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My 20 year old nephew, with whom I'm not very close but wish I were, is going to Australia for a year to work.

He's a hard worker - outdoorsy, skiis, was a boy scout until just a few years ago, etc.

I don't have much (hardly any) money, but want to get him something thoughtful as a going away gift.

Any ideas, brilliant vixies?

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    Maybe a care package with local foods he won't be able to find in Australia?

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    That's an interesting idea - like Peanut Butter? I don't think he'd be able to bring anything unpackaged...

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    Yeah, you'd be amazed how homesick you can get for common products when you can't find them away from home. Maybe some favourite local candy bars? I have a Canadian friend living overseas who is always grateful for a Coffee Crisp bar....

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    Even if he is just staying in one place and not traveling, I would want an item that I can use on a daily basis and when I look at it to feel the energy and good wishes of the person who gave it to me. Even if it is just a key chain or a special coffee mug, anything practical and also good for the outdoors, since you mentioned he was a boy scout I would assume he is going to explore Australia. A pocket knife? Maybe ask a bit what he wants to do there and get your clues for his future activities. I am not sure if he is big on the spiritual side but a necklace with the a patron saint of the traveler would also be nice or a bracelet.

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    I gave him Yankee tickets for his HS graduation.

    He's not a big reader (meaning: AT ALL), but I found a super light copy of "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" I'm thinking I'll give him that and a little Yankee towel. Even if he doesn't read the book I do think the towel will come in handy.

    He'll be in one place for a while I think and then is travelling out back to a ranch to work.

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    An adventure book is awesome, so that one can feel the emotions from the book while being anxious to start the adventure. The towel is definitely one of the practical things to gift.

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    And once he reads the book, he'll understand the significance of the towel....

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    That's what I told him!

    The towel felt like a dinky gift sort of when he opened it but it's a cool quickdrying antimicrobialblahblah - I know he'll appreciate it when he's gone from his 'home base' on an adventure down there.

    and the version of the book I got literally could not be any lighter - perfect for travelling.

    I received a very warm, sweet hug and sincere thank you.

    Thanks for helping me think it out Vixies!

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