what a thoughtful, kind, giving, and respectful child those parents raised.
I’ve recently been contacted by one such person, who will shortly be heading off to college far away from her mom. (Congrats!) She wrote to ask for more specific suggestions for coupons to put into a coupon book for her mom. Coupons for Skype sessions are a sure thing, but what else? She’ll be too far away, and not home often enough, to use some of the coupons I suggested, such as a mother/daughter breakfast or movie date when home on break.
In the past few days, since that email request arrived, I’ve been thinking and thinking and soliciting suggestions from friends and family. Now I’m opening this up to all of you readers. What suggestions do you have? Maybe something you can think of from your experience as a college student, or if you’re the parent of a college student, what would you love to be able to cash in on?
- These are to put on coupons for the mom to redeem with the child away at college, whenever the mom needs a bit of connection, to help with the intense missing we moms get when our babies are out in the big world and so far away from us.
- I’m assuming photos would be taken using a cell phone, and then emailed or sent in a text.
- When coming up with some of these, I considered what I’d like to receive from my son who is away at school (*hint*).
Here are some of the ideas for coupons I have so far:
- A handwritten letter, at least a full page, of whatever is on your mind at the time.
- A current photo of your dorm room. No cleaning up before taking the picture.
- A photo of you with some of your friends or roommates.
- Photos of where you’ve been that week — where you eat, study, hang out, classrooms, etc.
- A note (email or handwritten) telling about the best thing that happened that week.
- A note (email or handwritten) telling about the worst thing that happened that week.
- Photos from each of your meals and snacks from one day.
- A book club discussion. (Mom picks the book, you each read it, then discuss it over Skype at the end of the month.)
- A movie discussion. (Mom picks a current movie — or one that can be watched online — and after you each watch it, you discuss it over Skype.)
Okay ladies and gentlemen, it’s your turn to offer suggestions! What ideas do you have?