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(Retirement Gifts and More for the Retired and the Soon-to-Be-Retired. Also Retirement Gifts for Your Retirement Party or Any Other Retirement Function.)

Retirement Gifts from Heaven


The Retirement Gifts Café presents the two best retirement gifts in the world, which happen to be the two best retirement books in the world by Ernie J. Zelinski. The two books have sold over 500,000 copies in total and have been published in 18 languages. On this website you also find the best selection of retirement quotes and retirement poems to use in your retirement letters as well as retirement speeches for what to say when one is about to retire.


Retirement Gift #1 of Four Retirement Gifts

How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

 Retirement Cafe Book

Retirement Wisdom That You

Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor

The Free E-book available below contains sample material from How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, which is the best-selling non-financial retirement book on Indeed go to and type "retirement" into the search feature. You will see that How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free appears in the number 1 position — out of over 14,000 listings for retirement books!

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Retirement Gift #2 of Four Retirement Gifts

The Joy of Not Working

 Age and Aging Book Cover #2

A Book for the Retired, Unemployed, and Overworked


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Retirement Gift #3 of Four Retirement Gifts


The 237 Best Things Ever Said about Retirement

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Complete E-Book with 237 Retirement Quotes and Retirement Sayings Placed in 40 Categories — A $9.97 Value for Free!


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Retirement Gift #4 of Four Retirement Gifts


Career Success Without a Real Job

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The Retirement Gift Book for Retired People Who Still Want to Work But Not in Corporations


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#1 of Four Quotes about Why Retirement in Itself Is the Best Retirement Gift

Retirement itself is the best gift. No gold watch could ever top it.
— Abigail Charleson

#2 of Four Quotes about Why Retirement in Itself Is the Best Retirement Gift

There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feel like early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use.
— Martha Felt-Bardon

#3 of Four Quotes about Why Retirement in Itself Is the Best Retirement Gift


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.
— Hartman Jule

#4 of Four Retirement Quotes about Why Retirement in Itself Is the Best Retirement Gift

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.
— Gene Perret


General Quotations about Gifts to Help You Choose the Best Retirement Gift
 Retirement Gifts to Yourself  

Keep in mind that whenever we think of giving gifts, whether retirement-related or otherwise, we usually think of giving physical objects. There are many gifts that are much better, however. Think about the best gifts that you have ever been given by your relatives, friends, or others, and you will undoubtedly reflect about acts that touched your heart and sole.

Ever since Eve gave Adam the apple, there has been a misunderstanding between the sexes about gifts.
— Nan Robertson

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
— Elizabeth Hardwick

Everyone is gifted — but some people don't open the package.
— Colleen Zaruba

Each day provides its own gifts.
— Marcus Aurelius

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of
our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
— e.e. cummings

May you have the greatest two gifts of all on these holidays; someone to love and someone who loves you.
— John Sinor

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it; really look after it and nurture it.
— John Lennon

Every gift, though it be small, is in reality great if given with affection.

— Pindar

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be Enthusiasm.
— Bruce Barton

You can never truly receive money as a gift.
— Michael Phillips

NOTE: Also see Teacher Retirement Quotes and Funny Retirement Quotes.

Retirement T-Shirts as Retirement Gifts

(Available on the Cafe Press Retirement Gifs Collection

as Well as Other Collections)

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Retired  But working part-time to spoil my grandkids.

I'm Retired  You're Not! Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.

Retired. Every day is a weekend!

I'm retired. Go around me!

Retired  But working part-time to spoil my dog.

I'm retired and this is my office (picture of a golf course, boat, etc.)

The Countdown is Over  I Am Retired and Enjoying It to the Fullest

Retired  No Alarm Clock. No Commute. No Problem.

Retired: Just have to do what the voices in my wife's head tell me.

Retired! So go tell your little problem to someone who cares!


 Retirement Cafe Book

Over 425,000 Copies Sold

Already Published in 9 Foreign Languages

“To be sure, retirement books are a glutted field, but most focus on money and financial planning. They view the finish line as the last day of employment. That’s where How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free begins.”
— Jonathan Chevreau, Retirement Columnist, National Post




When we think of giving gifts  whether retirement gifts or any other types of gifts such as Mother's Day Gifts  to our friends, our colleagues, our teachers, or our mothers we usually think of giving material objects.

There are much better retirement gifts, however. Reflect back on the best gifts that you have ever been given by your friends or relatives and you will likely think of acts that touched your heart and sole.

Taking this into account, there are many non-material gifts that you can give as retirement gifts:

  • The gift of humor and lightness
  • The gift of integrity
  • The gift of kindness
  • The gift of caring.
  • The gift of love

As Kevin Stith states, "Retirement gifts always make a retiree feel very special."

Retirement Poem about the Right
Teacher Retirement Gifts


You can say it with flowers
You can say it with wine
But to make her stinkin' sentimental
Say it with a Lincoln Continental.
— Robert Byrne 

Your Own Three Special Gifts to Share as a Retirement Gift

You were given three special gifts when you were born:

  • The gift of life;
  • The gift of love;
  • And the gift of laughter.

Learn to share these gifts with the rest of the world.
And the rest of the world will play happily with you.
— from the book Life's Secret Handbook by Ernie J. Zelinski

Retiring is easy. Creating happiness in retirement, however — now that is the harder part of a successful retirement!

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Can You Answer These

Retirement Questions?

  • Once you retire, what are you going to do about your identity that is so dependent on work? 
  • How will you relate to your relatives and friends who are still working while you are living the life of an aristocrat, sometimes known as "The Life of Riley"?  
  • What will you do with your new-found leisure time if you have never learned how to enjoy leisure activities? 

A Life-Changing Retirement Gift for the Retired and

Soon-to-Be Retired Who Fear Boredom in Retirement   


This Book Has Sold Over 425,000 Copies for a Reason

Get Over Your Fears about Retirement Instantly ! ! ! 

Page after delightful page, this is what you will find in The World's Best Retirement Gift Book: 

The World's Best Retirement Gift Book  . . . gives you retirement advice including:

  • How to be a true individual even if it means being seen as a little eccentric.

  • Unleash the power of your creative mind to enjoy leisure activities like never before

  • The encouragement you need to when you are retiring early as well as the motivation to live life the way it was meant to be lived

  • Valuable retirement tools such as The Get-a-Life Tree to create a retirement plan filled with satisfying and joyful activities

  • Life-changing insights and real-life examples of retirees who are truly enjoying retirement

  • Live like a millionaire without having to be Oone

  • Put yourself firmly in command of your entire life for the rest of your life

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by Ernie J. Zelinski — All Rights Reserved
Author of The World's Best Retirement Gift Book


 I will do today
what others won't,
so I will have
tomorrow what
others don't.
— John Addison
No organization — government or
otherwise — can take great care of you in retirement.     Organizations aren't capable of this — only  you are!
— from Life's Secret Handbook

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Surveys of seniors overwhelmingly      suggest that higher incomes don't drive satisfaction in   retirement. That said, there is a minimum
of income required to enjoy retirement.
— Dan Richards
I'm regularly asked     what my [retirement]  plan is, and I    deliberately don't have much of a plan. I've had lots of plans in my life and it might be nice to have a period      that is less planned.
— Malcolm Hamilton, Expert on Pensions 
& Retirement Planning

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