When the kids leave the house, empty nesters may feel emotions, from excitement and celebration to remorse and anxiety. Who can blame them? Getting the house back to yourself can seem overwhelming when you’ve been raising kids for so many years.
But, if you know an empty nester or if you’re leaving your parents behind and want to give them a gift, we’ve got the list for you. These gifts range from sentimental to inspirational, but all have one common goal: putting a smile on your empty nesters’ faces.
Just because empty nesters finally get the house back to themselves doesn’t mean they aren’t sad to see their kids leave. To help them cope with sending their kids off, get them a locket so they can keep a picture of their loved ones close to their hearts.
These lockets are elegant and simple, so they’ll go with all outfits and occasions. Plus, you can not only insert a photo of the kids who’ve gone into the locket but you can get engraved with a heartwarming sentiment too. So, while the empty nesters in your life start to embrace their new-found freedom, they will always have a reminder of their little ones close.
It’s time for those empty nesters to fly, and what better way to send them off than with an airline gift card? An airline gift card doesn’t expire, and holders can redeem them for any location. It’s the perfect gift to give to those empty nesters that love to travel or haven’t been able to because they’ve been too busy taking care of the kids.
So, you can help them get out of the house but still give them the flexibility of choosing a destination and vacationing at a time that works best for them with an airline gift card.
Piggybacking off the travel idea, why not get the empty nesters a book of must-visit travel destinations to fuel their vacation ideas? This book offers endless opportunities for relaxation and romantic getaways that are ideal for empty nesters looking for a change of scenery and a bit of excitement.
This gift is ideal for empty nesters because it doesn’t pressure them to hop on a flight out of the country but can encourage them to start planning a vacation.
After years of caring for the kids, empty nesters need a break for themselves. That’s where the at-home spa set comes in.
You can give an at-home spa set with warm scented bath soaps and lotions for your empty nesters to indulge in and relax with for a nice home spa day. Better yet, you can pair this gift with an actual spa gift card, but provide the at-home products as a reminder that it’s ok for them to rest when they need it because God knows they deserve it.
Commemorate the day for your empty nesters with a thoughtful ornament that’s elegant and symbolic of the day all their young chicks flew from the nest. This fully customizable ornament lets you personalize the date, name, and number of birds displayed.
While it’s a simple gift, it’s sentimental and will give them something to mark the day when all of their little ones have left the nest at last.
This one might be more for the mom empty nesters, but it’s a thoughtful gift nonetheless. This metal sign has removable heart decals that the recipient can move and place over the state or area where their kid now lives. You can move the heart wherever you want whenever you want, so you don’t have to purchase a new board when one of the kids moves.
Plus, it’s a thoughtful gift that serves as a reminder that even though the kids may not live at home anymore, their hearts are still close by.
Give a gift that’ll put your empty nesters in the celebratory spirit. This gift box comes complete with a funny card, a candle, a sweet treat, and a much-needed cocktail mug. Even though the gift box seems like a simple and funny gift to give, it’ll kickstart the empty nesters into the celebratory spirit so they can embrace their new lives as empty nesters.
What better way to say “we’re empty nesters” than with a mat that welcomes guests into the home with a “welcome to our nest” message? This doormat is a small gift for empty nesters to let them know they can reclaim their house as their child-free space. Plus, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on their face.
Sometimes, all a person needs is a few words of reassurance. If your empty nester recipients are a bit put out by their newfound empty nester status, they might just need something to remind them that just because their kids have left, the house doesn’t mean it’s not a home anymore. This sign is the optimal gift to give when those words or reassurance are needed.
Give the gift of inspiration to the empty nesters in your life. This journal gives empty nesters the space to process their feelings and emotions following their kids’ departure. Sometimes, people don’t want to talk about how down they feel, so this journal is the perfect choice to give them the option to express themselves in a way that’s just for them.
The ‘I Love You’ charm bangle from Alex and Ani is the ideal gift for the mom and daughter duo. The mom empty nester can get a matching bangle with her daughter or daughters so that each of them is reminded of the other as they embrace their new journeys in life.
This gift is almost guaranteed to bring a tear or two to a mom’s eye, but they’ll love the sentimental value of the gift.
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? Give a funny gift to your empty nesters in the form of a whiskey and wine glass set that says “mom off duty” and “dad off duty.” Not only will these glasses get a chuckle out of the recipients, but they’re quality glasses they can use to make a cocktail or for a glass of wine.
One of the best things about becoming an empty nester is enjoying a ton of free time. Instead of figuring out something to do with the kids during the week or on the weekend, empty nesters can take the time to plan outings they enjoy.
If you want to give them a boost on the ideas, you can give them a Groupon to local activity, from food tasting to axe throwing or paint and sip nights. This gift will get the out of the house, give them something to do, and let them know they can start enjoying their free time.
For a simple yet thoughtful gift, you can always give an empty nester a nice picture frame so they can keep a picture of the whole family close by. You can get an engravable wooden frame to make the gift more personal.
With this frame, you can let the family know you’re thinking of them and give them something they can use to remember their little ones flown from the nest.
Commemorate your empty nesters’ time with their families in a custom photo book from Amazon. These books are fully customizable, from the images you choose to the captions and designs you place on each page. Whenever your empty nester feels down, they can pull out their photo book and take a trip down memory lane to put them in better spirits.
Now that your empty nesters don’t have kids at home, they probably have some free time they’d like to fill. So, give them a hobby for a gift, like a scrapbook. With a scrapbook, they can release their creativity and feel nostalgic as they cut and paste their favorite photos onto the pages.
Plus, they can use a scrapbook to create plans for the future instead of just focusing on the past. Ultimately, it’s a great gift for creative types in need of something fun to occupy their time.
It’s time for those empty nesters to start entertaining again, and there’s no better gift to spark a gathering than a high-quality charcuterie board set.
Not only can the recipient use this board to create a masterful charcuterie board for themselves when relaxing at home, but they can use it when hosting parties and get-togethers at their house. It’s a nice gift and a considerate nudge to get them together with friends.
Since cooking no longer means feeding more than two mouths, you can give your empty nesters a gift book full of recipes for two people. This cookbook allows cooks to embrace their culinary skills and create dishes that won’t lead to stacks of leftovers in the fridge. Plus, they can use some of the recipes in the book as inspiration for sweet date nights at home.
Becoming an empty nester can be a fun experience. Empty nesters finally get the house to themselves, they have more free time to explore activities they probably couldn’t do before, and they can start embracing new hobbies.
The mixology bar set combines celebration with exploration as it allows empty nesters to test their cocktail-making skills and have a toast to their newly empty nest lifestyle.
With more time comes more availability to read. If your empty nester still doesn’t have time to travel or take a vacation, let them explore new worlds and places through books. The kindle is a small gift but gives the user access to an extensive library of new and old books.
Plus, they won’t have to make a trip to the bookstore to get something new. Instead, they can have a new book in seconds with the touch of a finger.
Give the gift of a hands-free clean home with the iRobot Roomba vacuum. This gift lets empty nesters know they won’t have to constantly clean the house since the kids aren’t home.
Better yet, they won’t have to vacuum since the Roomba vacuums for them. Instead of cleaning the house on the weekends, the Roomba frees up their time so they can have some fun instead.
Without the kids at home, it’s time for those empty nesters to start enjoying and relaxing in their homes again. The essential oil diffuser makes a home smell nice and can act as an aromatherapy source. When they’re feeling stressed or exhausted, the user can drop some essential oil into the diffuser, breathe deep, and relax.
If your empty nesters are wondering what to do at night or on the weekend without luring the kids around to friends’ houses or sports, you can get them a game. This game is designed for a couple and for having fun. Without kids in the way, partners can get to know one another again through this game and have a good time doing it.
Your gift for an empty nester doesn’t have to be sentimental or inspiring. Instead, you can get a simple gift like the empty nester coffee mug to let them know you’re thinking about them without being over the top.
A planner might sound like an odd, tedious gift to give someone, but writing in a planner and deciding on the day, week, or month’s activities can feel quite therapeutic. Plus, a planner will give an empty nester the space to plan and decide what they want to do with their new allotted free time. Here, they can plan vacations, new outings, and other adventures they want to take.
There you have it, the ultimate list of gift ideas for the empty nesters in your life. From sentimental frames and jewelry to inspiring journals and adventure-seeking books, there’s no shortage of good ideas here. All you need to do is choose.
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