Wondering what’s a good retirement gift for a man? Here are 55 unique retirement gifts for male coworkers who enjoy travel. Thoughtful, personalised and small, funny gift ideas, too (but still classy!).
Is he a sophisticated traveler, or a laid-back camper? Is he thrilled to try every golf course, craft brewery, or history museum he comes across?
Start your retirement gift shopping by getting a sense of what your male coworker might like as well as your budget. These will be your “goal posts” as you go through these thoughtful and unique retirement gifts for him.
What Is a TYPICAL Retirement Gift for Men?
First, let’s consider what a TYPICAL retirement gift for men would be. A typical retirement gift for male coworkers is something of quality that represents the passage of time and is inscribed with years of service. This might be a gold watch, necklace or plaque (though I gotta admit, I hate plaques).
If you want to include a more typical retirement gift for him that’s still unique, there are some great twists on this below. (No plaques allowed.)
HOW MUCH Should You Give to a Retirement Gift for Him?
A general guideline on how much you should contribute to a retirement gift for a coworker is between $5 and $20 on group gifts or $30 to $50 if you’re buying on your own. Use this as only a rough guide, though, as this also depends on the length and closeness of your relationship and how much you’re comfortable spending.
You’ll find plenty of budget-friendly and more expensive retirement gift ideas for him below.
How Do You CHOOSE a Good Retirement Gift for Male Coworkers?
Before shopping for retirement gift ideas, spend a few minutes jotting down everything you know about your coworkers’ personality, interests and hobbies. Is there something they keep saying they’re excited for in retirement? Something they’re excited to stop doing? Would they appreciate a funny gift idea, or something more sentimental?
Then, reach out to at least three of their close coworkers, friends or family for more inspiration. Now you’ll have an idea of where to start your retirement gift search.
A pretty safe way to choose a good retirement gift for male coworkers is to embrace the “perfect trio” of gifts:
- One main gift that reflects your coworker’s personality and interests, and respects your personal knowledge of who he is;
- A “proper” retirement gift, that honors his contributions of time and effort with the organization; and,
- Something that’s light-hearted to make him smile, maybe something small that matches the theme or activity of the retirement party. (But be careful with “funny” gifts that might not match his sense of humor!)
And this is exactly how we organize the retirement gift ideas below.
55 UNIQUE Retirement Gifts for MALE Coworkers Who Enjoy Travel
Below you’ll find 55 UNIQUE retirement gifts for male coworkers who enjoy travel. They’re organized into three sections:
- 29 MAIN thoughtful retirement gifts for men to match his personality, interests and hobbies
- 10 “PROPER” personalised retirement gift ideas to honor his time and effort
- 16 SMALL and FUNNY retirement gifts to make him smile (all classy!)
MAIN Retirement Gifts for Men: Thoughtful Ideas He’ll Love
Here are ideas for MAIN thoughtful retirement gifts for male coworkers to suit a variety of interests. Some are budget-friendly and others are more expensive. Use your knowledge of his personality, interests and hobbies to guide you!
1. The Ultimate Retirement GIFT BASKET for Men
Don’t bother with traditional gift baskets. The BEST retirement gift basket for men is one from The BroBasket! Favorites include craft beer baskets, whiskey and bourbon gifts, and engraved liquor bottles to personalise your gift. Take inspiration from his favorite drink, travel destination or pastime and build one around that. Thoughtful, easy and DONE!
2. WHISKEY STONES Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
This Royal Reserve whiskey set is a classy and thoughtful retirement gift for men who like their whiskey. Inside the pinewood box are two crystal glasses, two stone coasters, eight whiskey stones in a velvet pouch, tongs and cocktail recipe cards. Everything he needs to classy-up his home bar.
3. Personalised Leather NOTEBOOK for Retirement
A gorgeous and personalised leather notebook is a sophisticated and thoughtful retirement gift for male coworkers who are always taking notes. Maybe he’ll use it for jotting down measurements while working in the garage, or noting the birds he sees out at the cabin. Include your company logo or his initials on the cover and a personalised message inside.
4. Annual RECREATION PASS Retirement Gift Idea
Would he be thrilled to get an annual recreational pass to help him pass his new-found freedom? Maybe a golf membership or yacht club membership? A gift certificate to a local canoeing club, a fabulous leisure center or even a skydiving club?! These retirement gift ideas are also great ways for him to meet new retirement buddies.
5. CAMPING Gear to Retire in Style
A bundle of camping gear is a thoughtful retirement gift for male coworkers who love to camp! Camping gear ideas include a collapsible kettle, ultra-cozy-but-still-manly plaid blanket, and a sturdy cooler. Top it off with a National Park Pass. Fun!
6. Damascus Steel KNIFE SET Gift for Him
This gorgeous handmade Damascus steel knife set from Super Gold Knives on Etsy is a pretty cool retirement gift for male coworkers. The set includes a paring knife, utility knife, santoku knife, chef knife and cleaver. It also comes with a leather sheath you can personalise.
Individual knife options include a versatile pocket knife, hunting and camping knives, a chef knife and santoku knife with nakiri, boning and petty knives. Thoughtful, beautiful and useful.
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7. Legendary COPPER FLASK Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
If he enjoys his whiskey or bourbon out at camp, consider a legendary American copper flask as a thoughtful retirement gift for your male coworker.
Jacob Bromwell copper flasks have a rich history that goes all the way back to 1819. They’re still made in small batches, with time-honored techniques and best-in-class craftsmanship. So, snatch up your favorite quickly before they’re out of stock. Includes a TSA carry-on flask for frequent flyers.
8. Classy GAME BOARD Retirement Gift Idea for Him
Encourage his social self by making a handsome board game his retirement gift. These live-edge chess sets are gorgeous, available from BfCart Mallorca on Etsy along with other game options. And this leather rollup chess set from Copper Top Leather is perfect for taking to the park, cabin or coffee shop!
9. Annual CULTURAL MEMBERSHIP Retirement Gifts
Retirement is the perfect time to get back into the arts. Consider an annual pass to live theater, an orchestra, gallery or museum. Maybe a gift certificate to a local concert vendor. Thoughtful retirement gifts for male coworkers that keep him rockin’!
10. CAR GADGETS for Retirement Road Trips
If he can’t stop talking about cars, get him some fun stuff he can enjoy when out on the road in his retirement. Gadgets like a fast-charging car adapter charger with multiple plugs, LED cup holder coasters, and an extendable cup holder table. A portable disco ball that syncs to his cheesy music.
Or, a detailer package to start retirement off right! Now that’d be a thoughtful treat.
11. Golf CADDIE GADGET Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Is he a golf addict? It’s pretty easy to find thoughtful golf-related retirement gift ideas for men. Apparently, the Arccos Caddie is “the” gadget to own. It’s a fully-automatic performance tracking system. Attach a sensor to each club, connect them to the app, and get pro advice to better your game.
Give him a place to practice his shot by adding in a golf membership.
12. Rustic HOME DECOR Gifts He’ll Appreciate
I typically don’t recommend home decor as gifts since it’s so personal, but I came across these rustic wall hangings from Missleath on Etsy that could make thoughtful retirement gifts for male coworkers with a certain style. If he loves horses or ranch life, consider this Irish horseshoe blessing. Or, if he plans to spend retirement at his lakefront cabin, the “lake life” sign is perfect.
13. CRAFT BEER Subscription Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Treat him to a gift that keeps giving with a Craft Beer Club membership as his retirement gift idea. Craft Beer Club features independent craft breweries across the United States. Choose from 1 to 12 shipments, and 12 or 24 beers per month. Each shipment includes four styles of beer.
So maybe he’ll share with his favorite former coworkers??
14. OUTDOORSY GEAR for an Awesome Retirement
Is he forever talking about the outdoors? Get him an awesome day hiking backpack or cooler and fill it with a National Park Pass and useful gadgets.
15. FISHING GEAR for an Awesome Retirement
Does he specifically love fishing? Listen carefully to the fishing gear he’s eager to get, like a new waterproof fish finder or waterproof waders. You could also get the best tackle box you can find, and fill it with awesome fishing gear. (I admit I know very little about fishing. I’d ask advice from someone at a Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop, and be sure to get a gift receipt.)
You might even top off this thoughtful retirement gift for him with a gift certificate for a few nights at a nearby fishing lodge. Now that sounds fun to me!
16. Retro BLUETOOTH SPEAKER Retirement Gifts for Men
If your male coworker loves music, here are some fun and thoughtful retirement gift ideas he’ll appreciate. First, a pretty cool retro bluetooth speaker with radio. Or, a retro bluetooth record player, complete with radio, CD player and even a cassette player! A perfect tribute to the past and the present. Pair it with an awesome oldies record.
17. Local LESSONS to Keep Him Active
What are some fun lessons available in your area that match his interests? A musical instrument? Kayaking or golfing? A great retirement gift for male coworkers is investing in a hobby you know he wants to try or master.
18. BEER CADDY Retirement Starter Kit
A personalised beer caddy retirement starter kit is perfect for that male coworker who brags about having a beer his first morning of retirement. ReImagine Brewing on Etsy has beautiful options, with natural wood and dark walnut finishes complete with removable dividers and a rustic bottle opener. Fill with his favorite 6-pack, and pair it with a Craft Beer Club subscription for an extra “wow” factor.
19. Globe DECANTER SET Retirement Gift Idea
This globe decanter set is a unique and thoughtful travel-themed retirement gift for male coworkers who also like to show off their quality liquor. Pair it with a Tour of Scotland scotch whisky set from The Whisky Exchange and he’ll be swooning!
20. Luxury LUGGAGE Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Now, if he’s already planning that trek around the world, consider luxury luggage as his retirement gift. This is a more expensive option for your team to give together. Consider hiding a small fun surprise inside (ideas below!).
Briggs & Riley arguably makes the best luggage out there and is a super thoughtful retirement gift for men. A versatile option is the International Carry-On Expandable Spinner. It’s a hardside suitcase at 21” tall (one inch shorter than the domestic version) that expands another 22% and weighs only 7.9lbs.
This carry-on suitcase comes packed with features he’ll love. Eight wide, tilt-resistant, 360-spinning wheels. An ergonomic handle. TSA-friendly combination lock. And zippered mesh pockets and a compression-expansion system inside to maximize capacity.
21. Travel TRACKER Retirement Gift Topper for Him
Here’s another thoughtful retirement gift for male coworkers who are itching to jet away: Tile Mate. Have you heard of it? It’s a tracking system that’ll keep him from losing anything from his luggage to his wallet, keys, remote and phone. You gotta help him deal with that notorious seniors memory.
22. Travel FOOD Basket for Foodie Coworkers
You could have some fun putting together a travel-themed food basket to start his retirement off right. This is particularly great if he’s a foodie. Find a variety of ethnic goodies from international markets, online or even your local grocery store. Include a map, recipes and tasting notes for a DIY food tour around the world.
Or, make it easy on yourself by ordering a few international food boxes from Amazon. You could also get him a subscription box to extend the fun.
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23. COURSE Subscription to Keep Him Sharp
How about a subscription to MasterClass or a gift certificate to a local college as a main retirement gift for your male coworker? With either one, he could pursue new interests, like culinary arts, history, space exploration. How to build a rock band. Thoughtful and perfect!
24. WORLD TRAVEL Gift Certificate Retirement Gifts for Men
Have you heard of Tinggly? It’s the perfect way to give a gift certificate to thousands of experiences around the world, including many in the United States and Canada.
Choose between gift cards like Bucketlist, Key to Europe, and Superman. He can use them on his own or with a friend. Seaplane and fishing tours. Train, foodie and historic tours. Canoeing, ziplining and whitewater rafting. All of these thoughtful retirement gift ideas for men are right there.
As a retirement gift topper, consider a Vagabond leather travel memories keychain with a gift card to add new adventure rings.
25. Inspiring TRAVEL BOOKS for Retirement
Is he already planning his new adventures for retirement? Here are two inspiring travel books to keep him going. Both come in hardcover, perfect for gift-giving.
National Geographic does a fabulous job of capturing those “wow” images that’ll make him drool in their Destinations of a Lifetime compilation. And The Bucket List by Kath Stathers is packed with photos and information on 1000 adventures, big and small. Wildlife encounters, extreme sports, culture, legacy and food trip ideas.
26. Retirement Travel ACCESSORIES for Men
If he’s a sophisticated traveler, you could also get him beautiful leather travel accessories. The PEGAI shop on Etsy sells things like passport holders and luggage tags made from full-grain leather. Choose among four classy colors and personalise with monogrammed initials. Thoughtful, classy and perfect.
27. Local EVENT PASS to Start Retirement Well
Are there some pretty great events coming through town or nearby? Consider things like antique car shows, special museum exhibits, blues festivals, rodeos and air shows. A fun and thoughtful retirement gift for your male coworker might just be a pair of tickets that kick off his retirement right.
28. Thoughtful BIRDING GIFTS for Nature Lover Men
Does he love bird-watching? You might go in with your team to give him quality binoculars. Another great idea is fun bird feeders, and I have two favorites. This camper bird feeder from 1 Man 1 Garage, which also doubles as a mini-model project. And this gorgeous live-edge rustic feeder from Schoolhouse Woodcrafts.
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29. FITBIT for an Active Retirement Gift Idea for Men
Now, is he talking about how he wants to get fit in his retirement? ONLY if he’s openly sharing this would I suggest giving him a Fitbit as his retirement gift. You want a thoughtful retirement gift that he’ll genuinely like and feel appreciated. Not one that reminds him to get back to work!
A Fitbit is a great tool that monitors his heart rate, steps, walking route and pace.
PERSONALISED Retirement Gifts for Him: “Proper” Gift Ideas for Male Coworkers
Do you want a unique twist on more traditional, personalised retirement gifts for men? Here are 10 great options, including budget-friendly inspiration and luxury retirement gifts, too.
30. Personalised BOURBON LID Retirement Gifts for Him
This personalised bourbon lid from Missleath on Etsy is such a fun gift alternative to a retirement plaque. Choose a design or monogrammed letter for the middle and his name and retirement date around it. Your team can sign their congratulations. Fun, right?
31. Engraved Luxury WATCH He’ll Appreciate
An engraved luxury watch is considered a “proper” traditional retirement gift for male coworkers. So, I found two fantastic options. First, Kenneth Cole makes gorgeous gold luxury watches with genuine leather straps. Choose among various classy styles. And second, Stay Fine Watches makes beautiful wooden watches. Engrave your personalised message on the back.
32. Personalised COMPASS to Chart His New Adventure
Commemorate his years of service with a personalised compass retirement gift to help him chart his new course. Mirage Engraving on Etsy specializes in handsome brass compasses, with engraving options inside and out. Purchase the leather case for a classy presentation.
33. Personalised CRIBBAGE BOARD GAME He’ll LOVE
Here’s another fantastic alternative to a traditional plaque retirement gift for male coworkers. A personalised wooden cribbage board from Big Fish Woodworks on Etsy. Choose from a variety of board styles, including a barrel end, hockey rink, baseball field or football game! Personalise with your company logo and message. SO cool.
This is also a great gift for cabin owners.
34. Personalised BEER GLASS He’ll Want to Display
A personalised beer glass can be a classy keepsake he’ll proudly display in his home bar. You can find a bunch of not-so-classy options, but this one from Everything Etched on Etsy is simple and great. Pair this with a Craft Beer Club subscription to up the “wow” factor!
35. Personalised NEWSPAPER Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
For a fun and unique way to honor your male coworker’s retirement, consider this editable retirement newspaper poster. Select the poster size and the year he started working, either at his very first job or with your company. Personalise the photo and most text, fonts and colors via Templett. Print, frame and present!
36. Personalised Leather BOOKMARK Small Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Is he a book lover? Honor the next chapter in life by gifting him with a gorgeous personalised leather bookmark that commemorates his contributions. Pair this gift with a hefty volume perfect for his personality. War and Peace, perhaps, or an Amazon Kindle or Audible Gift Membership? He’ll finally have time to tackle it!
37. Personalised CUTTING BOARD Retirement Gift Idea for Men
An engraved cutting board is another great alternative to plaque retirement gifts for male coworkers. Choose between fun or classy styles, and he can either put it on display or put it to use. Check out CJK Engraving on Etsy, with tons of options including style (nearly 40!), wood, stain and message. The dark finish is my favorite.
38. Personalised Retirement BOTTLE OPENER for Daily Cold Beers
If he loves his beer, consider a classy bottle opener he’ll forever use and look back on you fondly! Moose Oliver Designs on Etsy offers the perfect personalised bottle opener he can take anywhere, with engraved faux leather on a stainless steel opener. Choose your color, retirement message and custom message for the back side.
39. Personalised KEYCHAIN He’ll Actually Use
A just-right keychain is a simple and classy idea for a “proper” personalised retirement gift idea for men. Many guys don’t want that engraved gold watch or plaque but would get a kick out of one of these keychains.
For aspiring fishermen, check out this hand-stamped fishing lure keychain from C and T Custom Lures, available in multiple materials, colors and designs. And A Very Good Gift has a bunch of retirement keychains, including the fun “Don’t Drive to Work” shown here.
Pair an engraved keychain with a main gift listed above.
SMALL and FUNNY Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Now, retirement is a great time to have a little fun. Below you’ll find a variety of small, fun and funny retirement gifts for him. And all classy.
40. Retirement CARD for Male Coworkers
Top any retirement gift for a male coworker with a card that’s signed by his team. For something a lot more interesting and memorable, check out the retirement cards by Potty Mouth Press on Etsy. You can’t go wrong with the classic design shown here, but they do have funny retirement cards, too (depending on his humor!).
41. Funny WARNING SIGN Retirement Gifts for Men
This is as close to a plaque as you’ll find here for small and funny retirement gifts for male coworkers, and isn’t it awesome?! It’s made of tin with baked-in color and pre-drilled holes, so it’s perfect for both indoors and outdoors. He can add this “Warning” sign to his man cave, garage or fence to celebrate his freedom and bring in some laughs from his buddies.
42. Customized BOBBLEHEAD of Your Male Coworker
A customized bobblehead is such a fun retirement gift for your male coworker. Ask a family member or friend, or even your coworker, for a favorite picture doing what he loves outside of work. Like drinking, fishing, or golfing. And then My bobblehead Shop will turn it into a fun and unique retirement gift to make him smile!
43. Small Travel PILL BOX Retirement Gift Idea
Here’s a classy AND tongue-in-cheek small retirement gift topper for male coworkers. A engraved pill box he can take on his new adventures. Choose from a variety of great options on Etsy, including this round pill box from netexchange and checkerboard pill box from Annies Hours.
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44. “This Legend Has Retired” CAP for Him
Is he bragging about the long sunny days he’ll be spending out on the lake or watching his grandchild’s baseball games? I love “This Legend Has Retired” cap on Amazon, with classy embroidery and an adjustable back. It’s a fun small way to top off that retirement gift for him.
45. Funny Beer Can CHICKEN STAND Retirement Gifts for Men
For the ultimate grill master, check out this beer can chicken stand for super unique and funny retirement gifts for men. Isn’t it hilarious?! It’ll definitely make for plenty of laughs and conversation. Put a can of beer in its spot, set the chicken on top, and roast in your grill or oven. Complete with metal sunglasses. Handmade from stainless steel and dishwasher safe.
46. Small GUITAR TRAINER Travel Gift Idea
Is he a wannabe guitar hero? This pocket guitar trainer is such a cool small retirement gift for men who are musical AND wanna be on the move. It features real steel strings, a rotating display screen, and a metronome to practice chord rhythms. Pair it with a gift certificate for local lessons or concert retailer!
47. Fun Retirement Message MUGS for Him
Yeah, a mug is a pretty traditional retirement gift for male coworkers, but it can be the perfect small (and useful) gift idea to make him smile. There are plenty of options to choose from, but here are two of my favorites: The Legend Has Retired personalised mug from Mint Chocolate Designs on Etsy and Retirement Weekly Schedule on Amazon.
48. Funny Retirement TOILET PAPER for Male Coworkers
Okay, this is pretty funny. The Legend Has Retired toilet paper, and it’s even 3-ply. Get one to decorate his retirement party and the other as a funny gift topper for his more traditional retirement gift.
Pack it in with a basket of cabin gifts!
49. Retirement T-SHIRT Gift Ideas for Men
Top off any retirement gift for your male coworker with a t-shirt that embodies his retirement plan. If you can find his jacket size, you’re probably pretty safe in picking his t-shirt size. Shop the Ann Arbor T-shirt store on Amazon for the right “plan,” including golf and fishing. Or, check out 29 Acres on Etsy for a pretty epic “retired” shirt.
50. Funny MINTS Retirement Gift Topper
Have some fun with those seniors moments by topping off your retirement gift for a male coworker with these “extra strong” memory mints. Lol I could use those now.
51. Day CLOCK Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Here’s another tongue-in-cheek small retirement gift idea for him. A weekday clock, because you know he’s gonna have a hard time keeping track of the day. (Anyone else have trouble with that now?)
52. Retirement FORK Small Gifts for Male Coworkers
This retirement fork is so simple and clever! Celebrate his “fork” in the road by this small personalised retirement gift topper for your male coworker.
53. GOLF BALLS Retirement Gift Topper for Him
Is he a golfer? Top off your retirement gift for him with this small set of retirement golf balls. Each one features a different saying that celebrates retirement.
54. Small FISHING LURES to Top it Off for Fishermen
Aren’t these retirement fishing lures perfect for a fisherman?! Or for the aspiring fisherman. This small retirement gift for your male coworker will leave him smiling and eager to get out there.
55. Clever Fun SOCKS Retirement Gifts for Male Coworkers
Yup, you know this list of small retirement gifts for male coworkers had to include fun socks! Fun socks are an easy, cheap way to top-off otherwise-serious retirement gifts for men.
You can go with something like these Do Not Disturb socks from Amazon. Or choose from sayings socks like Officially Retired, Vintage YEAR or a custom message from The Avenue Girls on Etsy. All socks are unisex size 4-10.
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