Jump to content
Lemongirl

Present for new boarding dd

Recommended Posts

Well, dd is off to Sixth Form boarding after a long hard decision making progress.

 

I'd like some ideas for a present for a 16 year old dancer who is boarding for the first time.  I thought maybe one of those foot spa things and a huge cuddly toy for her room.  Any ideas please?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't go for anything huge... I doubt accommodation is all that big!

I like the idea of a foot spa, plus maybe a picture (or a little album) of a favourite places from home?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've just made 5 boxes for my students leaving in September. The box is covered in photos of their time dancing and inside there is: 

- super noodles

- chewing gum 

- hairspray and bun pins for the girls 

- lynx and shower gel for the boys

- first aid kit

- mini sewing kit

- mini dry shampoo

- make up remover

- hot chocolate sachets

- little cork bottle with sparkles in and origami stars 

 

I know they are also receiving a jar filled with little notes to cheer them up if they get a little homesick

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Agree with caveat about space available. Also depends how you are transporting your stuff, especially if it involves either a plane or public transport. We found some very pretty pop up storage bins in colourful designs (fold flat and weigh little) in a well known high street discounter and from the same place a towel that wraps round with shoulder straps and doubles as a bath robe. Also a (very) small rug in case the floor is cold, a hot water bottle, lots of fluffy socks and a decent travel mirror in case there isn't one in the room.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Battery run fairy lights 

If you know she is getting a wardrobe then maybe a hanging shelf that velcros on to the hanging rail, then it's one shelf for leotards, one for tights, one for dance underwear, one for warmups and then in the morning it's just grab and go 

needlebox - with all she needs in a clip box 

white tac

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Bluebird22 said:

I've just made 5 boxes for my students leaving in September. The box is covered in photos of their time dancing and inside there is: 

- super noodles

- chewing gum 

- hairspray and bun pins for the girls 

- lynx and shower gel for the boys

- first aid kit

- mini sewing kit

- mini dry shampoo

- make up remover

- hot chocolate sachets

- little cork bottle with sparkles in and origami stars 

 

I know they are also receiving a jar filled with little notes to cheer them up if they get a little homesick

 

Have you checked that whichever schools/colleges they are going to allows Hairspray. Dd's strictly doesn't & following a 2am false fire alarm due to spray deodorant at Tring Summer School I know they don't either?

 

lovely idea though. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Personally I wouldn't go for a foot spa, Dd says they soften your feet too much & she likes them to be tough. 

 

One luxury item she loves is loccitane almond Body Oil & Lighter Legs. She had some as a gift in a limited edition royal ballet themed set but they  sell it separately. 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes I did check that as I know loads of places don't. But its mainly private landlords or shared flats, so pretty safe. 

 

I love the almond range from loccitane, I had a shower gel in my monthly beauty box - also a fab idea as it's something to look forward to every month 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bluebird ... what a lovely, considerate, thing to do for your students. 

 

Some things I bought for dd in upper school, though not going away presents ... warm up booties, foot roller, foam roller, and one of the favourite things was a nutri-bullet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought my DD a mutli picture frame filled with family pics to hang on the wall, along with a fluffy throw for her bed. It's amazing the amount of times the throw was dragged down to the tv lounge to curl up in a chair/sofa, or just curled up on the bed whilst reading. Especially in the winter months, oh and a wheat germ bag like a teddy bear or similar that could be heated up in the microwave for those colder nights and achy muscles. 

Edited by balletbean
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
5 hours ago, cotes du rhone ! said:

A memory foam topper. Boarding school mattresses are awful 😁

and take your own pillow. school ones usually made out of concrete.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you all, some really great ideas.

 

I hadn't thought about the foot spa softening the feet, maybe I'll give that a miss.

 

Photo frame with family pics is a lovely idea, now will I be able to organise that with a week to go?? :huh:

 

Fluffy throw is a good idea too.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They usually have very little space so practical gifts as mentioned above are great. Photo frames are lovely and personal  but check they can hammer in walls or have adequate space to use stands.

 

I would get her less rather than more and use the money to send goodie parcels over the term instead once you've seen the space she has.

 

2 non sexy practical gifts are a clip on lamp for bunk or cabin beds and a divided cleaning trug which the girls use to transport toiletries. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My dd was given a towelling hair turban thingy to use after a hair wash and she's used it ever so much.

 

Other ideas - battery-operated tea lights, coasters, and for self-catering students some jars of herbs and spices.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

While my DD was away her favourite presents were ugg style slippers, a fleecy blanket and hot chocolate sachets with marshmallows. 😃

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been looking for a multi photo frame but they're all so big!  Any suggestions for a nice frame that holds quite a few photos but isn't huge?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, Lemongirl said:

I've been looking for a multi photo frame but they're all so big!  Any suggestions for a nice frame that holds quite a few photos but isn't huge?

We go on Photobox and make a poster of different photos from the past year and put it in a plastic clip frame. Light and easy to put on the wall and renew x

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Mumofaboy said:

We made up a photo cushion, lots of happy family pictures to give a hug when you need one! 

 

 

Oh, I love the idea of a photo cushion to hug!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks all.  In the end I went to Snappy Snaps and had a photo collage made up and got a nice frame for it.  I did see the cushions too, might do that next time! :)

 

Also bought dd a fluffy throw for her bed and a cuddly unicorn!

  • Like 5

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Getting a bit nervous now!  We are driving dd up tomorrow morning.  Any tips for helping her with the initial few weeks and what to do if she's homesick??  This is all so new to me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One valuable piece of advice we had from school was not to phone too much initially and not to take them home for the (non exeat) weekends early on. Another was if you're having an upsetting /negative phone call was to try and end it fairly quickly and then phone the staff 30 mins later because you'll probably find they're having fun with friends by then.

 

I think it's harder on the patents than the kids. Good luck!!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Lemongirl said:

Getting a bit nervous now!  We are driving dd up tomorrow morning.  Any tips for helping her with the initial few weeks and what to do if she's homesick??  This is all so new to me.

Head of boarding responds quickly to emails  :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In case anyone is after a present for their teacher, I've just opened a gift from one of my boys- a pair of his ballet shoes that were incredibly important to our student/teacher bond. Very emotional evening! 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DD has a piece of string on her bedroom wall that was for hanging Xmas cards and has silver metallic mini pegs on it that she uses to clip photos/favourite scrunchies etc to it. She will be taking this to pin around her pinboard by her bed. Also her younger sister has put together a going away box containing a mirror, academic diary, battery operated fairy lights, pens, sweets, photos, Bluetooth speaker for listening to music with friends. Some books, ballet bookmark. She currently has her eye on my peppermint foot soak/spray - I think I might lose them !!

We don't leave until Tues, dd first time awa at boarding school but think she will be ok , she is very excited. I think I will be the one with the hanky!!

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...