After years of hard work, your parents are finally retiring and you want to give them a gift that will be just as special as they are. Retirement happens once in a lifetime, so it’s an event to be celebrated. Whether you throw mom and dad a lavish party or prefer to keep it simple, it’s appropriate to give your parents a gift to celebrate this occasion.
If you’re looking for a great gift to show your mom and dad just how much they’re appreciated, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite gifts for retired parents that will help inspire you. From fun Christmas gifts to thoughtful personalized presents, you’re sure to find something on this list that will prove to your parents just how much you care.
1. Phone Card Holder
Now that they’re retired, they’re likely on the go, always off on their next adventure. Keep all their important cards in one place so they’re never without them in a phone card holder. Personalize it with their initials or a photo of their grandchild.
2. Museum Membership
Retirement means way more free time and flexibility. If there’s a local museum that they love visiting, a membership is a great way to get them more involved and encourage them to spend more time there. Members often earn benefits, making it a beneficial activity in retirement.
3. Park Pass
What’s better than a road trip in retirement? A state or national park pass is a great destination for parents who love to hit the road and enjoy new places. It’s also a great way to support conservation efforts and our natural world.
4. Camping Gear
Pair that park pass with a new tent and batch of camping gear. They’ll love spending time in the great outdoors and be prepared for whatever environment they encounter.
5. Neoprene Wine Tote
Retirement means relaxation and fun. Make sure their favorite beverages stay cool and protected with a neoprene wine tote. Monogram it with their name, a family image or a fun phrase. They’ll be ready for any outdoor event!
6. What’s Cookin’?
Now that they’re retired, your mom and dad will have a lot more time to enjoy activities with family and friends, like cooking out on the grill. Present them with all the supplies they’ll need to host a BBQ party, from an apron to sauce. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get a free meal out of it!
7. Double Wooden Prints
If they’ve retired from their career but they’re stepping into a full-time grandparent role, give them a daily reminder of the important part they play in your family’s lives. A durable wooden picture will remind them how important they are in your life. This makes the perfect gift for grandparents to admire every day.
8. River Cruise
Cruises define retirement for a lot of people but can be crowded, loud and just too much for quality relaxation. A river cruise is a smaller-scale experience that still gets them out on the water. Let them travel the waterways of Europe in style.
9. Old Records
Are your parents music buffs? Gift them a collection of records, either vintage or reissues of their favorites. It’ll be a nice blast from the past, especially when paired with a turntable.
10. Let’s Get Reel
Movie buffs will love this unique piece of wall art. Combine antique movie reels, sisal rope and a few faux succulents to create a wall display that will look great in their theater room.
11. Organize With Style
As they age, your parents may need help remembering important dates or what’s on the shopping list. Create this stylish framed magnetic board and they’ll always have important reminders stylishly front-and-center.
12. Mixology Class
Help your parents become bar masters. A mixology class is a great way to learn new skills behind the bar and try new drinks. Who knows, maybe they’ll make you a cocktail or two!
If your parents have just retired and are looking to ditch the big suburban house for smaller digs, help them with the process by not adding to their collection of stuff. Offering to help them move, store items or throw the housewarming party is a great gift without adding to their collection.
14. Keep It Together
Are you celebrating someone who already has everything? Why not give them a bag to put it all in? A personalized cotton tote bag is a thoughtful retirement present or birthday gift that they can take everywhere—from the grocery store to their next trip.
15. Bag Hooks
Don’t let their new totes just hang out wherever. A new set of iron hooks in the entryway, kitchen or garage will keep them organized. Plus, they’ll get to admire their unique bags every day.
16. Electric Wine Opener
Nothing says “retirement” like a bottle of wine—and little effort needed to open it. An electric wine opener gets you to wine o’clock that much faster and easier. The sleek design will also look great on their bar.
17. Wine Fridge
Help the wine connoisseurs in your life expand their collection and taste wine to their hearts’ content. A wine fridge will keep their favorite varieties and blends at the perfect temperature so they’re always prepared for a relaxing evening.
18. Grandma’s Love
If your parents are retiring into the full-time role of best grandparents ever, Grandma’s surely going to be busy in the kitchen if she’s an avid baker. A pot holder showcasing her grandchildren will be a welcome addition to her kitchen collection.
19. Organized Vacation Planning
Mom and dad might be planning to take a tropical vacation with all their free time. Now they can keep organized with a sweet binder and to-do list that matches the theme of their trip. It’s especially great if they’re traveling somewhere rich in green space.
20. Yoga Classes
Retirement is a great time to take up new hobbies, and yoga is a healthy one to start. Buy them a joint pass to a local studio so they can try their hand at flexibility and focus together.
21. Movie Theater Passes
Nothing like a good time at the movies! Buy them a pass to their favorite local theater so they can kick back and enjoy retirement in front of the silver screen. Bonus: a pass to a draft house will get them dinner and a movie on you.
22. Sweet Memories
Since they’ve retired, your parents have lots of time to be grandparents. Compile some of their favorite memories over the years onto a keepsake box. Whether they live close or far away, they’ll love the precious reminder and look forward to your next family gathering.
23. Pancake Present
Pancakes are a delicious way to start the day. Whip up a sweet homemade pancake mix and present it to your parents to enjoy in their retirement. Packaged in a mason jar with a handwritten label, this makes a wonderful DIY Christmas gift.
24. Robot Vacuum
No time for cleaning in retirement! A robot vacuum will pick up all those little messes and keep their house clean. This is especially great for parents who are on the move and can’t be bothered to vacuum every day.
25. Yard Service
Similarly to the robot vacuum, many parents want to relax in retirement and not worry about the landscaping. A yard service will tend to the grass and garden, which is especially convenient for parents who travel a lot.
26. Where We’ve Been
Are your folks loading up the RV for a road trip around the country? Now they can document all the places they’ve been and plan their next stops with a vintage-style map. Don’t forget the push pins!
27. Color Changing Family Mugs
They’ll still need their morning coffee in retirement! A color changing mug that showcases a favorite trip or your spouse and child will be a sweet reminder of what’s important every morning.
28. CSA Box
Do they like trying new foods and experimenting with unique recipes? A community-supported agriculture box will showcase fares from local farms and give them a taste of the best seasonal produce available in their area.
29. Painting Class
Let their creative spirit shine in a couples’ painting class. This is a great way for them to develop a new hobby in retirement and let their creative muscles flex. Even if they’ve painted their whole lives, this is a great way to learn something new.
30. Reading Nook
Retirement leaves a lot of room for catching up on those books you missed after years of a career. Help them tackle that book collection with a new bookshelf and a cozy new chair to snuggle up in.
When choosing a gift for your retired parents, you can’t go wrong if you focus on their hobbies or interests. No matter what you choose to give your mom and dad, make sure you give from the heart and there’s no doubt they’ll love it. Be sure to pair your gift with a thank you card to show them how much you appreciate their hard work over the years.