Personal Shopper: Going-Away Gifts for Lisa's BFF

Says Lisa: "My dearest friend is moving far away. I'm going to miss her something awful. I'd love to be able to give her a special going away gift to let her know just how much she will be missed. Any suggestions??"

Hi, Lisa, Marian here. Hugs to you both, if that's not creepy - and take it from me that distance friendships can still last. It takes a little effort, but it's totally possible.

Leading off with a couple of gifts that might help her get settled, we have this 1) OSI Total Weather Station ($100) which should keep her from misjudging the climate in her new home - and since she'll look at it every day, it'll also keep you in her thoughts. On the more whimsical side, there's this 2) Tea of Courage canister ($25), which says exactly that on the side. There are definitely days when you want something like that waiting on the counter for you.

On the other hand, of course, you want to make it as easy as possible for her to visit you, so you could always snag her this very very cute (and capacious) 3) Kaleidoscope Satchel ($36), which she can pack full of necessities for weekend visits. A sentimental options is a picture frame; I liked the 4) Emmitt Multi-Opening Frame ($30) but of course there are myriad options. If you do get one that holds multiple photos, put in some shots of the two of you, but also some of the area where you live now. And I'd like to put in a word for 5) Very Far Away From Anywhere Else ($7), which is an intelligent and sensitive novel that anyone facing loneliness or feeling out of place should read.

Take care, Lisa, and drop us a line!



Posted on 06.14.11 at 9:57 AM

Hi Marian,
I was so psyched to see your response to my quest to find a meaningful going away gift for my friend. They were really unique items that I would never have found myself. I'm looking forward to triggering a blubbering tear-filled good-bye when I give her the gifts! (I still can't believe she is really going to leave!!)
With appreciation,

Marian the Contrarian

Posted on 06.14.11 at 10:30 AM

Aw, Lisa, thanks.

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