Top Gift Ideas for Empty Nesters

by Craig

Top gift ideas for empty nesters should focus on indulging their newfound freedom and encouraging them to explore new hobbies and interests. When the kids leave home, it can be a bittersweet time for parents. If you know someone facing this transition, why not give them a thoughtful gift to help make the adjustment a little easier? With this list of top gift Ideas for empty nesters, we will provide you with some ideas to get you started.

1. Empty Nesters Soap

 gift for the parents

Perfect gift for the parents of the graduate and new college freshman! Perfect gift for the parents of the bride or groom! Perfect gift for the mom and dad who finally find themselves alone in the house!

2. Empty Nester Drink Coasters

Empty Nesters Drink Coaster Set Great Gift Idea

These Big Dot of Happiness drink coasters feature hilarious sayings that will get a chuckle out of an empty nester. They’re also durable and absorbent, so your loved one can use them repeatedly without worrying about ruining their furniture. Best of all, they come in a set of six, so there’s plenty to go around.

3. Portable Outdoor Oven

 portable pizza oven

Experience the game-changing Gozney Roccbox, the original stone-floor portable pizza oven that lets you create, share, and enjoy restaurant-quality pizza anywhere. Elevate your pizza game with this versatile countertop pizza ove

4. Empty Nester Ceramic Mug

Coffee Mug Cup With Empty Nester Message Graphic

This heavy-duty LookHUMAN Empty Nester ceramic mug is perfect for those who like their coffee strong and black. The 11-ounce mug features a cute bird and nest design and is microwave safe so that they can reheat their coffee without any fuss.

5. Lavender-Scented Candle

Lavender Scented Candle Recommended Empty Nester Gift

The UOKPT lavender-scented candle is the perfect way to send your empty nesters a big hug. The travel-size candle is ideal for taking on the go, and the natural soy wax is gentle on the environment. Plus, the calming lavender fragrance is sure to soothe any nerves.

6. Mom and Dad Off Duty Glasses

This Mom and Dad off Duty Gift Set by Funny Mugs, LOL is perfect for any parent adjusting to life without kids at home. The set includes a 15-oz stemless wine glass and a 16-oz pint glass. Whether they enjoy a quiet moment with a glass of wine or cheer on their favorite team with a beer, they’ll love this gift.

7. Mom’s House Will Always Be Home Sign

Moms House Will Always Be Home Wooden Sign

For the mother whose house is her children’s home away from home, this JennyGems Mom’s House Will Always Be Home wooden sign is a sweet, sentimental way to show appreciation. This tabletop sign features a charming design with the words “Mom’s House Will Always Be Home” written in white against a rich black background.

8. Shiatsu Massager

Shiatsu back shoulder and neck massager with heat

An excellent way to help parents stay happy and comfortable while living alone is with a MoCuishle Shiatsu back, shoulder, and neck massager with heat. This electric deep tissue 4D kneading massager can help relieve pain and stiffness in the shoulders, back, and neck. It’s a thoughtful gift to help your parents feel pampered.

9. Solar Wind Chimes

Hummingbird Wind Chimes Solar Light Gifts Empty Nesters

If you’re looking for a gift for a recent empty nester, then the SIX FOXES solar hummingbird wind chimes are a lovely choice. They will shine in wonderful colors at night, such as red, green, purple, and blue. They will bring beauty and relaxation to your loved one’s outdoor space.

10. Bamboo Charcuterie

Bamboo Cheese Charcuterie Board Gift Set

Are you looking for a gift for the empty nesters in your life? We’ve got you covered with the Smirly Bamboo cheese board and knife set. This extensive charcuterie set will inspire any fine cheese connoisseur and comes with everything they need to get started, including a knife set, serving utensils, and a round serving tray.

11. Outdoors Birdhouse

Handmade Wooden Bird House Outdoor Patio Décor

If you’re looking for a funny but cute gift for an empty nester, we recommend the XAOGUA Bird House. It’s a four-hole handmade birdhouse made from natural cedar wood, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves backyard birds. This bird house will look great in their backyard or patio.

12. Sushi Making Kit

deluxe SushiMe Kit

Unleash the sushi chef within you with our deluxe SushiMe Kit, overflowing with 24 professional-grade tools designed for crafting the perfect roll. Venture into the art of sushi with our bazooka, bamboo roller, and a palette of multicolor chopsticks that add a splash of joy to every bite.

13. Kasa Smart Plug Smart Home Wi-Fi

Smart WiFi Plug Outlet Works With  Alexa Google

With the Kasa smart plug, your parents can finally kick back and relax at home. This smart home Wi-Fi outlet lets them control lights, appliances, and electronics from anywhere using a smartphone. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice control. There’s no need for a separate hub — this smart plug integrates into an existing home Wi-Fi network.

14. Atari Flashback

Atari Flashback Game Gold Console 50th Anniversary Edition

Kids leaving home is the perfect time to enjoy some classic gaming from the bygone days with the Atari Flashback console. This 50th-anniversary edition console has 130 built-in classic games, two joystick controllers, and a paddle controller for hours of fun retro gaming.

15. Bath Bomb Gift Set

Bath Bombs Gift Set For Empty Nesters

Gift your parents a soothing spa experience with these handmade and natural INTEYE bath bombs. This set includes 24 handcrafted and essential oil-enriched bath bombs. The bombs moisturize and relax the body and soul for ultimate peace. The collection includes various scents, including lavender, grape, coconut, rose, orange, and lemon.

16. Glass Reed Diffuser

Nest New York Wild Mint Eucalyptus Reed Diffuser

Award your hard-working empty nesters with the NEST New York Wild mint and eucalyptus reed diffuser. This chic glass diffuser is filled with a highly scented, alcohol-free fragrance that will charm even the most discerning nose. The eucalyptus and mint scent is refreshing and invigorating, making it the perfect pick-me-up for any home.

17. Empty Nest Tree Ornaments

Big Dot of Happiness Empty Nesters Tree Ornaments

These humorous Big Dot of Happiness tree ornaments are just the present for decorating the home of an empty nester. They come in a set of 12, so there’s plenty to go around. And they’re made from high-quality materials, bringing a smile to the parents’ faces for many years.

18. Automatic Cat Feeder

Automatic Cat Feeders Smart Pet Food Dispenser

If the empty nesters in your life have cats, this is the time to spoil them. The Rellorus automatic cat feeder is just what they need. This 5L/21Cup pet food dispenser can be programmed to dispense food at set times, so the kitties will always have a full bowl. Plus, it has two bowls, so two cats can eat in their own space.

19. Polaroid Camera

Polaroid Now Instant Film Camera Bluetooth Connected

With the Polaroid Originals Now+ Bluetooth I-Type instant camera, empty nesters can enjoy the instant gratification of physical photographs without relying on a digital camera or smartphone. This modern update to the classic Polaroid instant camera comes with a bonus lens filter set so that they can experiment with different looks for their photos.

20. Whiskey Glass Set of 2

Whiskey Glass Set

Whiskey Glass Set of 2 – Bourbon Whiskey Stones Gift Set For Men222 – Includes Crystal Whisky Rocks Glasses, Chilling Stones, Slate Coasters – Scotch Glasses in Wooden Box – Wisky Burbon Retirement Gifts

21. Bathroom Organizer

Under Sink Organizer Kitchen Or Bathroom

This two-tier under-sink organizer from SOLEJAZZ is the perfect way to keep a bathroom tidy and organized. It features two sliding drawers with hooks, dividers for easy organization, and handles for easy access. It’s sturdy and will withstand years of use. Your empty nesters will thank you for it.

22. Hand Cream Gift Set

Hand Cream Moisturizer Skin Set Gift Empty Nesters

If your parents are empty nesters, they may appreciate a gift that helps them relax and pamper themselves. La Chatelaine’s hand cream gift set is an attractive choice. This set includes three hand creams in delightful scents such as pear, orange blossom, winter flower, and coconut. These plant-based creams contain 20% organic shea butter, so your parents can enjoy soft, moisturized hands.

23. Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Breakfast Sandwich and Waffle Maker with Egg Cooker

The Hamilton Beach breakfast sandwich maker with egg cooker ring will allow your parents to make delicious breakfasts quickly. It lets them customize ingredients to make precisely the sandwich they want. It’s perfect for English muffins, croissants, and mini waffles. Best of all, the removable parts are dishwasher-safe and low-maintenance.

24. Glass Spice Jars Gift For Empty Nesters

36 Glass Spice Jars with Spice Labels Gift

These AOZITA 36-piece glass spice jars with labels are the perfect gifts for foodie empty nesters. These high-quality, lead-free, durable glass jars will organize all their spices. The premium jars come with tags to quickly identify each one.

25. Wine Tote Bag And Tumbler Gift Set

Wine Tote Bag with Stemless Tumblers Gifts Empty Nesters

If you know an empty nester looking for new adventures, the One Savvy outdoors wine tote bag is the perfect gift for them. This bag has two stemless wine glasses, a bottle wine bag, and an exterior storage pouch. It’s ideal for taking on picnics, tailgate parties, or other outdoor adventures.

26. Loose Leaf Tea Gift Box

Sweetened Loose Leaf Tea Box Gift Empty Nesters

The best present is something that is both memorable and useful. Tea Drops has the perfect solution – a light, sweet, loose-leaf tea gift box. This tea assortment includes four delicious varieties: matcha green, rose earl grey, citrus ginger, and sweet peppermint. The wooden gift box makes it a beautiful and unique present that any tea-loving empty nester would appreciate.

27. Plant Terrarium

Plant Terrarium Glass Vase with Wooden Stand

The XXXFLOWER plant terrarium with wooden stand is a beautiful and unique gift for any plant-loving empty nester. The bulb-shaped air planter with a metal swivel and a wooden base is excellent for a hydroponics home garden that will add some life to their home.

28. Empty Nesters Paper Straw Set

Empty Nesters Paper Straw Decor Gift Set

When the nest is empty, it’s time to start a party. This Big Dot of Happiness paper straw set, includes everything needed to make a fun and festive celebration. The decorative straws are excellent for sipping drinks or decorating a party table. The collection also comes with paper nests and cutouts, making it easy to assemble a beautiful display.

29. Mr & Mrs: 365 Daily Devotions for Busy Couples

Mr Mrs 365 Daily Devotions for Busy Couples Book

Adding a Mr & Mrs: 365 Daily Devotions for Busy Couples book to your gift list for empty nesters is a great way to show you care. This book contains inspiring devotionals and quotes that will encourage and uplift the special couple. They can start their morning by reading one of the devotionals together each day.

30. Light Therapy Lamp

Light Therapy Lamp UV Free Sunlight

The LASTAR light therapy lamp is great for empty nesters who want to kick back and relax. It emits UV-free light that helps reduce stress and improve mood. It is touch-controlled and has three brightness levels, making it perfect for any setting.

31. Bird Dog Toy – Gift Ideas For Empty Nesters

Pet Dog Bird Toy Gift For Empty Nesters

The Multipet dog toy bird will be a fun gift for parents who have a dog. This toy comes in three styles: Canadian goose, pheasant, or mallard. They are unstuffed but durable so that the pooch can stay busy for hours, and the parents will be free to take the time for themselves.

32. Couples Drinking Game

Drunk In Love Original Couples Drinking Card Game

For the couple that likes to enjoy a little libation together, this Drunk in Love drinking card game is hilarious for date night. With 99 funny playing cards, this game will provide hours of entertainment. The game is great for couples looking for a fun way to spend time together after the kids have left home.

33. Heart Sculpture

Wooden Interlocking Heart Sculpture Gift for Empty Nesters

This modern farmhouse-style tabletop Guichifun resin heart sculpture will bring a smile to the couple that’s rekindling their love after the kids leave home. This romantic and cute silver or gold sculpture will add a touch of elegance to any home.

34. Two-Pack Table Lamps

LED Cordless Table Lamp Two Pack Night Light

These twin Timjorman LED cordless table lamps come with a 4000mAh rechargeable battery and feature three brightness levels, so the special couple in your life can adjust them to suit all their needs. Whether they want a gentle light for reading or a brighter light for working, these matching lamps have them covered.

35. Wooden Keepsake Box

Personalized Keepsake Memory Box Wooden Gifts For Nesters

What better way to remind the couple whose kids have left the home of the pre-kids times than with a beautiful keepsake box from AW Bridal? This elegant box can store memories from their wedding to the present day. The outside lid features “Mr and Mrs” engravings in a lovely font that evokes beautiful memories.

36. Mom and Dad Travel Tumbler Set

Mom and Dad Travel Tumbler Thermos Mug Set

As your parents enter their empty nest years, they may find themselves traveling more, and they’ll need a good travel tumbler set. The 304 food-grade stainless steel Mom and Dad travel tumblers from CozyHome are durable and will keep their drinks hot or cold. Your parents will love this practical and stylish gift.

37. Espresso Machine

Espresso Machine Professional Espresso Coffee Maker

The CASABREWS espresso machine will bring joy to an empty nesting couple’s mornings. This professional espresso machine comes with a milk frother and steam wand, making it easy to make two cups of espresso at once. The 50-oz water tank ensures they’ll always have enough water for their coffee needs, and the sleek design complements any kitchen décor.

38. Foot Massager

Foot Massager Machine with Heat Shiatsu Massage

Give the gift of relaxation and comfort with this top-of-the-line Mountrax foot massager. It features heated deep kneading shiatsu massage to relieve tension, pain, and fatigue. It’s perfect for those who spend long hours on their feet or have sore feet from standing all day. Its sleek design is also a great addition to any home.

39. Parents and Child Figurine

Mom and Dad with Baby in Stroller Figurine Statue

This highly-detailed and hand-painted Precious Moments mom, dad, and baby figurine captures the special bond between a parent and child. It will remind your parents of their connection to you every time they lay eyes on it.

40. Golden Retriever Hand Towels

Golden Retriever Dog Hand Towels for Bathroom Kitchen

Now that the kids are out of the house, you might wonder what to get the empty nesters. If they’re dog lovers, they’ll adore these funny AGRIMONY golden retrieved hand towels. They’re sure to make them smile, whether they’re using them in the kitchen or bathroom.

41. Couch Cup Holder

Couch Cup Holder Tray Anti Spill and Slip

The ZAAOEHA couch cup holder tray is a must-have for those who love to relax with a cup of coffee or tea. This handy tray attaches to the couch armrest and features silicone grippers to keep their drink from spilling. It’s also great for holding the TV remote, glasses, or any other small items they may want to keep close at hand.

42. 3D Crystal Photo Frame

3D Crystal Photo Laser Engraved with LED Light

If you’re looking for unique and thoughtful gift ideas for empty nesters, look no further than the TEXTURE OF DREAMS 3D crystal photo frame. This beautiful piece is laser engraved with a photo of your choice and comes with a LED light base that makes it shine and shimmer in the dark.

43. Gourmet Food Basket

Wine Country Bon Appetit Gourmet Food Gift Basket

The Bon Appetit gourmet food gift basket from Wine Country Gift Baskets includes a variety of snacks and teas that will surely satisfy even the pickiest taste buds. The basket is a fantastic choice for those who like a good snack and trying new things.

44. The Empty Nest Chronicles

The Empty Nest Chronicles Book Gift ISBN 1491701652

The Empty Nest Chronicles: How to Have Fun (and Stop Annoying Your Spouse) After the Kids Move Out is a light-hearted look at the challenges and opportunities that come with this new stage of life. It’s great for parents trying to figure out how to fill their newfound free time – and for anyone who needs a good laugh.

45. Fondue Pot

Oster Titanium infused DuraCeramic Fondue Set Gift Ideas

The Oster Fondue Pot will let your parents throw smashing fondue parties. The pot features a titanium-infused DuraCeramic coating that ensures even heat distribution and prevents sticking. Plus, the pot is stylish and easy to clean, so your parents can focus on enjoying their guests’ company instead of worrying about the mess.

46. Mixology Bar Set

Mixology Bartender Kit Bar Tool Set Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to entertain, Mixology & Craft’s ten-piece bartender kit will keep them busy for a long time. This stylish set includes all the essential bar tools plus an elegant bamboo stand for display. The modern design will look great in any home, and the high-quality construction means this set will last for years.

47. Towel Warmer

Luxury Bucket Towel and Bathrobe Warmer Great Gift

If you’re looking for luxurious gift ideas for empty nesters, look no further than the Keenray bucket towel warmer. This large, auto-shutoff towel warmer can accommodate up to two 40 “x70” oversized towels. Additionally, it can accommodate bathrobes, blankets, and more. The bucket design takes up minimal floor space, suitable for small bathrooms.

48. Fire Pit

Fire Pit Roman Brushed Painted Steel Firepit Fireplace

Empty nesters should enjoy their backyard space to the fullest. This Fire Sense roman-brushed fire pit is lightweight and easy to move around, so they can rearrange their outdoor furniture as often as they like. Plus, the steel legs ensure that it will last for years.

49. Shadow Box Frame

Shadow Box Frame with Linen Back 8x10

If you are looking for unique gift ideas for empty nesters, consider the Califortree shadow box frame. This sturdy rustic memory display allows them to showcase photos and mementos from happy memories. The linen back gives the frame a classy look, while the shadow box design makes it easy to change out the contents as often as desired.

50. The Ultimate Game for Couples

The Ultimate Game for Couples Card Set

When kids leave the nest, it’s the perfect time to reignite the old flame. The Ultimate Game for Couples will allow the empty nesters to do just that. This game is ideal for date night, as it encourages players to have great conversations and take on fun challenges together.

Worst Gift Ideas For Empty Nesters

Not all gifts for empty nesters are created equal. Here are a few of the worst ideas for gifts for empty nesters:

  • Gift cards for stores or restaurants they don’t frequent
  • Overly practical but charmless presents, such as a vacuum cleaner
  • Anything that requires assembly without instructions
  • Basic appliances they already have
  • An envelope with cash

Always keep your loved ones’ tastes in mind, and you’ll never have to worry about a terrible gift idea.

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If you still haven’t found the perfect gift ideas for empty nesters to impress your parents or loved ones, this is an opportunity to talk to an expert shopper. We’ve prepared a handy form that will enable you to get in touch with a pro in no time.

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Myrna Drew
Myrna Drew
1 year ago

A family friend of mine will surely love these gifts

7 months ago
Reply to  Myrna Drew

Happy to help! 🙂

Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
1 year ago

this is a perfect gift idea that I will to my brother-in-law, and I think he needs one of these gifts, thank you for these wonderful gift ideas.

7 months ago

You’re welcome! 😉

Richard Philips
Richard Philips
1 year ago

Can somebody give me one of these!? I’m an empty nester too! hahaha, but anyway I like the idea of this article, thanks a lot

7 months ago

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our article. You may share this so your friends and family can read it too! 😉

Andrew Harris
Andrew Harris
1 year ago

What a great idea! this article too! nice job!

7 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Harris

Our pleasure!

Matilda Dixon
Matilda Dixon
1 year ago

Giving gifts to empty nesters is a great idea.

7 months ago
Reply to  Matilda Dixon

Thank you, Matilda! I hope you enjoyed reading

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