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Retirement Gift Ideas

To really give an awesome retirement gift that the recipient will always treasure, you will need to find out what the person likes. For example, when I retired a few years back my coworkers gave me a heavy duty apple peeler.

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It was the perfect gift for me as I am a home canner, and I love canning apple sauce and apple butter. :-) No more peeling by hand, and I think of them fondly every time it is used.

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Does anyone have ideas about some small, fun, retirement gifts for a female friend? She's in her mid-60s, married, and leads a very busy life. Thanks for your help.

By HJ

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May 25, 20120 found this helpful

One of those key chain memory photo keepers. They load pretty easy, and you can get them now that hold up to 60 photos. She can take some of her family, friends, pets, and yes...those co-workers who want to stay close.

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May 26, 20120 found this helpful

Thanks, Poor But Proud, for this idea. That's a good place to start.

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A friend is retiring soon and I am on a committee of people organizing stuff for his retirement. We are organizing a bunch of photographs, letters, cards, and other special items together to honor him.

What would be a good way to present these to him? I have thought seriously about creating a scrapbook, but I do not know his personal taste, so I hesitate to create something permanent. How about compiling all of the items into a notebook with the transparent plastic sleeves? I thought since that is not permanent, he may be able to take those items and do with them what he wants to, like creating a scrapbook or something to his tastes. Would that look tacky? Or if not a notebook, what else would work? I also need to do this without spending a lot of money.

By Barbara Pope from KS

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December 25, 20090 found this helpful

I would shop for a masculine looking pretty box with a lid and put all the items in it. Places like Hobby Lobby have a large selection.

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April 8, 20100 found this helpful

I agree about using a box. You could decorate it with photos or things that mean something to him. Maybe put his retirement year on it?

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March 23, 2001

My boss is retiring in the next few weeks. We plan to give him a party and a gift. Can anyone think of some good suggestions for these? We are collecting money from the staff so there will be some money to spend.



By Regina from New York City

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March 29, 20010 found this helpful

As a suggestion, how about a small live tree that he can plant in his yard as a long-time remembrance from all of you. You could put bows on the tree if you want that are attached to presents on the table/desk around it. Another suggestion would be season tickets to a play theatre around where he lives. A week's rent on a cabin or, depending on the cash, plane tickets to Vegas. Don't know your boss but thought I would make a few suggestions anyway.

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