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help please...What can I buy as a leaving gift for my lovely friend and her family moving to Australia?

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notamumyetbutoneday Tue 13-Jan-09 10:47:33


My very good friend, her DH and 3 year old DD are moving to Australia, sob. it is happening ridiculously quickly and they are going in 2 months.

I want to get them something very special as a leaving gift but obviously not something big/bulky/heavy that theyll have to take with them.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.


AussieLou Tue 13-Jan-09 12:20:37

Do you want something to remind them of England and you?
When I moved here (to the UK from Australia) my friends got together and mailed a HUGE parcel of things that I would miss from home. Snacks, Sweets etc some photos in lights frames. It arrived a couple of days after I arrived and was just the thing to combat the homesickness kicking in. Best and most thoughtful present I got.

PestoMonster Tue 13-Jan-09 12:29:04

I want ideas too, my neighbour is moving to Oz in March and has two young ds's and I shall really miss them. sad

Shells Tue 13-Jan-09 19:26:04

Someone bought me a subscription to Guardian weekly and some other people sent me newspapers regularly (papers are woeful here). That was wonderful.

FrazzledFairyFay Tue 13-Jan-09 19:31:10

A friend of ours moved back to Oz recently. I grouped together with some of their other friends and we made them a memory book. Our DCs drew pictures, we took pictures of local landmarks and put in photos of us and them. Each family also wrote a message. They loved it.

lucyintheskywithdiamonds Tue 13-Jan-09 19:34:48

could you do a sort of scrap book of england and/or all the good times you have together? or am i just 15 really?

twentypence Tue 13-Jan-09 19:37:11

As someone who moved - don't "give" them anything. As others have said get something delivered once they are settled - magazines, or a nice bunch of flowers.

notamumyetbutoneday Wed 14-Jan-09 08:31:13

Thanks for your replies, i really like the idea of a newspaper subscription plus memory book/photo album so ill be looking into that, thanks!

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