The Perfect Gift for a Girl Going off to College… snicker snicker

Best Buy would like you to believe that giving a Best Buy gift card is the perfect gift to give a recent high school grad who is going off to college. I actually think most people, including parents, give gift cards because they’re easy and very much appreciated by a teenager who is venturing off on their own for the first time.

I was recently (as in this week) faced with the decision of what to get my two “nannies,” who are both leaving for college this week. What to get two girls whom I have relied on for the past two years to be here with my kids when I can’t.

My ex got them a Target gift card, because he is very practical that way. I, however, wanted to be a bit more creative. A gift card just wasn’t going to do it.

I had an idea rolling around in my head. I was thinking back to my college days and thinking about the times when we would go to parties at the beach (San Diego State), drink a little too much (hypothetical situation of course),and not make it back to our apartment until the morning after. There was always that moment of realization that we weren’t going to make it home, and we were going to wake up with dinosaur breath and mascara smeared below our eyes.

So, I created the “Morning After Kit” for my two nannies. I bought each girl the following:

** A cute little purse. Two important things about the purse: 1) It has to be small enough to fit under the seat in your car, 2) It has to be able to pass as a purse for any season and any style (jeans to cocktail dress), because you don’t know when you’re going to have to use it!

Then I filled the purse with the following must-have items for any woman who finds herself in a situation where she’s not going to make it home that night. ;^)

** A beige thong. Everyone needs a pair of clean undies in the morning. Why beige? Because you may have been wearing a black dress or white pants, and beige won’t show through either.

** Two condoms. (Do I really need to explain?)

** Two tampons. Just trying to cover for Murphy’s Law.

** A travel toothbrush and toothpaste.

** Mouthwash (in case there’s no water source).

** Mint gum. Same reason as the mouthwash.

** Two individually wrapped Handi-wipes. Great for removing makeup and taking a Pommy bath in the morning.

** A fold-up hairbrush with a mirror in the handle.

** A hair tie, because you know you will have bed head in the morning.

** Mascara. (it’s the one thing that makes you look more awake in the morning even if you’ve had no sleep).

** A $10 Starbucks gift card. You know you’re going to need some caffeine!

Both girls LOVED the gift, and it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I put it together in less than 30-minutes from start to finish, including the trip to the store. It’s a bag every woman should have in her car!

What would you put in your emergency overnight bag? What would you put in a “Morning After Kit” for a guy?

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