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42 thoughtful retirement gifts to celebrate years of hard work

They're officially off the clock!
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After years and years of hard work, their retirement is finally here! Whether they're closing this chapter of their life with a fun party filled with their co-workers, friends and family, you'll want to show the lucky retiree in your life just how proud you are of them. One place to start sharing your sentiments is with a thoughtful retirement gift.

We did all the legwork and rounded up retirement gift ideas to help you find the perfect present. Whether you're looking for a funny gag present or something a little more heartfelt, there's bound to be something on our list that fits the bill.

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Bestselling retirement gifts

"Life's Real Journey Begins at Retirement" Picture Frame

Fill this picture frame with a photo that represents life after retirement. It’s bound to put a smile on their face every time they look at it.

"The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada"

Many people plan to see the world during their retirement. Encourage them to start planning those trips with this travel book, which has suggestions for a memorable and feasible 36-hour stay in cities all over the U.S. and Canada.

The Sill ZZ Plant

A plant is the perfect farewell gift to give someone for their retirement. This ZZ plant from The Sill is a great purifying plant for beginners. You can choose two different sizes and a variety of different types of pots that come in four different colors including black, cream, light pink and light blue.

Winc Gift Card

Retirement is a great time to experiment with new wines. With a Winc gift card, you can help them explore new bottles with their specialty wine subscription box. Each month they send you three bottles of wine based on the quiz you take when you first join. You can gift one, two, or three-month subscriptions.

Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Bluetooth Turntable

There’s nothing like listening to your favorite album on an old-school vinyl record. This Crosley deluxe vintage turntable plays three speeds, comes with a built-in Bluetooth receiver to stream music wirelessly through other speakers. Who wouldn't love this nostalgic gift?

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader

With all of their newfound freedom, they’ll be able to get started on the stack of books they’ve been wanting to read for years. The Kindle Paperwhite is a great device because all of their favorite reads will be in one consolidated place. It’s also waterproof and has a glare-free display that looks like real paper even in bright sunlight.

HelloFresh Gift Card

Make their life even easier and allow them to skip a trip to the grocery store with this HelloFresh meal delivery kit gift card. Their recipes are tested over 200 times to ensure they're just as tasty as they are easy to make. They have hassle-free step-by-step recipes and offer four different meal plans, including meat and veggies, vegetarian, family-friendly, and low calorie.

Omaha Steaks Fully Cooked Pot Roast

If they don’t love to spend time too much time in the kitchen, consider gifting them this fully cooked pot roast from Omaha Steaks instead.

Fitbit Versa 3 Fitness Smartwatch

Just because they’re not working in an office anymore, doesn’t mean they have to sit on their couch all day. To help them stay on top of their fitness game after retirement, hook them up with a Fitbit Versa 3. The smartwatch tracks their heart rate, exercise and sleep stages to provide actionable insights.

Callaway Strata Complete 12-Piece Golf Set

Many people pursue new hobbies after retiring and many choose golf. If you’re in the market to splurge on your new retiree, get them a quality set of golf clubs.

Retirement gift ideas for women

Sterling Silver Retirement Compass Necklace

Help her celebrate her retirement with this thoughtful necklace that is both stylish and motivational. The compass pendant represents moving on to new chapters while striving to enjoy the journey.

Gratitude Tree

How much do you appreciate them? Let them count the ways with this "living" gratitude tree, where you can fill in your favorite memories on the leaves.

Officially Retired Party Set

For a fun, budget-friendly gift, look no further than this sparkly “Officially Retired” crown. The retiree Queen can wear it on her last official day of work and during a virtual retirement party.

Sloggers Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe

If she loves to garden, a good pair of waterproof garden shoes are a necessity. This pair from Sloggers come in over 30 different designs, are heavy-duty with extra traction and are easy to clean. The style is also an Amazon bestseller and has over 23,000 verified five-star ratings.

From You Flowers Bright Blue Skies Bouquet

One way you can send well wishes from afar is with a classic flower arrangement. This one comes with yellow roses, white lilies, blue delphinium, and purple monte casino flowers in a classic clear vase.

Out of Office Floppy Sun Hat

This trendy “Out of the Office” one from Etsy is perfect for a new retiree that's ready to hit the beach. It’s handmade and would go with any swimsuit cover-up.

Retirement gift ideas for men

Engraved Silver Cigar Case and Cutter Set

Now that they'll be kicking back and relaxing with a cigar more regularly, they may need some essential tools to light up. This customized set will get the job done perfectly.

Twisted Whiskey Decanter Set

If you want to get him a nice retirement gift that isn't too expensive, this thoughtful custom decanter set will be perfect to add to his home bar.

Retired Definition Coffee Mug

This funny mug is the perfect retirement gag gift to make him smile every time he drinks his morning coffee.

O-Fish-Ally Retired T-Shirt

Is he a fisherman? If so, he’ll totally love wearing this "O-Fish-Ally Retired” T-shirt all summer long.

Custom Engraved Retirement Beer Glass

This customized beer glass is another great option if they prefer beer. You can get him one glass or a set of two and personalize it with any name, date or message.

Timex Weekender 38mm Watch

While he won’t be pressed for time very often anymore, a sporty watch would make a great gift for a new retiree. The budget-friendly timepiece comes in almost 20 different bands, is water-resistant to 100 feet and has over 12,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon.

Unique retirement gifts

Airbnb Gift Card

Set them up for their next big adventure with the perfect place to rest their head, courtesy of Airbnb.

Custom Gold Foil City Map Print

This custom map print is a great way to help decorate their new home if they're moving to a new city. It comes in a variety of sizes, colors and can be customized with a map of any location.

"The Book of Unusual Knowledge"

If they have a curious mind and a passion for learning about interesting facts, they’ll really enjoy this book. It’s packed with captivating and interesting information that covers many topics from the animal kingdom to technology.

Personalization Mall Custom Bamboo Cutting Board

Personalization Mall offers a large variety of customizable items you could gift a retiree, but we especially like this personalized cutting board. Whether they love to cook or simply make charcuterie boards from time to time, they’re bound to enjoy this as a parting gift.

Scratch-Off Map

This scratch map is another fun travel-themed gift to get them inspired for their upcoming trips around the world.

Uncommon Goods Whiskey and Rum Making Kit

Are they a big of whiskey and rum? If so, they’ll love this bestselling alcohol making kit!

Funny retirement gifts

"I'm Done" Fork

Stick a fork in them because they' know. They're sure to get a kick out of this utensil, which you can personalize with their name or the date of their final day on the job.

"Not My Problem Anymore" T-Shirt

Since the days of wearing collared shirts and ties are long gone, get him this tee that'll become their new uniform of choice.

Funny Retirement Weekly Schedule Mug

If you want to give them a good laugh, this mug will do the trick. Plus, if they enjoy drinking coffee or tea in the morning, it will be useful too!

"Bring Me the Remote" Funny Socks

These socks are bound to get a laugh. After decades of working hard, he or she deserves someone to fetch the remote once in a while, right?

"I Can Wine All I Want, I'm Retired" Engraved Stemless Wine Glass

Gift them this sassy wine glass with their favorite wine and raise a glass to all of their hard work over the years!

"I'm Retired and You're Not" Kitchen Apron

If they enjoy cooking or baking, they’ll get a lot of use out of this cheeky apron. It reads, “I’m retired and you’re not. Have fun at work tomorrow!”

Retired Funny Business Cards with Case

These retired business cards are great for anyone with a sense of humor. The set comes with 50 high-quality business cards with a stainless-steel case that’s laser engraved with the word “Retired."

Retirement gift ideas for co-workers

"Enjoy the Next Chapter" Personalized Metal Bookmark

This personalized bookmark is a thoughtful and affordable way to show them how much you’ll miss having them around.

"Rocking the Retired Life" Tote Bag

Instead of packing away their desk with unmanageable boxes, hook them up with a reusable, easy-to-use tote that doubles as a statement accessory.

Retirement Gift Box

If you’re unsure what to get your soon-to-be-former-coworker for their retirement, you can’t go wrong with this gift box from Etsy. It comes with a live succulent, a vanilla-scented soy candle, sea salt caramels and more.

DayClocks Classic Day Clock

Now that they'll have time on their hands, this is the type of clock they'll actually need. It will help them keep track of all seven days of the week — just not the actual hour or minute!

"The Queen Has Retired" Stainless Steel Tumbler

This stainless-steel tumbler wine glass that reads “The Queen has retired" is the perfect summer-friendly gift for the retiree who can't wait to sip their beverage poolside.

S-ZONE Weekender Bag

If they're planning on traveling the world when it's safe to again, then they're going to need a proper carry-on. This lightweight canvas bag is durable, functional and available in four fun colors and patterns.

Cheryl's Cookies Cheers to You Party in a Box

This retirement gift basket is the perfect gesture if they retired while working from home. It comes with confection pretzel clusters, cookies, butter toffee peanuts and a fudgy cake that's sure to delight their sweet tooth.

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This article originally published on May 14, 2020.