It’s always a little emotional when a colleague you’ve worked with for so long announces their retirement. After all, you often spend more time with those you share an office with than your own family – you share celebrations over payday, stressful meetings with your boss, and sneaky coffee breaks together.
When a female colleague decides to leave the company and take on new adventures in her retirement, it can hit hard. They’re often seen as the mother of the group, and you know things won’t be the same without them.
So, of course, you and your colleagues will want to give the special lady a big send-off on her last day. And whether you’re going for comical, cute, or snazzy gifts, we’ve got them all here. We’ve picked great retirement gift ideas for women to suit every budget, too, so you’re bound to do a great job waving her goodbye on her last day.
Kool8 Water bottle
Without an office full of people trying to lead healthy and plastic-free lives, those retiring can struggle to remember the simple things – like drinking enough water!
A Kool8 water bottle is the perfect gift for any lady going into retirement who is health-conscious and often on-the-go.
The bottle keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24, so no matter what adventures and trips they go on, they will always have a drink handy. Plus, you could always joke that it’s there to help them to remember to take their tablets in their old age!
If the lady leaving isn’t quite on the top of your banter list and more of a mum figure, she will definitely like the cute retirement keyring from MixJoy that we discovered.
A constant reminder of her time laughing and drinking coffee at work; this meaningful keyring is likely to stay with her forever.
Adorned with the messages ‘no one can ever fill your shoes’ and ‘enjoy retirement’, your colleague will definitely cherish this gift and smile at it every time she sees it.
A workplace mug is essential for any job – whether you’re working in an office, hospital, school, or even a restaurant. So when it’s time for your colleague to say goodbye, why not send them off with something that’s kept them fueled with coffee and given them the excuse for a chat in the work kitchen over the years?
This mug, however, comes with a fun ‘retired, not my problem anymore’ message, which any newly retired person is likely to appreciate. You could even fill the mug with coffee beans and other miniatures, wrapped with a bow for an extra touch.
50 States, 5000 Ideas
There’s no question that some people are just born to be adventurers. If your colleague is one to never stop talking about her next road trip, walk or camping adventure – then buy them the ‘50 States, 5000 Ideas’ book by the National Geographic.
The book does exactly as the title suggests – it lists the best (and sometimes the most unexpected) travel experiences in every state to keep your colleague entertained for years.
Retirement can get dull if you’re not traveling anywhere, so this book is one of our very favorite retirement gift ideas for women.
Retirement wine labels
We all know someone in our own office who loves a little tipple (or maybe a bit more) of wine every now and again. If that person just so happens to be the lady who is retiring, then why not celebrate the start of her ability to drink on a Monday night without regret?
Funky retirement wine labels from Sterling James Co add the perfect touch to any wine bottle.
They’re perfect if you’re not sure what to buy, too. With slogans such as ‘congrats on being a quitter’, and ‘sip sip hooray you’re retired’, you’re bound to put a smile on the gift receiver’s face on an emotional day.
Happy retirement wine glass
Once you’ve got the bottle of wine sorted with its own fun retirement sticker, then it’s time to find the perfect glass to go with it.
Enesco’s Lolita happy retirement artisan painted wine glass is wonderfully crafted, comes in a beautiful box so you don’t have to do the wrapping, and comes complete with a free cocktail recipe.
There’s no doubt that finally retiring is a proud moment, so giving your special colleague the chance to show off her achievement with a gorgeous wine glass is perfect.
One thing that retired people always say they love the most about not working is the lie-ins. After all, how many times has your colleague had to force herself out of bed in the morning after being up all night? Now is the best time of her life to get some quality sleep in. So, to celebrate the switching off of her alarm clock, why not gift your colleague some comical fun pillows?
The reversible retirement pillow from BadBananas is amazing – one side says ‘today’s good mood is sponsored by retirement naps’ while the other says ‘retired and sleeping in since 2019.
If the lady leaving your office has been an absolute queen to all of the team throughout her time, then why not send her off with a tiara?
Forum Novelties’ retirement tiara is the perfect budget-friendly way to celebrate a retirement in the office adorned with sparkles.
If you’re looking for retirement gifts for women that are slightly tacky yet will put a smile on everyone’s face, then this is the present you’ve been looking for. If you’re planning to go for a few drinks to celebrate after work, too, then this is a great chance for her to be crowned an official lady of retirement.
Out of business cards
That’s right- there’s more comical retirement gift ideas for women coming your way with these ‘out of business’ business cards.
If the retired lady in your work life has always loved giving out her business cards at meetings and events, then now is the time to really make her laugh.
These cards from Thingamagift are a high-quality retirement gag that your colleague is actually quite likely to use as a running joke throughout her retirement.
Top shelf wish jar
We’re back to business with the more serious and thoughtful gifts now, with a top-shelf wish jar. This unique and personalized gift is likely to get tears flowing in the office, as you and your colleagues can choose to fill it with all the amazing traits of your retiring colleague, or your hopes for her in the future.
Then, every week of her retirement she’ll be able to pop open the jar and choose one to read. A wish jar is a lovely way to stay in touch with your favorite ladies who are now departing from the working nest.
Many women after love wearing sentimental jewelry. Not only is the heartfelt retirement necklace we’ve chosen absolutely gorgeous, but it comes with a sweet message wishing the receiver the very best for the future.
The necklace also comes in a range of styles and colors, too, so you can pick the jewelry that will fit your colleague and her personality the very best way possible.
Our favorite is the silver tree, which we think perfectly signifies growth and the start of a whole new way of life.
Home Euphoria cheese board set
Now that your lady is retiring, it’s likely that she’ll start hosting a lot of events – birthday parties, ladies who lunch, you name it, she’ll probably be involved.
And what’s the most essential home item for a lady of leisure to host? A high-end cheese board. Although this is pricier than some of the other gifts on our list, it’s great if you’ve put money together as an office to buy a larger present.
This set from Home Euphoria comes complete with a bamboo board, serving tray for wine, crackers, and charcuterie.
It’s the ultimate winner in the list of retirement gift ideas for women.
CafePress retirement tote
As well as hosting a whole load of lunches, your lovely lady is likely to also be doing a lot of shopping! We don’t blame her, to be honest – after years of earning hard cash through hours and hours of work, she should be out spending at least some of it!
Give your colleague a fun and eco-friendly way to carry all of her new purchases home with a retirement ‘living the good life’ tote bag from CafePress.
Plus, a bag that isn’t see-through will be great for hiding her purchases from her other half!
Awesome Things to do in your Retirement book
Although there are hundreds of benefits to retirement, sometimes, just sometimes, things can get a little slow. With all that time on her hands, your newly retired colleague will need some activities to keep her busy!
The ‘50 Awesome Things to do in your Retirement’ book by Berger McDonald is the funniest retirement book around, suggesting ‘joining a nudist club’, ‘getting a sex change’ and ‘gambling in Vegas’ as the best things to do with retirement.
To stop your colleague from ever getting bored, buy her this book, it’ll keep her laughing for sure.
Rules of Retirement journal
If your work-leaver likes to write, then now is the best time possible to gift them a cute retirement journal to jot all their thoughts down.
Whether your coworker has been an avid note-taker throughout her career or you simply think she’d appreciate the opportunity to sit and write in her free time, then definitely consider the gift of a notebook.
The great thing about the book from OMI Kech is that it comes with a thoughtful message on the front cover, designed to keep anyone feeling positive and ready for the new phase of their life in retirement.
Retirement coloring book
Retired people have a whole load of time on their hands – so why not keep your coworker busy with an adult coloring book- a great book in the line-up of retirement gift ideas for women?
Those who like to sit and doodle while at work will now never be bored sat at home coloring in these fun pages, which are plastered with amusing messages all based around living a life of leisure.
Give the gift of art to your departing friend and they’ll be sure to cherish it (and whip it out to keep the grandchildren busy when they visit).
Pufuny Wine Tumbler
While there is a time and a place for posh bottles of wine and fancy glasses, sometimes, everyone needs a wine tumbler with a funny message.
The retirement version from Pufuny is fabulous – it comes in multiple colors to suit the recipient of your gift and a lid to make sure no precious wine ends up on the carpet at the end of the night.
It also has double-walled insulation to keep your coworker’s wine nice and cool.
Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way
Although this best-selling Seuss book is often favored towards children or those who have just graduated, it can also make for a comical retirement gift.
After all, when your favorite lady coworker hangs up her boots and hits the good life, they’re starting a new adventure!
When not mark the occasion with a classic Dr. Seuss book complete with cherished Seuss art and quotes from The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and more.
Royal Decanters sailing ship set
We’ve talked cheese boards, and now it’s all about the spirits decanter. If your coworker is more of a ‘late-night drinks’ than ‘late-night cheese’ kinda girl, then this stunning decanter set is perfect.
A perfect table centerpiece, this nautical novelty is sure to be loved and brought out at every occasion. Although a little on the pricey side like the cheeseboard, it’s a great option of retirement gift ideas for women as a collaboration present and is something your coworker is likely to keep around forever.
Funny retirement quiz
When the lady you’ve worked with for years has been the office clown for so long, it can be hard to say goodbye to their wit and humor. Who else is going to light up the office in the morning, right?
Now, it’s time to honor their comical take on life with the ‘What You Don’t Know About Retirement’ quiz by Bill Dodds. Full of pokes about getting older while celebrating retirement, this book is sure to prove tonnes of entertainment over the years and keep your favorite joker laughing way into her leisurely life.
We’ve all had that moment at the weekends or on vacation where we’ve completely lost track of the days.
So if we find it hard enough to remember without work for a week or two, retired people must really struggle to keep up!
The DayClocks classic is a novelty take on the everyday clock, turning its way through the days of the week to keep any retired person on track.
While your coworker won’t be able to track how long the chicken’s been in the oven with this clock, it’s sure to keep her from forgetting important diary entries!
Engraved picture frame
Often, there is no better way to mark the departure of a colleague by framing your favorite memory with them.
Printing a picture of the whole team or simply the two of you that she can place on the mantlepiece is a really cute way of honoring a friendship.
Choose a funny snap of you both on a coffee break, or go for that beautiful picture of you both all dressed up on a work night out.
When that picture is placed in a special retirement frame, the gift becomes even more meaningful to the recipient.
Who doesn’t love a pair of socks? Now that your coworker is leaving work for the last time, gone are the days of heels and boring footwear – it’s now time to live a little.
The fun thing about the comical retirement socks from Savvy Gifts is that no one would expect them to be anything other than a normal pair of black socks until your friend goes to put her feet up.
We love the graphics on the socks, too, which complete the look- snap a pair up now to complete your retirement gift ideas for women collection.
You Can’t Retire from being this Awesome puzzles
Retired people love puzzles, right? Well, while the cliche may not be entirely correct, you can go along with the joke anyway with a retirement puzzle book.
Designed to keep the mind entertained and busy, this book is full of the very best word searches, crosswords, spot the differences, and trivia there is while still adding in a hint of retirement humor.
There’s also a Social Security Quiz and 5 pages of Retired Cryptograms to keep your favorite coworker entertained when you’re not around in the office.
Hidden message adventure bracelet
We absolutely love this gift simply for how adorable it is. While this bracelet from MEMGIFT may look like any other from the outside, the inside has the beautifully engraved message ‘and so the adventure begins’.
This gift is sure to bring tears to the eyes of the retiree and will constantly remind them that retirement is a new and fun phase of their life.
The stainless steel with never fade or tarnish either, making this very much a forever-piece.
Senior Moments decision spinner
For a budget-friendly novelty gift, look no further than the senior moments decision spinner. When your newly-retired coworker is bored, they simply have to reach for the spinner and their plans will be made!
With landings such as ‘take a nap’, ‘dye hair blue’ and ‘be grouchy’, this fun tabletop piece is guaranteed to never get old.
Give as a sole gift or match with other fun novelty items, like the retired tiara and comical socks.
‘I’m retired and you’re not’ t-shirt
There’s no better way to live-up retirement than to show it off to the world with a comical tee.
This ‘I’m retired and you’re not, have fun at work tomorrow’ t-shirt is great for that one lady in the office who has been boasting about nearing retirement for years.
She’s sure to love the shirt, and regardless of whether it’s out on the streets or strictly indoors, it’s bound to be worn loads.
With a variety of colors to choose from, you can pick the right tee to suit any lady.