Firefighter retirement gifts

Updated July 19, 2017

After years of service, it is only fitting that the firefighter in your life receive the accolades and respect worthy of a hero for his retirement. From plaques to jewellery, there are a number of different presents that will make any retiring firefighter feel special during this important occasion. While finding these gifts may take a little leg work and some creativity, a little trouble finding them now will mean the world to that special someone later.

Fire Award's Framed Firefighter USA Plaque

A traditional gift for any retiring firefighter, the Fire Award's Framed Firefighter USA Plaque comes with an ornately decorated centrepiece featuring an American and a choice of an insert emblem. Aside from this design, the plaque also features an ebony wood frame and a black suede matting. To make this gift even more special, there is a rectangular, gold brass engraving area where you can write, the person's name, dates of services, retirement date or another message. The frame measures about 11 inches by 14 inches and is available through the company's website for £58.40.

Firefighter Maltese Cross Charm

Another retirement gift idea for a firefighter would certainly be the Firefighter Maltese Cross Charm. Made from 14 Karat gold, the charm features the traditional maltese cross decorated with a number of symbols reminiscent of your former firefighter's day-to-day including a firefighter's hat, a ladder and a fire hydrant. But despite all of these tiny details, there is still room on this charm to engrave the recipient's initials or the initials of their individual fire brigade. The charm typically ships between three and eight days after the order has been made and is available through Gold Jewelry on the web site.

Poetry Gift's Personalized Poetry Frame

A slightly more sentimental gift, the Poetry Gift's Firefighter Personalized Framed Plaque includes a photo of the retiring officer mounted on a white background with a custom selected poem underneath. Purchasers can select from several different frame types and colours, in addition to selecting one of three poems to be featured in the gift. Once these selections are made, customers can also opt to include their name on the plaque. Price is largely based on the frame type selected as some are more expensive than others. For instance the crystal frame will run customers about £84 while the oak frame is closer to £39. This gift can be purchased through Poetry Gift's website.

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Amanda Younger is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has had her work published in "The Chapel Hill Herald," "Time Out New York" and "Independent Weekly" among other publications. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism.