A New Generation of Retirees
When you’re thinking of unique retirement gifts for women to look for this year, remember that gifts for baby boomers generation that we would like to receive or buy for ourselves are not your typical grandmother’s retirement gift. Our generation is unique: we are more independent and active than ever before, with a zest for life that keeps us feeling young. You’re going to have to use your imagination to find the best gift ideas for baby boomers these days. Finding unique retirement gifts for women may not as easy as you would imagine, but I’ve included some gift ideas for baby boomers based on what my friends say they’d like to get, and what I myself would love to receive!
Our Generation is More Active
When you are preparing to retire, you’re probably going to hear this question a LOT: “So what are you going to do with all that free time?” In fact, every retired person I know who has been asked this question responds: “what free time?!” It’s my impression that retired people these days expect to be busy and involved with life for a very long time.
Gifts for Active Women
Fitbit Activity and Sleep Monitor
If you are an active woman or one who is working on improving her activity level, you will certainly appreciate the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband. The sleek wristband tracks your steps and distance, and even how many calories burned while exercising. The data is recorded and synced with your computer or smartphone so you can measure and track your goals. Also included is a sleep monitor. Replacement bands are available. This is the perfect gift for an active working woman who wants to stay in shape after she retires.
A Good Pair of Shoes
I don’t know about you, but once I retire, I am going to throw out or donate all those uncomfortable shoes that I had to wear at the office! Once your lifestyle changes, perhaps you also want to add some athletic pursuits to your schedule, so finding the shoe to fit your new life is important.
Finding Just the Right Walking Shoe
Nothing is an important as a well-made pair of shoes to provide support and comfort. Whether walking with the grandkids around the neighborhood or participating in a marathon, the proper shoe is essential for an active retired woman.
Merrell is a recognized name in quality active footwear. The Merrell Women’s All Out Soar Walking Shoe is light but also sturdy enough to provide comfort and durability.
A New Type of Running Shoe
Whether for a triathlete or a woman who enjoys running laps around the football field, Altra has the right shoe for an active woman. You will clock many miles on these Altra Women’s Intuition 1.5 Running Shoes. This is a fully cushioned Zero Drop shoe for road racing and a more efficient stride. A caution, however, the Zero Drop shoe does not have the customary arch support some runners may be accustomed to, but is made for those who desire a more natural “barefoot” run.
Shoes for Problem Feet
The Saucony Women’s Progrid Echelon 2 running shoe is recommended by Fitness magazine for those who have high arches, and is just right for those who supinate (their foot turns outward while striking) or who have a neutral gait.
For those women who tend to pronate (foot turns inward and arch flattens) when they run, the New Balance Women’s W1260v4 Running Shoe is a good choice.
Whatever level of activity or particular need the active retired woman has, there is a shoe to help her achieve her goals. The chart below by Saucony explains what “drop” means in reference to athletic footwear.
So…What Is “Drop”?
The newest buzzword for running sneakers is drop, or the height difference in millimeters between the shoe’s heel and forefoot.
0 to 4 mm: A lower drop encourages a more natural midfoot strike. Some “zero drop” (aka no-rise) styles are supercushioned, while others leave you almost barefoot. Neutral runners, this range is for you.
4 to 8 mm: This range still helps you adjust to a natural stride while providing plump cushioning for high-arched runners or a little stability for those who overpronate.
8 to 12 mm: The bigger the drop, the more likely you are to strike the ground with your heel. This range is best for runners who instinctively tend to land heel to toe and moderate to severe overpronators who need extra stability.
Sometime You Like to Take it Easy
Kick Back, Relax, and Read!
Not every retired woman is a marathoner or fitness freak, and she may prefer to spend quiet time reading or pursuing her hobbies at home. I personally love to read when I’m at home or out and about. What better gift for yourself or your favorite retiree than an e-reader when you don’t happen to have your favorite book along?
One of the most popular e-readers is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with a built-in light and nonglare screen so it’s easy to read outdoors. Let’s go one step further and imagine you’re on vacation, lying in a hammock between two palm trees: the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the perfect travel companion.
Cool Gifts for the Crafty Retiree
It may seem a cliché as a ladies’ retirement gift, but knitting is very cool right now. What better gift than a how-to kit and accessories for the woman who has always wanted to make her own handcrafted items? I’m actually planning on taking a class myself once I’m retired. There are some really beautiful clothing items that can be fashioned with knitting, and there are many knitting groups you can attend to help you with more advanced techniques.
The Knitting Crash Course is available on Amazon for no cost if you order the Kindle version. This course promises to be able to knit in 12 hours or less! Of course, you will need supplies, such as yarn and knitting needles. This starter kit will get you on your way to creating beautiful knitted articles. To complete the set, why not choose a simple pattern to start, such as an infinity scarf for yourself or easy knitted hats for the grandkids?
Knitting: Crash Course – The Ultimate Beginner’s CourseOstart 22pcs Mixed Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Yarn SetHow to Knit an Infinity Scarf + 9 Fashionable Cowl PatternsKnitting Hats: How to Knit Hats Easily and Quickly
Cool Electronic Gifts
Best start planning now to find cool gifts for the tech-savvy retired woman in your life. She is probably already inseparable from her new iPad and what would make her happier than a drawing and sketching tool that works just like a real pencil? Check it out! No artistic talent necessary.
Pencil Stylus by Fifty-Three Digital
Looks like a pencil, acts like a pencil. Is it a pencil? Well…yes and no. Pencil by Fifty Three Digital is a stylus device like nothing you’ve ever seen. Acts so much like a real pencil you could swear you’re writing on paper and not on your iPad or iPhone screen.
The Pencil digital stylus responds to the pressure of your fingers on the writing surface to create different sizes of lines; you can use your finger to blend lines as if you were using lead pencil; and the Pencil stylus even has a built-in eraser to get of any stray strokes so you can create a real masterpiece. Connects to a number of apps, including Paper by Fifty Three.
Just the thing to get those brainstorms onto “paper” while still fresh in your mind. Whether you’re the artistic type or just want to be, Pencil by Fifth Three is the hottest accessory for that new iPad. Works with iPhone, too. Software sold separately.