The end of the line for soon-to-be retirees is cathartic -- happiness, sadness, relief, concern and various emotions begin surfacing.
A good portion of those feelings can be quickly quelled with just the right gift. Whether you're a fellow co-worker, friend or family member, selecting the appropriate goodbye gift of sorts might mean the difference between a surly sendoff into the post-work abyss or one that is filled with plenty of fun-filled items to fill in all that soon-be down time.
Probably two of the best that resonate the most with retirees reside on opposite ends of the spectrum: travel and relaxation. The former is best received in the form of a cruise, trip or something that can be used immediately to fill the void of work. The hardest part of transitioning from work to retirement is trying to keep busy. Nothing is more enticing and enjoyable than a long vacation to help ease into your "golden" years.
As for the relaxing aspect, women especially enjoy the option to hit the spa for the works after they've just finished the last 30 years in an office, teaching classes, selling insurance or whatever their chosen profession had been. Often times, finding the time to pamper yourself falls by the waste side in favor of working, cooking, cleaning and everything else that seems to take precedent.
Spa packages, and that also can include men, make those 40 hour work weeks a distant memory thanks to a bevy of services such as massage, pedicures, manicures or even something as simple as a gift certificate to get hair done.
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