Christian Retirement Gifts

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Christian Retirement Gifts
Skip the watch and pick a religious-style retirement gift. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Retirement is something that deserves celebration, especially when you consider the amount of hard work and time the individual devoted to the company. When you run a religious-based organisation or have an employee with a Christian background, you may opt for Christian retirement gifts. Christian retirement gifts use the employee's beliefs and background as inspiration for the memorable gift.

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Engraved Paperweight

An engraved paperweight serves as a constant reminder that you appreciate the hard work and time the employee spent working for the company. Pick a plain paperweight, such as one made from heavy steel or natural stone, and have a special message engraved on the front. "I thank my God every time I remember you" is from Philippians 1:3 and has multiple meanings. For some, it may mean that they think of the company and their past when they look at it. Others may look at the paperweight and remember you for giving it to them. Or, opt for a paperweight engraved with a photo of a cross on the front and a quote about retirement.

Picture Frames

Treat the retired individual to a picture frame, perfect for displaying on her home desk or on a wall at her house. A sterling silver picture frame with an engraved cross decorating the front is a simple reminder of you. Stores that specialise in engraving can place a special biblical message on the front. Opt for, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope'" from Jeremiah 29:11, or "Gray hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life" from Proverbs 16:31.

Decorative Crosses

Consider giving the person a decorative cross for his home, as a retirement gift. Silver crosses are tasteful, and you have the option of engraving a message on the front or back of the cross. You can also find crosses specially made with a retirement quote on the front. Opt for one that says, "God bless you on your retirement," or something similar on the front. The cross serves as a constant reminder of his faith and hard work.

Bible Gifts

If you work with the retired person, then give them a Bible. Pass the Bible around the office and have each employee sign the inside cover, or write a special message and then sign it. Even though the gift recipient likely owns a Bible already, this Bible has a special meaning. The Bible shows the former employee how special he was in the eyes of his co-workers.

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