The 14 Best Retirement Gifts of 2021

A chapter is closing, mark it with a thoughtful gift

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Retirement is the end of a chapter, but it's also the start of something new. This moment should certainly be rewarded with an amazing present. Depending on if your retiree is more sentimental or appreciates a good laugh, there's a gift for everyone.

If you're still stuck on what to buy, here are the best retirement gifts.

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This cozy robe is sure to make any chilly night more bearable.
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This Kindle design is super compact and convenient for all lifestyles.
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Here's a gift card that will surely go to good use and even help someone in their day-to-day life.
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The 300-plus pages of this colorful book encourages creativity and a bit of introspection.
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These socks are comfortable, but also a lighthearted laugh for the person who’s worked hard their entire life.
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This doesn't just track essential functions, but the design is sleek and durable.
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The curated box of treats that range from healthy to decadent is sure to be a hit with all foodies.
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Try this for the relaxation of a professional massage from the comfort of home.
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Gift this soft throw that has their name written all over it. Literally.
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The camera has features a pro would love, but it’s also easy enough for a novice to use.
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Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Cloud Cotton Robe

A cozy robe is something anyone can appreciate and with a name like Cloud Cotton, this option from Parachute is a cut above the rest. The robe's made from 100 percent Turkish cotton that's soft to the touch and keeps the wearer warm on those chilly days or nights. Sizes range from small to extra large and the color selections include the usual neutrals or fun options like rose or amber.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation)

Kindle Paperwhite

Relaxing with a good book won’t be a problem with the Kindle Paperwhite. The device is lightweight (less than 7 ounces), thin, and has a glare-free display. A single charge can last up to six weeks and the waterproof design means you can comfortably take this to the beach or pool and not worry about any splashes. Font size is easily adjusted and it can easily be connected to Audible and listen to books versus reading them. 

Uber Gift Card

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A gift card doesn't have to feel like a last minute, impersonal present. That's especially true if it's a card the recipient will actually use and get some major value out of. An Uber gift card is sure to be useful for the retiree who wants to enjoy the passenger life or maybe needs help getting to important appointments. The card can also conveniently be used to place an Uber Eats order.

A Book That Takes Its Time

A Book That Takes Its Time

A joy of retirement should be having the time to reflect, relax, and have fun. “A Book That Takes Its Time” provides just that. The pages are full of writing prompts, opportunities to doodle, essays on life and love, notecards, and so much more. It feels like a grown up, colorful scrapbook. With more than 300 pages, this is a book that actually encourages users to tear out the pages, write in them, and get lost in their thoughts. 

CoatneyCreations Bring Me the Remote socks

Bring Me the Remote socks

Some gifts are expensive and elicit tears, but others, not so much. And that’s absolutely okay. If you want to gift a chuckle-worthy present, these CoatneyCreations socks are it. On the surface they just look like regular black crew socks. But the sole of the feet reveals a cute phrase: "I am retired. Bring me the remote." The cute, comfortable socks will be perfect for wearing around the house.

Apple Watch Series 6 Silver Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle

Apple Watch Series 6 Silver Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle

The variety of fitness apps and trackers can make it hard for someone to decide on a purchase. Make the choice easier by gifting the Apple Watch with a durable stainless steel case. The sleek device, which has a convenient magnetic closure, measures vital functions like sleep, blood oxygen, and workouts. This will surely encourage your favorite retiree to get moving.

Mouth Wellness in a Box


Who doesn’t love an edible gift? Mouth has a variety of tasty gift boxes for every palate. You could build your own gift box, but the pre-selected curated sets are pretty amazing as well. You can even shop based off of dietary needs, like kosher or gluten-free. Try the Wellness in a Box that’s packed with granola, turmeric, digestive bitters, and more. Or the Wedge Fund, which includes a variety of cheese, crackers, and salami from independently owned American businesses. 

Mo Cuishle Back and Neck Massager

 Back and Neck Massager

The services of a weekly masseuse can be expensive and not exactly convenient for most schedules, but gifting an at home massager can solve that. This top rated product has eight different modes to relax sore muscles. Three different speeds allow for easy adjustment of intensity and the auto shut off ensures it doesn’t overhead. The massager can be worn in a variety of ways, over the shoulder, on the stomach, back, or legs, so all achy areas can be treated. 

Personalization Mall Retirement Personalized Plush Fleece Blanket

Retirement Personalized Plush Fleece Blanket

Wrapping up in a good blanket is something most people enjoy doing at the end of the day. Measuring 50 x 60-inches, this fleece blanket is meant for cozy nights. But the true standout is the personalization. Add the recipient’s name or initials and with up to 15 lines of text, throw in a message or phrases of your choice. The fleece is a great option, but the blanket is also available in sherpa or a sweatshirt material as well. 

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Many people take great photos with their phone these days, but nothing can substitute the quality of an actual camera. Canon’s PowerShot is a 20 megapixel wonder that captures crisp photos and videos for all of life’s moments. Continuous shooting makes it great for action shots and the tilted monitor can help your budding photographer snap interesting angles. The camera is high on features but easy to use and compact. 

Top Shelf Retirement Wish Jar

Retirement Wish Jar

A truly sentimental gift a retiree will love is this wish jar. While it’s a simple glass jar, the contents inside are what make it special. It comes with 100 wish tickets that you and others can fill out for your hopes, dreams and you guessed it, best wishes, for the new retiree. Seeing a jar full of sentimental notes is sure to warm the recipient's heart and give them something to refer back to on a regular basis. 

US Art Supply 72-Piece Deluxe Acrylic Painting Set

72-Piece Deluxe Acrylic Painting Set

Painting can be super relaxing and this easel set includes everything to get your budding artist started. Not only is there a floor easel, but also a smaller one for a tabletop. The kit also contains canvases, brush sets, and 24 acrylic paints.. The 72-piece set is sure to get your retiree painting some happy little trees or whatever else their imagination can draw up. 

Etsy Never Forget wall art

Never Forget retirement image

Need something that's last minute, but still thoughtful? This "Never Forget" gold image can be instantly downloaded from Etsy. Add it to a stylish frame and your retiree has a piece of wall decor that reminds them of their impact on the world. If you have the time, you can even get people to sign the image and share their favorite memories of the person in the workplace.

Anywhere Travel Guide

Anywhere travel guide

Retirement can mean traveling without having to worry about PTO. A fun gift for a travel lover is this deck of cards. Each card features a prompt that encourages interaction and new experiences. They can range from “Buy coffee for a stranger” to “Ask a stranger his/her favorite street.” These prompts can be great for an introvert looking to get out of their shell or the cards can be fun on a group trip. 

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.

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