9 Cute Moving Away Gift Ideas

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Having friends move away really sucks. We really miss hanging out with all our old friends that had to load up that truck and go away. Giving gifts, however, is a lot of fun.  Give your friends something to help remind them of home, and you when they move out, and  read our favorite 9 cutest moving away gifts.


Customized “Heart to Heart” Gift  

Hatch.co, a marketplace for made-to-order items, features a vibrant and lovely section of cute “heart to heart” items. These items play off the distance between two hearts - serving as a reminder that the distance between these two can’t disrupt that special relationship. The design is available on a pillow or map, and you can choose between a number of color schemes for even more customization. This is a great gift for a long-distance significant owner, a beloved child heading off to college, or any bffs that will miss hanging out together. 

IDEA: Custom Heart-to-Heart Pillow on Hatch.co 


New Stationary (with new address!)

This gift is a both really function and a great hint to your friend to send out moving notices to their loved ones. Customized stationery is a great gift for the entrepreneurially minded and the incessantly professional. Unless you know your what your friend wants, we recommend getting their input before totally blindsiding them with stationary they aren't going to use.    

IDEA: Stationery from Paper Presentation


Your Memories (In pictures)  

 your memories (in pictures) going away gift

They say experiences are better than things, and the best experiences always come in the company of great friends. Help your friend relive some of your best moments together, in pictures that will last forever. This gift is so simple, but can mean so much. It’s also so simple that it’s hard to mess up. You’ll probably get it right! It doesn’t hurt to attempt something creative, however: try something interesting! We’re sure your friends will remind you that it’s the thought that counts. 

IDEA: Massive Instagram Photo Collage from Social Print Studios


Key Frame / New home relic

framed key going away gift

Celebrate the new home or the old memories with this relic from home. A key is a small reminder of the joys that wait inside your new home - or maybe the memories that took place in that old home. This is a great gift for first time homeowners.  

IDEA: Frame their first key  (via Rhyme and Ribbons) 


Stress Ball - (with hometown relic) 

Moving sucks, and is SUPER stressful. A stress ball is an easy yet thoughtful way to show that you understand the tough times that lay ahead for anyone moving house. For bonus points, grab a stress ball from a local business, sports team, or monument to help remind your friend of home. We wouldn't give just a stress ball to a dear friend, but it can be a nice add-on or a good way to show an acquaintance that they'll be missed.

IDEA: Statue of Liberty Stress Ball 


Tourist Trap Merch

(picture via NYC CityStore)

This will be worth at least a few good laughs. You actually bought THAT?! But in truth, what’s the first thing people see once they walk off the plane into their home airport? Probably a gift shop full of this stuff. So in that way, it’s pretty homey. With this gift, you’ll have both a laugh and a memory, and you might even have a story. 

IDEA: I <3 NY t-shirt


Airline Gift Card

There’s no better way to hint to your friends to come visit than with the financial incentive of a gift-card that may expire one day. Who doesn’t love a good homecoming? Plus, it’s sort of like giving the gift of you! For those moving away from family members or other loved ones, this gift could really come in handy come the holidays or a long-weekend. 

IDEA: Give a Raise.com gift card for cheaper than the normal rate!


Local Art

A piece from a local artist can make for a great first home or apartment decoration. Head down to a local flea market, street fair, or other art sale nearby. It doesn’t have to be a museum-quality piece, but pick out something that your friend will be happy to put on his walls or inside their apartment. 

IDEA: Art on Post-Its at the Brooklyn Flea


Sports TV Package

They might not be the “home” team any more, but your friend will never miss their favorite team's big game with a TV or streaming package for displaced fans. NFL Sunday Ticket allows NFL fans to watch every game, every sunday with this package, even when they're not in the local area of their favorite team. If you’re friend’s not an NFL fan, but will miss watching their favorite NBA/NHL/MLB/MLS team on local TV, each of those leagues also have a package for out-of-area fans.

IDEA: NFL Sunday Ticket 


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