In my experience, retirement is one of those things we look forward to forever, and then when it arrives, we’re not so sure what to do with it.
Help make the transition to retired life special by showering your retiree with retirement gifts worthy of their hard work and accomplishments.
If you’ve got a loved one or co-worker getting ready to retire, get them a fantastic retirement gift and throw them a party to celebrate this momentous new chapter with a band!
Before you know it, they’ll be posting vacay pics on Facebook that’ll make you jealous, raving about their newfound love for pottery-making or bragging about the 260 they scored in their bowling league.
Retirement Gifts for Women
1. Happiness is Retirement Bracelet
This pretty bracelet tells it like it is, and we love the fact that you can make it personal by adding charms!
If you’re giving it as a gift from the group, each of you can pick a charm that reflects what she means to you. Whether it’s a birthstone or a symbol, it’s a great way to give her something beautiful for which she’ll remember you.
2. Swarovski Birthstone Necklace
Whether you choose silver, gold, or rose gold, she’ll want to wear this beautiful Swarovski crystal birthstone necklace every day. The enclosd card conveys a lovely sentiment on retirement and all the things she has to look forward to!
3. Personalized Retirement Blanket
Retirement means cozy afternoon naps on the sofa, and this blanket will be right there to keep her warm! Personalize her well-wishes from the gang with her name, date, and a huge congratulations.
4. Unwind Lavender Gift Set
Give her this lavender gift set and encourage her to cultivate a nighttime ritual of self-pampering. After all, that’s what retirement is all about!
It comes with a lovely soy cedarwood and floral-scented candle, pillow mister scented with cedarwood, ylang-ylang, citrus, and lavender, and a cotton sleep mask. It also features a self-watering bamboo pot with lavender seeds so she can keep the scent of lavender blooming in her room year-round.
Retirement Gifts for Men
5. Retro Retirement Coasters
These are just hilarious, and they get the point across perfectly. He’ll immediately want to throw a cocktail party so that he can show off all four!
6. Personalized Wooden Beer Caddy
Help him get his first retirement project underway with this personalized beer caddy! His name and “Retirement Starter Kit” will be etched into the side. Not only is it useful and funny, but it’s beautiful too. Handmade with natural wood and cast iron handle, no two are alike.
He’ll definitely want to use this one for transporting his brews to your next barbeque.
7. Personalized Backpack Cooler Chair
If ever there was a useful gift, this chair is it!
Now he has time for plenty of camping and fishing trips (or tailgating, don’t forget tailgating) and can carry everything he needs right on his back! All that multitasking capability in one backpack chair with his initials monogrammed on it = an amazing retirement gift.
8. Leather Bookmark
Retirement is the best time to sit back, relax, and enjoy reading on the beach. “On to the next chapter” is a great sentiment to bestow on someone getting ready to retire, and a bookmark is an excellent vehicle for delivery.
Hand-embossed and treated with a water-resistant coating, this bookmark won’t wear out, no matter how many novels it marks!
Retirement Gifts for Everyone
9. Happy Retirement Signable Print
This is such a fun way to help send the newly-retired off with love! Include the lucky guy/gal’s date of retirement along with your personalized message, and you’ll get back a wonderful keepsake frame you can all sign. It begs the question: why give a boring card?
10. National Geographic Travel Book
For the adventurous, this book will definitely help with that bucket-list inspiration. Tell them it’s time to pack up that RV and get ready for the great American adventure of visiting 50 states and parts of beautiful Canada!
Just make sure they know you expect postcards from all the fabulous places they go and lots of stories of what they did when they get back. Those of us who aren’t retiring need to live vicariously through someone!
11. Deluxe Scratch Map
Speaking of travel, this map would be a fantastic accompaniment to the travel book above. We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but we love it so much, we’ve included it in a couple of our other gift lists too.
Not only is it a beautiful piece of art, it’s also unbelievably satisfying to scratch off those places you’ve visited in the world and watch the colors pop out from the map. It gives you a profound sense of accomplishment and makes you want to get out there and travel even more.
12. Bucket List Journal
Ok, just one more travel-themed gift (maybe). This journal is just so beautiful, it merited a place on the list. Your favorite retiree can record all of their bucket-list exploits in this journal and relive them over and over again, until their next adventure takes center stage!
13. Godiva Chocolate Gift Box
Spoil them with a really fancy box of chocolates! I know zero people who don’t like Godiva chocolate (actually, now that I think about it, there is one, but she’s a little ‘special’ that way).
Close your eyes and think about it for a second: the intoxicating aroma of luxurious truffles that hits you after unboxing that beautiful package. It’s heaven on Earth.
14. Fitbit Versa 2 Smart Watch
Watches have always been a symbolic gift for retirement, but we’re past the old wind-up on a chain.
Modernize this going-away gift with a Fitbit! This watch pretty much does it all – tracks your health stats and fitness stats; tracks your sleep; plays music; delivers texts, calls, and app notifications; and manages your calendar.
If your retiree has never had a smartwatch, now is the time. Once they get used to it, they’ll never take it off.
15. Retirement Caricature
These prints will definitely send your co-worker or loved one into retirement with a laugh! Does he or she have a hobby they’re particularly fond of?
Perfect! Send in a picture along with details of background and clothing, and you’ll have an ideal cartoon caricature of what they can expect from retired living.
Vaya Con Dios, Mi Amigo
Ahhhh, retirement. The word conjures images of travel adventures, naps on the sofa, leisurely dinners out, and lots of other pleasant activities like gardening, golfing, and baking.
It isn’t worth it unless we’ve earned though, right? So help your favorite retiree celebrate a lifetime of hard work. See them off to the next stage with a lot of laughs, a big party, and a really great gift!