Retirement is a milestone occasion that some women can’t wait for, and others dread. Whether your wife, a family member, friend, or colleague is retiring, the occasion is a special one that should be marked with a gift that will leave a lasting impression.
We know that finding memorable retirement gifts for women is like searching for the holy grail, so we decided to make the quest easier.
Make her day with one of the suggestions below.
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A Bottle Of Vintage Champagne
Is it even a retirement celebration without a bottle of champagne? Of course, when we say champagne, we don’t mean any old bubbly. You can’t go wrong with a bottle of 2010 vintage Dom Perignon. Make it more meaningful by adding a personalised engraving, and presenting it in a lovely gift box.
Yoga Class Pass
If she’s expressed interest in taking up yoga, fitness classes, or mindfulness practices after retirement, give her a gift that’s aligned with her intentions.
She’ll be thrilled to bits with a 5-class pass for yoga classes at Yogasphere’s Mayfair studio. Each class introduces a different discipline of the ancient system, getting her retirement off to a healthy start.
A Tote Bag
Retirement is the time for her to step back from corporate wear and handbags that say, “Business.” Let your retirement gift bring a touch of freshness and stylish informality to her wardrobe. Do this with a tote bag. We think Khaite’s Osa medium tote in caramel brown calf leather and with round top handles is fab.
Gather friends, family or colleagues and treat her to cocktails at a swanky rooftop bar. Retirement deserves to be celebrated in style. Looking for recommendations? Book aperitivo for eight people at the Hotel Xenia’s rooftop terrace. She’ll love the company and the incredible views while savouring Italian snacks and cocktails.
Crystal Wine Decanter
Would you like a retirement gift for women that’s beautiful and will come in handy? If she’s an oenophile or she loves entertaining, surprise her with a crystal wine decanter.
We like Eisch Glas’ hand-crafted Chateau decanter. The design facilitates smooth pouring, and the glass surface has been given a no-drop treatment, which means there won’t be any drops of wine running down the side. It’s a gift she’ll be proud to show off to her friends.
A Modern Calligraphy Class
Retirement gives her the chance to do the things she always wanted to, but never had time for. If she’s crafty, artistic, and loves exquisite penmanship, book her a spot in a modern calligraphy class. She can relax, tap into her creativity, and explore the art with an experienced calligrapher at MasterPeace’s Eccleston Yards studio. It could be the start of a fulfilling new hobby. She’ll treasure the experience for years to come.
Giving a watch as a retirement gift has become something of a tradition. If she’s someone you truly value, spoil her with a watch that will dazzle her.
We can’t get enough of Cartier’s Crash Skeleton watch in a platinum case set with 258 brilliant-cut diamonds. The Roman numeral dial is set with 269 diamonds, and the 18k white gold buckle on the alligator skin strap is set with 48 diamonds. Limited to 67 numbered pieces, the Crash Skeleton watch is a true limited edition. It’s a brilliant watch for a brilliant woman.
Has she said that she wants to make beautiful pottery when she retires? Give her an unforgettable experience as a retirement gift. She can join a class at the Ceramics Sculpture Studio for a pottery wheel throwing introduction. She’ll have tons of artsy fun getting her hands dirty while crafting beautiful artwork. Your gift will give her the chance to learn new skills and to use them to make something unique she can proudly show off at home.
A Polaroid Camera And Film
If she’s expressed interest in photography or said that she hopes to travel more during her retirement, give her a gift she can use to capture special moments. Consider giving her an instant camera such as the Polaroid Now.
If you get the starter set, it includes the camera with autofocus and double exposure, as well as three packs of instant film. She’ll love it.
Spa Day With Lunch
A spa day is a retirement gift for women that offers a moment of luxurious indulgence as she transitions from one phase of life to another. She’ll be pleased as punch with a spa package that offers a massage, a facial, and lunch at Notting Hill’s acclaimed Cloud Twelve spa.
A Perfume Travel Set
Is she going to start her retirement by jetting off for a well-deserved holiday? Spoil her with a gift that will come in handy on her travels.
A perfume travel set makes it easy for her to take top-quality fragrance wherever she goes. We love the Les Eaux De Chanel set, which includes a pouch and 50ml bottles of Paris-Deauville, Parise-Venise, and Paris-Biarritz.
Afternoon Tea With G&T’s
Congratulate her on her retirement over a boozy afternoon tea at a world-class venue with a view. She’s bound to be impressed with the selection of sweet and savoury treats, bottomless gin and tonic, and view of London’s stunning skyline at Gillray’s Bar on the bank of the Thames.
A Pasta-Making Kit
If she can’t wait to retire because she’s itching to get into the kitchen, give her a gift that she can put to good use. We recommend the Pasta Evangelists’ Ultimate Pasta Making Kit. The 12-piece kit includes the specialist tools she needs to make tagliatelle, ravioli, gnocchi, and malloreddus. It also includes pasta flour, Italian salt, and recipes.
Watercolour Paint Set
At once creative and relaxing, painting is a hobby that many retirees discover a love for. If she’s looking forward to the opportunity to paint after retirement, she’ll be delighted by a gift of Schmincke Artists’ Horadam Aquarell Watercolour Set. It includes 48 professional-quality full pan watercolours that contain a Kodorfan gum Arabic binder, packaged in a beautiful wooden box.
Chef’s Table Experience
Give her a glorious send-off by treating her and four of her nearest and dearest to a chef’s table experience in the private dining room of Monica and David Galetti’s celebrated restaurant, Mere. The group can enjoy a selection of dishes that bring together French techniques and South Pacific influences.
Retirement should never be a boring occasion. Thankfully, there’s no chance of that with these exceptional ideas for women saying farewell to the working world.