Did you know that there are 10,000 Americans retiring each day? So we thought it might a good idea to come up with 20 Best Retirement Gift Ideas for Men and Women. Peruse through this list to find retirement gift ideas that are thoughtful, funny, unique, personalized – every type is covered!
Wooden Wall Travel Map
Maybe the new retiree wants to travel a lot in their retirement years. Then they will to mark their travels in a unique way, for everyone to see (and be envious!). This wooden wall map is the ideal retirement gift, complete with metal airplane push pins to mark the spots. From the online shop, Enjoy the Wood, this wooden wall world map creates a 3D effect due to its unique raised areas. Featuring over six contrasting shades of wood, it makes for chic and stylish wall art as well as a really thoughtful gift.
Custom Beer Tap Handle
Retirement typically means more time for hobbies, such as making your own beer. In fact, there are about 1.1 million home brewers in the US alone. So if the retiree is on this path, what would make a better gift than their own Custom Beer Tap Handle. This wooden handle from the Etsy shop, CustomBrewGear, comes laser engraved with the name of their home brew. Made from cherry wood and finished with multiple coats of lacquer to seal and protect, these handles really work great with a kegerator. The chalkboard insert is recessed in the handle for a perfect fit, and the chrome ferrule on the bottom finishes off the tap handle.
Career Caricature Mug
How fun would it be to immortalize the retiree and their career in a caricature keepsake coffee mug? These fun mugs from the Etsy shop, AliceLoveCo, are perfect if you are looking for a funny retirement gift for a coworker. The caricature is meant to be a cute, cartoon like representation, NOT 100% photo realistic drawings. Plus, the shop owner can create a representation of any type of profession to accompany the retiree. Who wouldn’t love looking at themselves each morning!
Just because someone is retiring, doesn’t mean their dreams are over. Help the person move on with this next exciting phase of their life by gifting them with this inspirational gold plate necklace that reads, “Unstoppable”. From the Etsy shop, LemonBugShop, it is also available in rose gold and sterling silver, and it can be engraved with any word you wish in case this one is not quite what you had in mind.
BBQ Rub Set
Retirement also means so much more time for barbecuing. This amazing custom BBQ rub gift set allows you to pick any four dry rubs and barbecue seasonings (such as Fiery Sriracha or Beer Can Chicken). The four glass jars come with shaker lids, and are packed into a pretty black gift box that save you on wrapping paper. The set even includes a cooking conversion chart and access to the shop’s grilling recipe site. From the Etsy shop, Dell Cove Spices, all seasonings are gluten-free and super delicious!
Not sure why, but when men retire, the custom gift seems to be cufflinks. Now if their retirement is all about hitting the open road on their motorcycle, then these whimsical sterling silver bike part cufflinks will help send them on their way. They are perfect etailed replicas of motorcycle engines, hand made with superior craftsmanship quality. From the Etsy shop, TomerM, they come in a beautiful brushed, slightly oxidized sterling silver for a rustic look.
Women are in love with these charm bangles, so why not give her one that is personalized to her retirement. From the Etsy Shop, AnnieRehJewelry, you get this stainless steel bangle with 5 charms: one charm is her initial; one charm is a heart that says “Happy Retirement”; one charm says, “Find the Joy in the Journey”; one charm says, “2019”; the last charm is her birthstone. Trust us, she will treasure it!
Nut of the Month Club
When you are retired, you really love getting mail. So how about this Nut of the Month Club gift, from the online store, Watanut. Each month the retiree will get a unique box of four delicious Watanut Gourmet Nut Mixes and Shortbread Cookies delivered for the length of time you choose. Some of their unique nut flavors include Nut Nog, a holiday blend of Rum cashews, creamy cinnamon yogurt pretzels, sour cherries, blanched almonds and roasted pecans. The shortbread cookies are just as decadent with flavors such as Key Lime and Salted Chocolate. Choose from 3, 6 or 12 months of nuts & cookies and make a retiree very happy!
Personalized Office Illustration
Remember that episode of the television show, The Office, where Pam draws a sketch of the Dunder Mifflin building? Well, what if you customized this home illustration above to actually be one of the building the retiree worked in? Then all their fellow employees could then sign the back. From the Etsy shop, Near and Dear Designs, you just send the shop owner a photo of the building and they will create a unique and personalized modern art illustration for the retiree to commemorate and proudly display. It can even include the person’s name, business name, business address or any personalized text of your choice.
A wish bowl is a fun way to make sure retirement is everything they hope, by granting them a wish. Also, known as a Ikebana Flower Bowl, they are small but very powerful and symbolic. Tucked inside the vase you will find a lucky penny and instructions. Place a few simple flowers in the bowl, add water then drop your lucky penny in the water and make a wish. From the Etsy shop, Follette Pottery.
Passport Cover & Luggage Tags
Again, retirement is a great time for travel, so help them on their way with this beautiful engraved passport cover and luggage tag. From the Etsy shop, BPLaserEngraving, this travel set comes in 6 different color options and nine design styles or you can request your own design. Made of vegan leatherette, both pieces are laser engraved, so the design and text will never wear off or come off.
Scotch Decanter & Glass Set
If you are looking for a retirement gift that says class and elegance, then this beautiful glass decanter and glass set is perfect. Made of solid and heavy glass, it can be personalized with a laser engraving of their name on the front. From the Etsy shop, UrbanKraftsShop, again, laser engraved means it doesn’t wear or wash off. You have the option to get the decanter alone, or with two matching glasses as shown here.
Dinosaur Bone Tungsten Ring
They do not have to be a retiring paleontologist to appreciate a dinosaur bone ring, they just have to like cool stuff. This gorgeous Tungsten ring is embedded with authentic T-rex dinosaur bone. Every piece of dinosaur bone is strategically hand placed along with meteorite shavings. The result is a ring rich in texture, color and shine. From the Etsy shop, Decazi, any retiree will be fascinated by this amazing ring.
Marine Retirement Wall Art
If there is a Marine in your life who is retiring, they would likely appreciate receiving this rugged Marine wooden flag wall art. From the Etsy shop, Carolina Wood Company, the stars and stripes fade beautifully into the Marine logo. Made by hand in Wake Forest, North Carolina the shop will happily customize the wooden flag with a name and rank at the bottom for a truly personalized retirement gift.
Now is the time for the female retiree to spend more time relaxing in her SheShed (or maybe start building one). You can help her mark the occasion. and her private retreat, with this custom canvas SheShed sign. From the Etsy shop, LaurenMaryHome, it comes in your choice of two sizes and 21 colors, and of course comes personalized with her name.
Funny Glass Beer Stein
Retirement is also a time to catch up on some television, maybe finally get around to binge watch Game of Thrones. Therefore, this Game of Thrones inspired beer mug makes for a really fun retirement gift. From the Etsy shop, MadOliveShop, this 16 ounce frosted beer stein is printed and pressed (NOT made using vinyl) so it is dishwasher safe and will last forever. And it may just sum up what retirement is all about!
Soak & Clay Gift Set
Although they should have less stress now that they are in retirement, how about gifting them anyway with this luxurious bath and body gift set. From the Etsy shop, R. Drew Naturals, the set features samples of their Botanical Foot Soak, Coconut-Rose Milk Bath, Milk & Honey Cleansing Grains and Mask and Clarify Cleansing Grains and Mask. Gift on its own or add to another gift basket. All of these natural products are handmade in the USA, cruelty free, packaged with recyclable materials, and do not contain petroleum, sodium lauryl or other harmful chemicals.
Personalized Daily Planner
A personalized daily planner is a great way to help make sure that the retiree keeps their days full. This planner is from LetterLoveDesigns and comes with their name beautifully inscribed on the front. You can customize the ruffle design in your choice of 24 colours (see photo # 5). Inside are 50 dateless sheets to plan your day from 8 am to 8 pm. so it is always ready to use! This pretty planner is ideal for women, but there are more masculine designs in their shop.
💝We hope you enjoyed this selection of Best Retirement Gift Ideas for Men and Women. For more gift ideas in general, be sure to visit that section of our blog, Etsy Gifts.