Going Away Gifts For Coworkers (That Show You’ll Miss Them)

It is natural to feel sad when one of your coworkers is moving away, retiring, or leaving their job for any reason. People often develop strong bonds working in the same workplace. So, it is natural to get going away gifts for coworkers.

However, it can be a challenge to figure out what an appropriate gift for a coworker is. The gift you give them depends on the relationship you had while working together.

If you were friends with the coworker that is leaving, you can get them a more personalized gift. However, if you were only acquaintances with them, something less personal is a better gift. Fortunately, we have some great ideas for going away gifts for coworkers.

Here we will look at 25 going-away gifts for coworkers. We hope a few of them stand out as good fits for your coworker.

These People Are Going to Miss You Frame

Personalized Frame

If the person leaving was beloved by everyone in the office, it makes sense to get something as a group. Rather than overwhelm them with several small gifts they do not need, get them something sentimental. This frame is fantastic for holding a picture of everyone in the office. They can look back on their memories from their old workplace and smile.

A Succulent Gift Box

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When people move to a new house or apartment, it can be challenging to turn it into a home. It can take a long time to turn it from a place you live into your home. You can help jump-start that process by giving your coworker a succulent gift box with plenty of fake plants. The plant pots even come with funny phrases to give them a laugh.

A Beer and Cheese Pairing Experience

beer cheese

Life is not about objects but experiences. So, if you can get your coworker an experience as a gift, why not? When people think of alcoholic beverages with cheese, they think of wine. However, this company is offering beer and cheese pairing experiences. Gift them a box, and they will receive a fully loaded beer box with artisan cheeses to snack on. The box will get assembled by an expert, so you do not need to worry about pairings yourself.

A Going Away Signature Guestbook

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Not all gifts need to be expensive or materialistic. Instead, you can get them something that will warm their heart. With a signature guestbook, you can have everyone in the office sign their name and write a personalized message. When your coworker feels lonely in a new city, they can look at your message and feel warm inside. Something from their old home will go a long way in helping them transition to their new life.

Custom Cartoon Artwork

Custom Cartoon Artwork

When your coworker starts the process of moving away, they will expect several gifts from coworkers, friends, and family. There are several gifts they will expect to receive, and they will probably get duplicates from several people. So, if you can find something unique, they will appreciate it.

Get them something that reminds them of you. We like these custom cartoon images you can purchase. All you need to do is send an image to the company, and they will make it look like the Simpsons. It will catch your coworker off-guard, and they will hold onto it for a long time.

A Personalized Bobblehead

Personalized Bobblehead

If you are close friends with your coworker, you can get them something that will make them laugh. You will catch them off-guard and get a chuckle if you hand them a personalized bobblehead. Depending on what you think would be funnier, you can customize it to your face or theirs. Either way, it should be a hit with them and everyone else in the office.

A Self-Care Gift Box

Self Care Gift Box

Not all gifts need to be sentimental or comical. Some presents can be to help your coworker ease the transition to their new job or city. Leaving a job and starting a new one is stressful. Even if they are retiring, it will still be stressful for them to enter a new stage in their life.

So, you can get them something to help them relieve stress. One of these self-care boxes should help them. It includes a sleep mask, linen spray, bath slats, and a body/face bar.

A Traitor Goodbye Card

Traitor Goodbye Card

We mentioned earlier that there are some gifts you should only give to coworkers you are extraordinarily close with, and this card is one of them. Giving a traitor goodbye card to a coworker you are only acquaintances with would not be appropriate. However, if you are good friends, they will laugh, you will laugh, and everyone will have a good time. Plus, you can still write something sentimental on the card if you want.

A Custom Necklace for Your Work Bestie

Custom Necklace

If the coworker leaving was your work bestie, you can get them a custom necklace. Now, you must read the room and determine if it is appropriate to get this type of gift for your coworker. Ensure they feel the same way about you so it is not awkward. 

You should only get them this gift if you know they will wear it. Jewelry is more expensive than most goodbye gifts, so you don’t want to get it if they will not wear it. Fortunately, if you are close friends, you should know if this type of gift is something they will like.

Custom Going Away Socks

customized socks

Socks are always a solid gift, especially funny socks. These moving-away socks will make your friend laugh and help them remember you. They might be moving to a new city, but you do not want them to start thinking they can have a new work bestie. That will not be possible when they are wearing these socks to work.

HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker

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Most people love to drink coffee, so this gift is a safe option for most people. If you are not very close to the coworker that’s leaving, you can get them this as a going-away gift. Additionally, it works well as a gift for close friends if you know they like coffee. It chills hot coffee in 60 seconds, making it a fantastic gift for all coworkers.

Personalized Wine Tumblers

Personalized Wine Tumblers

Is your friend going to be spending a lot of time on the road while they are moving? As long as they are not driving, one of the best ways to pass the time is with wine. If you get them one of these personalized wine tumblers, their next drink will always be within hands reach.

A Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

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You should drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated. However, not everyone enjoys the taste of water. Lots of people prefer to drink things with some extra flavor. Even if that is the case, you should still drink water. However, if you get them a fruit-infuser water bottle, they can some fruity flavors to their water.

A Chocolate Box with a Custom Message

Chocolate Box with a Custom Message

Chocolates are always a good gift, but they are even better if they include a custom message. You can personalize this box of chocolates with a custom goodbye message.

An Expletive Candle

Expletive Candle

Again, not all gifts should get given to every coworker that ever leaves your office. Some gifts should get reserved for your closest friends from the office. If one of your close friends is leaving the office, you can get them a candle with an expletive. It will make them laugh and keep their new office smelling good.

A Pink Pineapple

Pink Pineapple

Pineapple is delicious, but its sour flavor is not for everyone. It hurts some people’s mouths, so it does not make sense as a gift. Fortunately, this pink pineapple is a little sweeter than the original. It has a hint of cotton candy flavor and is pink inside.

A Custom Traiter Mug

customized mug

We already recommended one item with the word traitor, but we love the idea of ribbing your coworker before they leave. This mug reads, dear traitor, good luck finding better coworkers than us. It is sarcastic but loving, making it a solid gift to any coworker you are close friends with before they leave. Plus, it is practical, and they can use it every day.

A Personalized Golf Bag Towel

Personalized Golf Bag Towel

If your coworker likes to play golf, there are plenty of gift options. Sure, you could get them a new putter or something expensive, but that is not necessary. Plus, if you do not know anything about golf, you likely are not suited to pick out a good set of clubs.

It is a better idea to get them a personalized golf bag towel. They can use it whenever they are out on the golf course, and you can customize it however you want. It can be funny or sentimental.

A Cocktail Kit

cocktail kit old fashioned kit

Your coworker will need to make new friends at their new job, so they might invite people over for drinks. A cocktail kit can help them impress their new coworkers, making it an excellent gift. Even if they do invite friends over, they can still use the cocktail kit to prepare their favorite drink when relaxing at home.

A Travel Bag

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If you are not very close with the coworker that is leaving, but you want to get them a gift, it can be challenging to figure out what to get them. A Weekender travel bag is a good option because it is practical. It will not make them uncomfortable by being too sentimental, but they will get practical use out of it.

A Custom Italian Jewelry Box

Custom Italian Jewelry Box

This option is much more expensive than any other gift on this list, but we wanted to include at least one expensive option. If you have extra money to throw around, you can get a custom Italian musical jewelry box. It has an intricate design, plays music when it opens, and provides a safe place for your coworker to store their jewelry. While it is not a practical option for everyone, it is an incredible gift if you can afford it. 

Wooden Custom USB Module Music Box

Wooden Custom USB Module Music Box

Here is another expensive item, but not as unreasonably so as the jewelry box above. This custom USB module music box is a great gift to show someone you care. You can customize it with the person’s music preferences. However, if you do not know their musical preferences, you can select from the popular picks in the drop-down list. There is even a custom plaque you can add to the box.

A So Long Wool Rug

Wool Rug

This mat will be a great addition to your coworker’s new home, especially if they love dogs. It has a playful style that doubles as a going-away gift and a welcome mat for new friends. Bonus points if they have a wiener dog.

Personalized Celebrity Videos


Cameo is a tool that allows regular people to get personalized messages from celebrities. There are thousands of famous people on cameo, so there is a good chance you can get someone good to give a custom message to your coworker. You can make it sentimental or comical, depending on the celebrity you choose. However, remember that the price will vary based on who is doing the Cameo. 

Rude Going Away Balloons

ROFLmart 42 Funny Coworker Going Away Last Day Office Party Decorations Balloons

Nothing is more fun than being sarcastically rude to your friends. If you and your coworker share that type of humor, you can get them these rude going-away helium balloons that don’t last. They will make them laugh and give you guys something to smile about on their last day.

Final Thoughts

Getting going away gifts for coworkers can be challenging. Not all presents are appropriate for all coworkers. For example, a gift you would get for a close friend is not the same one you would get for an acquaintance. After looking at these 25 options, there should be a few ideas that suit your relationship with your coworker.