I get lots of hits on this site from people searching for ideas and suggestions for retirement gifts. Everyone wants to give a nice gift that will be appreciated and that is different from everyone else.
OK. Here is a great idea for a gift for a retiree that you can make yourself and that just may be the most popular gift the retiree receives.
It’s a gift idea that is worth considering.
Make a Retirement Survival Kit
By R. Franklin
A retirement survival kit is a funny twist on a wedding survival kit. The great part about a retirement survival kit is that you can put it all together yourself! This can be a really great gift to give during a retirement party because it can be sure to garner a few laughs.
Here are some tips on creating a memorable retirement survival kit:
Retirement Survival Kit Container
One of the first things you will need for a kit is a container to put all the goodies in. This can be a way to think of something creative related to your retiree. For instance, if you all live near the beach and the retiree plans on spending more afternoons there, then consider using a beach pail as a container. Or if your retiree had a job that required him to carry a briefcase or laptop bag everyday, then consider getting him a tacky travel bag or even a real piece of luggage so that he can actually use it.
Survival Kit Goodies
Finding the best and funniest goodies to put into a retirement kit can be a lot of fun. If you are working with co-workers on putting together a gift, then ask each of them to contribute their own ideas of what is necessary in a retirement survival kit. For instance, you can do a beach theme and include suntan lotion, funny sunglasses, a beach towel, and some sandals. Or you can do a traveling theme if your soon-to-be retiree has already booked a trip. A travel themed kit can include passport holders, a travel pillow, maps, a funny fanny pack, and other little travel related trinkets.
Survival kits can also include some sentimental items, so the retiree will remember those great working years and will know how much you all appreciated him or her. A personalized plaque or coffee mug might be a fun gift to include. Or an engraved pocket or watch can be a great gift to slip in among all the other funny goodies.
Survival kits usually have some treats, too. So if you want to include some treats into your retirement kit, consider some of his or her favorite candy bars or snacks. Or maybe some homemade cookies. If your office has a vending machine, then you might want to get a few of the vending machine snacks which would be a fun and funny way for him or her to remember the workplace.
A retirement kit can be wrapped in cellophane or you can just tie a great big ribbon around it and present it to the retiree that way.
Retirement gift ideas do not always have to be overly sentimental because a retirement is certainly something to celebrate. So consider getting a few retirement gag gifts to lighten up the mood if you suspect that the retirement party may be a little somber.
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