OK, we'll admit it: we're jealous of our retired colleagues. After all, who doesn't dream of having more time to kick back? Envy aside, sending them off with a thoughtful pressie will help them make the most out of their golden years. Here's our list of unique retirement gift ideas to help them bid goodbye to tension, and hello to their pension.
Star for a star
Naming a star in their honour has to be one of the most unique retirement gifts for co workers. They'll get a gift box with all the info they need to register their star with the Star Registry, which is catalogued with the British Library, as well as the coordinates to find it in the night sky.
Keep 'em caffeinated
All fun and games
Raise a glass
Whiskey is synonymous with distinguished gentleman, which is why we rate these Monogrammed Whiskey Sets as retirement gifts for men. Not only do they get a classy engraved decanter with their initials - there's also scotch glasses and whiskey stones, served up in a personalized wooden gift box.
When it comes to retirement gifts for women who've been there through thick and thin, a pampering pressie like this Jurlique Rosewater & Moët Hamper is a heartfelt way to show your gratitude. This delightful bundle includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé Imperial, a soft satin robe, pure silk eye mask, notebook, and luxury skincare from Adelaide's own, Jurlique.
Loud and clear
Musos and movie buffs alike will be stoked with this Yamaha Sound Bar and its grunty Wireless Subwoofer. I (Cosier writer Elese - g'day) have the younger cousin of this Yamaha speaker at home, and it packs serious punch when playing music and watching TV. The 'clear voice' function also makes it easier to hear what they're saying in movies.
For sharp chefs
If they're famous for their potluck specialties, this beautiful Wusthof Classic 20cm Chef's Knife is a no-brainer. I was gifted one of these bad boys for my 21st, and it's still in great nick after daily use, nearly 10 years later. For a personal touch, get it engraved with a special message.
Hours of entertainment
Cosier editor Sarah reckons a bonsai tree is a solid option for retirees as ‘these things need some serious care and attention'. This Juniper starter kit comes with fancy OSUKA trimming scissors, a baby juniper bonsai, bonsai pot, aggregate, soil, drainage mesh, wire, and root stick as well as a starter guide.
The ultimate drop
Moving on and on
Sarah says 'anything that helps them keep active is a winner,' and this Garmin Venu SQ Smart Watch should provide plenty of motivation. It measures everything from VO2 max to heart rate variability, and even has incident detection if they have a fall while out and about.
(B)ready to bake
Everyone's favourite retirees are usually their grandparents, and as kids we always looked forward to fresh bread from our nana's fancy breadmaker. Even if they don't like getting their hands dirty, this machine is an easy and delicious way to take up bread baking as a hobby. We rate the Panasonic Breadmaker as one of the best breadmakers in Australia, and it has options for gluten-free and spelt breads too.
On-demand foot massage
Whether she's someone who gets things done, or your actual manager, these Sharper Image Foot Massagers are perfect retirement gifts for boss ladies. While a spa voucher means one foot massage, this dream machine is on call for a warm, relaxing foot massage anytime.