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Goodbye And Retirement Gifts, Quotes And Ideas.

Updated on October 15, 2014

Goodbye, Farewell And Retirement Ideas For Colleagues Leaving Work ....

This page is about Retirement and leaving work. Goodbye and Farewell in our lives. Here you will find great ideas for Image credit : 2'x3' Giant Retirement Gift Card (Relax), W/Envelope

How To Say Farewell When Someone Retires Or Leaves Work

Retirement speeches, cards and gifts

There are often many Farewell retirement speeches as well in any workplace. When I took redundancy due to the number of other people being laid off/ taking or made redundant and retiring there have been a lot of goodbyes to me and from me.

Anyway it got me thinking about how to say goodbye to someone retiring or redundant or leaving work, how to make a good farewell speech when called upon to do that and what to put on all those leaving and retirement cards! It was also not always easy to know what to give as a thoughtful and unique gift.

So I did some research on what the great and good poets and people have to say about saying and writing goodbyes; great retirement gifts and goodbye speech books for inspiration. I hope you find it useful.

Giant Retirement Gift Card! - Get Your Giant Retirement Gift Card From

VictoryStore Jumbo Greeting Cards: Giant Retirement Card (To Do List), 2' x 3' Card with Envelope
VictoryStore Jumbo Greeting Cards: Giant Retirement Card (To Do List), 2' x 3' Card with Envelope

Wow this giant retirement gift card is a must especially if you are working in a large office or environment with lots of people who want to say goodbye.

Everyone will be able to leave a special retirement message here!


Leaving Cards

Whenever someone leaves work, especially if they work in a large organisation, an office, factory or other place where people work closely together most employees want to send a card.

Sometimes it is lovely to get one big leaving card and for everyone to write their wn special message inside it.

This card is huge and big enough for most places to have staff send their own message to the person leaving.

I really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.

Christa McAuliffe

I Don't Want To I'm Retired Tapestry Toss Pillow


Funny Retirement Gift Pilllow - Get Your Funny Retirement Gift Pilllow From

I Don't Want To I'm Retired Tapestry Toss Pillow
I Don't Want To I'm Retired Tapestry Toss Pillow

Here is a funny retirement gift pillow ! Reasonably priced, unique and interesting retirement gifts can be difficult to find.


Retirement Gift Pillow

I am sure we all know t he person leaving work for retirement who would appreciate this fun pillow!

The freedom retirement brings will appeal to the receiver of this gift.

This is perfect if you want a personal , yet not too personal gift for someone retiring who has a sense of humour.

Make them laugh on their last day and remember you every time they look at this!

Why Did You Say Goodbye To Your Last Job?

If you have ever left a job it would be interesting to know how this occurred.

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

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Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Green Tea Zen Spa Bath and Body Set


Art Of Appreciation Gift Baskets.

Green Tea Zen Calming Tea, Bath and Body Gift Basket Spa Set
Green Tea Zen Calming Tea, Bath and Body Gift Basket Spa Set

A beautiful collection, I love this green tea fragrance and the sense of pampering. Many people would be happy to receive this as a good bye gift.


Goodbye Retirement Or Redundancy Gift

I think this is a suitable gift for retirement, redundancy, or leaving work for any reason.

A thoughtful gift for when you don't want to emphasise the fact the person is saying goodbye due to retirement, redundancy or whatever reason.

It shows you care without making a big deal of the fact they are leaving.

We only part to meet again.

John Gay

Some people I have talked with say that being made redundant or taking redundancy was the best thing that ever happened to them, leaving a space for new ventures, a new way of life. Others say it was the worst thing and devestating to them.

If this ever happened to you how do you feel about it? Did your views about redundancy change over time? Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish.

Have You Ever been Laid Off/Redundant?

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It is never good dwelling on good-byes ... it is not the being together that it prolongs, it is the parting.

Elizabeth Bibesco


Leaving a work community where you feel you have been a part of it, the people, the work and the feeling is of a community is difficult. It is hard enough when you have chosen to leave -maybe through retirement or to go to a new venture.

However for many right now they are leaving under redundancy or being laid off and having to leave before they are ready to. Many people I know would not have chosen to leave work for many years.

Either way if you have been happy in your workplace many friendships are forged and life events shared with colleagues. Saying goodbye is hard and sometimes only softened by the thought of meeting up again and keeping in touch.

How To Deliver The Perfect Goodbye Speech - You may be called upon to write or deliver a goodbye speech.

How to Write and Deliver the Perfect Speech
How to Write and Deliver the Perfect Speech

The Goodbye speech is a special moment for the person leaving, yet so many speeches are a disappointment. Get this book to teach you how to make a great one!


Making A Speech

You can make that perfect speech!

For many people making a speech is the top of their do not want to do list. Yet if people are leaving your workplace you may be called upon to give them a lovely personal leaving work speech.

The key is to make it special and interesting, not bland and boring.

Get great tips and ideas here with How How to Write and Deliver the Perfect Speech.

Have you ever written on a Goodbye/Farewell card ?

Have you ever written on a Goodbye/Farewell card for a colleague?

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Say Goodbye with a light heart

Say goodbye to the oldies, but goodies, because the good old days weren't always good and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems.

Billy Joel

Never Say Goodbye Mug - Goodbye mug for the tea or coffee lover!


A goodbye mug is a great present that is also practical. Perfect for someone who has always liked that second cup or coffee or tea!


A Lovely Mug !

Never say Goodbye...

A lovely Tea or Coffee Mug is often a very appreciated leaving gift and one most people can make good use of.

Especially if you have a few people leaving or if it has been decided everyoin ewill buy a small gift it is also cost effective.

This mug also have a lovely sentiment on it that is very appropriate.

Goodbye To Work...and Farewells To People

Leaving work when many colleagues are being laid off is difficult, there is a lot of emotion and sadness to cope with when saying good bye.

On the other hand there were many who were retiring and happy to be moving onto a different phase in their lives.

Some also took this as an exciting opportunity to think about starting that business they had dreamt of, a new start in a new job role, retraining or spending more time with their children/grandchildren or elderly relatives.

If we just stop to think and breathe we can recall all the good times, the happy times and know that everything changes in life and we need to be grateful for what we had and that we had the opportunity to work together, share skills and experiences and share our lives.

When the time comes to move on and forwards and say goodbye, we can forge forward taking the strength of our built friendships and work bonds with us in our different paths.

Don't cry because it's over.

Smile because it happened.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, attributed

Can You Say A Few Words...Book

Can You Say a Few Words?: How to Prepare and Deliver Award Presentations, Dedications, Eulogies and Prayers, Introductions, Retirements and Farewells, ... Birthday, Anniversary Toasts, and More.
Can You Say a Few Words?: How to Prepare and Deliver Award Presentations, Dedications, Eulogies and Prayers, Introductions, Retirements and Farewells, ... Birthday, Anniversary Toasts, and More.

Joan Detz is an award winning corporate speechwriter who in this book offers advice and ideas to writing and delivering that special speech


Say A Few Goodbye And Farewell words...

Any sort of public speaking can be nerve wracking!

This book is clearly written, fun and full of helpful things to get you to deliver that wonderful speech.

Prepare well for a farewell speech and it is likely to go a lot better.

Saying goodbye.....Leaving On A Jet plane... - John Denver saying goodbye

Retired Who Cares Wall Clock retiree retirement gift - Fun Retirement Wall Clock Gift!

RETIRED WHO CARES Wall Clock retiree retirement gift
RETIRED WHO CARES Wall Clock retiree retirement gift

A fun retirement gift! I love this one and I want it when I retire!! It is 10 inches in size and has a precision quartz movement


Clock Watching No More!

This clock i s my personal favourite and not only do I want it when I finally retire I have it in mind for someone who will be retiring in a a short while.

His work is very much "on the clock" and he has to be there and doing things at a certain time, ruled by the bell so to speak.

So in retirement I have heard him say many times he is not going to take notice of any clocks, watches or anything and just do "his own thing" when he feels like it!

I think he will appreciate the humour and sentiment of this gift.

Keeping in Touch -Farewell Quote - Once You Have Said Farewell

Many of my colleagues and friends will be staying locally and we have pledged to meet up for lunch/ coffee and networking for new opportunities.

Some of my colleagues and frends will be moving to other parts of the UK and some abroad which will make it more difficult to meet up for a coffee!! However email always makes keeping in touch easier wherever people are nowadays and if they are close friends, trips can always be arranged !

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes."

Henry David Thoreau

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Garrison Keillor

Guide To Retirement - How To Adjust to and Enjoy Retirement

The Don't Sweat Guide to Retirement: Enjoying Your New Lifestyle to the Fullest (Don't Sweat Guides)
The Don't Sweat Guide to Retirement: Enjoying Your New Lifestyle to the Fullest (Don't Sweat Guides)

From the author of Dont Sweat the Small Stuff this book guides people who are newly retired to enjoy their retirement and adjust to a new life away from the familiar routine of work..


Planning For Retirement

Retirement is often much looked forward to . However how many of us plan for when it happens.

We might have planned financially -hopefully- but there is a lot more to think about.

If you have been used to working until into your 60's or more it is a huge life change and we need to give thought to it.

How we develop a new life after retirement is very important.

Saying Goodbye Poem

Goodbyes are not forever.

Goodbyes are not the end.

They simply mean I'll miss you

Until we meet again!

Author Unknown

Farewell Poem- Irish Blessings

For close friends and work colleagues I really like the Irish Blessings.

Being part Irish myself they have a special meaning to me and I think they are very appropriate for people I care about.

"May you always have work for your hands to do.

May your pockets hold always a coin or two.

May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.

May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

May the hand of a friend always be near you."

And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Hello Goodbye By The Beetles

Farewell Poem- Irish Toast

May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.

Goodbye To Colleagues At Work - I Wanted A Perfect Farewell Ending...

A perfect goodbye or ending at work does not happen when mass redundancies/lay offs are taking place. It is hard to see people distraught and upset. It is hard to see people saying goodbye and leaving who do not want to leave and cannot afford to leave. However you just have to make the best out of the situation and help each other get through it. I think this quote sums it up very well.

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next."

Gilda Radner

Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Essence of Luxury Spa Bath and Body Set


Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Essence of Luxury Spa Bath and Body Set - Luxury spa collection farewell gift.

Essence of Luxury Warm Vanilla Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set
Essence of Luxury Warm Vanilla Spa Bath and Body Gift Basket Set

Luxury Vanilla scented spa products with 100% cotton towel in a lovely basket with ta personalised message from you. This gift will make that person feel very special.


Beautiful Basket Gift

For the person who loves a bit of pampering and enjoys the scent of vanilla this could be a perfect gift.

It is nicely presented and looks so beautiful.

So it will be lovely to give just after a leaving work speech.

Is Goodbye Always Adversity?

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known

Garrison Keillor

It’s all said and done, it’s real, and it’s been fun.

The Graduation Song By Vitamin C

Great song and lyrics for anyone who is saying goodbye due to graduating

Art Of Appreciation Gift Basket Treats Tool Bag

Handyman's Toolbox of Snacks and Treats Gift Basket
Handyman's Toolbox of Snacks and Treats Gift Basket

Full of special treats including cheeses and meats. Complete with a personalised message from you. We all know someone this gift is perfect for.


Treats Gift Bag Tote - Gourmet Food and Snacks Gift Basket

A lovely gift for someone who appreciates good food and treats!

This paper board tool box gift tote is filled to overflowing with gourmet goodies including cheeses and meats to satisfy crunchy cravings.

Each gift is carefully hand crafted and includes a personalized gift message from you to convey your best wishes

A Farewell Poem -As We Say Goodbye - Happy Trails To You ...Whether leaving is happy or sad we wish a happy blessing for the future.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,

Others are blue.

It's the way you ride the trail that counts,

Here's a happy one for you.

Dale Evans

Saying Goodbye Does Not Matter..

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.

Trey Parker

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Love that you stopped by to my Farewell and Goodbye page.

Feel free to leave a comment if you liked this page. Did you find a lovely retirement gift? Do let me know if there is anything else you would like to see here.

Please note I read all comments prior to posting and I do not allow commercial links here.

Thank you :)

© 2011 RaintreeAnnie

What Are Your Experiences Of Farewell and Goodbyes? - Did You Find A Retirement Gift?

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    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from UK

      Hi PriscillaKing Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I am unsure why you had trouble commenting though? Still glad you did in the end :)

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      Priscilla King 

      3 years ago from Gate City, Virginia

      *Whew*. Nice Hub..but what a chore to get to comment on it! Anyway, what I was going to say was that most of my jobs have been odd jobs; some lasted for years and some recurred regularly over years, and a few are still ongoing, but they reached their natural ends. Patients got well or died. Books were published or abandoned. My strangest laid-off experience occurred in Washington, with a defense contractor who'd been planning to make my job permanent...until the White House scaled down the company's work and I was laid *two weeks*.

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      Treathyl FOX 

      3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Awesome gift ideas. You may thank Keri Miller who shared you post via Google+ which led me to this HUB.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Great retirement gift suggestions and wonderful farewell quotes.

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      4 years ago

      I think this was great!! It's always nice to be personal in your goodbyes to people

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      5 years ago

      packed with great ideas for retirement gifts

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I must say, that all of my farewells from past employment have been pretty happy ones for me. I was always excited about what was to come and usually very ready to go. There were some individuals I missed and was sad to say goodbye to, especially if I was leaving the area, but I've never missed a job I've left.

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Interesting and well written lens, lots of food for thought some beautiful images and interesting quotes, etc.

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      @anonymous: Thank you , glad you found it inspirational :)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Glad you enjoyed reading it:)

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      @LizMac60: Thank you , I appreciate the blessing :)

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      6 years ago from UK

      @captainj88: Thank you:)

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      Liz Mackay 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens with lots of information. Blessed.

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      @CCGAL: Thank you ! I appreciate that :)

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      6 years ago

      You've done an excellent job of curating appropriate on-topic videos, books, links, and quotes. I enjoyed how you wove the poll questions in, too. Very nicely put together lens!!!

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Interesting lens topic. Farewell :)

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your, farewell, friend!

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      6 years ago

      very inspirational...thanks.

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      cajkovska lm 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens... enjoyed your quotes.

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      nightbear lm 

      6 years ago

      A lovely job on this page. And the sentiment is so important. This is an important time in people's lives. Well done! Blessed.

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      poppy mercer 

      6 years ago from London

      really lovely...and kindly too. Your lens will help anyone suffering a sense of parting.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed my visit here, thanks for the polls too, always nice to participate.

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      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great collection of quotes. very interesting read.

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      7 years ago

      Great quotes there

    • RaintreeAnnie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from UK

      @anonymous: Thank you for your lovely comment and the lensroll raphaelo , I appreciate that :)

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      7 years ago

      So lovely and wonderful quotes lens.. I like this of yours.. Lensrolled to my quotes posters lens. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. dear lady Jasmine Ann :D


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