Do you have a colleague retiring soon? Here is our guide to the best funny, inexpensive, extravagant and heartfelt gifts to honor your co-worker.
Whether you are looking for a gag retirement gift for a best friend at work or a heartfelt “thank you” for years of service, we have the solution. Here is our guide to the best retirement gifts for your male and female colleagues.
Best Funny Retirement Gifts
Funny Gag Gift Mug
Give your coffee drinking retiree a ceramic mug to celebrate their new life. Personalized with sayings such as “I’m Done 2020” or “Goodbye Tension…Hello Pension”, each mug is 11 oz. and dishwasher safe. Custom-made within 2 days and comes packed in a gift box. Perfect for men and women. Starting at $13.87. stircrazygifts.com
The Official Retirement Papers
Your retiree deserves something rare – toilet paper! With The Official Retirement Papers”, they will not run out. Ready to ship within 1-2 business days. $8.99 per roll.
Journal – “Retirement! It’s like sleeping while you are awake. Well done!”
Give your retiree the gift of refection with this blank lined journal, perfect for doodling, dawdling or making a list of all the things they want to do in retirement. 110 pages with matte full-color softbound cover. The fun saying makes this the perfect gag gift as well. $7.50.
Retirement Starter Kit
This humorous gift set includes an “officially retired” button, mini retirement checklist, retirement parking permit and a bottle of “Bi-Aggrah” candies. $14.99.
Best Retirement Gift for a Male Colleague
If you are looking for a more personal gag gift, look no further than a “Chummy” graphic t-shirt, hoodie or tank top. With cute sayings such as “The Legend Has Retired” or “I’m Retired – Every Day Is Saturday”, this gift is sure to elicit a chuckle. Comes in grey or white cotton. $23.95.
Best Extravagant Retirement Gifts
A Handcut Crystal Bowl
This beautiful Revere bowl is mouthblown and handcut from 24% lead crystal by highly trained artists. Either standard or customized personalization is available. The bowl comes in a black box, perfect for gift giving. $149.
If you are looking for something truly unique, Master Class offers over 85 video courses from the world’s most talented instructors. Your retiree can learn tennis from Serena Williams, cooking from Wolfgang Puck or the fine art of taking pictures from acclaimed Rolling Stone magazine photographer Annie Leibowitz. $180 year or $15 per month subscription.
Explorers Captain’s Clock
Give your retiree the gift of time with this elegant desktop clock. Featuring golden Roman numerals on a white clock face, with golden minute and second hands in a polished mahogany-rosewood box. $222.
Best Retirement Gift for a Male Colleague
A “Golfer’s Bro-Basket”
What better gift to give a male golfer than this custom “Bro-Basket” filled with everything he could ask for. The reusable case contains a golf towel with bag clip, golf tee holder, a dozen plastic tees, a three-pack of Calloway™ balls, DivPro™ golf tool, three Nicaraguan cigars and leather cigar case and cutter, beef jerky and other snacks. To top it all off, your colleague can enjoy a bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label scotch with a personalized message on the bottle. $204.95.
Best Retirement Gift for Female Colleague
A Spa Gift Basket
Your female retiree can pamper herself with a gift basket filled with goodies. This package includes a Loofah Spa Gift Set, Gardenia Bouquet body lotion and soap, cucumber facemask, hot /cold eye gel mask, wooden handle bath brush, satin rose pedals, Lindor Truffles, Primo Dolce Truffle Cookies and more. She can take a spa getaway without leaving home! $112.95.
Best Inexpensive Retirement Gifts
On the other hand, if your wallet does not allow you to go all out, here are some more inexpensive gift ideas for you colleague.
“Retirement Survival Kit”
A fun all-in-one novelty gift and card. This “kit” includes a balloon – “to start your year off with a bang”, a battery – “to give you energy to do it all”, a “Happy Retire-MINT” and more. Packaged in an organza bag with personalized label, this is a great alternative to a greeting card. $7.05. bonanza.com
100 Things to Do Scratch Off Poster
With more time on their hands, your retiring colleague will need some bucket list ideas. This poster dares your recipient to “make an art out of trying new things” such as swimming in a waterfall, running a marathon or making an origami animal. Come in a tube, coin for scratching off items not included. $15.
Best DIY Retirement Gift
If you want to give something handmade without actually making anything, this poster is perfect! The site asks you to pick a color scheme, type a ten to twenty line message, download your poster and print at home. Buy a frame from the Dollar Store or Dollar General and voila – a gift that is personal and inexpensive for your retiree! $14.70.
Best “Thank You” Retirement Gifts
These gifts are a perfect way to give a heartfelt “thank you” to a male or female colleague.
Round Crystal Award
Constructed from beautiful optic crystal, this memento is the perfect way to express appreciation to a departing co-worker. Personalize with retiree name, title, years of service and four-line message. Measures 4.25” x .75” x 4” and packaged in a black gift box. $49.99.
Thank You Gift Tower
Treat your retiree to this gift “tower” filled with goodies. Each crate contains five Royal Vernao™ pears, two seasonal apples, mixed nuts [cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans], three-seed crackers and pepper-onion relish.
Add a big “Thank You” ribbon and you have the perfect way to say thanks. Ships in 2 days. $74.99.
Hardcover “Happy Retirement” Guest Book
This 70 lined-page memory book is perfect for colleagues to share their well wishes and memories. 8 ½” x 8 ½” Hardcover. $25.16. walmart.com
Retirement Wishes Personalized Canvas Print
Professionally produced on an actual artist’s canvas with archival ink, this 20 x 30 print features all the important moments and mementos from the retiree’s career. Choose from three different color options and personalize it with a title, retiree’s name, years of service and up to six-line message. $44.99. personalizationmall.com