Odds are that by the time your mom retires, she’s been thinking about it for years. So when you’re thinking of retirement gifts for mom, there are some things you want to think about.
You can expect your mom to go through many different stages of emotions. Retiring often means that there will be an emotional rollercoaster, from feelings of freedom and like she’s on an ongoing vacation to the moment when those feelings wear off. Eventually, she’s going to have to settle into a slower lifestyle.
If your mom is going from working a 9 to 5 to retirement, she may want to get a new routine going. To make it feel special, you can get her a new alarm clock that mimics the sun rise or wakes her with music. If she thrives with a schedule, maybe you want to get her a planner or calendar o plan out her days. Encourage her to pencil in time for relaxation, maybe sitting at the table with a crossword puzzle or a delicious cup of coffee on the porch. Surprise her by putting in a date on the calendar for the two of you.
Your mom may be the type of person who always measured life in milestones. Remind her that goals may be different now and she still has plenty of purpose and achievement in front of her. Learn a new skill or start a challenge together get her a set of books on a topic she loves, plan a trip to Europe! There’s no limit on what she can do.
When someone retires, they run the risk of feeling isolated. After all these years of working with the same people every day, it might be harder to stay in touch. Gift her with a gift card to her favorite café and encourage her to get together with a friend every Tuesday for coffee. Get her a great pair of supportive sneakers so she can invite another friend for a weekly walk. Grab a bunch of board games and have her setup game night once a month. And she loves meeting new people, she can focus on that!
She might take on new hobbies and try things she’s always wanted to but never had the time to before. If you’re getting retirement gifts for mom, this is a goldmine of present opportunities. Golf clubs for her new golfing time, knitting gear for her creative side, wireless earbuds for her new walking hobby, there’s a treasure trove of ideas in new hobbies alone!
Maybe your mom wants an “encore” job. Instead of leaving the workforce completely, she may decide she wants to take on something smaller or on a volunteering basis. Support your mom by buying a gift to help with that. Maybe she works at a preschool two days a week and needs more play friendly clothes, or she’s always wanted to be a docent and needs museum-worthy outfits.
Chances are, it’s time for your mom to create a new budget. If you’re looking for retirement gifts for mom, you can help her out by getting her a subscription to a budget app, or if she likes pen on paper better, you can get her a budget planner to help her establish a new budget so she can see how much she has for necessities and how much for fun.
Lastly, remember that she may need the time, space, and flexibility to figure it all out. The beauty of retirement is that she finally has the time to do all the things she’s ever wanted to do. But while she has spent so much of her life preparing for this time, it will be different than anything that came before and your support can really make a big difference. Be there emotionally and physically when you can, and we are sure that your mom will appreciate it.