Retirement Gifts For Pastors


Whatever your budget is, you can give your pastor a retirement gift that will demonstrate how much you appreciate his guidance in your life. His retirement is a special occasion for him and his religious community. Giving your minister a retirement gift is an appropriate and thoughtful gesture for his years of service.

Sports Gifts

  • If your pastor has a specific sports interest help him enjoy it even more during his retirement. A gift certificate for a few rounds of golf, tickets to a football game or a football jersey from his favorite team are appropriate and fun gifts. Tennis lessons, basketball tickets or lessons for just about any sports interest can help him to enjoy his leisure time after retirement.


  • A scrapbook is a great way to commemorate your pastor’s involvement with the church and can incorporate the pastor’s family and the church community. Gather up images from the church and use religious motif scrapbook paper and embellishments to make a one-of-a-kind keepsake she will treasure.

Plant a Tree

  • The Jewish National Fund offers the opportunity to support the Holy Land with a donation to plant a tree in Israel. Through their online site you can make a donation and get a certificate in your pastor’s name that represents the trees that will be planted with your donation.


  • Find out what genre books your pastor enjoys and get him all set up for hours of comfortable reading during his retirement. If he plans on doing some traveling domestically or abroad gift him a book from the “1000 Places to See Before You Die” series by Patricia Schultz. If he loves fiction titles get him some with religious themes. Get together with other church members and load some selections onto an electronic reader like the Amazon Kindle, which comes with adjustable font sizes.


  • Movies are another idea to help provide entertainment for the pastor after retirement. Whether she likes comedies or scary movies you can put together a gift basket of movies. A family oriented classic like “The Bells of Saint Mary’s” is a good choice. Add some movie popcorn and candy to the basket and the gift is complete.

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