My friends are planning a trip to Europe, but they won't be leaving for six months. Is a gift most useful well in advance, or just before they leave?
How nice that you are a giver of bon voyage gifts-it's a wonderful tradition. Frankly, the timing of your gift depends on what you intend to give. If your friends enjoy making detailed plans before they travel, a guidebook or another pre-travel gift would be handy given several weeks before they leave. But if you are planning to give something like a mini travel alarm clock or pocket tool, you could wait until closer to their departure.
Does clothing make a good bon voyage gift?
If there is a piece of clothing that you are confident the recipient would enjoy or needs, then clothing would be fine. However, many travelers try to pack light, and there might not be space for the clothing you've selected. If you are unsure, gift certificates presented well in advance of the trip are ideal as they allow the traveler to select something on their pre-travel list.