30 Retirement Gift Ideas to Kickoff Their New Life

Retirement is an accomplishment that should always be celebrated! If you’re stuck on gift ideas, this article will help you find the perfect present.

From taking up a new hobby to relaxing in the backyard, whatever they’re most looking forward to, you can find a gift that helps them get started!

30 Gift Ideas to Kickoff Their Retirement

map travel poster

See the World: Scratch off World Map + Scratch off USA Map Travel Poster

If you know someone who has talked nonstop about traveling during their retirement, this scratch off map makes a wonderful gift! This 30″ x 17″ laminated world map is beautifully detailed. You can choose from black/gold or white/gold.

Enclosed in a tube to prevent scratching, they’ll find a bonus USA scratch off map, a guitar pick (for scratching), an erasable gold pen, a microfiber cloth, and a magnifying glass card. They’ll love scratching destinations off to show their travels!

camping hammock

Lounging or Camping: Lightweight Double Camping Hammock

Whether they enjoy hiking, camping, or simply lounging in the backyard, this hammock is a great gift idea. It arrives with everything needed to set up and start using. Two 9 feet tree straps with 13 loops each, quality aluminum carabiners, and an instruction guide are included.

Made of parachute nylon, it’s incredibly light for hiking, yet durable enough for two people to fit comfortably. It measures 118″ long and 78″ wide and will hold up to 450 lbs. It also arrives with a stuff sack that measures 5″ x 5″ x 9″ and can be purchased in colors black/green, black/red, black/orange, and black/sky blue.

This is a retirement gift idea geared toward their favorite hobby, and they’re sure to love it!

engraved compass

Something Sentimental: Roorkee Instruments India Engraved Compass

Whether this compass by Roorkee Instruments is given as a keepsake or used while hiking or camping, he’s going to absolutely love it! Made of quality brass metal, this compass has a vintage feel. The back is engraved with a quote from Thoreau reading “Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams – Live the Life You Have Imagined”.

This magnetic compass arrives with a leather case that measures 2.5″ x 2.5″ and a brass keyring.

picture frame

From a Group: Retirement Engraved Picture Frame

Perfect for a coworker who is retiring, this engraved picture frame is made of all natural wood. Measuring 4″ x 6″, it reads “Finally Retired – The Best has Yet to Come”. Add in a group photo for a personal touch, and you’ve got a wonderful gift idea.

wood plaque

For Teachers: Dexsa One Hundred Years New Horizons Wood Plaque

This beautiful plaque includes a sweet quote to remind them of their years of inspiring young minds. It’s designed with the look of reclaimed wood and measures 6″ x 9″. It has an easel back and will look great on any shelf, table, or desk.

gift baskets

Golf & Wine: Wine Country Gift Baskets Hole in One Golf Gift Basket

Perfect for golf enthusiasts, this golf ‘basket’ is designed to look like a miniature golf bag. It works as a cooler for taking lunch or drinks out on the green. It measures 9″ x 9″ x 14″ and includes tons of tasty treats.

Along with Sonoma Jacks cheese wedges, it includes a cheese knife and a bamboo cutting board. Other snacks include chocolate chip cookies, fruit and nut mix, pretzels, onion dip mix, crackers, and more.

It’s a fun unique gift that is sure to be a hit!


For A Coworker: WUSUANED Retirement Keychain

This keychain will be a sweet reminder for a coworker that you will miss. Engraved with “No One Can Ever Fill Your Shoes” on a rectangle charm, it also includes a heart charm. Made of stainless steel, it will last for many years.

It arrives in a velvet bag ready for gifting.

hardcover book

A Favorite: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

No longer just for graduates, this Dr. Seuss favorite is a great reminder of the exciting new adventure ahead of them. This classic hardcover book is sure to be a hit!

paperback book

Silly Ideas to Pass the Time: 101 Fun Things to Do in Retirement

This paperback is filled with 144 pages of silly ideas to pass the time once retired. It’s a fun read that will inspire them to not take every day so seriously and to look for the fun in everything!

angel figurine

For Someone Special: Enesco Foundations Retirement Angel

This stone resin figurine by Enesco is a great gift idea for someone special. Measuring 9″ tall, it’s accented with tiny crystals. The message reads “Bless your retirement, your accomplishments, and the journeys on which you have yet to venture”.

It makes a great gift that can be displayed and enjoyed for many years.

whiskey decanter

For the Bourbon Fan: Whiskey Decanter Globe Set with 2 Etched Globe Whisky Glasses

Perfect for his man cave or office, this whiskey decanter globe set comes with 2 etched whiskey glasses. Holding 300 ml each, the glasses feature globe etchings to match the decanter which holds 850 ml.

All pieces fit neatly on the mahogany stained tray, and a gold stopper adorns the decanter.


For Dads: Thank You for Helping Me Build My Life Engraved Wood Handle Steel Hammer

He can display this in his favorite room or use it for jobs around the house. The 16 ounce hammer reads “Daddy, thank you for helping me build my life” engraved down one side. Measuring 13″ in length, this claw hammer is sanded and coated with linseed oil for a protective shine.

The head is designed from forged steel and is also polished. This personalized hammer makes a meaningful gift that will last a lifetime.

pocket knife

For the Outdoorsman: Kershaw Clash Black Serrated Pocket Knife

If he’s always been known to carry around a pocket knife, he’ll definitely appreciate this one by Kershaw. The 3.1″ stainless steel blade is serrated and coated with black oxide. The nylon handle is textured for an easy grip and filled with glass.

It features a SpeedSafe open, secure locking system, and a reversible pocket clip. At 4.3 ounces, it’s light enough to carry around in his pocket, but durable and sturdy enough to get any job done. Opened, it measures 5″ x 2″.

This is a gift he’ll use for years.

wish jar

Send Them Off with Well Wishes: Top Shelf Retirement Wish Jar

Perfect for a group, this wish jar can be filled with personalized messages and well wishes for the retiree. Arriving in a matching Well Wishes box, the set includes the jar, 100 tickets, a pen, and a lid.

They can choose to read one a day or all at once. It makes a thoughtful gift that will be treasured for years.

survival gear kits

Hiking and Camping: TRSCIND Survival Gear Kits

This survival gear kit is perfect for those who enjoy hiking, camping, and being outdoors. It provides 13 tools for survival and emergency situations. The kit includes a compass, an 11 in 1 multi-tool, a wire saw, an emergency blanket, flint stone, a water bottle clip, 1 tactical pen, a flashlight, whistle, mini light, and a survival knife.

Everything fits conveniently into the black waterproof box which measures 6.6″ x 4.3″ x 1.9″. Each item is made using quality materials. The flashlight includes 3 light modes including high, low, and strobe and uses 1 AA battery.

The 11 in 1 tool can be used as a bottle opener, multiple wrench sizes, a screwdriver, and more. The tactical pen can be used to write with and is strong enough to break glass. Anyone who loves spending extended time outdoors will be thrilled with this gift!

fishing kit

For Those Who Love to Fish: PLUSINNO Telescopic Fishing Rod and Reel Combos Full Kit

This set has everything needed for a beginner fisherman. The carrying case easily holds the included fishing rod, fishing reel, line, and an assortment of lures, hooks, and other accessories. The rod is made using high density carbon fiber and fiberglass.

The reel is stainless steel and features an EVA Fore Grip for comfortable holding. They’ll have everything they need to head to the nearest pond, lake, or river.

golf set

Golf Lovers: Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Set

For beginners and serious golfers, this Strata complete golf set by Callaway is certain to be a hit. The bag holds everything included and is lightweight, yet durable. It includes 5 pockets including a cooler pocket for drinks.

It also has a strap system making it simple to be carried as a backpack or over the shoulder. The 12 piece set also includes a lightweight forged driver that features a titanium head. The Fairway Wood is designed with an aerodynamic head shape.

Both the Fairway and driver come with head covers.

The 6, 9, and pitching wedge irons are made of stainless steel. The set also includes a 5 hybrid, a putter, and more. The set comes in blue for left or right hand, and red is available for left hand only.

coffee mug

For Coffee Lovers: Retirement Coffee Mug

Coffee lovers always enjoy receiving a new mug! Printed on both sides, letting everyone know ‘the legend’ has retired, this fun ceramic mug holds 11 ounces. It’s dishwasher and microwave safe.


Time to Travel: Coolife Luggage

If they’ve talked about traveling, a new luggage set is a great gift idea! This 3 or 4-piece luggage set has a hard outer shell made of ABS material. Each piece features 360 degree wheels and an aluminum telescoping handle.

The 3-piece set includes a 20″, a 24″, and a 28″ suitcase. They each have an interior mesh pocket and an outside lock. You can choose from 17 colors including blue, yellow, sakura pink, apple green, silver, and more.

Hardly anyone likes to buy themselves new luggage making this set a useful and appreciated gift idea!

porch swing

Backyard Living: Coral Coast Pleasant Bay Curved Back Painted Porch Swing

If their retirement plans include spending a lot of time in their backyard, this curved back porch swing by Coral Coast makes a wonderful present idea. Made of acacia wood and painted black, this swing is weather-resistant and comfortable.

It arrives with a 4-foot chain for attaching to the back porch. It’s perfect for enjoying conversation or a good book.

gardening kit

A Green Thumb: Finnhomy Gardening Kit

For those interested in getting into gardening, this kit has everything they’ll need! It includes a quality steel foldable stool, a pair of gloves, a set of pruning shears, 1 knee pad, and a 5-pack tool set.

Everything fits neatly inside the included tote bag. The stool features a canvas padded seat. The tote bag includes the main compartment and 18 side pockets to keep everything organized. The bag also attaches to the stool making it simple to keep every item together.

indoor herb garden kit

For the Chef: Indoor Herb Garden Kit

For the person who loves to cook, this herb garden kit is a great idea! They’ll love growing their own herbs to use in recipes. The kit comes with pots, seeds, soil pellets, markers, and an instruction book.

They’ll have everything they need to grow their own Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, and Chives. Everything comes nicely packaged inside a wooden box.

hardcover journal

For Book Lovers: The Book Lover’s Journal

This spiral hardcover journal is perfect for the bookworm in your life. It includes pages such as books borrowed or loaned, favorite books, reading wish list, and so much more. It measures 4.5″ x 7.5″ and can easily be taken anywhere.

Full of lists and inspiration, this 216-page book is perfect for any book lover.


Fun Tee: Retired Definition T-Shirt

A new tee is always a fun gift to receive! Available in small – 3x for both men and women, you can choose between the colors black, navy, royal blue, kelly green, and dark heather. This tee has a lightweight classic fit that reads “Retired – I Do What I Want When I Want – See Also – Not My Problem Anymore”.

The solid colors are 100% cotton and the heather grey is a cotton/poly blend.


Nothing But Time: DayClocks Classic Day of The Week Clock

Who cares what time it is when you’re retired? This unique clock is a great gift idea. It’s available in mahogany, oak, and pine and measures 9.5″. It’s battery powered and easy to read for those needing to know the actual time.


See the States: 50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

For those excited about traveling the states, this book has everything they could possibly need to know before starting their journey! This paperback has 288 pages filled with must-see places including national parks, beaches, battlefields, museums, and much more.

It even includes unusual and out of the ordinary places such as where to best watch sea otters in California, where to go for swamp tours in Louisiana, and details the best dinosaur trails in Colorado.

It also includes several pages with information about Canadian provinces and territories.

coloring book

Relaxing & Creative: Retirement Coloring Book: Over 365 Fun Coloring Pages of Happy Retirement

If they’re more the indoors type, or if you’re looking for an unusual gift, this retirement coloring book is sure to be a hit. It has 375 pages with original designs including landscapes and quotes. Pair it with a new package of colored pencils, and you’ve got a fun gift they’re sure to love!

wine tumbler

For Her: The Queen Has Retired Wine Tumbler

This fun wine tumbler is made of stainless steel and is double wall insulated to keep drinks cold up to 9 hours or warm up to 3 hours. It reads “The Queen has Retired” and can be purchased in rose gold or mint.

It comes with a BPA free clear lid that helps prevent spilling, a stainless steel straw, and a straw brush for cleaning. Present it with her favorite bottle of wine, and you’ve got an unforgettable gift!

barbecue grill utensils kit

Light the Grill: POLIGO 20 Piece Barbecue Grill Utensils Kit

For the BBQ queen or king, this stainless steel tool set is a perfect gift idea. Available in solid stainless steel or with black handles, each set arrives in an aluminum case that keeps everything in place.

It comes with a 4-in-1 spatula, a grill fork, BBQ tongs, 4 skewers, 5 corn holders, a basting brush, a grill cleaning brush, a multipurpose corkscrew, and an extra grill brush head. Each tool is dishwasher safe and guaranteed to not rust or crack.

They also have hanging hooks so they can be easily accessed while grilling.


For Cooking Enthusiasts: Attitude Aprons Retired New Management Apron

Another great idea for those who love to be in the kitchen or grill, this apron is a useful and fun gift idea. Made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton, it reads “Retired – New Management”. It measures 18″ x 13″ and is designed for one size to fit most.

You could pair this with a set of spices or cooking utensils and have a gift they’ll enjoy for years to come.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Present

One of the best ways to choose a retirement gift is to consider the person’s hobbies. Have they mentioned something they’re looking forward to trying or something they can’t wait to spend more time doing? If they have, it makes buying a gift so much easier.

For those who love the outdoors, a new fishing rod, gardening kit, or a hammock would make a great gift. There are more ideas listed above including a new outdoor swing and new golf clubs.

If you know the person’s likes/dislikes but not well enough to know whether or not they have a certain gift already, something similar to the golf gift basket would be great.

If you know they like to cook, but you aren’t sure what to get, a new apron would be ideal or the herb garden would be fun.

For those who have mentioned wanting to travel, there are several great ideas in this list. The scratch map is a fun and unique idea.

The 50 States idea book would be perfect, and new luggage is something hardly anyone likes to buy for themselves and would be so appreciated.

If you do not know the person real well, you can still find a great gift they’re sure to love. Coffee mugs, books, and fun t-shirts always work in a pinch!

If you’re still having trouble figuring out the perfect gift, these two websites can offer great ways to narrow down your ideas.


Regardless of what you end up choosing, they’re certain to love it! If you’ve ever given or received an awesome retirement gift, be sure to comment below.

Also, don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends so they can find great ideas too!

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