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43 Meaningful Teacher Retirement Gifts They’ll Actually Use (And Love)

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.
Thoughtful teacher retirement gift ideas.

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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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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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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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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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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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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Scentiment Candles

Scentiment Candles

Handmade with soy wax and using recycled glass bottles, this essential oil candle will make a small but sentimental gift for a beloved teacher as they embark on their retirement.

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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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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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Retirement Ring Necklace

Retirement Ring Necklace

Available in six stunning finishes, this retirement necklace features two interlocking rings to represent the way she will be inextricably linked to the students she has taught and loved.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Democracy Coasters

Democracy Coasters

A thoughtful retirement gift for teachers or those with an interest in American history, this set of four tumbled marble coasters are each printed with snippets of four famous documents.

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I'm Done Retirement Fork

I'm Done Retirement Fork

They’ll enjoy their food even more when it’s served with a side reminder of their retirement! The ‘I’m Done’ fork is available in dinner or dessert size and comes with optional personalization.

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Math Mug

Math Mug

Let a retiring math teacher take their work home with them with this fun chalkboard mug, which is covered with math equations and formulas to keep them occupied.

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Personalized Library Card Pillow

Personalized Library Card Pillow

If they’ve ‘checked out’ of school for the last time, this pillow will make a fun gift as it resembles an old fashioned library card and can be personalized with names and special dates.

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Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle

Nevertheless She Persisted Puzzle

They can take their time over putting together this 1000 piece puzzle, which builds into a beautiful picture featuring some of the most influential women from the past 150 years.

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Apple Necklace

Apple Necklace

An apple has always been a traditional gift to give to teachers, which is why this stunning silver apple necklace and pendant will make such a beautiful retirement gift.

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Teach Love Inspire Bracelet

Teach Love Inspire Bracelet

Choose from aluminum, brass, or copper for this sweet bracelet which comes engraved with ‘teach, love, inspire’ on the front, and optional engraving (up to 30 characters) inside.

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Periodic Table of Presidents

Periodic Table of Presidents

Whether they taught politics, history, or just have an interest in American Presidency through the ages, this ‘periodic table’ features all 45 leaders from Washington to Trump in both sequential and political order.

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Constitution Tie

Constitution Tie

If words are his ‘thing’, this 100% pure silk tie will be the perfect finishing touch to his attire as it is printed with the Constitution and is available in both red and blue.

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Not My Circus Retirement Mug

Not My Circus Retirement Mug

One thing nobody misses about work is the office politics, and this ceramic mug will be a constant reminder that they can sit back and let the drama float over their head.

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No. 2 Pencil Knee High Socks

No. 2 Pencil Knee High Socks

They won’t have to hang up their drawing implements for good when they retire, thanks to this pair of fun socks which look like a couple of No. 2 pencils.

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Handwritten Sheet Music Scarf

Handwritten Sheet Music Scarf

Music lovers and teachers alike will feel the love every time they wear this beautiful infinity scarf, which has been printed with the music from either Bach’s Chaconne or Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

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Never Have I Ever Game

Never Have I Ever Game

If they want to win they’ll have to tell the truth in Never Have I Ever, the card game which rewards the most excruciatingly embarrassing honesties that they’ll NEVER live down!

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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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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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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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More Good Gift Ideas for Teachers


5 Diy Teacher Retirement Gift Ideas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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