18 years ago, I gave a friend $5 in gas to hitch a ride back from college so that I could meet my newborn nephew. I was filled with anticipation, joy and so much love for someone I had never met.
I looked forward to coming home on occasion to see him and as he grew I took him to parks, lunch dates, anything related to trains and the zoo. It’s been fun watching him grow through the years and connecting with him on a different level more recently, taking his senior photos and talking about prom. I can hardly believe that it’s he that will be going to college in the fall and coming back to visit on the occasional weekend.
While I know that money is the most anticipated graduation gift for seniors, I want to send him off with something practical as well, so I created a laundry basket graduation gift, filled with everything he needs to do his own laundry, without a lot of effort.
My secret to creating beautiful gift baskets for any occasion is to fill it with Spanish moss or mocha moss. It has an incredibly aroma and can be slightly pulled to create a fuller effect or gift items in your gift basket height. It’s also neutral, making a pretty backdrop for the items you fill it with.
Let’s face it, the last thing a college student wants to do is spend money on laundry, so I filled a jar with quarters to ease the burden for the first few months.
I filled the laundry basket with a large bottle of Laundry Detergent. Just in case he’s going for extra credit, I also threw in Liquid Fabric Softener because I love how it makes clothes and sheets naturally soft, and know he’ll need plenty of rest! I also included an easy-to-care-for succulent for his room and a set of bath towels and washcloths (wrapped inside the towels).
I look forward to celebrating with him and watching him grow through the next chapter of his life, and learn to do laundry!