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When teachers retire, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the legacy of learning that they’ve left behind. They’ve likely touched the lives of many students and have created many great memories in their classroom.
Here are a few ways to congratulate and celebrate your favorite teacher’s retirement!
Retirement Gifts for Teachers
An Engraved Plaque
This personalized plaque would make a nice gift to hang in the retiree’s home. Or, a plaque could be placed in a memorialized location within their school for a memorial of some sort.
Travel Related Gift Cards
If they are planning some extended travel right after they retire, airfare or discount travel site gift cards. Help them reduce their travel costs with these types of gifts.
A Photo Book or Scrapbook
Using photos and notes from their teaching career, you could create a custom photo book or scrapbook.
Gardening Service or Cleaning Service
They might enjoy returning to a clean home or a freshly mown lawn and weeded garden. If these are important to your retiring teacher, this gift of service might be very appreciated.
This Printable Retirement Sign – “You Can’t Retire from Being Great”
If you need a quick gift that you can print, frame, and easily gift – this is it! A sign like this could be easily displayed in various locations and would make a great motivational talking piece.
A gift of sweet treats is always a safe choice. Attach sweet note and you’re all set!
It’s likely that your retiring teacher has a family and they might want some portraits done. Or, consider hiring a photographer for their retirement party that can capture images of the event. That would make a memorable gift for years to come.
Wine of the Month Club Membership
If your favorite retiring teacher enjoys wine, this is a great gift for them. There are wine clubs at different price points and for different types of wine. A gift subscription would be very enjoyable in their time of retirement.
Scratch Off World Travel Map
If the retiring teacher is a traveler or planning to travel, this is a memorable keepsake to gift them. The map can be displayed anywhere and can get continual use.
Custom Golf Balls
Are they planning to play a lot of golf in their retirement? Gift them a set of monogrammed golf balls as a fun gift.
BOOK: “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers”
Retiring teachers will get a kick out of this clever book of the best wrong answers!
Top Shelf Retirement Wish Jar
This is a cute gift that can be purchased and put to use as soon as you know your teacher is retiring. Get this jar and set it out during a party or for a certain amount of time and have people fill out “wishes” for their retirement. Once it is full, it’s a great gift with lots of special meaning for the retiree.
This “The One The Only Teaching Legend Has Retired” Notebook
This notebook is just the right size for your purse or briefcase. It’s a small little token that shows how much you’ve appreciated them over the years.
Chances are the retiring teacher still has a love for learning. Encourage them to continue that with a museum membership.
This “Honoring the Teachers of America” Stamp Art
This piece of vintage art would make a great option for a retiring history teacher.
BOOK: “101 Fun Things to do in Retirement: An Irreverent, Outrageous & Funny Guide to Life After Work”
If you’re worried that your retiring teacher might get bored, gift them this book. This funny little guide of things to do is sure to keep them entertained.
Custom Aluminum Cuff Teacher Bracelet
A customizable bracelet like this will last for some time after you gift it. Use a phrase that they or notorious for saying or use your best teaching quote.
This “Keep Calm or I Will Use My Teacher Voice” Mug
They’ve probably got a lot of mugs over the years, but this one is even funnier after they’ve retired.
Restaurant Gift Cards
This one is simple – find their favorite restaurant and give them the gift of a nice meal there. This little indulgence can be a great way to celebrate.
This Funny “SCHOOL IS OUT” T-Shirt
This witty t-shirt would be a fun addition to their final day of work!
Whatever you decide to give them, make sure you thank them for their many years of dedicated service to students. They truly give the best of their time and talents to improve the lives of the students they teach each day.