Retirement Gift Ideas for Mom

At some point as an adult, you start to take care of your parents the way they took care of you. Maybe even the way you take care of your kid’s currently. The roles have switched and you worry about the health and well-being of your parents. You want them to take it easy and not work so hard. Luckily, the day will come where they will say “enough is enough” and retire. This is great news, as life is short and there are tons of fun hobbies and projects for your mom or mother-in-law to take on. Granted don’t expect things to happen overnight.

My advice is to give your Mom some space. Whatever you do, take it slow. The transition to retirement after years and years of working can be a hard adjustment. Some people need their jobs to have a sense of purpose, it gives them something to do. Don’t be upset if your mom retiring takes time, maybe she even goes back to work part-time. Whatever she decides you need to respect her decision and not rush here. That being said, maybe she needs a new hobby?  The following are some retirement gifts for Mom to help you narrow down your gift search

Gardening Tool Set

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Does your Mom have a green thumb? Gardening has maybe benefits. This could be a perfect retirement gift for Mom.

Yoga Bolster with Guide Poster

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We also have a dedicated article for gifts for Yoga lovers if she looks to spend more time meditating and working on getting back in shape.

New Kitchen Accessories

Now that mom is retired, she’ll have more time to cook for her kids. Why not get her a new toy for the kitchen. A lot of these new kitchen appliances are easy to use and can be fun.

Pottery Carving Tool Kit

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Take Up Painting

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I think everyone wishes they have more time to try fun things like painting, retirement might be the perfect time to start.


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  • BIG CAPACITY – with CRAFTISS yarn storage bag, knitting a few projects simultaneously is not a problem
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Go On An Adventure!

Where the previous gift idea was a little too safe, this retirement gift idea for Mom is a little more extreme.

Fun Gifts Just to Say Congrats!


My Mom & Her Retirement

I have two brothers, one older and one younger than me. We were brought up by my Mom, a single parent. We aren’t sure where Dad is, we boys never got to meet him. So, our Mom is it. She is everything. She built this little family of four, and she shaped the men we are today. Mom is really inspirational, and she gave us boys so much when we were growing up. She is still the most generous person I know. 

Mom is a teacher, and she has been for years now. She was a teacher for years before I was born, and is a dedicated educator still today. She really loves her job, about as much as I dislike the idea of teaching high schoolers. When Mom called a week ago to tell me she was retiring, I did not believe her. It isn’t the first time she has spouted similar ideas… just to abandon those plans the following week. Finally, maybe she will have this discussion with me. I have been asking for years, ‘Mom, we have been watching you teach teenagers our whole lives. We have kids of our own now. When will you retire?” She used to laugh at me, but this phone call she was adamant that she was making the transition out of the workforce and into retirement. After 40 years of teaching teenagers and learning schoolyard slang, Mom is finally slowing down, and I am just so pleased for her! My brothers and I all have children, collectively we have 6 kids. So, Mom will spend her days puttering about and playing with her grandkids. Well, that’s our plan for her, anyway! 

Mom retiring is the coolest news I have had in months, and I really want to celebrate this properly. I know Mom’s colleagues with do something for her at work; she has worked at the same school for over 15 years and the whole staff is her best friend. Her student’s parents will likely do something for her too. I want to make our family and friends’ celebration special – obviously – I want it to embody my mother. She is full of energy, charismatic, she laughs easily and loudly… she is the life of the party. I guess I need to make this a party! 

We don’t live too far from the beach, so we are doing a beach BBQ on a weekend afternoon. My brothers and I have invited all of Mom’s favorite people – and it’s a secret! She has no idea. There will be my brothers and I, our kiddos, our spouses, and a couple other close family members… and more than 50 other friends and family from as far as we could reach!