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 new retiree with retirement gifts worthy of their hard work and accomplishments.
If you’ve got a loved one or coworker getting ready to retire, get them a good 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 spa 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.
5. 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?
6. National Geographic Travel Book
A perfect gift 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!
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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. A great retirement gift that’s heaven on Earth.
10. 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.
11. Retirement Caricature
These prints will definitely send your coworker or loved one into retirement with a laugh! Does she have a hobby they’re particularly fond of? These are truly the perfect personalized retirement gift.
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.
12. Bottle of Wine with Personalized Labels
A high-class bottle of wine will ALWAYS be appreciated, especially by someone who is newly retired and suddenly finds themselves with way more time to enjoy it! But if you really want to take this staple gift to the next level, check out these personalised labels highly rated Etsy seller stockberrystudio. They’re fun to look at, will definitely make your retiring friend chuckle, but most importantly will turn your average wine bottle into a true keepsake that can be cherished for years to come!
13. Champagne & Truffles Retirement Gift Basket
This Champagne and Truffles Gift Basket by Gourmet Gift Baskets is truly a party in a box! Not only can you choose from a selection of decadent sparkling wines, it includes assorted truffles, Belgian chocolates, and some deliciously refreshing key lime cookies. We also love the super sleek, faux leather basket it all comes in, making this a great gift they’ll be able to use in their home again and again!
14. Personalized Candle
Personalised candles are the perfect mix of practical and indulgent, making them a great gifting choice for any occasion! We especially love these warm, homey retirement candles by popular Etsy seller ThoughtfulWicks. These lovely gift candles come in a variety of scents including Citrus Cilantro, Caribbean Dreams, and Georgia Peach and the handwritten style of the message’s type face gives this a real personal touch!
15. Personalized Weekly Schedule Coffee Mug
Practical, durable, and just plain funny, you really can’t go wrong with a novelty mug! This personalized Weekly Calendar design in particular is a great pick! It’s silly, funny, and just the right amount of corny without being too brazen are harsh on the eye. Plus, it really captures what retirement is all about, don’t you think?
16. ‘I’m Done’ Fork
Well, stick a fork in me! Not only is this a totally unique retirement gift that they’ll DEFINITELY be telling all of their loved ones about, it really just makes us laugh! It might take them a second but once they get it we promise they’ll be cracking up too!
17. ‘The Best is Yet to Come’ Pillow
We love this pillow because it is a fun and thoughtful gift that really captures retirement vibes! The pastel lettering is so calming and springs to mind all of those trips to the beach and lazily read novels lying ahead! Whether they take it with them on their post retirement travels or leave it home for a little pop of color they will definitely adore this sweetly personal gift.
Vaya Con Dios, Mi Amiga
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 retirement party, and a really thoughtful retirement gift!
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