If you’ve been searching for exciting gift ideas for boomers and retirees, I’ve got 50 ideas for gifts they won’t return!
Perhaps you’ve got the gift-giving blues because you’re frustrated with trying to come up with a great gift for the boomer in your life. Maybe you think boomers and retirees have been around so long, they already have everything they could possibly want.
I’m a boomer and a retiree. I know what boomers want. And I’m here to help.
Before I get to my list of exciting gift ideas for boomers and retirees, let’s talk a little bit about what makes boomers tick.
Growing older means growing bolder.
We are not content to sit on our duffs and watch the world pass us by.
For over 60 years, baby boomers have shaped the political and cultural landscape. We’ve been movers and shakers and our baby boomer influence continues to this day.
Even if you think it’s unrealistic, we think of ourselves as perpetually youthful and intend to retain our spark as we age.
We have bucket lists filled with goals to accomplish, places to see, and skills to master.
Exercise is a priority, and many of us use alternative natural health solutions.
Baby boomers are taking up new hobbies, exploring the outdoors like never before, and trying new things.
Having said that, I hope I’ve made it clear that we couldn’t possibly have everything we want. Every day presents a new opportunity to try something new.
Be observant to what the boomer in your life is presently “in to”, and bingo, you’ve got a gift idea!
Before selecting a gift for a boomer, think about the “real” person beneath the persona of Mom, Dad, Husband, Wife, Sister, Brother, Aunt, Uncle – you get the idea.
And, let me warn you before I give you my list of exciting gift ideas.
Anything that smacks of age-related gifts is a big no-no! Medication management devices or medical alert alarms would be a total insult!
50 Ideas for Gifts that Boomers Really Want and Won’t Return.
I’ve broken it down into 25 gift ideas for guys, and 25 gift ideas for gals.
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25 gifts that guys will appreciate
No. 1 – Trail Camera
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon favorite! Affordably priced at $39.99.
A trail camera is a fun and interesting addition to any property.
Watch the different wildlife that goes through your yard, or set it up near hunting blinds to see what comes by.
Trail cameras make welcome gifts for hunters and wildlife lovers.
Additionally, they’re useful for watching the front porch where packages are delivered to your home.
No. 2 – Hiking Poles
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon’s Choice for trek pro hiking poles! Affordably priced at $69.95 plus free shipping.
Hiking poles are a must on steep and long trails. Rebel Retiree never takes a hike without his hiking poles.
He trusts these poles to provide balance and stability on narrow trails, scree slopes, descents, and everything in between.
These poles are sturdy and replace a cheaper, less reliable set that my husband previously owned.
The Black Diamond Trail Sport hiking poles are affordably priced and highly recommended for the casual or serious hiker.
They’re also good for someone with poor balance or a bad hip who doesn’t want to look old.
No. 3 – Bear Deterrent
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for Counter Assault Bear Spray. Best price at $34.99.
We’ve never had to pull the trigger, but I can tell you that our hands have been on the ready!
It’s awesome to spot wildlife and a big adrenaline rush when you encounter a predator. However, Grizzly Assault on your belt provides you with the comfort level you need to calmly handle a tense situation.
It’s a reliable product any outdoorsman would appreciate having as a backup against bears or predators while hunting.
Bear spray is a must for personal safety when hiking in bear country. The man who enjoys camping, hunting, or hiking will definitely like the extra safety this gift provides!
No. 4 – Down Winter Mittens
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, these Gordini Mittens are Gortex- waterproof, with naturaloft down insulation to keep hands toasty in frigid weather. Priced from $58.38 to $90.00.
No man wants to have cold hands when recreating outdoors in frigid temperatures.
I’ve tried these down mittens on and can tell you they are super warm and comfortable!
Discover why people love natural down and will pay a little extra for warmth.
These mittens will impress the man who loves winter, yet want his hands to stay dry and warm…even in sub-zero temperatures!
No. 5 – Fire Starter
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for fire starter kit. The perfect man gift for the resourceful man, only $11.93.
Bear Grylls Fire Starter is an excellent gift for the resourceful man who wants to be prepared for any eventuality. I know because Rebel Retiree received one as a gift and carries it everywhere.
The Survival Series Fire Starter is a must-have for scouting, camping, and hiking expeditions.
Lighters and matches only last so long, and need to be replaced. A firestarter requires a small learning curve, but once you know how to use it, should serve you indefinitely.
Keep with your supplies or bug out bag, so it’s handy whenever you need it for lighting a fire. Store it with some tinder, such as cotton balls, so it’s ever-ready for use.
No. 6 – Splitting Maul
4.8 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for splitting maul. Can’t beat the price at $41.80.
The reviews say it all. Men love splitting mauls!
My husband loves his and looks forward to the fall when he splits wood for winter.
He says splitting wood is the best workout. And he says the job makes him feel manly.
A real winner of a gift for the self-sufficient/outdoorsy man on your list who splits wood.
No. 7 – Backyard Green House
Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, this backyard greenhouse provides 48 square feet of growing space. Priced right at $441.99.
Do you know a man who likes to garden? If yes, this may be the ideal gift!
Amazon buyers love this one for its easy set up and its ability to protect tender plants.
Greenhouses are almost a necessity in cold climates. A green house has been on my husband’s wish list for years!
Recognize his green thumb! Surprise the boomer on your list with this special gift!
No. 8 – Ash Bucket with Shovel
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, this sturdy ash bucket and shovel are fireproof and will keep all of your ashes from spilling onto the floor. It’s priced at $43.99.
Men like toys, but they also like useful gifts.
This is a must-have item for the manly task of cleaning up ashes from a fireplace or woodstove.
This bucket useful. Additionally, it’s better looking than a silver galvanized bucket sitting next to your fireplace or woodstove.
Plus it comes with a shovel!
No. 9 – 3-Way Winter Coat
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, this Columbia jacket has all of the features you want in a 3-way winter coat. Prices vary.
All weather technology. Classic 3 in 1 design. Waterproof shell.
What’s great about 3-way coats is their versatility. You have 3 options for how to wear it.
- Wear the complete shell and fleece combo for maximum warmth in cold and wet conditions.
- Remove the outer shell. Wear the shell alone during chilly spring rain showers.
- Remove the inner fleece jacket. Wear in cooler fall and spring temperatures.
Columbia’s got you covered! See the many color options on Amazon!
No. 10 – GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon’s Choice for GoPro. The price is awesome at $339.99.
Baby boomers love technology! That’s why every man wants a GoPro brand action camera to capture their world.
People love this bundle because it comes with extra batteries and Micro SD cards.
Picture the big grin when he receives this! Gifts like this one score big time!
No. 11 – Metal Detector
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for metal detector. Get it for only $81.87.
Coins! Silver and Gold Jewelry! Toy! Gold! Explore and find hidden treasures everywhere!
A lot of fun, especially for the man who is retired and looking for new hobby!
This gift might help the couch potato get up and get some exercise! But don’t tell him I said that.
No. 12 – Leather Work Gloves
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, these are made of high-quality genuine grain cowhide, and cost only $15.20.
Durable. Puncture Resistant. 100% Grain Cowhide.
Make your man happy with these tried and true Wells Lamont gloves. They are perfect for the rugged man on your gift list!
These real leather gloves protect hands and are ideal for any type of construction work, farming, ranching, demolition, splitting wood…you name it!
No more nicks, cuts, or splinters!
Pair these gloves with a splitting maul for a super surprise gift!
No. 13 – Bolo Tie
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, you pick the initial you want to be featured on this popular bolo tie, comes with gift box, nicely priced at $19.99.
Does the man you’re looking for have a western flair? This bolo tie will be an ace in the hole!
I wouldn’t normally recommend a tie as a gift, but bolo ties are always welcomed by the man who wants to look dressy and sharp, but dislikes regular ties choking him around the neck.
No. 14 – Genuine Italian Leather Belt
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, made in Italy, 100% leather belt, at 299.00.
For the Baby Boomer man who has everything. This Beyond Rear Italian leather belt shouts, “style”.
Elegant and classic, this genuine leather belt looks amazing with anything! Wear it with dressy attire, or jeans.
Beyond Rear says they have a swift exchange policy with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
This classic belt ships in beautiful gift packaging!
No. 15 – Snowshoes
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for snowshoes. Check prices. Costs anywhere from $49.70 to $129.12.
Beat wintertime blues and get your cardio exercise!
A pair of snowshoes is perfect for that mission.
With that said, don’t buy any snowshoe without a quick-release strap! Your cold hands will thank you!
Give this gift to an adventurer who’s not afraid of the cold.
No. 16 – Fish Finder
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is a Best Seller and Amazon’s Choice in fish finder. Great price $103.99.
Fishing! The quintessential choice of sport for retirees.
Fishing is a popular activity, and many men intend to do more of it when they retire.
What fisherman doesn’t want a fish finder?
Especially to show off to their fishing buddies?
No. 17 – Potensic T25 GPS Drone, FPV RC Drone with Camera
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this is drone sells for $159.00.
Get a birds-eye view of your neighborhood, campsite, local park, lake, or other scenic location with Potensic’s T25 GPS Drone.
Potensic’s drone is easy to use and is great for beginners.
Drones are everywhere! Drones are popular!
If you want to score points with a Boomer, consider Potensic’s T25.
No. 18 – Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Best Seller, and economically priced to have in multiple rooms, Price $19.99.
Easily check outdoor temperature! Monitor every room of your house! Check greenhouse temperature!
An indoor/outdoor thermometer makes the perfect gift. Its compact size makes it easy to set on a desk, table, or nightstand. It can be wall-mounted as well.
An indoor/outdoor thermometer is ideal for someone who appreciates knowing the temperature and humidity of their surroundings.
Easily monitor various locations such as a basement, greenhouse, garage, and more!
No. 19 – Metal Targets
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Best Seller, and economically priced to have in multiple rooms, Price $19.99.
A fun gift for the target shooter! Our out-of-town guests had a blast shooting at these targets!
Portable and easy to transport to a safe shooting location.
Simply stick the legs of the sturdy metal frame into the ground and you’re good to go for an afternoon of honing your shooting skills.
No. 20 – SAMSUNG SM-T290NZKAXAR, Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ 32 GB Wifi Android 9.0 Pie Tablet Black 2019
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars. Prices vary. Check price and availability on Amazon.
Bigger than a mobile phone. Smaller than a laptop. Portable and useful.
My husband’s tablet sits on his nightstand. He uses it to listen to Youtube videos most of the night. It helps him sleep.
However, the baby boomer man on your list doesn’t need to be a restless sleeper, or have insomnia to appreciate a tablet.
No. 21 – Smart Wool Socks
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, these Smart Wool Trekking Socks are well worth the price, $18.99.
My husband values these socks so much that he hand washes them.
After years of dealing with an itchy foot rash, he discovered Smart Wool socks. Problem solved! He swears by these socks.
I wear Smart Wool as well. Don’t worry about itchy wool. I can confirm that they are made of super-soft Merino wool that doesn’t itch.
Wrap his feet in comfort!
No 22. – Heavy Duty Sausage Maker
No. 23 – Fly Fishing Vest
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, This vest will be most appreciated by the fly fisherman, price, $79.95.
Know someone who is planning a fly fishing trip?
This vest has places for all of his gear, plus a hydration pack.
This would make an awesome going away present!
No. 24 – Survival Seeds
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for survival seed vault. Price $39.95.
Great for the prepper on your list!
Open Seed Vault says their seeds are USA seeds stored in air-tight, moisture-proof resealable bag for safer, long-term storage.
Carefully Selected Seed and Vegetable Varieties to Provide a Well Balanced Healthy Diet.
Consider this gift idea for the perpetual Boy Scout who likes being prepared!
No. 25 – Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife with Sandvik Stainless Steel Blade, 4.1-Inch
Rated 5 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Best Seller. Price $19.43
Morakniv is all the rage!
Rebel Retiree received one of these knives as a gift.
He really likes it. He keeps it handy and uses it often.
Morakiv knives are inexpensive. Yet, the quality and usefulness is top knotch.
It’s very popular with Youtube influencers as well.
25 gifts that will meet her approval
1 – Yoga Mat
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is a pretty and versatile yoga mat. Priced right at $30.39.
My Gaiam yoga mat is still holding up after many years of use.
I practice almost daily, and although this mat is a little lighter than some other mats, it’s an excellent value for this price point.
You can rely on Gaiam to sell an affordable mat with lasting quality.
The Yogi on your list will love it! Many design options to choose from to suit her taste!
2 – Himalayan Salt Lamp
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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars this is an Amazon Best Seller, Comes with Extra Bulbs and is affordably priced at $39.99.
My Himalayan salt lamp came as a much welcomed birthday gift.
I keep my salt lamp in my yoga space. I especially love the soft warm glow that it produces for meditation.
It also makes a wonderfully cozy night light on my bedside table.
No. 3 – Painter’s Easel
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this French Style Easel would make a hobby painter happy. Good deal at $79.96.
My table top easel is broken. I’ve had a French Style easel on my wish list for a long time.
Perhaps the baby boomer artist you know would like to receive an easel as a surprise gift!
No. 4 – Annie Oakley Indian Musk Fragrance
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, this is my absolute favorite musk toilette spray. Price $29.99.
This is not a flowery or overpowering scent. It is very subtle. My daughter remarked that if one was to wear a fragrance, this would be it!
If you or the baby boomer woman you know remembers the fragrance “Musk Oil” by Dana, which is now discontinued, this musk by Annie Oakey resembles it very well.
Score points for gifting this to a boomer woman who loves a delicate fragrance.
No. 5 – Camera Strap
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this is a premium quality, comfortable camera strap, Price $34.00.
Your neck will thank you!
A smile and happy dance came over me when I received this strap as a gift.
As a photographer who hikes and wears my camera around my neck, I urge you to gift a thick, plush strap for the photog in your life.
Hiking the miles is so much easier! No more red and sore neck!
No. 6 – YFWOOD Compatible for iPhone 8 Case Wood
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, this protective phone case combines dual-layer wood and rubber material for extra shock protection. Price $13.99.
A wooden phone case is so chic and stylish!
Find one that suits her style and it’s sure to be a winner.
My daughter has a wooden phone case, and it’s gorgeous!
No. 6 – Essential Oils
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon Choice, Price $14.95.
Lavender is wonderful for its calming effect! I keep it in my arsenal of natural remedies.
Give the gift of relaxation, revitalization, and calm!
Add some aroma therapy to someone’s life.
No. 7 – Windproof Cycling Jacket
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this jacket has room to layer underneath and converts into a vest. Priced at $37.59.
A jacket like this is a must for any cycling enthusiasts, particularly in spring and autumn when temperatures are cooler than summer.
It will block the wind and keep her comfortable on her rides.
Hint: Buy a color of jacket that matches her bike or other cycling gear.
No. 8- Garden Hod
Rated 5 out of 5 stars, this beautiful Maine garden hod will make toting your garden vegetables a pleasure. Only $49.99.
Put a happy face on a vegetable gardener you know!
What’s great about garden hods is that you can hose off the vegetables right in the hod, and the dirt falls through the bottom
Voila! Clean veggies. No mess!
No. 9 – Metal Wall Art Home Decor
Charming and well made. This wall decoration would delight any RV’r on your list! Only $55.00 plus free shipping!
Oregardenworks wall art and metal signs are beautifully handcrafted and made with care.
Several pieces accessorize my lodge-style living room. I also decorate my yoga zone with some of Oregardenworks’ wall decor.
There are numerous styles to suit your fancy. Click over to find yours!
No. 10 – Silk Pajamas
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, comes in a custom gift box and with mesh wash bag for delicates. Price $109.00.
Give the gift of soft and silky pajamas!
Nothing shouts feminine more than a luxurious pair of silk pajamas.
Make her feel special!
Surprise her for Christmas, birthday, or Mother’s Day!
No. 11- Alpaca Luxury Socks
Rated 5 out of 5 stars, made of Peruvian Alpaca, warm and comfortable, price $19.99. Top customer review states,
Cute! Warm! Novel!
Toes and feet stay warm and cozy all day in a pair of Alpaca luxury socks.
Buy at least 2 pairs. Make a splash with fancy packaging for a thoughtful anytime gift.
No. 12 – Bathtub Wine Glass Holder
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for bathtub wine glass holder. Price, $13.95.
An unusual and clever gift for a wine lover!
Pair this wine holder with exquisite crystal wine glasses.
Include a bottle of her favorite wine.
You have the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur on your list.
No .13 – Crystal Wine Glasses
Rated 4 out of 5 stars, this is an Amazon #1 Best Seller in goblets. Priced right at $19.95.
Elegant crystal wine glasses for the wine connoisseur on your list!
Impress her with a new set of Italian wine glasses.
Lead free! Shatter resistant! Beautiful!
No. 14 – Travel Backpack
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, this travel backpack has a front organization pocket and a laptop/tablet sleeve. Affordably priced at $80 to $120.00.
Osprey – my trusted brand for quality backpacks.
Meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines. Easily covert if from backpack to duffel bag with its stowable shoulder straps and hip belt feature.
This pack is awesome for carrying a laptop, or for all of her essentials when traveling light.
No. 15 – Peace Necklace
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, sterling silver setting, 18-inch chain, genuine diamonds, $48.88.
The symbol of baby boomers!
Consider this gift idea to bring out the “old” hippie in the boomer that you know.
She’ll love it!
No. 16 – Artists Oil Paints
Rated 4 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice in oil paints. Price, $19.99.
Do you know a oil painter? Someone who has been wanting to take up oil painting?
Show you know who they are with Colore’s set of 24 richly pigmented oil paints.
It will make a thoughtful gift.
No. 17. – White Barn Candle
4.1 out of 5 stars, this is Amazon’s Choice for White Barn Candle. Priced right, $24.31.
What a lovely surprise to receive a set of beautifully scented White Barn Candles from my daughter-in-law.
White Barn is well-known for their room-filling aromas.
Their beautiful containers add a touch of elegance to any room.
Give the absolute best candle for any woman who loves a fragrant space.
No. 18 – Cellphone/Tablet Pouch Purse
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, you can’t beat the price of this organizing pouch purse. Price, $8.59.
Sometimes smaller is better!
No need to lug around a big purse, when a small cross-body bag can carry a phone, cards, and, other essentials.
Comes in several shades. Check them all out on Amazon!
No. 19 – Laura Mercier Body and Bath – Creme Brulee Honey Bath
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, Laura Mercier’s Honey Bath offers a new twist on luxury that leaves skin feeling fresh & supple. $Price 45.00.
Mercier says, transform your bath into a decadent honey moisture bath with foaming bubbles.
I can’t think of any woman I know that wouldn’t enjoy a luxurious bath.
Relax. Unwind. Feel feminine.
Treat her to a luxurious bubble bath with Laura Mercier’s Honey Bath!
No. 20 – Pack-Away Outdoor Kitchen Deluxe
4.5 out of 5 stars, this would be a dream prep station for the camper on your gift list. Price $133.14.
Camp cooking and cleaning made easy!
For the serious camper who wants an organized cooking space and efficient clean-up.
No. 21 – Samsung Galaxy Fit Black (Bluetooth), SM-R370NZKAXAR – US Version with Warranty
4.2 out of 5 stars, this automatic fitness tracking: Walk, run, cycle, even hop on the elliptical. The Galaxy Fit automatically detects and tracks what you’re doing. Price $74.60
My search for a fitness tracker became a challenge because I wanted a slim profile for my small wrist.
I discovered the Samsung Galaxy Fit.
It offers many features such as heart rate tracking, steps, and sleep time.
You can easily change bands, too, which is not an option on some fitness trackers.
Makes a great gift for a health wise boomer. It’s affordable and easy to use.
No. 22 – S-ZONE Genuine Leather Shoulder Tote Bag for Women Large Handbag Work Purse
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, this is a fashionable leather tote that any woman would love to own. Get 5% off when you use Amazon’s coupon. Price, $81.99
Roomy! Fashionable! Leather!
Tote a laptop, camera, and any other essential in this stylish bag.
A winner gift for the woman who loves a large bag for everyday use, and also wants one that holds up over time.
No. 23 – SKYTOU Pottery Wheel Pottery Forming Machine 25CM 350W Electric Pottery Wheel with Foot Pedal DIY Clay Tool Ceramic Machine Work Clay Art Craft (Blue)
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. Manufacturer says that it’s suitable for a variety of uses for the amateur and professional alike. $Price 185.99
With this gift idea, I can’t help but picture the movie Ghost.
If you know someone who is interested in throwing mud, this may be the ideal gift for them!
No. 24 – HP Sprocket Photo Printer
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, it’s a photo printer for on the go! Great price, $129.95.
Easily print the pictures you take with your phone!
Beautiful snapshots are rarely seen when they are on your phone.
Print out the special moments of life.
On the go, or at home, share the love.
No. 25 – Bluetooth Wireless Ear Piece
Rated 4 out of 5 stars – Secure Fit Waterproof HD Earphones for Active Lifestyle – High Fidelity Sound for $28.31.
Great sound at a great price!
A few years ago, I received these blue-tooth earbuds as a gift.
These earbuds produce quality sound for my workouts. And help block out noise during my focus time.
A much appreciated gift!
Gifts for Boomers wrap up.
Years ago, I gave my father in law a Salad Shooter for Christmas. As usual, I didn’t know what to get him. Because he and my mother in law said he wanted one, I succumbed to the pressure of Christmas gift-giving and purchased a gift I didn’t feel good about giving. To this day, I regret it.
Gift giving should be a thoughtful expression of what you know about a person.
I hope this list of gifts for boomers helps to spark ideas, and ease your gift-giving journey.
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