41 Heartfelt Move-Away Gifts For Someone Moving Out Of State

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Whether it’s to your bestie, a friend, a neighbor, or a relative, saying goodbye to someone who is moving away never fun. But these gifts for someone moving out of state are a great way to help you ease the pain. Plus these moving out of state gift ideas are also a beautiful way to show them how much you care.

From unique state-related gifts to heartfelt personalized gifts, you will find all sorts of gift ideas for moving out of state!

Oh, and if you need more inspiration, check out these housewarming gift ideas and these 93 funny new home quotes too!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts by budget.

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Move away gifts for large budgets

#1 Heart-shaped map of different locations

Photo frame with maps shape like a heart
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This heart-shaped map is one of my favorite personalized gifts. You can pick up to six different locations, so if you’re looking for gifts for friends moving out of state, you can add everyone’s hometown to the heart and you will still be connected! Or add the receiver’s old state and the new one, so they will always remember their home.

And don’t worry, you also have the option to customize the message at the bottom, so it can work for any type of receiver.

Oh and brace yourself, because more awesome map-inspired gifts are to follow!


#2 Long-distance lamps

A touch lamp for long distances
Long-distance lamps

These lamps are probably one of the coolest home accessory gifts for friends moving out of state!

They come in a pair, one for you and one for your bestie. And whenever one of you touches the lamp at home, the other lamp will light up too! It’s a beautiful way to let someone know you’re thinking about them. Plus it’s pretty awesome to know that every time your lamp lights up, someone you love is thinking about you.


#3 Dual time-zone clock

A wall clock shaped like a heart and with two clocks of different time zones
Photo courtesy of Eagle Engraving LLC

This is probably one of the best moving out of state gift ideas for someone who is moving to a different time zone. With this clock, your bestie (or whoever is moving out of state) will always know what time it is at your place, so they’ll know when to hit you up and when you’re probably still asleep.


#4 Home state food basket

A gift basket in a Texas theme
Photo courtesy of The Artisan Gift Boxes

Food baskets from their home state are one of the best gifts for someone moving out of state. Because food is the best remedy for homesickness. And they will probably miss their home state (and you), so your gift will be highly appreciated!

I selected an example from Texas, but you can find food baskets for about any state on Etsy, or you can put one together yourself.


#5 Wine cork maps

Texas map for corks
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

If you are looking for more unique map-related gift ideas for moving out of state, then a map with holes for wine corks is perfect!

And don’t worry if the recipient isn’t much of a wine drinker, they are also available with beer cap holes for the beer lovers among us!


#6 A box of 52 letters

A box with letters called a year of connection
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

I think this is one of the sweetest gifts for someone moving out of state. And the cool thing is, you can gift this box in two ways.

You can either write all letters in advance and give them to the person who is moving away, so they can read a letter every week. Or you can give a brand-new box to them, so they can use it to stay in touch with all the lovely people (including you) they’re leaving behind when they’re moving states.


#7 State flower paint kit

Watercolor kit for the texas national flower
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

The watercolor painting kit is one of the best gifts for friends moving out of state who love to paint.

And the cool thing is that it’s not just any painting, but it’s a painting of their home state’s (or new-home state’s) national flower.


#8 State clock

a wooden clock in the shape of New York State
Wooden New York State clock

Every homeowner needs a clock. And that makes it a great gift for someone moving away! Especially if you buy a clock that’s related to their old or new state, such as this cool design!


#9 City skyline bookends

Bookends with the skyline of Washington DC
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

These city skyline bookends are one of my favorite gifts for someone moving out of state if they’re either moving to or out of one of the major US cities. Check out Uncommon Goods to find skyline bookends for the following cities.

  • Washington DC
  • San Francisco
  • New York City
  • Seattle
  • Chicago

#10 Jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle of a map
Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

If you are looking for gifts for someone moving out of state who loves jigsaw puzzles, look no further!

I’ve got two cool options for you.

The first one is a jigsaw puzzle related to their old or new state, so they can lay their puzzle and remember their favorite state.

The second puzzle is a heartfelt puzzle where you can pick any location in the world and have its map turned into a jigsaw puzzle with pieces that make up a heart and “I love you” (check out the photo above if my description isn’t clear).


#11 Personalized letter blanket

Blanket with a letter printed
The blanket I received

Did you know that people tend to keep personalized gifts longer?

Yep, check out this post about gift industry facts to learn about that.

So if you want people to keep your gift longer (preferably forever) then this blanket with a personalized letter from you is the best gift for someone moving away!

As a matter of fact, I’m actually writing this article as I’m wrapped up in a letter blanket my parents gave me when I moved away and I loved it!


#12 State’s National Parks poster

Pennsylvania map with state parks
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Are you looking for gift ideas for moving out of state for someone who loves nature? Then this scratch map with all the national parks to explore in their new state is an awesome gift idea!


#13 Long-distance touch bracelets

Two black touch bracelets
Touch bracelets

Do you need gifts for friends moving out of state? Especially friends that are very dear to you? Then the touch bracelets by Bond-Touch are a beautiful solution!

They come in a pair for you and your bestie. You both need to download The Bond App, and each time you think of the other, and go to the app, the other person’s wristband will buzz to let them know you’re thinking about them.

Now, isn’t that one of the most beautiful gifts for someone moving out of state?


#14 Personalized long-distance state map wall art

A 3d print of two state maps connected by a heart
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This is one of the best gifts for friends moving out of state, or basically for anyone you love dearly.

You can combine any two states, pick the right location for the hearts, and of course, personalize the names. It’s a beautiful goodbye gift and something that will cheer up their new home.

For a 3D design, check out Uncommon Goods, and for the example in the photo head over to Amazon.


#15 Necklace with home state coordinates

A necklace with a pendant with coordinates
Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

The best gifts for someone moving out of state are gifts that will help them remember their roots, even when they’re living in a different state. And one cool way to do that is by gifting a necklace with the coordinates of their old home. Or you could do the coordinates of your home if you and the recipient are really close.


#16 Well-being monthly subscription box

A Self-care gift basket
Photo courtesy of Cratejoy

Do you want to convey how much you care for someone so dearly?

Get them a subscription to a Self-Care kit.

Every month they’ll receive a box filled with items they can use for a moment for themselves. It may seem simple but after moving to a new place, a little me-time is definitely needed.


#17 Personalized calendar

A personalized year calendar
Photo courtesy of Shutterfly

If you’re looking for a unique gift that they can use, then give them this!

It’s fun and personalized – a calendar featuring your photos each month where every page they turn showcases different photos that’ll remind them of you and the fun memories you’ve shared together.

It’s something that’ll create a special connection that’ll last all year long!


Move away gifts for mid-budget

#18 Long-distance friendship candle

Candle with two states connected by hearts
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for friends moving out of state? Then this super cute candle with your friend’s new state and yours connected by heart is perfect!

Though if prefer a funny gift for someone moving out of state, then the second candle is even better. It says

“Our friendship is like this candle; If you forget me, I’ll burn your house down”.

A funny reminder for them to not forget you ;).


#19 Picture frame for best friends

A photo frame for long-distance friends
Photo courtesy of Brandon Scott AD

Did you like the idea of photo gifts for friends moving out of state, but not the amount of work that goes into putting together an album?

Then this picture frame with “Side by side or miles apart, friends are always close at heart” is perfect!


#20 Two state map necklaces

Three necklaces with pendants of a heart and the maps of US states
Photo courtesy of Twinkle Personalized

This necklace with the map of two states is a beautiful gift for someone moving out of state. By wearing both states around their neck they will never forget where they came from, and never forget that awesome person who gave it to them ;).


#21 State-shaped wall hook

Wall hooks shaped like US state maps
Photo courtesy of The Jungle Hook

Now, this is one the most unique gift ideas for moving out of state; a wall hook that’s shaped like their old or new state. So whenever they come home and hang their coats, they’re reminded of their home state.


#22 Have flowers delivered to their new home

Flower bouquet
Flower Bouquet

What’s a warmer welcome gift for someone moving out of state, than a flower bouquet delivered to their new home on the day they move in?

That’s right, nothing!

FTD delivers across the US and offers the most beautiful and diverse bouquets.


#23 Photo album

Alaska photo album
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A picture says more than a thousand words.

So instead of telling them how much you’re going to miss them, show it by putting together a photo album of all the amazing moments you shared together.

You can either find an album related to their home state on Amazon (such as the one from Alaska) or make a digital photo album on Shutterfly.


#24 Home state pillow

A pillos with home and The Johnson family
Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

This pillow is one of the cutest moving out of state gift ideas for families. You can add either their previous or new state and of course, you can personalize the family name.


#25 Sweet token

A box with a metal heart and the text: Wherever you go and whatever you do, keep this token and know I will always love you
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Sometimes you don’t need a physical gift for someone moving away, you just want to give them something to let them know you love them. So if that’s what you’re after, then this sweet token with an engraved heart is perfect!


#26 Cookbooks

Alabama hometown cookbook
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for someone moving out of state who loves to cook?

Then a cookbook is a great gift idea.

And it’s even better if you gift a cookbook of their old or new state, such as this Alabama one. The old state is great so they can prepare something from home when they feel homesick. But a cookbook from their new state is a great way for them to get familiarized with their new home!


#27 State map

Maps of US states made from strings
Photo courtesy of With Eyes Unlocked

Another really cool map-inspired gift idea for moving out of state is this string map. You can order it for either their old state, so they’ll always remember their home, or for their new state so they’ll feel right at home.

You can customize the wood color, the location of the heart, and the engraving on the wood.


#28 Forget me not plant grow kit

A gift basket with a DIY forget me not package
Photo courtesy of Hannah Ginn Designs

A forget-me-not is probably one of the most classic gifts for someone moving out of state, but with this DIY kit you can add another fun twist because they can actually grow it themselves. It’s also probably a more practical gift because they can plant it once they’re all settled in. Whereas a full-grown plant needs to be taken care of and they might not have time for that when they’re moving states.


#29 Experience gift at their new state

Sauna
Photo by HUUM on Unsplash

There is no better way to get to know a new state than by actually experiencing it!

And you can gift someone who is moving out of state one of those cool experiences. For example by buying a gift card for a restaurant or coffee shop near their new home. Or perhaps you can buy a ticket to a museum, a sports match, or a national park. Just find something the recipient loves and then find a cool option near their new home, so they can settle right in!

Check out these 30 experience gifts if you need more inspiration, or simply type in their new state in Viator and see which tours come up.


Move away gifts for small budgets

#30 Heartfelt engraved spoon

Spoon engraved with "Still having coffee together"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Personally, I think this is one of the cutest small gifts for someone moving out of state. You may not be physically together to drink coffee, but at least this spoon will feel like you are. Especially if they promise to send you a photo every time they use your gift ;).


#31 Cutting board

A bamboo cutting board with the map of South carolina etched
State-themed cutting board

Are you looking for more cool gift ideas for moving out of state for someone who loves to cook? Then a cutting board with a map of their home state or the new state they moved to, is an awesome gift idea!


#32 Personalized messages in a jar

A jar of self-made pills with personalized messages
Photo courtesy of Sugar House Goods

This is a cute and heartfelt gift where you can include personalized messages in a jar.

For each day they feel like missing you, they can simply take a pill from the bottle and read the message you’ve written for them. It’s like their daily dose of vitamine you!


#33 Planter with a map of their home state

Planters in the shape of US State maps
Photo courtesy of The Jacked Cactus

Basically, any home accessory that has its home state on it makes a great gift for someone moving away. And this planter with a map of their home state is no exception to that. You can choose from nine different colors for the map, and you can choose from a round or hexagon-shaped planter.


#34 Mug

A mug wth US states and the text "love knows no distance
Photo courtesy of Personalization Mall

Do you need gift ideas for moving out of state to go with the engraved spoon?

Then this mug with “love knows no distance” and your state and the recipient’s new state is a great gift idea. Whenever they’re drinking coffee or tea they will be surrounded by items from you!


#35 Wine bag

Wine bag with "pairs well with a new home"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

A bottle of wine is always a good gift and a safe choice (assuming the recipients drink wine, of course). But sometimes you just want a bit of a personal touch to your gift. And for that, this super sweet wine bag is perfect. 


#36 Funny farewell cards

A funny farewell message with an aligator
Funny goodbye message

Letting go of things is hard, which makes goodbyes even harder.

If you can’t even begin to say out loud how much you’re going to miss them, writing it down will surely make it easier.

Even better if you add a bit of humor to it, with a funny card from Amazon! Not sure what to write on your card? Check out these 88 hilarious goodbye quotes.


#37 Friendship wine glass

Wine glass with text about friendship
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need gifts for friends moving out of state who love wine?

Then this heartfelt wine glass saying “Side by side or miles apart friends will always be connected by the heart” is perfect!

And if you want to make it even better, pair it with the wine bag!


#38 Keychain

"I love you more than the miles between us" keychain
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Keychains make great small gifts for someone moving out of state, especially if you buy a cute keychain such as this one with “I love you more than the miles between us”. That way, they will always know they’re loved, even when they live far away.


#39 Happy sticky notes book

A collection of sticky notes on the floor
A collection of sticky notes

Saying goodbye doesn’t always have to be sad. Especially if you go for this cute book filled with happy sticky notes!

Your friend can take the sticky notes from the book to make their days a little better with a sweet token and memory from you!


#40 Personalized wine label

A personalized wine label
Photo courtesy of Label Me Fun

This is a super cute and thoughtful goodbye gift; a personalized wine label!

Pair ir with a bottle of their favorite wine so they can start their new chapter in the home with your gift. And even though you won’t be there to drink with them, with this gift if will seem like the two of you are actually making a toast together.


#41 Friendship bracelet

Bracelet with engravement
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need cute friendship gift ideas for moving out of state? Then this bracelet is a great way to let them know how much you care and how much you’re going to miss them.


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Alright, these were the 41 best moving out of state gift ideas! If you need some more inspiration, check out the editor’s top three by budget.

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!