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Saying Goodbye in Style: 15 Leaving Gift Ideas That Show You Care

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Leaving home is like ripping off a plaster – exciting, painful, and sometimes downright scary! It’s an emotional whirlwind for the one taking the plunge, as well as their nearest and dearest.

As the person watching from the sidelines, you can’t help but feel the urge to show your love, appreciation, and impeccable taste in gifts. But if we’re honest with ourselves, finding that perfect present can be more challenging than watching an episode of the James Corden show.

Fear not, gift hunters—Thankbox has got you covered! 

We’ll explore 15 creative leaving gift ideas that cater to various tastes and preferences. Whether your loved one is sentimental, practical, or adventurous, we’ve got the perfect way to show you care

The art of saying goodbye – 15 heartfelt gift ideas for those leaving home

Leaving home is a significant milestone in anyone’s life, whether it’s for college, a new job, or embarking on a grand adventure. From personalised gifts that say “I know you better than anyone else” to practical gifts that make life easier, we’ve got the perfect present to say goodbye and good luck!

1. Send personalised e-cards with Thankbox

As they prepare to leave home, what better way to express your love than by creating a heartfelt memento with Thankbox

Our user-friendly platform allows friends and family to collaborate on a group leaving card – filling it with cherished memories and well-wishes.

All the Thankbox use cases

As they embark on their new adventure, they can look back on their online leaving card, remembering the special connections they’ve made along the way – no matter the distance

If you can’t find the right words to say, check out our article on what to write on a leaving card for inspiration!

2. Unite friends and family with a Thankbox gift card

Ease the gifting process and bring everyone together with a Thankbox gift card. This fast and secure option allows friends and family to collect money for a gift, so recipients can put it towards their next step.

Thankbox Gift Card - how it works illustration

With the flexibility to spend their gift card at over 700 popular retailers worldwide – including ASOS and Amazon – Thankbox egift cards give users the freedom to purchase the things they need (rather than another pair of socks).


3. Monogrammed luggage

Help your loved one travel in style with monogrammed luggage. Choose from suitcases, duffel bags, or backpacks adorned with their initials. It’s not only a practical gift, but also a fashion statement that screams, “I’m going places!”

4. Engraved keepsake

Give them something they can hold onto forever – an engraved keepsake. Be it a stylish keychain or a sentimental necklace, these timeless tokens will remind them that they’ll always have a special place in your heart. 

5. Custom map art

Celebrate the journey they’re about to go on. Showcase their home and the destination they’re heading to, and add a meaningful quote to make it extra special. Check out these exciting map prints from Not On The High Street that let recipients scratch off the countries they visit.

Personalised maps from Not on the High St

6. Personalised throw blanket

Offer warmth and comfort with a customised throw blanket featuring their name, a favourite quote, or a significant date like a birthday or when they leave the nest. This cosy gift will wrap them in memories during chilly nights or when they need a hug from afar.

7. Portable power bank

Keep their devices charged and ready for action with a reliable power bank from Amazon. They’ll appreciate the convenience of staying connected, even during long days of exploring or travelling. And best of all, it stops their phones from dropping to the dreaded 1% mark!

8. Say hello with a lovely bouquet of flowers

Arrange for a flower delivery to arrive at their new home the day after they move in, adding a vibrant touch to their space and letting them know they’re in your thoughts. Even though this is more of a new home gift than a farewell gift, it’s certain to be cherished nonetheless.

Bouquet of flowers

9. Subscriptions on the go

Taking up zero luggage space and providing endless entertainment, subscriptions make fantastic gifts for your loved ones. Services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other streaming platforms can be a lifeline when travelling. It also means they can catch up on shows so they’re never left out of the conversation.

10. Language learning app subscription

If they’re moving to a foreign country, a subscription to a language learning app like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone can be a game-changer. They’ll appreciate the head start in mastering the local languageand give them a chance to show off!

11. Tickets to a special event

Indulge their interests and passions with tickets to a concert, sports event, or theatre performance. These special outings create unforgettable memories and provide a fun break from the stresses of moving

Man on stage in t-shirt singing

12. A weekend getaway

Plan a surprise getaway to their new area, exploring the local culture and attractions. This mini-holiday encourages them to embrace all the things their new home has to offer. If this isn’t possible, consider booking a bed and breakfast closer to you – giving them a chance to relax and unwind.

13. A guidebook to their new location

Speaking of their new surroundings, help them explore with a comprehensive guidebook detailing the best attractions, restaurants, and hidden gems. This practical gift will be their go-to resource as they settle in and start discovering their new environment.

14. Food subscription box

A food subscription box from HelloFresh and Gousto is a delicious and delightful way to take the pressure off budding home cooks. Choose from a variety of options, such as gourmet snacks, international cuisine, or healthy treats, letting them concentrate on unpacking rather than what’s for dinner.

Hello Fresh intro and ordering process

15. Care package with essentials

Assemble a personalised care package filled with essential items like toiletries, snacks, and small comforts to make their new living situation feel more like home – we’re thinking Marmite and Jaffa Cakes!  

Say goodbye in style with Thankbox

While farewell gifts are by no means obligatory, they’re a touching way to express how you’re feeling. And even though offering support and helping with packing can make all the difference, if you want to go the extra mile, consider the thoughtful gift suggestions above.

For a truly unforgettable goodbye, Thankbox helps you say the most heartfelt and memorable farewell possible. Starting at just £4.99, sending a personalised and one-of-a-kind e-card and e-gift card is as easy as one, two, or three.

Create a Thankbox today and say goodbye in style

Images: Cover - leaving with a suitcase | Bouquet of flowers | Man on stage singing