When a person retires, giving them a gift to celebrate the occasion is a common practice. However, choosing an appropriate present isn’t always easy. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are five of the best retirement gifts for women.
1. Spa Gift Certificate
Most people view retiring as a positive. However, it’s still a significant transition, and that may cause some people to experience some anxiety. As a result, giving a gift that promotes relaxation can make a potentially stressful time easier to navigate. That can make a spa gift certificate a perfect choice.
Choose a spa that offers a range of services, allowing retiree to select treatments that they’ll enjoy most. Additionally, consider having a little extra on the gift certificate, as that may let them use the excess amount as a tip.
2. Hobby Items
During retirement, many people get to spend more time doing activities they enjoy. If the retiree has a favorite hobby, consider giving a gift that connects to it. For example, craft supplies, lessons that help them grow their skills, cooking equipment, or gift certificates to related stores could all work well.
3. Travel Gifts
Many people dream of traveling more when they retire. If the retiree wants to spend some of their newly available time exploring new cities, states, or countries, travel-related gifts can be a solid choice. You could provide them with a high-quality set of luggage, gift certificates to large hotel chains, or even a vacation package, depending on how much you’d like to spend.
4. Annual Entry Passes
For retirees that adore a particular type of attraction, an annual entry pass is a solid option for a retirement gift. Many museums, zoos, and aquariums offer yearly passes. Similarly, you can typically find annual passes for national or state park systems. With these gifts, you’re giving them the opportunity to spend time at their favorite attractions without having to pay to get in, which can allow them to spend more time there during the year.
5. Subscription Boxes
Today, there is a wide array of subscription boxes that can make great retirement gifts for women. Whether they’d appreciate a box of international snacks, wines from different regions, beauty supplies, puzzles, books from a specific genre, or nearly anything else, there’s likely a subscription box that can meet that need.
If you go with a subscription box, make sure that the duration is suitable. If you can pay for a full year, that’s ideal. However, if that isn’t in your budget, a three or six-month subscription can also work well.
Have you given any of the best retirement gifts for women listed above and want to tell others about the experience? Can you think of any other outstanding retirement gifts women may appreciate? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tamila McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran with 20 years of service, including five years as a military financial advisor. After retiring from the Army, she spent eight years as an AFCPE-certified personal financial advisor for wounded warriors and their families. Now she writes about personal finance and benefits programs for numerous financial websites.