So, you've got some friends approaching retirement? Trying to think of some good retirement gifts to send them off in to the sunset with? We're here to help!
Retirement is a funny thing. It's the end of an era but it's the start of another. So, there seem to be two major camps of thought when it comes to retirement. On one hand people get excited at the chance to spend more time doing the things they love and on the other hand some people feel like they're becoming redundant or leaving behind all the things they love. Depending on how you think your friend might feel, the retirement gifts you get for him or her might take that person in different directions and help them feel happy and excited in different ways.
People who are positive about retirement tend to really appreciate celebratory retirement gifts. These can often be quite traditional, an optimist will love a bottle of personalised champagne for example or an elegant engraved jewellery gift such as cufflinks for a man or an engraved jewellery box with heart shaped pendant and earrings in it for a woman.
That way you can give someone a functional and elegant memento to remind them of the time they enjoyed working with you and (hopefully) reaching the peak of their career.
The less optimistic camp tend to prefer useful and fun retirement gifts
which will kick start the new phase of their life with plenty of oomph and interest. That means something hobby related is perfect! Sometimes we're anxious because we think when we stop working we won't have anything fun to do anymore and by creating some exciting hobbies, or helping to inspire your friends to start some new ones by choosing the right retirement gifts you can help them to allay those fears.
Traditional gifts are right up some peoples' street and you can't get much more traditional when it comes to special occasions than a bottle of champagne. Personalised champagne starts at just under £40 a bottle and the labels are specially designed with the name and message of your choice which makes them really beautiful and thoughtful retirement gifts. Who doesn't get excited about popping a champagne cork and enjoying a glass of that world famous classic French fizz?
If port is more your friend's style a fancy bottle of Tawny Port in a presentation box could set you back £70 but the bottle comes in a delightful wooden box which can be engraved with any message which is up to 60 characters long. For example: "Happy Retirement, John. We wish you all the best in the future. X Love Cath and Sam," could easily be engraved in to the wooden presentation box.
If you'd rather buy your friend retirement gifts
which encourage him or her to start new hobbies there are loads of fantastic experience days you could get them. Everything from first flight lessons and cookery presentations to dance classes, wine experiences and chocolate making workshops can be bought as fun and fascinating experience day gifts. If your friend has always wanted to sail, go on a helicopter or hot air balloon ride, go and skydive with a parachute or even drive a high-powered sports car around Silverstone all of these dreams could come true and they're a great way to inspire someone to take up a new pastime. Sometimes we think our life long dreams are unattainable by the time we reach retirement but really the opposite is true, with more spare time on your hands the world is your oyster.
As well as getting retirement gifts for your friend one important part of making the transition from working life in to retirement is a celebration such as a party or a nice meal with friends. Try to arrange a get together to wish your pal a bon voyage in to this new phase in their life. It doesn't have to be an elaborate party, a group gathering at a pub, a nice dinner with friends or even a small house party would all be a good way to spend some time together and herald the beginning of retirement.
You might like to arrange regular weekly or monthly get-togethers so you don't fall out of touch with the people you care about, as people often can when they retire. By having a regular date to meet up with old friends you'll always be up-to-date on how your friends are doing. Continuing to have fun with the people you care about is one of the best retirement gifts a person can get.
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