Ideas for Moving Away Gifts

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Ideas for Moving Away Gifts
What do you give a friend who is moving? (woman packing/unpacking boxes during a relocation. image by T.Tulic from Fotolia.com)

Ideas for moving away gifts vary according to the occasion. For instance, a person moving away to go to college requires a different gift than one who is being transferred to another job or company. A person who is moving for the sole purpose of enjoying the retirement years will need yet another type of going away gift. There are solutions for each scenario and those in between.

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College Students

Going away to college is an endeavour that carries with it a plethora of needs. One such need may be items for decorating. If the student is sharing a dorm room, there may be limited leeway. However, if he will have his own room in a shared apartment, you can give more personalised gifts. Cling-on wall decor is great for college students because it can be taken down easily and changed as often as she likes. Desk lamps can be useful for those all-night study marathons. Other practical gifts include desk calendars, computer paper and an alarm clock with a built-in docking station for a music player. A not so practical, but sure to be appreciated idea is to present the person with restaurant gift tokens. Check into local establishments near the college that deliver and then gift your friend with pizza and even steak that can be brought to his door.

Retirement

If your best friend or grandparent is moving to sunnier skies and warmer temperatures, you can gift her with presents that range from practical to humorous. Consider a care package of items such as sunscreen, an extra pair of sunglasses, a straw hat and bug repellent. On the flip side, she may get a laugh out of the barely-there bikini you pick for her or a tongue-and-cheek guide to fighting off those frisky seniors. On a more personal note, arrange to have fresh fruit delivered to the person's home each month as a reminder that he is never far from your thoughts. Be sure to have the company you use for this monthly surprise include with each delivery a brief, predetermined sentiment from you.

Job Transfers

Close working quarters and long hours allow for conversations that go beyond the niceties and delve into the more personal aspects of your lives. You get to know about each other's children, vacations and even health issues. So, a job-related move can be a tough transition for all involved.

Gather snapshots taken at company picnics and office parties from various coworkers. Use these pictures to create a scrapbook that will keep you all close to your co-worker as she transitions into her new environment. Ask your peers to pitch in by writing funny captions for a couple of the pictures as well.

Practical Help

No matter what the reason for the move, one of the best and most appreciated gifts you can offer is your time and muscle. Volunteer to help pack and load heavy boxes. Make sure mail gets forwarded to the proper address. Help clean the house after the packing is finished. This eases the burden of the move, while giving you extra time together before your friend moves away.

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