Typically engraved gifts are only considered for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, christenings and graduations, but there are so many appropriate gifts available in online shops that you are sure to find something suitable no matter what the occasion.
At some point you will find yourself in the situation where a valued member of your team is about to retire and you have been tasked with organising the collection and purchasing a gift they will love and cherish, allowing them to think about their friends and colleagues and the company they have invested such a large part of their life. When you find yourself in this position I am sure you will have an aire of panic and wonder what on earth you can get them?
In most cases the person who is embarking on retirement, will be of such an age that you could think that they already have everything, so anything practical is no longer an option. Vouchers and money are just not sentimental enough and really not appropriate as a retirement gift. If there is nothing obvious to do with the company they have worked for, then you need to think about more of a keepsake. And what better than a keepsake that has been personalised and engraved with a message or sentiment that they will look at and appreciate forever.
To give you some inspiration, have you considered such items as a pocket or wrist watch? This gift fell out of favour in the 90s but now is typically thought of as a lovely memento for a retirement gift. It can be chosen to be worn practically so that they can get use out of it, or they can keep it literally as a keepsake. Similarly you could go for a pewter tankard, engraved with a special and meaningful message and perhaps the company logo and number of years service. Another lovely idea for a message is to get perhaps create a timeline effect and note key milestones in their career, like when they joined the business, when they got Chartered, were involved in a company merger, achieved record sales etc.
Other items that can be engraved by laser are not necessarily metal, these days you can have other objects engraved such as a lovely wooden cheese board set, for the nights the retired person can enjoy entertaining over a bottle of wine and some fine cheeses and not have to worry about going to work the next day! Perhaps some more traditional cut glass or crystal whisky glasses, again engraved with the company logo or years service. A silver wine goblet or a nice silver jewellery/trinket box would make a great gift or keepsake for a lady who is retiring.
Remember that for such an occasion as this, it’s the thought that has gone into searching for and coming up with the sentiments engraved onto the object, that will be cherished the most, not necessarily the practicalities the gift offers. Nothing can beat a personalised engraved gift for such an occasion, and with so many different products that can now be engraved make sure you put some thought and effort into the keepsake for your colleague’s retirement gift. From Engrave Your Gift.