Retirement Gifts For Teachers: 45 Ideas To Honor Them In 2021

  • BY Emmanuel Egeonu
  • March 7, 2021
Retirement Gifts For Teachers: 45 Ideas To Honor Them In 2021

Looking for real good teacher retirement gifts is no easy task.

They have dedicated years, even their whole life to teaching and nurturing generations of students. Therefore, the gifts should show gratitude for their tireless devotion to teaching and education. The farewell item can be sentimental, handmade, personalized, or funny as long as you put your heart into it.

Wait no more. Let’s explore our collection of the best retirement gifts for any teacher in your life or a member of the faculty.

Best Gifts for Retired Teachers

1. Retirement Signature Canvas Sign

A Teacher Retirement Signature Canvas Sign

$69.95 $54.95 (20% off)

Get all the staff sign this “Retired” letter art canvas print. Whenever he or she glance at it, they will reminisce about all the time spent with supportive co-workers.

2. Teacher’s Name Letter Art Canvas

a Letter Art Canvas with teacher's name

$69.95 $49.95 (30% off)

A letter art canvas makes an artistic retirement gift for the teacher you adore. The canvas print creatively shows his or her name with everyday objects. Besides, you can send a short retirement wish to them.

3. Personalized Oak Tree Print

a truly great mentor is hard to find canvas print gift for retired teachers

$59.95 $49.95 (15% off)

Customize the print with the their name and date. Apart from that, you can write a sentimental message to him or her to make this appreciation gift even more personal. Or you can go with the default retirement message, which is already meaningful: “A Truly Great Mentor Is Hard To Find, Difficult To Part With And Impossible To Replace”

4. “Be Proud Of The Difference You Have Made” Canvas Print

Be Proud Of The Difference You Have Made Print

$59.95 $49.95 (15% off)

An elegant piece of wall art that will make them feel proud of all the work that they have done for their students and the school. Customize the print with name and the date of their retirement to turn it into a memorable farewell gift.

5. Retirement Acrostic Canvas Print Sign

A Retirement Acrostic Canvas Print Sign

$59.95 $46.95 (20% off)

A perfect reminder sign for the beloved teachers after retirement. They will be lovingly and constantly reminded to do and achieve the best things for themselves and their family for the time ahead!

6. “Goodbye Tension Hello Pension” Wine Label

Goodbye Tension Hello Pension Wine Label


If you are invited to a retirement party, bring some good wine with these Goodbye Tension – Hello Pension wine labels. This is one of many affordable retirement gifts for teachers but can bring delight to them. With the label, the wine is like a reward that helps them start their retirement the right way.

7. Retirement Fork

retirement fork - a fun gift for retirement teacher


Celebrate their achievement of retirement with this laser engraved fork which comes with the words “I’m done” and “The best is yet to come”. You can also choose the year of their retirement to personalize the item. After they retire, the fork will unquestionably be their favorite cutlery that they use on a daily basis.

8. Happy Retirement Garden Tools

Happy Retirement Garden Tools


If you have a special teacher in your life who is also a garden lover, no other retirement gifts for teachers can beat this one! The gardening set includes a hand trowel and a hand cultivator. Both of these tools are personalized with a custom message and the name of the retiree.

This gift is super memorable and useful that the retiring educator can use to pamper their plants in their retirement.

9. Happy Retirement Plant Pot

A Plant Pot for retiring teachers


A small durable wooden box is a perfect start for a someone who wants to spend their newfound free time gardening and planting their favorite herbs. The pot is inscribed with a simple retirement wish: “Happy retirement to the best Thyme of your life.” They will be thrilled to receive this gift at their retirement party!

10. Happy Retirement Word Art Canvas Print

Happy Retirement Word Art Canvas Print

$59.95 $46.95 (20% off)

Customize this print with the best words that describe them and some sentimental messages from all the staff. The retiring teacher will burst into tears receiving such a gift!

11. Happy Retirement Wine Glass

Happy Retirement Wine Glass


This happy retirement wine glass is a lovely gift that will rock their retirement party or when they enjoy their wine at home. Each wine glass features a unique cocktail recipe under the base so they can make and enjoy a cocktail when they finally unwind after years of teaching.

12. Retirement Schedule Coffee Mug

Teacher Retirement Schedule Coffee Mug Gift

$26.95 $22.95 (15% off)

How about giving the retiring teacher a funny coffee mug that shows their new awesome schedule after retirement?

They will have the motivation to do whatever they want to do each morning from now on!

13. Personalized Retirement Beer Glass

Personalized Retirement Beer Glass


In case they are a beer lover, gift them this personalized beer glass which is just under $50. You can engrave something like “Mr. David – Legend – Enjoy your retirement” on the glass. With their name precisely engraved on the front, it will ensure nobody touches their beer!

14. A Book Clock

A Book Clock Gift for retired teacher


A book clock like this is a timeless gift of appreciation of the life-time hard work of a teacher. The recipient will proudly put the clock in their study, and any guests can easily recognize the their dedication and achievements in teaching and educating.

15. Engraved Fountain Pen

An Engraved Fountain Pen With Teacher's Name


A pen is an inseparable stationery item of any teachers even when they are retired. This pen is inscribed with name or their teaching period, and they will use it with joy for years to come.

16. Retirement Golf Balls

Retirement Golf Balls


Golfing is one common hobby of many retirees. If you happen to know that they plan to take up this pastime during their retirement, then these golf balls are a great retirement gift idea that marks a perfect start for them.

17. Custom Stepping Stone

Custom Stepping Stone


This personalized stepping stone is one striking decoration for their garden. You can customize the image on the stone, the message and add their name. Or you can go ahead with the default quote: “Teachers plant the seeds of knowledge that last a lifetime.”

18. Personalized Teacher Blanket

personalized teacher blanket appreciation gift for teacher


Among many retirement gifts for teachers, this one has cuteness overload written all over it. Wait for that smile and radiation from the teacher’s face when they see this blanket, personalized with their name and the year they retire. Every time they snuggle up they’ll be reminded of your love for them.

19. Personalized Cutting Board

A Cutting Board gift with teacher's name on it


Want to place the token of deep gratitude before a retiring teacher who is always about cooking? Then there’s no better way than a personalized cutting board that he or she will always use when cooking favorite meals. The chopping board is engraved with a happy retirement message to the retiree.

20. “I Don’t Give A Sip, I’m Retired” Coffee Mug

i don't give a sip mug - a fun gift for retired teachers

$26.95 $22.95 (15% off)

After years of hard work, it is finally time for them to retire and enjoy the little pleasures of life. Give them the mug and let them confidently do whatever they want.

21. Leather Catchall Tray

Leather Catchall Tray With Initial


This leather tray is the ideal place for anyone to keep their special belongings. These can include watches, cufflinks, or jewelry. Choose from various sizes and don’t forget to engrave a meaningful note for the person entering retirement.

22. Retirement Pendant

retirement jewelry pendant for female teachers


This is one simple yet elegant and meaningful retirement gift for a female teacher. Comes with different finishes, this retirement pendant gift represents an unbreakable and ever-lasting bond between the retired one and the staff.

READ MORE: Retirement Gift Ideas for Women

23. Netflix Gift Card

Netflix Gift Card

Price varies

Many retirees may idle the free time away by catching up with all the movies and series that they did not have time to watch during teaching years. Therefore, a Netflix gift card is not a bad retirement gift idea for teachers at all!

24. Retirement Coloring Book

Teacher Retirement Coloring Book Gift


Retiring from teaching and being away from school and students, they can finally have some time for meditation and time for their own. One way to help them quickly relieve all the stress from years of teaching and find back joy is coloring. Get them this coloring book as a therapy for their mind and soul.

25. Makeup Bag For Female Teachers

Makeup Bag For Female Teachers


 A makeup bag, which is not costly at all, is a must-have item for many women when traveling. With the words “You can’t retire from being great”, this makeup bag is one retirement gift that she will cherish.

26. Travel Book

A Travel Book


This retirement gift is extremely useful for your retiring pedagogues, mentors or teachers. The book showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. With this ultimate travel guide, they can easily plan itineraries for their holidays when school is out forever.

27. “Bless Your Retirement And The Journeys You Have Yet To Venture” Mug

bless your retirement and the journeys you have yet to venture mug gift

$26.95 $22.95 (15% off)

The mug is perfect as a reminder of their future adventures. Time is the most precious thing any of us could wish for. A new beginning awaits, filled with favorite pastimes and days spent with family!

28. DIY Gift Basket From The Staff

DIY Gift Basket - Teacher Retirement Gift From The Staff

Instead of individual gifts, teaching staff members, colleagues or coworkers can together make a retirement gift basket. You can decorate the gift basket, and don’t forget to include the retirement messages, wishes from all the members of the faculty.

29. Engraved Stainless Steel Tumbler

a funny tumbler retirement gift for math teacher


Any retired Math teacher will use this retirement gift every day with pride. The stainless steel tumbler is engraved with the funny quote: “We aren’t mean. We are above average.”

30. Travel Duffel Bag

A Travel Duffel Bag

$89.99 $49.99 (44% off)

There will be plenty of free time for them to enjoy once they are retired. In many cases, they choose to travel. With a large main compartment and various inner pockets, the travel duffle bag is perfect for a 3-4 days trip. And this retirement gift fits both male and female teachers.

31. World’s Mightiest Teacher T-Shirt

World’s Mightiest Teacher T-Shirt


Many people think of a t-shirt as a retirement gift for male teachers. Make the retirement t-shirt special by giving him one with the words “World’s Mightiest Teacher”. This is an ideal gift for the nerdy teachers who enjoy My Hero Academia!

32. Teacher-saurus Coffee Mug

Teacher-saurus Coffee Mug retirement gift for female teachers


This funny coffee mug suits the female teachers who always know how to handle mischief students!

33. “Educate-Inspire-Empower” Cuff Bracelet

Cuff Bracelet - Female teacher retirement gift idea


This cuff bracelet is one of the most unique retirement gifts that emphasizes their role and contribution over their teaching years. With the words “Educate – Inspire – Empower”, the bracelet is creative and elegant, making it a great end-of-the-year gift for a female teacher who is entering her retirement.

34. Retirement Keyring

Retirement Keyring For Retiring Teachers


This keyring can light the heart of any retiring female teaching staff at school. The heart-shaped charm is engraved with a short saying “No one can ever fill your shoes. Enjoy retirement.” With the keyring, they will always be reminded of how they are valued during their teaching time.

35. Kindle Paperwhite

A Kindle Paperwhite


Any bibliophile can never resist a Kindle – an expensive but worthy retirement gift. It’s one perfect replacement for traditional printed books that allows them to conveniently lose themselves in their favorite books.

36. Book-Shaped Lamp

A Book-Shaped Lamp


This lamp is shaped like a book and emits a soft light that can light up a living room or bedroom. The lamp is also foldable like a book, which makes it very portable. This is one cool teacher retirement gift that lights up their reading or study corner in style.

37. “The Fun And Laughter Made Us Friends” Photo Plaque

chance made us colleagues but fun and laughter made us friends photo plaque gift for going away teaching coworker

$29.95 $24.95 (15% off)

This plaque helps you celebrate all the crazy moments that you have shared with your colleague. Wherever they go, they will remember you by and the time you work together with this meaningful photo gift!

38. Back and Neck Massager

A massager as a teacher retirement gift


This is one of the retirement gifts that a PE teacher will love in his retirement days. The back and neck massager gives ultimate relief quickly and relieves muscle tension effectively. All they needs to do is lay back and enjoy.

39. Self Watering Planter

Self Watering Planter for teachers who love gardening


If they loves growing plants or flowers in pots, you can buy him or her this self-watering planter to mark the retirement milestone. It has an indicator that shows when the plant needs to be watered, and the quantity of water required. This is one great gift for retiring educators with a green thumb!

40. Airline Gift Cards

a 50 dollars Airline Gift Card

Price varies

Do you happen to know their traveling plans after retiring? Then surprise them with airline gift cards. They will find this retirement gift useful when heading to the destinations they have always dreamt of.

41. Picnic Backpack

Picnic Backpack


Another great thank-you gift recommendation for fans of family outdoor camping BBQ and beach party. The picnic backpack comes with a large insulated food compartment and another one that is well organized for tableware. With this backpack, they can neatly pack all the essentials for their future picnic.

42. Coffee Subscription Box

Coffee Subscription - Retirement teacher gift

From $24.00

Coffee is the life of the morning and is a must-have for most teachers. Even when they have retired, coffee is still a must! And this coffee subscription box will offer them a monthly taste of Seattle’s finest coffees.

43. Warming Slippers

Warming Slippers

Price varies

Apart from being so cute, warming slippers are super soft and will keep their feet warm and comfortable. They make an excellent gift this retirement occasion if you’re going for something they’ll use often.

44. O’FISH’ALLY Retired Fishing Lure

retirement teacher fishing lure gift


A perfect keepsake for the teacher who loves fishing. All you need to do is customizing it with the day they retire.

45. Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden

Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden

For those who loves to tend to plants, gardening gifts can be perfect for their retirement journey ahead. An indoor Mason jar flower garden is a wonderful present that allows them the opportunity to care for flora all year long.

46. Retirement Rules

retirement rules print gift for retiring teachers

$59.95 $49.95 (15% off)

All those teaching years have added a lot of stress to them. So, give a motivational piece of wall décor to remind them to enjoy every single bit of their retired life.


That’s it! These are the best retirement gifts for a teacher or mentor who is ending their teaching career. We hope you already have in mind some great ideas to show your appreciation and congratulate their achievements in teaching. Or do you have other gift suggestions for the retiring teachers? Let us know!


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