Many view retirement from work with excitement as they eagerly anticipate all the things they will do with their newly found free time. For others it can be a time of doubt, particularly if they have thrown their heart and soul into their work. The thought of all those extra hours in the day can be daunting to some as they wonder how they will ever fill the time between breakfast and dinner. Buying well thought out retirement gifts can really aid their adjustment period by helping them focus on a new or old hobby, or just helping them see that the good times are still ahead of them.
This may be the time to revive an old hobby or if they were very much work orientated, help guide them towards a new hobby. A personalised vintage wine not only gives them a commemorative gift but may also start a new hobby as a wine taster. Couple this with weekends away to wine regions in Europe to sample the delights first hand with a Vineyards For Two experience and you may just have given one of the best retirement presents available.
If they are not big drinkers but have a beautiful garden suffering from neglect choose retirement gifts
to get them outside. A unique personalised planter will take pride of place in their garden and personalised stainless steel trowel and fork sets will give them something to weed it with. Accompany it with a set for growing your own chilli plants and the time will just fly by. If their gardening skills are a little rusty include a gardening secrets book to get them started off again.
Perhaps they have always enjoyed day trips and new experiences but this pleasure has got lost in the daily grind of work. Now they have the time buy them experience days retirement gifts. Are they daredevils and like a bit of a thrill? Buy them a flying lesson or driving their dream car day, or perhaps sailing on the Thames. If they like to take life a little slower, invest in a pamper day or a pottery experience. For the romantics give them lunch in Paris for two – you never know, they might take you with them!
Sports or beer packages always go down well with the men, such as a brewery tour or a golf session or lesson. A tour round one of the well know football stadiums could be completed with a personalised mug to remember the occasion.
Maybe they have always wanted to write a book; retirement is the ideal time to sit down with a notebook (personalised of course) and get the grey matter working. Help them along with a personalised pen or a pen in its own stand for convenience (perhaps shaped like a golf bag for golf enthusiasts). Couple it with a distinct personalised paperweight to hold all those papers down when they are writing in the glorious sunshine.
For the DIYers an individual complete tool kit that fits in the palm of your hand is just the ticket, or for film lovers don't just buy a DVD as they probably have hundreds. Instead have their favourite film framed and personalised for an extra special gift.
If they have had a hectic work life and are looking forward to some relaxation, choose luxury candles or bath gift sets. Partnered with some delicious chocolate (with their name on it of course, so nobody else can get their mitts on it) and a book of quotations, it makes the ultimate restful treat. Then they will need to keep their brains active so a book of Sudoku should sort that out.
Now is the time to learn to cook and make gifts for others, so if they lean to that tendency pop them a cookery learning box, or a book on making gifts. A cheese serving set will finish off their first dinner party, accompanied by a good bottle of red.
Most importantly of all, retirement is a time to spend your hours laughing so go for retirement gifts
that make them giggle. An inflatable Zimmer frame never fails to bring laughter to the table or a grumpy old gits kit on how to survive may be very appropriate. Giving well thought out retirement gifts may take a little more effort but could help to fill those long hours in the most pleasant way possible and if featuring some personalisation the user will have even more enjoyment and happy memories.
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