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32 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For a Retirement

How much to give depends on what you’d like to spend and the route you decide to go. There are a wide variety of price tags between gag gifts, travel accessories and gold jewelry. Do what works for you and the relationship you share with the retiree.


The Most Common Retirement Gift

Did you know that the most common gift for retirement is a gold pocket watch? Not just because it’s a watch either. It symbolizes quality craftsmanship and is supposed to be an actual and metaphorical reminder of the passage of time.

Now days it may not be quite as valued as it was in years past. But if you have that person who appreciates gifts like this, it’s still a beautiful gift.

Are Gifts Required?

Not necessarily.

Of course, it’s a kind gesture but there seems to be a variety of opinions on this subject.

If someone is retiring from your office and is a co-worker, then often people within the office will chip in and celebrate.

If it is a family member or close friend that has retired, then that is more of a personal preference as to whether a gift is given.

Retirement Gift Etiquette

If you do decide to reward that hard work, there are no rules on giving gifts to a retiree. It may be fun to choose a gift that matches the new relaxation that accompanies their change in lifestyle.

Some people finally consider this next chapter a perfect time to do the things they never had the chance to do such as travel. Remember everyone’s hobbies and personality when choosing a gift.

How Much To Spend

This entirely depends on what you’d like to spend and the route you decide to go. There are a wide variety of price tags between gag gifts, travel accessories and gold jewelry. Do what works for you and the relationship you share with the retiree.

What To Write In The Card

Whether you work with the retiree or know them on a more personal level, everyone appreciates cards. Handwritten messages are always best.

These men and women have often dedicated more than half of their lives to their work. Letting them know you appreciate their work ethic and commitment means a lot.

Keep It Simple

  • Enjoy your new status as a retiree! It’s the last time you’ll need to start a new job.
  • Don’t forget to spend a little of your extra time with us. We’re so happy for you!
  • You are one of the hardest workers I have ever known. You deserve a great retirement, but I know you will still keep yourself busy.
  • Retirement is the working person’s wish come true. Here’s to finally getting your wishes granted!
  • You can be taken out of the workforce, but the work force can never be taken out of you. I am confident you’ll never stop working on things you love to do.

Make Them Laugh

  • God retired after just 6 days of creating the heavens and the earth. What took you so long?
  • No one ever stops working, they just get a new boss. Your boss lives in your own house. Good luck getting time off.
  • Re-tiring is when you replace old tires with new tires. Isn’t that more like what your employer is doing?

Retirement Quotes

  • “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” –Harry Emerson Frosdick
  • “A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.” –Ella Harris