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Bon voyage!

Whether you're attending a going away or bon voyage party, saying farewell to a recent graduate, or wishing good luck to a couple moving miles away to a new home and a new life, you certainly don't want to arrive empty handed!

You're probably familiar with the circumstances surrounding the party and the guest of honor's personal tastes, but if you need additional tips on appropriate gifts, check out the following suggestions that are sure to help you impart your thoughtful best wishes:

  • 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 such as a gift basket for a Caribbean cruise filled with sunblock, tanning lotion, flip flops or UV sunglasses.

    If it's an overseas destination consider a money belt, a travel guide book, or foreign language dictionary. And, no matter what their destination, don't forget the modern necessity associated with any vacation or holiday trip — that is, extra rechargeable batteries for the digital camera. Buy a jumbo pack

  • Going away gifts for friends and neighbors: If old friends will be sorely missed after they move away to a new home or job opportunity, express your feelings with an album filled with photos of your many good times together. Before the going away party, e-mail other good friends and neighbors for their special memories and photos and include them in your goodbye memento.

    Other thoughtful gifts might include maps or books about a new and strange destination, a pre-housewarming gift for their new home ...or how about purchasing a phone card to ensure that they call you every once in a while (and not only around the holidays!)

  • Off to college gifts: Treat kids going off to college to practical tokens of affection like gift cards (or cash) along with electronic gadgets, dorm kitchen equipment, snack packs and energy drinks, and maybe a cookbook. Or — assemble all of the above in a duffel bag or decorative basket and call it "The Ultimate College Survival Kit". For more, click the following link for more details on other thoughtful and appreciated graduation gift ideas.

  • More tips & advice about bon voyage gifts around the Web:

    Going Away and Bon Voyage Party & Gift Ideas - Here's a brief list of suggestions for going away presents, but the real reason for visiting is the complete guide to partying wiht the guest of honor!

    Good Going Away Gifts - 10 Great Ideas! - Suggestions for custom and creative gifts as well as practical presents they'll love.


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