12 Items Retirees Should Buy from Amazon

Make your golden years easier, more comfortable, and even more technology-savvy with these Amazon finds.
Updated April 11, 2024
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Your retirement years should be some of the most relaxing and exciting years of your life. Without the schedule of a 9 to 5, to retire comfortably is to rediscover what it is you want to do with your days.

There might be new interests or making time for those that fell by the wayside when life was busier. But no matter what you decide to do to fill your golden years, there will always be a few items that make life a little bit easier. 

From items that help you pursue your hobbies to cozy items to keep around the house, here are 12 things retirees should buy from Amazon — a great place to shop if you're looking to save more on everyday purchases.

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Digital frame

Courtesy of Amazon Picture frame with photo of smily baby

If your family doesn’t live nearby (or even if they do!), there’s nothing better than getting brand new photos of grandkids, family travels, and big life events. But not everyone is good at remembering to print out photos.

That’s why this digital photo frame is perfect for retirees. Your friends and family can send photos straight to it via email, Google Drive, Instagram, and more, and you’ll get to watch a rotating slideshow of photos each time you turn on the frame.

Candle lamp warmer

Courtesy of Amazon couple asleep next to lamp and candle light warmer

The glow of a candle and its delicious fragrance is something you just can’t beat during the winter. There’s nothing cozier. Yet it can be nerve-wracking to light a candle and remember to blow it out before you leave the room.

Luckily, this warmer heats your candles without fire to give you a safer way to burn candles. It’s on a timer, so you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. And if you’re not a retiree, this is a great gift for your senior loved ones, particularly if they tend to be forgetful.

Turkish linen waffle knit robe

Courtesy of Amazon Blonde woman wearing white waffle linen robe

Once you retire, you can say goodbye to waking up to an alarm every day. Instead, you can count on leisurely mornings making coffee, reading the newspaper, and starting your day whenever you feel like it.

A soft, lightweight robe is a must for those relaxing mornings, and this robe comes in nearly every color you could dream of.

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Cookbook stand

Courtesy of Amazon Cookbook stand open in the page with image of vegetables on the left and recipe written on the right page

Do you plan to get into cooking in retirement? This adjustable cookbook stand will make it easy to read and cook from your favorite cookbooks.

You no longer want to squint at a small phone screen or lean over a cookbook flat on the countertop.

This makes for a more ergonomic experience, which is perfect for cooking through Julia Child’s entire repertoire or whatever cooking challenge you decide to take on in your golden years.

Hummingbird feeder

Courtesy of Amazon Hummingbird feeder with colorful glass top

There’s something about retirement that turns everyone into bird watchers, and there’s nothing more fascinating than watching a hummingbird suspended in midair feeding on nectar with its long beak.

Installing a hummingbird feeder near your kitchen window is guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment and, in retirement, you have the time you need to change the sugar water out frequently.

Garden tools set

Courtesy of Amazon Gardening kit with tools, bag, gloves, and spray.

Many people dream of finally having the time to tend to their garden in retirement.

You’ll have plenty of daylight hours to sow seeds, give seedlings the proper attention and care, and then enjoy the fruits of your harvest or spend time in your flower garden.

This garden tools set has all the heavy-duty stainless steel tools you need to have a successful garden.

Electric heated blanket

Courtesy of Amazon gray heated blanket with remote showing 06 on the screen

Retirement is all about being comfortable, and is there anything more cozy than an electric heated blanket in the winter?

This heated blanket has six heat settings and a timer so you can cuddle up with a good book on the chilliest day and stay toasty warm. It also comes in various sizes, so you can use it on your sofa as a throw or on your bed.

Watercolor set

Courtesy of Costco Watercolor set

There’s no better time than your golden years to start flexing your creative muscles. Buying a watercolor set can set you up for months, if not years, of trying out a new hobby.

This set with 24 paints, 12 brushes, and a painting pad is exactly what you’ll need to try painting en plein air outside in your garden or trying your hand at abstracts.

Hand grip strengthening kit

Courtesy of Amazon Hand grip set in blue with several tools including a ball and handle squeezer

Sometimes you need to buy something that’s practical and will help set you up for years of successfully doing your favorite hobbies.

This hand grip strengthening kit provides several different ways to work on your hand strength as you get older, including a finger stretcher, a grip strength ring, a stress relief ball, and resistance extensor bands.

Do these exercises on a consistent basis to help your hands stay agile and strong.

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Wine decanter

Courtesy of Amazon wine decanter with red wine inside

Some of the best retirement cities in the United States also happen to be near the best wine regions, which means you could end up with more than a few nice bottles of wine at home. This decanter and aerator helps you get the full aroma and flavor from every bottle you drink.

Plus, it’s perfect for entertaining your other golden years friends for an at-home happy hour.

Hydroponic herb garden system

Courtesy of Amazon Hydroponic herb garden with strawberries and red flowers

Want to keep your green thumb active all through the colder months?

A hydroponic herb garden system lets you keep your retirement gardening hobby going right in your own kitchen. Plant small vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers in this easy-to-use garden, and watch your next harvest sprout right on your kitchen counter.

Mini exercise bike

Courtesy of Amazon Black mini exercise bike

You know you need to stay active in retirement (and your doctor keeps reminding you, too!). While walks outside and water aerobics classes are wonderful, sometimes you want an easy way to meet your daily workout.

A mini exercise bike lets you incorporate activity while you’re sitting at the table reading or on the sofa. It’s the easiest way to hit your stride.

Bottom line

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Retirement is a wonderful way to rediscover the hobbies and activities that bring you joy. But it’s also a time when you want to make things easy.

Ordering these items from Amazon saves you a trip to the store and keeps more money in your wallet. And, when you’re on a fixed income, there’s nothing better than finding a deal online.

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