I was going to wait ’til we got there.
I pictured us collapsing on her new bed, covered in billowy white sheets and me saying, “just one more thing,” as I revealed what I thought were the perfect dorm room gift ideas.
4 Unique Dorm Room Gift Ideas
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Yes there would be grocery gift cards, postage stamps and toiletries, but there would also be some unexpected things.
Like a simple, graphic pin board with pretty, magnetic pins for keeping reminders of when assignments are due, or tickets to a concert, and even photos as she makes new friends and creates fun memories. Maybe there will be room for a photo or two from home, too.
And a personalized weekly planner, with feathers on the pastel cover to symbolize my girl, spreading her wings.
Then, there’s that extra something. The unexpected gift that will remind her of home no matter where she goes…
A custom map of our neighborhood, right down to our street. The street she played on, and where her friends live, and she can always come home to.
But, in all the dorm-room-planning excitement, I couldn’t wait.
So when Hannah lamented over the missing “inspiration piece” for her college dorm room, I pointed to the stack of boxes I’d tucked away for that just-right moment, and told her to open them.
She adored the personalized planner and really liked the minimalist pin board. Then, she held back tears as she realized the photo in the frame was a map of her childhood home. Hugging the picture to her chest, she thanked me.
I may have spoiled the surprise, but the moment was everything I’d hoped for.
Thank you, Minted, for providing the unique gift ideas that created such a special moment for my college freshman.