We all wish our lives could be one big party, but unfortunately life is not like that, especially when you have to drag yourself out of bed every day to go to work. But when work is no longer an issue, when you have served your time and your twilight years beckon, surely then there will be more time for fun and frivolity?
If you are looking to purchase retirement gifts
for a colleague or family member, give them something that will kick start their new party life. The obvious gift would be of the alcoholic variety, wine, beer or a bottle of spirit, but alcohol doesn't always last very long, so give them something that will always be there to remind them of their work years and will still be useful, such as an engraved goblet or tankard, in addition retirement gifts in the shape of some reading material such as a newspaper, with a personalised article in it cataloging their amazing career, or if they are a little lost as to what to do in their retirement, a book to read providing ideas on what to do can be useful. If they are down in the mouth about retiring a humorous book which makes fun of their time of life may raise their spirit.
Maybe your friend or colleague has a very good idea about how they will spend their retirement years, maybe they are a keen gardener? There are endless possibilities for retirements gifts of the gardening variety, but something a little more special such as a personalised apple crate planter or trowel and fork set would be a nice thought or if they love flowers but are not very green fingered, then a bouquet would be lovely, but just like alcohol, cut flowers will not last forever so maybe present them with an engraved trophy Engraved retirement gifts are always special, you could have an office telling them what a fabulous work colleague they have been over the years.
photo taken and put it in an engraved picture frame or give them a wonder wall frame with an individual photo of each of their colleagues put together as a collage. For the ladies you could give an engraved handbag compact mirror, for the gentlemen some personalised cufflinks or for the retired office executive an engraved desk set, just to remind them of what they are NOT missing at the office.
For the gentleman who loves his sport, retirement gifts
such as a personalised sports calendar or engraved golf putter to use on his local green would be good ideas, you could even add joke type gifts such as an inflatable walking stick or Zimmer frame to help him get around the course.
How about providing the tools to enjoy a relaxing retirement such as a deck chair with their photo on it and some lovely relaxing music to listen to, or a personalised jigsaw puzzle showing a photo of their own house?
Kick start your colleague's retirement with a party or even an exciting day out for all to share or if your friend is still an old romantic and intends to make the most of his or her final years with the love of their life, then send them on a romantic trip for two, either at a vineyard or a city break in Paris. If your retired friend is the adventurous type and whole heartedly believes that retirement is no excuse to stop being adventurous and if they are comfortable with heights, send them on a flying lesson, this past time is becoming more popular with retired people.
For the more creative retired person who does not find it so easy to get about anymore, give them a gift that will take up plenty of their time but won't put a strain on their limbs, such as embroidery or card making kits or for the gentlemen, give them the equipment to make their own model sports car. If their joints are getting stiff send them for a relaxing and therapeutic massage day and finish it off with a lovely meal.
There are endless possibilities for retirement gifts, but the most important thing and what your retired friend will appreciate more than anything will be the gift of keeping in touch. Just because you no longer work together doesn't mean they should fall off the radar and as they are not suffering from the stress of working each day, they will probably be a breath of fresh air when you meet up with them because work will not be an obvious topic of conversation anymore.
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