If you know someone who will be retiring soon, it’s important to choose a gift that will not only commemorates this important milestone in their life, but is also something that they can use and will appreciate. While picture frames, pen and pencil sets and other common gift ideas work well for various occasions throughout one’s life, by the time retirement rolls around, it’s time to make a very special statement.
Don’t overwhelm the retiree with useless gadgets and bric-a-brac that will simply add more clutter to their life. This is often a new beginning and a time when retirees want to downsize and rid themselves of all these little trinkets. Instead, try to choose something that will make an emotional impact. Something that will bring a smile and fond memories to their mind. With the more relaxing days of retirement, many people appreciate things that will allow them to enjoy their hobbies and interests. Maybe an exciting trip through wine country for the wine connoisseur or perhaps some new equipment for the novice photography buff.
Other great retirement gift ideas include gift certificates to the individual’s favorite restaurants, a local home improvement store or even the grocery store. Of course, nothing can compare to the investment of time. If you can put together a crew to help with some much needed tasks, this is often greatly appreciated. Whether it’s painting a room, cleaning the yard or hauling away unwanted debris, helping a retiree spruce up their home can give them a great place to relax and enjoy their golden years.
If you know someone who is retiring and has loved ones who live in another state, consider making sure they have the technology and training necessary to keep in touch. Whether it’s a laptop with Skype installed or a tablet that allows them to share updates and photos with loved ones, the ability to keep in touch can make an excellent gift idea.