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Retirement Gift Ideas


Some people have dreamed of retirement from their first day in the workplace. Others are loath to stop working and wonder what they would do with all the spare time. Either way, the transition from 9 to 5 to do-whatever-you-please is a major shift and one that is frequently marked with a great deal of fanfare. When you consider that the average career might span forty years or more, and include several different types of work along the way, stepping into retirement is a new adventure indeed. It's not uncommon for retirees to be honored with parties given by their company, their family or both. Gifts that will be enjoyed during the carefree years ahead are frequently part of the celebration.

Gift Ideas
  • Case of fine wine
  • Golfing gear
  • Gym membership
  • Travel vouchers
  • Hammock
  • Bicycle
  • Grill
  • Walking shoes
  • Tools or equipment for a hobby
  • Garden supplies
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Frequently Asked Questions

My wife's work associates threw a retirement party for her at a private club, but I would also like to acknowledge her accomplishments with a family gathering. Is it OK to invite some of the same people from her company that attend the work party?
Yes, it's perfectly fine. You may even wish to ask them to say a few words about your wife's achievements. As her office peers may have already contributed to a retirement gift, you might wish to emphasize that they don't need to bring a gift to the second celebration.

Do you have any suggestions for celebrating our father's retirement that won't make him feel too old?
Sure, you can plan a celebration around a hobby or an interest your father has. This indicates that with his retirement, he'll have time to focus on the finer things in life. An emphasis on the things that he enjoys will keep him feeling younger and excited for the burden-free years to come.

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