Going-Away Present Ideas

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Going-Away Present Ideas
Give a photo album filled with your favourite pictures as a going-away gift. (photo album image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

It is never an easy time when someone you love or care about has to move away. Give a going-away present that will ease the stress of the move as well as give him something that will remind him of you and all of the memories you share.

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Photo Present

Put together a scrapbook, photo album or a framed collage for a going-away present. Include some of your favourite pictures of fun occasions or memories for the recipient to look back on. As an alternative, have a cherished photo printed on to an gift item, such as a coffee mug, throw blanket, mouse pad or coaster. Photo labs--at most pharmacies or retail stores--can imprint pictures on a variety of items for a range of fees depending on the item chosen.

Engraved Present

Give a personalised engraved gift for a going-away present. Speciality stores and numerous websites offer items for sale, such as frames, clocks, jewellery, office items and even vases that can be custom engraved with the wording of your choice. Fees for engraving depend on the font type chosen and length of message. Customise the item with a funny phrase or memory from the time you spent together.

Local Present

Purchase a medium-to large-sized basket, and fill with items that are local to your specific area or state. For example, fill a basket for a person leaving Florida with oranges, seashells, a seagull stuffed animal and Disney items. Include a copy of the most recent local newspaper or community magazine and a small potted plant or lucky bamboo for her new home.

Relaxing Present

Give a relaxing going-away present by booking an afternoon at the spa. Choose a local spa that the recipient can visit before she moves, or call ahead and schedule a session at a spa near her new home so she can relax after the move. Spa employees can help you choose treatment options and recommend popular ones, such as massages and facials.

Keep-in-Touch Present

Pick out a variety of stationery, pens, envelopes, postcards and stamps for a going-away present so the recipient has materials on hand to keep in touch with you and other friends in the area. Package all of the items in a small basket or a tote bag with the name of your state or other local design. Alternative options include prepaid telephone calling cards or airline ticket vouchers.

Present of the Month

Enrol the recipient in a gift of the month club for a going-away present. Choose from a wide variety of items, such as coffee, chocolate, wine, flowers, fruit, ice cream or even candles. The club will mail monthly gifts to his home for three, six or 12 months--you choose the duration when you place the order. Make sure to choose something you know the recipient will like so he doesn't receive multiple unwanted or unneeded items.

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