“Happy Retirement” Gifts for Coworkers or Family


These ideas and gifts say “Happy Retirement!” with creativity and enthusiasm. Since many of us are retiring younger, these gift ideas are geared towards a fun, fresh start in life.

Happy Retirement Gifts

Happy Retirement Gifts for Coworkers or Family

If your retiree is hesitant about retirement, remind her that the world is full of amazing things to do besides work. Retirement is a gift that asks to be used wisely and spent freely.





“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day,” said Gene Perret. Wouldn’t this saying on a t-shirt, hoodie, or ball cap be a fun way to kick off retirement?

The Happy Retirement gifts in this post will encourage your retiree to leap wildly into the next stage of life with joy and abandonment. I also included several quotes about retiring, which you can include in the Happy Retirement card or speech. Oh look! Here’s one now: “Today was my first day at my new job. I had to break up two fistfights, then leave work early with a black eye. This is not what I had in mind when I applied to work at a retirement home.”

Happy Retirement Gifts for Coworkers or Family

The better you know your retiree, the easier it’ll be to find the best retirement gift. For instance, if you know a happy retirement involves road trips, consider giving a gift that has to do with RV retirement and travel.

I also sprinkled several Happy Retirement quotes among these gift ideas, to help with the happy retirement celebration.

A Group Gift of a Plane, Train, or Cruise ticket

Can you and your coworkers or family pool your money, and surprise your retiree with a Big Trip or a Weekend Getaway? A Happy Retirement cruise or weekend might be just the ticket. Organizing an actual cruise or holiday can be difficult because of the logistics; a gift certificate for a plane ticket or a cruise voucher might be more practical.

The Classic Retirement Watch

Remember when happy retirements involved getting a watch from your company or employer? Your retiree might remember those days, even if you don’t 🙂

Retirement Gift Watch

Retirement Gift Watch

A lovely pocket watch is a traditional retirement gift idea, but it’s also incredibly ironic because retirees no longer need to watch or punch the clock! A Charles-Hubert, Paris 3953-W Classic Collection Mechanical Hand Wind Pocket Watch is a beautiful gift for happy retirees, especially if they’re thrilled they no longer have to punch a time clock.



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“A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.” ~ Harry Mahtar.

A Happy Retirement Clock

Happy Retirement Clock

Happy Retirement Clock

The “Whatever” Desk Clock for Happy Retirees is a fun version of the traditional retirement watch. Who cares what time it is, now that you’re retired? Happy Retirement!

Oh yes, and here’s an ironic quote about giving a watch as a happy retirement gift: “When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.” – R.C. Sherriff.

Happy Retirement T-Shirt

happy retirement tshirt

Happy Retirement T-Shirt

A “I’m Retired You’re Not. Have Fun at Work Tomorrow” T-Shirt is a fun gift for a coworker or family member who is excited to retire.

Another funny retirement t-shirt is the one that says “RETIRED. I worked my whole life for this shirt.

Here’s a great quote for early retirees: “Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” – George Burns.

And a cute quip about going to a retirement home, from an 11 year old: Today, I sang at a retirement home with my school choir. Afterward we went to speak to the old people, just to get to know them a little. The first woman I shook hands with asked me, “Are you a boy or a girl?”

A Tower of “Happy Retirement” Treats

happy retirement gift basketA Broadway Basketeers Towering Heights Gift Tower is filled with vanilla caramel kisses, chocolate chip cookies, butterscotch candies, caramel popcorn, yogurt pretzels, honey roasted cashews, salted caramel cookies, butter toffee peanuts, almond roca and more.

Gift baskets are one of my all-time favorite gifts to receive – and retirement is the perfect occasion to give a tower of delicious delicacies. Why? Because your retiree can happily enjoy every single gift in this tower all by herself. No sharesies!

A Retirement Coffee Mug

Happy Retirement Coffee Mug

Happy Retirement Coffee Mug

A Pavilion Mark My Words Retirement Mug that says, “Retirement…it’s your time to enjoy what you’ve been working so hard for” is a lovely way to send off a coworker or family member.

If your happy retiree doesn’t like to sit around and drink coffee, get her a Stainless Steel Travel Coffee Mug that says, “Retired – Now I’m the Boss.” This is an especially good Happy Retirement gift for retirees who plan to travel after they punch the clock for the last time.

“If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up.” – Tommy Bolt.

A health-related gift

If your happy retiree has recently had an operation on his back, heart, hip, or knee, read Post Surgery Gift Ideas to Help With Recovery and Healing. You’ll find a huge variety of gift ideas in that article, which are specifically picked to help people who are recovering from a recent surgery. On a related note, I also wrote an article describing the most thoughtful mastectomy gift ideas for women after breast cancer surgery.

Do you have absolutely no idea what to give as a Happy Retirement gift? Ask your happy retiree’s partner for gift ideas. He or she might have a better idea of how to make retirement smoothly and easily, and give you both practical and whimsical tips.

Gourmet Gift Sauces

For some people, a happy retirement is being able to experiment with new recipes and dishes. For others, retirement means no more stints in the kitchen!

Gourmet Gift Sauces Retirement GiftThe Zombie Cajun Hot Sauce Gourmet Gifts Basket Set include four 6 oz bottles of Louisiana season sauces:Garlic, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Cayenne Pepper. This is a perfect gift for retirees who want to take it easy in the kitchen, or retirees who want to learn how to cook.

A Dr Seuss Book for Obsolete Children

gifts for happy retirement You’re Only Old Once: A Book for Obsolete Children by Dr Seuss is an awesome “bookend” retirement gift idea, because Oh the Places You’ll Go! is the gift most often given to high school and college graduates.

You’re Only Old Once is the perfect gift for happy retirees who have a sense of humor – and who are kids at heart.

If your happy retiree is elderly, read 15 Creative Gift Ideas for Elderly People Who Have Everything.

Inspiration to have a happy retirement

“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.” – Douglas Pagels.”Retire from work, but not from life.” – M.K. Soni.

If your happy retiree is a teacher, read my Teacher Appreciation Ideas.


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What do you think of these Happy Retirement gifts, quotes, and ideas? Comments welcome below…

May you find the perfect retirement gift, and may the retirement party and plans be smooth and easy.

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