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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

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Dick's Sporting Goods

 

 

 

Canon EOS Rebel SL3

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside 3-Piece Luggage Set

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Wayfair

 

 

 

Apple Watch Series 7

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Alaska Bear Cigar Cutter

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Hicoup Wine Opener

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Dick's Sporting Goods

 

 

 

Rilassa Faux Leather Massage Chair

 

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.

 

Sold by Wayfair

 

 

 

Energizer T1000 LED Tactical Flashlight

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

iOttie Wireless Car Charger

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Sold by Amazon, Home Depot, and Wayfair

 

 

Tile Pro High-Performance Bluetooth Tracker

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

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.

 

Sold by Amazon, Home Depot, Wayfair, and Kohl's

 

 

 

Kindle Oasis

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Minnetonka Men's Pile Lined Hardsole Slipper

 

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Etsy

 

 

 

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Vivere Double Cotton Hammock

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.

 

Sold by Amazon, Home Depot, and Macy's

 

 

 

Samsonite Tectonic 2 Large Backpack

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Pix-Star Digital Photo Frame

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

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Retirement gifts for women

 

Peter Pauper Press Page-A-Day Artisan Travel Journal

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Icosa Living Lunar Premium 6-Piece Cheese Knife Set

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Girlycraft Bookmark

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. 

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Whizk Happy Retirement Mug

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. 

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Lovery Lavender and Jasmine Home Spa Set

 

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Macy's

 

 

 

Jef World of Golf Collapsible Chipping Net

 

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

White Carnation Design Retirement Necklace

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.

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Cuisinart Vacuum Sealer Cordless Wine Opener

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon, Kohl's, Home Depot, Macy's, and Wayfair

 

 

 

Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy

 

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Wayfair

 

 

 

Headwall Creative Personalized Retirement Cutting Board

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.

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Oflamn Canvas Weekender Bag

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Castle Art Supplies Sketch Set

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Abco Tech Garden Kneeler and Stool

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Snailax Cordless Neck and Back Massager

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

CamelBak Women's Circuit Running Vest

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.

 

Sold by Backcountry and Dick's Sporting Goods

 

 

 

Monarch Plush Spa Robe

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Manduka Pro Yoga Mat

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Sur La Table

 

 

 

AeroGarden Bounty Basic Indoor Garden

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Macy's

 

 

 

Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Bike Rack

 

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Calphalon Espresso Machine

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Wayfair

 

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Funny and unique retirement gifts

 

You're Only Old Once Book

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.”

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Around the Clock Gifts Retirement Survival Kit

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon and Etsy

 

 

 

101 Fun Things to Do in Retirement

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!”

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Kiss My Putt Set of Three Retirement Golf Balls

 

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.”

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

DayClocks Classic Week-Day Retirement Clock

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Funny Warning Sign- Retired Person on Premise

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Retirement Coloring Book

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

MeStory Designs Retirement Newspaper Poster

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.

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Bezrat How Retirees Tell Time Coffee Mug and Wine Glass Set

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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Macy’s

 

 

 

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

 

“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.

 

Sold by Amazon and Etsy

 

 

 

Valporia The Queen Has Retired Socks

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

ThisWear Retirement Plaque

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Humor Us Goods The Legend Has Retired Whiskey Glass

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. 

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

I'm Retired Clock

 

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.

 

Sold by Etsy

 

 

 

Retirement Socks

 

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.

 

Sold by Amazon

 

 

 

Enesco Retirement Angel

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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