It is appropriate to give a person who is retiring a gift, retirement gifts are considered respectful and are supposed to be meaningful. But most retirement gifts are so predictable, boring and useless that as retire you are wondering if they had any idea of who you are and what you like.
It is true finding suitable retirement gifts is not easy, but there are ways to make sure that the retiree really gets a gift that he or she will like. To make sure that you are giving something the retire will really like you can:
– Ask the retiree to setup a gift list to choose from, this way you can be sure that the retirement gifts are welcome. You can even make it yourself easy and use a website from a major shopping site where items are tracked and removed when they are purchased so that there aren’t any duplicates.
– make contact with the family of the retiree and ask them what would be some great retirement gifts.
– find out what hobbies the retiree likes to do and make a gift list with that hobby in mind.
– You can also give something that would be absolutely unexpected, like a limo drive, a helicopter ride or something bigger like a small cruise if the money is no problem.
Giving money is considered as not done, but there are many retiree’s that would have preferred the money above the gift basket that they received. They would have spent it on something completely different than you would have picked out. Sometimes it is best to talk to the person who is about to retire and ask what they would like to receive. And that can be some completely different retirement gifts than you would be thinking of.
Take note that retirement is one of the beautiful phases of life when people can shed all their responsibilities and liabilities to live a free life, to see the world with new focus and to give importance to relationships differently. It is the time many wait for, but there are also stories when retirement becomes the worst part of life, limited to simply taking care of grand children and waiting for the day when the person can finally bid adieu to everyone on this earth. Whatever be circumstances, we should always respect retiree and care for our older ones.
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