12 Awesome Retirement Gift Ideas

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Going shopping for a gift is not always an easy task. This is especially true if you do not really know the person that you are shopping for. If you have a co-worker that going to be retiring, you may have difficulty finding an appropriate gift. You do not want to be the only person in your office or department that did not purchase a retirement gift.

Retirements are something that most people will only go through once in their lifetime. This makes retirement a momentous occasion that deserves a certain level of thought and celebration. If you have struggled to come up with a suitable gift for a retiree, then take a moment to examine the following 12 awesome retirement gift ideas.

#1 – Gift Certificates

Giving a gift certificate is a generic gift, but one that is typically appreciated. People enjoy being able to pick out what they want. This is especially useful when you have absolutely no idea what to get the retiree. Try to think about the type of place they may shop and then purchase a gift certificate.

#2 – Flowers or Plants

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Flowers and plants can be just as generic of a gift as a gift certificate. With that being said, a retiree may enjoy having an extra potted plant around the house. They will likely have more time on their hands and should be able to care for the plant.

#3 – A Hobby Kit

A Hobby Kit

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Find out if there is any hobby that the retiree may be interested in. As a joke, you could purchase a starter kit for a complicated hobby, so that they have something to do with all of the extra time. Purchase a remote control airplane kit, a complicated model, or a woodworking kit.

Purchasing a hobby kit that is the opposite of the person’s personality could also be a good joke – such as purchasing a knitting kit for someone that would never touch a craft project.

#4 – Books or Movies


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Another gift idea that pokes fun at the fact that the retiree will have more time on their hands is to give them a collection of books or movies. If they have a series of books, movies, or even a television show, that they have not caught up on, they should have all the time in the world now.

#5 – Puzzles

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Puzzles are another time-consuming task and are always a great gift idea. Instead of just purchasing a basic puzzle from the store, you could find a photo of the retiree and have a custom puzzle made. There is a variety of online stores that will allow you to upload an image and have it placed on a puzzle. You can even choose the size and number of pieces to the puzzle.

#6 – New Luggage

New Luggage

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Purchasing luggage for someone can be tricky. You may not know if they already have luggage. If you know that the retiree will be traveling a lot, now that they are retired, then they may enjoy having a new set of luggage.

#7 – Personalized Gifts

Personalized Gifts

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Along the same lines as the custom photo puzzle, you can choose a wide variety of personalized gifts. If you perform a quick search online, you will find dozens of websites that will create personalized gifts containing custom messages or photos. This could include t-shirts, coffee mugs, plates, and almost any other item you can think of.

#8 – Engraved Pen Set

Engraved Pen Set

An engraved pen set may be something that is more suitable if given to them from the business that the person is retiring from. Though, there is no reason that the retiree would not appreciate the thought you put into the gift. Order a set of engraved pens containing a brief message congratulating the person on their retirement.

#9 – New Shoes

New Shoes

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New shoes are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a gift idea for a retiree. Many people have limited pairs of shoes and there is a good chance that they will not be wearing their work shoes anymore. Give them a new start for this new stage in their life by giving a new pair of shoes. Just make sure you check their shoe size before going shopping.

#10 – Gift Basket

Gift Basket

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Gift baskets can contain just about anything – including fruit, meats, cheese, flowers, chocolates, candies, and anything else that you can think of that may fit in the basket. You can find plenty of premade baskets online.

#11 – Golf Gifts

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Golfing is a hobby enjoyed by a large portion of older people. Even if the retiree has never golfed before, they may want to give the sport a try now that they have more time on their hands. A golf gift could include anything from golf lessons to a new set of clubs. Visit a pro store and ask for help choosing the right golf gifts for the person that is retiring.

#12 – Throw a Surprise Party

Retirement Party Decoration

This last gift idea is something that should probably be handled by a family member or close friend. If you are not very close to the retiree, then you will probably skip this gift idea.

In the end, it is up to you to find the perfect gift. When someone you know is retiring, you need to take the time to choose a quality gift. You should start by considering what this person means to you. When you are shopping for your mom or an aunt, you will probably want to put more thought into the gift than if you were shopping for a co-worker. It may also help to decide on a price limit for the gift before you start shopping.

Regardless of the gift that you choose, the person that is retiring will surely appreciate the gesture. They are likely to have more on their mind at the retirement party than what every one purchased for gifts. Though, you should still try to find something nice for the retiree, as this occasion only comes around once in their lifetime.

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