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What do you get for a woman who's retiring?
Would she get a laugh out of the silly gag gift your neighbor gave you? Or would she rather get a gift basket with wine and chocolate?
The quick answer? Yes to the second thing. Always.
But if you'd rather get something a little more personal, this post has a variety of winning female retirement gifts to consider — along with a brief heads-up about what not to give.
After all, you're here because you're looking for the best retirement gift ideas for women.
Let's get the heads-up out of the way first, so we can dive into the good stuff.
What Not to Get for a Retirement Gift
Probably the worst ideas for retirement gifts for women are “time” gifts:
Basically avoid anything that reminds the gift recipient that she's running out of time.
So, no pill minders. And ix-nay on the pocket planners.
The print in those things is too small — and adding reading glasses doesn't make it better. You will lose a friend.
You also don't want to get her something that says, “Gee, now that you're old enough to retire, you probably like ‘old people stuff.'” And best not to give the impression you expect your next get-together to be her funeral.
She still has plenty of life left, and she probably has interests worth supporting.
Think of how she likes to spend her time when she gets the chance.
Think of what she's expressed an interest in doing when work no longer dominates her weekdays.
The following gift ideas explore these questions and more to get you thinking (and browsing).
While you're at it, ask yourself what kind of gift you'd like to receive when you retire.
Best Retirements Gift Ideas for Women
The best retirement gifts are those that honor the recipient and show that you've been paying attention to their likes and dislikes, their aspirations, and their plans for retirement.
Gag gifts can be fun, as long as the one you're giving them to is in on the joke. Otherwise, those gifts will probably end up in a white elephant gift exchange or a donation box.
If you're not sure what to get, you can't go wrong with one of the following:
If none of the above interest you, read on for a generous supply of unique retirement gift ideas.
The more you know about the woman retiring, the easier it should be to find something she'd enjoy.
And even if you don’t see her outside work or more often than once a year, there are plenty of thoughtful gifts you could give to celebrate this occasion with her.
So, even if none of the specific items linked to in this post make you think, “That's it!” I hope the general ideas behind them get your mind working on a gift concept she'll love.
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Unique Retirement Gifts for Her
Busy working women don't have much time for creative pursuits. But during retirement they will have plenty of time for artistic endeavors.
For those who want to take on a serious project, painting (even painting by numbers) is a fun way to spend an afternoon.
If the retiree in question is planning to travel, why not buy her a practical gift like a passport holder or a toiletry bag? And whether or not you know where she's headed, a general purpose travel book can help her make the most of her time away from home.
You could also surprise her with a handmade scarf wrapped around a gift card to her favorite clothing store, so she can shop for some stylish new clothes.
Funny Retirement Gifts for Women
For female retirees who love funny gifts, you'll want to nail down the kind of humor they like before putting any money down. If she likes puns and plants, give her this retirement plant pot.
Or if she doesn't already have enough mugs to open a shop of her own, check out this funny retirement mug.
If travel containers for cold drinks are more her thing, check out this sassy travel tumbler.
Funny books are also an option for the retiree who loves to read and enjoys a good laugh. It's best to know her humor before going this route, though.
In some cases, it's best to save the humor for the card that goes with the gift.
Retirement Gifts for Mom
If the retiree in question is your mom, and you're already thinking, “But she already has everything,” think again. There are still plenty of fun options for you to celebrate this transition with her.
And if she's looking for ways to spend her time, get her a book with retirement ideas.
For a grandmother, consider an appropriately-themed gift basket with items like this tumbler, a bottle (or two) of wine, and treats she wouldn't ordinarily buy for herself — like this gourmet snack food tin or this box of Godiva chocolates.
If she's also a dog or cat lover, consider giving her a gift card to her favorite local pet supply shop (along with a gift card to her favorite coffee/tea shop). Since she'll be spending more time around her pets, she'll appreciate your thinking of them, too.
Retirement Gifts for Co-Workers
If you're buying a retirement gift for a co-worker, she might enjoy books about aging well, written for and about women at her stage of life. Consider one of the following options:
If you're the boss buying this gift — and you have a different (and more edifying) take on timepieces as retirement gifts, consider a designer watch. Or if you'd rather get her something useful for celebrating at home, try an elegant decanter set.
Did you find some good retirement gifts?
With all these retirement gift ideas, I hope buying this gift for the retiree in your life just got a lot easier. Maybe yours will be a mix of humor and thoughtfulness.
Or maybe it'll be all business with a dash of wistfulness, because you don't know how often you'll get to see her anymore.
Whatever you choose, I hope you pick up a little something for yourself, too — even if you just treat yourself to a coffee or tea.
Chances are, this transition will affect you, too. And you're allowed to feel it.
But for now, focus on the celebration. Celebrate what she's accomplished with her work and the plans she has for her retirement (even if she doesn't call it that).
May your gift be a blessing to you both.