What should you get them? Do you want it to be a meaningful gift or something that is thoughtful, thankful or funny. I guess that would depend on the relationship and the person you are purchasing a retirement gift for.
The Classic most popular retirement gift for a long time employee would be a watch, plaque or something else with the employee’s years of service inscribed. I remember when my Dad retired he received a watch with the date of retirement and the company logo on the watch.
These days watches don’t seem to be used as much as they used to be. Most people have clocks in the car, and a phone readily available with the time on it. I don’t think I’m alone in saying I have not worn a watch for many years now.
Most people that retire, really don’t need anymore stuff. Usually by this time in your life you are downsizing rather than collecting and adding stuff, so when buying a retirement gift keep that in mind.
If the person retiring has sports or hobbies that you are aware of, maybe a gift relating to that would be perfect, it could be funny, sentimental or thoughtful.
Fishing is his hobby
For that person that is retiring and fishing is their hobby, you know this because every free moment is out fishing those favorite lakes and streams, and of course the stories over the years you have heard.
The famous one that got away and the fly that is perfect for which fish in which lake and what time of year.
The time of day the fish are biting – which can vary depending on how good the fishing is from one day to the next, at any rate there are numerous gifts that can be purchased for the retiree whose hobby is fishing.
A Retired School Teacher
Teachers can be very special people in some of our lives, they have taught us not only our schooling, but many of them have taught us how to behave and treat other people. So if you have a special teacher that you would like to get a retirement gift or if you have a family member, co-worker or employee to buy some gifts could be:
The Fun Gift
So you have that crazy hilarious fun friend, of course you are not going to get him a sentimental gift, it’s got to be funny and the funnier the better. So what kind of funny gift would also be a great retirement gift? There are many things that come to mind:
A thoughtful gift could be flowers, plants, gardening related, sports or travel related. Thinking about the person and their passion or hobby.
Retirement is a new chapter in life, some people are stressed and may be worrying about the financial aspect of retiring, wondering if they really did save enough. Maybe a gift certificate from you for a consultation with a financial adviser would be a nice gift.
You could also show them how to use a retirement calculator that will give a better and clearer idea of the financial situation.