Retirement Quotes (and a Few Gift Ideas)

Retirement is a huge deal, especially to the person who is actually doing it, or the lucky person sliding into their coveted position. So, if you know someone getting ready to start the next big chapter in their life, then you are likely in need of retirement quotes, and a few gift ideas. The quotes, of course, are ideal for personalized gifts for coworkers, or to write in a card, say in a speech or use in a toast.

Retirement Quotes

“Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.”
–          Author Unknown

“Retire from work, but not from life.”
–          M. K. Soni

“The concept of freedom is never truly realized until one settles into retirement mode.”
–          A. Major

“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.”
–          Gene Perret

“In retirement, only money and symptoms are consequential.”
–          Mason Cooley

“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”
–          Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Retirement: When you have given so much of yourself to the Company that you don’t have anything left that the company can use.”
–          Unknown burnt-out retired person

“A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.”
–          Ella Harris

“The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.”
–          Author Unknown

“When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.”
–          R.C. Sherriff

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
–          Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I like retirement life. It’s something to do when no one wants you to work anymore.”
–          Unknown wise person

“Retirement means that we can base important decisions on whims.”
–          Unknown Retiree

“Retirement:  It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.”
–          Gene Perret

“Retirement: World’s longest coffee break.  ”
–          Author Unknown

“When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married you.“
–          Gene Perret

“It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.”
–          Scott Elledge

Retirement Gift Ideas

  • Watches – This is a gift that is nearly expected at some places, when a person retires. If you know that the boss is not buying the retiree a watch, you may want to go in with a few coworkers and put your money together to buy a nice one. While you may not be able to afford a Zenith, you can still find a nice one available by Tag, Movado or Fossil.
  • Fishing Gear – If the retiree has been doing nothing but talking about all the fishing they are going to do, then you can simply get them gear they can get some use out of. This could include a rod and reel combination, lures, tackle box or even a fish finder, like the Garmin Echo 100 Fishfinder.
  • Golf Stuff – If the person you are shopping for is a golfer, then you have it easy. Balls, tees, personalized towels or visors are all easy ideas. Alternatively, you can find some pretty fun novelty golf items, such as balls that wobble, stream or explode.
  • Wine Supplies – Does the retiree like to enjoy a nice bottle of wine? Well, they will have a lot more time to enjoy a few glasses without having to worry about getting up in the morning now. You can buy a chiller, electric wine opener, aerator, novelty stoppers or even a wine cellar for their home bar.
  • Frame – Chances are good that now they will have time to take a few vacations or spend time with their grand kids. So, a nice frame is a perfect gift. There are large collage ones available that will create a nice art piece on a wall.
  • Camera – If you know they don’t have a nice camera, now is the time to get them one. This will allow them to capture all the special moments of retirement.
  • Year of Wishes Candles – If you are looking for a gift for coworkers who are retiring, but you want something a little different, the Year of Wishes Candles is perfect. A tiny keepsake becomes revealed when these candles are burned. Each candle has a long burn life of 30 hours, and the set includes 12 candles and a glass tray, as well as tweezers to retrieve the charm with.

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