If you know a coworker, friend, spouse or relative who is retiring soon, you may be looking for retirement gift ideas for them. This is a momentous occasion, and it deserves to be celebrated. After all, retirement often marks the end of one’s career, freeing up their time to spend as they please. 

Many retirees will choose to spend time outdoors, trying new hobbies, traveling, cooking, golfing and more. Depending on the retiree’s interests, finding unique retirement gift ideas can range from small trinkets to gift cards to practical items that will enable their interests and hobbies. 

Here are a few ideas to get you started as you look for some personal retirement gifts for the retiree in your life. 

Travel Bucket List

If there is one thing people who retire have plenty of, it’s time. Many may use this time to travel, whether it be road trips across the country or flying halfway around the world. If you want a unique gift idea to give a retiree who plans on spending their retirement traveling, check out travel bucket lists. These are unique, interactive ways to cross off states, countries and other destinations, and can be displayed in a home. 

Travel bucket lists are personal and unique, and give a fun challenge and goal to complete during retirement.  

Bird Watching Supplies

Bird watching supplies make for some great personalized retirement gifts. 

Identifying birds, building birdhouses and finding ways to attract different types of birds are common hobbies among seniors and those who are retired. Gift your retiring coworker, friend or family member binoculars, bird books, birdhouses or seeds that will enable their ornithology exploration. 


Many great retirement gift ideas allow the retiree to take up or continue a hobby in new ways. Since they will have extra time on their hands, they may realize they have time for even the simple things in life, like cooking.

A cookbook or cooking classes make for great retirement gift ideas. There are plenty of new recipes to be found in cookbooks, which you can find online or in local stores. Local cookbooks can tie in Minnesota recipes, or unique takes on traditional foods. Cooking classes can equip new chefs with skills and ideas to bring into the kitchen as they find ways to feed themselves and their families after retirement. 

Personalized Retirement Gifts

Nowadays, you can customize just about anything. If you want to give personalized retirement gifts, it is easy to do so! Maybe you want to give custom golf balls to the golfer in your life. You can put their old company logo, their name, or a personalized message directly on custom golf balls

Custom mugs or beer steins also make great retirement gift ideas. They’ll be sure to bring out the custom drinkware whenever they host get-togethers. Finally, custom blankets are personalized retirement gifts that can include their face to make them laugh, a shared memory or a picture of their family or pets. 

Adding a personal touch to a gift can make it meaningful and memorable. The only limit to personalized retirement gifts is your imagination. 

Engraved Bench

An engraved bench is a gift that can show the retiree in your life how much you care and are thinking about them. This is a thoughtful retirement gift, as it can include a personalized message or the name of the retiree. Give an engraved bench to your coworker, friend or family member and they will have a place to sit outdoors for years to come as they enjoy retirement. 

This is also a great gift to give as a group gift. Encourage other coworkers or family members to pool money together and give an engraved bench that will stand out on the patio or in the yard. Engraving is a nice touch to elevate an already wonderful gift. 

Outdoor, maintenance-free benches provide comfortable seating options for people of all ages. Plus, they are made of HDPE material, meaning they are easy to clean, require no maintenance, and do not need to be stored indoors during the winter! If you’re looking for a retirement gift that will stand out, consider a personalized engraved bench

Make Retirement Rewarding

Retiring is a significant occasion and deserves to be celebrated. If you know a coworker, friend, spouse or family member preparing to retire, give them a personalized retirement gift that they’ll love. 

By the Yard offers custom engraving and premium outdoor furniture for the retiree in your life. Our outdoor furniture is made to last, built with durable HDPE material that can withstand all weather conditions. Plus, we back up our furniture with a 35-year warranty. Whether you want to give a custom engraved bench or a comfortable glider or anything in between, a By the Yard store near you has everything you need. 

Shop our selection online, or visit a location near you to find premium, comfortable outdoor furniture.