The average retirement age in America hovers right around 66-67 years. If your dad is approaching that age and there’s talk of retirement, it’s time to start thinking about ways to celebrate!
Retirement is one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life. In addition to a fun retirement party or dinner, you’re going to want to get something special that your dad can hang onto for years to come.
How do you decide what to get a man who seems to have everything he could ever want?
We’ve put together a guide to gifts for retired Dad. Read on for 7 great ideas that any dad will love!
1. Retirement-Appropriate Wardrobe Staples
Now that your dad doesn’t have to head into the office or out to the worksite every day, it’s time to change up that wardrobe. Make the process smoother by giving your dad some retirement-appropriate wardrobe staples.
Where should you start? Cold-weather house shoes are a must for anyone who doesn’t have to hit the road five days a week. Lounge clothes or workout clothes are also great things to buy new when you’ve got more time on your hands.
2. Leather Accessories
By the time you’ve reached retirement age, you’ve learned the value of durability and class. Leather accessories bring both to the table and your dad will love incorporating more leather into his look and daily routine.
What kind of leather accessories should you look for? Think leather belts, leather shoes, and leather watch bands. To really kick the utility and style up a notch, buy your dad leather phone holsters he can attach to his belt.
3. New Tech
Whether your dad is a techy or a novice using outdated equipment, new technology is always a good idea. Think about where your dad likes to sit down on a Friday night. Is he in front of the TV watching sports, in front of the computer playing poker, or in front of the stereo listening to the classics? Then think about what he already has: what can be replaced with something bigger, better, and easier to use?
If the TV, home computer, and stereo are all in decent shape, we recommend taking a look at soundbars. Soundbars enhance both TV and stereo sound to a professional level. Your dad will feel like he’s at the movies or sitting at a live concert every time he uses it.
4. New Cooking Appliances
Does your dad love to come up with culinary creations? Like buying new tech, you can’t really go wrong with replacing older or outdated appliances.
Pick up a new grill for the BBQ lover or an instant pot for the master of weeknight dinners. Bring a whole new dimension to dad’s cooking with countertop appliances like air fryers. (Just make sure that you’re not buying something Dad already has!)
5. Hobby Gifts
There’s no better time to start a new hobby or dig into an old one then after retirement. You’ve got plenty of time and you can do whatever you want with it!
Think about what it is that your dad likes to do in his spare time. Maybe he likes to hit the water and go fishing or hit the golf course to hit a few balls. Maybe he prefers to work with his hands and build models or woodwork.
Whatever the hobby, help your dad dive in by starting him off with some nice equipment. New golf clubs, a new set of paintbrushes, or even a surprise hobby working table will make his day and fill his spare time with joy and excitement.
6. Outdoor Furniture
It’s time for your dad to turn the backyard into a full-blown oasis, and you can help. There are tons of amazing outdoor furniture options worth checking out that your dad will love lounging in.
Hammocks, swings, or cushioned couches are a great place to start. A table and chairs for outdoor dining is a wonderful way to bring the whole family together on the weekends. Depending on where Dad lives, a firepit can make a great addition to the backyard, too!
If your dad already has all the outdoor furniture he needs, why not take care of some landscaping projects for him? Pay for a new patio or install some incredible water features that will increase Dad’s zen. Add an awning to make the backyard an all-weather hangout spot.
7. Subscription Boxes
Sometimes it feels impossible to pick the perfect gift for someone who seemingly owns everything he could possibly need. Fortunately, subscription boxes have taken off in the past few years and provide phenomenal solutions when you hit that gift-giving wall.
At this point, you can find a subscription box for just about any interest.
Does your dad love to cook meat? There are subscription boxes for that!
Does he love trying coffee from all over the world? There are subscription boxes for that, too!
Not all subscription boxes are food or drink-based, either. There are subscription boxes for handmade goods, hobbies, books, and more. Make sure to track what Dad does and doesn’t like so that you can cater each box to his specific taste.
Buying Gifts for Retired Dad Isn’t as Hard as It Seems
If it’s time for your dad to retire, that means that it’s time for you to find fun and exciting ways to celebrate this big milestone. Buying gifts for retired Dad can seem a little daunting, especially when it feels like Dad has everything! However, with our guide, you’re bound to find something great that he’ll cherish for years to come.
Are you finding that you have to teach old Dad new tricks when it comes to today’s tech? Not sure how to use some of it, yourself? Take a look at some more of our content to learn everything you need to know about the latest technology, from smartphones to video games.