It can be difficult to think of a gift ideas for retirement,
especially when after most of a lifetime, the person retiring is likely
to have almost everything they want or need!
It's a case of retirement gift ideas for someone who might have
everything, or at least has entered a reflective stage of their lives
and may think that retirement gifts are unnecessary.
These are people who are more likely to say "please save your money, don't spend it on me!" and are exasperating to show appreciation to!
If you do have one of these "don't spend on me" retirees, make sure you "head off" the usual complaints by wrapping the gift in home-made wrapping paper, with all their usual comments "it's too expensive/ you shouldn't have spent money on me" on it and decorated with hearts and flowers, just to be cheeky ;D
Below are some ideas to get a little creative, to surprise them, make
them laugh, or give something a little different that can intrigue them
or be useful, or simple and home-made so they don't complain about the cost!
Best of all,
you could get them something that honours their time in their main-role-in-life
such as a scrapbook, with photos of places as well as people, and signed
captions by the others whom they have "worked" with.
Add a humorous twist by posing the retiree's work mug/pot plant/effigy in some newer 'set-up' photos, to show how much that item is enjoying retirement already.
Another similar way to honour their time is to create photo album where family members choose photos of/with the retiree that were favourite memories. Each photo is captioned with a description of that memory by the specific family member, and how much that memory (and the retiree) meant to that member at that time. It is really another way to let that honoured person know that they are loved and that they mattered.
Extravagant means to make more effort for a more rewarding and memorable gift. This would require more organisation time, more people involved and more money.
If you want to go more up-market, it's best to organise amongst a large group to get an experience, such as a
Be generous and include another person or more to go with them!
Think of the retiree's health - would they like to do something sedate like watch theatre or opera, or can they handle something more active like parachuting or diving?
At this age, retirees will often value time with family, so organising a reunion complete with a feast and trimmings (such as decor or great location, speeches, entertainment) may be a dream come true - extravagance can come at low cost if everyone makes a dish and family members play music! If family have visited from out of town, upgrade the experience by organising outings and home visits with the retiree so that reunion feeling can continue. The effort that goes into making sure everyone is welcome and gets along, with minimal family drama, will be appreciated so much by the retiree.
What did you decide? Thank you to every visitor who shared their ideas: