Retirement is one of the biggest, if not the biggest accomplishment in one’s life. Finally having reached a pinnacle of financial well being, one can set aside work and focus on the finer things in life with their free time. Whether it is your husband, brother, father, uncle or whomever is embarking on retirement, you’ll want to get them something special to commemorate the occasion. We spoke to several experts and conducted hours of research on what are considered the best retirement gifts for men. After reading through our guide, you’ll be sure to find the perfect retirement gift for your special someone in their golden years.
How and Why We Selected Our Gift Ideas: Methodology
Retirement is a new chapter in one’s life. A phase entirely different from the ones preceding it, by virtue of the fact it will be the first time not working in their life. Staying active and engaged is one of the best ways to have a fruitful and fulfilling retirement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Time Use Survey, retired men spend the most time of any age group playing sports and/or lounging around (especially watching TV!). We mainly selected retirement gifts centered around sports and leisure which any soon-to-be retired man will love for years into their retirement.
Should I Give a Retirement Gift?
The man retiring in your life may be special to you, or someone less important like an acquaintance or co-worker. Regardless, it is customary to bring a gift to a retirement party (unless explicitly specified not to bring gifts). Our gift ideas list reflects the wide range of people in one’s life who may be retiring – from a beloved father to a nice coworker.
Retirement Gifts Under $100
If you’re looking for a retirement gift for perhaps a coworker, a distant relative or just trying to watch your budget, there are plenty of gifts under $100 that are still sure to make a fantastic retirement gift. The following retirement gift ideas were selected after hours of research because we felt they embodied hobbies men in retirement tend to gravitate toward. Lounging, sports and perhaps finally having time to read some books.
Vivere Double Cotton Hammock
What a better way to start retirement than lounging in the backyard. Vivere’s Double Cotton Hammock with Stand is the perfect retirement gift. This combo set comes with a heavy-duty steel hammock stand and a carrying case, so you can take your hammock anywhere. The adjustable hooks let you decide how low or high you want to hang, and the beautiful colors will make the backyard look great. A great gift for the man who just wants to relax in retirement. Plus, the innovative ball return feature keeps all your balls within reach so you can keep practicing without having to stop to chase them down.
Pocket Size Survival Lighter and Cigar Cutter
Not having a cigar cutter can ruin the smoking experience, and using a regular lighter just won’t do the trick. The Survival Lighter and Cigar Cutter is the perfect solution. This torch lighter has 3 burners for extra firepower, and comes with a built-in puncher so you can cut cigars easily. It’s also packaged in an exquisite gift box, making it the perfect retirement gift he’ll love.
Mr. Beer Complete Beer Making 2 Gallon Starter Kit
Retirement is the best time to get into new hobbies. A really manly hobby to try is brewing craft beer. This beer kit is designed for the first-time brewer in mind and come with step-by-step instructions, simple ingredients, and easy to use brewing equipment. Brewing with Mr. Beer is the perfect way for your soon to be retiree get started. They can brew up a batch of beer in less than 30 minutes. The kits come with everything you need to get started – including the best ingredients and all the necessary brewing equipment.
Amazon Echo Show 5
For the retiree who will be spending some more time around the house, a perfect gift that will allow them to easily connect with friends or family. The Echo Show is a thoughtful retirement gift for soon to be retirees who want to talk to family frequently, but also like to spend some time in the kitchen cooking up mean recipes.
The Echo Show 5 is the perfect size for any room. It’s compact enough to fit on your countertop or bedside table, and has all the features you need to stay connected. Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Control your smart home – Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. Create morning routines to start your day.
Civil War History Box Set
A unique retirement gift, this may seem peculiar, but we’ve included this in our retirement gifts for men because for some, work life means never having the adequate time to sit down to read lots of books. The Civil War is full of rich history and retirement means finally becoming the Civil War buff you’ve always wanted to become.
AuKing Mini Projector 2022 Upgraded Portable Video-Projector
Grandpa is going to be home a lot more often, how about helping create a state of the art backyard home theater system to have movie nights with the grandkids? The AuKing Mini Projector is an affordable way to get up and running with a projector. Projectors can usually be cumbersome or expensive. The AuKing mini projector is the perfect solution. This portable projector can easily connect to laptops, smartphones, tablets, and USB drives to give you a larger viewing size. With its low noise level and long lamp life, you can enjoy your favorite shows for years to come.
Coleman Portable Cooler
As we say above, retired men lounge around more than just about anyone else. A relatively inexpensive cooler can be a great gift for the retiring man who anticipates spending a lot of time outdoors. This cooler is high capacity, holds up to 100 cans, has a HAVE-A-SEAT lid that supports up to 250 lb., and comfort-grip handles that make carrying it a breeze. Plus, the easy-to-clean surface wipes clean easily and the leak-resistant channel drain allows you to drain your cooler without tilting it.
Sticking with some books, instead of gifting them one set, how about an entire library? For just 7.95 ($14.95 after trial) per month, you can gift the person in your life retiring an entire digital library of books. The Audible subscription also comes with podcasts, guided meditations and sleep tracks – making it a great retirement gift.
Retirement Gifts Over $100
If you’re looking for a great retirement gift idea that is a bit more high end, we got you covered. The following unique retirement gift ideas touch on the themes in the above section (leisure, sports and learning) – while dialing up a notch in the price. Any of the following will be sure to be a welcome gift for any men retiring in your life.
Audio-Technica AT LP 120
Being retired is all about returning to your hobbies. The last time those retiring in the 2020s had to deal with vinyl was likely back when they were teenagers. That is why we are featuring the Audio-Technica LP-120 as one of our retirement gifts for men. Return them to their roots with this high end (but not bank breaking) record player. Don’t sell those old vinyls from the 70s and 80s quite yet.
The Audio-Technica LP-120 is a fully manual turntable with selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds, so you can find the speed that works best for you. The direct-drive, DC servo motor ensures accurate playback, while the damped base construction reduces low-frequency feedback coloration. With adjustable dynamic anti-skate control, variable pitch control with quartz speed lock, and balanced S-shaped tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest, this turntable is easy to use and built for lasting performance
OLUKAI Lae’ahi Lauhala Men’s Slip On Sneakers
Olukai brand slippers and flip flops are often considered the most comfortable shoes someone can ask for. Getting the soon-to-be retiree in your life a pair of these would be a great token of appreciation and allow them to ease into retirement with comfort.
With Olukai’s patented Drop-In Heel design, he can wear the heel folded down for slip-on convenience. The lightweight mesh design also makes it perfect for hot weather climates. The dual-density anatomical PU footbed with gel insert delivers sustained all-day comfort and cushioning, while the soft, microfiber footbed cover allows for maximum breathability. The lightweight EVA midsole offers excellent underfoot stability and sustained support.
Ryobi 4 Tool Super Combo
Retirement means more home improvement projects. This Ryobi Tool combo comes with basically every tool a handy soon to be retiree should need. This will sure to be a fabulous retirement gift for however in your life in retiring.
Amazon Fire 55’’ TV
The average male retiree spends over 4 hours a day watching TV! That’s nearly double everyone else. If the man in your life retiring loves to watch TV, why not get them a brand new, huge TV. A lot of people think that in order to get a great TV you have to break the bank. But that’s not true! The Amazon Fire TV has everything you need for an incredible cinematic experience, and it’s more affordable than you might think.
With 4K Ultra HD resolution, Dolby Vision HDR, and hands-free Alexa control, the Amazon Fire TV is perfect for anyone who wants the best possible home entertainment experience. Plus, with access to Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and more, you’ll never run out of things to watch.
Another thoughtful retirement gift, for the man in your life who loves his coffee and will no longer have a need to buy coffee on their way to work. A Nespresso machine is a relatively inexpensive way to get consistently great coffee every morning.
Golf Retirement Gifts for Men
We felt golf required its own category of retirement gift. Anything to do with golf will make a great retirement gift for the golfer in your life. Here are a few personalized retirement gift ideas based on different aspects of the game of golf.
GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net ($)
Retirement and golf go hand and hand. While retirees will have more time to golf, they probably can’t get out there everyday. For the soon to be retiring golfer in your life, a personalized retirement gift to let them practice on off days. The GoSports Golf Practice Hitting Net is the perfect solution. This net is designed for at-home use and quickly sets up in any location.
Gogogo Range Finder ($$)
Not all golf rangefinders are created equal. Many cheaper models don’t have the features you need to make an accurate shot, like slope distance correction or JOLT Technology.
The Gogogo Range Finder is a high performance rangefinder that is affordable for everyone. It comes with 3 modes, including a golf mode specifically designed for golf sports. With its advanced technology, the Gogogo Range Finder is sure to improve their game.
Snail Golf Bag Garage Storage ($$$)
It’s hard to find a place to store golf clubs and other gear when they’re not in use. The SNAIL Golf Bag Garage Storage Organizer is the perfect solution for whoever is retiring in your life. This heavy-duty storage rack has 4 movable hooks for hanging, 3 extra shelves for small items, and 1 closed net shelf for balls and accessories. It’s easy to install and adjustable to fit any size garage.
Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor ($$$$)
Not all golf launch monitors are created equal. Some are more accurate than others, and some are easier to set up than others. Rapsodo Mobile Launch Monitor is the best golf launch monitor on the market. It’s highly accurate, easy to set up, and provides real-time video feedback with shot trace and data overlay. A great gift for a soon-to-be retiree avid golfer.
Retirement Novelty Golf Ball 3 Pack
Combine their love of golf with your need to find a funny gift!
Funny Retirement Gift Ideas for Bosses and Co-Workers
Not every retirement gift has to be a big token of appreciation. Maybe just a little joke between you and a coworker is all that needs to be exchanged to show how much you’ll miss them. Here are a few funny retirement gift ideas to think about.
Retirement Gifts for Men Who Love to Drink
Being retired means having more free time to drink. A classy gift for the soon to be retired in your life can include some accessories to up their bartending or bar game in general. Here are a few alcohol oriented gift ideas.
Initial Engraved 7 oz Stainless Steel Flask Funnel
Personalized retirement gifts come with an extra level of appreciation. For a pretty low price, you can gift a personalized and engraved stainless steel whiskey flask.
If a flask isn’t your idea of a gift, fancy whiskey glasses are another great gift.
Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine
Think a keurig but for cocktails. For the avid cocktail man in your life, this can be a perfect gift to spice up their home bar.
What is a Good Retirement Gift?
A thoughtful retirement gift doesn’t have to be grand or expensive. A retirement gift can be any token of appreciation for the person about to embark on that chapter in their life. Retirement gifts should generally reflect what that chapter means – leisure, more time for activity, spending more time with family, etc. Any gift that falls along those lines will be great retirement gifts.