Retirement celebrations are often marked by cheerful remember-whens, light-hearted jokes, and well wishes for a future that’s open to many exciting possibilities.

As you send off someone who has devoted years of their life to their career, it’s important to mark this special moment with a gift as meaningful as they are. Thankfully, there’s no need to settle for a mug with a silly saying about the golden years.

Check out these 10 retirement gifts for employees that carry a personal touch by providing the people you care about with unique experiences they’re sure to love.

Far-Flung Adventures

Retirement is the perfect time to indulge in the spirit of wanderlust and set a date for those put-off vacation plans. Give your favorite retiree a head start on their travel plans with gift cards that empower them to design their dream getaway.

Couple hiking on vacation

The Luxe Life

Fashion-forward retirees want to take on this new chapter in style. Now that they’re free of the 9 to 5, they’ll have all sorts of occasions to hit the town. You can fund a celebratory spree for all types of shoppers:

Woman shopping online

Fresh Renovations 

For the avid gardener, handy homebody, or HGTV super-fan, retirement grants them the time they need to take on home improvements and put-off Pinterest plans. Even when DIY, home projects are rarely cheap. A gift card for supplies that will bring their vision to life is as practical as it is personal.

Grandkids Day Out

Proud grandparents love nothing more than to devote their time to delighting their grandchildren. Treat a newly retired grandparent to experiences they can share, like  popcorn and a movie, lunch and arcade games, or a Disney store splurge.

Three generations of women

Volunteer of the Year

For someone who plans to dedicate their retirement to giving back, you can give a gift that supports them and their charitable work. CharityChoice cards in any chosen amount empower the recipient to donate to one or more of their favorite causes.

Creative Explorations

Retirees with artistic ambitions look forward to focusing on passion projects. Support their creative work or inspire them to take up something new with gift cards specially designed for musicians, artists, and photographers.

Man using camera

Great Dates

People who are partnered up will love the gift of date nights, at home and out on the town. After all, they don’t have to wait for the weekend anymore! From bottles of wine to favorite places to dine, give the gift of time spent with someone they love.

Couple dining outside

Home Field Advantage

Sports fans with more time on their hands will jump at the chance to see their favorite teams in action. Pick up the tab on their most-coveted tickets with a gift card to StubHub. For the season ticket holder, give them the fun of updating their fan gear.

A "Pawsitive" Next Step

Many retirees pair their new found freedom with a furry companion. Give recent or soon-to-be pet parents a gift that will gear them up with everything they’ll need for their pet, from leather leashes and decorative food bowls to plush beds and cozy sweaters.

People-Focused Packaging

Wrap up retirement gifts for employees in a way that captures their personality and pays tribute to their years as a member of your staff.

Retirement Giftogram card in handA Card Everyone Can Sign
With a little creativity, you can create a beautiful memory book that a retired employee will cherish for years to come. No art department? Short on time? No problem! Order a colorful, affordable photo book from Shutterfly and they’ll do all the heavy lifting, from layout and design to printing and binding. All you need to do is upload your photos and add some thoughtful anecdotes. Shutterfly takes care of the rest. Be sure to leave open space on several pages so colleagues can sign it with congratulatory messages.

One-of-a-Kind Design
By now, you know just how personal gift cards can be when you choose just the right one. With Giftogram, you can take that personalization a step further by adding photos and designs of your own on the gift card itself.

The Perfect Presentation
Adhere your custom gift card to the first or last page of your photo book and you’re set to dazzle your favorite retiree with a gift they’ll love, enjoy, and most importantly, experience.