So, your best friend is going off to college, but you won’t both be attending the same school. You want to give a gift that will accomplish three things: 1) help her overcome homesickness; 2) help get her through challenges college life presents; and 3) remind her who her best friend is.
One gift that will accomplish all these things and be fun to give is a little gift book called Take Me with You. Written with best friends in mind, it is a fill-in-the-blanks book for the giver to complete before giving.
College, like life, can be overwhelming. Life is so much easier when you have a friend who really knows you — a friend with whom you share inside jokes that no one else could ever get. Every time a certain song is played you both crack up and both of you know things the other’s parents should never know. When you leave home, you want to take that with you.
The first chapter is dedicated to “Mementos from Home,” and offers a place to record all the important information about the area you grew up in. Vital things like the best places for Thai, Pizza, Chicken, Chinese, and Mexican take-out, VIP cell phone numbers, and embarrassing photographs. Some of the information is meant to be completed by the person giving the book, and some by the person receiving it.
There are sections for advice about money, the social scene, body business, and even sentimental stuff. There’s a dating vocabulary lesson that includes a few terms that were not in vogue when I was in college (e.g., sexiled and dormcest), as well as a comparison of the pros and cons of sororities and a table that explains “What a Guy’s Drink Says about Him.” With plenty of space for memories, advice, and photos, Take Me with You is a very personal gift, ideal for best friends.
I have to admit that, as the grandmother of a teenage girl, I was not that comfortable with the stuff about sex and dating. Oh, I’m a realist…but NOT my granddaughter! However, this book is not “from one OLD hen to a chick going to college,” I must allow that there is information that best friends should share. Take Me with You is cute and fun, an affectionate gift for friends to share. Just not with your granny.
Since most high school graduates know if they’ll be going away to college in the fall, it is also a perfect graduation present. Remember, though, no matter how “modern” moms seem to be, they may not be ready for the advice and memories you share. Keep this gift in that “secret hiding place,” you know the one.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Take Me with You? If I were 17 or 18 and all my friends were going in different directions — YES!!! At that time of my life I would have thought it was the best gift I could give them.