When you send your child off to college, you want to send them off with a part of home—something that will help them feel at home while they are away from home. Here are some great ideas to think about sending your college student off with that may help the transition of moving away from home for the first time go a little easier on them:
Make them a quilt to go off to school with
You can make them their own quilt that will have a lot of meaning to it. The way to do this is to make the quilt out of specific items that will bring up plenty of memories of home for them. If you don't know how to make a quilt, you can learn how by watching simple video tutorials for free on the Internet.
Some examples of these items include pieces of their old sheets and blankets they have used throughout the years, as well as pieces of towels that they used often, pieces of some of their old favorite shirts and other pieces of clothing or fabric that you can incorporate into the quilt.
Make them a bathroom basket of items they use at home
Once your child is off at college, the chances are good that when it comes to shopping for their bathroom items, they will more than likely grab the first products that catch their eye and that are on sale or offered at a better price than the other items. You can put together an entire bathroom basket for them that will include all of the regular items they have used while living at home.
Smells bring memories. This means that each time they wash their hands or wash their hair with soaps and shampoos from home, they will feel comforted. Also, they will feel at home when they brush their teeth, put on deodorant and even when they put on lotion.
Make them a custom picture collage
You can take a very large picture frame and use a piece of colored cardboard to cut out a lot of different shapes. In each of these shapes, you can place a picture of your child with the family in them.
They can hang this picture frame anywhere they want and think of the whole family every time they pass by it. If you aren't very crafty, then you can also buy a custom picture frame from a company like Zim Woodworking that allows you to put together this type of collage as well.