The 45 Best Retirement Gifts for a Job Well Done

Our favorite pick is the Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Commerce Photo Composite

The Spruce / Amelia Manley

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.

Our Top Picks

America the Beautiful National Park Pass

America the Beautiful National Park Pass

US Park Pass

With retirement comes ample free time. What better way to have them spend it than touring the National Parks? This pass is annual, meaning it lasts a year and gets the owner access to more than 2,000 recreation areas. These include places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, and Joshua Tree. It's the perfect way for them to reconnect with themselves and nature.

The Pilates Class Subscription

Torso of a woman performing a pilates pose

The Pilates Class

Long are the days where they need to hustle day in and day out. Instead of intense workouts that can leave them feeling just as burnout as an overbearing workload, give them the gift of pilates instead. A subscription to The Pilates Class will work every muscle in their body without making them feel tired or drained. The workouts are effective and give the user results quicker than they could ever imagine.

Italic Grecian Marble Serving Set

Italic Grecian Marble Serving Set

Italic

Ensure every gathering they have once they retire is done in style with this marble serving set from Italic. Crafted by the same manufacturers who design for Williams Sinoma and Crate & Barrel, this five-piece set is weighty and does not skimp on style. It's classic and universal, making it the perfect gift for any retiree.

HigherDose Red Light Face Mask

HigherDose Red Light Face Mask

HigherDose

Everyday life can be stressful, whether you're working or not. And stress can wreak havoc on the skin. This Higherdose Face Mask uses red light therapy to target the major signs of aging by working on a cellular level to rejuvenate and revive the skin. Customers report glowing and vibrant skin after consistent use. Trust us, the retiree who gets this will be hooked.

Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask

4.6
Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask

Revolve

Sleep is quintessential for everyone, and our editors know that any retiree will plan on getting ample rest once they are no longer working. To help them stay asleep, gift them a Silk Sleeping Mask from Lunya. This washable mask provides a 360-degree design that works to block out light from disrupting the user's sleep. It comes in five minimalist colorways, so there is bound to be one that will be a perfect choice for you to give.

Aurate Open Link Ring

Aurate Open Link Ring

Aurate

Jewelry makes a wonderful gift for practically any occasion, including a retirement. This ring from Aurate is chic, sophisticated, and skillfully designed. The company works to keep prices low by offering made-to-order pieces without the traditional markup. It is cost-effective without sacrificing quality.

Meet The Source Speciality Bliss Ball Box

Meet The Source Speciality Bliss Ball Box

Meet The Source

If you're interested in giving the gift of a sweet treat to celebrate the retiree, look no further than the delicious Bliss Balls from Meet the Source. Available to ship nationwide, these confections are made with organic ingredients that nourish the body and don't skimp on taste. Flavors include Mint Chip, Strawberries & Cream, along with Cookie Dough. The perfect way to end their final day of work.

Apotheke 6-Piece Signature Discovery Votive Set

Apotheke 6-Piece Signature Discovery Votive Set

Apotheke

Candles are associated with self-care, something that any retiree can catch up on once they are no longer working. The Apotheke Discovery Set includes six of the brand’s signature scents, all in dainty votives. They utilize soy-blend wax and have a minimum burn time of 20 hours, meaning their home will constantly be full of fragrance.

Black + Decker BD60026 8-Bottle Black Freestanding Wine Chiller

black-and-decker-small-wine-chiller-black

Courtesy of Lowe's

With all their newfound free time, a retiree might decide to learn about wine. One of the first lessons they'll learn is that each type should be stored and served at a specific temperature. Help their budding collection accomplishes just that with one of our editor-approved wine refrigerators from Black + Decker. The design is sleek and modern, making it perfect for any home.

Williams Sonoma Encore Bar Tools Set and Cocktail Shaker

Williams Sonoma Encore Bar Tools Set and Cocktail Shaker

Williams Sonoma

This Williams Sonoma Bar Tools Set and Cocktail Shaker is a stellar choice for any co-worker who has a knack for mixology. The chrome exterior is eye-catching and sure to spark conversation, while the interior of the shaker’s insulation means a no-slip grip while making a cocktail. Bonus points for the fact that the entire set is dishwasher safe.

Canopy Humidifier

4
Canopy Humidifier

Gone are the days of unappealing humidifiers that are a breeding ground for bacteria. The Canopy Humidifier provides all the benefits you seek from a traditional style in a more aesthetically pleasing and functional design. With a built-in air filter and aroma therapy component, Canopy's innovation removes the need for multiple devices in their home. They'll be able to relax knowing their skin and overall health are well taken care of.

Fellow Clara French Press

4.5
Fellow Clara French Press

Fellow

Just because they are no longer working does not mean they still don't need their morning cup of coffee. A French Press from Fellow is a gift that will help them cultivate a morning routine that sets the tone for the rest of their day. The unique insulated walls maintain the ideal brewing temperature and ensure that each cup of coffee poured will be rich and aromatic.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Amazon

Most people have subscriptions to multiple streaming services. An Amazon Fire Stick will grant them easy access to each platform in a straightforward and easy-to-navigate design. The 4K Max iteration comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, free live tv, and access to over one million hours of content from included and downloadable apps. They'll thank you for making movie night an anytime event.

Etsy Personalized Bookmark

Etsy Personalized Bookmark

Etsy

Any reader will tell you the worst part about physical books is losing the page you are on. Prevent this from happening by giving a personalized bookmark to them at their retirement party. Made from tarnished gold steel, this five-inch long bookmark is ultra-thin and fits seamlessly into the spin of the book, leaving no impressions on the pages. It is a simple gift that shows your appreciation and understanding of them as a person.

Dagne Dover Landon Carryall

weekender bag

Dagne Dover

Whatever getaway they go on to celebrate their retirement should be done in style. Dange Dover offers durable yet stylish travel necessities for any budget and personality. The Landon Carryall Bag comes in five sizes and four standard color variations, with more selections launching seasonally. The medium bag is great for extended weekend getaways, which your retiree will likely be enjoying quite frequently.

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe

Parachute

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

Bring Me the Remote socks

Etsy

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-wellness-in-a-box

Courtesy of Mouth

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

 Back and Neck Massager

Amazon

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

4.7
Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

Courtesy of Brooklinen

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 Signature Edition

4.7
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (32 GB)

Courtesy of Amazon

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

Amazon Retired Business Cards

Amazon

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

Floom Flower Delivery

Floom

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

Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing by Drew Barrymore

Courtesy of Walmart

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

Uber

Uber

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

Amazon

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

4.2
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
Courtesy of Amazon.com

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

Amazon

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

Amazon

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

Etsy

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.

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

3.8
Freshly Meal Delivery

Freshly

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

Luna Weighted Blanket

Luna

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

MasterClass

MasterClass

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

PineconeHome Personalized Harvest Basket

Etsy PineconeHome

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

Uncommon Goods Make Your Own Group Memory Gift Box

Uncommon Goods

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

Etsy Scratch the World Watercolor Edition

Etsy

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

3
Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser VITRUVI

Nordstrom

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

4.6
Miko Shiatsu Home Foot Massager Machine

Amazon

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

Cuisinart MCP-12N Multiclad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set

Amazon

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

Retirement Personalized Plush Fleece Blanket

Personalization Mall

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

Etsy Etched Beer Mug for Retirement

Etsy

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

Brookstone PhotoShare Smart Digital Picture Frame

Amazon

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

The Nice Plant PIY "Pot It Yourself" Box

The Nice Plant

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 7 GPS

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS

Amazon

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. 

Goal-Focused

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.

Luxury

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. 

FAQ
  • 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?

Samantha Parsons updated this article to expand on gift selections perfect for any retiree. Items selected were done so based on their level of appropriateness, functionality, and luxury. Hours of research, reading reviews, and analyzing product trends lead her to make these additional suggestions.

When she is not spending her time writing for The Spruce, Samantha works for a skincare brand and writes for beauty and wellness publications like The/Thirty.

Continue to 9 of 45 below.
Continue to 13 of 45 below.
Continue to 17 of 45 below.