Saying goodbye never gets easier, does it?
When you care about someone, the idea of a final farewell weighs heavy on the heart. While both of you are left with memories, you can turn it into a bittersweet occasion by sending them off with a going away gift to help them remember how missed they are and will always be.
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” — J.M. Barrie
It’s human nature to want to know that we’re loved and will be remembered. This is the chance to celebrate your time together.
We’ve carefully curated a list of the most memorable going away gifts so that neither of you will be forgetting the good times.
Without further ado, check out these bucket-list-worthy options for send off and farewell gifts for your colleagues!
Farewell & Going Away Gifts For Coworkers
What it is: Everyone’s favorite houseplant arrives in style! The Succulent Gift Box is the perfect housewarming gift or chance to leave your coworker with a feel-good gift for their next big step in life!
Why we love it: In addition to a personalized retirement wish, your coworker, friend, or employee will be delighted to open up a scented candle, sugar scrub, and a succulent.
Where to Get it: Succulent Gift Box
What it is: Celebrate your departing colleague with a party that will bring everyone together to sip some craft beer, try artisan cheeses, and snacks and learn the ins and outs of beer tasting in a lively virtual setting.
Why we love it: It not only gifts your team members a fully loaded beer box packed with new beers to try but this brew kit also gets everyone together to send off your coworker the right way!
Price: Click here for a quote
Where to Get it: Beer & Cheese Experience
What it is: Remember at the end of every school year how kids would go around signing each other’s yearbooks? The Signature Guestbook replicates that feeling — you know, the kind where people tell you how they really feel about you and vice-versa?
Why we love it: This personalized farewell gift gives everyone an opportunity to write a special message to the boss, coworker, or employee heading off into their next role or opportunity.
Where to Get it: Signature Guestbook
What it is: The Dundie Award is The Office-themed gift specially created to celebrate the life and achievements of your coworkers.
Why we love it: You can customize the Dundie Award with any message you’d like! This lets you celebrate your departing coworker in a silly way like “Best Sandwich Eater” or in a serious way like an award for the “Best Coworker That Ever Left.”
Where to Get it: The Dundie Award
What it is: An easy-to-use gifting platform that allows you to send scalable digital gift to departing employees. With access to Amazon’s product catalog and an entire library of gifting options — there is something for everyone!
Why we love it: You no longer have to worry about searching, selecting, and ordering the right gift. This service will simply notify them to wish them luck and choose the right vendor to buy them something nice!
Price: 3 different pricing plans ranging from FREE to Plus
Where to Get it: Check out the gift catalog!
What it is: Whether you are looking for a fun way to say goodbye or a meaningful way to show your appreciation, a going away experience will show your coworker or employee how much they mean to you.
Why we love it: Not only will your coworker appreciate the gesture, but they’ll also be able to bond with their colleagues and build team morale. So when it’s time to say goodbye, you can rest assured that your coworker will have fond memories of their time at the company.
Price: Pricing varies depending on which kit you select
Where to Get it: For some more ideas, check out some shippable activities…
- 🎨 Team Painting Class
- 🎄 Ugly Sweater-Making Party
- 🍵 Boba Tea Making Class
- 🥩 BBQ Sauce-Making Experience
- 🥃 Whiskey Cocktail Experience
What it is: The Personalized Notebook is a great going away gift for bosses and coworkers alike because it looks and feels like it was made just for them!
Why we love it: This custom engraved leather journal is elegant, chic, and comes in a variety of purchasing options.
Where to Get it: Personalized Notebook
What it is: Blueboard offers exciting experiential rewards that truly inspire employees and create positive lasting sentiment towards your company. Gift your departing coworker the trip they’ve always talked about but never had time to do.
Why we love it: Employees choose from hundreds of localized offerings within a hand-curated rewards menu so they get to pick the bucketlist experience that they want most.
Price: Request custom pricing
Where to Get it: Blueboard
What it is: A piece of personalized artwork to send them on their next opportunity with a memorable keepsake that doubles as a cool new addition to their workspace. Available as a digital print or a framed print to adorn any office wall!
Why we love it: The artwork is not only iconic but perfect to spice up their next workstation. Also, isn’t it everyone’s secret wish to be a cartoon character?!
Where to Get it: Custom Artwork – Cartoon Edition
10. Dear Traitor Mug
What it is: This funny going away gift for coworkers teases about their imminent farewell with a tongue-in-cheek message “Dear Traitor, good luck finding better coworkers than us. — your not heartbroken friend.”
Why we love it: The Dear Traitors Mug will let your coworker drink coffee — and perhaps the bittersweet tears of you and their other work best friends. Besides that, it’s a funny way of saying, “I’m going to miss you…a lot.”
Where to Get it: Dear Traitor Mug
What it is: The Brews Less Traveled Beer Club is a beer box membership that delivers 8-16 delicious craft brews from a new American craft beer scene every month.
Why we love it: It is a gift that keeps on giving! Simply sign them up and your beer-loving coworker will be able to enjoy new breweries via a convenient beer kit shipped right to their doorstep.
Price: $69.00 / month with first month free
Where to Get it: Brews Less Traveled Beer Club
What it is: The Personalized Wine Barrel Hanging Bar is a unique and stylish way to commemorate someone’s time with your company. Plus, it can be used as a functional bar in their home.
Why we love it: The recipient can choose to add their name and special date on it, which will be stamped onto the wood in an old-world style font. It’s sure to become a keepsake that they’ll cherish for years to come!
Where to Get it: Wine Barrel Hanging Bar
What it is: It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere is the ultimate farewell gift for anyone looking to relax. Whether your coworker is heading off into retirement, maternity leave, or just loves to kick back and unwind during their downtime, It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere helps them take that much-needed breather!
Why we love it: This party time going away gift is great for family gatherings, hosting coworker parties, or chilling out solo style. It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere includes a Moscow Mule Mug Gift Set, an all-natural cocktail mixers variety pack, insert cards, a reusable straw set, and a Sugarfina Small Candy Cube.
Where to Get it: It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere
14. Legend Mug
What it is: Legend Mug is the perfect leaving job present and gag gift for its playful message — I used to work with legends. This ceramic white mug is double-sided with words printed on the front and the backside of the cup. There is also a T-Shirt version that can be found here.
Why we love it: This dishwasher and microwave-safe mug is individually pressed so the letters never peel off and the high-gloss ceramic material lends to its durability.
Where to Get it: Legend Mug
Farewell & Going Away Gifts For Boss
What it is: The Personalized Poster is a customizable poster that you can order for your soon-to-be-gone coworker as a metal print, canvas print, or photographic paper print.
Why we love it: This canopy of bold colors forms a spectacular tree, which has a quote about mentorship below. The Personalized Poster is ideal for that coworker or boss who really gave you great advice and helped improve your life and career.
Where to Get it: Personalized Poster
16. Wild Child Wines
What it is: A curated wine box of eight mini-bottles for your departing employee to try out some new varietals. This collection of Italinan, Spanish, And Portuguese wines will transport them to the Old World as they get to try not one, not two, but eight different wines that arrive right at your doorstep.
Why we love it: The Wild Child Wines box comes with a booklet with tasting notes and food pairing options. Perfect for wine tasting night at home or on vacation!
Where to Get it: Wild Child Wines
Why we love it: The towel comes with a hook and grommet attached to the top. Now your golf loving coworker will have all the time in the world to hit the greens and make good use of their custom gift.
Where to Get it: Personalized Gold Bag Towel
Why we love it: This going away experience allows your coworkers to get together one last time while learning how to make two delicious winter-themed beverages. Whether they’re going to be riding off into the sunset in retirement or starting a new position after the New Year, this is one of the best going away gifts for the perfect send-off.
Price: $95 + Host fee
Where to Get it: Holiday Cocktail Kit
Farewell & Going Away Gifts for Employees
19. Success Crate
What it is: The Success Crate is the self-improvement farewell gift for people looking to live a life of learning! This personal development kit helps employees, entrepreneurs, and everyday folk become the best version of themselves by clarifying their vision, focus, and goals.
Why we love it: The Success Crate features books from New York Time Best Sellers, exclusive workouts, step-by-step activity sheets, personal development tools and accessories, seminars, and much, much more.
Where to Get it: Success Crate
20. Unplugged Box
Why we love it: The Unplugged Box comes with an enamel mug, a gradient puzzle, a deck of playing cards, super-healthy food snacks, and a coffee and cedarwood candle!
Price: Starting at $24.95
Where to Get it: Unplugged Box
What it is: Throw out the egg nog this holiday season, and bring in the vino. This advent calendar is unlike anything you’ve seen before with 24 premium wines in mini bottles to enjoy this year.
Why we love it: A kind of farewell gift that is not soon forgotten, your boss will sample their way through a new wine varietal each night.
Where to Get it: Mini Wine Bottle Advent Calendar
22. Book Club Box
What it is: Book Club Box is the ultimate send-off gift for your coworkers, employees, or friends who love reading. Once Upon A Book Club is an interactive monthly book subscription that contains 3-5 wrapped books.
Why we love it: The books included in this book box are diverse and inclusive so nobody feels left out. Additionally, the box comes with custom gifts created especially for each story.
Price: $32.50 / mo
Where to Get it: Book Club Box
What it is: Perhaps your coworker is going on a sabbatical, or maybe they’re ditching the office to live the remote work life. Either way, the Remote Office Pack is the functional backpack for citizens of the world!
Why we love it: This custom travel pack comes with a copper vacuum insulated mug, a plastic door hanger, and sock club knit socks in a custom mailer box.
Where to Get it: Remote Office Pack
Farewell & Going Away Gifts For Friends
What it is: The Piranha Desk Plant is the maintenance-free faux potted plant for those who don’t have the green thumb or for those who simply prefer the flora without the extra effort.
Why we love it: This nature-inspired aesthetic touch fits neatly on coffee tables, in-home offices, and on the dining room table.
Where to Get it: Piranha Desk Plant
25. In Good Taste: Gift Card
What it is: The In Good Taste Gift Card is perfect for when you aren’t quite sure exactly what to get them — but you want to make sure the gift is given in good taste!
Why we love it: In Good Taste offers some of the finest options when it comes to wine, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything that tastes less than extraordinary here.
Price: $25 to $200
Where to Get it: In Good Taste
26. The Weekender
What it is: The Weekender is a throwback to the era of masonry. This mason bag is durable, stylish, and customizable.
Why we love it: This heavy-duty, reinforced canvas bag is built-to-last, boasts a spacious interior with more than enough room for a laptop, and handles, and other ergonomic design elements.
Where to Get it: The Weekender
27. Here’s To You
What it is: Here’s To You is a variety pack of spa day gifts so your coworker or employee can enjoy a little R&R wherever life takes them next!
Why we love it: In addition to supporting women overcoming addiction and abuse, as well as catalyzing economic development in Africa and India, Here’s To You features a handcrafted soy lavender sprig candle, moisturizing all-natural lavender hand lotion, activated charcoal, and eucalyptus bar soap made with essential oils, and all-natural lip balm infused with mint and thyme.
Where to Get it: Here’s To You
Personalized Farewell & Going Away Gifts
What it is: Penspiration & Planning is the stationery subscription box with themed stationery and planning products as well as unique themes to accompany every shipment.
Why we love it: Every product included in Penspiration & Planning is carefully curated and exclusive.
Where to Get it: Penspiration & Planning
What it is: A customizable Italian Sorrento Inlaid White Rose Musical Jewelry Box
Why we love it: When making an impression counts, you cannot go wrong with this classic and timeless musical jewelry box. With the intricate design and detailing, your team members or boss will realize how much they mean to your teams and company. When they lift the lid and discover the customized engraving and music that you get to pick, you’ll be further solidifying their loyalty and showing you truly appreciate their contributions to your company.
Where to Get it: Music Box Attic
30. Amplify Box
What it is: The easiest way to celebrate diversity and inclusion is to make purchases that actually support it. That’s why the Amplify Box is an extra smart decision because it rallies behind women-founded, Latino-founded, and BIPOC-founded snack brands.
Why we love it: Each box contains 14 executive assistant-curated healthier-for-you snacks that boast as much flavor as they do health benefits. Additionally, 5% of the profits from every purchase goes towards organizations supporting Hispanic women in tech.
Price: Starting at $24.95
Where to Get it: Amplify Box
What it is: A hysterical roller coaster ride of laughter to beautiful Barcelona – virtually of course, with Woyago!
Why we love it: This immersive adventure will whisk your team off to Spain in a playful storytelling experience all about Barcelona’s quirky and wacky culture. From dragons and sacrificial virgins to pooping Christmas logs (true story)- come on down for a virtual farewell happy hour in Spain! Why settle for saying goodbye when you can say hello to an experience that will last forever.
Where to Get it: Virtual Fiesta in Spain
What it is: A sleek-and-chic, customizable music box.
Why we love it: The simple and modern design makes it a perfect gift for men and women, and the ability to customize the song to match the person’s preferences makes it memorable to show you pay attention to them. Or you can choose from popular picks in the drop down list. Even better you can add a custom plaque to let the employee know you care.
Where to Get it: Music Box Attic
33. Mindfulness Box
What it is: The Mindfulness Box is the perfect care package for living life by design. This coworker gift helps them achieve that coveted balance between hustling and relaxing — all while remaining mindful.
Why we love it: Sometimes the only thing needed to relax is a little permission. The Mindfulness Box is a chance to hit refresh on their day-to-day. It comes with a tumbler for staying hydrated, an eco-friendly stone pocket journal and gel pen for journaling, a stress ball so they never become a stress ball, and nutritious snacks so they can stay fit as a fiddle!
Price: Starting at $24.95
Where to Get it: Mindfulness Box
Funny Farewell & Going Away Gifts
What it is: We Will Miss You Notebook is a heartfelt compliment and notebook rolled into one. Whether your coworker wants to use it for self-reflection or write down their grocery lists, We Will Miss You Notebook gives them plenty of options.
Why we love it: This 110-lined page notebook offers room for doodling, drawing, motivation, and to-do lists.
Where to Get it: We Will Miss You Notebook
35. So Long Wool Rug
What it is: So Long Wool Rug is a cute dachshund mat to welcome people into your coworker’s home. If you know they love dogs and have a playful style, this wool rug is the perfect accent for their front porch!
Why we love it: So Long Wool Rug is hand-hooked and handmade in India. Now your coworker and their guests can enjoy this farewell gift and be greeted at the door by their newest furry friend.
Where to Get it: So Long Wool Rug
36. Emotional Boxage
What it is: Emotional Boxage takes your coworker on an emotional journey — or rather, it helps them through it!
Why we love it: This wellness subscription box features 3 to 6 products for emotion management. Emotional Boxage includes a double-sided postcard that serves as a prompt for writing about feelings and other surprises. The best part is that this year-long emotional journey will be delivered straight to your friend’s door.
Where to Get it: Emotional Boxage
Inexpensive Farewell & Going Away Gifts
What it is: The Fun Farewell Games Bundle is an assortment of printable playable retirement game PDFs designed to excite, entertain, and enthrall guests during an employee’s or coworker’s going away tour!
Why we love it: Keep coworkers and employees engaged with this collection of easy-to-print games that include This or That?, Word Scramble, Retirement Feud, Who Knows The Retiree Best?, Has The Retiree Ever?, and Well Wishes For A Retiree. It’s as simple as download, print, and play!
$13.99 – $9.79 (30% off for a limited time)
Where to Get it: Fun Farewell Games Bundle
38. Packing Cube
What it is: The Packing Cube is a set of lightweight ripstop nylon packing cubes to help your coworker stay organized as they pack up for their next adventure!
Why we love it: Every cube has a built-in pouch for items to keep them straight and easy to find. Plus, the Packing Cube can be digitally imprinted with messages and custom branding.
Price: $10.77 to $20.65
Where to Get it: Packing Cube
39. Happy Notes
What it is: Happy Notes is the full-colored 365-day boxed calendar designed to boost happiness and joy! Inspirational quotes and motivational notes, wise affirmations, and adorable illustrations, ensure your coworkers will head into the next stage of their journey armed with positivity and encouragement.
Why we love it: This desk calendar is ideal for visual people who enjoy being able to look at their affirmations, goals, and other notes on their wall or in their home office!
Where to Get it: Happy Notes
What it is: Cameo allows you to book your coworker’s favorite celebrity and offer fun facts about their time while being employed by the company. The more facts you can add to the request form the better!
Why we love it: Cameo allows you access to celebrities who will record personalized messages for your coworker. It is a video they will save and revisit time and time again. This is a unique gift that will bring a smile to their face whenever they rewatch it.
Price: Depends on the talent – $10 – $2,000
Where to Get it: Personalized Celebrity Videos with Cameo
41. Happy Hour Box
What it is: The Happy Hour Box is the definition of sending your coworker out with a bang — or at least, a big cheer! This party-in-a-box is packed to the brim with lifestyle goods and entertainment gear.
Why we love it: The Happy Hour Box includes a party horn, a cocktail kit, a wine tumbler, and nutritious snacks from top health brands to balance out the alcohol-inspired fun!
Price: Starting at $24.95
Where to Get it: Happy Hour Box
Bonus. Motivational Quote Wall Art
What it is: The Every Moment is A Fresh Beginning Quote Wall Art is the perfect message of hope, redemption, and encouragement your coworker going away will love to see at the start of each day.
Why we love it: This motivational quote is a daily reminder that each day is a blessing and an opportunity to write a fresh story.
Where to Get it: Motivational Quote Wall Art
People Also Ask These Questions About Going Away Gifts
Q: What is a going away gift?
- A: A going away gift is a present you give to someone who is about to leave a job, a country, or a situation.
Q: What are the benefits of giving your coworker a farewell gift?
- A: The benefits of giving your coworker a farewell gift include better rapport, leaving an impact, and potentially better recruitment going forward.
Q: What are some good send-off gift ideas?
- A: Some good send-off gift ideas range from gift cards, wall art, and wine glasses to experiences. The most important factor is that your coworker, boss, friend, or family member just knows you care about them.
Q: How do I choose a unique farewell gift for my manager?
- A: The best way to choose a unique farewell gift for your manager is to base your gift on their particular interests. The more niche their interest, the more unique the gift is likely to be.
Q: Are there any good going away gifts for colleagues?
- A: Yes, there are many good going away gifts for colleagues. Some of the best going away gifting ideas for colleagues also make good Christmas gifts, retirement gifts, and keepsakes.
Q: How do I know if my coworker will like their going away gift?
- A: Ideally, the thoughtful gift you’ve chosen for your coworker is based on their interests and hobbies. The best way to ensure they’ll like it is to know what they love doing in their free time.