Ideas for Going-Away Presents

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Ideas for Going-Away Presents
Start off her trip on a good foot with a going-away present. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Going away, whether it be off to college, a trip to Europe, a cross-country move or a semester abroad, is often accompanied by a mixture of emotions. Amid excitement about the upcoming journey, some also experience fear of the unknown and sadness for what is left behind. To make the trip easier and celebrate the exciting times ahead, many people give gifts to those who are going away.

Picture Frame

A picture frame that displays a personal photograph is a way for the person who is going away to take along a token that reminds him of the people he is leaving behind. Sort through happy photographs of him and his friends or family to pick a picture that captures them best. With the variety of frames to pick from, one will surely suit the traveller's style. For a special touch, have the frame engraved with a special message.

Travel Guides

Going away to a new place can be intimidating. Giving the traveller some travel guides and other useful accessories for her adventure will alleviate some of her stress, prepare her for where she is going and help get her excited about her trip. A present containing some travel guidebooks, language guides, helpful maps and travel tips will let her feel more comfortable in her new surroundings.

Ideas for Going-Away Presents
A map and other travel guides can help travellers get used to their new location. (Getty Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Sweet Treats

Delicious baked goods and yummy sweet treats are sure to put a smile on the traveller's face when he is far from home. A care package consisting of some of his favourite travel-friendly goodies will be welcome on his adventure. Whether they are store-bought or homemade, compile a selection of his favourite types of cookies, tarts, muffins, or other baked goods. Wrapping the treats in a resealable bag makes sure they stay fresh for longer into his travels.

Ideas for Going-Away Presents
Baked treats will warm his spirits while he's away. (Alexandra Grablewski/Lifesize/Getty Images)


Even in an age when e-mails and text messages are a popular way to keep in touch, it's still exciting to get a handwritten letter. One way to encourage the person who is going away to write letters is to give her some impressive stationery. A nice set of stationery can be used to write quick notes to friends, as well as for more important correspondence. Having stationery can be an especially good present for travellers who are heading to remote areas without Internet access or other modern conveniences.

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