It Is Time for You to Receive Your Award!

Achievement awards can be a hilarious part of any retirement party. I have found certificates that are free, funny, and printable. The templates can be personalized and modified.

Some of the free certificates are downloaded into Microsoft Word, which allows numerous modifications. However, many of the free templates require that the recipient's name be handwritten on the certificate.

You can upgrade your certificate at some of the websites that I have listed below for 99¢ to $5. The upgrades will allow a typed personalization as the award is also downloaded into Microsoft Word.

Array of Titles on the Certificates and Awards!

Here are some examples: 

  • Special Achievement
  • Gold Star Award
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Excellence Award
  • Achievement Award
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Certificate of Graduation
  • World's Greatest Mom (Dad)
  • World's Nicest Dad
  • Recognition of Service
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Congratulations
  • World's Best Grandpa
  • In Special Recognition
  • Community Service Award
  • Reading Achievement
  • Bermuda Triangle Award (for lost paperwork)

Theme for a Retirement Party - Awards Presentations!

I can envision a memorable retirement party made up of a dozen or so awards presentations followed by a short speech or story by each presenter. It would be easy for the party planner and involve a number of the guests.

Each guest would have a slightly different point of view and relationship with the retiree. Some could be family. Others would be co-workers.

Where to Find Free & Inexpensive Awards and Certificates! - has free printable certificates for Appreciation, Leadership, Teamwork, Excellence, Recognition, and Achievement. - has free templates that can be downloaded. - has free certificates. Find the words "free certificates" at the bottom of the page in the small print. The templates open in Microsoft Word for your modifications. - has 12 free awards. At the bottom of the page, click on free "funny awards" to lead you to "12 funny office awards". - has a large selection of certificates for 99¢ each. - has a few free templates, but the best cost $5.00 and can be customized.

To make the award look more authentic, thicker, textured paper can be acquired at an office supply store.

You will notice that the above websites have more expensive, but quite nice award gifts.

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