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Retirement is a truly unique milestone in life when all the years of hard work finally pay off and the retiree can start to spend their time following their heart’s desire. It is the end of a major chapter in life and the beginning of another.

Whether the retiree is a family member, friend or coworker, it can be hard to choose a gift that really fits the occasion and the connection you have with them. To help we have put together a list of retirement gift ideas to match with different personalities, interests and appropriateness depending on how close you are to the retiree.


Top 12 Retirement Gift Ideas

  • Crystal

Crystal is the classic gift to give someone who is retiring, after all crystal has always been a mark of life’s most special occasions. Whether it is a crystal vase complete with a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a stunning crystal bowl for their home, it’s a winning option when it comes to retirement gifts. Usually crystal is gifted from coworkers who have worked with the retiree for a long time or from a close family member or friend.

  • Pot Plant

Looking for a retirement gift idea that won’t break the bank but is still really special and unique? We love the idea of giving a lovely little plant in a retro style pot from Orla Kiely’s homeware collection. It’s a great idea to help kickstart a new hobby for the retiree or encourage an existing one if they already love nature.

  • Fitness Accessories

For the retiree who plans to get a fitness routine going when they have more time to themselves, there are great options for retirement gifts in fitness accessories. Help them get active with a smartwatch or earpods.

  • Skincare Gift Set

Regardless of whether you are shopping for retirement gifts for men or women, a skincare gift set is a failsafe gift idea. Give them a nudge to relax and indulge in some self-care when they retire.

  • Glassware

There’s never been a better time to toast to life’s achievements than when someone retires. If you know the retiree’s favourite drink, why not gift them a set of quality glasses to enjoy it in? There are options for every budget in our glassware collection.

  • Hamper

When it comes to gifts Kilkenny Design is one of Ireland’s leading retailers. We put our gifting expertise into practice with our collection of specially curated gift hampers selected for all sorts of occasions. Hampers make great gift ideas for retirement, match up a lovely gift hamper with their interests or tastes.

  • Framed Photo

Give them a reason to smile when they think back on their time working with you with a framed photo of a special moment.

  • Gift Card

When you’re struggling to find the perfect retirement gift, take the stress off by choosing the gift of choice with a Kilkenny Design gift card. They will delight in getting to go on a shopping spree with their gift card.

  • Art

Give them something special to keep forever with some beautiful Irish art. Choose art that reminds them of their favourite place, brings a message of positivity or offers creative inspiration.

  • Jewellery

Of course when we are talking about retirement gifts for women, jewellery cannot be forgotten as a top choice. To make it truly special, choose jewellery that carries meaning in its design or in the story behind how it is made.

  • Journals

Journals could be a great hobby idea for the new retiree to get into the habit of writing, making it a really thoughtful gift idea and perfect for a colleague you might not have known for too long and don’t have a big budget for spending on. Shop our Badly Made Books collection of notebooks made in Cork city.

  • Hobby & Interest Books

Browse our collection of hobby and interest books on a huge variety of topics that may interest the retiree. These are great retirement gift ideas to add on to a card or other gifts. With subjects covering everything from meditation to cooking to cocktail making, there’s sure to be one to pique their interests.

For more gift inspiration visit Kilkenny Design online store.