Welcome Home from Jail Gift – Top 11 Gifts For Someone Coming Out of the Pen

If a loved one, whether it’s a friend or family member, is coming home from jail, you will want to show your support and happiness. After all, they’ve been through a tough time in prison!

One way to do this is with a welcome home from jail gift.

What kind of gift is the right one though?

In a rush? Here are our top picks:

The whole experience can stir up a lot of emotions and can be an uneasy transition from prison life to normal life.

You need to strike the right balance between being considerate of their feelings and not acting too strange.

We have some great welcome home from jail gift ideas in the following post!

Single Serve Meals


If they are not living with you and you are helping sort their place for their welcome home from jail, they will need some food.

It will undoubtedly take more than a day to feel relaxed again.

That’s why we selected these Single Serve Meals.

Although we have highlighted and linked to the slow-cooked beef and mashed potato flavor, there is a wide variety available, so you should be able to find favorites that they have surely missed.

Arlo’s 5-Piece Men’s Premium Beard Grooming Kit

Moving on from food, and other great welcome home from jail ideas for gifts revolve around their appearance and grooming.

It may be that they have let their hair grow out or have a beard.

You could show support and love by helping them feel good again about their appearance with this beard grooming kit from Arlo’s.

It has everything they need to take care of their beard including a coconut beard oil, beard brush, beard comb, beard scissors, and its own drawstring bag.

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd Edition

Whether they were in jail for just a little time or several years, it can be a unique transition back to civilian life, as we’ve already noted.

Returning citizens from prison often need alone time and to help them enjoy a long day in this fresh and new environment, it may be nice to give them something to do.

Especially if they do not have a job, this Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America from National Geographic is a great choice.

With descriptions and pictures of some of the most remarkable yet ubiquitous species of birds, you will see around North America, it gives them something to do from the comfort of their own home.

Lonely Planet Europe’s Best Trips

Whether they went into jail as a lover of travel or not, they may come out with plans to take trips.

Being in prison can help you to gain a better perspective on what’s important in life. Why not give them this Lonely Planet guide to the best trips in Europe.

With glossy images and descriptions that will make them want to jump right into the pages, this is a great gift that shows them they can still do something with their life and explore the world.

Engraved Gold Couple’s Broken Heart Necklace Set

If you are romantically involved with the person getting out of prison, you could show your loyalty and support to them with this necklace.

Featuring a heart that breaks into two pieces, you both wear a piece to symbolize your commitment to each other.

It can be engraved with the message of your choice, so you can make it extremely personal.

Calvin Klein Men’s Modern-Fit 100% Wool Tuxedo

For anyone serving a long-term prison sentence or someone that is coming home to very little, it can be pretty demoralizing and leave them feeling unconfident and lacking self-esteem.

One gift that can help lift their spirits in that situation and give them a bit of a confidence boost is a new suit or even a tuxedo.

This Calvin Klein 100% wool tux comes with very modern styling and features a sophisticated and stylish jacket with two buttons, two flap pockets, satin notch lapel and side vents.

The jacket is paired with flat front trousers with convenient suspender buttons, side seam pockets and a satin side braid.

Great for social gatherings, job interviews and giving the right impression that you’ve changed.

Santimon Men’s Wingtip Oxford Leather Dress Shoes

To help them feel good about being out of prison, you could match up to their tuxedo with a nice pair of shoes.

These Oxford Leather brogues are classy with genuine leather upper and high-quality stitching to ensure they will last a long time.

We think the brown and black mix gives them a smart, but cool appearance.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Cn and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Even if you try to ensure that they are not alone during their first days back out of prison, there will still be some occasions when this is unavoidable and it’s all part of the adjustment process anyway.

To help them cope with the sudden silence and lack of inmates wandering around, you could also consider getting them a video game.

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A fun and lightweight option, in terms of complexity and that it can be used as a handheld device, is the Nintendo Switch. This package features everything they need to get started.

Two joy cons, the charging base, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a 3-Month individual membership for Nintendo Switch Online where they can access lots of other games and fun stuff.

Oreo 56 x Snack Packs (2 x Cookies Per Pack)

If they have a sweet tooth, why not give them the gift of Oreos and other cookies.

56 packs with 2 cookies in each pack is a great bargain and a nice way to give them something to snack on as they adjust to life out of the pen.

The flavors included in this package are Oreo Original, Oreo Golden, and Chips Ahoy! And Nutter Butter and they will have 14 little packs of each.

Katamco Toilet Timer

Do they have a good sense of humor? Spending any amount of time behind bars is bound to give someone a thicker skin.

If you think they could take a little joke, why not get them this funny toilet timer, it was launched on Shark Tank and is a very practical if quirky, sand timer that runs for 5 minutes approximately.

That way, they can stick to the highly regimented toilet breaks they were used to in sing sing.

Get out and Stay Out: A Guide to Staying Out of Prison by David Kirk

Prison in part is meant to punish the wrongdoer, while also helping to rehabilitate them.

This doesn’t happen overnight, and they may come out of the pen still thinking about their criminal past.

One way you can help them to stay on the straight and narrow is by gifting them this paperback.

Get Out and Stay Out includes lots of great advice and tips to help ex-cons from going back behind bars.

More Great Gifts For People Coming Out of Jail (Some FREE options that cost no money!)

  • A little shopping spree for new clothes or new shoes
  • A trip with closest friends
  • Cultural events
  • A new, fun gadget
  • A belated thanksgiving dinner for a missed thanksgiving
  • A budget spa tour
  • A house party
  • Leave town and visit a nearby mountain or spend time showing new places
  • A sports event to watch their favorite team
  • Gather family and all the kids for a welcome home from jail party or backyard barbecue


Although it is undoubtedly a positive and wonderful experience being released from prison, it can also be a very emotionally-charged and difficult process.

Some people stay in jail for a very long time and it isn’t the easiest things to integrate back into society.

The best way you can show how glad you are that someone has been released from prison is ultimately by giving them support.

Ask them what they want and how much help they need and respect their wishes. There few ways better to help them than to ask what they need.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with getting them an appropriate gift that feels personal.

We hope the list above is useful and directs you to the best gift.

Sometimes, though, especially if it’s a guy, a few beers or other fun items you can afford are all that is needed to help them forget and easy back into normal life on this special day for them.

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