Retirement is one of the most important milestones in a person's life, but it's a bittersweet moment for many. Saying goodbye to a way of life that has been known for many years doesn’t always come easily.

With that in mind, it can be difficult to know what to write in a retirement card, and how to get your message to come out right.

Some people will prefer a funny retirement card to keep the mood light, whilst others will appreciate the kindness of a warm and sentimental message.

We know that writing doesn't come easy for everyone, so we’ve gathered up a few retirement card messages to help you along the way:

Funny Things to Write in a Retirement Card

Happy senior listening to music
A lot of people look forward to their retirement days
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  1. Happy retirement! Now it really doesn't matter if the government increases the retirement age. 
  2. Congratulations! Now you can use a senior's discount. 
  3. You’ve managed to do something every one of us wants to - extend the weekend to five more days! Happy retirement!
  4. Enjoy your grandkids. Pretty soon, you'll be begging us to give you your old job back.
  5. We will really miss picking up all the slack for you. Now, we don't have to cover for you in front of the boss when you’re sleeping on the job.
  6. You are our inspiration, the living example that we have a chance of getting out of here alive.
  7. Everything I learned about work, I learned from you including, what time the boss arrives so that I can appear busy, how to wait until somebody brews coffee so that I can ask for a drink, and how to kill time. Thank you!
  8. Happy retirement! (Frankly, I am surprised that you didn't get fired first.)

Heartwarming Words to Write in a Retirement Card

Sometimes the right words are just: We will miss you deeply!

If humour isn't the way you want to go, we’ve also listed some heartwarming message ideas you can add to a retirement card: 

  1. We will miss you deeply! You are a one in a million and could never be replaced! Enjoy your retirement.
  2. You always put your best foot forward and we wish you the best as you retire. Happy retirement!
  3. We loved everything you did. Now it's your time to do what you love. 
  4. You have left a great mark on our hearts and took a chunk away with you. We will miss you not only because of how you worked but for the person that you are.
  5. Everything I learned about the job, I learned from you. More importantly, you showed me the importance of professionalism, getting along with colleagues, and the graciousness of work. Thank you!
  6. I will always cherish our conversations at work. It is an honour to be called your friend.
  7. Congratulations! You have all the time in the world now. Read all of the books and watch all of your favourite films. Enjoy your new life.
  8. Make sure to approach your retirement with the same vigour and energy as you did your work.
  9. You have been looking forward to this day for a long time. We hope that it is everything you envisioned. When you get bored, you know where to find us.
  10. It's not an end, it's a new beginning. We wish you a wonderful retirement.

We hope these retirement message ideas have inspired you. Why not go one step further and recall a fond memory you share in your card? If you don't have a card yet, don't worry - we have a variety of retirement cards to choose from - shop our selection today.