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College Care Packages: Send Along Some Sweets, Treats and Eats!

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Whether you’re a parent who is really missing their son or daughter, or a friend who can’t get your bestie off your mind, sending along something special to someone you care about feels pretty great! There are lots of things that keep us physically apart from our favorite people over the years, whether it’s college, a job, or simply a desire to live in different places. But no matter the miles there are people whose place in our hearts and on our minds will always have the best location available!

I am a big fan of ‘just because’ presents. I love birthday gifts and I adore Christmas prezzies, but it’s definitely those little ‘this is because I was thinking of you’ presents that make me feel the best. If you live close to someone, you can always stop by with a surprise latte and a muffin or a plate you set aside for them when you made dinner. Unfortunately, a plastic container of roast beef and vanilla cappuccinos don’t travel very well over long distances in the mail! But that doesn’t mean you can’t still be responsible for the heartfelt smile an unexpected gift brings. That’s what college care packages are all about!

You might not see your favorite student’s smile when they open the Reese’s college care package, bursting with peanut butter and chocolate delights, but you’ll know it was there. You might not be able to savor the smell of the gourmet marinara and creamy roasted garlic sauce on the stove when they whip up dinner from the Quick and Easy Spaghetti Dinner Gift Basket, but you’ll know they enjoyed every bite. You might not be able to share a handcrafted pizza with them, made from the ingredients in our Dorm Room Pizza Kit, but you’ll know there’s no one they’d rather grab a slice with than you! In short, you might not be able to physically be there every step of the way, every day of their life. But that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t send along a bridge of sorts once in awhile. A care package is more than candy, cookies and pasta, after all. It’s a box of love.

Happy Friday the 13th, Everyone!

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I’m not quite sure what it traces back to, but I’ve always been a fan of Friday the 13th. Long before I saw the horror film series – which I do enjoy, incidentally! – I just never could wrap my head around why so many people feared this day/date combination. I turned to Wikipedia for a little more information, and was surprised to read, “One theory states that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day.” I had heard the first part before, but never heard of Friday as being an unlucky day. In fact, most people I know love it! I guess times have changed on that one.

The Wikipedia entry does contain a lot of great facts and back story, so I definitely recommend giving it a read. But I’m not about to start fearing Friday the 13th after all these years of thinking it’s actually pretty neat. In fact, I’m going to celebrate this particular Friday the 13th by hunting around on our site for things I love that have a ‘13’ somewhere in them. And here I go…

  • Our Bridesmaid Spa Gift Basket includes a 13 oz. peppermint foot soak! 13 oz. of soothing refreshment that feels like very good luck, indeed.

Whether you’re a fan of Friday the 13th like I am, or it’s always struck you as a bit of a spooky day, I hope the rest of it goes smoothly for you. I also hope you have a great weekend!