10 Best Retirement Gifts

Written by vicki holmes
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Retirement is a significant milestone in a person's life. Depending on the retiree, finding the perfect retirement present for someone getting ready to enjoy his golden years can be fun and challenging. There are many retirement gift items that can remind the recipient of his career achievements and the relationships he enjoyed while working.

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A watch is the traditional symbol of a job well done given upon retirement, and it gets used daily. This practical gift comes in every price range and many quality watches allow for engraving of a special message or for the date of the retirement to be inscribed.

Engraved Plaque

An engraved plaque makes for a special award to the recipient recognising the significant achievement she has made. Plaques come in a variety of sizes and designs. They allow gift givers to choose specific sizes, inscriptions and styles.

Club Membership

Active retirees may be looking forward to having the time to indulge in athletic interests in their retirement years. A gift of a club membership is great for a golfer or tennis enthusiast.

Spa Gift Token

Retirement begins a new life of leisure and time to enjoy it. A spa gift token can be the start of a lifestyle of relaxation after decades of stress and work.

Ceremonial Flag

For the patriot retiring from a military career, a ceremonial flag, which has flown over the state Capitol, presented in a beautiful case thanks him for his years of service to the country. Contact your local congressional representative or senator to learn how to obtain one of these gift flags.

Wine or Beer of the Month

Retirement is a time to sit back and relax, and a gift from a wine or beer of the month club brings the retiree a new beverage surprise each month for a year.

Hobby Gifts

Gifts related to the hobby or personal interest that the new retiree now has time to enjoy is an excellent gift. If gardening is her passion, a subscription to a magazine on that topic is appropriate.

Charitable Gifts

Many people have favourite causes that they support. A financial gift to a charity supporting that cause in the retirees name honours him.


Upon retirement, many people enjoy continuing to learn about personal interests. Paying for a class or seminar about a favourite topic of hers makes a thoughtful gift.

Photo Album

A sentimental choice, a photo album featuring photographs of the person's company, career, and work associates offers a chance for many people to contribute and create this beautiful gift for the retiree.

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