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Going Away Gifts People Will Actually Use

Whether your loved one is moving to the other side of town or across the country, you're most likely searching for the perfect moving gift to commemorate the occasion. But because everyone is different and the best going away presents show you care while also reminding them of the place they're leaving, finding the right gift can be difficult!

The next time you're on the hunt for a moving gift that will wow, refer to our list of going away presents that are actually useful or meaningful.

10 Perfect Going Away Gifts

Meal Delivery Kit

Moving can be chaotic, especially when it comes to deciding on dinner! Want to save your friend or family member from a bare kitchen, or from ordering takeout every night? Why not sign them up for a month's worth of a meal delivery service? If they'll have easy access to the boxes they packed their kitchen items away in, healthy meal prep kits like Blue Apron or HelloFresh could be a home run. If not, ready-made meals from Freshly might be just the ticket.

New Home Care Package

Think of the essentials that every homeowner (or renter!) will need. While it may not be the most fun gift box you can give, it'll definitely make your friend's life easier as they settle into their new space. Let them focus on the bigger picture (and save them a last minute trip to the store!) with a box stocked with:

  • Toilet paper
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies

Weekender Bag

Hint, hint! If you're hoping your friend or family member will come back to visit for a weekend, the perfect way to drop the hint is with the bag they'll need to make it happen. It's also the perfect gift for the traveler who's interested in exploring their new surroundings!

Flower Delivery

Brighten up their new home with fresh flowers! Order a bouquet of their favorite blooms to arrive at their new address soon after they arrive to remind them they are missed and to help them settle in.

Gift Card

Moving inevitably means a trip or two to Target or a hardware store! Help them get what they need with a gift card; whether they need to stock up on milk or grab some extra nails, you can rest assured that your gift will be put to good use.

Coupon for New Experiences

Help them get to know their new neighborhood by purchasing an experience! Whether they're foodies, thrill-seekers, or love a spa day, search a service like Groupon for the perfect gift. Plus, it'll help them step away from their moving to-do list for a little while!

Travel Accessories

Especially if they're leaving on a jet plane, you can help moving day go a little smoother with gifts for the journey. Take your pick of:

  • Travel pillow
  • Portable cocktail kit
  • Wireless phone charger

Portable Wi-Fi

The world revolves around internet access, and it may not be the first thing your friend or family member can get to when they move. Make their arrival a little easier by helping them get online as soon as they drop their bags in the living room with a portable Wi-Fi device.

Offer to Babysit (or Pet Sit!)

If your friend or family member has kids and/or pets, packing might be extra stressful. If you're close enough with the family, offering to take care of their kids or pets while they take some time to pack can make the entire moving process easier for everyone.

Something That Reminds Them of Home

Especially if they're moving far away, your friend or family member might miss some local favorites. Stock up on their favorite non-perishable treats and send them to their new place. It'll remind them of where they left, and help ease them into living in a new locale.