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Any good gift ideas for an ex-boss who is now retiring?

Asked by chyna (43866points) May 16th, 2009

One of my first bosses is retiring. He was the nicest man I have ever met and is now retiring. I would like to get him a gift, but can’t think of anything original and thoughtful. Any ideas?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

A cruise around the world – no? Okay, how about a great book or 2 for something cheaper

BookReader's avatar

…retirement for some can be a time of discovery- that most of your acquaintances are working and that you are mostly going to be alone with a ton of time…AS SUCH, give him this site’s address should he decide that talking to the walls sucks and that he could possibly enjoy the company of some really cool people outside the work place, here on fluther…

YARNLADY's avatar

It depends on how much you have to spend. If you don’t have much an engraved leather wallet would be nice, or maybe a crystal letter opener
Or perhaps a bluetooth headset

cookieman's avatar

I would get him a compass (perhaps from an antique store). Have engraved upon it, “To help you navigate this new adventure”.

cak's avatar

@cprevite I really love that idea!

DarkScribe's avatar

Impossible to say as selecting the ideal gift requires real insight into the person’s psyche. Think more carefully. Does he have a hobby?

Darwin's avatar

When my dad retired they gave him a spiffy camera, so he could take pictures during the travel he planned. He thought it was a great gift idea.

However, he left it on the plane when he went to Australia.

figbash's avatar

I’d also be interested to know what his hobbies are and get him something classic, in that vein. I’d honestly avoid trinkets or paperweights or anything officey. It seems kind of generic and just sits around collecting dust.

Omgbutteredtoast's avatar

Male boss : watch , cuff links, menswear gift card. Female boss: jewelry, spa gift card, macys giftcard, useful electronic device

sakura's avatar

Check out firebox.com for some unusual gift ideas, I have used them a couple of times for Secret Santa gifts.

I agree with @figbash try and avoid a dust gathering object. My father in law got a dyson (well his wife needed a new cleaner!!) Dust gatherer but a useful one!!!

He may just prefer gift vouchers/money boring but practical!

justwannaknow's avatar

Be different, give him a hooker.

cookieman's avatar

@cak: Thank you. Now when I retire in thirty-odd years, can you get me that? ;^)

gailcalled's avatar

How many men of retirement age wear shirts w. French cuffs? I haven’t seen cuff links being worn for a donkey’s age. And who doesn’t have a watch?

I love the idea of an engraved compass; when my ex- and I retired and were going to move here (north and snowy) we were given crosscountry skis and boots.

chyna's avatar

I appreciate all your answers, but I love cprevites the most. I am going with that one.
I have been out of contact with this boss for a long time, so I am not sure of his hobbies and what he likes to do. This man was responsible for seeing my potential and allowing me to prove myself in a job that I wasn’t supposed to have because I only had a 2 year degree instead of a 4 year degree. I just heard he is retiring and am invited to the retirement party.

cookieman's avatar

@chyna: Aww, I’m honored.

Have a great time at the party. Let us know how it goes.

sakura's avatar

Have fun and hope all goes wellxx

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