Engraved Gift Ideas for Retirement

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Engraved Gift Ideas for Retirement
Give a deserving person an engraved retirement gift. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

No matter what career a person has followed, a celebration is in order when retirement comes. Co-workers, friends and past colleagues throw a retirement party and give touching, funny or meaningful gifts for the retiree. An engraved gift is a personal, elegant present that commemorates the recipient's career and retirement.


Surprise a retiree with a stunning piece of jewellery as a retirement gift. Choose from a necklace, pendant, bracelet, earrings, wrist watch, pocket watch, pin, cuff links or tie clip. This keepsake reminds the retiree of his accomplishment and is a useful gift. Create a custom piece for your friend or loved one by engraving his name, initials, years of service or a short, personal message on the piece of jewellery. Pick jewellery that suits the recipient's taste in jewellery and overall style.


Celebrate a retiree's years of service with an award as a retirement gift. Give a trophy that can be placed in a trophy case or atop a desk or shelf. The trophy can be in the form of a trophy cup, eagle, apple, globe, star or another object relating to the retiree's occupation.

A second option is to give a plaque to mount on a wall or placed on a mantle. An additional award option includes a vase made of crystal or glass that can stand alone for decoration or hold fresh flowers. Any of the award options can be engraved with an appropriate quotation, message, the retiree's name, years of service and place of employment.

Drinking Acessories

Give the recent retiree in your life a useful, personalised drinking accessory as a retirement gift. For a wine drinker, choose from a personalised wine stopper, red or white wine glasses, wooden wine gift box, wine bottle opener or toasting flutes. For the beer drinker, select pub glasses, Pilsner glasses, a leather koozie, beer bottle opener or beer mug. Personalise the drinking accessory by engraving the recipient's name or initials on the gift. Pair any of these gifts with her favourite wine or beer.


Present a friend, co-worker or loved one who is retiring with a gift to be used during free time. Depending on his interests, give him a gift like a wooden baseball bat, cigar box, poker card case, high rollers dice cup, gardening tool, golf club or metal bookmark. Personalise the hobby-related gift by engraving his name, initials, a meaningful quote or short message onto the gift.

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