14 Retirement Gifts for Teachers That They Will Love

by Sarah De Winne

Teachers go above and beyond for their job.  Trust me, I’m a primary school teacher so I know this is true!  So, whether you are looking for retirement gifts for teachers on behalf of your school or you are a parent buying an individual gift or spending a class collection, our list of teacher retirement gifts is here to help. 

What are the Best Retirement Gifts for Teachers?

The best retirement gifts for teacher are thoughtful and come from the heart.  Our best retirement gift for teacher is a unique Star Map poster.  This framed gift shows exactly how the stars were aligned on the date the teacher retired and includes a personal message.

Unlike other retirees, you may not know too much about the personal life of the retiring teacher.  If you want to match your gift to their likes and dislikes, you could seek the help of one of their colleagues in school.

Our list of 14 retirement gifts for teacher is full of memorable ideas that will be appreciated by the retiree for years to come.  To help you, we have hand-picked teacher retirement gifts for every budget and have sorted them into the following categories:

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Retirement Gifts for Teachers Under $50

Even if you have a small budget, we have found plenty of original retirement gifts for teacher which they will treasure!

1. Collaborative Retirement Poster

This is a great collaborative gift.  For a retiring teacher, all staff in the school could sign or alternatively pupils in just one class.  The poster can then be framed to make a unique and memorable gift.

This Katie Doodle poster will fit any 11” x 17” frame.  In the centre of the poster, the words ‘Congrats!’ hang above ‘RETIRED’ which is spelt out in photo letters using the shapes of everyday objects (eg. traffic lights for E).

Order this fantastic poster to create a special keepsake that your retiring teacher will never forget.  Just use a black fine liner or different coloured sharpies to sign and convey your best wishes on their retirement!

2. Unusual Sterling Silver and Abalone Shell Planet Star Moon Pendant

This unusual necklace would make a stunning retirement gift for any teacher.  Of course, it would have extra meaning for a retiring science teacher or for any teacher who loves science, space and astronomy.

This necklace is made from the finest 925 Sterling Silver with Abalone Shell Mother of Pearl and Cubic Zirconia.  The length of the chain is 18 inches. 

This elegant necklace would make a unique retirement gift for teacher!  Excuse the pun but it is definitely out of this world and one of a kind for a tiny price tag!

3. A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness

We all know that retirement is a time to take it easy.  Working as a teacher is extremely stressful, so this wonderful book would make a thoughtful retiring gift for any teacher.  This book will encourage them to take time to breathe, create, reflect and let go!

This Mindfulness book mixes reading and doing.  It will help the retiring teacher to enjoy the moment and take time for themselves after a busy teaching career.

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4. Collectible Willow Tree Sculpted Hand-Painted Figure (You’re the Best!)

This beautiful and collectible Willow Tree sculpted hand-painted figure would make another great retirement gift for teacher. 

Firstly, the title of this figure is ‘You’re the best!’ which is the perfect sentiment for a retiring teacher.  In addition, the standing angel figure is holding a large shiny red apple in her hands which is a motif widely associated with teaching.

This collectible figure is made of polyresin and is 5.5” high.  This gift includes an enclosure card on which the sentiment is written.  Show your appreciation and thankfulness for your retiring teacher with this thoughtful gift!

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5. Stylish Ceramic Tumbler Set with Printed Message

All teachers drink numerous cups of tea and coffee to get them through the day!  So, this smart ceramic coffee or tea mug set would make the perfect retirement gift for teacher.

In addition to a dishwasher and microwave safe 14oz mug, this lovely set also includes a matching cup lid and gold colour spoon. The mug itself is light grey with a perfect retirement sentiment written in gold writing: A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart.  What’s more the set comes with smart gift box packing with a silky interior so it’s ready to wrap!

6. Attractive Glass Galileo Thermometer

This beautiful glass Galileo thermometer would make another great gift for teacher.  With this piece, science really does meet art!  Not only does it look attractive, it also has a practical application in your retiring teacher’s home!

This 14” indoor glass Galileo thermometer has a timeless appearance and is held in a cherry finished wood frame.  Your retiring teacher will love watching the 5 multi-colour spheres move up and down every day!  The varying density of the spheres results in this movement and provides an accurate temperature reading.

Retirement Gifts for Teachers Under £100

These retirement gifts for teacher are perfect if you are feeling more generous or if you are spending a school or class collection.

7. Stunning Set of Gold Rimmed Crystal Wine Glasses

This stunning set of 2 hand blown crystal wine glasses would make a really special retirement gift for teacher.  These modern wine glasses are perfect to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.

Each of these wine glasses have a 15oz capacity and are made from 100% lead-free ultra clear crystal.  They are long stem, lightweight glasses with flat round bases.

If you think your retiring teacher is worth their weight in gold, don’t miss out on these elegant glasses which he/she will treasure forever!

8. Unique Star Map Poster

Another extremely cool retirement gift for teacher with a similar theme is this unique Star Map poster.  Not only is this an original retirement gift, but it is also very personal. 

Amazingly, you can tailor-make your Star Map poster to show exactly how the stars were placed above the teacher on the date that he or she retired!  In addition, you can also add a personal message to your sky map and choose from a black or blue design.  Frames are also available for some sizes of this fantastic gift!

It is really easy to make your Star Map poster online, so don’t delay and order this unique retirement gift today.  Your retiring teacher is unlikely to have seen anything like this before!

Retirement Gifts for Teachers Under $150

If you have a slightly higher personal budget or there is a slightly higher amount in the school or class retirement collection, these memorable retirement gifts for teacher are worth considering.

9. Thoughtful Personalised Handcrafted Canvas with Cherry Blossom Tree

This personalised canvas art print with a beautiful cherry blossom tree would make a very thoughtful and memorable gift.  Trees are often used as symbols of growth and teachers are often described as nurturing their pupils (small seeds) and supporting them to blossom into increasingly independent and knowledgeable learners (trees).  Any teacher will connect with the sentiment of this lovely canvas print.

Underneath the cherry tree, this canvas also features a printed sentiment message which is perfect for a retiring teacher: Teacher – When she gave all her time, her patience and her love, the tree was happy.

In addition to this sentiment, there are custom options to add your teacher’s name, the name of the school and dates.  This 16” x 20” piece of art is printed on museum grade cotton canvas with free varnishing, stretching and mounting.  Spoil your favourite retiring teacher today with this perfect retirement gift!

10. Relaxing Shiatsu Back Kneading Massage Cushion

If you want to pamper your retiring teacher, this deep kneading Shiatsu massage cushion with integrated heat and vibration could be the perfect choice of retirement gift!  After spending years in the stressful teaching profession, this gift will show that you care as this massage cushion is preventative and also acts as a pain and stress reliever.

With this Snailax massage cushion, your retiring teacher can control the intensity of their massage through the flexible massage nodes.  They can also adjust the intensity of the vibration to the hip and thigh area.  This massage cushion also features relaxing heat therapy on the back to relax, relieve and comfort tense muscles.

This therapeutic gift is made from luxury leather and smooth mesh.  It is highly portable and easy to use as it will fit on the retiree’s sofa, couch, recliner, office chair or dining chair with its integrated strapping system.

11. Beautiful Handmade Marble Chess Set

Hobbies are another great way for your retiring teacher to enjoy retirement life.  If they have a passion for chess, this beautiful handmade chess set is sure to make a memorable retirement gift for teacher.  Even if your retiree does not play chess, perhaps this gift would encourage them to start a new hobby in their retirement!

This elegant chess set features a 15” game board made of marble onyx.  The 32 chess figures are hand polished and made from fossil coral and dark brown marble with the King measuring 3”.  The chess board and pieces all have felt bottoms to avoid scratches which will make sure this chess set keeps in perfect condition.

This is a useful gift for any retiring teacher which will keep them entertained for hours and look beautiful in their home.

Retirement Gifts for Teachers Over $150

The final selection of retirement gifts for teacher includes ideas for budgets over $150.  These retirement gifts are sure to be appreciated by your retiring teacher!

12. Useful Wireless Weather Station

All teachers love facts and information.  This Logia 7-in-1 wi-fi weather station features a beautiful color display and will make a useful retirement gift for teacher.

This weather station has a built-in thermometer and provides the indoor and outdoor temperature, humidity levels, weather forecasts, moon phases and weather warnings and much more!

13. Elegant Wood Pellet Pizza Oven

Another great idea for retirement gifts for teacher is a stylish wood pellet pizza oven.  Your retiring teacher is sure to enjoy more time outdoors now that they have retired.  Why not encourage them to use their backyard more with this useful gift?

The Ooni Fyra 12 pizza oven combines a live fire experience with intense flavours.  Wood fired pizzas have a delicious favour which your retiree is sure to enjoy with their friends, family and grandchildren now that they have more time on their hands.

The pizza oven can cook 12” pizzas rapidly which is perfect for hungry young children!  In 15 minutes, the pizza oven reaches its optimum heat and can cook stone baked pizzas in as little as 60 seconds!  This is fast food at its best!

This pizza oven is fuelled by hardwood pellets and has low maintenance.  Another great feature about this pizza oven is that it is ultra-portable as it only weighs 10kg.  There are also great recipe ideas on Ooni’s website.

14. My Essential Oils Pair Box


from: Cratejoy

The My Essential Oils Pair Box from Cratejoy is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  Rather than buy your retiree a one-off present, you may prefer the idea of them receiving a reminder of you each month with a monthly subscription box.

With this particular box, the retiree will receive 2 essential oils every 30 days.  The selected YouVeda oils will help the body heal.  These 100% organic oils can elevate mood, boost immunity and support healthy digestions and joints.  The oils are immediately absorbed offering natural healing from the outside in.

This might be the perfect retirement gift for teacher if you want to pamper them and promote wellbeing.  However, there are plenty of other boxes to choose from on this company’s website which may be more suitable for your retiree.  All monthly subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

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