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    Retirement present

    Somebody at work (male) is retiring in a few weeks and I'm in charge of organizing the present. I haven't a clue where to start.
    Any suggestions? Shall I just get alcohol?

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    Only if he's an alcoholic.

    How about a gold watch? What's your budget? And how much is the company kicking in? How long has he been with them?

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    camera, road map, fishing guide? Try to come up with something that reflects what the soon-to-be retiree has always said they'd rather be doing?
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    A great BIG hammer to shut the alarm off with on his first day of retirement or if you have the party before he retires his last day of work.
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    Who in the office knows him best? Is he married? Access to closest friend outside work? Perhaps a call or two is in order to find what he most looks forward to doing in his retirement and then catering the present towards that. A new fly rod, a new golf club, a new wood working tool, etc. Something that he both wants and needs and will use would seem the best fit. Whne my mother retired, her company got her a very nice carved and upholstered rocking chair, as they knew she was retiring to a home on a lake and had grand kids in the near future. She still uses that chair today and she retired around 15 years ago. Also, the comany had a nice brass plate engraved with her years of service on it and it is mounted on the chair in an unobtrusive spot.
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    Cocaine and prostitutes are always appreciated.

    Plus - you'll never get asked to organise a retirement present again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Perhaps a call or two is in order to find what he most looks forward to doing in his retirement and then catering the present towards that.
    That's what we do. We've given a mountain bike, a CB radio and a book on desert plants to three recent retirees. If there's extra money left we give them the cash or gift cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
    Cocaine and prostitutes are always appreciated.
    For a retirement party, might need to have the EMS on speed dial or add in a medic alert bracelet.
    Punctuation is important. It's the difference between "I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" and "I helped my uncle Jack off a horse"


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    You could give him a promissory note that he owes you all watches since he won't need to know what time it is anymore.

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    Have you asked in the 50+ forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Have you asked in the 50+ forum?
    There ya go!

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    Only the brats like jsharr. Nice young ladies like ChloeP are always welcomed.

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    Lol, I'll remember that I didn't ask in the 50+ forum because I didn't even realize there was on (sorry..) and I didn't think the age part was relevant.
    I'm still doing the collection so don't know how much it will be yet. Someone's asked his wife but apparently she's having problems herself! I didn't even think about if the company are doing anything. Someone at work suggested getting a decanter or hip flask engraved, something from this kind of place http://www.alphaonlineshop.com/ (alcohol again) and then we could give the rest in gift vouchers, but then I have no idea where to get the vouchers from!
    I haven't been here long so haven't seen anyone else retire and now I'm starting to see why they were so keen for me to do it, it's the job nobody else wants

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChloeP View Post
    Lol, I'll remember that I didn't ask in the 50+ forum because I didn't even realize there was on (sorry..) and I didn't think the age part was relevant.
    I'm still doing the collection so don't know how much it will be yet. Someone's asked his wife but apparently she's having problems herself! I didn't even think about if the company are doing anything. Someone at work suggested getting a decanter or hip flask engraved, something from this kind of place http://www.alphaonlineshop.com/ (alcohol again) and then we could give the rest in gift vouchers, but then I have no idea where to get the vouchers from!
    I haven't been here long so haven't seen anyone else retire and now I'm starting to see why they were so keen for me to do it, it's the job nobody else wants
    Take heart, we seem to find it easier to buy gifts for our friends than those of the opposite sex. Alcohol might be okay if he drinks but horrible if he doesn't. If you can contact his wife, don't ask what he'd like, ask what he does, and what he plans to do in his retirement.

    Gift cards are easy to find. My grocery store has a rack of them from all kinds of restaurants and other places. So it's nothing special.

    As a favor to you. I've already asked your question on the 50+ forums. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...etirement-gift

    Good luck.
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    I'm retiring in a few weeks. I just hope they don't kick me in the backside on the way out the door.
    Dangit, I almost only post in Foo, so my post count is abysmal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
    Cocaine and prostitutes are always appreciated.

    Plus - you'll never get asked to organise a retirement present again.
    Get him a ***** to give him super sex.

    If he is old enough don't be shocked if he takes the soup!
    Perish any man who suspects that these men either did or suffered anything unseemly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Take heart, we seem to find it easier to buy gifts for our friends than those of the opposite sex. Alcohol might be okay if he drinks but horrible if he doesn't. If you can contact his wife, don't ask what he'd like, ask what he does, and what he plans to do in his retirement.

    Gift cards are easy to find. My grocery store has a rack of them from all kinds of restaurants and other places. So it's nothing special.

    As a favor to you. I've already asked your question on the 50+ forums. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...etirement-gift

    Good luck.
    Thanks for that! Some 'interesting' replies there

    But a camera sounds good, or a restaurant voucher. That's what I'd want

    Thank you.

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    It doesn't have to be a surprise gift. Just ask him but discreetly. That way he gets something that is useful to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
    Cocaine and prostitutes are always appreciated.

    Plus - you'll never get asked to organise a retirement present again.
    better still if you use up the collection on your self and just say thanks to the retiree

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    I would want viagra loads of time on ones hands

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    If you end up with a gift card, make sure it is a Visa, Master Card, etc, so it can be used for whatever they want. VERY UNSPECIFIC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnershcyclist View Post
    I would want viagra loads of time on ones hands
    If you are going to use your hands, you don't need viagara!

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    When I give gift cards, they are to Amazon. Pretty much because you can buy anything there, and there are no fees or expiration dates.
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    The problem with that is, you can't buy things like groceries, gas, or cheaper prices on an Amazon gift card. Unspecific is best.

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