Unique Retirement Gifts

Unique retirement gifts are all about the retiree.

The whole point of a retirement gift is to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the retiree.

With just a little thought and effort, you can choose a gift that will be appreciated by the retiree for years to come.

When trying to come up with a retirement gift consider a present that reflects the interests and goals of the retiree.

Ask yourself

  • Does the retiree enjoy a certain hobby or sport?
  • Is the retiree planning to travel a lot during retirement?
  • Has the retiree expressed an interest in learning a new language or skill?

By asking yourself these questions, you will be able to narrow down your choices for a unique retirement gift.


The best gifts come from the heart and that is what a Memory Book does. This is a gift that most retirees will truly enjoy.

Even for the retiree who can not wait to walk out those doors for the last time, this will be a gift that will be treasured through the years.


You can make a memory book yourself or you can have a company put the book together for you.

Getting Started

If you want to make the book yourself, then let's get started.

You can go to any local craft store and buy an album that you can customize.

Here are a few tips to help make the memory book special.

  • The outside of the memory book can be personalized with the the employee's name, a picture of the employee, the company name, and the years of service
  • Start with a collection of pictures that reflect the life of the retiree through the years of employment.
  • Ask colleagues to write about the retiree's time at the company.
  • Try to find funny incidences and memorable moments to put in the Memory Book.
  • Have several pages dedicated to the well wishes from other employees.
  • Attach a copy of his business card and any press releases.

This is a great gift to honor the lifelong achievements of a retiree.

It is a gift that the retiree will enjoy looking at through the years and realizing just how appreciated he really was.

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A Gift Basket is a special way to personalize a gift for a retiree.

If you know the retiree well, you can customize the basket to reflect the new “life” that the retiree is looking forward to.

Gift baskets can be a very unique retirement gift.

Think about the hobbies and interests of the retiree. For example, you can make a special basket for the golfer, fisherman, jogger, mystery lover, music lover, wine lover, and even the couch potato.

Easy To Make

All you need to do is get a large basket, line it with tissue paper, put the items you have purchased in the basket, wrap with cellophane, and tie a few retirement balloons to the top.

You now have the perfect retirement gift!

Some suggestions for retirement gift baskets:

Gardening Basket

This is a great gift idea for the retiree who has always wanted to spend more time in the garden.

Items you can use to fill the basket are:

  • Packets of seeds
  • Book on gardening or subscription for a gardening magazine
  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardening hand tools
  • Knee cushion
  • Planting Bulbs with a note saying you will come help plant them
  • Special wind chimes
  • Water mister or small watering can

Travel Basket

Here are some ideas for the retiree who plans to travel.

Instead of using a basket, you might consider using a tote bag for the retiree to use while traveling.

Items that could be included:

  • Maps and guidebooks
  • Water bottle
  • Foreign language handbook
  • Compass
  • Traveler's clock
  • Document Manager Travel Wallet
  • Luggage tags
  • Universal adapter plugs
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars
  • Travel size first aid kit and sewing kit
  • Battery recharger
  • Deck of cards
  • Travel pillow

Cooking Basket

Does the retiree love to cook?

Then here are some item ideas that could be used in their basket:

  • Special cookbook
  • Microplane grater/zester
  • Dough scraper
  • Silpat
  • Bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Candy thermometer
  • Meat thermometer
  • Silicon tipped tongs
  • Spice grinder
  • Hand held citrus squeezer
  • Ove Glove
  • Recipe Cards
  • Personalized dish towel
  • Gift certificate for cooking lessons

Gag Gift Basket

If the retiree who can take a joke. then a gag gift basket would be a lot of fun to give.

Here are some ideas to make a fun basket that everyone will enjoy right along with the retiree.

Some item ideas for the basket are:

  • An empty retirement fund piggy bank
  • Funny retirement book. Example, “Last Laughs” by Mort Gerberg
  • Denture cream
  • Arthritic cream
  • Depends undergarments
  • Old Spice Cologne
  • Retirement Bingo
  • Funny retirement T-shirt or baseball cap
  • Funny retirement coffee mug
  • Retirement Decision Clock
  • Retired License Plate
  • Gag golf balls

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If you want to be sure to give the perfect retirement gift, then give a gift that is thoughtful and useful.

Some ideas are:

Gift Certificate

Go beyond a restaurant gift certificate.

Give a gift certificate that is for pure enjoyment for the retiree or a gift certificate for the retiree to learn something new.

Some ideas are:

  1. Dance lessons
  2. Cooking lessons
  3. Painting lessons
  4. Golf lessons
  5. Tennis lessons
  6. Day at a spa
  7. Visit to a golf resort
  8. Free round of golf
  9. Hot air balloon ride


Still searching for the perfect gift?

Here are a few more suggestions.

More Personalized Gift Ideas

For even more ideas on a Personalized Gift go to MemorableGifts.com. They offer personalized gifts for all occasions.

Be Creative

The most unique retirement gifts are those that reflect the retirees interests.

Whatever gift you decide on, I know that the retiree will appreciate your thoughtfulness and cherish the gift for years to come.



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