17 Best Retirement Gifts for Teachers

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Do you have a favorite teacher, or know of a retiring teacher and want to show your appreciation of their years of service and hard work? Retirement only happens once, so you probably want a memorable gift that will help them kick off a happy retirement. Take a look at this list of the 17 best retirement gifts for teachers that I have put together to hopefully make shopping a little easier.

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Great Ideas for the Perfect Retirement Gift for that Special Teacher

Willow Tree You're The Best! Angel, sculpted hand-painted figure

Willow Tree honestly has a sculpture to fit any situation, and is such a sentimental gift. This particular sculpture is great for any great teacher. The woman, with wire angel wings, holding a single apple, will fill any teacher’s heart with joy.

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Teacher Appreciation Blanket

Teachers deserve nothing more to relax. Help them snuggle up and unwind after a long day (or year?) of teaching with this cozy throw blanket. Super soft and lightweight, this blanket is the perfect way to add a touch of comfort and warmth to any classroom or home.

Featuring a combination of funny and touching quotes, this blanket is sure to become a cherished and practical gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Apple Paperweight

Apple gifts can be boring and cliche for teachers. However, you can make an apple gift as something special. This crystal paperweight is sleek and smooth and a perfect desktop accessory.

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Retirement Golf Balls

Does your teacher enjoy a nice day out on the golf course? Now that their school days are over and they have a lot of free time, they can enjoy this fun gift on the golf course! I guarantee that they will appreciate this set of golf balls that read “ Retirement is now in Full Swing”.

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Soy Candle Gift Set

Teachers are truly some of the most selfless people that we will ever meet. They are focused on helping others and they touch the lives of many students. A great gift idea for a teacher retirement party is a set of aromatherapy candles that will help them relax on their own time. One candle to detox from the day, one to bring positive energy, and a third to help relax at bedtime.

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Personalized Bamboo Cutting Board

Maybe you know a Home Economics or Culinary Arts teacher that is about to retire and need to find a meaningful gift. A personalized cutting board is the perfect gift for someone who likes to cook. Even if they already have one, it’s always nice to have a spare.

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Foot Spa with Soothing Vibration Massage

No matter if a teacher is a coach or a math teacher, the facts are that they spend a lot of time standing on their feet during their teaching career. A great retirement gift for tired feet is a personal foot spa. This foot spa gives a wonderful bubble massage while soaking in heated water.

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Scratch Off World Map

Is your high school history teacher the one retiring? Maybe they plan to travel all over the world during retirement. An excellent gift to encourage them to live life at its fullest is by giving them this scratch off traveler’s map. They can scratch off each area of the map that they visit ask they go on their travels in this next chapter of life.

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Personalized Tumbler

It’s no lie that most teachers live off of coffee. However, that being said, the last thing they will probably reach for in the cupboard is a sappy retirement coffee mug. Instead, go the extra mile and give them a personalized gift like a brand new stainless steel Yeti that will keep any drink, hot or cold, all day and all night! Just add their name, monogram, or a personal message to make this a unique retirement gift they'll never forget.

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F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers

Do you have any book lovers as teachers? Maybe your English teacher? Who are we kidding, teachers love books. Kick off the end of the year with a funny retirement gift like this silly book, written with teachers in mind. This book contains some of the best wrong answers that were given during exams.

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Best of All Thyme Wooden Planter

If you want to show them they are the best teacher of all "thyme", then the best gift is this wooden planter. Includes thyme seeds so they can exercise their green thumb in all their extra time.

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Plush Fleece Robe

Practical gifts are always a great idea, and this cozy robe turns practical into luxury! Made with comfort in mind, this women's bathrobe is soft and gentle on the skin while being plush enough to provide her the comfort she deserves. Package this with some face masks and a gift certificate for a spa day for the ultimate gift!

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Men's Sandalwood Spa Gift Set

Encourage your retired teacher to sit back and relax with this bath spa kit. This set comes with everything they need to relax after their last day of work. Includes a variety of items to create their own spa-like experience at home, all packaged up.

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Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler

A teacher’s life line, for many years, is coffee. Show them your appreciation with this fancy gourmet coffee set that includes 4 sampler coffees for them to enjoy. I have tried this, and it is absolutely amazing!

A delicious cup of coffee that they can sip slowly on their days off is a great way to kick off their retirement.

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WHO CARES I'm Retired Wall Clock

Remind your teacher that they will no longer have to be anywhere by a certain time. No more tardy bells. No more alarm clock. This wall clock is perfect for this lesson, as it shows all the numbers piled up at the bottom and shows the word “Who cares!... I’m retired.” No more rushing.

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Whisky Stones and Glasses Gift Set

This whiskey set is a great option for any retiree who you are sure loves Jack Daniels after a long day. This lovely set comes with glasses, rocks, tongs, and a velvet pouch, all in a wooden box. Add in a bottle of their favorite whiskey or bourbon to take this perfect gift idea to the next level.

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Amazon Gift Card in a Gift Box

Always, when I have absolutely no idea what to buy someone, I choose to give them a gift card. With an Amazon gift card, they can purchase something they want or need, and it will all be thanks to you.

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Amanda is a mom of four kids, two dogs, some chickens, and a few hundred composting worms. As a former teacher and fitness instructor, and the oldest of a houseful of kids, she has quite a bit of experience educating others – which she now does via writing! Gift giving isn’t her main love language, but she loves shopping for the perfect gifts for others.

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