Buying going away gifts for neighbors can be tricky, since you don’t always necessarily know exactly what they would like. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect gift for neighbors who are moving away though, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve taken the guesswork out of selecting the ideal going away present with 12 ideas that are sure to put a smile on your neighbors’ faces—and that they can actually get some use out of.
First, a few tips for buying gifts for neighbors when they’re moving away:
Make it personal, but not too personal. How personal you get with your gift depends on how well you know your neighbors, but as a general rule, going away gifts don’t have to be super personal the way a birthday or holiday gift might be. It’s definitely okay to go with something more general, provided you put some thought into whether they’ll like it or not.
Skip the flowers. In most cases, flowers and plants are a great choice for gifts. When it comes to neighbors moving away though, they’re not ideal. Both plants and flowers are difficult to move, and you’ll just end up adding on more responsibility to an already burgeoning to-do list.
Don’t spend a ton. Just because a gift is more expensive doesn’t mean that it’s better. Giving your neighbors a super pricey gift might be awkward for them, and it’s also really just not necessary. We recommend sticking in the range of $50 and under.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are 12 going away gifts for neighbors that we’re sure will be much appreciated.
A home improvement store gift card
When it comes to gifting, gift cards get a bad rap, but they actually make great gifts for neighbors who are moving away (and great going away gifts in general). And since moving into a new home almost always necessitates making endless trips to the home improvement store, a gift card to Home Depot, Lowe’s, or another similar retailer will definitely be put to use.
If your neighbors are moving out of the area, then gift them with something they might miss when they’re in their new home, such as a bottle of wine from a local winery or a box of fresh baked cookies from one of Toledo’s go-to bakeries.
Meal delivery box
Moving doesn’t have to mean eating pizza for dinner every night while you get settled in (though it usually does). Give your neighbors the gift of better meals with a meal delivery box, most of which provide everything they’ll need to cook healthy and hearty dinners for a week without ever having to run to the store.
Do your neighbors have an impressive green thumb? While it’s a shame they won’t be able to take most of that hard work in the garden with them when they leave, you can help them start from scratch at their now home with starter seeds for some of the items they were growing before—such as flowers, vegetables, or herbs.
A gift that gives back
Sometimes the best going away gifts for neighbors are those that speak to the heart. If you know they’re passionate about a specific type of charity and/or a specific charitable organization, make a donation in their honor and let them know about it in a thoughtful goodbye card.
Spa day in a box
We could all use some help relaxing during the stress of a move. Create a “spa day in a box” for your neighbors with stress-relieving goodies like a lavender candle, some lemon balm or chamomile tea, and a bottle of peppermint soap and/or hand lotion.
Sage cleansing kit
If your neighbors are tapped into their spiritual side, then gift them with a sage cleansing kit that they can use to rebalance the energy in their new home. Also called smudge kits, these usually come up with sage, crystals, and herbs that will help cleanse your neighbors’ new space and welcome in positive vibes.
Homesick scented candle
Think a candle can’t be an inspired going away gift? Think again. Homesick scented candles are hand crafted candles designed to smell like certain cities and states—such as the Boston candle which brings to mind the scent of spiced tea, or the Illinois candle with hints of honeysuckle and grain. If your neighbors are moving to a new city or state, they’ll love having this comforting reminder of home.
A cheeky mug
Say what you really mean, with a mug printed with “Good Luck Finding Better Neighbors Than Us.” We’re sure your neighbors will get a good laugh, plus they’ll also having a nice mug for morning coffee at their new house.
A gift for their pet
Moving with a dog, cat, or other pet can be hard on everyone—and especially pets themselves. Treat their furry (or feathery or scaly) friend with a going away gift that their humans will appreciate too, like a new toy or some special treats. It will be a great distraction later on when their people are getting everything set up.
Custom house décor
Etsy is full of talented artists drawing, painting, cross-stitching or otherwise creating stunning custom pictures of houses. Give your neighbors something unique to remember their home by with a print, ornament, pillow, or other piece of décor featuring their beloved residence.
Put together a packing toolkit before your neighbors get ready to move and save them some time and money at the store. Include a couple rolls of packing tape, some permanent markers, a roll of packing paper and air filled plastic wrap, and maybe even a few boxes. It won’t cover everything that they’ll need, but it’s a thoughtful way to help get them started.
We know that your neighbors will be happy with any of the above gifts, but remember that sometimes the best going away gift is just a heartfelt goodbye and the sharing of a memory or two. Regardless, no matter what you do your neighbors are sure to appreciate you putting in the thought to wish them well on their journey to their new home.
Article sourced from moving.com