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When you are looking for retirement gift ideas, you want to find the perfect gift that will make a huge impact on the retiree. Here are lots of ideas no matter if they are interested in cooking, gardening, golfing, etc.

I recently planned a retirement party for a special lady that I worked with for a long time. It’s still so sad to think that I don’t see her every day! I hope that I sent her off in style, knowing that she was a truly valued and important member of our team.

Here are some retirement gift ideas to help those that are retiring remember that they are still very important and well-loved. It’s their time to do what they want!

In prepping for this article, I was wondering about the top activities people do during retirement. My retired parents and in-laws do a lot of babysitting, but what else can they do that is helping them enjoy retirement to the fullest? Here’s what I found:

  • Garden
  • Read
  • Travel
  • Act
  • Volunteer
  • Pick up a new sport
  • Start a business
  • Write, start a blog
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Pick up arts and crafts
  • Learn a new language
  • Teach
  • Fish
  • Golf

There are so many ideas of things to do now that they are retired. Here are some retirement gift ideas to help them accomplish all their goals.

Retirement Gift Ideas for Women

Retirement Memories and Wishes Cards

This is a great idea for retirement parties! Have all your coworkers sign these and tell their favorite memories or best wishes for the retiree. It’s a fun activity for retirement party guests and a lasting keepsake for the retiree.

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Retirement Necklace

This is the gift I purchased for my friend that retired. I liked it because it is a nice design that doesn’t scream “I’m Retired!” and can be worn daily. This Retirement gift box comes with a thoughtfully written message, a soft black velvet bag, and a blank note card enclosed in matching envelopes for a personal touch.

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Fiction Book of the Month Club

If you are looking for retirement gifts for an avid reach, consider Annie’s Fiction Book of the Month Club. Annie’s Fiction Clubs deliver the joy and adventure found inside the pages of compelling stories—in three reading formats!

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Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

Great retired gift for an avid reader. Now with Audible, Kindle Paperwhite lets you switch seamlessly between reading and listening via Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones. The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.

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Painting Set with Table Easel

This complete artist kit is great for beginning artists or students working in a small studio. You can purchase for home use or for a new class that you are taking. They are also great for professionals who want a small set to take with them on their travels.

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Retirement Candle

Retirement Vanilla and Lavender Scented Hand Poured Soy Candle. Completely Handmade in Astoria, Oregon! Comes ready to gift in a lovely gift box. Perfect Retirement Gift! Approximate Burn Time 50 Hours. 9 oz Candle

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California Burgundy Trio

A classic and sophisticated client or employee gift, this gorgeous trio of wines includes two bottles of premium Napa Valley Pinot Noir and one bottle of Napa Valley Chardonnay boxed in an exquisite wooden box. Bulk shipping to multiple addresses available upon request. Plus, Each gift set provides 40 meals to abused & neglected horses through Sunrise Horse Rescue.

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See more gift ideas at “25 Unique Gift Ideas for Women”

Retirement Gift Ideas for Men

Vintage Football (or Baseball, Basketball, etc.)

For the classic sports lover, Leatherhead Sports creates hand-crafted leather balls that will not only bring a classic feel to their favorite pastime but also memorialize the time and friendship. You have the option to monogram, heat emboss, laser engraving, etc. to make a memorable gift that will last for a lifetime.


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Personalized Whiskey Decanter

Engravable Whiskey Decanters are the perfect gift for any aspiring gentleman. These custom engraved whiskey decanters can be monogrammed in a variety of styles, making great classic retirement gift ideas for anyone.

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Bullet Shot Glass Gift Set

This totally unique gift set is hand embedded with a genuine, lead-free, solid copper .308 bullet. Perfect gift for retired military or police officer. The bullets are manufactured from pure copper from Lee Hyde Defense in Pennsylvania, USA.

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You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children

Join in on the fun (and funny) journey of getting older with this hilarious Dr. Seuss picture book—it’s just what the doctor ordered for old souls, kids at heart, and absolutely anyone dreading their annual checkup.

You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in!

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Personalized Antique Desk Clock

It is made from solid brass and has a very nice weight to it that gives it a premium feel. Full Height: 13 cm approx, Watch dia: 6 cm approx. Plus, can be engraved up to 70 characters per side of the watch so select a quote or saying that is meaningful to the retiree.

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Golf Retirement Gift Ideas

My Retirement Office – Golf Cart & Palm Tree – Fun Golf Towel

If your retiree is a golf fan, finding a retirement gift is a little bit easier. There are so many options! This towel is a fun addition to their golf bag. Durable classic black carabiner clip and grommet included. The perfect color to match any clubs and any bag. A modern innovative clip for the best golf towel technology.

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Retired Golfing Enthusiast Coffee Mug

This is a good reminder for your retiree of their daily schedule. The perfect way to congratulate someone who has recently retired from their last job. This inexpensive mug makes the perfect choice for putting a smile on someone’s face. The recipient of this cup will get a great laugh and enjoy seeing this great design every time they pour themselves a cup of coffee or tea.

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Golf Ball Shaped Whiskey Chillers, Single Whiskey Glass & Storage Bag

This is a great gift if your retiree happens to love golf and whiskey. This golf gift set includes 1 Golf Glass, Includes 2 glass whiskey chillers, and a velvet bag for safekeeping in the freezer.

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Engraved Cigar Gift Set with Cutter and Holder

A cigar is not included in this awesome set. This is a cool gift for anyone that enjoys the occasional cigar. The box is customized, the cutter includes initial personalization, and the cigar holder can be personalized with up to 72 characters. This is a gift set that your retiree will enjoy forever.

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American Heroes 50 Cal Cigar Humidor

This four-piece set includes a 50 caliber ammo can, wooden insert, hygrometer, and humidifier. This humidor will ensure that cigars don’t get dried out or absorb too much moisture. This humidor is a great gift for retired soldiers or soldiers that are currently serving.

The ammo can is engraved with a name, title, and date, so it’s an awesome military gift for any military member to celebrate a promotion or retirement. The ammo can measures 12″ x 7.5″ x 6″. Cigars not included.

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See more ideas at “Incredibly Unique Gifts Ideas for Sports Fans”

Gardening Retirement Gift Ideas

Bonsai Tree Seed Starter Kit

4 types miniature bonsai tree seeds, 4 bonsai soil potting mix pods, 4 burlap bonsai pots or grow bags with sewn-in liners, 4 printed bamboo plant markers for bonsai plant name & Sowed-On Date, 1 bonsai tools, instructions, How-To Video link, wooden gift box or planter box.

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Indoor Hydroponic Garden

This indoor hydroponic garden includes Genovese Basil, Curly Parsley, Dill, Thyme, Thai Basil and Mint & a 3oz bottle of our patented, all-natural plant nutrients (enough for a full season of growth). PLANT TO PLATE – Up to 6 plants grow at a time, up to 12 inches Tall with this indoor garden; Grows in water no soil, no mess, Made simple.

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Chef’s Retirement Gift Ideas

Wusthof 8-Piece Stainless-Steel Steak Knife Set with Engraved Wooden Gift Box

Engraving is Real Rotary Etching that you can Feel! The top of the box can be engraved with 1 or 2 lines on Top, and/or with a 3 Letter Monogram in the Middle. As one of our retirement gift ideas, this is one premium gift that will be used often!

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Personalized Chef’s Apron and Cutting Board

With free personalization, this is a great gift for any chef or grill master that will be spending more time cooking. Apron personalization is professionally embroidered and cutting board personalization is professionally laser engraved.

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Classic Pit Barrel Cooker

The Pit Barrel® is the best selling drum cooker in the world. Its unmatched capacity allows for more than double that of regular horizontal cookers at a fraction of the cost! Hang brisket, brats, vegetables, ribs, and more. Then set-it & forget-it! It simply cooks some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, with no hassle, due to the 360º All-Round Heat Dynamics™.

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Classic Monogram Gift Box With Knife And Hip Flask

Not only is the box engraved with the monogram of your choice, but whoever gets this awesome gift will open it and find a matching monogram flask and a sharp Lockback knife. They’ll be able to take their liquor with them on the go, have a stylish knife at the ready, and they can even store whatever they want inside the wood box. This flask gift set is incredible for husbands, boyfriends, or groomsmen.

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Travel Retirement Gift Ideas

Monogram Silver Metal Luggage Tag

Stand out in a crowd at the baggage carousel with a custom luggage tag from Zazzle! Sturdy and weatherproof, this luggage tag is ready to stand-up to the travel demands of any road warrior or adventure seeker. Printed using the AcryliPrint®HD printing process, your baggage tag shows designs, text, and photos in vibrant clarity and brilliant colors. Customize it with your information and escape bag mix ups for years to come!

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Custom Black & Gold Passport Holder

As you circumnavigate the globe, keep your most important travel document stylish, shiny, and new with a custom passport holder. This lightweight accessory ensures your passport remains safe from harm while you carry your personal style where ever you go!

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Entoto Zip Tote

This zip tote is designed to be the perfect companion, both locally and globally. Featuring a secure top-zip closure, interior, and exterior pockets, and spacious carrying capacity, this bag is ideal for a carry on for travel. Plus, this gift provides 7.5 hours of work for Ethiopian women.

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Metal World Map with Magnetic Push Pins

This handmade map of the world uses magnets that can easily be moved without leaving a hole or scratching off any part of the design.  This makes great retirement gift ideas as your retiree can use the pushpin magnets provided (or your own magnets) to track your World travel and your “bucket list” trips. Perfect for tracking where you have been and where you want to go.

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