The best retirement gifts commemorate the occasion as well as the retiree’s newfound freedom. The right present may even give them something fun to do during all that free time (in addition to learning hundreds of random interesting facts so they can finally master trivia night). Since it’s not every day you get to wish someone a happy retirement, you don’t want to get your friend or family member something that’s too generic. The best retirement gifts are creative, thoughtful, and maybe even funny, because retirees want the same thing that people want at any age: really good gifts.
But if you’re stumped for inspiration, not to worry–we’ve got you covered! We browsed the web to help you pick something your retiree will actually want. From techie gadgets, to unique trinkets, to thoughtful picks for women and men, here are the best retirement gifts you can find (and send) online.
Best Retirement Gift Ideas for Everyone
Time to pour a celebratory drink! And what to pour it in? A celebratory glass! This hilarious wine glass will become your retiree’s new go-to, reminding them that they’re livin’ the good life (as if they needed the reminder, at all!).
When you really want to push your loved one to *actually* enjoy and take advantage of their retirement, get them a luxury towel that’s inspired by modern art. Seriously. Then they will have no choice but to take this with them on their next great adventure (even if it’s just to the pool or beach!). We love Lateral Object’s Stack Towel for its fluffiness and beauty (no, seriously, when we tested it out ourselves, we felt like the cutest ones at the pool!), as well as its durability.
If they’re not already, it’s time to get your newly-retired friend on the Kindle train — especially now that they’ve got plenty of time to catch up on that (proverbial) stack of books. The Kindle Paperwhite is thin and lightweight, making it a solid e-reader to carry around or pack in a travel bag. It has a glare-free display they’ll be able to see even sitting outside, has a built-in light, has 8 or 32GB of storage depending on what you need, a battery life that will last weeks. It also comes in a few colors. Best of all, this version of the Paperwhite is also waterproof, making it a great reading companion by a pool, in a tub, or next to a glass of wine.
If your newly-retired friend or family member is moving to a retirement community out of state (someplace where there’s more sunshine, perhaps?) let them bring a taste — er, smell — of home with them. Homesick candles smell like iconic scents from each state, so give ’em the one that they’ll miss.
RiLEY’s fan favorite hooded waffle robe is perfect for men and women who like lounging around in style. It’s crafted in Portugal, made with 100% premium cotton, and features a soft terry interior for extra coziness. Get it monogrammed for a sophisticated personal touch that suits the giftee’s classy new retired lifestyle. They’re available in both navy with white trim and white with navy trim.
Staying connected to our loved ones is more important now than ever. With the Echo Show 5, your retiree can stay in touch with their friends and family with the click of a button. The Echo Show 5 also makes it easy to plan your day. For example, this device can update to-do lists, give weather and traffic updates, and play the radio (or podcasts of audiobooks) among other things.
“I am very happy with my Echo Show Five,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It’s a great product and the battery base allows me not to be tethered to one spot. I can take my echo from room to room.”
Now, they can finally sip and savor their morning cup of java, rather than pouring it in a travel mug and rushing off to work. Gift the soon-to-be coffee connoisseur a 3-month subscription to Bean Box as they refine their tastes. Each box includes 4 bags of small-batch coffee from Seattle’s top roasters. Choose light, medium, dark, espresso, or decaf roasts to customize boxes to the giftee’s palette, or simply choose all roasts for adventurous drinkers.
If your retiree is a world traveler but prefers road trips to air travel, consider gifting him with a top-notch car charger. The iOttie Wireless Car Charger is equipped with Auto Sense technology (motion-sensing tech that automatically opens and closes the mount) and Qi Certified wireless technology that charges the phone sans cables. It also features a telescopic arm that extends from 4.9 inches to 8.3 inches and pivots on a 225-degree arc for optimal view no matter where it’s placed.
Gardening has become a favorite hobby for those who have been quarantining alone. Now, it seems like the entire world is interested in growing their own indoor veggie patch. This garden kit comes with starter seeds, soil, four burlap grow bags, four bamboo plant makers, harvesting scissors, and a grow box.
“I really enjoy the entire experience of this seed starting kit,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It’s adorable packaging and comes with everything needed to plant your seeds. I was pleasantly surprised at the veggie seeds included in this kit as I honestly hadn’t heard of any of them.”
Finally, they have time to study another language, which will come in handy with all that world traveling! Sign your retiree up for Memrise, toted as “the fastest way to learn a language.” The courses are designed to help users learn in a natural, immersive way — they can even use their phone’s camera to take photos of objects and see the translation. Get them a yearlong subscription for $85 (or snag it the week of February 8th for an extra 50% off!), and they’ll have access to all the lessons Memrise has to offer. Think they’ll want to learn multiple languages? Treat them to a lifetime subscription for an affordable $140. Next, they can start planning their international, post-quarantine vacay. Ooh, la la!
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Best Retirement Gifts for Women
Gone are the days of sliding into slippers after work; now, she can wear them all day long. And when she does, your favorite lady retiree deserves to live glamorously in these chic slippers, which come in rose, wine, and silver. The footbed is made of memory foam and the plush velvet and feathery pom pom on top adds that extra hint of extravagance to make her feel like the princess that she is.
If you don’t want to splurge on a skincare kit, The Better Skin Co’s Lava Magik is a triple-threat—it’s a cleanser, exfoliater, and a mask! It’s also vegan-, gluten-, and cruelty-free and is available in two sizes (2 fl. oz. and 4 fl. oz.).
“I love this mask/scrub,” one reviewer writes. “This is my third time purchasing. I love the clean ingredient and the smell and it actually works!”
Perfect for your cheeky retiring co-worker who loves a glass of red at happy hour, Wine Condoms are good for more than just a laugh. They’re wine stoppers that provide an airtight seal and prevent spillage, too. While corks can shed pieces and traditional stoppers add height, these thin rubber shields allow you to effectively keep out oxygen and store bottles upright in the fridge. Plus, they are stretchy enough to fit over different-sized bottle openings. This set comes with six reusable Wine Condoms so your favorite wino can get the party started.
Equip your social retiree to be the hostess with the mostest. Made with 100% natural bamboo, this board’s carved grooves are ideal for separating snacks. It also comes equipped with four serving utensils that can be stored in the pullout drawer for ultimate efficiency while entertaining. Now, bring on the book club!
Imagine giving the gift of “ahhhhh” to your newly-retired loved one. Winc – a California-based winery – makes it super simple to sign up and create a completely customizable 4 bottle box of wine delivered right to the front door. As the months progress, so does Winc’s ability to refine their selection based on ratings of previously shipped bottles. For a close friend or family member, we can probably answer the quick 6-question quiz to help identify her unique tastes and get started. Not sure how she drinks her coffee? (Yes that’s really a question.) No problem! Winc offers online gift cards, which can be redeemed for a shipment at a later date. Worried about committing your loved one to too many bottles? (Like there is such a thing.) You can skip any month and any unused credits rollover giving new meaning to #roseallday.
Best Retirement Gifts for Men
Time to enjoy the finer things. Corkcicle’s super-sleek cigar glass can hold a double old-fashioned as well as the retiree’s favorite cigar; well-deserved after a long (and hopefully, fulfilling) career.
The Townsman by Fossil is sophisticated, masculine, and an Amazon Choice product with more than 1,000 reviews. It’s available in Black/Brown and Light Brown, features a 22mm leather band, and is water resistant to 165 feet (for short periods of time).
“I really enjoy this watch; it looks flashy and is comfortable to wear,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It also goes with any outfit, and most importantly, it’s accurate with the time.”
Retirement is the perfect time to try out a new hobby. Maybe your special retiree is interested in bird watching or stargazing. Either way, these binoculars by Gosky are useful in a variety of outdoor tasks or nature-watching situations, including hunting, hiking, and climbing. They’re also ideal for getting a better view at a concert or sporting event.
“I bought Gosky binoculars to use on a trip to Yellowstone,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I was the envy of all my friends. The quality of the product is extremely good and the images are superb! I spotted eagles, bison, moose, etc. all with crystal-clear images.”
There’s nothing quite like knowing you’re safe at home, and giving the feeling of security is priceless. With the All-New Blink Outdoor security device, your giftee can feel safe day and night. It offers live-view in real-time and two-way audio via the Blink app, so it’s easy to see what’s going on no matter what time it is.
“What an awesome product…total install took 25 minutes,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I put three cameras up outside to monitor my summer home. The app was friendly; I shared the app with my wife and she was up and running in two minutes with minimal effort. We are so happy with this wireless system.”
Retirement is a time to kick back and relax. With the Fire TV Stick 4k, your giftee can do just that! From watching Netflix favorites to browsing YouTube videos to streaming free TV apps such as Pluto TV, the Fire Stick is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon (or any afternoon, really).
“I really like the new Fire TV Stick 4K,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It has more memory than the previous one. It also has an all-new Alexa Voice Remote. It seems to download faster than the old one.”
Best Retirement Gifts for Coworkers
Not all gifts need to be expensive or flashy to be appreciated. Take this handmade bookmark, for example. It’s simple, beautifully designed, and can be personalized with the name of your retiree.
“Such a beautiful bookmark,” one Etsy reviewer writes. “My mom LOVED it and it shipped so quickly!”
If your soon-to-be-retired co-worker has a sense of humor, they’ll love this coffee mug. You can even personalize it with their name (just leave a note for the seller at checkout). Each mug is printed on both the front and the back and is double-boxed to ensure a safe delivery.
“The cup is so cute!!!” one Etsy reviewer writes. “Exactly as pictured. Packaged very well with foam peanuts both inside the small box the cup was in and in the bigger box (I ordered two cups and they were sent together). No damage to the product at all! I can’t wait to gift these cups!”
Remind your favorite former co-worker that you’ll always be fond of them, even after they leave the workplace. This candle can be personalized with their name, followed by the sentiment, “You can’t retire from being great.” Choose from 10 different scents, including vanilla dream, laundry day, and basil, sage, mint.
Whether they’re sipping cocktails or whiskey on the rocks, this classy glass honors the years they’ve worked for some well-deserved imbibing. While this gift will definitely give them a laugh, the timeless design and thick-bottomed feel will have them reaching for it over and over again.
Most Unique Retirement Gift Ideas
Sure, it’s nice getting a Starbucks gift card every now and again, but celebrating one’s retirement deserves a gift that’s unique and special, like the Cuzen Matcha Starter Kit. With this kit, your giftee can enjoy the smooth taste of matcha right at home. Plus, there are no pods or leftover grounds to worry about as the products (and packaging) accompanied by this luxe machine were designed to reduce waste.
“Game changer,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The machine is beautiful and the matcha is on par with what the baristas whip up at the best LA coffee shops. I’m so impressed with how easy the machine is to use and clean. It’s fun to watch the matcha being made. It makes a perfect matcha shot you can pour over your choice of milk (or you can drink it straight). Highly recommend!”
The Cuzen Starter Kit includes one packet of 20g Premium Matcha Leaf and two packets of 20g Signature Matcha Leaf, in addition to the machine itself, of course.
Globein is unlike any other subscription box I’ve seen—it truly is unique. How? Every Globein box gives your giftee the opportunity to “travel” without ever leaving the couch while supporting artisan entrepreneurs in remote countries.
GlobeIn is available as a three-month, six-month, or yearly subscription and gives customers the option to choose between five different boxes all of which are filled with one-of-a-kind items that have been sourced from artists around the globe (hence its name).
For many, retirement means relaxing, igniting new passions, and traveling. This travel tracker scratch-off features a clean, accurate, and detailed map of the world. It includes 210 flags, a scratch tool, and stickers so your retiree can scratch-off each territory as he or she goes.
“This map is my favorite and the best I’ve seen!” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I’m a designer, so I’m picky about what I purchase. Colors are bright and neatly organized so you can see everything from a distance. Nice size and the US states are separated and have different shades of red.”
If your retiree is an aspiring wine buff, then they’ll definitely love this tiny device. The MyOeno is the “world’s only wine scanner.” Just dip it into a glass of wine and it’ll send the details (including the wine’s strength, acidity, tannins, etc.) to its accompanying mobile app. It’s basically a pocket sommelier.
“This little device exceeded my expectations,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “When I bought MyOeno, I thought that it would only help me understand better the complexity of the wine I was drinking but it is going way beyond that… it suggested a couple of alternatives which I tested and truly enjoyed.”
Artblox transforms music (or sound) into art, literally. Just email the company with a personal recording (it could be a sweet message, your favorite song, etc.) and they’ll turn it into sound wave art. To hear the recording, just point your phone’s camera at the QR code.
“This gift is so cool and unique! I ordered the acrylic block with the rainbow pattern of colors for my gift and the scan code for the recipient to hear the sound file through their phone,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The process was super easy.”
If they weren’t already, the retiree in question is about to spend a lot more time with their furry pal — or maybe they’ve just adopted a new one to share these golden years with. In any case, a custom, framed portrait of their most loyal companion (or companions — up to 3 friends can fit on a canvas!) is guaranteed to please. The thoughtfulness of this gift will touch their heart, too.
This compact wine cooler holds 12 bottles of wine and is equipped with a built-in circulation fan, ventilation grill, integrated LED lights, adjustable temperature control, and accurate precision thermoelectric cooling technology. It also features both horizontal and vertical shelf space.
“It holds 12 bottles as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “It runs quietly and it’s stylish. I have it sitting on my server. But, my favorite part is the section to stand four bottles upright open or not. I absolutely love this cooler/chiller. I recommend this product.”