Gift Ideas for Parents who are Empty Nesters

Find gift ideas for parents who are empty nesters – perfect for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special occasion.

As our parents get older and are in the empty nest stage of life, it becomes more and more difficult to find meaningful gift ideas that they’d like! It seems like if they want something, they just buy it themselves.

I remember the gift buying struggle for my own parents, and now that my husband and I are actually empty nesters ourselves, we understand the struggle even more.

So, I recently went to my amazing Instagram community and asked them for gift ideas for parents who are also empty nesters. (If you aren’t over there with us, come join my Instagram channel!)

They understood the assignment and came up with the most amazing ideas! Here is their list of creative ideas (with a few of our personal favorites, too).

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Gift Ideas for Parents (who seem to already have everything)

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  1. A magnifying makeup mirror (I use mine everyday.)
  2. A pedicure appointment (Oh, these are a special treat for me, too. I’d love one of these, too.)
  3. You could put together an “at home” manicure & pedicure set with some pretty products like my favorite Essie gel polish and top coat set.
  4. Amazon Gift Card – They can choose their own gift.
  5. Olive & June Membership – I’ve never heard of this before. It’s a nail polish company that looks so fun!
  6. Have the kids come home so we can take a family photo – This was a very popular request. Sometimes the best present is your presence!;)
  7. Homemade Christmas cards from the Grandkids – (Oh, how sweet…)
  8. New gold earrings – These classic gold hoops are gorgeous
  9. New Ipad (There are a lot of choices in the Ipad department. My husband has a full sized one, and I have this Ipad mini – an older version with lots of storage. We use them constantly.)
  10. New Glerups – I had never heard of these before, and I was thrilled to discover they are a really cool pair of wool slippers. They’re gorgeous and look so comfy.
  11. Hair Brush Blow Dryer
  12. Museum passes
  13. Air Fryer
  14. Weekend Away
  15. Gift cards for dinner out
  16. Season pass to national parks
  17. Gift cards for theater events
  18. New towels (Some of us are still using towels from our wedding decades ago.;))- I’m a fan of turkish towels.
  19. Photos of the kids and grandkids
  20. Dance lessons (how fun!)
  21. New bed pillows
  22. I got my husband this “fake go pro” camera for his birthday, and he has had so much fun with it. It can go underwater or clip onto a bike helmet for great recordings of exciting adventures. Akaso V50X
  23. House cleaning service
  24. Hire an organizer to help downsize
  25. A facial, massage, or spa treatment
  26. My husband and I just bought ourselves this massager – (Our sore backs are looking forward to it…)

Did I miss any gift ideas for parents?

If you have any other great gift ideas for older parents, please list them in the comments below. We all love a little help in the gift ideas department!

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