Personalized gifts have long been the go-to solution for company bosses who are looking for retirement gift ideas. A personalized retirement gift demonstrates that you know (and appreciate) your employee and what contributions they have made. If you’re sold on the idea of getting something more personal for your employee, but don’t know where to start, relax. The following five retirement gift ideas should get you started on your gift-buying quest.
The U.S. News and World Report points out that many retirees have extensive travel plans. These retires-turned-travelers have been waiting to have the time to make them happen. For them, personalized travel gifts are where it’s at. These gifts could include personalized luggage and luggage tags, travel journals, and passport holders.
It’s also possible to add a few extras to these personalized gifts by tucking a gift card or even plane tickets into one of the pockets. Finally, to add more personal touches, why not take some photos of the retiree’s office-mates and put them in the front of the travel journal? It’s a nice symbolic way for the retiree’s co-workers to send them off.
Honor a Hobby
Golf. Wine. Bird watching. This list represents just some of the hobbies that your retiring employee may love. Fortunately, it’s easy to personalize a hobby. For example, if you know that your employee plays a lot of golf, you can buy them some engraved clubs or a personalized golf bag. Or your wine connoisseur might appreciate a vintage wine with personalized labels. Even an engraved wine bucket with glasses. You get the idea.
These types of gifts acknowledge both the gift-giver and the receiver, making them doubly memorable. The personalized engraving acknowledges your company’s gratitude for the employee. The hobby gift acknowledges the employee and their passions. It’s a perfect combination.
Nostalgia often sets in for the soon-to-be retiree if they have been on the job for a long while. For these folks, a plaque that highlights their contributions to the company, means a great deal. These personalized retirement gifts can include a photo of the person, a list of that person’s accomplishments, years of service, and/or a favorite motto or saying.
Engraved retirement gifts like this will stand out in your employee’s mind if the gifts really capture the essence of the person. Basically, this means that the better you know the person, the more you’ll be able to personalize the gift. It’s best to start planning this gift a couple of months in advance. Not only does it give you time to order the gift, it also gives you time to make a list of accomplishments you want to highlight on the engraved plaque. When you work with the engraver on this gift bring your list of ideas, any employee photos, and other items for the engraving with you.
Years of Service Gift
A years-of-service gift combines two things. It brings together a useful item like a clock or a watch with some engraving about the employee’s work record. These types of employee gifts come in a range of styles. For example, you might find a clock with a Plexiglass casing. The casing houses not only the clock face but also the employee acknowledgment. (This could be a photo or an engraving of some sort.) You’ll want to shop around a bit to find a gift that fits your retiree’s style.
A nicely designed box lined with velvet or silk plus a charming gift card should be tucked inside the gift box. This element, along with beautiful wrapping job, creates a memorable gift for a memorable employee.
What do you give the employee who made everyone laugh over the years? While gag gifts may not seem appropriate, humorous gifts can be. Some companies allow you to create some funny and personalized gifts. Items like plain T-shirts, playing card decks, bath mats, and even shoes and chocolates can be personalized.
Plain becomes fabulous when you add personalized sayings, illustrations, and other humorous touches. Because they’re so easy to create, it’s even possible to design a whole outfit of personalized goodies for your retiree. A ball cap and matching t-shirt with words like “professional golfer” or “doing what I want when I want” alludes to the retiree’s status and sense of humor.
Final Thoughts on Retirement Gifts
For the employee who has become much loved, it’s difficult to find just the right retirement gift. On the one hand, you know that no gift could ever really express your gratitude. On the other hand, you also know that not giving a gift is akin to having no gratitude for your employee’s years of service. The personalized retirement gift bridges the gap between these two sides.
If you’re in the market for that perfect retirement gift, contact us today. We’ll help you create personalized retirement gifts that turn an ordinary retirement into something extraordinary.