Is a loved one, a colleague, or someone you know downing their tools for the final time, give them a special retirement gift to mark the occasion?
In the age of austerity, the retirement age is slowly creeping up as more and more people stay in their jobs for longer. This only means that when the big day comes around, there’s even more reason to celebrate.
Even if someone loved working their entire life and enjoyed doing their job, with retirement, a new phase of life opens up, calling for their attention, enthusiasm, and participation.
They can finally have the time and energy to go on the trip of a lifetime, pursue a passion or interest more seriously, or just enjoy not waking up at the crack of dawn.
Giving a gift to someone who is about to embark on this new phase of life is a lovely way to mark the occasion and celebrate with them.
For thousands of years, human beings have been doing this, that is, giving gifts to one another as a sign of appreciation and to strengthen social bonds. It’s natural to mark a special occasion with something you’ve chosen specially, and joy to see a person’s face light up when it’s opened.
But finding an appropriate gift to give isn’t always easy. For one thing, it needs to be genuine, from the heart; but with so many cliche ideas on the market, it can be difficult to source that perfect gift. Below we consider a few of the best.
When choosing a retirement gift, you want to try and find something that will be meaningful to them but also lasting. You want the gift to be something they can look back on and remember the fond memories of beginning their new life.
Some of the best retirement gifts for men include a lovely bottle of whiskey, perhaps encased and personalised, equipment for a hobby or interest, or a watch.
Watches make an excellent retirement gift for men as they are practical, symbolic, and easy to engrave. Consider your man’s overall style and get him one he’s sure to treasure.
You know your loved one well. Perhaps they have raised you, or maybe you have spent a lifetime together. During our working lives, it can be difficult sometimes to pursue the interests we have in a satisfactory way.
For instance, there may be a passing interest someone has had at some time that seems to persist. It isn’t the first time your loved one has mentioned learning a foreign language or getting into photography.
Those little comments haven’t gone unnoticed and now it’s time to act. By your loved one some classes in that very thing. It will be surprising and exciting.
If your loved one is a little more certain about their interests then why not get them a year’s membership for the hobby they love. It could be golf, tennis, football, or even a nice gym with a spa.
A gift like this will always be appreciated and you can be sure it won’t gather dust somewhere out of sight.