Retirement Gift Idea Blog

5 Unique and Meaningful Retirement Gifts

Updated January 2019

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 and reflecting on their years of hard work and service. For most retirees, a meaningful gift from their company is an important part of this life transition. 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 gift ideas for the guest of honor.

A Compliment to Their Hobbies

What’s a person to do with an extra 40 hours in their week? Pursue their favorite hobbies, of course! Try gifting 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 Pick: A Book of the Month Club Subscription, perfect for the retiree who loves to read.

A Nice Clock or Watch

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 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 Retirement Police Officer

A Photo Album: A personalized photo book is not only a thoughtful 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. Be sure to include extra pages and grab some markers and pens so that everyone in the company can include yearbook-style messages and signatures!

Our Team Pick: A Retirement Card Keeper

We are 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 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.


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