20 Best Retirement Gifts

19 June 2020 • Celebrating Life

Best Retirement Gifts

Your loved one, friend or colleague has worked hard almost all of their adult life to build a career they can be proud of, and now it's time to retire. They might be feeling a bit down during this major transition in life. Maybe they're unsure of what lies ahead in their post-retirement years. This sudden shift in lifestyle, routine, and programmed behavior is going to feel strange at first, but eventually your friend will see the positive elements of retiring. It is the beginning of a new chapter and not the ending of a book. 

Help your friend or loved one during that awkward transition. As their friend, family member or colleague, encourage them to see this important event as a celebration of life. It's the long road ahead, filled with new adventures, that is important to focus on, and not what's in the rear-view mirror. 

Give your friend or loved one a gift that will help them kickstart their new "career" post-retirement, such as a hobby. Can't think of what to give them? We'll help you out with these retirement gift ideas. 

Best retirement gifts

1. A Memories Page

A Memories page is the perfect retirement gift and it's a practical one, especially if your recipient enjoys scrapbooking. Think of a Memories page as a digital scrapbook, but has more benefits like being able to share them with family and friends across the globe, and having multimedia features. A Memories page is also the perfect option to host digitized photos. Other features include data protection, customizable privacy settings, and a user-friendly design editor. Now, your retired friends or family can look back on the amazing life they've lived. It will remind them the importance of creating memories with family, friends, and colleagues, and that the celebration of life is worth sharing with others.

2. Inspirational Quote Plaque

Sometimes, all it takes is a memorable quote or a poem to inspire someone. That's why quotes are so popular on social media and blogs. They are naturally evocative. Why not immortalize those inspiring quotes on a plaque? That way, your friend, family member or colleague will always have a reminder to motivate them to celebrate life in their golden years. 

3. Personalized Pen

A good quality personalized pen can last a lifetime and is something that is actually useful. During retirement, you still have a lot of paperwork to do, from writing checks to filing taxes the old-fashioned way. Your friend or colleague might also decide to start a post-retirement journal, or venture into poetry writing. Whatever the case may be, a pen is a great gift no matter the 

4. Timepiece

A good-quality watch will always be a good investment. It also makes the perfect gift to give others because both men and women wear timepieces. There are watches that can even be personalized with your giftee's name, or with a special message for him or her. 

5. Funny Coffee Mug

Lighten up your retiree's mood with this humorous coffee mug. It'll show them that retirement is not something to be scared of, or sad about, but instead should be embraced with a positive attitude. Plus, it's a great option if the person you're gifting is a coffee or tea lover. They can sit back and sip on their hot beverage in the morning, savoring their retirement days, all the while laughing at the humorous quote on the side of the mug. 

6. Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

This gift says, "I care about your health." Make sure they'll be strong and healthy to tackle the next phase of their life with this fruit infuser water bottle. As someone who owns this product, I can tell you that she will use it a lot, especially if she likes to exercise or spend time in the outdoors. 

7. Running Shoes

One of the most important aspects of retirement is to stay healthy and fit. Motivate your friend or family member to lace'em up and hit the pavement or trail. Choose from a variety of running shoe designs, but be sure to get their correct shoe size first. A good pair of running shoes is a great investment because it's something that can be put to use and will motivate them to stay fit and healthy. 

8. Tea Sampler Box

Tea is associated with relaxation. It's the opposite of coffee. Help her de-stress with this tea sampler box. Share a cup or two with her while watching the sunset, or having a meaningful conversation. She'll love both the tea and your time. 

9. Subscription to a Magazine or Newspaper

If your retiree loves to read magazines and newspapers, the only obvious choice for a gift idea is to give them a year's subscription to their favorite publication. They'll surely love your thoughtful present and it's something you know they'll make use of regularly. 

10. Gift Cards

If your friend, colleague or family member enjoys going to certain restaurants or coffee shops, they'll thank you for giving them gift cards. Another benefit is giving them gift cards to grocery stores they frequent. This will help them with grocery costs post-retirement. 

11. Bucket List Travel Journal

Now that your friend, colleague, or family member has retired, she has all the time in the world to do the things she has always wanted to do. One of the best retirement gifts to give her is a bucket list journal where she can write down all of her dreams. The journal will not only help her list her plans, but jot down notes on how to make them come true. It's also a travel journal, so if her bucket list consists mostly of sojourns abroad or road trips across the country, she can use the journal to document her awesome experiences. 

12. Binoculars

If your friend or family member loves the outdoors, binoculars are a versatile gift. Whether they're avid bird watchers or are into outdoor sports, they'll surely put these to good use. 

13. Home Tool Kit

With plenty of time on his hands, the retired man will find something to fix around the house (even if they don't need fixing). This home tool set has all the essential items you need to start on a new project, from building a back patio to repairing the old furniture. 

14. Hiking Boots

A good pair of hiking boots will last a lifetime. Giving a pair of hiking boots to a retiree is akin to telling them, "Get some fresh air and put those legs to good use." Encouraging people to exercise outdoors is one of the most direct ways to show them you care about their health and longevity. 

15. Gardening Tool Set

If your gift recipient has a green thumb, or is curious about taking up gardening, then this gardening tool set is the perfect gift for him. By next Spring, the flowers in his yard will be blooming. 

16. Monogrammed Bathrobe

Nothing says retired like lounging in a comfortable bathrobe. Don't just give them any bathrobe, give them the option of embroidering their initials on it. She's going to feel like she's staying at a five-star luxury hotel even if she's just in the comforts of her own home. 

17. BBQ Tool Set

Men love to barbecue. Heck, even vegans love to do it. Veggie burgers, anyone? If your colleague, friend or loved one is a flame master, this BBQ tool set will be a much-appreciated addition to his barbecue pit arsenal. 

18. Wine Club Gift Membership 

Retirement is all about savoring life like fine wine. Make it literal by gifting her a wine club membership. She will receive a selection of California reds and whites. She'll probably invite you over to share a glass or two with her. 

19. Leather Passport Cover

If he's a jetsetter, this leather passport cover will be the perfect gift for him. It will not only protect his data from identity thieves, it will keep his passport from getting torn up and dirty during his travels. 

20. Passport Holder 

She can't travel overseas without her passport, so why don't you make sure she travels in style? This passport holder has many unique designs to choose from. Get her something that you think she'll love, like her favorite color, or patterns and designs that fit her personality. 

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