How To Be Thoughtful About A Retirement Gift

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So someone in your social or professional circle is retiring soon and you are looking to commemorate this huge event with the perfect retirement gift. Searching for that elusive retirement present to no avail? We know exactly how you feel. 

After enduring years of early mornings and feeling like just another cog in the machine, and way too many after hours crisis phone calls than they would have liked, retirement is finally around the corner. Such an exciting transition should be celebrated with friends, fellow co-workers and important family members.

Retirement gift etiquette can be hard to understand. Although gifts are certainly not a requirement, it is generally considered courteous to show up with a small token to congratulate the retiree as well as acknowledge their valued contribution to society.

Typically anything that is closely linked to the retiree’s favorite hobbies is usually a safe bet as is anything that acknowledges the perceived slower pace of life that the retiree is about to embark on. Unless of course, the retiree runs marathons or lifts weights, in which case, feel free to completely disregard that last part.

Some retirees prefer not to be given presents at all while others prefer to mark the momentous occasion with a huge party. In any case, before you proceed to buy a gift for someone that’s retiring, here are some things that you need to know:

Plan way ahead 

Thoughtful and selfless gift giving is as much about how much time you take to plan the process as it is about how well you know the retiree. Don’t just head out to a shop and purchase any old thing that seems suitable. 

Instead, take some time to carefully think about what the recipient values, the retirees’ personality, as well as his or her interests. As you continue to come up with possible gift ideas, remember to map out your list so that you can stay organized.

If you want to give a thoughtful gift, don’t pay attention to the cost

We know, we know! It is practically impossible not to shop for gifts without paying attention to how much everything costs. But if you are serious about giving a thoughtful gift, try not to focus on the price tag too much.

If you don’t have a lot to spend, it just means that you will have to get a little creative to make your gift memorable. However, if you have a limitless budget, always remember that expensive doesn’t always equal to good.

Considerate gift givers never focus on the price but rather what kind of message needs to be evoked. You don’t need to spend lots of money for your gift to be considered thoughtful. So make a realistic budget and stick to it if you do not want to regret your purchases later on.

Really put the recipient’s needs first

According to GiftWits, whether you are buying a gift from a woman or a man, it is important that you pay attention to the needs of the recipient. As a thoughtful gift giver, the message that you send with your gift should be as unique as the person receiving it, which means that you should not settle for cookie cutter or generic gifts.

The gifts that you pick can be practical, encouraging or fun. Or, it can be something that the retiree truly needs. Or simply and beautifully, your gift can scream ‘’I was paying attention to you’’. Matching your gift to the recipient’s unique personality sends a message that you care.

A person that is all about trends will enjoy something different from a health but. Your retiring grandpa might like a framed photo of you but your retired boss might feel differently- you get the picture; you should always put the needs of the recipient above all else.

Consider making the gift yourself

The gifts that you make yourself are particularly meaningful because they demonstrate that you used your time, energy and creative juices to make sure that you didn’t just get something nice, but practical as well. When it comes to DIY-ing an unselfish retirement gift, the possibilities are endless.

You can draw inspiration from anywhere but handwritten notes and poems, homemade baked goods or knits or even a scrap book filled of your retiree’s favorite moments are all great gift ideas.

Pick a gift that makes the recipient feel seen

Although retirement means that the individual retiring will finally have time to rest and relax after years of servitude. It also means that the individual will be torn away from a routine and people that she or he had come to rely on, which can be hard to grapple with.

The fundamental make up of all human beings is that we want to feel seen and known. As such, a thoughtful retirement gift is one that speaks to the recipient’s values, what they enjoy, what makes them tick with excitement. 

If you do not know the important values of the person you are shopping for, you could end up getting the wrong gift, which will make for a very unpleasant experience for all involved. Whether you are looking for a thoughtful retirement gift for a friend, a family member, a coworker or your boss, you must investigate deeply to find the most appropriate gift.

Final Thoughts

Retirement is kind of a big deal. Your retiree will now have all the free time they need to anything under the sun after spending years slaving away. You want to help your loved one celebrate their transition into their golden years in style, but without making them feel ancient.

Some great retirement gifts are those that can be used to perpetuate a hobby or an activity that the retiree enjoys. Unique keepsakes as well as practical things that can still be used years to come are also ideal. Sounds like a lot right? So 

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for that special retiree in your life, we get it. Hopefully, these tips and suggestions will help you find a gift that doesn’t suck, is memorable and functional. 

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