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Retirement is the end of a chapter, but it's also the start of something new and should certainly be rewarded with an amazing present.
We researched the best retirement gifts available, considering factors like gifting value, practicality, and whether or not the item was appropriate for the work setting. Our favorite pick is the Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe. The luxuriously soft robe is absorbent, stylish, and perfect for any recipient.
Here are the best retirement gifts.
Parachute 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 extra small to a 3X, and the color selections include the usual neutrals or fun options like rose or amber.
Reviewers love the fit of the robe and how it is thick and warm while still feeling breezy, making this a go-to option for every season. Unlike other robes, this pick is not bulky and fits men and women comfortably and is true to size.
While definitely a splurge, with the right care, this robe will last for years and years and can be used for cleaning around the house, lounging on the couch, or throwing on after the shower. Reviewers note that the robe is just as soft after multiple washes, ensuring it will last a lifetime.
CoatneyCreations Bring Me the Remote socks
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.
Mouth Wellness in a Box
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.
Mo Cuishle 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 overheat. 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.
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set
The Classic Core Set from Brooklinen is 100 percent cotton and has a 270 thread count. That means your recipient will feel like they're sleeping on super comfy hotel-quality sheets. In addition to the comfort, the set also includes some convenient features. The fitted sheet has labels for the short and long side so making the bed is a breeze, and the two pillow cases have an envelope enclosure to keep them securely tucked in.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation)
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.
Amazon Retired Business Cards
There's no doubt the retiree has had their fair share of business cards over the years, but probably nothing like these. For an lol-worthy present, these retired business cards have funny phrases on them like "ask someone else" and "no deadlines." The cards come in a few colors like white, navy, or pink and they all fit inside the stainless steel mirrored case.
Floom Flower Delivery
A beautiful arrangement of flowers is always a great gift. Select a bouquet from Floom and your recipient will surely appreciate the professionally arranged florals. Order up to four weeks in advance, or same-day delivery is even available in many areas. Don't forget to include a personalized message, which comes on a beautiful Floom card.
Beautiful by Drew Barrymore Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing
Some people love whipping up meals in the kitchen for hours on end, but for those who prefer a more simplistic approach, an air fryer is a must. This option from Beautiful by Drew Barrymore doesn't just come in a fun green hue, but it's large enough to make servings for up to seven people. It roasts, dehydrates, or reheats with the touch of an illuminated button.
Uber Gift Card
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Freshly Meal Delivery
Sometimes the best present you can give someone is time and convenience. That's exactly what they'll get with a Freshly meal delivery subscription. Just set up a subscription for them (the first delivery is free, then they can choose to continue) and your recipient can select from a menu of prepared meals that can be heated up and ready to eat in three minutes.
Luna Bamboo Weighted Blanket
Some weighted blankets can feel comfy and snug, but also quite hot. That's where Luna's blanket comes in. It's made of bamboo, which has a more cooling effect and even wicks away moisture. The blanket is available in six colors, several bed sizes, and can weigh as little as 10 pounds or up to 30.
Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class
No one's ever too old to learn something new and for the curious retiree, Masterclass is a fun present. They have more than 100 online classes available in 11 categories. There's cooking, finance, science, and so much more. Select a monthly plan for new members or if your recipient already has a membership, then you can extend their current plan by a year.
PineconeHome Personalized Harvest Basket
Every gardener needs a great harvest basket. And it's a really great idea to gift one that can be personalized with a name or phrase. This basket is made of birch polywood and has wire mesh on both sizes. Measuring a little over 13 inches long, this is great for transporting a bounty from the garden to the house, and it even looks pretty while displayed on a counter.
Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Group Memory Gift Box
Here's a gift that's super sentimental and is truly a team endeavor. Different people (friends, family, coworkers, etc.) can upload their favorite memories and then they're printed on a 5 x 7 photo card. Up to 50 memories can be submitted, arranged, organized, and then printed to be included in the wooden box. The recipient will absolutely love revisiting these memories.
Etsy Scratch the World Watercolor Edition
The Scratch the World poster is perfect for those who love exploring life. It measures 33 inches long and would look great in an office or pretty much anywhere. The recipient simply has to use a coin to scratch off the destinations they've visited. This can be a fun way for someone to reminisce about all of the countries they've traveled to and give them motivation to scratch off a few more in the future.
VITRUVI Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser
Vitruvi's diffusers are far from the typical eyesore and easily fit in with other bits of decor on a coffee table or countertop. The ceramic diffuser comes in a few color options (black, charcoal, terracotta) and is the perfect way to create a relaxing vibe. This can waft the scents of essential oils for up to seven hours. It's super lightweight and has an automatic turn off feature.
Miko Shiatsu Home Foot Massager Machine
Even though long work hours are no longer in the cards for your retiree, they'll absolutely love and utilize this foot massager. There's a heated function, multiple pressure settings, and it provides a massage for the bottoms and sides of feet. It can easily be controlled via the buttons on the device, but there are also remotes which means no more bending over repeatedly. The shut-off timer prevents the device from overheating, and the interior lining is machine washable.
Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set
A gift like this set of cookware won't just be appreciated because it's practical, but also because it's coming from a solid brand like Cuisinart. The 12-piece set is made of stainless steel and has Heat Surround Technology so the pans heat evenly. They're oven safe up to 500 degrees and are dishwasher safe.
Personalization Mall 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, then 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.
Etsy Etched Beer Mug for Retirement
Happy hour can pretty much be any hour for your leisure-loving retired person. These "Finally Retired" beer mugs can be customized with the person's year of retirement. The etched engraving is permanent and the glass is dishwasher safe. Buy a single glass or a few and maybe even throw in your retiree's favorite six-pack.
Brookstone PhotoShare Smart Digital Picture Frame
Feeling connected to friends and family is a little bit easier thanks to technology and this digital picture frame. In a matter of seconds, photos can be sent from a phone, social media platform, and more to the frame. The back of the frame also has SD and USB ports for ease of transfer. Additional features include a clock, calendar, and auto-dim feature so the brightness of the photos is determined by the lighting in the room.
The Nice Plant PIY "Pot It Yourself" Box
Not only is this a fun activity, but the result is a plant that can be displayed (two plants, actually). The "PIY" or plant-it-yourself kit includes two succulents, planters, organic soil, a scooper, and some decorative stones. This is a fun solo activity or even one they can do with a friend. The end result is a low maintenance plant they'll be happy to display.
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.
What to Look for in a Retirement Gift
Appropriate for the Workplace
When selecting a retirement gift for a friend or relative, anything goes. If you’re buying for a colleague, be sure to keep it professional. You want to make them feel valued as a person, but you don’t want to give them anything overly personal. This could mean a first edition of a favorite book for an English teacher or a set of golf clubs for that colleague who spends every Monday morning recounting their weekend on the course.
If the retiree in question has shared their retirement plans, offer a thoughtful and practical gift that will help them to enjoy their retirement hobbies to the fullest. For someone planning to spend their retirement traveling the world, offer a quality luggage set or an engraved leather passport holder. If they plan to putter around in the garden for all eternity, give them a luxury set of gardening tools, a curated seed collection, or a photography book of inspiring gardens.
A retirement gift made with quality materials and fine craftsmanship is a fitting acknowledgement of a lifetime of hard work. You don’t have to give an extravagant gift, but make sure that it is special enough to feel like a treat. Aim for something the recipient wouldn’t necessarily have bought themselves.
What’s a good retirement gift for a woman?
It depends on the woman. The best gift for anyone is a personal gift that shows you see and appreciate them. If she plans to spend her retirement writing the great American novel, a high quality pen would be symbolic and validating. If she wears jewelry, have a meaningful phrase or inside office joke engraved onto a necklace or bracelet in her preferred style so that it feels personal to her.
What's a good retirement gift for a man?
The days of sending a man off into retirement with a proverbial gold pocket watch are long gone. Not all men want the same thing, so choose a thoughtful gift that reflects the individual personality of the retiree. If he plans to spend his retirement taking nature photographs, a good camera will show him you support his dreams. If all he can talk about is converting his garage into a workshop, a specialized power tool or gift certificate to his favorite supply shop would be welcome.
Do you bring a gift to a retirement party?
It is customary to bring a retirement gift to a party, so don’t show up empty-handed. The exception to this unspoken rule is a party that has been organized to include a group gift that you contribute to beforehand and present to the retiree on the day of the celebration, along with a signed group card. If you want to express personal well wishes to the retiree, you can send them a note after the fanfare is over.
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.