Your mom has finally hit retirement! Congratulations to her! You’re probably looking for an epic, meaningful gift to give at the retirement party, one that will both symbolize her hard work and contributions to the workforce while also inciting excitement for the future. But what could possibly fit these criteria??
Never fear! We’ve compiled an exhaustive list of the best retirement gifts for moms. Whether your mom plans to spend the next few years reading, solving puzzles, travelling the globe, or learning a new instrument, the perfect gift is listed here – and it has her name all over it.
For Jewelry Lovers
1. Tree of Life Mala
If your mom is looking to embrace her spiritual side, this stunning mala will be a beautiful addition to her meditation practice or prayer time. It’s handcrafted with 108 beads, a number that is sacred to yogis and Hindus and is meant to help the user focus while repeating a mantra or prayer. The Tree of Life pendant is an important symbol in many different cultures. It’s the perfect piece of jewelry for a newly retired mom who’s finally able to focus on her practice like she’s always wanted.
2. Charm for Charm Bracelet
Is there a retired teacher in your life? Does she have one of these stylish bracelets from Alex and Ani? Then she absolutely must have this sweet apple-shaped charm to complete her jewelry! It comes in both gold or silver so it will match whichever bracelet she has. As if a shiny new bauble isn’t enough, the company donates 20% of the purchase price to Blessings in a Backpack, a program that feeds underprivileged children – any teacher would love to know their gift supported such a great cause!
3. Jewelry Holder
This lovely, vintage style jewelry holder will come in handy for mom since she now has time to indulge her accessory habit! It’s perfect for all the necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and pins she’ll get as gifts at her retirement party, and the sweet little bird figures will remind her that she’s now free as a bird! This gift would pair especially well with either the charm bracelet or mala listed above – hint, hint.
For Beverage Lovers
4. Wine About It Wine Glass
No more complaining about having to get up early. No more sighing over leftovers for dinner again. No more frustration over late nights at the office. No more tears because of missed promotions or piling workloads. Mom is retired! She doesn’t have to worry about all that anymore! All she has to worry about now is whether to choose a bottle of white or red. As the glass says, though, if she WANTS to whine, she’s gonna do it!
5. Weekly Schedule Mug
Every nine-to-fiver knows the drudgery of a full workweek. But no longer! Your mom is free to fill her days with any classes, lunches, parties, sporting events, card games, book clubs, movie dates, or any other activity she feels like trying. Give your retired mom a mug like this so she can show off her freedom to all of her friends when they join her for coffee dates, and so she can remind herself each morning!
6. Sentimental Travel Mug
Just because she’s retired doesn’t mean your mama is going to sit around. Oh no, she’ll be out socializing with the best of them, and this sweet travel mug is the perfect way for her to carry favorite coffee or tea along with her to each social engagement on her calendar. You’ll get a few extra brownie points if you pair this gift with a box of loose leaf tea or a bag of specialty coffee.
For Book Lovers
7. Dr. Seuss’ You’re Only Old Once
Everybody gets a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go! when they graduate high school, but did you know he also wrote a book for retirees? Well, technically it’s not necessarily for retirees, just for older people – whoever that may be. With lines like “You’re in pretty good shape for the shape that you’re in,” the good doctor is bound to cause a few laughs!
8. Cathy Guisewite’s Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault
If the mom in your life was a working woman in the 80s and 90s, chances are good that she knows and loves the Cathy comics, created by Cathy Guisewite. In this new collection of essays, Guisewite candidly discusses the more recent issues she’s struggled with, such as caring for elderly parents and dealing with adult children. It’ll make a great read, full of both laughter and tears, for mom as she enters this new phase of her life.
9. Kindle Paperwhite
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If mom is a reader, she needs a Kindle. If she already has a Kindle, she deserves a new one! The new Kindle Paperwhite has oodles of storage (8G, to be precise), is waterproof (for when she goes to the beach!), are wifi and Bluetooth compatible (great for audiobooks and wireless headphones), a built-in reading light, and a battery that lasts for weeks! The purchase also comes with 3 free months of Kindle Unlimited so mom can read to her heart’s content.
For Wine and Drink Lovers
10. Wine Tote Bag
Obviously, now that the mom in your life doesn’t have to work full time, she’s probably going to be beaching full time instead. And what is the number one necessity for classy beachgoers? A wine tote! We’re not talking about a bag to carry your wine bottle around in – that’s for amateurs. No, your mom needs this patriotic bag that includes an insulated pouch for keeping the wine cool, AND a handy-dandy spout for easy pouring! The ultimate gift for a beach bum!
11. Personalized Wine Decanter
If you’re looking for something a bit more classy, a customizable wine decanter is a gorgeous gift for mom to commemorate her retirement. This sleek vessel is handcrafted by European artisans and made from the purest lead-free crystal in a shape that enhances the aeration process. With the capacity to hood up to two bottles of wine, this decanter allows for the release of flavors and aromas – and it makes for a stunning addition to any table setting.
12. Champagne Flutes
Toast to mom’s retirement with a gift that she’ll treasure for years. These elegant crystal champagne flutes are hand-blown by master craftsmen with decades of experience, creating a sophisticated, ultra-clear set of glasses. After the initial toast to her new life as a retiree, mom can use these high-quality flutes to impress her friends, and since they come with a breakage replacement guarantee, she can even use them with the grandkids if she likes!
For Golf Lovers
13. Golden Golf Balls
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The links are calling mom’s name! Retirement means she can live her life on the green, and a gift of golden golf balls makes for the best accessory she’s ever had! You can actually choose from several colors, but we recommend a gold coating to give the balls higher visibility as well as an air of luxury. They feature a large dimple pattern and special core, both of which help with distance and control so that their novelty doesn’t actually detract from mom’s game. It’s a gift fit for a golfing queen!
14. Golf Socks
No more will mom be gazing out the office window, wishing she could be out on the course. She’s retired! She’ll be out there every day! Well, almost every day. For the times when she can’t make it out onto the green, give mom this pair of chuckle-worthy socks to keep her tootsies warm as she lounges at home. Better yet, add these and these socks to your cart and create an entire gift basket of adorable, golf-related accessories for her feet.
15. Golf Ball-Shaped Glasses
Okay, how cute are these? Whether your mom prefers wine, whiskey, scotch, rum, bourbon, or any other type of liquor, these golf ball-shaped drinking glasses are the perfect vessels for indulging. They’re created by master artisans who hand-blow the glass themselves to create this dimpled design. All of mom’s golfer friends will be envious, and dad will probably want to use them too. Perhaps also giving mom a box to lock them up in would be wise.
For Music Lovers
16. Ukelele Learning Set
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Your mom has always wished she had more time to learn and play music, and now that she’s retired, the time has come! This super cool kit contains everything she needs to learn the ukulele: a high-quality instrument of mahogany with a satin finish, free online lessons, a free app for tuning the instrument, a handy tote bag, and a “how to play” music book for beginners. The ukulele is made by Kala, which is the same brand used by pros like Zac Brown and Vance Joy. Mom will be a pro in no time!
17. Piano for Dummies
Did your mom take piano lessons a long time ago and have always wanted to get back into it? Or maybe she’s never learned but has often wished she had the time to take lessons? Thanks to her retirement, that time is here and now! This book isn’t just any “Dummies” book, it’s actually four books in one: Piano for Dummies, Keyboard for Dummies, Music Theory for Dummies, and Piano Exercises for Dummies. Mom will learn all kinds of skills that can lead to her playing like a pro, whether or not she decides to supplement with lessons.
18. Music Journal
With more free time for hobbies and getting together with family, sometime your recently retired mom might want to do is begin keeping a journal. She may even want to start writing her life story. For music lovers, in particular, this guided journal is a fun and unique way to record special memories and events from her life. With questions like “What was the first record you owned?” to help get mom’s mind and pen going, she’ll have an intimate memoir created in no time.
For Puzzle Lovers
19. World’s Hardest Puzzle
You’ll want to run the other way after giving this crazy gift to your mom, just in case she tries to rope you into helping with it! This puzzle may have only 529 pieces, but since BOTH sides have a picture – the same picture, by the way – it feels like 4000 pieces! It’s perfect for a newly retired mom with lots of time to relax and indulge in her favorite pastimes. She’ll never look at dalmatians the same way ever again, but it’ll be worth it!
20. Sorting Trays
Your mama may have more time on her hands now that she’s retired, but she won’t want to spend it searching for missing puzzle pieces! This stackable set has 8 trays for mom to use to sort her pieces. Whether she chooses to sort them by shape, size, or color, an organizer like this will make finding the puzzle-making experience go much more smoothly. And the cover on top of the upper tray means that no wandering little hands – aka grandchildren – or pets will be tempted to mess with her methods!
21. Murder Mystery Puzzle
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A murder mystery puzzle? Yes, you read that right! The instructions say to read the booklet first, and that way mom will understand the tale of murder that accompanies the puzzle. Then, while she puts all 1000 pieces together, she can look for the hidden clues to eventually solve the mystery and find the killer. She may be a retiree, but her brain can still stay sharp!
For Relaxation Lovers
22. Breakfast in Bed Tray
No more pop tarts or granola bars on the run! Mom now has time to eat a leisurely, full breakfast every morning! Not only that, but she has the time to sleep as late into the morning as she likes, so maybe she will be more likely to have brunch than breakfast! To allow her even more indulgence, give her this tray so that she can be treated like the queen she is and have breakfast in bed on the regular. Technically, it’s not just for breakfast: it can be used for reading, writing, word searching, or maybe even puzzle making, all while in bed. The ultimate gift!
23. Foot Massager
Especially if mom’s previous job was one where she was on her feet all day, gifting her this electronic foot massaging machine is the best idea you’ve ever had. Complete with a rotation ball, rolling stick, heating components, air compression, and even a removable washcloth, this beauty will give mom a foot rub that rivals any massage therapist’s work. And there won’t be any need for small talk! It’s a win-win situation!
24. Coloring Book
Mandalas are symbols that help us meditate and feel one with the universe. Coloring books are collections of black and white artwork that allows us to focus on something beautiful while expressing our creativity. Put these two things together and you have the perfect retirement gift for the mom in your life: a coloring book full of pictures of mandalas that will help mom relax, recenter, and reconnect.
For Travel Lovers
25. 50 States, 5,000 Ideas Book
Does your mom have the travel bug now that she’s retired? This gorgeous book from National Geographic includes incredible photos of the most interesting and unique attractions from each state in the USA. From Civil War battlefields to dinosaur trails, yard sales to swamp tours, this book will provide mom with everything she needs to travel around and see the best that this country has to offer. There’s even a section on Canadian tourism, in case she’s finished at home and is up for a new challenge!
26. Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
The last thing a newly retired mom wants is to be stuck on a plan with a crying baby for hours upon end. You can help prevent this! Instead, she can listen to her favorite podcasts, music, tv shows, or movies at any volume she chooses, uninterrupted for up to 30 hours, since that’s the incredible battery life these bad boys have. By giving mom these sleek, uber comfortable headphones you’ll be giving her the gift of peace and quiet as she travels the globe like she’s always wanted.
27. ENO Doublenest Hammock
Whether mom likes to travel through the backcountry or simply explore her own backyard, this versatile hammock is a must-have. It only weighs 19 ounces, making it perfect for camping and hiking, and it’s made from high tenacity nylon taffeta so it’s breathable while still able to hold up to 400lbs. And it’s big enough for two! This means that your retired mother can snuggle with her hubby, her grandchildren, or even you, her favorite child, in the backyard, at a campsite, or just between two random trees on the side of the road. The options are endless!
The next phase of her life is going to be an exciting one and the retirement gift choose for your mother will be one of the most meaningful you’ve ever purchased. But since we’ve made it a bit easier for you to find the perfect present, you can relax and get ready for the retirement party. What are you going to wear?