5 Farewell Gift Idea for Colleagues You Might Just Want to Keep for Yourself

One in five of us will have quit our jobs in 2022, according to a report by PwC. Workplace goodbyes can be a bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s sad to see someone go (depending on the leaver in question!) but on the other hand, it can bring positive change and an opportunity to celebrate their time at your workplace and to wish them luck for whatever’s next.

But what should you buy a colleague that’s leaving?

There is a wealth of tat in the workplace gifting world. Don’t be that person. A tip for finding the perfect farewell gift for your colleague is to focus on a hobby or activity they enjoy and use this as the inspiration for your gift ideas.  

When it comes to choosing a leaving gift, Collection Pot is always the way forward. It means sharing the administrative efforts but also the financial responsibility of collecting for your leaving colleague.

When using Collection Pot, it allows you to collect towards something special OR you can gift the Pot direct to the recipient and allow them to choose! They can convert the Pot into a charity donation, a gift card (where there are over 60 to choose from!) or cash it directly into their chosen bank account.

And what’s more? It’s super simple.

Start Collecting in 3 simple steps:

  1. Create a pot in less than three minutes and set a deadline for people to contribute.
  2. Invite people to contribute via email, Whatsapp or social media using your unique link. Top tip! Use our tried and tested email template to quickly and effectively ask for contributions.
  3. Once the pot is closed, it’s up to them to spend!

If you’re set on buying your colleague a gift with the Pot, we’ve used our team to inspire some of the gift ideas in this article, hopefully it’s helpful to you too!

5 Farewell Gift Ideas for Your Colleague that you’d want to receive.

  1. Leather-bound journal
Green embossed leather bound journal.

Source: Liberty.

What is it? A Liberty Notebook for anyone moving onto a new job, or for anyone who enjoys journalling.

  1. Airbnb Gift Cards.
Airbnb gift card with image of camping in the Northern Lights.

Source: Airbnb.

Who’s it for? For that Colleague who never stops talking about their holidays. Or, frankly, for anyone who needs a break! 

What is it? Airbnb gift cards allow recipients to easily book a stay, experience or online experience. Collection Pots can be converted to Airbnb vouchers, or into 60+ other Gift Cards. The choice is theirs! 

Price: Any amount

  1. House plants
Red and green house plant on wooden table.

Source: Patch Plants.

Who’s it for? For a Colleague who loves plants, but might not have a garden. Patch Plants deliver to anywhere in the UK. For those outside of the UK, check out Etsy. 

Why your colleague will love it: Plants transform a space and are proven to be beneficial to our wellbeing and mental health. 

Price: Plants start at £10.

  1. Yoga Gear
Woman stretching wearing Lulu Lemon blue short leggings.

Source: Lulu Lemon.

Who’s it for? Yogis! There’s one in every office (*cough*… Victoria).

Why your colleague will love it: Lulu Lemon is one of the biggest yoga brands out there, and for good reason – it’s yoga gear that’s built to last, there are sets for men and women and it looks great for a trip to the shops too. 

Price:  Gifts start from around the £10 mark.

  1. A ceramic vase 
Round ceramic blue and white pot.

Source: Etsy.

Who’s it for? For anyone with a home.

Why your colleague would love it: This ceramic vase from John Lewis is a gender neutral gift that anyone with a home can enjoy. Collection Pots can be converted into John Lewis vouchers if you’d rather give them a choice. You can see the full range of gift cards we offer here.

Price: £30

Happy gifting!

Elaine Keep

Elaine Keep is an accomplished content writer with over 15 years of experience in the field of marketing and content creation for many leading brands, where she shares her passion for research and helping others through her articles. You can also find her in 'mum mode', walking in the countryside or enjoying the dreamy combo of a new non-fiction book with a tea and chocolate bar to hand.

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