Gift Ideas for a Retiring Employee

Buying an employee or co-worker a gift when they retire is a tradition in many companies. It’s a great way to thank them for all their hard work and loyalty, especially if they have worked for you for a long time. However, it’s only truly a thoughtful gift, if you get it right. It’s important to recognise that not every retiree will want the same thing. Here are some tips to help you get started.

An Experience Day

Years ago, retirement meant it was time to relax. By retirement age, people were tired, they’d worked hard and they now had aches, pains, injuries, and illnesses. It was time to slow down and take it easy. But, while the retirement age has increased, so has our life expectancy. Many retirees have years of enjoyment and fun ahead of them. So, why not buy them an experience day so that they can try something new.

A New Hobby

Another way to get them trying new things is by buying them something that could lead to a new hobby. This could be something like a camera or book on photography, a painting set, or some hiking gear. Anything that could fill their time and you think that they might enjoy.

An Activity Tracker

One problem many people have when they retire is that once they have left work, they stop moving. This can quickly lead to health issues. An activity tracker, such as a Fitbit, is a great way to motivate them to do more.

A Hamper

Ready made food hampers from British Fine Foods are a brilliant way to get them something you know they will love, even if you don’t know them that well outside of work. Luxury food hampers make a fantastic way to celebrate retirement.

A Short Break

Travelling is becoming increasingly popular with the older generation. Why not buy them a city break, or get everyone to chip in for some flights to somewhere exotic? If you do decide to book them flights or a holiday, make sure to either book with flexible dates or get a friend or family member to ensure they will be available.

Jewellery or a Watch

Jewellery or a watch are classic retirement gifts that are still very much appreciated. A high-quality watch or piece of jewellery is long lasting and will give them a brilliant reminder of their career and all the people they have worked with.

A Gift Card

If you are still struggling or having trouble picking just one gift, a gift card might be the best option. Most retailers, travel companies, or online shops sell gift cards, so there is plenty to choose from. Sometimes people worry that a gift card is an impersonal gift, but it’s a much better option than buying something that they won’t really like for the sake of having bought a present.

Retirement is a big event; something many of us spend most of our working life looking forward to. So, take your time and think about what they will enjoy. Then, throw them a party to send them off in style!

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