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Keep faraway neighbours next to your heart with these budget and easy-to-do gifts!

Your neighbours are moving and you can’t help but feeling emotional?

Does it feel like a part of your family is moving away from you?

Have your children grown up together and you shared some great nights in together?

If the answer to all is yes, then you need to make sure they are leaving with a gift that will remind them of you!
Of course, you could spend a lot of money on it, if you have it, but a gift on a budget can sometimes be more affectionate, and as long as you are giving it with positive feelings, you can’t go wrong with cheap n’ cheerful.

This list contains some nice gifts on a budget, and for an even better result, why not try to combine two or three of them to make the perfect gift?

- A scrap book with all your old photos, nicely put together with some of your friend’s favourite dried flowers;
- A picnic basket, filled with their favourite foods, to make sure they won’t go hungry if it’s a long journey;
- Gift cards for nationwide eating places, this will definitely help mealtimes during those long unpacking days;
- If your neighbour is something of a green thumb, a nice basket filled with their favourite flower or fruit seeds, to help make their new garden just the way they like it;
- Get a pretty box of stationery and stamp each envelope and complete with your address. It may sound old fashioned, but ordinary mail holds something very sweet and genuine about it. And to top it all off, the commitment to hand-written letters will surely show your affection!

These are only some of the “best for less” gifts for your moving friends; obviously, a lot of work can be done through personalising gifts to make them stand out.

Another nice idea is to invite the whole family for dinner, if possible, the night before they leave, and to spoil them.
You could have their favourite foods ready and some entertainment that they would enjoy (perhaps a favourite movie after the meal or their chosen music in the background).

You could spend the evening reminiscing about “that time when…” and have a laugh, with a good bottle or two of wine on hand.
The end of this evening would be an ideal time to give your gifts and make promises to keep in touch.

I’d like to conclude this mini-guide with a last bit of advice, around Christmas time you could shoot a homemade video of the whole family, reminding them how much you miss them, and send it off in a parcel along with your chosen card and maybe a handmade wreath or candle for their new home!

Hopefully you found this helpful, and inspirational.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to treat a friend, a bit of DIY and thoughtfulness will go a long way!



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