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15 Thoughtful Moving Away Gifts For Friends and Family

Havana Dauncey
· October 25, 2023
15 Thoughtful Moving Away Gifts For Friends and Family

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Is one of your loved ones moving away? Have you been wracking your brain about what special gift you can get them to show them how much you’ll miss them when they’re gone? Well, we’re here to help!

Getting friends and family moving away gifts can be tricky sometimes — especially when they’re in the chaos of preparing to move houses, you don’t want to add just another thing to the pile for them to pack. That’s why you’ve got to be a bit more clever and find the perfect gift that will help make their life easier and show them how much they mean to you.

With our ultimate list of the top 15 simple thoughtful and simple moving away gifts, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect send-off for your loved one.

1. Flower Delivery

Nothing can fill a new home with life and vibrance like a fresh bouquet of flowers, filling the air with sweet smells.

Schedule a delivery of your loved one’s favourite flowers or plants addressed to their new home. It’s best to plan for a date a few days after they arrive so that they can settle and unpack some things first.

2. Local Excursions

With your friend or family starting fresh in a new city, you can help your friend or family member explore their new neighbourhood by getting them a ticket, gift card or even a recommendation list of a fun activity near them.

Do some research and become their local guide! You can look for:

  • Restaurants and cafes

  • Indoor and outdoor activities

  • Concerts and plays

  • Tours and tourist attractions

  • Community events

  • Nature excursions

  • Markets

  • Local shops

3. Meal Delivery

The last thing you want to worry about when you’re about to move or have just moved in is trying to whip up something for dinner. You can take this little stress off them by providing a yummy surprise.

If they’re still in the neighbourhood, you can go drop off something yourself. Otherwise, you can use food delivery apps, like Uber Eats and Mr D, to send them their take-out favourites. There are even services that deliver home-cooked meals if you’d rather send some soul food — some good options are Dinnerbox, Frozen For You, Chef’s Box and Dinner Is Done.

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4. Home Care Package

With your loved one starting fresh in a new house, they’ll probably be lacking some essentials. So why not curate a little home care package with an assortment of home essentials to make their new house feel like a home?

Your home care package could include:

  • Scented candles

  • Diffusers

  • Hand soaps

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Toilet paper

5. Spa Day

If there’s one thing your loved one will need after this crazy time is a spa day. So book them in for a day with their spa favourites, whether it’s a massage, facial, or mani and pedi.

This will help them relax, recover and reset, so they’ll be ready to take on this next chapter of their life.

6. Framed Photo

This one is a classic for a reason! Sometimes just having a small photo of a special moment to hang up and decorate their fresh walls can mean so much.

You can take it up a notch with a digital photo frame where you can upload a bunch of memories so that you don’t have to pick just one magical moment.

7. Friendship Bracelet

Whether it’s homemade or sparkled with jewels, a friendship bracelet is always a special gift — a string keeping you close together even when you’re so far apart.

Friendship bracelets are best when they’re personalised so make it special with some beads, charms, gemstones or even with a small engraving.

And don’t forget to get two — one for your bestie and one for you!

8. Gift Cards

Moving isn’t cheap and maybe the one thing your loved one really needs right now is some extra cash. But in case you don’t want to just hand over an envelope with some dollar bills, a helpful alternative is to load up some gift cards and send them their way.

Great gift card options include:

9. Long-Distance Friendship Lamps

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to tell your loved one you’re thinking of them, these incredible lamps are the answer.

Friendship lamps are a set of two lamps — one at your house and one at your friends — connected through WIFI. So when you’re missing your friend, you simply tap your lamp and theirs will light thousands of miles away. And yours will light up when they’re thinking of you. You can even change the colours to send a secret code of how you’re feeling. This way you can stay connected without even saying a word!

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10. Fresh Comforts

After all the physical activity and stress of moving, they’ll probably want to relax and get comfy. And while you may be far away, you can still be there to comfort them with a fresh set of comfy things, such as:

  • Snug pyjamas, sweatpants and sweaters

  • Thick, fluffy blankets

  • Soft throw pillows

  • A cuddly teddy bear

11. Food Favourites from Home

If your loved one is moving internationally, they may quickly start to miss the taste of home. Send them some familiar flavours with a little goodie bag with their food favourites they can’t find anywhere else.

This could include:

  • Local spices

  • Chocolates and sweet treats

  • Snacks

  • Local tea and coffee

  • Sauces

  • Wine

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12. Personalised Playlist

If you and your friend or family member love music and have those hit songs that when they come on, you can’t help but think of each other, why not put them all together in a personalised playlist?

Give your loved one a modern-day mix-tape with a playlist of throwback bangers to get them through the long commute to their new home or to jam to when they’re feeling nostalgic.

13. DIY Note Jar

This personalised gift is perfect if you want to keep all the emotions but save a few bucks.

Take an empty glass jar and fill it with a bunch of small handwritten notes for your loved one to read when they need some extra support.

Be creative! You could write:

  • Quotes

  • Words of encouragement

  • Favourite memories

  • Cheesy jokes

14. Top-Quality Luggage

Luggage and suitcases are super handy during a move where you can use them for extra storage — unless, of course, they’re falling apart at the seams.

Don’t let your loved one try to move houses with worn-out luggage — get them a fresh set for their fresh start. This small change can make a major difference to the moving experience and also help them travel in style.

15. Recommend a Moving Service

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This one might be the biggest life-saver for your loved one on the list. If your loved one is still in the planning process of their massive move, this small tip could save them tons of time, money and stress.

Wise Move is all about helping people find trusted and affordable moving services across South Africa! Instead of spending hours searching for the best movers and trying to find the lowest quote, with Wise Move’s moving company platform, your loved one can connect to the top movers across the country with just one single post. All they have to do is compare reviews and prices and they’ve then found the perfect movers to suit their needs and their budget.

Check out Wise Move and give your loved ones a gift they’ll never forget!

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