Staff-picks June 11 2020

10 Perfect Going Away Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

10 Perfect Going Away Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

They’ve decided to expand their wings and move to a new city or country. Of course, you’ll miss them, but you’re excited for them to be embarking on a new adventure. If you’re looking for a farewell gift that won’t add to their list of things to fit in their suitcase, look no further. 

Whether they are moving to take their dream job, or just for a change of scenery, they’ll need to get to know their new city - and the best way to get to know a new city is to experience it. That’s why Gifting Owl experiences make the best going away and leaving gifts. From walking city tours to cycling sightseeing activities, your farewell gift will be the perfect way to explore their new home and meet the locals.

In this article, we’ve listed our favourite going away gift ideas for a family or friend moving abroad. 

1. Walking city tours

Gift one of hundreds of Gifting Owl walking city tours. They’ll stop at the most iconic sites and learn the history of their new home. Their local guide will give them all the insider knowledge - from where to eat and drink to popular local hangouts. 

2. Cycling or segway city tours

Similar to a walking city tour but they’ll cover much more ground on two wheels. Choose a standard bicycle or they can try something different and glide and spin on a segway. Whichever mode of transport you choose - a guided city tour with a local is a fun way to immerse yourself in your new home. 

3. Local brewery tours

If you know they’ll miss their local watering hole - help them find their new one with a brewery tour! On their experience, they’ll meet a bunch of other beer lovers and discover what tasty brews are on offer in their new city. A brewery tour is a great way to meet other locals and visitors. 

4. Walking food tours

If they’re more concerned about the local food offering in their new city - this is the gift for them. A walking food tour will help them uncover the local favourites. From food trucks to hole-in-the-wall eateries and fancy restaurants, they’ll leave with new friends and a full belly. 

5. Local adventure activities 

Adventure seekers less interested in sightseeing and their next meal would be thrilled to receive a local adventure activity. Each city has different adventures on offer. From sunset kayaking on the Brisbane River to rock climbing in Colorado and jetboating in New Zealand. Giving a local adventure is an exciting way to meet new people and fall in love with a new city. 

6. Relaxing spa experience

If the moving process has them feeling understandably stressed, perhaps the best experience for them is a relaxing massage or spa package. Perfect for those who will also experience jet lag on arrival, this leaving gift will help them relax into their new home. 

7. Authentic culinary experience

By far one of the best ways to learn how the locals live is by booking an authentic culinary experience. These private dining experiences involve a visit to the markets, a cooking lesson and devouring an authentic local meal. With plenty of one-on-one time with a local, they’ll be able to ask all their burning questions about the area. 

8. Wildlife experience

For animal enthusiasts, a wildlife experience is a great way to meet the locals. Perfect for destinations with unique national wildlife like Australia’s koalas and kangaroos or South Africa’s Big 5. A local wildlife experience gift will have them instantly fall in love with their new home.

9. Famous landmark & attractions ticket

They can’t move to a new city without experiencing its famous attractions and landmarks. Choose from guided tours of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Louvre, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and many more around the world. Your gift will make them feel like their on holidays in their new home. 

10. Travel gift card

If you’re still unsure what they’d like to do you can let them choose! Gift them a travel gift card to the value of your choice and they can explore their options once they arrive in their new home. 

Whichever experience you choose the lucky gift receiver will love the idea of exploring their new home with their gift voucher. With an experience gift, you can rest easy knowing they won’t have to try and fit your thoughtful leaving gift in their already full suitcase. Simply find an experience that suits them or purchase a value-based gift voucher and let them decide for themselves. 

Happy gifting!  

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