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4 Retirement Gift Ideas for Your Senior Friends

Posted by Daystar Retirement Village on Aug 5, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Adventure awaits as retirement looms on the horizon. Whether you are contemplating your own future or that of a loved one, Daystar Retirement Village staff can help you with the unknown. Our staff has decades of experience working closely with seniors in Seattle. We can help explore retirement options that include everything from 55+ apartments and independent living, assisted living, critical care, and respite care to find a solution that is right for you or your loved one. Your future looks bright as our staff can help find a senior community that caters to all your interests, personal needs, healthcare (mental and physical), and physical limitations.

4 Retirement Gift Ideas for Your Senior Friends


Daystar is committed to helping individuals and families plan for the future so we can help and prepare for a smooth and easy retirement. Whether you discover a perfect gift for a friend, a unique gift, or even decide to treat yourself, here is a list of our favorite gifts for retirement. You could even use these gifts for the holidays, birthdays, or other life events. 

Blank Journal with Pens and Other Supplies

Provide your friend with everything they need to document their retirement journey by gifting a blank journal. Your friend can fill the pages with details about all their new adventures to come.

If you or your friend happen to have more of an artistic streak and prefers drawing instead of writing, you can purchase a journal that comes unlined. The unlined pages can be used for drawing, sketching, and scrapbooking.

Don’t want to give just a journal? Pair the journal up with some pens and other art supplies. This will give them everything they need to document their next chapter in life. 


Subscription Snack or Specialty Food Box

Not everyone wants a physical keepsake that reminds them about retirement. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip out on purchasing them a retirement gift. It just means it’s time to get creative.

Whether your friend is a foodie or just a casual snacker, a subscription snack box is a fun, unique, and creative retirement gift. By purchasing your friend a membership to a subscription snack box, they will receive a package that includes a wide variety of snacks. Typically, the snacks are based upon a theme, such as location or snack type (chips, pretzels, or chocolates). As a bonus, there are even wine and cheese box subscriptions for those with a more sophisticated palette.


Personalized Luggage or Travel Bags

Personalized luggage or travel bags are some of the best retirement gifts for the adventurous retiree. These unique retirement gifts will encourage your friend to get out and explore the world.

Best of all, these fun retirement gifts will make the baggage claim experience much easier. The personalized design makes it faster to spot your luggage and less time to look around. Not only can you personalize luggage, but you can also personalize luggage tags as well. No more worrying about accidentally grabbing someone else’s luggage since your personalized luggage tags will let you know exactly which bags are yours.


Give the Gift of Experience

Does your friend have an interest or hobby they wish they could try but are unsure about? Is there somewhere or something you would love them to try or pay a visit? If so, you may want to consider gifting your friend a unique retirement gift – a gift of experience.

Giving the gift of an experience will take some planning, but in the end, it will be well worth it. You will want to research what is involved with what you want your friend to experience. Once you know the details, you will need to budget for all expenses such as concert tickets, travel, or supplies.

Retirement gifts like these are unique because they allow an individual to meet new people, travel the world, or try activities they never experienced before. Your friend might not have a physical gift to keep, but they will have memories that they can talk about for the rest of their life. And who knows, if they really enjoy themselves, they may be inspired to pick up a new hobby or travel to new places.


Frequently Asked Questions about Retirement Gifts

Now that you have some ideas about what to give your friend, you may have questions about how much to spend or how to pick the best retirement gift. Here are some frequently asked questions about retirement gifts to help you.


How Much Should I Spend on Retirement Gifts?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It really depends on a few factors such as how close you are to the friend, your financial situation, and your personal comfort level. Retirement gifts can range in price from several dollars to several hundred. Pick the option that feels right for you.

Remember, it isn’t about how much you spend on the retirement gift. It’s about giving something that is unique and memorable. Some of the best retirement gifts are not expensive at all, and that’s because there was so much thought and love put behind the gift, that’s what makes it so great.


Do You Bring a Gift to a Retirement Party?

This is another question where the answer varies. It depends upon the party. If a written invitation was sent for the party, it will usually provide some guidance about gifts. Sometimes the retiree has specific gift requests. Other times they may want to pass on physical gifts and instead request party-goers donate money to charity. If there was no invitation or it doesn’t address gifts, you need to make a decision based on what feels comfortable.

If you are really worried about whether or not you should bring a gift to a retirement party, you can always ask. The party planner will be able to provide you with a better understanding of if gifts are welcome.


Looking Ahead to the Future – Planning for Your Own Retirement

As your friend prepares for retirement, you should look ahead to your future or the future of your loved ones. After you have used these retirement gift ideas to find the perfect present for your friend, it is time to think about yourself and plan ahead. Daystar can help you plan for the future by finding a senior living community that is right for you. Even if you aren’t planning on moving right away, it won’t hurt to start making plans now.

Contact Daystar Retirement Village today to learn more about our senior living communities in Seattle. We look forward to helping you as you prepare for the future.

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