Some retirees describe this milestone occasion as the most significant turning point in life: facing your last day at work.
For this precise reason, retiring can be a very emotional affair. Although life up until this moment has not been all about work, a large part of our waking hours will have been spent pursuing professional matters, whether as employees, business owners or civil servants.
An unknown author once said: "Sometimes it's hard to tell if retirement is a reward for a lifetime of hard work or a punishment."
Ambiguous feelings towards this occasion are thus to be expected: on the one hand, there is excitement about what is yet to come, having more time to spend on hobbies and with the people we care about; on the other hand, however, there might be a feeling of not being needed anymore, of having gotten too old to be of value.
Clearly retiring does not mean life is about to end, and celebrating the occasion as the beginning of a new era, rather than just the end of one, can make the transition between the two so much easier. A positive-spirited and forward-looking message and gift will go a long way in making the retiree feel more at ease with the situation.
Gift Basket "Time for Breakfast"
What better way to start a new day than with a great breakfast? This holds especially true when this day is the first in a new era. The retiree finally has time for an elaborate breakfast, so why not give him or her a luxurious breakfast basket to celebrate this special first morning?
Stationery: Personlized notepad
A simple yet personal gift for anyone with a tendency to make notes on the back of grocery receipts and other bits of paper is a personalized notepad. You can tailor the personalization to refer in some way to the gift occasion or go for something standard like "From the desk of [name]". You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes, from self-sticking notepads to address labels.
Scrapbook: Book of Honor
Mark a special occasion or milestone by creating a personal scrapbook for the recipient. Get the whole family or a group of friends to participate and ask each of them to fill a couple of pages with their best wishes and personal memories, including photographs and other small items, to create a truly unique gift.
Turtles embody the earth's energy and are a symbol of patience, good health and long life. They are attributed curative powers and will ensure that pregnant women have an easy pregnancy and delivery.
Metal was used as an adornment by Ancient Egyptians as protection against harm and evil spirits. Many Egyptian women still observe this tradition, wearing glittery ornaments in their hair and around their neck to ward off evil influences.
Sage is regarded as the herb of immortality, ensuring a long and healthy life.
The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
When you retire, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you.
Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.
I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.
Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.