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26 Meaningful Teacher Retirement Gifts They’ll Actually Use

So your favorite teacher is retiring and you’re looking for a meaningful gift which they’ll actually use? Peruse this list for dozens of fabulous gift ideas including jewelry, clothing, and even items for the home which will make them smile (and maybe tear up a little) as they enjoy their new found freedom.

Because I Had a Teacher Book

Because I Had a Teacher Book

This beautiful book will make a touching teacher retirement gift, and will be a sweet reminder of why they chose teaching as their chosen profession – if they can read through their tears.

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You're Only Old Once!

You're Only Old Once!

Dr. Seuss books are traditionally for children, but this one is just for the adults! Filled with fun rhyming verse, it details the delights ahead as they roll into senior citizenship.

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Retirement Wish Jar

Retirement Wish Jar

Ideal as a gift from the whole class, this jar holds 100 ‘wish labels’ which are printed on one side and blank on the other so that pupils can write their own messages.

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Teacher Angel Figure

Teacher Angel Figure

Beautifully reminiscent of a child’s love for their teacher, this Willow Tree sculpture has been hand-painted on resin and features delicate wire wings and a rosy red apple in the angel’s hands.

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Retirement Coloring Book for Teachers

Retirement Coloring Book for Teachers

They’ll have lots of time to fill once they’ve given up the day job, and what better way to do that than by coloring in one of the 25 beautiful pictures inside this book?

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Retirement Party Wine

Retirement Party Wine

Whether they are celebrating or commiserating, this set of four funny wine bottle labels will add a touch of humor as they raise a toast to their last day of work.

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Teacher Crayon Art

Teacher Crayon Art

Copy the idea in this blog post to create your own crayon monogram that any teacher will love. All you need is a deep frame, crayons, and a stencil of the teacher’s initial.

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One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal

One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal

They can track how much they change with this journal, which includes one question per day to be answered on the same day for 5 years, from thought-provoking to just plain interesting.

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F in Exams Book

F in Exams Book

Teachers past and present will love this book, which is full of inventive and sassy answers to exam questions the pupils just couldn’t get right, in their own handwriting.

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Teacher Lamp Necklace

Teacher Lamp Necklace

Handmade from pewter, this delightful pendant is shaped like a tiny lamp and comes with a greetings card printed with a beautiful and inspiring message of thanks for showing her students the way.

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Funny Teacher Retirement Shirt

Funny Teacher Retirement Shirt

Life will become one long recess for your favorite teacher when they retire, and this colorful tee is the perfect shirt for them to wear while they enjoy all that student-free downtime.

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Funny Teacher Retirement Mug

Funny Teacher Retirement Mug

Proving that they’re their own boss now, this mug will make them smile every day when they roll out of bed and realize that they don’t have to go to work anymore.

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50 States, 5,000 Ideas

50 States, 5,000 Ideas

If they’re looking for something to fill their time now that they’re retired, this book features 5000 things to do and see across all 50 of the United States of America.

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Tea Cup Teacher Retirement Gift

Tea Cup Teacher Retirement Gift

Help any retiring teacher to relax and unwind with this simple but thoughtful gift idea, in which a double-walled cup is filled with tea bags and labelled with the free printable tag.

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Scrath Off Travel Journal

Scrath Off Travel Journal

The Original Travel Journal will give them all they need to chart their journey now that they’ve retired, with region-specific scratch maps and fill in travel logs to keep track of important information.

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Diy Teacher Tote

Diy Teacher Tote

Download this free printable and you will have the means to create not only a fabulous tote bag, but also a number of other teacher gifts by shrinking the image to fit.

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Teacher Bangle

Teacher Bangle

This set of 3 bracelets –each with a touching inscription – will make a sweet gift for a favorite teacher as she moves on to the next phase of her life.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Whether they’re planning on globetrotting or garden potting, this Dr. Seuss classic makes a wonderful retirement gift for any English teacher or lover of the doctor’s inimitable and delightful rhyming style.

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Pencil Flowers

Pencil Flowers

You can use a Cricut or a flower punch to create the petals for this sweet and easy teacher gift idea, which looks stunning and provides a handy stash of pencils, too.

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Kindle Oasis

Kindle Oasis

There’ll be no more lugging heavy books around all day when they have the All-New waterproof Kindle Oasis, because it comes with up to 32GB storage and is perfect for both beach and bath.

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School is Out Shirt

School is Out Shirt

Capture the excitement of the long summer break (only much longer), with this casual t-shirt which is emblazoned with a ‘school’s out’ legend along with ‘retired and loving it’ underneath.

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Literary Insults Chart

Literary Insults Chart

Up the ante when it comes to insults with this fun and informative literary insults poster, which is printed with put downs by some of history’s greatest wordsmith, from Shakespeare to Swift.

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Le Creuset Q3101-17 Whistling 1-4/5-Quart Teakettle, Caribbean, 1 EA

Le Creuset Q3101-17 Whistling 1-4/5-Quart Teakettle, Caribbean, 1 EA

They won’t have to sneak in a crafty cup of tea between lessons anymore, and this vibrant kettle will ensure that tea breaks, coffee breaks, and ‘just because’ breaks start off in style.

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Fitbit Inspire

Fitbit Inspire

Now that they’ve retired they will have more time to devote to themselves. The Fitbit Inspire will help them keep on track of their health and fitness, for a long, healthy retirement.

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Neon Dipped Succulent Pot

Neon Dipped Succulent Pot

Succulents make lovely gifts and are perfect for even the least green-fingered person. Add a pop of color with these neon dipped planters which will lend a happy glow to any room.

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English Usage Chart

English Usage Chart

A fun and infuriating gift for a member of the grammar police, this poster highlights some of the most commonly misused words and phrases in the English language today.

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