Do you know someone who is closing a big chapter in their life? A great retirement gift is in order. Retirement is such a sweet time when that special person in your life gets to reflect on all of their professional accomplishments through the years and cherish the free time they’ve worked so hard to secure for themselves. Because it is such a huge moment you might feel at a loss for what retirement gifts to buy. We’re here to help!
There are generally two modes for retirement gifts: funny or practical. Retirement is an ideal time to give a good-humored gag gift that makes fun of your friend or loved one. But, if you think it should feel like a more somber occasion, we’ve got some serious, practical retirement gifts for you to consider as well. The choice is yours and you’ll just have to find the right fit among the curated gifts below!
From Fun to Serious, We’ve Rounded Up the Best Retirement Gifts to Give
$21.99 at the time of publication.
“Congrats on quitting your job without being escorted out,” this candle jar says. These specialty candles are made with 100% natural soy wax and 100% cotton wick so they can enjoy a clean burn safe from plastics, parabens, synthetic dyes, or phthalates that are used in larger candle shops. Choose from three amazing scents: warm vanilla, comforting spice, or sea breeze cotton.
$16.95 at the time of publication.
This darling and cute retirement gift can be placed on a mug (as pictured), a travel mug, a tumbler, or a can holder. Each one makes for a funny and sweet gift. We like the mug but if you know someone who is often on the go, a travel mug could also be a great option.
$9.95+ at the time of publication.
Retired: under new management. See my grandchildren for details,” this fun and playful t-shirt for a grandma says. You get to pick her favorite color for the shirt to make it, even more, her own. Further, you get to choose the imprint color. If you’re not shopping for a grandmother, you can customize the message on this to be whatever you want. Example: “Retired: under new management. See my dog for details.”
$229 at the time of publication.
This is a bit of a splurge but it’s an excellent retirement gift for someone who loves birds. The NETVUE smart bird feeder with a camera can auto-capture and identify all bird visitors and users will receive real-time notifications of feathery friends via the phone app. This smart bird feeder camera recognizes more than 6000 types and species of birds! It’s very easy to use and a delight when getting started with bird watching.
$194 at the time of publication.
Oh, yeah! It’s time for some backyard relaxation! This high-quality handwoven hammock is just the thing for your retiree to spend napping in the sun. Name a better place to relax with a book, we dare you! Further, this hammock can hold up to two people for some very good snuggles.
$59.99 at the time of publication.
If adventure is on the horizon, this luxury neck travel pillow makes for a perfect retirement gift. “Crafted with an elegant design and high-density memory foam, this travel pillow offers 360º natural ergonomic neck support, this makes it the ideal travel companion for the modern nomad that wants to be like home anywhere,” the maker says. If you know someone who is about to hop on a plane the minute they retire, this would be the right move.
$33.97 at the time of publication.
This is a multi-purpose garden kneeler that’s the best retirement gift for someone who will be spending a ton of time in the garden. Raise the legs to make a comfortable chair when planting or fishing. Lay it flat on the ground for a supportive kneeling pad when weeding, seeding, producing, or other operation requiring kneeling in the garden. It has a strap for easy, comfortable carrying. It folds all the way up when not in use. This is also a great retirement gift for a fisher.
$10.49 at the time of publication.
Covering topics like finances, embracing your passions, and dealing with feelings of aimlessness, grief, and depression that may crop up, this in-depth guide to retired living answers all the burning questions the retiree in your life might have. It encourages them to take stock of their freedom and offers advice for the most successful retirement possible.
$39 at the time of publication
Here’s another traveling gift that’s great for someone who is planning on doing a bunch of in their free time. These amazing, personalized bags come in a few different colors and personalization options for you to find the perfect fit. What a classy gift!
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$127.03 at the time of publication.
How about giving a kitchen gadget that does it all? The 9-in-1 appliance is a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, egg cooker, yogurt maker, warmer and sterilizer. There are countless delicious meals that they can add to their repertoire. People really, really love these things and they make a great gift for just about any occasion.
There you go! We hope you enjoyed these excellent retirement gifts and that you found the best one to give that special person in your life. Whether it be a colleague, a friend, or a family member, there’s a great gift for all on this list. Now, go order that gift!
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