How can we arrange a farewell function for a fully remote worker? They are a long way away, as in ten hours by plane, so a one-off visit to hand over work and say goodbye isn't feasible.
Having them video conference into a party at our end just seems like them missing the fun. What else could we do to show our appreciation?
Note that we'd still ask the employee for his input before organising anything, but we'd prefer to say "We'd like to do xxx for you, what do you think?" instead of "What would you like to do?".
Update - Sorry, this is very late. The company paid for a meal for the departing employee and his Fiancé. The team joined them briefly via video conference. The meal was well received. Joining via video conference felt a bit forced, I would probably skip that if this ever happens again. Ultimately, providing a good reference was the best gift. Employee is doing great in new position and we remain in touch.