33 Happy Retirement Gifts For Men (Part 1)

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Retirement is a major change in life. Many people I know have a mixed feeling when they just retired. For some who absolutely hated their job, it was an enormous relief and can’t wait for the new adventure ahead of them. For some who actually loved their job, they could feel lost and anxious. Regardless of how much they look forward to it, retirement can bring both stress and excitement at the same time.

We all know changes in life are inevitable. However, any major change could still be tough, just like any major milestones in life, e.g. from a student to working adult; from single to married, becoming a parent, etc.

During our working life, many of us find fulfillment in our jobs. Some of us may have created something that has impacted the world; or changed people’s life; or contributed to the greater good for our society or economy. Some of us have built strong friendship on the journey.

Human are adaptable. I believe all of us can find new meaning and purpose in any stage of life, including retirement.

Retirement life could be both relaxing and purposeful. To me, having a mix of different activities can bring variety into the new life. Below are a few to consider:

  • Have enough relaxation, rest, and sleep everyday
  • Reach a health goal and exercise regularly
  • Develop new hobbies and interest or master old ones
  • Learn something new – a foreign language, a musical instrument, crafts like pottery or making wine, cooking new dishes, etc.
  • Work a part-time job
  • Volunteer at places like community center, elderly home, etc
  • Mentor someone
  • Write a book or record a course to share your valuable experience
  • Spent more time with family and friends
  • Travel around the world or to different states in the US
  • Get a pet or additional pets

During the transition period, some people want to gradually take that in so that it is easier to adjust. Regardless of how short or how long the transition period is, they need to actively manage their stress level and intentionally practice self-care includes keeping a healthy routine. Plenty of rest and sleep, exercise, meditation, eating a healthy diet, being in the nature can help to build the energy level and fight off stress.

Just remember: Do not push oneself too hard. Many people find recording their emotions and feelings and what they do in a journal help. Review and see what changes should be made and make adjusting it until they find the one that works really well.

Another important thing to do is to keep stimulating and challenging one’s brain. Some interest/hobbies like Mahjong and chess can enhance executive functioning. It also helps attention focus, improves short-term memory, stimulates the brain to deploy strategy and tactics during play. Some believe it could help to decrease the chance of dementia in a certain way.

Playing games like Mahjong, chess, or enjoying hobby like bird watching, or dancing, etc. enable retirees to meet up with others. Social life is very important for retirees. Getting together with someone who shares a common interest and develops friendship is very rewarding. It also helps to de-stress.

Below is a list of gift ideas for the men you know who are going to retire or having a retirement. The items cover some aspects I mentioned about earlier in this article.

Gift ideas for the ladies are a bit different mostly because of different interests. Please stay tuned for my next article on retirement gift ideas for women!

1. 1500 Days of Fun Things to Do in Retirement

This is an excellent book for every retiree. It could be used as a reference book too. Great gift for anyone who is going to retire or retired to explore new ideas that are practical and not necessarily break the wallet.

Why I love this product?

✔ Simply fun and interesting ideas.

Ideas for both active and less active retirees.

✔ Includes international and domestic destination for your consideration.

2. Kindle Paperwhite (16 GB)

Actually, I can’t believe there are still many people don’t have a kindle! I agree on the point that an electronic book is never like an actual book. However, kindles can hold many books and you can get any kindle books with one click and it downloads instantly. The speed of download is great (it usually take me less than 10 seconds to download a book), anytime and anywhere. In addition, a kindle is lightweight and you can carry it anywhere without causing a burden for your back or shoulder. Kindle unlimited also has a lot of selections, even though they are mostly not books that are just freshly published.  

Why I love this product?

The Paperwhite model emits a little less blue light compared to other models. Glare-free display so could read under the sun. Adjustable warm light goes easy on your eyes.

✔ Features – 6.8” display, thinner borders, faster page turns. Unlike phone or tablet, one charge last up to weeks of reading.

Everyday Essentials

3. This Legend Has Retired Baseball Cap

Baseball cap is an essential item for guys and are an everyday wear. This hat is embroidered with the message “This legend has retired” will surely bring pride to someone who has retired.

Why I love this product?

✔ Freely adjusted cap circumference with a metal adjustment buckle.

✔ 100% cotton and comfortable to wear.

✔ Durable, light, and difficult to deform.

4. The Legend Has Officially Retired Funny Retirement Gifts Men T-Shirt

What a hilarious T-shirt for any retirees.

Why I love this product?

✔ Light-weight and classic fit t-shirt.

Many color to choose from.

Games that stimulate their brain and bring people with common interest together for a better social life

5. ASNEY Upgraded Magnetic Chess Set

Playing chess has a lot of benefits including boosting creativity, improve attention focus, and even prevent or protect against dementia.

Why I love this product?

✔ Strong magnetic chess board – to keep the chess pieces on the board. The magnetic is strong that the chess pieces won’t fall even if you hold the board upside down.

✔ Foldable – which saves space and keeps the chess pieces in place. It also makes it easier to carry around. Comes with a carrying bag.

Securely in place – Chessmen is stored in each individual slot and it prevents rattling during travel.

✔ Made of premium quality wood that is durable. Each chess piece is handcrafted.

6. Yellow Mountain Imports Professional Chinese Mahjong Game Set

Multiple studies showed that playing Mahjong can help people with mild-to-moderate dementia in certain extent. Of course, it benefits not only people with dementia but everyone playing the game.

It helps improve memory and concentration (e.g. remember what your opponents have discarded), recognize patterns, hand-eye coordination, improve social interaction (as you need 4 people to play Mahjong) and decrease depression (you usually talk about daily lives with people you play with). The game could take hours and it’s a good way to have fun and benefitted from it on a physical and mental level.  

Why I love this product?

✔ 146 scratch-resistant green tiles – even with repeated play, the hand-paint on the tiles does not rub off easily as the engravings are marked deep and bright.

✔ Portable Chinese-style carrying case so you can take it anywhere to play with your friends.

✔ Comes with an instruction book.

7. Boom Again Board Game | ’50s, ’60s and ’70s Pop Culture & Music Trivia Game

#1 game for the boomer generation (of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s). This game bring the boomers together for some fun game that reminds them of their fond memories.

Why I love this product?

✔ Covers a wide range of questions – on music, TV, movies, politics and popular events. There are 2,244 questions in the box!  

✔ Can be played by 2-10 people.

8. Fishin’-Opoly

It is a perfect gift for someone who enjoys fishing. This game lets players buy, sell and trade their favorite fish and gear with each other.

Why I love this product?

Let players choose traditional play or one hour version.

✔ Similar to monopoly but with a fishing theme.

Interesting Hobbies

9. Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit

Gardening could be a great hobby for retirees. However, not everyone lives in a house with a big backyard to grow flowers, plants, or vegetables. So these indoor herb gardens are a good alternative. Self growth herbs are fresh, healthy, help the environment, and economical.

Why I love this product?

✔ Can do it indoor or outdoor – the seek starter kit includes everything to grow herbs, peppers, and tomatoes.

✔ Non-GMO seeds.

Biodegradable pots.

Bird watching is believed to be good for health, both physically and mentally

10. Waterproof Binoculars for Bird Watching Hunting

Bird watching has become more and more popular nowadays. It helps you to be more “present” in the moment by spotting, observing, and connecting with nature.

Why I love this product?

✔ Deliver magnificent view – BAK4 Prism and advanced fully multi-coated lens allows clear and bright and high-quality image. It can capture a clear face 650 feet away and cover a wide view of 367ft/1000yds.

Water-proof and fog-proof.

Only weigh 1.1 lb.

✔ Universal Phone Adapter – with or without phone case.

Non-slip rubber feet rotatable tripod allows 360° photographing.

11. National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, 2nd Edition

Written by bird experts, Jonathan Alderfer (author of several National Geographic Birds’ books) and Noah Strycker (associate editor of Birding magazines and author of several books). Noah has set a record of 6,042 species of birds (there are about 10,000 bird species in the world)!

Why I love this product?

✔ Guides to 150 most interesting and common species that you can find in North America with comprehensive range maps.

It provides tips on how to attract and feed your favorite birds.

✔ Packed with useful guidance and information – the book is organized by family and paired with identification tips, behavior, vocal descriptions, and other interesting facts and tips.

12. Window Bird Feeders with Strong Suction Cups

This bird feeder won the British Birdwatching Award 2023 by being an innovative bird feeder.

Why I love this product?

✔ Large clear viewing window – so you can watch the bird with no obstruction.

✔ Strong suction cups that can hold 15 lbs – so the bird feeder will not fall off.

✔ NO assembly required. Just take out the box and use in a minute!

Clean up is easy – with the removable seeds tray.

More Nature Exploration

13. DJI Mini 2 Fly More Combo – Ultralight Foldable Drone with 4K Camera

Most of the time, the view is much better when you get to a higher place. However, some places are just too hard or too far to get to.

In those circumstances, you can use this drone to record an amazing view.

Why I love this product?

✔ Fly High and Far with level 5 wind resistant – the Mini 2 supports up to 10km of HD video transmission and resists level 5 wind and takes off at a max altitude of 4,000 meters. Your footage is stable even when flying through windy coastline.

✔ Remarkable video quality – comes with a 12MP camera with 4K/30fps video and 3-axis motorized gimbal. The built-in OcuSync 2.0 allows DJI Mini 2 to adjust between two frequencies automatically.

✔ Intelligent features such as one-tap Quickshots, 4K Hyperlapse and Panorama are added in this model so beginners can still shoot great quality video easily.

✔ Light and Compact – this mini 2 only weighs 249g and is so compact that you can carry the set wherever you go.

✔ Direct download and Instant edit made possible – synchronize select photos. and videos at 20MB/s when close to your phone; Trimmed download save your time and storage space; creative templates included so that you can share the great videos with family and friends on-the-go.  

14. GoPro HERO11 Black – Waterproof Action Camera with 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video

GoPro has won an Emmy Award on HyperSmooth Stabilization and In- Camera Sensor and Software Stabilization.

This is particularly great for retirees who like watersports such as snorkeling or scuba diving. I took it on my whale shark trip to the Philippine last year.

Why I love this product?

✔ Keep rich texture and sharpness of the footage even while you zoom in, crop your shots, change digital lenses, adjust aspect ratios and more.

✔ Excellent high resolution on photos and videos – 27 megapixels and and 1 billion colors. Photo resolution up to 27MP and 5.3K video which you could still use to grab 24.7MP still shots. Video that can be played back in 8x slo-mo to catch details that can’t be seen at normal speed.

Auto boost function – automatically determines the level of video stabilization you need based on your speed and movement for the smoothest, widest shots possible.

✔ Brilliant scheduled and duration capture – set when you want to record and how long you want to record.

✔ Waterproof down to 10m – great for underwater activities and water sports.

✔ Ready to share – footage is uploaded to cloud, turns into highlight videos and sends back to your phone.  

15. TrailBuddy Trekking Poles – Lightweight, Collapsible Hiking Poles for Backpacking Gear

Hiking is a very good exercise. It is also an excellent way to connect to the nature. One of the essential items for hiking is hiking poles. They keep the hikers balance and stable. It is particularly useful when crossing slippery places or stream.

Why I love this product?

✔ Easy to adjust – from max height of 54″ to just 24.5″ when fully collapsed.

✔ Strong and durable – these hiking poles are built with aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum that is tougher than carbon fiber. Lighter than typical hiking poles and is easy to carry.

✔ The Cork grip is built for sweaty hands and wet weather – it molds to the shape of the hands. The strap is padded so that it would not cause chafing and hurt your hands. 

Feeling sore after hiking? Have a massage at home.

16. RESTECK Massagers for Neck and Back with Heat

After a day of having fun hiking, watching birds, exploring natures, a massager is a lifesaver!

This is one of the best massagers that I have got. I use it almost every day.

Why I love this product?

✔ Alleviate acute pains and muscle soreness: release chronic muscle tension, alleviate stress, relieve tightness, minimize aches and pains and soothe soreness

✔ Can be applied to many parts of the body: neck, back, legs, glutes, calves, thighs, shoulders, feet, toes, arms, and more.

✔ Hands Free – unlike massage gun which you have to hold it and apply to your body, the Restack Massager design lets you put your hands through while the massager position is on your neck/back. I am writing this article while using the massager!

✔ Easy to control intensity level – 4 buttons for facilitated use; regulate the heat and choose the right stimulation mode to suit your needs. The kneading nodes go bidirectionally.

✔ Convenient – comes with a leather pouch for easy carriage and both wall adaptor and car adaptor so that you can use at home or in the car. Great for road trip and travelling! 

Display the good memories

17. Nixplay 10.1 inch Touch Screen Smart Digital Picture Frame with WiFi

Joyful moments should be captured, shared, and displayed. This brilliant touch screen smart digital picture frame is an indispensable item for retirees to replay their joyful memories from earlier time and also the retired life that they enjoy. They can easily share their happy moments with their family and friends.

Why I love this product?

✔ Too convenient not to use – this touch screen smart digital frame could send photos and video clips direct to your family’s living rooms privately wherever they are.

✔ Smart design – position anyway you want, whether it is portrait or landscape, and your content will automatically rotate. niX-SenseMe sensor wakes the frame when you’re in the room and sleeps the frame when you’re not. Your frame will display the most recently received photos/videos when waking and will continue to display even if the frame gets disconnected from your WiFi.

✔ niX-FamilyCircles allow you to create playlists – that everyone can contribute to celebrate and relive happy moments and special occasions.

niX-SmartFace Framing uses proprietary software and AI to automatically position people nearer the center of the frame for the best viewing experience.

Therapeutic Hobbies

18. noah Pottery Kit for Beginners

The tactic experience of pottery is therapeutic. It is also fun.

The noah Pottery kit is a great set for someone wants to try pottery. It has everything they need for a quick start.

Why I love this product?

✔ Super convenient – no need for a kiln.

✔ Premium UK clay that is 100% natural.

✔ Comes with basic pottery instructions and access to video tutorials.

Easy to use and the air-dry clay would be dried between 24 – 48 hours.

19. Paul Rubens Artist Grade Watercolor Paint

My paintings using Paul Rubens Water Paint

Same as pottery, painting is also very therapeutic. It let you express your inner thoughts and emotion through the artwork. During COVID where I was stuck home, I developed my interest in painting. Whenever I am stressed, I will paint. Water color is easy to paint and Paul Rubens is one of my favorite water paint brand.

Why I love this product?

✔ 48 Brilliant colors – great transparency, high saturation, excellent for mixing and blending.

✔ Portable – the paints are kept in a light-weight metal box that has a palette for color mixing. Can take it anywhere to paint!  

✔ Their papers are made with 100% cotton, acid-free, which allows paint not to fade.

20. ROKR 3D Wooden Puzzles for Adults Illuminated Globe with Stand

Building puzzles is another therapeutic activity. This 3D globe is beautiful.

Why I love this product?

✔ Puzzle and Night-light 2-in-1 – 180pcs 3D puzzle globe can also be used as beautiful night light to decorate the room.

✔ Made of non-toxic plywood – that is laser cut precisely for assembly.

✔ Mess-free – no glue is required.

✔ Other features include gear transmission, slidable magnifier, powered by USB.

For those who like to sing

21. JYX Karaoke Machine with Two Wireless Microphones

One of my neighbors are retired and loves to sing. He starts singing from 8am to 4pm using a karaoke machine. Sometimes he sings alone, sometimes he sings with his wife. I think he really enjoy it. This JYC karaoke machine are perfect for people who love to sing. This machine comes with 2 wireless microphones.

Why I love this product?

✔ Excellent HD stereo sound: the sound is clear, and the bass is strong with a 5.25” built-in subwoofer. It can play the radio as well.

✔ Stable transmission – the bluetooth 5.0 chip allows wireless streaming for instant pairing. Compatible with the android mobile phone, TV, iPad, tablet, PC. There is a phone/ipad slot on your machine.

Portable – the machine is made of solid wood/leather and weighs 2.96 KGs. You can carry on your shoulder using the shoulder strap.

Long battery time – a full charge would allow 6 to 8 hours of continuous play time.


22. How Retirees Tell Time

This hiliarious mug and wine glasses rack is a perfect gift for any retirees. I am very jealous of how they tell time!

Why I love this product?

✔ Durable material – made with good quality wood with a natural wooden colour which is perfect for decoration in the kitchen or anywhere in the home.

✔ Your wine glasses won’t get scratched or fall off easily – the wooden wine holder is handcrafted for smooth finish.

✔ Comes in a nicely gifted box – and easy to install. The box includes all materials required for assembly and clear instructions.

For someone who likes to barbeque

23. POLIGO 7pcs Golf-Club Style BBQ Grill Accessories Kit

This Golf-club style grill kit is perfect for the golfers who like to barbeque.

Why I love this product?

✔ Durable material – the utensils are made with stainless steel.

✔ Portable Golf-club style storage bag – for you to carry all the utensils easily with a shoulder strap.

✔ The goft balls are salt and pepper shakers. How cute!

24. New MEATER Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer

This is another high-tech gift which is quite popular these days. It is particularly great for guys who want to cook their meat to perfection or love to barbeque.

Why I love this product?

✔ Guided cooking – guide you on the steps for cooking your favorite meat. Use their free app to monitor your cooking.

✔ Advanced Estimator Algorithm – tells you how long to cook and rest your food. It is important to know to pull out the meat to prevent overcook!

✔ Wire-free – 165ft long range model and perfect for outdoor cooking like barbeque.  

25. Artisan DIY BBQ Sauce Making Kit – Learn how to make a variety of grilling sauces at home

Home-made BBQ sauce is healthy and it’s fun to make. Retirees usually have more time so they could take the time to learn and enhance their signature BBQ sauce to wow their guest at a BBQ party.

Why I love this product?

✔ Customize the sauce to the way you like – follow the 3 flavor-packed home made recipes and adjust the amount of ingredients.

✔ Gluten-free.

✔ The set includes all the ingredients you need.

Make your favorite F&B at home

26. COSORI Electric Kettle Gooseneck with Temperature Control

The reason I use coffee capsules is that I value time over taste or quality. If I am retired and have more time, I would like to spend more time to make great tasting coffee myself. This COSORI Gooseneck kettle is perfect for making pour-over coffee.

Why I love this product?

Pour-over coffee made easy – the unique gooseneck spout, the counterbalanced handle allows you to pour steadily and easily. Lid, spout, and interior are made of stainless steel.

✔ 5 temperature presets for white tea, black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and coffee. Keep-warm button to keep beverage warm for 60 minutes.

✔ Safe – auto shut-off boil dry function.

27. Pukka Organic Herbal Tea Gift Sampler

Many researches support that herbal tea is something that is beneficial for health. For example, Camomile tea assists sleep and reduces anxiety, whereas ginger tea aids digestion and blood circulation. This Pukka Organic Herbal Tea gift sampler lets them try a variety of tea mixed by experts.

Why I love this product?

✔ Natrual ingredients from fine organic plants.

Climate pledge friendly packaging.

Most important of all, they taste awesome.

Comes in a nice gift box.

28. Bones Coffee Company World Tour Sample Pack

Coffee is a big part of our lives. For coffee enthusiastic, it is very enjoyable to taste a variety of coffee from different places. This Bones coffee company world tour sample pack is a great gift for anyone who loves coffee.

Why I love this product?

✔ Taste excellent quality coffee beans from some of the great coffee-growing areas around the world – Sumatra, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

Artisan roasted – these carefully packed coffee beans are roast to their perfection.

Vegan and Keto friendly.

29. Sushi Making Kit

Making sushi at home is economical and yummy as long as you have the right tool and fresh ingredients.

Why I love this product?

✔ The set contains all the necessary accessories you need to make sushi at home.

✔ Comes with a sushi kit cookbook and a free e-book to guide you the whole sushi making journey.

✔ BPA-free, easy to clean, and dishwasher-safe.

30. Craft A Brew – Mead Making Kit

Mead is “honey wine”. It is one of the oldest alcohol beverages dated back its first consumption around 4000 years ago. It is also called “drinks of gods” in Greek mythology.

Why I love this product?

The kits comes with all of the supplies needed to homebrew mead at home (except for the honey).

Comes with an easy to understand Craft a Brew Guide to Making Your Own Mead. Just follow the instructions and enjoy the mead in 1 month’s time.

The mead would taste different depending on the type of honey used. It lets users experiment and adjust the type of honey to make their favorite mead.

31. Craft A Brew – Oak Aged IPA – Beer Making Kit – Make Your Own Craft Beer

If the retiree prefer beer than mead, consider this Oak Aged IPA beer making kit. They would appreciate the beer more especially they make it themselves. Also, it would be a good potluck item – bring your own craft beer.

Why I love this product?

✔ The kit comes with everything you need to brew their favorite beer.

All the equipment is reusable.

Easy to follow instructions.

Try out their other flavors craft kits such as the Bone Dry Irish Stout, Light Lager, and more.

32. Whiskey Decanter Globe Set with 2 Etched Whiskey Glasses

Godinger has been specialized in handcrafted silver, pewter, ystal,stainless, and alternative metal giftware.

This patented set includes a whisky decanter with 2 matching globe design whiskey glasses fitted onto mahogany strained tray is an excellent gift for someone who enjoys Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Vodka, etc.

Why I love this product?

✔ Handmade Elegant design – an etched globe design and antique ship with a gold stopper on top.

✔ Lead free – ensure your health and safety.

✔ Excellent decoration piece – it looks classy on a bar cart or even on a coffee table.

✔ Great price!

33. SANDJEST The Legend Has Retired 4-in-1 Design Tumbler Cup Can Cooler

These can coolers can be used as a can/bottle holder and a tumbler with the lid on. It is excellent for everyday use. It is such a multi-functional retirement gift.

Why I love this product?

The double wall insulated vaccum material can keep 12oz beer bottles, soda cans, and other beverage can chill for 4-5 hours long

Condensation free so your hands won’t be wet holding it.

Non-slip silicon bottom so your cans won’t be moving!

To wrap up, there are so many fun activities for retirees to do. Some of the activities don’t cost much, they would not break their wallet to enjoy the activities. Please stay tuned for my next article, Fantastic Retirement gifts for women!

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