It doesn’t matter how much a person has been looking forward to their retirement, the chances are they will still feel mixed emotions when it comes to the big day. Show them you care with one of the superb and heartfelt retirement gift ideas in this collection, which include plaques, poems, pretty jewelry, and even some make-at-home ideas for a truly personal touch.
Retirement really is an exciting time, and this heavyweight bevelled glass clock comes with a permanent reminder of that. Laser etched, the inspiring message is followed by your own personalization.
They say variety is the spice of life, but retirement is the happiest thyme of all and that’s what this wooden planter says. Complete with herb seeds and peat pellets.
We reap what we sow, and this 20oz ceramic mug will be a daily reminder of that fact. Artfully decorated with gently-colored flowers and sweet message, it’s also dishwasher safe.
Measuring a generous 46″W x 67″L, this 100% cotton throw features a fringed edge all the way around, and comes personalized with a retirement message and recipient’s name in a choice of colors.
This gorgeous 56” x 60” throw will make those fall nights much cozier as it is made from a super soft polyester cotton blend, and comes with a retirement verse and personalization.
Just as it is in a book, turning the page onto the next chapter in life is always exciting, which is why this leather bookmark makes a heart-warming retirement gift for any bookworm.
This necklace may have a simple design but it carries a very special message that retirement is a milestone to be celebrated. Available in a choice of gold, rose gold, or silver finish.
Presented in a satin lined box, this triangular crystal glass can be personalized with any name, title, years of service, and message, and comes with a removable clock for adjusting the time.
A delightful alternative to a guest book, this personalized canvas shows the special date in ‘door numbers’, and comes with free pens with which the guests can write their special messages.
Whether you keep the biblical verse that’s already inside this frame, or replace it with a special photograph, this makes a delightful gift for anyone who’s about to retire.
Leave the photograph and white mat out of this frame while their leaving party’s going on, and colleagues can sign it before putting it back in the frame as a wonderful keepsake.
This elegant silver plated pocket watch has an eye-catching brushed finish, and can be monogrammed on the front cover, and personalized with up to 5 lines of text on the back.
This wooden music box features a lovely message about retirement on the lid, and, once opened, plays Amazing Grace via the visible mechanism inside. Remove verse and insert photo instead.
This fleecy blanket can be totally customized to make a beautiful retirement gift, as you can add up to 15 lines of text, along with name, initials, and year of retirement.
This wooden photo frame is available in 3 sizes and comes engraved with a short script, to which you can add your own 2 line message, such as name, date, or other text.
Microwave and dishwasher safe, this 11oz ceramic mug will stand up to the rigors of everyday leisurely tea and coffee drinking and comes illustrated, with a short message about retirement.
Retirement is a time for reflection, so make sure they do it glass in hand with this crystal chiller and ice bucket which comes etched with details of your choice.
The poem printed on this travel mug will give them pause for thought as they sip their favorite beverage, which will stay warmer for longer thanks to the double-walled construction.
In celebration and anticipation, this angel figurine would make a beautiful retirement gift as she inspires the retiree to both look back and look to the future.
If your co-worker has big shoes to fill when they leave, there’s no better gift than this cute keychain which comes with a stainless steel engraved tag, and a smaller ‘enjoy retirement’ heart.
The extremely pretty design on this generously sized 18oz mug has an almost vintage feel, and bears a sweet message all about retirement on the front to remind her of you.
Fully customizable, this keepsake block is made from clear Lucite and can be engraved with their name, years of service, company name, and any message, for a totally unique retirement gift.
This freestanding optic crystal plaque comes in a stylish box for presentation, and can be engraved with all sorts of personal details, from name and years of service, to company name and message.
Vintage-style and gorgeous, this brass compass is designed to fit in the hand comfortably, and with Thoreau’s ‘go confidently…’ inscribed on the inside lid, it’s a fitting tribute to any retiree.
There are 4 different retirement verses to choose from when it comes to this handsome black marble plaque, or you can write your own, before personalizing it with the recipient’s name and details.
The world is their oyster once they retire, and this woven cotton blend throw depicts just that, with its compass and map design, along with the recipient’s name and short message.
Representing courage, hope, and success, this pretty amazonite bracelet epitomizes everything that retirement is, and will act as a daily reminder of the life she has left behind.
Retirement isn’t the end, in fact, it’s just the beginning of an exciting chapter of life. This pendant is a reminder to enjoy the journey, and hangs on an 18” sterling silver chain.
Highly unusual, this crystal plaque features a heart-warming verse about retirement, along with her name, initials, and leaving date, and has an in-built bud vase for her favorite bloom.
This 9” angel figurine will take pride of place on her shelf at home, while the blessing inscribed on her skirt will be a daily reminder of all that was, is, and will be.
The writing will definitely be on the wall with this canvas, which comes emblazoned with lots of personal details, such as name, initials, years of service, and up to 11 lines of text.
Whether the retiree writes out all of these blanks, or colleagues do it for them, this jar will soon be filled with 100 wishes and hopes for the future.
Retirement can leave you feeling a little…redundant, so make sure they never forget how much they were, and are, loved with this flower box which carries a heartfelt message on the front.
8 Thoughtful Diy Retirement Wish Gifts
A thoughtful gift for a coffee lover who’s leaving the fold, this DIY idea sees a reusable travel mug being filled with coffee-themed goodies, and even has a printable label.
This cute tutorial shows you how to make a retirement gift that is especially suitable for teachers and helpers, and it even features a downloadable gift tag to go with it.
This gift basket is an incredible idea which will bring someone comfort whenever they need it. Filled with goodies and ‘open when’ letters, it’s about as personal as a gift can get.
This memory jar is adorable, and will make them smile again and again. As the post suggests, simply decorate a jar and fill it with handwritten memories which are special to you.
Follow the step by step guide to putting together this super cute ‘sangria for friends’ gift idea, using a drinks dispenser as the gift ‘basket’ they can use again and again.
Brownies – who doesn’t love ‘em? Once you see how easy this brownie in a jar is, you’ll never be stuck for ideas again. Gift label is downloadable and comes with instructions, too.
Candles make beautiful gifts, and this DIY tutorial shows you how to make coffee cup versions which look (almost) too good to burn! Add fragrance oil if you want them scented.
This idea is so simple but super effective, especially if you have gathered shells from a favorite vacay with someone you love. Seashell tealights – just adorable. Use coconut fragrance for a scented reminder.