The perfect gifts to celebrate a retirement

First published: 27-11-2015

Grandfather and grandchild walking in nature path

Retirement is the most exciting part of working life. It's the point where the metaphorical boots are hung up and the days of the week are taken up with favoured hobbies and pastimes.

Selecting the right present for someone who's retiring can be tricky, so bear in mind that it's a good idea to choose something that will come in handy during their new-found free time. To help you out, we've listed a few ideas to help you on your way to a gift-buying success.

Keepsakes from their time at work

There's every chance that the person in question might miss their colleagues, especially if they've been at the company for the majority of their working life.

A great present serves as a memento from their workplace, especially if it's been personalised by the staff themselves. This could be something as simple as a card with messages from well-wishers inside, or perhaps even a poster they could put on their wall, or even a small book.

They'll treasure this sort of gift for years to come, digging it out for a read when they're feeling nostalgic.

Experience days

Now that the person you're buying for is retired, they'll have a lot more free time on their hands, so they might be looking to participate in exciting, new hobbies. If the person you're buying for is a spouse, close friend, or family member, then you're likely to know a bit about their main interests.

Experience events can come in many forms, from balloon rides to track days – whatever would work best for the person you're buying for.

If the retiree hasn't managed to buy themselves that Ferrari they always promised themselves, then a supercar track day might just be the next best thing. There are plenty of experience days out there, so if a track day is a little fast-paced, then a day at a spa presents the ideal alternative.


Good old alcohol

It may be the go-to present for many an occasion, but that's because it's such a crowd-pleaser. If you happen to know someone's favourite tipple – chances are that you do, if you know the person well - then as a present, you can't go far wrong.

The main advantage of choosing a gift such as this, is knowing that it's unlikely to sit unused in a cupboard somewhere. When it comes to present buying, this one is a low-risk strategy.

Of course, there are people out there that don't drink alcohol. A great substitution is their favourite chocolate or food in general – perhaps a gourmet treat that they wouldn't buy for themselves, or maybe even a luxury hamper, comprising of high quality treats.

Tickets to a sports match

Similar to the appeal of track days, attending a sports event is something that work would often prevent people from doing prior to retirement. Therefore buying a retiree tickets to a sporting event can be a great parting gift, which provides them with an enjoyable way of filling their days.

If the person in question doesn't like sports however, then don't despair, as there are plenty of alternatives! Tickets to the theatre, to a historical building, an art gallery, or anything related to their main interests is sure to go down a storm.

A timepiece

A watch or clock is a present that's both sentimental and long-lasting. It's also something that your retiring colleague will also get plenty of use out of and can be treasured for many years to come.

Everyone has their own set of interests, but many people have an eye for a cool-looking timepiece; therefore, a watch is a gift that almost anyone is bound to appreciate!

Buying a watch with a simple colour scheme is a sensible way forward, here, especially if you don't know the retiree's tastes inside out. The classic combination of the subtle black with a splash of gold is a great choice if you don't want to risk buying a timepiece with a bolder colour scheme.

Guess connect bluetooth black and gold 41mm smartwatch

This Guess unisex connect Bluetooth black and gold smart chronograph watch is a great option to go for, as it looks equally as great on the wrists of both men and women.

Items to use in their spare time

While your retiring colleague might have a lot of free time to enjoy when they leave work, they probably won't be spending every day out at a track day or sporting event, as much as they might like to! Therefore, buying them a gift that aids them in their day-to-day hobbies is certainly a good option.

If you know they're into gardening, then some tools would make a great gift. On the other hand, if your retiring colleague loves to get creative in the kitchen, then perhaps some culinary accessories would go down well.

Successfully buying a retirement present doesn't come down to how much you've spent, rather how much thought has been designated to it. Small but personalised items always go down a treat, while you always have the option to go big if you want to!


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