When your parents retire, you want to get them something special that they can enjoy, but something that is a popular gift so they are sure to love it. Consider their plans for after they retire, and give them gifts based on that. For example, many retirees take up golfing because it is a leisure sport, so get them something to start this hobby off.
A golf bag is a good retirement gift because it gets them started playing the game. Choosing clubs is a personal decision, like choosing running shoes, so just get the bag and let your parents get their own clubs. If you know the clubs they want, then you can go ahead and get them and give the bag along with the clubs.
Plan a retirement party. This is a gift that gives them the ability to celebrate with their friends and family. It is very typical for children to throw retirement parties for their parents. If you can pull it off, make the party a surprise. This may be difficult because you will need names and numbers of their friends. Plan it at a restaurant they like if there is a party room, or at your house. That way they do not have to worry about cleaning anything up.
Wine or Beer of the Month
Another popular gift is the wine or beer of the month club. As retirees, they have more time for new hobbies such as becoming beer and wine connoisseurs. They can try new things, all from the comfort of their home as well. An idea is to give one the wine membership and the other parent the beer membership so they can enjoy both together.
Give them journals. This is a popular gift because while your parents still have a lot of life ahead of them, they have also lived a lot of life. Some journals are blank, while others are guided, asking questions such as, what's the biggest lesson you learned while working? These can be found at most bookstores. This gives your parents a chance to impart their knowledge and everything they have learned and want to share.
Give them books. They have a lot more time to read books they have always wanted to or new books coming out. If they don't necessarily like reading, get them books about things to do now that they have time. Get them books about the hobbies they want to start up.
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