5 Unique and Meaningful Retirement Gift Ideas

Retirement Gift Idea Blog

Updated 2020

Retirement is an exciting chapter of life worth celebrating. Retirees have the pleasure of enjoying their newfound free time, pursuing hobbies, volunteering, traveling, spending time with loved ones. For most retirees, a meaningful gift from their company is an important part of this life transition and allows them to reflect on their years of hard work and service. However, while the gratitude and sentiment behind the gift is the most important thing, you’ll want to choose something useful and appropriate. The gift should be well designed, customized, and unique to the individual retiring. 

As you plan your company’s next retirement celebration, consider these personalized and unique gift ideas for the guest of honor.

Monthly Gifts Keep on Giving

With an extra 40 hours in the week, what will the soon to be retiree do with all of their newfound free time? Pursue their favorite hobbies–or try a few new ones! Gift a set of golf clubs, tennis racket, or a fishing pole to your sports-minded retirees, wine glasses for the budding sommelier, or a scratch-off travel map or travel journal for the globe-trotter.

Our Team Picks: A Book of the Month Club subscription is perfect for the retiree who loves to read. Or indulge the jet-setter in a Snack Crate from around the world to get them inspired.

An Elegant Timepiece Tradition

An elegant timepiece is always a thoughtful choice for the retiring colleague. A stylish watch with an engraved “thank you” message can serve as a useful token of appreciation. If watches aren’t their style, consider a custom clock trophy. With the ability to engrave the recipient’s name, years of service, a thank you message, or a company logo, you can easily create a thoughtful statement piece that can be displayed in your colleague’s home.

Our Team Pick: Engraved Trophy with a Clock Insert

An Award, Article, or Photo Entrapment

Do you have an iconic picture of the retiree hard at work? Was your colleague presented with an important award in their field? Was your guest of honor praised in the press, or did they write an award-winning article? Consider gifting your retiring coworker with a durable Lucite Entrapment of a meaningful photograph or document. These also work well if you’re presenting the retiree with a gag gift, such as a goofy picture from a work party or a funny superlative award, but don’t forget to include a meaningful gift to compliment the joke! 

Our Team Pick: A Magnetic Photo Entrapment

A Personalized Embedment Trophy

Does your colleague have an item related to their work that is best displayed in 3D? Lucite Embedments can display EMT, Police or Firefighter badges, medals, newspaper clippings, coins, and more.

Our Team Pick: A Custom Badge Embedment for a Retiring Police Officer

Demonstrate how the badges have changed with the times since the retiree began their service.

Keeping it Classic

A personalized photo album or scrapbook is not the only way to capture your retiring colleague’s career, but it’s a great way to get the entire organization involved in recognizing the retiree’s service.

Ask your coworkers to contribute their favorite photographs of their colleagues and their achievements to be included in a professionally printed book or a detailed scrapbook.

After toasting at the company farewell party to years of service, present the retiree with a recognition award to celebrate many years of a job well done!

Our Team Pick: The Pinnacle Recognition Award

You can’t go wrong with the classic employee recognition award. Jazz it up with custom designs, glitter, or glow-in-the-dark to personalize!

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We are your recognition specialists and can help you boost team engagement by creating custom employee recognition programs to recognize your employees for their good work, peer to peer recognition, an employee of the month program, and more.

If you’re looking for more retirement gift guidance and information on custom engraving the Acrylic Warehouse team has you covered. Our Recognition Specialists can provide more information on our wide range of custom acrylic awards and help you create perfect gifts for your retiring colleagues. Get in touch to design your awards today!