What is a good retirement gift to get for a teacher?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by schoolteacher, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. schoolteacher

    schoolteacher Habitué

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2009
    Messages:
    771
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jan 13, 2010

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2.  
  3. StudentTeach

    StudentTeach Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2009
    Messages:
    431
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 13, 2010

    a massage!
     
  4. Jem

    Jem Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,544
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 13, 2010

    Are they doing anything specific after retirement? We had a teacher who was finally taking a trip to Italy, so everyone pitched in for a very nice camera. Or does she/he like to garden? Or have any other hobbies they might be working more on?
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

    TeacherGroupie Moderator

    Joined:
    May 13, 2005
    Messages:
    29,704
    Likes Received:
    1,122

    Jan 13, 2010

    Okay, I'm being silly here:

    A Bon Voyage card, or even a Thank You card, signed by a number of teachers who are looking for work!
     
  6. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,535
    Likes Received:
    1,448

    Jan 14, 2010

    Restaurant gift cards
     
  7. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2005
    Messages:
    13,896
    Likes Received:
    1,731

    Jan 14, 2010

    These are some I've seen:
    - a bicycle (the teacher was looking forward to having leisure time to pursue her new hobby of cycling)
    - a handcrafted necklace (commissioned from a local artisan)
    - a stepping stone for the garden
    - a scrapbook with memories of her career
    - an annual membership in a "fine wine" club

    All were very personal for the recipient
     
  8. Mrs N

    Mrs N Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2009
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jan 16, 2010

    Our teacher said no gifts but we donated a tree to the school in honor of her. There is a little sign nearby and we invited any of her former students to write her a note and hang it on the tree. She loved it.

    We have also gotten a paver brick personalized at a local arboretum.
     
  9. wrice

    wrice Habitué

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    758
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jan 17, 2010

    We've given retiring teachers a silver necklace with a key charm on it, like a 'key to the city' but a 'key to the school' or 'key to our hearts' type thing.

    For a retiring librarian we made a Picaboo.com bound picture book for her. Each teacher chose a photograph or book cover and wrote a short paragraph in tribute of her and our technology teacher put it all together in a beautiful bound book.

    Along the lines of a donated tree, there have been playground benches donated in honor of teachers. A poetry fund was started to honor another teacher, and it provides for an author to visit the school every year.

    But yes, something personal and meaningful...
     
  10. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    27,534
    Likes Received:
    6

    Jan 17, 2010

    Right now, I think I would get an inexpensive gift, some sort of a keepsake of the yeras in the classroom, and make a large donation to the Haitain relief fund in the teacher's name.

    Anyone who loves kids is bound to be affected by the devastation there.
     
  11. ChristyF

    ChristyF Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2003
    Messages:
    6,699
    Likes Received:
    66

    Jan 17, 2010

    All of the ones we have given have fit the teacher, things for her garden, a hammock, etc. In my old school we had a teacher retire after 30+ years. Some who had worked with her forever had gotten most of her first class to stop by and sign the matting around their class picture. That really touched her.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. arjundevan,
  2. Niyaz,
  3. sevenplus,
  4. rpan
Total: 476 (members: 4, guests: 447, robots: 25)
test