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Old 02-24-16, 10:29 PM
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Retirement gift

A co worker is retiring and will be having a little gathering at her home in two weeks. Two days later she's leaving to go back home to the Philippines to live out her retirement.

What gift would you all suggest??
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Old 02-25-16, 12:01 AM
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A gold watch.
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Old 02-25-16, 12:07 AM
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But seriously, whatever you choose, make it very small or she will have difficulty taking it with her. I have to keep reminding family of that when I go to Canada. I just simply cannot pack anything large to take back with me.

Also power is different in different countries, so nothing electrical. I had to get rid of everything electrical I owned before I came to Australia.

And sometimes countries have restrictions. For example, I had a small nativity scene confiscated because it had a tiny bit of real bark as part of the stable. Of course, I had to pay for the honour of having it confiscated, roughly 5 times what the nativity scene was worth.


So ... maybe a pair of earrings or a nice watch ...


What does she enjoy doing?
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Old 02-25-16, 07:09 AM
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Ummm.. I aint getting no gold watch or earrings for her. She works for the same company but not in the same dept. I don't even know her last name. It's not like we are buddies or anything, it's someone that has lunch at the same time and we end up in the break room at the same time and chat a little bit about our kids.

So, I'm not about to go all out here. Just want to bring something because it's proper. But thank you for the tips.
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Old 02-25-16, 08:08 AM
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The Philippines? Big bottles of insect repellant and sunblock. Definitely not sentimental, but VERY useful/VERY practical down there!
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Old 02-25-16, 09:33 AM
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One of those horseshoe-shaped neck pillows. Long flight to the Philippines...
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Does she like any particular kind of candy that might not be available over there?
Or maybe a pair of compression socks for the flight over?
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Old 02-25-16, 10:00 AM
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Usually I would go with gift card(Target, Costco, Walmart, etc.);
so she can buy whatever it is she really wants/needs. But if she's
flying 2 days later; she may not have the time to use it.
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Old 02-25-16, 10:29 AM
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was gonna say American junk food but it's very Americanized over there. my brother married a Philippine woman and she makes rice every day so maybe a new rice cooker? maybe a camera? maybe a dinner out - time with people is so valuable and creates memories that last a lifetime
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Given the circumstances, I'd get people to pool some money together.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
Ummm.. I aint getting no gold watch or earrings for her. She works for the same company but not in the same dept. I don't even know her last name. It's not like we are buddies or anything, it's someone that has lunch at the same time and we end up in the break room at the same time and chat a little bit about our kids.

So, I'm not about to go all out here. Just want to bring something because it's proper. But thank you for the tips.
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Given the circumstances, I'd get people to pool some money together.
Yes of course. People don't bring individual gifts to a retirement party ... someone is designated to pass round the card and money envelope, and then to go out and buy the gift.

If you've got 25 people and each puts in $5, you've got enough for something very small (so she can take it on the flight) and yet really nice.

One of the popular going-away gifts I've seen here are those Pandora bracelets with two or three charms.
Silver, Gold & Leather Bracelets & Bangles - Jewellery | PANDORA



And if you are going to bring your own individual gift, just get a small box of chocolates or something like that which she (and her family) can consume and which they don't have to carry onto the plane.

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Old 02-25-16, 06:59 PM
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Reading material for the flight ... book on all the fun stuff to do in retirement?
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Old 02-26-16, 09:21 AM
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The things I've seen as most appreciated are little personal gifts - things that show you know the person. Maybe a book about their hobby or interest, something with their favorite color, a reminder of something pleasant about work, or even a picture from work in a frame.
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The things I've seen as most appreciated are little personal gifts - things that show you know the person. Maybe a book about their hobby or interest, something with their favorite color, a reminder of something pleasant about work, or even a picture from work in a frame.
He said she works in another dept and he doesn't know her.

So booze is the correct answer.
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
He said she works in another dept and he doesn't know her.

So booze is the correct answer.
A picture of booze then
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My dad retired a few months ago, and I work at the same company, so I was tapped to help choose a retirement gift. He had been at the company for decades, so there was a pretty good pot of donations for budget. We landed on a really sweet pocket knife, but that kind of thing might not be what a woman would enjoy as much (and you can't carry it on a plane!)

The other idea was a high-end mechanical pencil -- maybe for your cow-orker an engraved pen or pen/pencil set?
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So what did you end up getting?
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Old 03-02-16, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by andr0id View Post
She said she works in another dept and he doesn't know her.

So booze is the correct answer.
Corrected for accuracy. It might pay to know a detail like that about the site administrator
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Old 03-03-16, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
So what did you end up getting?
I didn't get anything yet, I've been so busy lately with the death of a good friend...

Her last day is tomorrow. Her party is this Sat.

I can't get a knife (although I'm into them) because she's going on a plane and they don't let knives on planes. Can't get her a rice cooker or anything big that she would have to transport. I think most of her stuff has been shipped and the stuff that's not is staying in her house, which her son is taking over.

Not everyone was invited to this party, she didn't want a whole lot of people in her house. And I don't know who else is going because she didn't want it going around that she's having this party because feelings might be hurt... so I can't pool the money.

The book and pillow sound good. I can see her using those.
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Old 03-03-16, 09:24 PM
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Corrected for accuracy. It might pay to know a detail like that about the site administrator
LOL thanks Rowan. *high five*
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Old 03-04-16, 03:13 AM
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And darn it, I still missed the second "he". Oh well, OOPS!
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