30 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Your Wife’s 50th Birthday

How do you find the perfect gift for a milestone birthday? Your life partner has been with you through thick and thin, and celebrating her 50th birthday means finding the right way to show her how much you appreciate her. That’s why we at Newlywords love putting together thoughtful and unique gift ideas to help you find the best way to celebrate your loved one. Her 50th birthday deserves a little extra care and attention, so give her something to smile about this birthday with one of these uniquely curated 50th birthday gift ideas for your wife!

50th birthday balloons

How Can I Make My Wife Feel Special On Her Birthday?

Let’s be honest, getting older is fun until it isn’t. Turning 50 may cause your wife a bit of anxiety, so making her feel special is key! Depending on your wife’s likes and dislikes, there are many ways to make her feel special on her big day. 

  • Plan a trip to her favorite destination.
  • Put your loving thoughts into words as a love letter.
  • Throw a party with family and friends. 

The best way to make your wife feel special on her 50th birthday? Make it all about her. 

What Makes For The Best Gifts — Key Considerations

50th birthday cake

They say the best gifts come from the heart, and we agree. You know your wife better than anyone else on this planet. Take some time to consider the things she loves. What are her hobbies? What makes her smile or laugh? Is there something she always dreams of doing or wishes she had more time to accomplish?

Finding the best gift for your wife’s 50th birthday starts with everything you know about your lovely partner. While budget may be something worth considering, it shouldn’t be the key factor in choosing a gift. Even the smallest gesture—when it comes from your heart—speaks volumes. 

30 Best 50th Birthday Gifts Ideas For Your Lovely Life Partner

To spare you from some sleepless nights, and to help you get started on your search for the best gift, we’ve curated a list of 30 fun and unique gift ideas for your wife’s 50th birthday. The best gift idea comes down to the one that will make your wife smile and feel loved. Browse this list to get some great ideas and even find that perfect gift! 

A Dozen Reasons Quotes Box that You Love Her

a dozen reasons quotes box

You have way more than a dozen reasons you love your wife, but this special handcrafted gift will make her smile! Choose from 50 different “reasons” you love your wife, etched onto wooden hearts and placed in a customized wooden box. Or, get creative with your own quote box filled with a dozen reasons handwritten on colorful paper. 

Personalized Photo Ledge

Personalized Photo Ledge

You and your wife have plenty of memories to share! This personalized photo ledge, along with some of your favorite photos, is the perfect way to celebrate your wife’s 50th birthday. The solid pine ledge comes laser etched with your initials and a special date, evoking that sweet tradition of carving your initials into a tree. 

Married Life Memory Book

Our personalized memory books are the easiest way to upload, organize, and print a beautiful collection of photos and memories of married life. Need a little help with the book? You can even invite your kids to collaborate and upload their own fun photos and memories of life with mom.

Custom Cuff

custom cuff

For the jewelry lover who has it all, this customized cuff bracelet is the perfect way to celebrate your wife’s 50th birthday. Choose a date, name, quote, or even the coordinates of a favorite location to make this bracelet extra personal. 

Personalized Handwritten Letter Blanket

Write a love letter that will keep her heart cozy! This personalized handwritten letter blanket features a note in your very own handwriting. Write a few thoughts you want to share with your wife on her 50th birthday and she’ll receive a beautiful cotton blanket printed with your loving words. 

Diamond Split Ring

Diamond Split Ring

Diamonds speak louder than words. Isn’t that how the saying goes? Either way, this gorgeous diamond split ring is a great way to show your love on her 50th birthday. White gold and sapphires in the shape of two hearts make this ring extra special for your lovely partner.

Family Heart Necklace

Family Heart Necklace

This family heart necklace is the 50th birthday gift for your wife that keeps on giving. Handmade in the USA, they cut the heart pendant from wood and then cast it in sterling silver. Add up to five smaller heart charms to represent your children, or give your wife an additional charm each year a grandchild is born. 

Leather Carry-All Bag

leather carry all bag

Sometimes practical and fun make the perfect 50th birthday gift! This vegan leather tote from Dagne Dover is the perfect carry-all bag for all of your wife’s daily needs. She may never need another bag once she’s experienced the space-saving style of her new carryall. 

Different Fragrance Gift Sets

Different Fragrance Gift Sets

As your wife steps into a new decade, why not also introduce her to a new fragrance she will love. Your options really are endless, from luxury perfumes like this Elizabeth Arden Red Door gift set to this all-natural home fragrance gift set that also supports a good cause!

Colorful Cosmetics Case

Colorful Cosmetics Case

For the woman who loves gifts that protect the environment, these colorful cosmetics cases make the perfect 50th birthday surprise. Repurposed from old billboards, no two bags are alike. Your wife will love receiving a gift as unique as she is. 

White Diamond Heart

White Diamond Heart

Sometimes even the most classic gift is the perfect way to shower your wife on her 50th birthday. Show your love with this classic white diamond heart necklace or pair it with a matching bracelet for a special jewelry collection.  

Customized Romantic Love Poem Plus Frame

Customized Romantic Love Poem Plus Frame

Feeling extra sentimental on your wife’s 50th birthday? This gorgeous love poem comes in a double-sided frame so you can add a picture of yourself and your spouse. Not a fan of the poem? Find a frame you love and write your own love poem to make it more personal.  

Kindle Paperwhite for E-book Reading

kindle

For the wife who loves to read, the Kindle Paperwhite is an incredible 50th birthday gift! Make the gift a little more special by adding some of her favorite books (or new reads she’s been looking forward to). She’ll be in book lover’s heaven. (We also think this makes a great gift for a retiree!)

Women Kimono Robes

Women Kimono Robes

Sometimes sentimental and pampering go hand in hand. Such is the case with a lovely kimono robe from Kim + Ono. These luxury robes are the perfect way to say happy birthday to your beautiful wife while making her feel especially pampered. 

Smart Bluetooth Speaker

Smart Bluetooth Speaker

A smart Bluetooth speaker like the Amazon Dot is a fun way to celebrate your wife’s 50th birthday with the latest technology. Listen to podcasts while cooking, enjoy white noise to help her sleep at night, this list goes on.

Rose Gold Hair Comb

Rose Gold Hair Comb

Need something extra sentimental to gift your wife? A handcrafted rose gold hair comb is a special reminder that there is still plenty of time left in life to get dressed up and enjoy special occasions.

Dark Gray Fur Shawl

gray shawl

Whether you buy her faux fur (a popular choice) or this genuine rabbit fur gray shawl wrap, your wife is bound to feel spoiled. Nothing says luxury quite like a chic fur wrap for those special winter outings.

Bamboo Beauty Station

Bamboo makeup Station

We love this beauty station for many reasons, but mostly because we know it makes a great 50th birthday gift for any wife. The bamboo beauty station keeps makeup and skincare organized in a convenient, easy-to-use countertop holder. And a fun bonus? The eco-friendly solution also has a slot for a mirror and a phone or tablet.

Customized Coffee Mug

Customized Coffee Mug

For a gift that is funny or sentimental, look no further than these customized coffee mugs. Make her laugh, cry, or cry with laughter every time she uses her favorite 50th birthday mug. 

Home Wall Decor Oil Painting

Home Wall Decor Oil Painting

Turn your favorite photo into a home wall decor oil painting! Create a lasting memory for your wife on her 50th birthday with a reproduction of her favorite photo. The result is a print that looks amazingly like an oil painting. 

Personalized Custom Giclée 50th Art Print

Giclée 50th Art Print

If words are more your style, turn your heartfelt thoughts into a personalized giclee art print for your wife’s 50th birthday. This print features 50 custom reasons you love her, turned into a beautiful digital print that she’ll cherish for years to come.

Decades Necklace for Lovely wife

Decades Necklace for Lovely wife

Five decades can feel like an overwhelming age, but it truly is a milestone worth celebrating. This lovely decades necklace features a circle for every decade of a life lived and is the perfect way to remind your wife how treasured she is. 

Best Wife Ever Tumbler

Best Wife Ever Tumbler

Remind her how much you love her with a fun insulated wine tumbler. Add the custom message “Best Wife Ever” and a bottle of her favorite wine, and she’ll feel extra loved on her 50th birthday. 

3D Moon Light Writing Thank You for a Great Partner

3d moon

For a unique way to share a message of love, this 3D moon lamp is the perfect 50th birthday gift! The surface of the moon-shaped lamp is engraved with a message, providing a constant bedtime reminder of your love.

Customized T-shirt with a Lovely Quotation

Customized T-shirt with a Lovely Quotation

Whether you’re going for sentimental or funny, a quotable T-shirt is a great way to share your thoughts. With a wide range of options on Etsy, you will find the perfect quote for your wife’s 50th birthday.

Wonderful Wife Pillowcase

Wonderful Wife Pillowcase

Remind her of how much she means to you while also giving her some home decor she’ll love. This decorative pillowcase features a sweet saying she will treasure.

A Lovable Book Set for Her interest

Lovable Book Set

After 50 years, your wife will have her favorite books or authors. Give her a boxed book set that offers an entire collection of books to look forward to reading. 

50 Things to Do List on Her 50th Birthday

50 Things to Do List on Her 50th Birthday

Is your wife feeling a little on edge at the thought of turning 50? This book offers a more optimistic approach to this new decade with 50 things to do when you turn 50. Make the gift more personal by creating your own list of 50 things your wife has to look forward to in the coming years. 

Gardening Tools Kit Set

Gardening Tools Kit Set

Every gardener loves some new tools! Celebrate your wife’s 50th year with a gardening tools kit set that she can enjoy for years to come. These sets come in a variety of styles, so you will find the perfect fit for your wife. 

Unforgettable Anniversary Photo Collage Poster

Anniversary Photo Collage Poster

If you’ve shared a fair few anniversaries with your wife, then her 50th birthday is a great time to remind her of all the wonderful years together. These unforgettable photo collage posters allow you to customize wall art with your favorite photos commemorating all those special memories. 

Conclusion

Make your wife’s 50th birthday extra special with a unique and fun gift that speaks directly to her personality, style, and sense of humor. Finding the best gift for your partner can take time, but with a little thought (and help from your friends at Newlywords), you will discover the perfect 50th birthday gift for your wife.

20 Amazing Retirement Gift Ideas For Women

How do you make that female retiree in your life feel like one in a million? We think the perfect gift says it all. Whether you’re celebrating a co-worker, family member, or friend, the art of gift-giving is a lasting way to let someone know how special they truly are. Finding the right gift in the piles of gift ideas on the internet, however, is challenging. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 20 amazing retirement gift ideas for women that are sure to please.

Retirement Party Gift Etiquette

What type of gift are you expected to bring to a retirement party? While party etiquette can change over time, gift-giving has remained pretty standard. It is customary to bring a gift that speaks to the recipient’s interests, hobbies, plans for the future, or memories of the past. 

For example, a travel-related gift is a perfect sentiment for the retiree who plans to travel. If the retiree is a family member, gifts that share fun memories, commemorate her accomplishments, or make her laugh are also great options.

What Should You Consider Before Buying Gifts for a Retired Woman (Teacher, Coworker, Mom, etc.)?

Before diving into our specially curated list of retirement gift ideas for women, it helps to consider a few things first:

  • Budget: How much can you spend on a gift? Even the smallest gift, with the right sentiment, will make the recipient feel special. 
  • Relationship: If you have a humorous relationship with your co-worker, then choose a gift that will make them laugh. Choose a gift that is both fun and thoughtful and speaks to who that person is in your life.
  • Interests: The best retirement gifts are the ones that speak to the recipient’s personality, passions, and sentiments. 

Ready to find that perfect gift for the female retiree in your life? Check out our list of unique ideas to make her feel extra special on her big day.

20 Unique Retirement Gift Ideas for Women 

From funny to sentimental, gift ideas come in all shapes and sizes. This unique list provides a range of ideas for every budget, relationship, and need. You will find the perfect retirement gift for the woman who deserves to be celebrated!

1. Tea Infuser for Tea-Loving Women

Retirement is a great time for relaxing! This painted ceramic tea infuser will make the tea lover in your life excited to enjoy retirement with her favorite cup of tea and a good book. 

2. Retirement Memory Book

One of our favorite retirement gifts is our collaborative memory book! You can easily upload photos, memories, and more and turn them into a printed or digital memory book that is the perfect retirement gift idea. Get the entire office or family involved by inviting them to collaborate and create the ultimate memory book.

3. Aromatherapy Bracelet

Retirement is a great time to slow down and feel pampered. This aromatherapy bracelet encourages the retiree to sit back, relax, and breathe deeply. The bracelet comes with four different essential oils so your recipient can find their perfect relaxing scent. 

4. 100 Things to Do Bucket List

Every retiree could use a bit of inspiration for their post-retirement life. This bucket list poster provides ideas for how she can spend her time now that she’s retired. Or, get creative with a few of your own ideas placed in an actual bucket that she can add to herself.

5. Everyday Tote Bag

Send her into retirement with a dream bag. This everyday vegan leather tote fits everything she could need: a 13” laptop, tablet, books, keys, phone, and more. Any woman would love this bag!

6. A Book Set of Her Interest

Retirement leaves plenty of time for reading. A book set is a great retirement gift idea for women who love to read, learn, and grow! From fiction to natural history, and everything in between, we recommend finding the book set that matches her interests.

7. Mini Wood Heart

Add a touch of sentimentality to your retirement gift with this customizable mini wood heart. Use this gift to remind the recipient how valuable she was to the team.

8. Personalized Thank You Coffee Mug

This is a great retirement gift for women that expresses gratitude from the team, student, or boss. Personalize your coffee mug with the recipient’s name and retirement year and give her the gift of a constant reminder of the impact she had throughout her career. 

9. Paperwhite Reader

We’re big fans of the Kindle Paperwhite reader. It makes the perfect retirement gift for those who love to read. Make it a group gift and add a subscription to Kindle Unlimited. Your recipient will enjoy new books wherever retirement takes her.

10. Happy Retirement Wine Glass  

For a retirement gift that is fun and useful, we recommend this beautiful hand-painted wine glass. While the glass itself is a great gift and comes in a lovely gift box, add the retiree’s favorite bottle of wine to make this gift that much more enjoyable. 

11. Travel Duffle Bag

For many retirees, this new stage of life means lots of travel ahead! Give that special woman a new travel duffle bag so she can enjoy her vacation in style. There’s nothing like a new bag to make you look forward to packing for your next adventure.

12. Thank You Cuff

The beautiful “Thank You” cuff is the perfect retirement gift idea for women who love to accessorize. The stamped stainless steel cuff comes with a sentimental message designed for the teacher, professor, or inspiration in your life.

13. A Gift Card for Buying Something Special 

Sometimes the best retirement gift for any woman is the one that lets her pamper herself! An Amazon gift card gives her plenty of options to find that perfect toy, accessory, or treasure that will make retirement that much more enjoyable. 

14. Philosophy Thank You Gift Set

Speaking of pampering, this Thank You gift set from Philosophy offers all the hand pampering your recipient needs with high-quality hand wash and cream. Every woman deserves a special pampering gift set, but most especially the one who is saying goodbye to a successful career.  

15. Wine Tumbler: Thank you for Being Awesome

How do you say “thank you” to a beloved employee or co-worker? We think this stainless steel wine tumbler does the trick! You can even spice this gift up with a bottle or two of the retiree’s favorite wine, or make it a group gift by including a wine club membership.

16. Gratitude Trinket Dish

For that daily reminder of gratitude, this lovely trinket dish is a great retirement gift idea for women. The heart-shaped porcelain jewelry dish is a sweet, sentimental way to say “thank you” to a coworker, teacher, or employee. 

17. Memorable Working Photo Banner

Add a little something special to your work-retirement party with a custom photo banner. This is a fun way to commemorate years of fun memories (and accomplishments) for all to see. 

18. Gardening Tools Bag Set

For the retiring woman who loves to garden—or hopes to finally have time to garden—this gardening tools bag set is a splendid gift! Encourage her passion to spend more time in the garden with the right tools and accessories to make the hobby more enjoyable. 

19. Customizable Retirement Mug

This sweet and funny customizable retirement mug adds a little humor to any retirement gift. Pair it with a box of fancy tea or a coffee bean subscription, and she’ll be sipping from her mug as she enjoys the calm of retirement.

20. Thank You Gift Basket

Sometimes the best way to say “thank you” for years of commitment and hard work is a specialty gift basket. Pre-made baskets include spa kits, gourmet foods, and wine, or a selection of fun accessories for relaxing. If you feel like getting creative with your coworkers, then the best retirement gift for any woman is the personalized gift basket that includes a selection of all her favorite things. 

Conclusion

The perfect retirement gift for women is the one that combines your knowledge of her passions with her fun-loving personality. These unique gift ideas offer a wide selection of inspiration to help you get started! Want to add some sentiment to your retirement gift? Combine any of the above gifts with one of our collaborative memory books for the perfect combo of sweet, fun, and memorable. 

60th Birthday Gift Ideas: The Best Gifts For Your Loved Ones

Every birthday is special. From the smash cake for your one-year-old to that collaborative memory book you put together for your grandmother’s 85th, each year is an opportunity to celebrate. But every so often, our loved ones reach a milestone birthday that deserves a little extra attention—and a gift that wows! The 60th birthday is one of those milestones, so it’s natural to wonder what gift conveys the right combination of fun, appreciation, and sweet sentimentality. Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered with our list of 20+ fabulous 60th birthday gift ideas for your favorite soon-to-be 60-year-old. Check out our top choices to find that perfect gift.

Things To Consider Before Buying A 60th Birthday Gift

“Thirty, flirty, and thriving” is the saying for turning 30, so what marks six decades of this adventure we call life? Sixty, nifty, and fabulous? Or maybe sixty, sassy, and sensible? Whatever sums up your loved one, finding the perfect 60th birthday gift starts with a bit of creative insight. 

Consider their favorite activities and interests, or even that one thing they always put off. Surprise them with reservations and a gift card to that new restaurant they keep talking about. Or collaborate with friends and family to give them a weekend at their favorite spa, resort, or golf course. 

The perfect 60th birthday gift doesn’t have to be expensive or require massive planning. Sometimes, the most memorable gifts are the ones that make us laugh, remind us of the things we love, or mark those special moments. 

We believe that 60 is an opportunity to surprise your loved one with some fun, thoughtful, and slightly cheeky gifts. With that in mind, these 20+ 60th birthday gifts are ones we would gladly give that adventurous, hilarious, and sometimes serious 60-year-old in our lives.

20 Best 60th Birthday Gifts Ideas For Men And Women 

We write from experience when we say that finding the right 60th birthday gift should be fun! These 20 ideas (plus two bonus ideas) will help inspire you with creative, thoughtful, and humorous gifts for both men and women. Let the shopping begin!

Handwritten Note Blanket

This is the absolute perfect 60th birthday gift if words are how you best convey your love for others. The handwritten note blanket from FirandNeedle combines a soft, cozy blanket with your personalized words. It works just like a photo blanket: you send the seller a picture of a handwritten note that they print onto the blanket style of your choice. Blankets come in four different fabrics/textures and three different sizes.

If your family member loves to cozy up with a blanket and an excellent book, imagine their delight when their new blanket includes a special note from you. Simply find an old postcard or letter, or sit down and write a note (this is an excellent activity for kids!). It is the gift that keeps on giving.

6 Rings For 6 Decades Necklace

For the jewelry lover in your life, this necklace is a sweet reminder of the past 60 wonderful years. Necklaces are available from multiple sellers on Etsy, all with their unique spin on the concept. Some come stacked together like a wreath, while others have six clearly defined rings looped across the necklace. If your favorite 60-year-old is more of a gem or bracelet fan, consider six gems for six decades. These are available in necklaces, bracelets, and more! Bonus tip: this necklace also makes a great anniversary gift for those celebrating several decades of marriage.

Birthday Memory Book

We may be slightly biased, but the collaborative memory book is one of our favorite 60th birthday gifts. Here’s why: not only does it combine memories with photos, personal notes, and fun memorabilia, but it is collaborative as well, meaning other family members, friends, and even co-workers can add their memories to the book!

Memory books are easy to put together. Start by creating a personalized online collection page and then share a link with other participants. Everyone uploads their own stories, photos, collages, and memories. You can edit and rearrange the content as much or as little as you want. Once finished, your memory book is available as a PDF download, or you can print a hardcover keepsake. Either way, you’ll be giving a 60th birthday gift that is sure to make your loved one laugh, cry, and cherish every memory. 

Happy 60th B-day Toilet Paper

When a 60th birthday celebration calls for some humor, look no further than this hilarious gag gift. It may not be the best gift for your grandma, but this 60th birthday toilet paper makes a great office gift for your co-worker or that good-humored friend in your life. Not only that, but it is the gift that keeps them laughing as they work through the entire roll printed with this hilarious message. 

Engraved Beer Mug

This is the 60th birthday gift for all beer lovers: their name and birth year engraved on their very own beer mug. The design suits men or women, making it an all-around memorable gift for any beer-loving 60-year-old. Is your recipient more of a whiskey or wine fan? Consider gifting these perfect personalized drinking glasses, tumblers, and decanters for anything from cocktails to tea. 

Scuddles Garden Tools Set 

Turning 60 sometimes means more opportunities for the hobbies and activities we love. This Scuddles Garden Tool Set is a sweet way to encourage a longtime passion or help them dig in with their newfound hobby. The set is available in several styles, making it excellent for both men and women. Each set includes some combination of gardening gloves, trowels, rakes, and more—with a variety of storage options from a heavy-duty case to a foldable bucket or organizer.

Funny 60th Birthday Mug For Her

For the special lady in your life—or that co-worker with a fun sense of humor—we recommend this funny birthday mug. Not everyone is thrilled at the idea of turning 60, so why not give a 60th birthday gift that brings on the laughter? If this isn’t your style, there are plenty of funny birthday mugs for women available to keep you, your loved one, and your friends laughing and having a good time. 

Amazing 3D Photo Crystal

Make your gift memorable with this 3D photo crystal. Here, you get a favorite photo etched into a crystal, making a delightful tabletop 3D gift! Crystals come in many shapes and sizes, from rectangular to a classic arc. This 60th birthday gift puts a spin on the photograph by providing a holographic image of a favorite moment. 

Birthday Box Of Nostalgic Candy

Birthdays are the perfect time for self-indulgence, and nothing combines indulgence with nostalgia quite like this retro candy gift box from Vintage Candy Co. Help feed your loved one’s sweet tooth and give them something to laugh about as they dig through this box of candy straight from their childhood. Vintage Candy Co. does the hard work of collecting all the fun vintage candy from years ago while you get the joy of giving them a trip down memory lane. The box includes over 63 different candy types from the 1960s that are bound to give your birthday “girl” or “boy” a fun surprise.

Personalized Wine & Beer Labels For 60th Birthday 

Whether you’re throwing a 60th birthday party or giving the gift of a good brew or vintage wine, these personalized wine and beer labels are well worth it. Spice up your friend’s favorite 6-pack with some fun (and funny) 60th birthday humor. Or, if you’re the host of the party, add fun labels to party beverages. The wine lover in your life will love seeing this classy personalized wine label. It’s a fun way to get a bottle of wine that can age for a later date. The label serves as a thoughtful reminder of the special occasion (and date) they received the wine. 

New York Times Custom Puzzle

Calling all puzzle fans! This custom puzzle from the New York Times combines a challenge with a touch of nostalgia. Choose your loved one’s date of birth and give them a puzzle featuring the front page of the New York Times from the day they were born! Not only do they learn what happened in the world on that day, but they also get to enjoy a fun-loving gift time and time again.

Surprise Them With 60-Years-Old Socks

Okay, socks may be the classic “mom” gift (remember all those socks you used to get for Christmas?), but now is your chance to give the gift of cozy and funny all in one. These 60th birthday socks offer a variety of messages, from snarky to sweet, to match the humor of your favorite 60-year-old. We love them because they will make your friend or family member smile, and they pair well with a bottle of wine, a book, or spa gift card. 

A New Watch with Their Favorite Color Band Or Style

Customization is the secret to a great 60th birthday gift because it communicates how much thought you put into it. That is why we love this 60th birthday gift idea. A watch is a classic and stylish gift that shows you care, and a custom color or style of band makes it a truly custom gift. One of our favorite options is the Apple Watch Series 6, which lets you choose any style and color of case and band. 

Tickets To A Show Or Concert 

Sometimes, experiences are the most treasured gift of all. If your friend or family member is a theater lover or avid concert-goer, we highly recommend getting them tickets to a local event. If you need some inspiration, check out Ticketmaster and browse their event listings for show or concert ideas. If you know of a great local venue, look up upcoming events and snag some great seats for a 60th birthday gift that is sure to surprise. 

Classy 60th Birthday Whisky Decanter

For the whisky lovers out there, this classy decanter with whisky tumblers is a fun addition to anyone’s collection. Both decanter and glasses come customized with your recipient’s name and birthdate, making this gift extra special. Add in their favorite bottle of whisky or scotch, and you’ve got a 60th birthday gift that truly is “aged to perfection”!

A Jar Full Of Meaningful Notes

This sentimental gift doesn’t require any shopping, just a little time and consideration! You and other friends or family can fill a jar full of encouraging, loving, and cherished notes. This thoughtful 60th birthday gift keeps on giving each time your loved one opens one of their special notes! If you are short on time, consider a pre-filled jar of friendship notes as a sweet gift to a treasured friend. 

Echo Dot Smart Speaker With Clock

Sometimes, the gift that will make day-to-day life easier (and more enjoyable) is the perfect way to say happy birthday. The Echo Dot smart speaker and clock is a low-profile home assistant, speaker, and clock all in one. Say happy 60th to your friend or family member with a gift they can use around the home for music, playing podcasts while they cook, making shopping lists, and so much more. 

Stylish And Rust-Resistant Flask Gift Set

For a gift that is both stylish and classic, you can’t go wrong with this rust-resistant flask gift set. The flask comes with a funnel and two shot glasses (all made from rust-resistant stainless steel), so your friend or family member can enjoy every last drop of that favorite beverage. The engraved 60th birthday message makes the flask a memorable gift for your favorite 60-year-old. 

Funny Mug With Age 60 Witty Sayings

Wit and wisdom go hand in hand, which is why these witty birthday mugs make a great gift for any 60-year-old. Choose from a selection of funny (and sometimes scandalous) sayings or customize the mug. Either way, your recipient gets a good laugh each day with their new birthday mug. 

Massage Gun For Deep Tissue Massage

Give the gift of a deep tissue massage with this massage gun. Instead of a single-use gift certificate for a spa, this massage gun is the perfect addition to your loved one’s home spa. They will enjoy the benefit of a deep tissue massage any time they want, relieving everyday muscle stiffness and soreness. 

Sentimental 60th Birthday Photo Banner [Bonus]

We’re all about going big for the 60th birthday, which is why we couldn’t resist this birthday gift bonus! Add a little nostalgia and fun to any 60th birthday party with this sentimental photo banner. You can include photos of the birthday boy or girl from across the years, or make it a family photo album with pictures of your birthday recipient and loved ones. This also makes a wonderful gift from a distance. Simply mail it to a family member who can hang it as a surprise on your loved one’s birthday.

Travel Leather Homemade Scrapbook [Bonus]

Our final bonus 60th birthday gift idea truly is the gift that keeps on giving. For those who love to travel (or plan to travel more in their 60s!), this beautiful leather scrapbook provides everything they need to capture their fun travel memories. Add in some scrapbooking tools and pens for a perfect DIY gift. If your loved one isn’t much of a scrapbooker, fill the book with photos and memories for a 60th birthday gift they’ll never forget.  

Final Thoughts

Birthdays are all about celebrating loved ones, sharing recollections, and making memories. Finding the right 60th birthday gift for your loved one could be as simple as capturing some favorite times from the past six decades in a gorgeous keepsake memory book. Whether you choose to celebrate with sentimental, thoughtful or hilarious gifts, your loved one will feel extra special on his or her 60th birthday!

15 Best Teacher Retirement Gift Ideas

Teacher Giving Thumbs Up In Front Of Chalk Board

We all carry fond memories of our favorite teachers, whether we were in school yesterday or fifty years ago. Teachers impact our lives in tangible ways—with the practical knowledge we need to thrive—and also in a million little ways; a smile and a thumbs up when we do well, an encouraging word when the subject is challenging. We can often even credit teachers for guiding us toward a career, artistic endeavor, or goal that shapes our future. When it comes time to celebrate the retirement of a significant teacher in your life, finding the perfect gift is challenging. How do you encompass years of gratitude and appreciation in a single gift? We have a special place in our hearts for teachers and we’re here to help! We’ve curated a guide with our absolute favorite teacher retirement gift ideas. Make your teacher’s retirement a little extra memorable with one of these unique gifts. 

Arrange A Surprise Teacher Retirement Party

Teacher Instructing Student In Library

Nothing quite says “we appreciate you” like a surprise retirement party! Many teachers don’t expect a celebration hosted or arranged by their students, let alone a retirement party. Arranging a surprise celebration is the perfect way to remind a teacher of their impact on your life and the lives of the many students they’ve taught over the years.

Last year, a local high school choir teacher retired after over thirty years of teaching. Former students worked with the school and current students to turn his final choir concert into a surprise retirement party. The former students surprised the teacher by joining the choir on stage to sing the closing number. Afterward, with cake and drinks in hand, students shared fond memories of their time in the choir and even shared videos from graduates who lived across the country and couldn’t be at the retirement party. The choir teacher got to see firsthand how many generations of students he impacted.

Tips To Host A Successful Party for Teachers

A surprise teacher retirement party is an extra memorable way to celebrate your teacher. So where do you even begin? Every retirement party is as unique as the person you’re celebrating, but there are a few things to consider in order to make your teacher feel special.

Include As many Current And Former Students As Possible

Invite students to collaborate on a retirement memory book that you give to your teacher at the party. That way those who don’t live locally can still take part. The more memories you can share with your teacher, the better!

Invite The Teacher’s Family And Loved Ones To Take Part

Family members will love the idea of a teacher retirement party and can help create an event that is both personal and unique.

Pick A Theme

Keep the party lighthearted and teacher-centric by picking a theme related to who the teacher is, something they love, or the topic(s) they teach. This also helps others in choosing an appropriate gift to bring to the party.

Have Fun!

If there is anything all teachers have in common is their desire to impact the next generation through knowledge. Have fun reminding your teacher of the true value and reach of their career.

It’s A Time To Treat Themselves Instead Of Others

Retirement, and even the retirement party, is a time to treat yourself after a career of focusing on the wellbeing of others. This is especially true for teachers who have spent years, even decades, helping and guiding students. 

Keep the focus on your teacher at her retirement party by taking time sharing fun, humorous, and thoughtful memories. Share your class’s collaborative memory book with fun reminders of years gone by. And help your teacher treat himself throughout retirement with gifts that allow them to spend time focused on themselves. A gift card to a local spa or a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant is a great way to give the gift of relaxation. You can even work together as a class or group to give your teacher a weekend away to kick off their retirement in style.

Retirement Gifts For Teachers With A Good Sense Of Humor

Not all retirement gifts need to be sentimental! While showing your teacher the value they brought to their students is important, so is picking a gift that is personal. For teachers with a great sense of humor, consider choosing a more humorous gift that gets them laughing, like the New Yorker Book of Teacher Cartoons.

If your teacher is interested in specific hobbies, foods, beverages, or activities, focus on a gift that speaks to who they are! For the adventurous teacher, consider a scratch-off poster of the world or a book of travel ideas. For teachers who like a good joke, create a t-shirt or mug with their favorite quote or something funny they are known for saying.

15 Best Retirement Gift Ideas for Teachers

Finding the right gift for the right occasion can be challenging. We’ve created inspiration for gift ideas for all kinds of special events, including anniversaries, high school and college graduation, birthday parties, and of course, retirement

When it comes to your teacher, there are a million ways to make their retirement feel special. These are just a few of our favorite teacher retirement gift ideas!

Because I Had a Teacher Hardcover Book

For the moments when you need a heartwarming and sentimental gift of thanks, this book is the perfect gift. Because I Had a Teacher is a picture book designed to share all of those special things that our favorite teacher taught us. It will land a special place on your teacher’s bookshelf.

Compass Necklace

This sterling silver compass necklace is a truly heartfelt teacher retirement gift. Not only does the compass symbolize the adventure ahead in retirement, but the many lives your teacher helped to shape and guide. 

Retirement Gift Box

During this season of COVID, sometimes the best and safest way to give a gift is to send something special through the mail. This adorable retirement gift box includes a hand-planted succulent (locally grown in Los Angeles), a scented candle, a personalized gift card, and fun, colorful matches. They ship the contents directly to your teacher in a beautifully printed gift box.

Wine Bottle Stickers 

If you know your teacher loves a great bottle of wine, spice it up with these humorous retirement wine bottle stickers. Give your teacher a laugh as they enjoy their wine labeled, “Sip sip, hooray!” or “Why limit happiness to just one hour? You’re retired!”

Personalized Golf Balls

Keep your teacher retirement gift personal and fun with these personalized gifts from NowThatsPersonal on Etsy! For the golf-loving teacher, give a collection of golf balls with the message “Retirement is in full swing,” or choose from many fun personalized golfing gifts!

Personalized Retirement Beer Glass

Another fun and personal gift is this personalized beer glass from DUSTandTHINGS. Have your personal message hand engraved on the mug, including your teacher’s name, the years she taught, or any special message that will make her smile every time she pours a beer.

Retirement Stepping Stone

This is the perfect gift for every teacher’s garden! This beautiful hand-painted stepping stone includes a painted chestnut tree and is completely customizable. Add a special message to your teacher, including his or her name, or even add your name and date to the back of the stone as a lasting reminder that their career as a teacher changed your life.

Steeplechase Vineyards Spa Collection Gift Basket

Give your teacher the retirement gift of relaxation with this gorgeous wine and spa gift basket. The basket includes two bottles of wine (chardonnay and merlot) and a full collection of lavender vanilla scented spa products for the perfect at-home spa night. This is a great option for the hardworking teacher who loves to relax at home with a tasty glass of wine.

Kindle PaperWhite Reader

For the book lover in every teacher, what better way to celebrate retirement than the gift of reading! The Kindle PaperWhite is an e-reader that can hold many books and magazines and is lightweight and perfect for traveling on all those post-retirement trips. You can even add to your gift with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited for 1-12 months to get your teacher started building their retirement reading library.

Retired Wine Tumbler

This fun wine tumbler is also a friendly reminder to your teacher that you will always appreciate her. The insulated rose gold tumbler, with the message “You can’t retire from being great!” serves as a lifelong reminder to your that her influence as a teacher is never-ending.

Gourmet Biscotti

While an Italian vacation may not be within reach, you can still give the sweet taste of Italy as a retirement gift. Barnett’s Gourmet Biscotti comes in an elegant gift box and includes either 12 or 24 pieces of hand-dipped biscotti cookies. Each biscotti is topped with a unique flavoring, making this a fun gift for your teacher to enjoy during her relaxing, retired afternoons with her favorite cup of coffee.

Personalized Garden Tools

Does your teacher love to garden? These personalized garden tools are an extra special teacher retirement gift and a glorious reminder that retirement means more time to spend in the garden! AllAboutImpressions offers ten different font options giving you the opportunity to give your teacher a truly personalized retirement gift. You can even turn this into a fun class gift by including a wheelbarrow of plants and seeds along with your personalized garden tools.

Personalized Cutting Board

This personalized cutting board is great for the baker or cook in everyone! If you don’t like the example message, no problem! Simply have your solid maple cutting board laser engraved by the seller. Ideas include fun quotes, sayings, or simply your teacher’s name and date of retirement.

Leather Catchall Tray

We can all use a bit more organization in our lives, your teacher included! This gorgeous leather catchall tray is a fun way to commemorate your teacher’s retirement while giving them a fun organizational tool for their home. The seller, PaperAnniversaryLove, even allows you to send a custom logo or graphic (not just lettering) to engrave on your teacher’s leather tray.

Retirement Coloring Book

This relaxing teacher retirement gift is a hint to your teacher that the next season brings with it plenty of time to enjoy life. Each page of the retirement coloring book includes fun and timely reminders to your teacher that he worked hard and now is the perfect time to relax, rest, and maybe even explore the world.

Find the Perfect Teacher Retirement Gift

Need more retirement gift ideas? We’ve got you covered! Visit Newlywords.com for more great retirement gift suggestions or to create the perfect retirement collaborative memory book. 

We believe teachers are a significant gift to society and deserve to be showered with fun, memorable, and unique gifts at retirement. Be sure to check out any of the above gifts and have fun customizing the perfect gift for your favorite teacher.

Virtual Retirement Party Ideas: Make Your Coworker’s Last Day Memorable

Every day, nearly 10,000 people reach retirement age. In 2020 alone, the number of Baby Boomers retiring increased by over 3 million from the previous year. While not everyone retires from their career at age 65, it is likely that this year will bring with it an opportunity to celebrate one of your coworkers as they head off into retirement. But with many offices spread around the globe or still maintaining work-from-home standards, how do you properly celebrate your coworker in this digital age? Enter the virtual retirement party.

While having virtual social events may be a hallmark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we think the idea is here to stay. As more and more companies ditch the 9-to-5 office environment, there will be plenty of opportunities for virtual celebrations. Ready to become a virtual party planning master? Start here with our guide to throwing a momentous—and memorable—virtual retirement party.

Why Should You Hold a Virtual Retirement Party?

Retirement is an incredible accomplishment. It represents years of hard work and devotion. Spending a few hours celebrating years of accomplishments is well worth the time, even when done virtually.

The moment of retirement is an opportunity to honor and encourage friends and coworkers. And just because you’re not all in the same city, state or country, it doesn’t mean the moment should pass by unacknowledged. A virtual retirement party is the perfect way to let your coworker know you will miss them, but also that their time with your company has left a mark.

Ideas for Holding a Virtual Retirement Party

A virtual retirement party may take place on a screen rather than in a home or event space, but that doesn’t mean it is any less of an event! In fact, taking your retirement party virtual enables more guests to attend from other parts of the globe. Truly make your event one to remember with these tips for hosting a virtual retirement party.

Use Apps to Facilitate Engagement
The first step to throwing a memorable virtual retirement party is to create a buzz about the event. Sending out virtual invitations through an app like Evite makes the party feel more tangible to the guests, including the guest of honor. The app also allows guests to sign a virtual “guest book” and leave fun comments to prepare for the big day.

Build on your party momentum by inviting all your coworkers to contribute to a retirement memory book. Getting the entire office to collaborate and share memories and photos helps facilitate engagement and excitement for the celebration.

Set Up a Countdown
What better way to build anticipation than to create a countdown to the big day? Virtual countdowns are easy to set up and serve as a fun way to honor your coworker throughout their last days and months with the company. Platforms like Counting Down To and Time and Date let you create a countdown clock to share with coworkers. You can even choose a retirement party theme and save the clock to your internal website or flash it up on company Zoom meetings as a reminder of the upcoming event. However you choose to use it, a countdown is a great way to add some lighthearted fun to your highly anticipated virtual retirement party.

Send Physical Gifts
While the key event will be virtual, sending physical gifts is a great way to show the guest of honor that you appreciate them. Need some retirement gift ideas? Even small, personal gifts can make a big statement! From a book by the retiree’s favorite author to travel essentials for their first big trip post-retirement, these tokens will remind recipients that they are loved. Also, don’t forget to print your office memory book and have it shipped straight to them.

Pick a Time That the Entire Team Can Attend
Whether you’re using Zoom, your own internal conferencing tool or any other video conferencing platform, finding a time when everyone can attend is essential. In-office retirement parties are an opportunity for everyone in the company to celebrate. Virtual retirement parties are no different. Choose a time when the board, committees and entire staff can pause their workday and properly celebrate.

Plan the Activities

Another way to ensure a successful virtual retirement party is to plan the activities. Video conferencing can sometimes be awkward (although, hopefully we’re all past that by now!), and being unprepared for a party can just add to that awkward feeling.

Instead, entertain guests with some fun virtual games that get people interacting, laughing and enjoying the moment. Games are a simple way to engage the entire list of attendees at your virtual retirement party while also easing the slight tension of online interaction. The best part is that virtual games are simple! We’ve even listed a few that you and your team might enjoy.

Two Truths and a Lie
A fun and easy way to get to know each other, and the guest of honor, is to play “Two Truths and a Lie.” Each person shares two facts about themselves that are true and one that is a lie. Guests have to guess which is which. Hand out points for each correct guess and designate a winner at the end! Fun prizes can be anything from office bragging rights and a virtual medal to a coffee gift card for the winner’s local coffee shop.

Heads Up!
Another great virtual retirement party game is Heads Up!, a virtual take on classic games like charades. Send a link to your party guests before the big day and have them download the Heads Up! app on their phones. Divide guests into teams and enjoy a laugh with your coworkers. When it’s your turn, simply hold the phone up to your head and try to guess what is on the screen based on the clues from your team. When you get it right, you get to move on to the next word or you can skip a challenging word at the risk of losing points. Either way, your virtual party guests will have a great time.

Never Have I Ever – Office Edition
Never Have I Ever is a classic party game that comes in many forms. For a virtual retirement party, however, we recommend trying this Zoom-friendly office edition. Start by having everyone at the party hold up five fingers. The first person to go says, “Never have I ever…” followed by something they have never done around the office or during the workday. For example, “Never have I ever watched TV during a work Zoom meeting.” If anyone has done this before, they have to close one finger. Once all five fingers are closed, that person exits the game!

Plan a Virtual Escape Room
Familiar with the excitement (and tension) of Escape Room? Now you can play online with your entire company. Your virtual Escape Room is like the real thing, except instead of being in the room yourself, you and your party guests get to experience the room remotely. An Escape Room guide joins your virtual retirement party and locks themselves in the room with a camera. Your guests then look for clues and help direct the guide to escape the room. The entire process takes about 60 minutes. You must schedule this in advance, so be sure to plan ahead!

Don’t Make It Lengthy
Amid planning your coworker’s virtual retirement party, be sure to keep it fun, festive and also timely. A long, drawn-out event reminds people of lengthy work meetings, not celebrations. Keep the party on schedule with specific games and activities, and set aside a predetermined amount of time for speeches, memory sharing and well-wishes. Let guests know in advance how long the party will be, and then allow room for people to stay on longer if they wish.

Ideas for Mailing Gifts

Sending gifts to your retiring coworker is one way to make the celebrations last a little longer. Gifts also leave a tremendous impact, especially if they arrive in the days after retirement when your coworker may be missing work or their old routine.

These are a few simple gift ideas, but you can find more retirement specific gift ideas on our blog!

Send Gift Cards
One of the simplest and easiest gifts to send a retiring coworker is a gift card. You can have the entire office sign one card or have everyone send a personal card and message to flood the retiree’s mailbox on the same day/week. You can also mail a collaborative book that serves as a “gift card” from the office that your coworker will treasure for years to come.

Send Their Favorite Flower
One way to make your retiree feel celebrated is with the very tangible gift of flowers. Having flowers delivered to the front door will make anyone feel special, and this is certainly a time to emphasize how special your coworker is to the team. For those retirees who are big fans of gardening, consider sending a plant or bush instead. Find a local delivery company, or use a popular nationwide option like 1-800 Flowers or FTD.

Tips & Tricks to Ensure A Successful Virtual Retirement Party

One of the best and easiest ways to throw a successful virtual retirement party is to keep things fun, festive and on theme. This is a special opportunity to celebrate someone who has worked hard to get to where they are today. Follow these tips to keep your party running smoothly and feeling festive for everyone involved!

Honor the Guest
The entire reason you and your team are gathering online is to celebrate the guest of honor. Set aside an ample amount of time (but don’t let it go too long!) to allow people to share fun work memories, stories and personal thoughts about the retiree. You can even encourage everyone to BYOB to the party and show up with a sparkling beverage in hand so you can all make virtual toasts.

Invite Those Near & Dear to The Honoree
Just like in-person retirement parties, a virtual retirement party should include close friends and family members of the retiree. The day is extra special when the guest of honor’s spouse, children and former colleagues are there to celebrate too. Be sure to schedule some time for these special invitees to share a few words about their loved one.

Share Past Experiences of Their Career
A retirement party is the perfect time to highlight the experiences and achievements of a long and fulfilling career. Invite some of your team’s longest standing employees (and those who have worked closely with the retiree) to share some of their fondest memories and lessons learned from working with the guest of honor. This is a time for celebration, so keep stories and memories festive, positive and encouraging!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long should the party last?
There is no hard and fast rule about how long a virtual retirement party should last. If you plan to include games and activities, we recommend keeping your party from 90 minutes to two hours (remember that the virtual Escape Room takes 60 min). For parties that are simply a time to share memories, 30 minutes may be enough time to celebrate.

How do you handle coworkers leaving virtually?
Encourage your coworkers to stay for the entire party to help make the guest of honor feel valued. You can even share the itinerary with everyone so that if they need to slip out early, they can find an appropriate time that won’t interrupt the festivities.

What are the most important parts of a virtual retirement party?
Making sure your guest of honor feels special is the most important aspect of a virtual retirement party. Be sure to prioritize time to share stories and celebrate the retiree’s accomplishments.

Conclusion

Retirement is an achievement worth celebrating! Thanks to technology and a little creativity, hosting a virtual retirement party for your coworker has never been easier. With a little planning, you can engage your team and plan a thoughtful event that includes games, gifts, special stories and plenty of shared memories.

For more great gift ideas to make your retiree feel celebrated and honored, check out our memory book resources and ideas.

The Collaborative Cookbook: Inspiring Creativity and Community During COVID-19

For generations, cooking has brought families, friends, and communities together. The kitchen has long been considered the heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers to enjoy the combination of good company, and good food.

As we continue to live in the uncertainty of COVID-19, social distancing means forgoing family dinners, gatherings, and even brunch out with friends—all of which revolve around food. Because of this, many have turned to home cooking to while away the hours, with the hashtag “coronaviruscooking” taking social media by storm.

But one thing our COVID-19 season is missing is the people with whom we love to share our meals. As we spend more time experimenting and expanding our recipe collections, we also want to be able to share our #coronaviruscooking with others.

At Newlywords, we believe in the power of collaboration and community—and a good home-cooked meal. This is why we decided to bring all of those elements together into one, heartwarming collaborative cookbook, where you—and others—can share the recipes you love the most.

What is a Collaborative Cookbook?

Building a cookbook is often a solo task, one that requires long hours experimenting with recipes, professional photoshoots, and plenty of editing. The collaborative cookbook, however, is something else entirely.

Much like the community cookbooks of old—those made for the Ladies’ Aid Society or local high school fundraisers—collaborative cookbooks include recipes from across the community, brought together into a single book.

In many cases, these cookbooks revolve around a specific theme or group. People make cookbooks to share recipes among their school groups, religious gatherings, or even give their recipes as gifts. Every participant shares a recipe or two, and one person combines the recipes to make a complete cookbook.

How to Build a Cookbook with Your Community

At Newlywords, we’ve simplified the process of making a collaborative cookbook. You can easily invite friends or family to contribute recipes, photos, and ideas via our online platform. You can then rearrange the contributions to make a cohesive cookbook that combines everyone’s favorite recipes. Cookbooks can either be shared via PDF, to add to your digital collection, or printed, for those who love the feel of a cookbook in their hands. Friends, family, and co-workers can once more come “together” around food in the form of the collaborative cookbook.

Our Favorite Ways to Share Great Recipes

In the midst of COVID-19, while we may not be able to share our cooking, we can certainly share our recipes. These are some of our favorite ways that customers are using collaboration and cooking to stay connected.

Recipes for the Class of 2020

With nationwide school closures, the class of 2020 is the first ever to end their school year at home and even experience virtual graduation ceremonies. But don’t worry, the cooks and the bakers won’t let this crazy moment slip by without some home-cooked cheer.

Parents, classmates, and even teachers can work together to create a memory that will last a lifetime: a cookbook full of recipes from the class of 2020.

Collaborative Wedding and Shower Gifts

For many engaged couples, the coronavirus pandemic meant canceled plans and postponed ceremonies. For others, however, their weddings simply morphed into something unique: virtual ceremonies, or small, private affairs. Baby showers have also changed dramatically as people jump on video conferencing platforms to celebrate the mom-to-be.

One way loved ones are coming together to help celebrate the newlyweds or new parents is by building collaborative cookbooks. By inviting guests and family members to contribute, they are able to create a beautiful gift that speaks of community, love, and a shared appreciation for great food.

Birthday Party Favor

Looking for creative ways to thank your friends for jumping on Zoom or Houseparty to celebrate your birthday? We think the collaborative cookbook is one of the most memorable ways to say thank you.

You can easily email your guest list from the Newlywords platform and invite them to submit their favorite recipe. You can even give them a theme, like “favorite desserts” or “best birthday party snacks.” Once everyone has submitted a recipe, easily edit and combine the submissions to create a PDF of everyone’s favorite foods. Send it off as a birthday party favor, and even print a hard copy to add to your own collection.

Neighborhood Togetherness

Many of us are feeling the lack of community and connectedness that was previously part of our everyday lives. In order to combat isolation, people are finding creative ways to come together through cooking!

Some eager cooks are using this time to build community by collaborating with neighbors and sharing fun, new recipes. Take it a step further and combine those recipes into a single cookbook that can be passed down as a memory of this season—and some of the sweet and savory delights that came out of it.

The Co-worker Collective

If working from home has you missing your co-workers, the collaborative cookbook is a fun and easy way to bring everyone together on a project unrelated to work. While some are opting for virtual happy hour to stay connected, combining your favorite COVID-19 recipes is a great way to connect and build a lasting memory.

Your office collaborative cookbook also makes a great retirement gift for co-workers that are retiring in the midst of social distancing measures. While a big party may be out of the question, you and your team can give a lasting gift in the form of shared recipes.

Remembering the Season

One of our favorite ways to use the collaborative cookbook is as a time capsule to remember this unique season we are in. With family members unable to visit one another, they can instead turn to the shared expression of cooking.

Grandmothers, uncles, brothers, moms, and daughters can all contribute toward a cookbook that captures the recipes that brought the most joy during this difficult time. Not only will the collaborative cookbook be a fun memory to share as a family or among friends, but it also makes a great gift for those who may be too young to remember this season when life returns to a new normal.

Birthday Celebration & Gift Ideas During COVID-19

Celebrating milestones brings people together. Birthday parties are an especially important tradition, giving family and friends an opportunity to shower affection on loved ones and remind them how much they are valued and cherished.

While staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic has limited in-person events and celebrations, that doesn’t mean the party is over. There are a million little ways to make someone feel celebrated in the midst of social distancing. And technology is on our side. Between high quality video conferencing tools, the internet, and an abundance of creativity, here are just a few of the creative ways to celebrate birthdays while still observing social distancing recommendations.

Ideas for Virtual Birthday Parties

For many, the go-to solution for socially distanced birthday celebrations is video conferencing tools. With plenty of options out there, it is easier than ever before to get your family and friends online to celebrate together from afar. We recommend exploring tools like SkypeFacebook MessengerGoogle HangoutsFaceTimeZoomWhatsAppHouseparty, and Squad to find the platform that best meets your needs.

Once you have your platform of choice, it’s time to start planning a fun and entertaining virtual birthday party! These are just a few of our favorite ideas…

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Give a Toast

Toasting the guest of honor is a well-loved tradition that dates back to ancient civilization. Even though your birthday celebration is now digital, putting together a meaningful toast creates an opportunity to share a brief memory, along with well wishes for the future.

We recommend preparing your guests by sending a quick note inviting them to speak during the virtual celebration—and preparing them to have a toast-worthy drink in hand. Have guests take a trip down memory lane and share a story or memory about the guest of honor. Stories and toasts can be funny, touching, or downright silly. The goal is to show how the guest of honor has made a difference in the lives of friends and family.

You can even share some resources to help them write their toasts. A few great options include:

Another great option is to ask every guest to share a picture of them with the guest of honor to go along with their toast. And don’t forget to have fun! Your virtual birthday celebration is about sharing moments, laughter, and sweet memories.

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Share Advice and Life Experience

Whether you’re turning nine or ninety, everyone loves a little sage advice or humorous wisdom. Ask participants to come prepared to share the best and most important advice they have received over the years, or the most important (or ridiculous) tips and tricks they have learned through experience.

What birthday guest wouldn’t be delighted to gain some insight from Confucius, Gandhi, your little brother, or Great Grandpa? Need a little inspiration? Check out this funny advice from kids for a good laugh. Advice might range from super-serious to overly silly, but no matter what, it’s sure to be entertaining.

And don’t forget to appoint a scribe to take notes! Turn the advice into a fun, digital party favor that gets sent to all the guests after the party.

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Get Competitive

What birthday party would be complete without a little friendly competition? Games are a staple at most birthday parties, even the virtual kind. Bingo, Charades, and Pictionary all work on video chat, with Pictionary and Charades being the fan favorites.

Charades, for example, doesn’t require any special tools or supplies. Simply adapt the rules to your virtual forum. There are even sites where you can generate your charades phrases automatically.

Bingo lovers are also in luck! Online tools such as the Bingo Card Generator allow you to download and share Bingo cards with all of your guests. Other sites, such as Online Bingo and Lets Play Bingo automatically generate the calls.

If you want to take the competitive spirit to the next level, host a dance contest, scavenger hunt, or drawing challenge. Enjoy a (virtual) room full of laughs as your guests take on the competition of your choice.

Plan to have your guest of honor serve as the judge, and prizes can be awarded in a wide variety of categories, including:

  • Most Creative Performance
  • Most Courageous Performance
  • Least Likely to Be Forgotten
  • Most Entertaining
  • Most Likely to End Up in Show Business

For more great ideas for competitions and games, check out websites like IcebreakerIdeas.comHobbyLark.com, and ListSurge.com.

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Teach Something New

If you have a guest with a particular skill or hobby, consider hosting a “how-to” event at your virtual birthday party. While in-person parties sometimes offer cupcake decorating or pottery painting, your virtual party can still be a great opportunity to teach your guests a new skill or craft.

Prepare your guests by sending a list of necessary supplies at least a week prior to the party. Depending on your guest of honor’s favorite hobby or art medium, choose something that is fun and easy to teach online. Some virtual birthday parties have centered around a group painting experience, while others involved knitting, container gardening, or even making your own hand sanitizer.

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Pick a Theme

Themed birthday parties never seem to go out of style, no matter your age. Some of the most beloved themes, from “Under the Sea” to the “Roaring 20’s” are still very much applicable to your virtual birthday party.

Keep the theme alive by sharing it in advance and inviting your guests to arrive on screen in costume. To help them manage proper social distancing—and to make things more entertaining—require guests to only make costumes from items available to them at home.

Other ways to utilize your theme include having fun with virtual backgrounds. Video platforms like Zoom offer a variety of backgrounds to create the right mood for your guests and to match their themed costumes.

You can even watch a movie together—one that fits the theme, of course—starting and pausing everyone’s screen simultaneously. Netflix subscribers have this option through Netflix Party (only the host needs an account), and there is Kast for larger groups.

Gift Ideas that Can Be Sent by Mail or Online 

While in-person birthday parties are out due to social distancing, that doesn’t mean we have to do away with gift-giving as well! Giving gifts can be challenging in the time of coronavirus, but there are still plenty of ways to spread the love. Many e-commerce businesses are experiencing long delays, but the good news is you don’t have to rely on retailers to get thoughtful birthday gifts to your loved ones. These are some great, social distance approved gift options that come straight from the heart, ensuring your friends and family will treasure them for years to come.

Create a Birthday Party-in-a-Box 

Balloons and confetti are fun whether you are celebrating virtually or in-person, so package up all of the traditional party fixings and send them off to your loved one. In addition to balloons and confetti, include a birthday sash or crown, streamers, and a party favor. Don’t forget the most important part: a sweet treat that you made yourself or selected with care during your weekly run to the store.

You can upgrade your party-in-a-box by adding some do-it-yourself decor that reflects the recipient’s interests. These are just a few ideas:

Of course, if you are short on time, supplies, or creative energy, there is nothing wrong with asking the professionals to step in. You can create and send a party-in-a-box from your favorite party supply store. Party City is open for online orders, as are Michael’s and Oriental Trading.

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Send an E-Gift Card 

Online gift cards can be delivered instantly, which makes them a perfect choice for socially distant birthday celebrations. Now is a great time to send something fun that the recipient wouldn’t normally buy for him or herself. Consider their hobbies and opt for something that might encourage them during this time of social distancing. Send a gift card to their favorite local art supply store, bookstore, or restaurant (if they have to-go options available).

You can also look further afield for some fun gift card options from online retailers. Grab a card from Williams Sonoma for the cooking hobbyist, or perhaps a subscription to Wine.com for the wine lover who is looking to expand his or her palate.

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Gift a Subscription Service 

For those experiencing more time at home, there are some advantages to social distancing. Long-neglected projects are finally getting completed (we hope), movie buffs are rewatching old favorites, and many people are improving their cooking and baking skills.

One way to make this birthday extra special is by gifting a subscription service that adds some variety and spice to quarantine living. For the movie lover who hasn’t quite transitioned to the streaming lifestyle, consider gifting a streaming service such as NetflixHulu, or Disney+.

Other subscription services that make great gifts include online learning platforms, tools for the artist in your life (such as ScribeDelivery or SketchBox) or even high-quality meal kit services, especially for the aspiring chef. With meal kits, the recipient can choose from a variety of menus before boxes are shipped, and each package includes everything needed to put a delicious meal together.

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Create a Collaborative Memory Book

Whether you are celebrating a milestone birthday, or you simply want to mark this profoundly unique season, nothing captures all of life’s beautiful moments quite like a memory book. Birthdays are a celebration of life—and a celebration of a lifetime’s worth of experiences, relationships, and achievements. Now is the perfect time to bring those moments together in a memorable way.

Gather pictures, thoughts, advice, and memories from all of your closest friends and family to create a one-of-a-kind collaborative memory book. To make things even easier, you can use a comprehensive service like Newlywords.

This platform is specifically designed to reduce the stress of collecting, sorting, and arranging memorabilia from family and friends. Instead, you send an email invitation to each participant and they upload their pictures and thoughts directly to the Newlywords site and our easy-to-use templates. You don’t have to chase them down, sort through their photos, or send email reminders. Once all the contributions are submitted, you can rearrange them to your liking. The end result is a beautiful digital or printed memory book that the birthday recipient will treasure for years to come.

Record a Video Montage 

If virtual birthday parties aren’t your style (we get it, Zoom calls can be exhausting) another great way to spread the birthday cheer is with a video montage. Ask friends and family to record a short video for the birthday guy or gal and send it your way to create compile one celebratory video. Encourage participants to keep it simple. They can record a video easily using their laptop, tablet, or smartphone and email or text it directly to you.

To make things even easier, consider using a service like VidHug. Similar to Newlywords, you send invitations to participants directly from the site, and they receive instructions for submitting their special birthday message. Once all contributions are received you can easily compile the montage through the VidHug platform.

Build a Group Puzzle 

If you’ve never experienced the joy of a group puzzle, now is definitely your chance. Group puzzles are a great way to celebrate a birthday and make a person feel loved and connected in a time of social distancing.

There are a few ways to create your group puzzle, but by far the easiest option is to print a puzzle pdf from the folks at Oh Happy Day. Send one page of the document to each participant. They write a message on the back and send it along to the birthday recipient. The birthday guy or gal assembles all of the puzzle pieces into a final poster-sized image that is filled with the messages of loved ones.

Whether you choose to mail a gift, send a memory book, or celebrate a virtual birthday party—or all of the above—social distancing doesn’t have to put a damper on your celebration. In a time when being physically together simply isn’t possible, with a little creativity and the help of technology, you can still make every birthday memorable!

Did we miss a great idea? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Retirement Gift Ideas & Celebration Ideas During a Pandemic

For many, retirement is the end of a lifelong career—the achievement of service and dedication to one or many companies across the years. Others experience retirement as the beginning of a new era, a chance to pursue old passions or new dreams. Regardless, retirement is an accomplishment worth celebrating among co-workers, friends, and family. But in the midst of our current reality—a global coronavirus pandemic, nationwide shelter-in-place orders, and social distancing measures—how do you genuinely and enthusiastically celebrate your co-worker or loved one? If nothing else, 2021 continues to present us with opportunities to get creative in our approach to celebrations and gift-giving. This is especially the case with retirement gift ideas since you don’t want the celebration of a special career to be short-changed. Don’t put the needed celebration on hold quite yet! Instead, it’s time to celebrate retirement with creativity and style.

Host a Virtual Retirement Surprise Party

It’s time to host one final work Zoom call. Whether your workplace is spread across the country, globe, or all in the same city, Zoom is not just your tool for work meetings, but also virtual hangouts and party celebrations. Work with your retiree’s spouse or family to organize a surprise party via Zoom. Convince your co-worker that there is one more thing to discuss before they officially retire, and surprise them by showing up with party hats and retirement decorations on every screen.

To make it a true party, organize some games that can be played via video call. Play retirement themed Pictionary, making some of the categories related to office jokes that the retiree will appreciate. Or create a new version of Drink Talk Learn where everyone gets three minutes to share their favorite funny story about the retiree. At the end, everyone has to vote on their favorite. Create some retirement-themed awards for the winners.

Don’t forget to share your favorite sentimental stories about the retiree as well. This is a great opportunity to congratulate them on past successes and achievements, highlighting their personal impact on the company. Take a moment to recall some of the projects they helped complete, and some of the ways the company has changed over the years, emphasizing your co-worker’s role throughout those transitions.

And definitely don’t forget the cake and champagne. Make sure your retiree’s family or spouse surprises them with a retirement cake and champagne during the call so everyone can sing, cheer, and celebrate together. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a toast and cake while your co-workers virtually celebrate your retirement.

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Put Your Mug on a Mug

We can all use a good laugh right about now. What better way to bring cheer to your retiring co-worker than to give them a reminder of what—or who, rather—they will be missing in the office? Customize coffee mugs (we love options available at Newlywords, but we’re not biased) with a photo of each co-worker. That’s right, stick your mug on a mug and shower your retiree with a gift that will make them laugh each morning. You may not be able to throw a retirement party at this time, but you can make your co-worker feel special, and guarantee they will never forget your face.

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Shower Them with Office Swag

If coffee mugs with faces on them aren’t your style, check out swag.com to get ideas for other fun (and entertainingly useless) brand-related gifts you can give. The goal is to never let them forget the workplace. Put together a collection of branded tote bags, shirts with funny work quotes, photos of colleagues, and far more pens than they could ever use. Have a virtual brainstorm session with your team to come up with funny sayings or your retiree’s favorite quotes. This is an opportunity for a little lighthearted retirement and office humor. Retirement gift ideas should be fun, right?

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Film a Video Montage

Video montages are a great way to collect the thoughts, photos, and encouragement of friends and family all in one place. Tools like VidHug make it even easier to organize and create an incredible video montage that includes everyone from co-workers to grandkids. VidHug allows you to send an invitation to anyone on your list. They record a video clip of themselves on any device and the VidHug team compiles a movie to present at your virtual retirement party. This is a great option for teams that are scattered around the country and for those who may not be able to make it to a virtual retirement party. Make sure everyone on your team gets a chance to share their words of support and encouragement for the retiree. And for those who have a tech-savvy team member, have fun creating a unique video with your entire staff offering up words of wisdom.

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Get Them Travel-Ready

Retirement often presents opportunities to travel and visit family, new places, and simply explore the globe. If your co-worker has travel plans that have been put on hold because of COVID-19, you can still celebrate their retirement with travel-related gifts and inspiration. Get them travel ready with travel books for their first planned destination. Or better yet, consider putting together your own book of travel advice and thoughts. Have everyone from work share their best piece of advice or one of their favorite travel mishaps. Turn it into a collection with photos of each co-worker alongside their thoughts and travel tips.

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Say Happy Retirement With a Good Book

Does your loved one or co-worker love books? Help them start retirement with a collection of new books to add to their reading list. Have everyone at the office—as well as family and friends—each send a book with a personal note to celebrate their retirement date. If you aren’t sure what books your co-worker would love, make a list of all your favorite books from the past few years. Send one that speaks to their new season, their hobbies, or simply something fun that they can read in the garden this summer. Still not sure about the perfect book? Check out Amazon’s favorite books of the month or have everyone from work pick a different genre so the retiree is surprised with a smattering of new reading material.

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Go Crazy and Assemble a Workplace Musical Number

COVID-19 and current stay-at-home orders have sparked an outpouring of digital innovation. Museums are providing virtual tours, opera houses are live-streaming performances, and the cast of Hamilton even jumped on Zoom to perform for a young fan. We may not all be as musically talented as the cast of Hamilton, but for workplace teams that want to get creative, your office can join the fun by creating a live or recorded retirement performance unlike any other! Invite the retiree onto Zoom (or any other group video chat tool) to experience co-workers performing a favorite musical number, a spoken word poem about the retiree, or any number of fun (and funny) performances. You don’t have to be talented to make everyone laugh and have a good time. Have fun, get creative, and spread the joy of celebrating retirement together, even when you are cities or states apart.

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Organize a Retirement Memory Book

Photo books and memory books last a lifetime and allow you to share some of the best moments in your retiree’s career. Working together as a team—with both co-workers and family members—collect photos, thoughts, quotes, and memories to create a collection that will be a treasured retirement gift. If collating and organizing photos and emails from people all over the country sounds complicated, stick to incredible digital tools like Newlywords. Instead of managing emails and photos from work friends and family, you can send an invitation to everyone involved using the Newlywords platform. Invitees then add their memories straight to the platform and the Newlywords team helps you create a gorgeous memory book. One of the most beloved retirement gift ideas is a book filled with words of affirmation and cherished memories from friends throughout the years.

How to Truly Celebrate Your Graduate and Still Social Distance

For the past several weeks, our lives have been turned upside down in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools, businesses, and public services have been temporarily halted in order to work as a nation and community to stop the spread of the virus. Now, with things changing daily, many states are choosing to keep schools closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year and students and teachers are switching to online learning. Graduating high school and college seniors (and even those transitioning from other milestones, such as kindergarten) are grappling with the cancellation of graduation ceremonies, parties, and even family events. While social distancing guidelines and statewide stay-at-home orders mean limiting gatherings and staying at least 6 feet away from others, it does not limit our ability to celebrate! Are you ready to boost your graduate’s spirits? We’ve compiled 15 of the top ways to social distance and still celebrate your graduate this spring.

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Organize a Group Video Call

Birthday parties, book clubs, and yes, graduation parties are making their way in the digital world. A longtime staple for corporations and remote workers, video conferencing tools have seen a huge uptick in downloads and users in the past several weeks. Universities, K-12 schools, churches, families, and groups of friends are now using these tools to connect and be together while still maintaining social distancing.

Organize your grad’s celebration with friends and family by inviting them to log on to a video call at a designated time. Surprise your graduate by having participants sing, cheer, swap stories about their time as a student, offer up toasts, and spend time together celebrating this milestone.

Tools We Love: We have had success using popular conferencing sites and apps such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Houseparty, all of which allow multiple users to be on the same call at one time. Find the tool that works best for you!

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Create a Video Montage

Who doesn’t love a good video montage? Especially when it includes messages from friends and family across the globe. In lieu of sending party invitations, send an email to friends and family and ask them to submit a short video expressing their love and congratulations to your graduate.

For those who are tech-savvy, or simply love a creative project, you can use video editing tools like iMovie or Adobe Premiere Pro to compile each individual video into one movie. Add some music and photos to transition between clips.

Tools We Love: If compiling movies and making montages sounds like a challenge, we’ve got you covered! Try using VidHug to invite, record, and compile your video. Through the platform, you can send an invitation to all your family and friends, they record their video on any device, and the VidHug team compiles your movie so it is ready for graduation day.

Celebrate the Day of the Grad

Every graduate has their favorite things: foods, activities, games, hobbies. Make a plan for graduation day to be designated the “Day of the Grad.” Take the day to celebrate everything your graduate loves. If your grad is currently part of your household, make the day a family event. Start with their favorite breakfast, followed by a movie marathon, video game competitions, backyard board games, and a day full of their favorite snacks. Does your grad love to be outside? Build your own backyard disc golf course, or introduce the family to games like Bocce Ball or Spikeball.

If your graduate is living elsewhere during this stay-at-home season, send them a gift basket of all their favorite things so that they can celebrate in place. Send a combination of fun ingredients for their favorite foods, a favorite movie, book, snacks, or gift cards.

Tools We Love: If time is limited, consider using Amazon to send a care package of your graduate’s favorite things.

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Have a Graduation Block-Party

Whether your graduate lives at home or is living in a different city, state, or across town, they are surrounded by neighbors who would love to help them celebrate. Pick a designated day and time to have neighbors hang signs in their front windows, and even step outside (maintaining appropriate distance, of course) to cheer, shout, bang pots and pans, and create a celebration in honor of your grad.

If you don’t currently live with your student, ask roommates and friends to help spread the word to the neighborhood. Just make sure to get your graduate outside at the right time so that he or she can enjoy the community-wide celebration.

Tools We Love: Purchase a custom photo yard sign here.

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Host a Backyard (or Virtual) Graduation Ceremony

Many graduates have already received their caps and gowns, which they will now never wear in a ceremony. Host your own graduation ceremony (with or without the gown!) and give your grad a chance to be recognized.

Small, backyard ceremonies with family (for those who live together) will provide great photo opportunities. Take snapshots with your grad to add to a future memory book. For virtual or backyard ceremonies, ask your graduate to share some of their favorite moments in school, their favorite achievements, and their plans for the future. Take time to celebrate the things they are proud of accomplishing in this past season and dream about what lies ahead.

Organize a Graduate Card Exchange

Your graduate isn’t the only one feeling the quarantine blues. Work with your grad to organize a class-wide card exchange. Students can make cards to celebrate their classmates, share their favorite photos from the school year, and write down fun memories. So much of our connection these days is digital, but by mailing (or delivering) cards, your graduate and classmates can enjoy the experience of receiving handwritten notes and memories that will last a lifetime.

Tools We Love: Instead of purchasing pre-made cards, create a poster from postcards! Have everyone in the class send a postcard to every student. When all of the postcards have arrived, the back of each card combines to make a fun graduation poster.

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Make a Virtual Yearbook

With the school year ending unexpectedly, seniors are missing a multitude of end-of-the-year celebrations, including prom, sporting events, and signing senior yearbooks. But this year’s seniors aren’t lacking creativity, and some are already going virtual with their senior memories.

How do you create a virtual yearbook? Some seniors are using hashtags on Instagram to create a space for their classmates to stay in touch and share photos from the school year. Another option includes creating a Facebook group specifically for the graduating class of 2020.

Tools We Love: To go above and beyond in gathering memories, thoughts, and photos from an entire graduation class, we love (for obvious reasons) the tools available at Newlywords. Your graduate and their classmates can all collaborate to make a memorable yearbook that gets shared via PDF or printed and shipped to their door.

Film Your Graduate

With parties and celebrations at a standstill, your family and friends are missing an opportunity to hear about your graduate’s future plans. Help them celebrate with you by filming a short video (on your smartphone, tablet, or camera) of your graduate. Share what lies ahead, how they are feeling, and their gratitude for family and friends that still want to celebrate their achievement.

Tools We Love: Create a group message in WhatsApp to send your video. That way friends can respond instantly and share their thoughts and encouragement with your graduate.

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Sit Down to a Family Dinner

Nothing says “Cheers” quite like a dinner in your honor. Help make your graduate feel celebrated by cooking their favorite meal and hosting a family dinner complete with cake, gifts, and laughter. Is your grad not at home? Order their favorite meal and have it delivered to their door. Then grab your device and have a family video call over dinner as you eat, chat, and celebrate together from a distance.

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Give the Gift of a Dorm/Apartment Shopping Spree

Graduation isn’t just the end of a school year, it is also the beginning of a new season. Celebrate your grad’s accomplishments by gifting them with an opportunity to prepare for what’s ahead. One way to take your grad’s mind off of the present is to let them fill their Amazon gift list with fun items for college or their future apartment. Send the list to family and friends and spread the love as dorm/housewarming gifts show up throughout the summer.

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Share Your Favorite Books

Marie Kondo may recommend we keep a limited number of books in our possession, but any book lovers would beg to differ. Lift your graduate’s spirits by inviting family and friends to send their favorite book or a book that will provide encouragement, inspiration, or pure entertainment for your graduate. Encourage people to have books shipped from online stores or even give virtual books via Kindle.

Tools We Love: Not sure what book to give? Consider a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, giving your graduate access to thousands of books in every genre.

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Encourage Lifelong Learning

While your graduate may be done (for now) with their traditional schooling, their graduation is a great opportunity to encourage their hobbies. For students who love working with their hands, give the gift of art supplies or tools they can use to pursue their respective hobby. If your graduate likes learning new skills, gift them online courses that will help them learn something new, fun, and creative. Encourage their aspirations even in the midst of the unknown.

Tools We Love: Whether your graduate loves to write, create music, act, play sports, or cook, we love the options available from MasterClass. Professionals from around the world teach online courses for almost any skill or hobby.

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Deck the Halls With Graduation Décor

Sometimes a little bit of decorating goes a long way. Imagine your graduate waking up to a house (or room) full of banners, streamers, balloons, and all things graduation. Hang some encouraging quotes from the living room walls or decorate their chair at the dining room table. Just because the house isn’t full of family and friends doesn’t mean it can’t be full of graduation cheer.

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Celebrate with Mascots and Merch

Whether your graduate is leaving high school, college, or beyond, help them create fun memories using their school mascot and merchandise. Turn an old high school T-shirt into a fun pillow or pillowcase, or if you’re extra crafty, add it to a quilt. For those graduating or heading to college, grab a hoodie, banner, or other fun products from the school’s online shop. Celebrate where they came from and where they are headed with memorable merchandise.

Tools We Love: Give the gift of a t-shirt quilt without the hassle. Memorystitch lets you choose the size and color of your quilt, you send them the shirts, and they do the rest.

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Create a Memory Book

Before sending your graduate off on their next adventure, give them a collection of fun photos and memories from their life prior to graduation. Memory books are a great way to remind your grad that they are loved, celebrated, and fully prepared for their next stage of life.

Tools We Love: Traditional memory books and photo books include a collection of photos that you have sourced. At Newlywords, you can invite your entire family or group of friends to participate in making a more complete book of memories. With both PDF or printed books available, you can work behind the scenes with family to collaborate, share, and create a memory book that your graduate will cherish for years to come.

What are retirement gift ideas for someone who loves to travel?

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The thing about retirement is now the retiree has all the free time in the world. And now that they’ve worked so hard and gotten so far, it’s obviously time for them to get to see the world. So invest in an atlas and bring to the party as a gift. Have coworkers, colleagues, friends and family sign it, marking pages with locations they would like to recommend the retiree visit now that they’re no longer obligated to go to work.

You might be thinking a globe would work better, but it’s harder to pack a globe in luggage. If they’re really travel-inclined, they might already be planning a trip themselves, but why not give them more ideas?

Alternatively, you could ask everyone to contribute their post-retirement travel suggestions in a hard-bound retirement memory book. Coworkers would share their travel suggestions and accompanying pictures by contributing online before the retirement party. Afterwards, you reveal this compilation of personalized travel tips as a group gift at the party!