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July 25, 2022

Best gifts for retirement

By Angela Garretson

You work hard to get all the things you want and need, but after years of toiling, you receive the best reward of all: You get to retire and own all the hours in your day. Retirement is a huge accomplishment and deserves a massive celebration, complete with gifts. If you know someone who is about to embark on this next chapter in their life, this comprehensive guide offers numerous suggestions on what to get the deserving retiree. 

Retirement gifts for men


Bushnell Pro XE Golf Laser Rangefinder


This accurate rangefinder provides clear and bright readings. The Slope with Elements technology considers temperature and barometric pressure to calculate an accurate "plays like" distance — just what a golfer needs to make the right club selection.


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Canon EOS Rebel SL3


A compact and lightweight camera with a useful "guide mode'' for users new to DSLR photography is a thoughtful gift. It comes with Canon's best 24.1 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor for image quality, Dual Pixel Live View autofocus, a variable-angle touchscreen, and 4K video.


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Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside 3-Piece Luggage Set


This luggage set includes a 20-inch carry-on, 24-inch, and 28-inch suitcases. They’re made with a polycarbonate brushstroke exterior to hide scratches and include four spinner wheels for multidirectional movement and a side-mounted TSA-approved lock for security. 


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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine


This attractive stainless steel espresso machine has a built-in conical burr grinder and user-friendly features to help users go from fresh beans to a rich espresso in minimal time. A powerful steam wand produces textured microfoam milk for enjoying a latte or cappuccino.


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Apple Watch Series 7 


The Apple Watch 7 is an ideal second screen complement to the iPhone. It offers all the features in the premium Watch 6, including heart rate monitoring, but with a 20% larger screen and faster charging. 


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Alaska Bear Cigar Cutter 


The Alaska Bear cigar cutter has an attractive brushed stainless steel body housing self-sharpening double guillotine blades that precisely sever cigar caps. The 0.892-inch hole easily accommodates up to 60-gauge cigars. The cutter stays clean and sharp after many cuts and comes with a drawstring gift bag.


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Hicoup Wine Opener 


The double-hinged fulcrum on this stainless steel corkscrew with a natural rosewood handle provides plenty of leverage, even for the most stubborn cork. The serrated foil cutter easily removes the sealer, and the 4.92-inch-long device fits comfortably in a pocket.


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Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700


The sleek design of the Bose NCH 700 makes these lightweight headphones comfortable to wear. The active noise canceling ensures excellent sound quality, a touch-sensitive gesture pad provides playback controls, and the headphone ear cups rotate a full 90 degrees.


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Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle


This stainless steel bottle is rustproof, and the double-wall insulation keeps liquids hot or cold all day. The easy-pour stopper prevents spillage, and the hefty handle makes it convenient to carry the bottle anywhere.


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Rilassa Faux Leather Massage Chair


The Rilassa heated, full-body massage chair offers four automatic massage modes: strong, mild, relaxing, and sleep. The user can choose their preferred speed and intensity and the chair provides a professional massage that releases tension, relieves pain, and soothes muscle aches.


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Energizer T1000 LED Tactical Flashlight


The heavy-duty aluminum casing and IPX7 rating mean this flashlight is waterproof and impact-resistant to occasional drops. The bright 1,000 lumens (15 times brighter than standard LED technology) can light up most rooms and focus on objects 200 meters away.


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iOttie Wireless Car Charger


A one-touch car phone charger adjusts to fit large and extra-large smartphones and allows the user to mount devices with one hand for wireless Android 10W & iPhone 7.5W fast charging. The device mounts on the dash, in an air vent, or the CD slot in older cars.


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Weber Spirit II E-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill


This Weber barbecue grill features three durable stainless steel burners to deliver powerful heat and maintain a constant temperature, even in adverse weather conditions. A spacious side shelf keeps ingredients and cooking utensils within reach.


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Tile Pro High-Performance Bluetooth Tracker


Using the Android or iOS app on their phone (paired with Bluetooth), the Tile Pro tracks keys or any object attached to it. The object finder is water-resistant rated at IP67 and has a range of up to 400 feet.


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Ring Video Doorbell Elite


Ring doorbell gives the user the security of seeing and talking to the person at their front door without being seen. They can access the video doorbell’s camera with a computer, smartphone, or other smart devices.


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Kindle Oasis


The seven-inch 300 PPI paperwhite Kindle display and e-ink technology for fast page turns make this waterproof device (IPX8) ideal for reading their favorite book by the pool or in the bathtub. Switch from reading to listening by pairing to Bluetooth headphones or speakers.


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Minnetonka Men's Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper


Made with 100% leather, these men's moccasin slippers are constructed with a thick pile to keep feet warm on chilly days. The Sierra indoor/outdoor soles stretch to the contours of their feet and become more comfortable with time.


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Mr. Coffee TM75 Iced Tea Maker


Brew fresh iced tea (or iced coffee) in minutes using either tea bags or loose tea in this two-quart iced tea maker. The steeping basket is removable for easy cleaning and the device shuts off automatically after the cycle is complete.


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Vivere Double Cotton Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand


This Brazilian hammock is made with a colorful densely woven double cotton and a solid pine wood stand. The durable hammock set has plenty of room to lounge with a friend.


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Samsonite Tectonic 2 Large Backpack


Ideal for daily use, this durable Samsonite backpack is made with poly ballistic fabric and is large enough to carry a 17-inch laptop. The contoured dual-density shoulder straps make it comfortable for long treks and a quick access pocket holds headphones or sunglasses. 


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Pix-Star Easy Digital Photo Frame


The Pix-Star frame has a motion sensor that automatically turns on the high-resolution photo and video screen when anyone enters the room. The 9.7-inch display stores about 30,000 pictures on 8GB of internal memory and supports a USB stick, SDHC, and SDXC cards.


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Retirement gifts for women


Peter Pauper Press Page-A-Day Artisan Travel Journal


This 176-page travel log has an attractive faux leather cover with beautiful decorative detailing. It provides space for jotting down notes as well as recording dates, places traveled, and weather details.


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Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines


HGTV star Joanna Gaines wrote this 336-page cookbook filled with all kinds of recipes, from Asparagus and Fontina Quiche to Overnight French Toast. It also includes photos and personal stories. 


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Icosa Living Lunar Premium 6-Piece Cheese Knife Set


The Lunar six-piece cheese knife set features four knives, one fork, and one cheese spreader. Each piece is made from rustproof stainless steel. The set comes with 15 cheese-inspired recipes. 


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Girlycraft Design Personalized Retirement Bookmark


This handmade retirement bookmark has the words "enjoy the next chapter" engraved across the side. It comes in aluminum or brass. A matching bar with the date can be added. 


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Whizk Happy Retirement Mug


This ceramic mug reads, "What do you call a person who is happy on Monday?" on the front with the answer "Retired" on the back. It comes in two sizes and three color schemes, including black, red, and white. 


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Lovery Lavender and Jasmine Home Spa Set


This spa gift basket comes with lavender and jasmine-scented lotions, soaps, creams, and salts. It includes a loofah and a back scrubber. Everything is presented beautifully in a purple basket with a matching bow.


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Jef World of Golf Collapsible Chipping Net


There are three nylon chipping nets built into this 23-inch golf practice net. It's designed for left- or right-handed players and folds up for easy storage. 


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White Carnation Design Retirement Necklace


This delicate silver or gold vermeil necklace features a birth flower-engraved disc and a birthstone gem on an adjustable chain. It comes with a personalized "Happy Retirement" message on the backing card.


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Cuisinart Vacuum Sealer Cordless Wine Opener


This lightweight stainless steel electric wine opener makes popping a cork easy. It can uncork up to 80 bottles after one charging session and can vacuum-seal unfinished bottles to preserve freshness. 


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Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy


Available in seven colors, this bamboo bathtub tray extends to up to 43 inches end to end. It has a wine or candle holder, phone holder, soap dish, and a waterproof book or tablet stand.


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Headwall Creative Personalized Retirement Cutting Board


This custom cutting board is engraved with the words "Happy Retirement" as well as the recipient's name and the date. It comes in maple, cherry, or walnut with seven size and shape options.


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Oflamn Canvas Weekender Bag


This spacious canvas travel bag comes in eight colors and two sizes with stylish leather handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. There’s a separate shoe compartment and the bag comes with a matching toiletry case.


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Castle Art Supplies Sketch Set


There are 40 pieces in this quality art set including graphite, charcoal, and pastel pencils. It also has graphite sticks and blending tools all organized in a black case with a zipper closure. A 28-page drawing guide comes with it.


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Abco Tech Garden Kneeler and Stool


The foldable design of this gardening stool allows the user to sit or kneel on the foam cushion as they work. It comes with a tool pouch and gardening gloves with digging tips.


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Snailax Cordless Neck and Back Massager


The heated Snailax neck massager is rechargeable, working for up to 70 or 80 minutes after just one charging session. There are eight massage nodes and two intensity settings. It can be used on the neck, back, feet, shoulders, legs, or thighs. 


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CamelBak Women’s Circuit Running Vest


This hydration pack vest has a 1.5-liter reservoir and comes in aquamarine or navy. It has front pockets, a mesh lining, sternum straps, and reflective elements for safety at all hours.


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Monarch Plush Spa Robe


This lined spa robe comes in nine colors with a tie closure. It's luxurious and soft with durable seams to prevent tearing. It's also machine-washable.


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Manduka Pro Yoga Mat


This Manduka yoga mat is six millimeters thick and measures 71 inches top to bottom. It's comfortable, well-cushioned, and designed for long-term use.


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Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle


Available in seven colors, this stainless steel gooseneck kettle stands on an electric heater that measures temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius. There's a timer setting as well as a 60-minute hold button. 


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AeroGarden Bounty Basic Indoor Garden


This indoor herb garden can grow up to nine types of herbs, vegetables, or flowers at once. It features an LED grow light that helps plants grow faster, and there’s an automatic timer to make sure the plants get plenty of light and water.


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Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Bike Rack


This is a lightweight aluminum bike rack that holds up to three bikes at a time and is easy to install. It spaces the bikes evenly and locks them in for secure transport. It then tilts down for easy access when it's time to take the bikes off the rack.


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Calphalon TempiQ Espresso Machine


This Calphalon espresso machine is available with a built-in bean grinder. It also comes with a dial for steam, hot water, and shot control; a milk frother wand; and Thermoblock heat technology to help make the perfect cup of espresso every time.


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Funny and unique retirement gifts


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


Dr. Seuss isn’t just for kids. This humorous book is all about the joys of getting older. It details what life is like in “Golden Years Clinic on Century Square for Spleen Readjustment and Muffler Repair.”


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Around the Clock Gifts Retirement Survival Kit


This silly survival kit won’t actually save anyone, but it will get a laugh. The sack is filled with an eclectic assortment of items that are all tied to puns about getting older. For instance, a Sharpie is included to keep them sharp. 


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101 Fun Things to Do in Retirement


Yes, there is life after work. This irreverent book gives retirees a plethora of ideas — 101, to be exact — on what they can do with that life. The driving philosophy behind this book is “if your kids aren't worried about what you’re up to, then you’re probably not doing it right!”


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Now That's Personal Kiss My Putt Set of Three Retirement Golf Balls


If the retiree in your life is a golfer, they’ll love this trio of funny golf balls. Each has a different golf-inspired message: “Kiss my putt,” “Retired and loving it,” and “Retirement is now in full swing.”


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DayClocks Classic Week-Day Retirement Clock


When you don’t have to work, it can be hard to remember what day it is. This unique wall clock gives the retiree a way to keep track of those pesky days so they always know, at a glance, which one it is.


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Funny Warning Sign: Retired Person on Premise


Once someone retires, they’re filled with wisdom and know all the answers to life’s unanswerable questions. This warning sign alerts people that a retired person is home and has time to explain everything…in great detail.


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Retirement: The First 365 Days: Advice, Opinions, Observations


While it sounds like this book could be a fun romp through a person’s first year of retirement, it has more of a purpose-driven theme that helps them transition to this new lifestyle. The uplifting words will help the retiree better appreciate their new perspective.


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Retirement Coloring Book


Now that they’re retired, they have time to do all those things in life that they’ve been putting off. For instance, they can spend hours each day enjoying the therapeutic benefits of this silly adult coloring book. Each page features a different motivational message.


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MeStory Designs Retirement Newspaper Poster


Retiring is front-page news. This fun card/poster proves that. You can customize this gift in a number of clever ways to make sure the recipient truly knows their time on the job made the workplace better for everyone.


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Bezrat How Retirees Tell Time Coffee Mug and Wine Glass Set


Once someone retires, their day is broken down into two major activities: winding up and winding down. This gift covers both. It has mug hooks for hanging two coffee mugs and slots for holding two wine glasses.


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“I May Be Old But I Got To See All The Cool Bands” Concert T-Shirt


While many things were tougher in the old days, such as walking uphill through snow to and from school, other things were epic. For example, music really was better back then, and this T-shirt makes that clear.


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Valporia “The Queen Has Retired” Socks


After retirement, there’s a lot more time for them to put their feet up. These comfortable socks will remind the world of their impressive contribution with the message, “If you can read this, the queen has retired,” written on the bottom.


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ThisWear Retirement Plaque


This thoughtful retirement plaque outlines 10 reasons why retirement is so grand. It’s made of natural wood and engraved, so each plaque is unique. The beveled edges provide an elegant look, while the routed slots on the back make it easy to hang.


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Humor Us Goods “The Legend Has Retired” Whiskey Glass


Retirement is a milestone in life. Celebrate it in style with this “The legend has retired” whiskey glass. The bright permanent ink is easy to read, and the glass is shipped in thick bubble wrap, so it arrives in one piece. 


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Joyful Creations 3 “Whatever, I'm Retired” Clock


The clever design of this wall clock illustrates how unimportant the time is once a person retires. With its jumble of numbers scattered across the bottom, the retiree can express how their life is no longer tied to a clock.


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Retirement Socks


When someone retires, they no longer want responsibility for anything. Now they can broadcast that message to the world via the bottom of their feet with the words, “Do not disturb, I’m retired.” These comfortable unisex socks are made of polyester and cotton.


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Enesco Retirement Angel


This retirement angel is a beautifully crafted stone resin figurine. She’s inscribed with a blessing and carries a timepiece that’s perpetually set to five o’clock. This is a wonderfully unique gift that the recipient will cherish.


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Contributing authors: Allen Foster, Jeff Harper, and Emily Verona. 

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