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    Hello! Perhaps some of you can give me some suggestions...

    I have a good friend who used to be a co-worker. At some point I lost my job, but he remained at the company and we have kept our friendship going despite not working together anymore. Actually, we're closer friends now than we were.

    My friend is a Mexican migrant worker who is here with a work visa. He lives with his dad who is in the same position.

    I have met and interacted with his dad at their home and at my friend's workplace (my old workplace). Once, we all went out to eat together and another time I took home-made ice cream to them.

    Anyway, my friend's dad has decided to move back to Mexico after being here probably seven years or more. I'm not super close to him, yet we've interacted enough that I feel like I should do something special to say goodbye or give a gift of some kind. But I have no experience in this area and not a ton of time before he leaves for good...

    I don't know if there is some kind of a special Mexican tradition regarding going-away gifts? But even aside from that, what is a good generic going away gift that people appreciate? I will most likely never see him again in person unless I happen to be in Mexico (which won't be happening anytime soon most likely...)

    Ideas?

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    Default Re: Going Away Gift Ideas

    Perhaps a going away dinner at Taco Bell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tourist View Post
    Perhaps a going away dinner at Taco Bell.
    A going away dinner is a good idea, though I suspect others have already offered... But Taco Bell? Really? I hope you're joking, or else you're living up to your name pretty well...
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    I don't mean that in a mean way, just inviting them to Taco Bell would be like inviting an American ex-patriot to McDonalds. I can do better than that, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceMan View Post
    A going away dinner is a good idea, though I suspect others have already offered... But Taco Bell? Really? I hope you're joking, or else you're living up to your name pretty well...
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    Since you will most likely not see him again in this lifetime I suggest that your gift should be memorable and uplifting as well. Perhaps a Spanish version of the bible? Personally, I would find that to be a special sort of gift.
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    a nice hand-written card with your sentiments about him and
    your special friend-ship with his son?
    and perhaps a picture with the (3) of you together inside...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenceMan View Post
    Hello! Perhaps some of you can give me some suggestions...

    I have a good friend who used to be a co-worker. At some point I lost my job, but he remained at the company and we have kept our friendship going despite not working together anymore. Actually, we're closer friends now than we were.

    My friend is a Mexican migrant worker who is here with a work visa. He lives with his dad who is in the same position.

    I have met and interacted with his dad at their home and at my friend's workplace (my old workplace). Once, we all went out to eat together and another time I took home-made ice cream to them.

    Anyway, my friend's dad has decided to move back to Mexico after being here probably seven years or more. I'm not super close to him, yet we've interacted enough that I feel like I should do something special to say goodbye or give a gift of some kind. But I have no experience in this area and not a ton of time before he leaves for good...

    I don't know if there is some kind of a special Mexican tradition regarding going-away gifts? But even aside from that, what is a good generic going away gift that people appreciate? I will most likely never see him again in person unless I happen to be in Mexico (which won't be happening anytime soon most likely...)

    Ideas?
    Assuming they liked the homemade ice cream, how about an ice cream maker? I'm thinking Mexico is hot, plus you have that one shared memory, so not only practical, but they'll remember you for years to come... every time they make ice cream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tourist View Post
    Perhaps a going away dinner at Taco Bell.
    That's a ridiculous suggestion.
    Obviously you should go to Taco Time.

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    Default Re: Going Away Gift Ideas

    If he's a sports fan, and about your same age, how about a nice hoodie with the logo the NFL team he follows? (Or NBA, NHL, MLB, etc.) I doubt if they have a wide selection of, say, Chicago Bears hoodies in Mexico. (I could be wrong about this though. :shrug: ) A sweatshirt would be fairly easy to pack and transport back to Mexico.
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    Thanks! These ideas have me thinking... Keep them coming!

    I should mention it has to be something easily taken on a plane.

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    Default Re: Going Away Gift Ideas

    Quote Originally Posted by tourist View Post
    Since you will most likely not see him again in this lifetime I suggest that your gift should be memorable and uplifting as well. Perhaps a Spanish version of the bible? Personally, I would find that to be a special sort of gift.
    This is a good idea, though their background is already Catholic so I suspect he has at least a Catholic version of the Bible in Spanish. Not that I agree with having the apocrypha included. Hmmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prov910 View Post
    If he's a sports fan, and about your same age, how about a nice hoodie with the logo the NFL team he follows? (Or NBA, NHL, MLB, etc.) I doubt if they have a wide selection of, say, Chicago Bears hoodies in Mexico. (I could be wrong about this though. :shrug: ) A sweatshirt would be fairly easy to pack and transport back to Mexico.
    I'm not sure how much of a sports fan he is, but you have me thinking.... Something that is unique to this area of the US that he wouldn't be able to get in Mexico would make a good gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Depleted View Post
    Assuming they liked the homemade ice cream, how about an ice cream maker? I'm thinking Mexico is hot, plus you have that one shared memory, so not only practical, but they'll remember you for years to come... every time they make ice cream.
    Or a lifetime supply of ice cream made by me. I'd better get working...
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldethennew View Post
    a nice hand-written card with your sentiments about him and
    your special friend-ship with his son?
    and perhaps a picture with the (3) of you together inside...
    I'll have to have his son help me write it in Spanish! But I like this idea, as it's simple but meaningful. Still, since he is leaving the US for good, it seems like it should have some lasting value beyond just a card. I don't have a photo of us all together... :\

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    A go-to gift I give to people is a Swiss Army knife.
    They'll use it all the time and have a
    reminder of the one who gave it to them.
    Could be taken on a domestic flight in checked
    baggage, however not sure about international.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huckleberry View Post
    A go-to gift I give to people is a Swiss Army knife.
    They'll use it all the time and have a
    reminder of the one who gave it to them.
    Could be taken on a domestic flight in checked
    baggage, however not sure about international.
    Not a bad idea, if he doesn't have one yet.

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