Sometimes it’s hard to see someone leave. Sometimes you’ve been trying to get rid of them for years. If you’re here looking for a gift, we assume it’s the former. But we’re not here to judge. Whether it’s a token of remembrance or a bribe to remain scarce, we think we’ve dug up some pretty great farewell items. Parting can be such sweet sorrow. So part with a sweet ass gift.
Digital Frame Loaded With Pictures
Leaving behind friends and family is the hardest part of going away, so it makes sense to give them something they can turn to when they’re feeling homesick. Gather up images of your best memories together and load them all into a digital slideshow that they can hang on their new walls. Being able to see their friends smiling faces every day will make them feel like they’re not so far away.
Local Foods They Will Miss
Nothing quite speaks to the heart like a recognizable taste, smell or texture. Let some homegrown aromas and flavors console the homesick as they enter a new phase in life and put down roots in an unfamiliar locale. Every time they crack open the cabinet at their new place they’ll be reminded of where they came from and what they love, helping them carve out their new path toward greatness. This is what comfort food is all about!
Tell Them How You Feel With Cake
A neater and less aggressive alternative to pie face humiliation, a homemade cake is the perfect canvas for emotional expression. A simple message delivered on a delectable baked treat is a classic sendoff that will soothe a loved one’s tummy and make light of an otherwise heart-wrenching situation. Simple is almost always best, and sugar never fails to please, so get out those mixing bowls, stir up a yummy dessert and bid farewell with sweetness!
Represent those hometown digs with pride as you parade around in your soon-to-be-favorite t-shirt. A staple gift that’s sure to please that special someone who’s leaving the nest, this comfy tee makes a bold impression that can’t be missed. A fun lesson in national geography, these wardrobe essentials clear up any confusion when it comes to guessing regional affinity. Double up on a second shirt to celebrate the move and avoid offending new neighbors. Home isn’t just a place, it’s a feeling.
Airplane Cocktail Kit
Help a departing loved one drown their sorrows in a potent cocktail at high altitudes. Saying goodbye is never easy and not knowing what the future might bring can be terrifying and anxiety producing. Soak those feelings in some heavy liquor and watch the tension and fear just melt away. They’ll be spreading their wings like a seasoned vagabond in no time flat and by the time they roll into the airport gate, they’ll be good as gold. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Don’t save your sentiments for the eulogy—seize the day and tell your loved one exactly how you feel about them now … while they’re still alive and kicking! Shower them with a goldmine of love and admiration as they embark on exciting, new adventures. Compliments and gratitude have the power to span enormous distances without ever losing their impact or sincerity, so fill up a Flatterbox today. Love knows no boundaries!
Suitcase Locket Pendant
Amidst all the cardboard boxes and shrink-wrapped belongings hangs one glimmering chest that may very well be the most valuable of all. An endearing, delicate reminder of what’s nearest and dearest to your favorite nomad’s heart, this exceptional find will give direction and encouragement to their wandering spirit. A secret treasure trove that honors their journey and expresses your adoration, this charm is unparalleled in a world filled with triviality and transience.
Auto Survival Kit
That ’87 Pontiac better be equipped with some serious life-saving paraphernalia before even thinking about driving off into the sunset! Stock your loved one’s vehicle with these precautionary measures so they’ll be prepared for any unexpected disasters during their journey of self-exploration. Save the photo collage for the next momentous occasion. This sendoff should be treated with a tad more seriousness. Put safety at the front of the dash!
Hometown Map Puzzle
Saying farewell to that one-of-a-kind place you call home can be an emotional experience. So why not help that special someone work through their feelings with this ultra-challenging jigsaw keepsake! Piecing together nearly microscopic renditions of familiar streets and revered landmarks is the perfect remedy to cure the relocation blues. Once completed, this memorable mosaic will be a grounding addition to their newest abode, providing comfort and direction on the road ahead.
Jar of Memories
Don’t let your friendship become a casualty of an unexpected relocation. People may come and go, but that doesn’t mean that those memorable moments you’ve shared can’t have a bit more staying power. Guarantee your departing friend never forgets you or your amazing times together with this crafty jar of instant reminders. Whenever they’re feeling lonely in their new home, all they have to do is pull out a colorful card and reminisce about the awesome person they left behind. Genius made simple!
So what if they never write a darn thing in this gorgeous notebook. Just walking around with it under their arm gives off a super cool vibe that will convince total strangers they’re charting the globe in a hot air balloon. A return to simpler times when longhand ruled and keeping a diary was key to remaining sane, this leather-bound keepsake is a classy farewell gift that just might provoke some stream of consciousness compositions to accompany their latest expedition. Just remember to enclose a nifty pen to match!
After locking in that coveted AARP membership, back it on up to the AAA section and secure another spot at the one-and-only gold club for automobile owners. This members-only windfall of discounts, safety perks and insider tips is almost too good to be true! Every high school graduate should receive complimentary enrollment into this drivers’ paradise. Give yourself an A+ for making your loved one feel extra special and lovingly cared for as they shove off on their next adventure.
Perhaps that pal of yours that’s heading out into the great unknown isn’t the brightest bulb in the Northern Hemisphere. With this sharp suitcase as a going-away gift, their intelligence quotient will get an automatic boost, as will their favorite portable device while they’re flying the (not so) friendly skies. Air travel is a breeze with this resourceful fella on the job. They’ll be high-fiving those overworked TSA agents while cruising through airport screening and avoiding exorbitant baggage fees like a seasoned flight attendant. VIP access granted!
Printed Photo Book
All that picture swiping can lead to painful carpal tunnel and a bad case of vertigo. Don’t make spectacular photographs feel trivial—create a memorable collage with incredible ease instead! That special someone who’s ditching you for bigger and better things will cherish its handmade appeal and long-lasting construction. No need for much imagination here … just drag and drop those beloved shots and let the pros do the heavy lifting. Now that’s crafty!
Huggable Pillow Postcard
Paperless communication is definitely not huggable, but you sure can snuggle up to this par avion pillow! When it’s time to say goodbye, pamper that special someone with this darling cushion that will always make them feel close to home and cradled in your loving arms. These snail mail cushions will provide instant relief after a difficult move and will protect that lonely head from a stressful transition. Rest easy, my friend, time and hugs heal all wounds.
International Power Adapter
This is a must-have for any jet-setting friend or loved one who’s aiming for global citizenship status. Compact, multi-purpose and foolproof even for the most moronic of travelers, this essential gadget will fit in the palm of their hand and connect them with electricity around the world. Just remind them to observe basic shock-prevention rules when approaching those unfamiliar foreign outlets … electrocution is an international hazard!
Custom Miss You Keychain
Tell that special someone how you really feel so there’s no question of your loyalty. These personalized keychains are a fun-loving nod to dog tag style—a straightforward, unisex accessory that proclaims your devotion and reminds distant loved ones that you’ve always got their back (and their keys). Keep that going-away gift clean and simple ’cause they don’t need to be carting around any additional emotional baggage, now or down the road!
Record A Video Message
Do your best to keep the content G-rated and optimistic, okay? There’s enough sappy, irresponsible farewell tapes floating around the amateur video circuit. Proper lighting and limited background noise are also key to producing a quality product, unless you want your creation to end up on the $1 table at the next yard sale. Oh, and please remember to limit viewing to a small circle of your closest friends and allies. YouTube doesn’t want to hear your heart-wrenching cries for attention. Got it? Good!
Does that friend of yours have some trust issues? Do they cringe as they watch their precious Coach collection meander down the dusty conveyor belt and into darkness? Problem solved with this savvy suitcase gizmo! Cure that special someone’s phobia with discretion and style. They’ll be tracking their irreplaceable belongings with confidence and P.I. expertise as they wander aimlessly around the planet. Lost bags are for clueless amateurs! Say hello to VIP travel.
Wall Art Signed By Friends
A throwback to the days of signing yearbooks at high school graduation, this personalized gift will be cherished by the lucky one who got a ticket to get the heck out of dodge! The ultimate finale of an already slamming bon voyage party, this jumbo going-away card is a much more dignified choice. Friends and loved ones will have ample space to express their sentiments and poetic remarks, just be sure to censor any outlandish illustrations or the frame will never make it to the wall!
Good Luck Pendant
More charming than a rabbit’s foot and so much easier to pack than a horseshoe, this eye-catching bearer of good fortune will grant peace of mind and expectations of prosperity to the budding traveler. No need to search aimlessly through the fields of green anymore, this lucky charm is a keeper and will watch silently over that special someone for years to come. A little faith goes a long way…
Custom Fortune Cookies
Your heart might feel like it’s in a million pieces right now, but it’s nothing one crack of a crispy cookie can’t fix! Karma has a funny way of working itself inside these sweet, sesame-laden delights, and truth be told, a spectacular streak is on the horizon. Go ahead and take that special someone out for a satiating meal of the finest local Chinese food and surprise them with fifty of these prophecy-filled treats. Saying goodbye isn’t easy, but sometimes that’s how the cookie crumbles.
Map Coordinates Pendant
No, these aren’t the bust, waist and hip measurements of that special gal who’s spreading her wings and taking flight. Unlike those other ever-changing numbers, these precious coordinates will remain the same … forever. If she’s ever feeling lost or out of place, just one stroke of this sterling charm will soothe her weary heart and bring her right back to center. A comforting constant on that roller coaster ride we like to call life, this personalized pendant is the perfect going-away gift.
Cruel Fake Money Joke
Stop being such a selfish jerk already! When you’re sitting on this amount of dough, the only right thing to do is give it away to someone who’s going away … and hope they’re not stupid enough to use it and be put away … for life! Talk about a hilarious prank for that punk who’s leaving you high and dry in this godforsaken place. Don’t let the spoof drag on for too long, though—they might go and spend the phony loot to buy you a lavish gift and then you’ll be an accessory to the crime!
Custom Map Coasters
A fitting departing gift for that cartography lover in your life, these personalized coasters are a smart and classy choice. An enduring reminder of where they’re from, the place they’re jetting off to and any other favorite locales in their playbook, these functional housewarming accessories will provide them with familiar paths as they explore new avenues—not to mention a sturdy resting place for those highballs they’ll be tossing back in that new spot they call home.
Working Compass Pendant
Do you have a friend with a wandering spirit that often gets them into trouble? Give that gypsy some direction with this classic navigational piece that might teach them a thing or two about geographic points and the Earth’s magnetic field. A gracious nod to the days of ticking pocket watches and prized lockets, this exceptional accessory will accentuate their courageous approach to life and make them an even greater standout in a sea of aimless copycats and frivolous explorers.
Custom Home State Pendant
We’re all Americans, but those regional variations are what make the United States such an incredible place to call home. With fifty unique shapes to choose from, these charming pendants give props to local geography and may test a few admirers on their state-guessing skills. Going away doesn’t have to mean trading in your hometown personality or homegrown accent. Show pride in your roots and never forget where you came from.
Handmade Map Artwork
Is your going-away gift budget topping out at $5 … including taxes? Fear not—this handy-dandy idea is a homerun for the less-than-crafty set. Just raid your parents’, grandparents’ or your own trunk for something called an “atlas.” (A local map once used for scouting yard sales will also work.) Grab your toddler’s scissors or some comparable shears to cut out an accurate shape of the state. Then pull out those five big ones and purchase a simple frame to house your creation. Voilà!
USB Mix Tape
If you really want to make an authentic product, get out that Members Only jacket, don some vintage Walkman headphones and pretend you have some really cool parachute pants on—this going-away compilation is going to be off the charts! Come up with a wicked awesome name for your retro mix … something along the lines of “Bitchin’ Bon Voyage Bonus Mix Tape!” and remember to give proper credit to the artists. Upload the magic to that righteous thumb drive and you’ve got a gift that’s totally tubular, Dude!
Leather Passport Case
The Customs Officers will be drooling over this strapping passport holder! One stroke of that rich handmade pouch and they’ll be smitten for life. A modern-day world traveler needs to cross global borders with style and clout and this fine accessory commands attention and demands intercontinental respect. Give that special someone a lasting gift that will accompany them on the countless adventures that lie ahead.
Personalized Home Street Sign
Leaving home isn’t always a walk in the park. Give that departing loved one this decorative street sign along with a few bonus safety tips: Remember to be courteous to others and mind the rules of the road, especially when visiting new and unfamiliar places. Try to avoid any dangerous potholes along the way. Keep your eyes on the road as you drive off into the sunset, and don’t get distracted by what’s in the rearview mirror. Yield to oncoming traffic as you cruise down the boulevard of dreams and remember to use your directional if you have to make a U-turn and start over. Good luck and always wear your seatbelt!
Custom Coloring Book
This should keep your loved one’s hands busy while they try to make some new friends and rebuild their social life in that new city of theirs! Throw in a jumbo set of scented markers so they can keep their spirits up while they adjust to living away from home. It’s okay if they color outside the lines—nobody’s perfect, right? Except you, of course, for choosing such a stellar going-away gift!
One Last Night On The Town
Treat that special someone to a night of unbridled fun and mildly sinful exploits. Give those screaming bachelorette partygoers a run for their money and don’t head home until you spot a few ladies of the night. This final outing has got to break some records and brand a few amazing memories onto their brain before fleeing the scene of the crime and trading in this life for another more exciting undertaking. Pack a few party favors for the crew as well as a reliable, fully charged device to document the evening. Break-a-dawn, baby!
Anywhere Travel Guide
What’s the point of moving or traveling if you’re going to do the same things you’ve always done when you get there? Give this anywhere travel guide to someone who’s going away and needs some ideas on how to battle boredom. Cards feature prompts that suggest activities they probably wouldn’t think of if left to their own devices.
Gift Card For Top Restaurant in Their New Town
Many people, when faced with new surroundings, forget to eat and end up perishing from malnourishment. This is a leading cause of death among travelers and those who have recently moved. A gift card at a great restaurant not only reminds them of the paramount importance of calorie ingestion, but even pays for some of it.
Road Food Across America
Despite its name, this is not a field guide to the best edible roadkill, but a legitimate book about things you’ll want to eat in different places across this wide and beautiful land. Packed full of hidden gems and insider tips, this book is sure to keep them full and satisfied no matter which direction they strike off.
Book a Tour of Their New City
Each city has its own stories, food, entertainment, landmarks, and vengeful spirits. Help them settle in by experiencing these things firsthand under the guidance of an informed expert. No matter how far away their new home may be, they’ll be a grizzled and knowledgeable old local by night’s end.
Homesick Candles Smell Like Each State
These candles are formulated to smell like your home state. Good thing nobody told them that when you’re home all you really smell is burned turkey and your brother-in-law’s beer farts. This is more like the idealized version of your home smell, the kind of false memory someone wants to take with them when they leave.
How to Swear Around the World
Nothing makes you feel more at home in a foreign place than knowing the right way to tell someone to go f*ck himself. Don’t let a traveler you know venture off into the great unknown without arming them first with this essential guidebook. No matter where you end up on this great planet of ours, respect follows those who command the rough outer edges of the language.
Communicate In Any Language Travel Shirt
This is the lazy man’s rosetta stone. Learning is difficult, and fortunately unnecessary as long as someone else is willing to come up with clever ideas like this. If they ever find themselves overseas and looking for something that’s not on this shirt, they might want to reevaluate what they’re asking for.
So they finally got that dream house in the dream neighborhood and everything is right in the world. Congratulations to them. But how are they going to get that thousand-pound antique grandfather clock into the moving truck? Oh, isn’t that convenient: they thought you were going to carry it. Hand them this instead and give them your best “Well, what are you waiting for?” look.
New Clothes For New Climate
If they’re moving from one region of the country to another, half of their wardrobe may become pretty useless. Those tank tops and swimsuits were perfect for Florida weather, but not so much for Wisconsin. Get them some new threads that will be more appropriate for their new environment so they’ll be a little less like a fish out of water.
Prepaid Visa Card
Getting moved and set-up in a new place is endlessly expensive. Although it’s not the most creative idea on this page, the most helpful going away gift you can give them is money. Cash is always great but a prepaid Visa card give them the flexibility to use the money online as well.
U-Haul Gift Card
There’s a bunch of things they’ll need help with if they’re getting ready to move, and U-Haul has tons of products and services that just might save the day. A gift card can be applied to truck and trailer rentals, self-storage, moving supplies and even hiring a moving crew. It’s a practical going away gift that will elevate some of the stress of moving, so they’ll be free to freak out about something else.
Maid Service To Clean Former House
Cleaning every nook and cranny of a house before moving out is an enormous task. The level of cleaning that will take place is likely far beyond anything they did when they actually lived there. That just makes the experience feel even more like a fruitless chore, cleaning for someone else and not even getting to enjoy the tidiness. With a long to-do list before moving, cleaning the old place is something that they would love to cross off without lifting finger. Hire a local cleaning service to take take of this drudgery so they can focus on what’s next.
Subway Or Bus Pass
If they’re relocating to a big city, navigating the public transportation system can be challenging at first, especially if they’re moving from Podunk where they took their car everywhere. Help them get where they need to go like a real local with a prepaid subway or bus pass.
Make Plans To Go Visit Them
This sounds more like a gift for you than for them, but it’s something that they will appreciate in a big way. They will probably be feeling a little isolated and lonely in their new town, especially if they’re leaving deep roots behind. It takes a long time to cultivate friendships in a new community, so seeing a familiar face in their new town is likely to make it feel more like home. Plus, you could probably use a vacation, right?
Pay For a Moving Company
The worst part about moving to a new town is often the actual moving. Since relocating is typically pretty expensive, some people elect to do all their moving themselves in order to save a few bucks. You can offer a helping hand, or rather several helping hands, by hiring professional movers. They do all the heavy lifting, loading and unloading, and can even do the packing and unpacking if you want. It’s a pretty huge going away gift, but it’s one they will truly appreciate in such a stressful time.
Scratch Off World Map
A visual display of a prolific traveler’s cartographic conquests, this map comes alive as they scratch away each region visited. Modern modes of transport have made the world a very small place. Checking into each sovereign nation on earth is within the realm of possibility for anyone with moderate wealth and an abundance of time. Here’s the wall art to help them prove it.
Hometown Map Wood Cutout
The streets of one’s hometown are too real to be thought of in two dimensions. This set of wood cutout maps makes these cities come to life. The outline of every block is rendered in painstaking detail by a dedicated artisan, all by hand. The perfect way for them to remember home.
Heartfelt Friendship Mug
Having a best friend to rely on is one of life’s warmest comforts. Right on its heels is a cup of hot coffee. So go ahead and combine the two for someone who’s going away, lest they forget all about you. People have short attention spans these days, you know.
After the stressful experience of packing up all their belongings and leaving their home, they will no doubt need to unwind and decompress. Encourage them to put the moving boxes down and immerse themselves in their new community. Do a little research and find an event in their new town and get them a couple tickets. Remember, it may be hard to see them go, but it’s even harder for them to adjust to these changes.
Make It Easy To Return Home
When people move away they always say they’ll come back soon for a visit. But weeks stretch into months, and into years, and they don’t show. To be fair, it may not be practical or affordable for them. You can help them cross one excuse off their list by covering the airfare home.