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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Make Them Laugh
Personalize a wood box with a favorite photo or text.
Monthly wine subscription sending wines to match your taste.
Never lose your keys or your phone with this bluetooth tracker. (Also doubles as a selfie remote!)
Send a photo. Get a personalized bobblehead in return.
Turn a photo into a hand-made, canvas painting.
Magazines and newspapers are nostalgic and feel almost indulgent— which makes it a perfect gift.
Make their face into a stamp. Awesome.
That way they'll never hit the wrong ball ball.
For the beach or the yard, this giant Tic Tac Toe game will come in handy.
After two years of testing, The Wirecutter rated the OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker the best cold-brew coffee maker.
The Cally Faux Fur slipper is designed to be comfy and cozy.
Beautiful playing cards.
Old-fashioned fun for any outdoor gathering.
For any book lover.
Unisex hat for protection from insects and sun.
Perfect way to start a retirement. Recovering.
Pies from one of Oprah's favorites.
Double sided puzzle for a Frank Lloyd Wright fan.
For the person who finally has time to read.
Sketch mob turns photos into original cartoons.