Goodbye Gifts

Farewell & Goodbye

"No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth." - Robert Southey

Wishing farewell and saying goodbye to someone we love is probably one of the hardest things we have to do in life. The thought of not having our loved one around us anymore, potentially for a very long time, is often a teary-eyed affair that leaves us with a huge lump in our throat. We find ourselves unable to utter the words we so desperately want to say, affirming our friendship and expressing our best wishes for the journey ahead.

When something is difficult to say, we can instead give a small token to carry the message for us. In the situation of having to say goodbye, a farewell gift can be a great method to show our feelings in a long-lasting way. A small symbolic item, such as a talisman, will often say more than a thousand words, especially when it is given with a personal touch.

Gift ideas

Electronics: Web Cam

Is a loved one moving away, or indeed, are you moving away? Why not give Ka web cam so you can keep in touch? With high-speed internet connections being available almost anywhere in the world, it is easy enough to keep in touch.

Home Movie

A lovely gift for those about to move away is a home-made movie. Get your family and / or friends together to tape messages of best wishes, shared memories and funny stories. Put on a DVD, this gift has the potential to be the most treasured of all times!

It is also a great holiday gift for those who already live far away: if you can't spend the holidays together, the video will bring you a little closer.

Electronics: Camcorder

Whether a friend is moving abroad or your child is leaving home for the first time - if you give them a video camera you can participate in this new experience. Just ask them to record all their favorite impressions and share them with you.

Gifts that moved people

Pillow for my dorm room bed, called a "husband"

Anna, 48 got this from her sister-in-law and said:

As I was getting ready to leave home for the first time to go to college, my sister-in-law came to visit carrying something she called a "husband." It was a pillow with a big back and arms that I could put on my dorm room bed and recline on. I had never heard of nor seen anything like it, but she assured me that it would be very useful. I was skeptical but took it to college with me anyway. I noticed a few other people had one so I put it out on my bed. Wow! I could lay back and still do my homework. It was so comfortable and I used it every day. As a matter of fact, I kept and used that pillow for ten years after college graduation before it finally feel apart. This was a very thoughtful, useful, and long-lasting gift.

Symbols

Labyrinth / Maze

The maze is associated with the choices required to reach safety during the journey of life.

The maze is also linked to the confusion and contradiction of the unconscious mind. Arriving at the center means discovery of the self.

Pig

In old times, when food and money were scarce, having a pig to eat was a sign of good fortune. In Germany, people acknowledge good luck with the saying "you have had pig".

The pig is considered a good luck charm, much like the four-leaf clover or rabbit's foot.

Metal

Metal was used as an adornment by Ancient Egyptians as protection against harm and evil spirits. Many Egyptian women still observe this tradition, wearing glittery ornaments in their hair and around their neck to ward off evil influences.

Quotes

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan in Annie

The return makes one love the farewell.

Alfred De Musset

Can miles truly separate you from friends.... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there?

Richard Bach

What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?

Frances Anne Kemble

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Irish Blessing