With 10,000 Baby Boomers a day turning 65, a lot of people are buying retirement gifts. On Amazon the most searched phrase regarding retirement is “retirement gifts for women” (100,900 shoppers used the wording last month), followed closely by “retirement gifts for men” (75,800 shoppers).
If you do these searches on Amazon, what do you find?
Well, for women, it’s mostly captioned coffee mugs (“I don’t want to; don’t have to; you can’t make me”) and fancy plaques (“You’ll be missed”). They’re not cheap–$18.99 for the mug and $20 for the plaque.
The men’s mugs hold beer instead of coffee, but the message is similar: “This Beer tastes a lot like I’m not going to work tomorrow.” This stainless steel tumbler is pricey, too–$21.95.
Well, my contention is the best retirement gifts may cost nothing, nothing but thoughtfulness, creativity and a little time. That’s what happened to me when my friend Claudie recruited former students and colleagues to surprise me during my last lecture.
I share it with the hope it will give you ideas for the soon-to-be retired people in your life.
Bellah’s Last Lecture (be sure to click on the speaker icon to get sound).