What should I send him for his birthday

United States
November 1, 2012 10:44am CST
My boyfriend's 20th birthday is on the 19th of this month. I feel bad because he's all the way in Korea and doesn't have me or his family to be with him on his birthday. Before he left I got him an iPad and that was going to be his major birthday and Christmas present this year. So I was thinking that for his birthday I'd send him a package with some goodies in it for him. The only thing is that I don't know how long it would take to get to him since he's in Korea. I want to make him some cookies and hopefully they'd still be good by the time he gets the package. I only have a few ideas of things to send him so far. I want to make him his favorite cookie, snickerdoodles and also get him a nice cookie from this cookie shop where we live, he loves them. I was also going to go to Bath and Body works and buy him some of the mini hand sanitizers that they have for men. I have a couple at my house and he loved the way they smelled. So far that's all I've got as far as ideas go. He's able to buy American foods in Korea so he can get all his favorite snacks and stuff there. I'll have to ask him if they have all the candies or if there's things that he wants or needs that Korea doesn't have. It's just tough for me to come up with ideas because he can get a lot of the things there in Korea. I'd like to get him the things he won't always be able to find there and I don't have many ideas so far. Any suggestions?
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
1 Nov 12
I would go to the post office and ask how long package take to get to Korea so you have an idea. I am thinking you need to send something ASAP if you want it there for his birthday. We have friends in Japan and it took well over a month for some of the boxes his wife mailed with household goods to reach them after she arrived. Something I have seen a lot of people send are cakes in a jar. http://www.instructables.com/id/Cake-in-a-Jar/ You could send a jar of frosting and sprinkle,s candles, ect to him so he could have his own cake.
• United States
2 Nov 12
That's true. Maybe I can check online to see estimated times. He sent me a picture of his army address and nowhere does it say Korea lol. When I asked him about sending him a package he said that it would get to him faster if I don't write anything about Korea and I just write the address he gave me. Apparently the mail will just go to the army and then they send it to Korea, I don't totally understand how that works. I hope it doesn't take too long though :( I'll get a package together by next week to ship out. I'm going to look up the cake in a jar idea. What I think I'll also do is get on the phone with his roommate and see if his roommate would be willing to get a cake for my boyfriend and I'll just send the roommate some money in the package I send. I want to make him something but I also want to make sure he has at least something on his birthday and that way I can have everything covered. I just have to talk to his roommate to see if he'd mind getting a cake to give my boyfriend from me.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
3 Nov 12
Is it an APO address? Hopefully his roommate and some of the other people he knows does something for his birthday.
• United States
4 Nov 12
Yeah, it's APO. Not sure how long it would actually take. I just looked at usps.com to get an idea of pricing and deliveries. The cheapest I saw on the website was $47.95 and it would take a max of 10 days to get there. Tomorrow I might actually go into the post office to ask them about pricing. But so far I don't know how much the package will weigh so I'll probably have to go out and get all his little goodies and to get an idea of weight.
@mzz663 (2776)
• United States
1 Nov 12
Maybe a little photo album with pictures of the people, places and things he doesn't have there. Little notes added from everyone with the pictures would be good, too! Sometimes cameras and computers don't work, whether it's batteries or just a crash, photo albums are forever and can be looked at no matter where you are.
• United States
1 Nov 12
That's a nice idea, maybe I could put together like a small, mini scrapbook for him. I know he has a few pictures of us already and an actual book I had made up of photos, but I think it would be nice for him to have a scrapbook that I made myself or even if I framed one of his favorite pictures of us. I keep thinking of more ideas when people post..he loves the beach and maybe I'll send him shells and a little container of sand to remind him of him. Thanks for your idea :)
@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
1 Nov 12
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well i know that u were saying in your previous discussions how u are badly missing your boyfriend and now since his birthday is overhead u must be very much tensed as to what to present him on his birthday. I think your decision to send him goodies is a good idea and try to send him something special that will bring a smile on his face and make his day. What say?
• United States
1 Nov 12
I'm going to try and think of a few more little things I could send to him. Later when I get to talk to him I might ask him if he has a favorite picture of us together and maybe I can get a frame and put the picture in it. I'm also going to ask him what he can't get in Korea at all that he likes and I'll send him some of those.