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19 Thoughtful Gifts Retirees Will Appreciate

These gifts are fun and inject some fun into a retiree’s itinerary for the year. Treat them to some truly inspirational gifts!

Retirement is an exciting chapter in life. You get to do all those activities that you’ve always had wanted to do, but had no time.

Gifting a retiree you know a gift from this list might help them get started with a new hobby, or find something new to do one day. There are also some captivating books to spend days reading.

Our favorite item though, is one that will get the lucky retiree to look back on their life so far, with special moments captured in word and on camera published in a high quality book. Truly special!

#1 A Life Untold

A life untold

It is no surprise that retirees find themselves with quite a bit of new-found time on their hands. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts they could ever receive would be the ability to write their life story in the next 30 days. Now you can answer some questions and a new, unique book publisher will document your story for you.

A Life Untold is a company that asks you questions about your life’s journey and publishes a book all about it! This concept of encapsulating a person’s life story is not like anything else on the market today. After answering detailed, thought-provoking questions, A Life Untold will capture those answers and produce both a hard-cover and digital book for you.

Whether you just retired, have reached a birthday milestone or perhaps just want your children, grandchildren or great grandchildren to know about your life, these books are the perfect way to preserve your life’s memories. The books lay out your answers alongside pictures of you at the most important times in your life. It’s all there for future generations to know who you were and what you did in your life. Imagine all the great stories and experiences in your lifetime put to paper and printed.

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#2 GelPro comfort mat

50 States, 5,000 Ideas by National Geographic
50 States, 5,000 Ideas by National Geographic

A GelPro Elite luxury comfort mat would be a great gift for retirees. GelPro mats are the most plush and comfortable mats on the market, providing relief to feet, legs and backs while cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. Plus they come in hundreds of colors and patterns, something to fit any home décor.

As retirees have more time at home to cook and entertain, they also might spend more time in craft rooms where a comfort mat is a huge plus. A GelPro mat is also perfect a man cave, hunting lodge, camper or at a workbench.

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#3 50 States, 5,000 Ideas by National Geographic

A Life Untold
A Life Untold

I think the book 50 States, 5,000 Ideas, Where to Go? What to See? would make a great gift for a retiree. They now have all the time in the world to discover new places. It’s an uplifting gift to make them feel happy and inspired.

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#4 iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum

The Roomba 690 is the perfect gift for retirees who (quite literally) just want to kick their feet up and relax during retirement. Not only can this robotic vacuum cleaner be scheduled to clean on its own, but it automatically knows when to recharge. Not to mention, it’s great at picking up pet hair, fine particles, and larger debris.

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#5 Every BODY Can Exercise: Senior Edition

Every BODY Can Exercise: Senior Edition
Every BODY Can Exercise: Senior Edition

This is a super fun DVD designed to help seniors of all shapes, sizes and abilities learn to love their bodies and love exercise again has great music, easy dance moves and sitting and standing versions of each exercise.

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#6 Personal Growth Super Serum

Personal Growth Super Serum
Personal Growth Super Serum

Retirement is the time when people can finally focus on themselves! Self care should be an important aspect of any retirees life. Any retiree’s self care routine should start with skincare! ism’s multifaceted super serum, Personal Growth, delivers an innovative combination of biomimetic growth factors and neuropeptides in one revolutionary product that allows your skin to achieve its greatest potential.

This state-of-the-art formulation contains five unique peptides that are molecularly elasticity and help maintain the skin’s protective functions. With regular use, Personal Growth helps minimize the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, supports thin, fragile skin and improves elasticity as it rejuvenates and reinvigorates. Become the change!

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#7 Twisted Silver Bangle

Twisted Silver Bangle
Twisted Silver Bangle

The Twisted Silver Bangle is an elegant way to wear Trollbeads. The bangle can be worn alone, as a classic piece, or can be matched with your favorite Trollbeads such as the Peacock Pearl Bead that stands for mystery, independence, and strength for their new journey ahead.

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#8 Cooling Muscle Rub

Cooling Muscle Rub
Cooling Muscle Rub

Made By Hemp’s Cooling Muscle Rub is perfect for the active retiree.. It is packed with 500 mg of CBD and has a calming peppermint aroma. This CBD salve is great for muscle recovery after a good workout or to soothe aching joints. It has a smooth consistency which makes it easy to apply to target areas and the Cooling Muscle Rub does not leave behind an oily residue.

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#9 Nokabox Weekly Pill/Vitamin Organizer

Nokabox Weekly Pill/Vitamin Organizer
Nokabox Weekly Pill/Vitamin Organizer

Noka Supply Co. is a startup based in Nashville, TN. Their first product is a weekly pill and vitamin organizer that is discreet and stylish. There are no other products like it on the market, and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to carry pills or supplements in a practical way that looks good.

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#10 Upside Down to Right Side Up by María Tomås-Keegan

Upside Down to Right Side Up by MarĂ­a TomĂĄs-Keegan
Upside Down to Right Side Up by MarĂ­a TomĂĄs-Keegan

Drawing on her on own experiences, María Tomás-Keegan starts her book, Upside Down to Right Side Up: Turning Transition into Triumph, by sharing her view of seven phases of transition. Regardless of the life event, she noticed that the phases she went through to move from tragedy to triumph were very similar. From abuse to divorce. From personal loss to career upheaval. From reinvention to caregiving. María found a way to unpack her treasure chest of tools and techniques, so they could help her move beyond coping and surviving and begin to thrive—making each new life event less daunting than the last.

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#11 Character Safari: Remember and Write the Stories of Your Life

Character Safari: Remember and Write the Stories of Your Life
Character Safari: Remember and Write the Stories of Your Life

You are on a safari through life. Each year you gather your own experiences and lessons—the good, the bad, and the ones you’d rather not repeat. The very best way to share your life with your friends, children, and especially your grandchildren, is by writing your stories in a book. This workbook will show you how easy it is to turn life’s lessons into the most important legacy you can give. Write about the journey that shaped your character. Capture your history, and give the reader a sense of hope, direction and your unique perspective.

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#12 Fandango Movie Gift Card

Fandango Movie Gift Card
Fandango Movie Gift Card

Retirees do not want “stuff”. They are decluttering their closets and kitchen cabinets. Instead, give them a movie gift card!. They now have the time to see a matinee, grab a bite to eat and make it home in time for the evening news. Choose an amount between $25 to $100 and remind them to take advantage of the senior citizen discounts!

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#13 The Crafty Gardener by Becca Anderson

The Crafty Gardener by Becca Anderson
The Crafty Gardener by Becca Anderson

The perfect gift for any gardener! Gardening allows us to live in a much more human way, grounded in nature and connected to Mother Earth and all she provides. It adds pleasure to your life and gives you a sense of calm. With your garden, you are quite literally growing a bounty of blessings. Lifelong gardener and bestselling author Becca Anderson has put her love of crafting and of gardening together in this book of inspired DIY ideas.

Along with gardening tips and secrets for growing flowers, herbs and veggies, Anderson shares dozens of how-to’s in this delightful guide on making candles, potpourri, bath salts, essential oils, floral waters, tinctures, liquors, pickles jams and even fountains, birdhouses and fairy doors. Even if your garden is just a hanging basket of cherry tomatoes or a windowsill filled with herb pots, you will still reap the benefits of gardening.

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#14 Purposeful Retirement by Hyrum W. Smith

Purposeful Retirement by Hyrum W. Smith
Purposeful Retirement by Hyrum W. Smith

In Purposeful Retirement, Hyrum W. Smith shows you how you can move from your world of work and enter what can be the most satisfying phase of your life-a new world of purposeful retirement and good living. You have had a successful career by almost all measures and now you are concerned about aging well and looking toward a happy retirement.

You are definitely not a couch potato. How are you going to create a retirement that is meaningful and inspiring for your second act? For four decades, Hyrum has been empowering people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives.

An award-winning author, distinguished speaker, and successful businessman, Hyrum offers a tested and actionable retirement guide to finding that perfect retirement niche. In his book, Hyrum enables you to map the step-by-step route to a retirement that is not just enjoyable but is also deeply fulfilling on a personal level. Welcome to your new life of retirement and good living – to a purposeful retirement.

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#15 Purposeful Retirement Workbook by Hyrum Smith

Purposeful Retirement Workbook by Hyrum Smith
Purposeful Retirement Workbook by Hyrum Smith

Retirement is a new season, a new opportunity to live purposefully. It’s not an end. You may have quit a job, but you don’t have to quit at living a full life. Let’s take that bucket list and get started! Hyrum Smith, nationally-renowned Father of Time Management and co-creator of The Franklin Planner System, is the preeminent expert for using time wisely, and he’s eager to share is hard-earned wisdom with you.

The author of the bestselling book Purposeful Retirement, Smith’s new workbook lays out what is essentially a guide to making sure we all take full advantage of the decades we get to enjoy after full-time work. Smith sheds light on what he calls the gifts of retirement, the opportunity to reclaim your time and spend it exactly the way you want to.

This practical handbook covers: retirement financial planning; health management and exercise advice; the importance of clubs, volunteering and social groups in maintaining friendships, relationships, and a social life once you stop going to work every day; and much more! Hyrum Smith’s one-of-a-kind expertise and wise counsel in Purposeful Retirement Workbook will take you from apprehension to living life and loving it!

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#16 Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers by Sara Zeff Geber

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers by Sara Zeff Geber
Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers by Sara Zeff Geber

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers is a passionate exploration of the path ahead for Solo Agers. It includes choices in housing, relationships, legal arrangements, finances and more – and urges the solo ager to plan for the future as though their life and well-being depended on it. With a compelling and readable style, author Sara Zeff Geber, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Behavior and a Certified Retirement Coach, takes her readers on a journey, starting with the choice for childlessness and why so many soon-to-be retirees were able to make that decision.

She then reviews the role of adult children in an aging parent’s world and suggests ways in which Solo Agers can mitigate the absence of adult children by relationship building and rigorous planning for their future. Geber shares her expertise on what constitutes a fulfilling older life and how Solo Agers can maximize their opportunities for financial security, physical health, meaning and purpose in the second half of life and, finally, planning for the end game.

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#17 The Booklovers’ Guide To Wine by Patrick Alexander

The Booklovers' Guide To Wine by Patrick Alexander
The Booklovers’ Guide To Wine by Patrick Alexander

Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Booklovers’ Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world’s great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines, and much more.

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#18 A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child by David Lawrence Jr.

A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child by David Lawrence Jr.
A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child by David Lawrence Jr.

What are you going to do for the rest of your life? For David Lawrence Jr., a brilliant newspaper editor and publisher with a distinguished, three-decade-long journalism career who retired in 1999 at the age of 56, the answer, in his words, was to dedicate his life to a newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.

Lawrence has been a lifelong champion of children, and he was instrumental in founding The Children’s Movement of Florida, a national leader in early childhood development, care and education, with the goal of making Florida the best state in the nation for young children. The Movement is focused on making Florida’s children, especially in their early years, the No. 1 priority for state investment. Learn all about this Lawrence’s work in the Movement and the rest of his dedicated life in this inspirational autobiography.

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#19 ColorIt Colorful Dragons Adult Coloring Book

ColorIt Colorful Dragons Adult Coloring Book
ColorIt Colorful Dragons Adult Coloring Book

Intricately detailed images of dragons and other fantasy creatures. Top-spiral bound (so you don’t smudge), high-quality paper so mediums don’t bleed through.

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Contributors to this article
Lacy Gambee from Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC

Denise from GelPro

Becky Beach from Mom Beach LLC

Kealia Reynolds from House Method

Jeanette DePatie from EveryBODYcanExercise

Megan Johns from ism SKIN

Lise Aagaard from Trollbeads

Erika Rasmussen from Made By Hemp

Mitch Whidden from Noka Supply Co.

María Tomås-Keegan from Transition and Thrive with Maria

Kelly Lorenzen from KLM Consulting

Vivian Young from Good Night’s Rest

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Nirav Bhagat from ColorIt

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