If you’re looking for unusual retirement gift ideas for women, we have you covered! Of course, the classic idea of a retirement gift is the “gold watch,” given by companies to retiring employees after decades of faithful service. But today, with more women over 60 reaching the end of their full-time careers, what are some more appropriate and thoughtful retirement gifts for women?

How to Think About Retirement Gift Ideas for Women

Retirement is a concept that is changing. It no longer necessarily means the end of our working lives – it just means the end of a full-time job. Most retired women over 60 still need extra income, so they may retire from a full time corporate job – and happily celebrate that “retirement” – but still want to do things that are productive and profitable.

Other women might want to use their retirement years to pursue new interests, explore a creative passion, or even start a new business or non-profit organization dedicated to a favorite cause. In other words, retirement is not the end but the beginning of the next stage of life for a woman.

We need a new concept of retirement gifts for women that enable people to start a new chapter and celebrate the transition. The gift should be an expression of her individuality and a meaningful show of appreciation – not just flowers or chocolates!

Some ideas for unusual retirement gifts for women might include:

Consider Unique Experiences Before Things

Most women over 60 don’t want more “stuff” to clutter up their homes – but we often crave new experiences and adventures.

Another area of retirement gifts for women might include fun and interesting experiences, such as a travel voucher, a cruise, a helicopter ride, cooking class, spiritual retreat, theater tickets, a museum membership, a weekend away at a bed and breakfast, tickets to a special wine tasting, or something else that’s unique and matches her interests and personality.

Retirement Gift Ideas for Women - Consider Unique Experiences Before Things

Perhaps She Wants a Little Pampering

Many women want to reinvent themselves after retirement, and part of that process often includes a fashion makeover and personal pampering. Good retirement gifts for women might include gift certificates for a spa day, hairstyle or makeup consultation.

There is a whole new world of options for makeup and personal care – and I recently learned firsthand what it’s all about when we did a video tutorial series on professional makeup tips for older women.

Note, giving a makeover might not be an appropriate retirement gift for a colleague – it might be a better gift for a family member. You don’t want to give the gift in such a way that the woman feels like you are implying that she needs to update her look! Instead, talk about the gift in terms of pampering, indulgence, and allowing her to finally get taken care of (after working so hard all these years to take care of everyone else).

Help Her to Celebrate Her Memories as She Looks to Create New Ones

It’s never been easier or quicker to create fun, professional-looking videos and digital photo scrapbooks and slideshows to commemorate the retirement of a valued colleague. Get a team together to spend a few hours collecting photos to scan and add to the collage.

Walk around with a smartphone camera to collect reminiscences from people around the organization to share a favorite story of working with the woman who’s retiring. There are many ways to make this gift memorable, touching and inspiring as a way to say “thank you” and “good luck” to the new retiree.

It’s True – Personal Gifts Really are Better!

Make a “This is Your Life” presentation of personalized newspaper pages from significant dates in her life or use humor to write a spoof newspaper “Announcement” with fake (but hilarious) quotes from the retiree, her manager, and her team.

Retirement parties are a great opportunity to share old stories and inside jokes.

Or give her a personalized “World Traveler Map” with pins and notes to commemorate the places she’s visited during her career – or the places where she’s planning to travel next!

Help Her to Embrace What She Loves

For retirees who are planning to pursue new creative interests in retirement, a great gift is to give them some tools of the trade – paints, brushes, colored pencils, and more. Some of the best retirement gifts for women are things that can actually be used!

What do you think are the best retirement gift ideas for women? Are there any gift ideas that you think are best avoided? Please join the conversation.

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