It’s always hard to say goodbye to someone you’ve worked with for years. Whether it’s a colleague, employee, or boss, celebrating a retirement can be a bittersweet situation. Finding the right retirement gift can also be a daunting task. Because you need to make sure it’s a meaningful gift that shows your appreciation. Luckily, there are plenty of great retirement gifts out there. Small Business Trends wants to help you find the best!
A personalized gift is a great option. Take it a step further and include your name, retirement year, and other personal information to make your gift memorable and special. Etsy has lots of great shops with all kinds of personalized gifts. And in our Gourmet Gift Basket, we curate a selection of sumptuous treats to create unique gifts that will be talked about for years to come.
Considerations when choosing retirement gifts
Choosing the ideal retirement gift for someone who has been an integral part of your business journey can be a daunting task. Whether it’s a gift for an employee, colleague or boss, we want to make sure the gift is memorable and meaningful. Here are some considerations and suggestions to make your decision a little easier.
- think about their interests: Think about what retirees like. Are they avid gardeners? A gardening set or a beautiful plant might be ideal. do they like to travel? Consider gifts such as travel journals, travel gift cards, and even travel luggage sets.
- experience over material things: Sometimes the best gifts are invisible. Consider gifting an experience such as a spa day, tickets to a concert or show, or a gift certificate for a fine dining restaurant.
- work related memorabilia: Think of items that remind you of when you were at work without being too corporate. This could be a framed photo of the team, a book related to the industry they loved, or a personal plaque celebrating years of service.
- educational gift: If your retirees have expressed interest in picking up new hobbies or skills after retirement, consider enrolling them in classes and workshops. It can be anything from paintings to digital photography.
Remember that the best gifts come from the heart. The thought, time and effort put into choosing the perfect retirement gift will be remembered forever.
|Features/Types||glassware||gift basket||jewelry||personalized wall art/plaques||Book||interior decoration|
|typical price range||$10 – $150+||$25 – $200+||$30 – $2000+||$20 – $300+||$5 – $50+||$10 – $500+|
|personalization||usually engravable||Various items can be customized||often engravable||name, date or custom message||limited||Often customizable|
|Versatility||Indefinite||theme based||suitable for everyday wear||Great for home/office||Varies by genre||Varies by room|
Retirement Gifts for Employees, Colleagues and Bosses
We’ve curated a list of the 20 best retirement gifts we could find. These gifts are suitable for colleagues, employees or bosses. Many have customizable options, all chosen with different tastes and price points in mind.
Custom Retirement Gift Printed Signs
Choose text, fonts and years and this Etsy shop will create a unique print that makes a great gift. You can enter words to describe your favorite jokes, quotes, etc. The possibilities are endless.
custom retirement blankets
This blanket, which has “retirement rules” such as “make memories” and “do not accumulate stress”, can be customized in various ways such as materials and names.
Simple yet heartfelt, this ornament will let them know they will be remembered.
“What do you call someone who’s happy on Mondays? I’m retired,” jokes this china mug. A gift that will surely bring a smile to your face every time you use it.
Alex and Ani Happy Retirement Bracelet
This beautiful charm bracelet wishes you a happy retirement with the “Relax” charm. The bracelet is adjustable.
goodbye beer glass
A perfect gift “from all of us”, this glass will make them remember the “legendary” crew. You can choose a glass style and add up to 20 names.
5-Piece Retirement Gift Set
With adjustable hats, socks, keychains, and insulated tumblers, you can let everyone know you love your retirement. The set comes in a gift box.
retirement compass gift
This beautiful brass compass can be engraved with a thoughtful message and is available in a wooden box, leather case, or sold individually.
Festive and Relaxing Champagne Gift Box
Cheers to them! This celebratory gift box contains Lamarca his bottle of prosecco, plus cheese, crackers and cookies.
retirement cutting board
Choose cherry, walnut or maple wood and customize with a thoughtful message or just your name.
Officially Retired Whiskey Decanter Set
Buy just the decanter or buy it with the glass. You can personalize it with a message of your choice.
personalized date canvas prints
Anyone can sign it, so it is popular for retirement celebrations and wedding gifts! Sizes, fonts, messages and of course dates are also customizable.
retired t shirt
Show off your newly retired status with this funny t-shirt that can be customized for your retirement year.
congratulations on retirement candles
Perfect for retirees who love sarcasm. This soy candle is vegan and comes in two sizes and multiple scent choices.
Chianti Italy Gift Basket
Celebrate retirement with a memorable gift basket of handcrafted artisan finocchiona, gourmet sun-dried tomato bruschetta, smoked cheddar cheese and delicious chianti.
Many people want to spend their retirement years enlightening themselves. The book with this title is A Book to Take Your Time: A Laid-Back Adventure of Creative Mindfulness A Simple Guide to Mindfulness and Creativity is critically acclaimed.
pebble art flower picture
This 9″ x 9″ photo is handcrafted from beach pebbles and can be customized with a message or name.
crossword scrabble print
Choose your words and message to customize this unique frameable gift print.
A clever way to make sure you are always remembered, caricature prints are a fun gift idea. Personalization possibilities are endless.
Silver Oak & Cake Bread Red Wine Gift Basket
This gorgeous gift basket contains two bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and a variety of gourmet foods for an instantly memorable gifting experience.
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