Whether you're attending a going away or bon voyage party, saying farewell to a graduate, or wishing good luck to a couple moving miles away, you certainly don't want to arrive empty handed!
But what do you give someone leaving for a two-week sea cruise? Or leaving town for college? Or maybe.... forever?
Just up ahead, check out tips and suggestions for giving the perfect gift for a bon voyage, a moving away party, or that new college freshman:
Bon Voyage gifts: Of course, a bottle of champagne is always welcome to help get the guest of honor in vacation mode!
Also think of something unique to their destination, like a Caribbean cruise gift basket that you can fill with sunblock, tanning lotion, flip flops, a portable water bottle, and UV sunglasses.
If it's an overseas destination consider a travel guide book, a foreign language dictionary, or a handy universal plug adapter so they can be instantly power up in any country they visit.
While 35mm travel cameras are on the way out, you can still look into a set of universal camera lenses to fit any smartphone, for special shots they may want to take with their iPhone or android.
Awww moment: have a bouquet delivered to
their new address on the same day they arrive.
Going away gifts for friends and neighbors: If old friends will be sorely missed when they move away, create a photo album filled with photos of your many good times together. Before the party, e-mail or message friends and neighbors for their special memories and photos, and include them in your goodbye memento.
Are they moving cross-country? Think ahead and make their lives easier with a gift card to a Home Depot, Target or Walmart that can be used nationwide.
Or, go online to find out how to purchase gift certificates in their new home town. A night out to a local popular restaurant or cultural hot spot will go a long way in helping them settle into the neighborhood.
Other good gifts might include maps or books about a new and strange destination, or a pre-housewarming gift for their new home.
For an extra special touch, arrange for a flower bouquet to get to their new address on the same day they arrive.
Off to college gifts: Treat kids going off to college to practical tokens of affection like gift cards (or cash) along with electronic gadgets and dorm kitchen equipment.
Snack packs, a favorite breakfast cereal, ramen noodles, energy drinks, and maybe a cookbook for beginners would also be very much appreciated.
Or, assemble all of the above in a duffel bag or gift basket and call it "The
Ultimate College Survival Kit".
Gifts for anyone on the move
Here are a few more quick tips for giving gifts to anyone about to hit the road:
• Packing is such sweet sorrow! Especially when they're taking a ton of electronic gear. Check the local electronics store for special travel cases to make packing gadget peripherals easier with handy compartments to keep earphones, memory sticks, and laptop and USB cords all in one place.
• Will they be on a long international flight to reach their destination? Then they will especially appreciate a nice, soft, cushiony travel pillow so they're well rested once they get there.
• With outrageous luggage fees being charged nowadays, a portable electronic luggage scale can tell them the exact weight of their check-in bags BEFORE they hit the airport. Cost? About $15 US. The peace of mind it can bring at check-in?: Priceless.
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