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I don’t have any children heading off to college yet; my oldest just started kindergarten, so those days are still a ways off for our family.
But my husband’s youngest brother begins his first year of college in a few weeks and even that is pretty much blowing my mind. I met him when he was nine years old, so it is hard to imagine that he’s old enough to head off for university life this fall.
After he graduated from high school, he spent two years abroad, so we haven’t seen much of him in a couple of years, but this summer, we had a family reunion and my girls were just head over heels for their Uncle Andrew.
Five minutes after we left to drive back home, my five-year-old was asking, “How soon until we see Uncle Andrew again?”
Because there’s such an age gap between him and my husband, and the fact that we’ve always lived far away from him, we’ve tried to keep in touch despite the distance.
I suggested to my girls that we put together a care package for him with some fun treats and snacks, some dorm room essentials, and a handwritten card, and they immediately jumped on the idea.
We spent a fun hour over the weekend carefully writing a note, choosing gifts, both fun and practical, to include in the box, and then packing them all into a box.
I chose a big wall clock so he doesn’t miss his classes, a shower curtain so he doesn’t have to use one that a hundred previous students have used, a new pillow, and some basic school supplies and snacks.
I addressed it, scheduled a pick-up from the post office, and voila! We look like the most fun relatives he has, plus my girls thought it was ridiculously fun.
Of course, he’s on his own to get himself the big-ticket items like tablets, headphones, notebooks & other essentials, but I was able to help out there too by telling him about QVC’s Back-to-School Electronic Sale and the QCard. A great new way to enable him to purchase all these items and more.
The Qcard makes it super simple with with the Easy Pay Every Day feature where you can spread the payment over three monthly payments at no extra charge for any item, excluding gift cards, no matter how big or small the price tag.
Once he opens a QCard account, he can simply select the option at checkout for all items, all the time. No minimum price point. No extra charge. Excludes Gift Cards.
I just love dolling out this kind of advice and being the in-the-know relative!
Of course, what I most want to know is if he keeps the card from our gift basket informing him that watermelon is my daughter’s favorite fruit.
When we next go up to visit him, I’ll be checking to make sure he saved it. Or at least my five-year-old certainly will be.
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