By Ernie J. Zelinski
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  Retirement Gifts to Yourself  

When we think of giving retirement gifts to our friends, to our colleagues, or to ourselves, we usually think of giving physical objects.

There are many retirement gifts that are much better, however.

Reflect back on the best gifts that you have ever been given by your friends, relatives, or yourself, and you will likely think of acts that touched your heart and sole. The same applies to gifts that help people retire happy.

If you can't think of any retirement activities to have a happy retirement, you haven't spent enough time getting to know yourself so that you can give yourself some of the best retirement gifts and fun things to do when you retire.

Taking this into account, there are many non-material retirement gifts that retirees can give themselves:

  • The retirement gift of laughter
  • The retirement gift of freedom
  • The retirement gift of integrity
  • The retirement gift of kindness
  • The retirement gift of caring
  • The retirement gift of love 
  • The retirement gift of not having to go to work 
  • The retirement gift of great health 
  • The retirement gift of great friends
  • The retirement gift of a good night's sleep

As Kevin Stith states, "Retirement gifts always make a retiree feel special."

On the other hand, one of the more interesting ways to make a retiree or soon-to-be retiree fell special is to give them one or more customized retirement gifts and treats at their retirement party or celebration.

Retirement Gifts from Heaven

Top-10 Material Retirement Gifts for Retirees

1. How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: The World's Best Retirement Book
2. A two-month vacation in Hawaii every winter
3. Retirement T-Shirts as Retirement Gifts available on the Cafe Press Retirement Gifts Collection
4. Items listed on My Retirement Plan for the young at heart (that includes yours truly)
5. Retirement Promotional Giveaways by VIP BOOKS
6. Personalized retirement keepsakes
7. The Joy of Being Retired: 365 Reasons Why Retirement Rocks (and Work Sucks)
8. A calendar to schedule all the things that the retiree wants to accomplish in retirement
9. An internet business to keep the retiree busy at a hobby which will earn the retiree some extra spending money
10. The Joy of Not Working: The World's Second Best Retirement Book


To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where Ernie Zelinski’s [How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free] begins.
— Jonathan Chevreau, retirement columnist with the National Post

For more retirement quotes and retirement gifts see:

Quotes about Gifts and Giving to Make

Retirement Gifts More Memorable

A cheque or credit card, a Gucci bag strap, anything of value will do. Give as you live.
— Jesse Jackson

Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.
— Walter Benjamin

Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given.
— Pamela Glenconner

It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
— Albert Camus

It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.
— James Baldwin

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
— George Eliot

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When people grow gradually rich their requirements and standard of living expand in proportion, while their present-giving instincts often remain in the undeveloped condition of their earlier days. Something showy and not-too-expensive in a shop is their only conception of the ideal gift.
— Saki

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
— Dorothy Parker

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
— Hebrew Bible. Proverbs 19:6.

I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.
— John D. Rockefeller

You can never truly receive money as a gift.
— Michael Phillips

NOTE: See Retirement Quotes and Sayings at The Retirement Qutoes Cafe Website for other inspirational retirement quotations.

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