Best Retirement Gifts for Men
“Dear Linda, a co-worker will be retiring in the next three months and I was hoping you have some ideas on what to consider as a retirement gift for him. We have worked together for the last 10 years and he has been a mentor to me.”
At Carats and Stones we receive questions like these almost every day. In this blog we want to give you some guidance and also ask you to mention in the comment section below if you have any other ideas.
First, let’s be very clear about it, there are many good retirement gifts for men out there, but you want to make sure you get the one that is perfect for your colleague. Remember, there’s more than just one option available. And, though this is very difficult to do, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you’re looking for before you go shopping. Take a moment to think about him as a person, a colleague, your mentor, and a dear friend. This way you get to identify a gift that you know will have real meaning to him. Here are a few retirement gift suggestions for men:
1. Luxury Watches
A luxury watch is essential to a man’s wardrobe and a favorite male retirement gift. The right watch will complement just about every look and has a classic appeal of its own. To make this gift even more special, consider having it engraved with his name and the year of his retirement. When choosing the perfect watch for him, there are a few things you might want to take into consideration including the casing, glass, and display size.
Watch casings usually comes in alloy or stainless steel. If you’re shopping for quality, it would be smart not to consider anything less than stainless steel. The glass is also a crucial factor in choosing the perfect watch. Be sure to look for a watch with a sapphire scratch resistant glass which will help protect the watch and give it a glimmering display. Display size mostly depends on personal preference, but 40mm is recommended.
2. Cuff links
Cuff links are the perfect accessory for topping off an outfit whether its formal or casual and is considered by many as great retirement gifts for men. When selecting a pair of cuff links, its important to be aware of his closure type. This will affect the fitting of his shirtsleeves as well as the overall appearance.
The most common type is the “bullet back and toggle” and is also the most secure and easy to fasten. The “bullet”, a small metal cylinder, is suspended between two posts and is turned ninety degrees to fasten. Other types including “ball return” provide a looser fitting and is simply slipped through the buttonhole via its fixed back. The most traditional closure is the chain cuff link which is usually comprised of two rectangular pieces of metal that are suspended between a thread of chain.
The formality of each cuff link varies depending on the material and pattern of the ornamental discs. The main determinant of its formality is the material. Precious stone cuff links such as diamonds, opals, and rubies are typically used for formal events. However, simple gold and silver cuff links are also acceptable for formal occasions. Titanium, enamel, or glass are more casual designs. Silk and fabric cuff links are usually reserved for informal events.
A well-made cuff link should have an uncomplicated design and add a sense of formality to his outfit. The most versatile cuff links are made of gold, platinum, glass, and titanium. It’s also important to avoid novelty cuff links, as they are unlikely to get used very often. You don’t won’t to buy a gift that will spend most of its time sitting