Retirement is a huge event in a man’s life. For those country gentlemen, it’s the time they’ll now get to spend exploring and getting outdoors even more. That’s why this gift guide isn’t your stereotypical men’s gift guide. As a country clothing brand. Rydale is a great place for alternative gifts for country men for their retirement adventures. Here are our top 20 retirement gifts for men, ranging from warm fleeces as the perfect layering piece to slippers for relaxing at home.
It might seem like an odd gift to start the gift guide with but trust us, it’s a very thoughtful gift for a man who’s always outside! We all know that wellington boots are a staple of country living and they can be difficult to store. Our boot bags are designed for both muddy or clean wellies and are easy to transport in the car. They can leave it in the boot of the car and pop dirty boots straight inside after a long walk. Alternatively, they can keep it at home to store their clean and fresh wellies in after cleaning them!
Now they’ll have all the spare time in the world, they might actually get to relax and enjoy their own home. That means they deserve a comfortable pair of slippers to wear in their house and our Skipsea suede slippers are a customer favourite. The soft faux fur lining is so warm and cosy, they might not actually want to take these off their feet! The Skipsea slippers are available in navy and chocolate brown, perfect, neutral shades for any gentleman.
Speaking about comfort, a cosy half-zip sweatshirt is the perfect gift for men who are often cold. The half-zip style is super comfortable and perfect for casual days either at home or out and about. The equestrian-style stripes on the front add a nod to Rydale’s classic country style and the concealed side pockets are great for running errands. Wear it with a T-shirt underneath for an extra layer and add a waterproof jacket over it for rainy days outside.
A classy country gentleman deserves a classy retirement gift. A handcrafted leather belt in their favourite colours is a thoughtful present for any man. Whilst the design is inspired by equestrian, this pole belt can be worn at any time. It looks just as good with a pair of tweed trousers as it does with straight leg jeans, shooting break and beige chinos. They’ll get a lot of wear out of a polo belt because it’s so versatile!
If they’re planning on lots of travel in their retirement, a new canvas weekend bag might be a great gift option. This holdall is big enough for a couple of nights away, whether they’re staying locally or venturing further afield domestically or abroad. All the leather trims give it that luxurious feel but keep it classic. The detachable long strap makes for easy shoulder carrying and this bag has tons of pockets inside for ideal storage.
Our Huggate full-zip fleeces are popular for a reason! They’re thick without being too thick, they make a great layering piece under a waterproof coat, and the leather trims make it look very expensive. During warmer months, this fleece makes a lovely jacket, with a polo shirt or checked shirt underneath. Slip on a wax jacket or hiking jacket when the weather gets cooler or night hits. Lots of our customers have repurchased their Huggate fleeces in various colours over the years too!
If they’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors during their retirement, they’re going to need the right gear. A pack of socks might not seem like a great gift but 2 pairs of specialised hiking socks means they won’t have to invest in some themself. These thermal socks are thick and durable whilst still being breathable and lightweight. A must-have for any serious walker!
Every man needs a baseball cap for outdoor activities. For the modern country gentleman, a waxed baseball cap with a suede peak is a lovely gift. They can wear it for dog walks, gardening, country festivals, and just about every other outdoor event with a casual dress code! It’s shower-resistant too, perfect for light rain on summer days.
Gilets are a great transitional piece for between seasons and unpredictable weather. The Runswick Bay insulated gilet is a bestseller for Rydale because it keeps you warm whilst being lightweight. It’s such a versatile piece for those who spend a lot of time outdoors because it makes it easier to move in. Pick one of four colourways and they’ll live in this throughout retirement!
For those who will have more time to shoot during retirement or those who plan to take it up as a hobby, a new tweed cartridge bag is an incredibly thoughtful gift. It’s a design that we’ve tweaked over the years thanks to our customers’ feedback. The wide top opening makes it easier to reload quickly and the long strap makes it much more practical, especially for longer days on the range.
A waterproof jacket is a must living in the countryside, whether they’re retiring or not! However, our waterproof walking jacket has been specifically designed for those on hikes and longer walks. With extra pockets, windproofing, and an elasticated drawstring at the hem, it’s the perfect waterproof jacket for any type of walk, no matter how long or short it is!
Another cosy item is our new Kelk overhead fleece. The Fair Isle print is very subtle so whilst many of us associate it with Christmas or winter, this fleece can be worn year-round. The supersoft material is very cosy and with a thermal underneath, it’s ideal for lounging around in at home.
Speaking of lounging at home, a tweed pair of slippers are a must for a gentleman of the house (manor). With sherpa fleece lining, these are like walking on a cosy rug permanently! The sturdy, grippy sole is perfect for running around the house after pets and grandchildren too.
Whilst insulate gilets make a great gift, some men prefer a long sleeved jacket, especially if they’re out of the house a lot. This jacket makes a great ‘in between seasons’ option when it’s too hot to wear a coat but it’s not quite warm enough for just a T-shirt or jumper. It offers light insulation to keep the heat in and the cold out.
A country gentleman should always have a tie in their wardrobe for any smart occasions. If they’re into shooting, they should have a specially-made tie for exactly that. Just because it’s a shooting tie, it doesn’t mean it can be worn for other events. Both the olive and claret shades go with so many colours and look great against any collared shirt.
Another must-have for any gentleman is a leather belt. The Sledmere has a subtle pheasant pattern printed into the leather and it gives the standard leather belt some luxury. The rustic brass buckle is in keeping with our Rydale style too.
For cool days when it’s not freezing, a hybrid quilted fleece jacket is a great gifting option. It’s just like our regular Huggate fleece zip-up but with an insulated body. The moleskin trims add a contrasting colour to the jacket too and the soft fleece-lined collar will keep their neck warm during any outdoor activity.
It couldn’t be a men’s gift guide without a tweed flat cap, could it? There are so many tweed caps in our collection but the Darby is our most traditional. We still design and make our flat caps here in the UK so you know it’s been made to last with the highest quality tweed we could find! The satin lining adds to its classic status and every country gentleman should have one of these in their home!
19. Tweed Wash Bag
Another item for a man planning adventures in retirement is a tweed wash bag. It’s such a lovely gift that we’re sure they’ll appreciate. It’s such a spacious wash bag that it fits so much in. pair it with a new canvas weekend bag and this man is ready to explore anywhere at any time!
A new hiking jacket might seem like an odd retirement gift but it’s thoughtful for any outdoorsy man! The Wolds jacket is both windproof and waterproof and the mesh lining helps to make it breathable, even when it’s cold outside and you’re warm inside it. The foldaway hood is perfect for days when it’s not raining but it’s still cold outside.
These 20 retirement gifts for men are perfect for any man who loves the outdoors or wants to enjoy peaceful, countryside living. It can be difficult to buy someone a retirement gift but these 20 gifts are thoughtful when bought for any man ready to take some time off and explore the great British countryside!