Christmas Gifts for Empty Nesters

July 04, 2022 17 min read

Do you get depressed as your children grow older and become more distant from you? Those children were still in their mothers' wombs for 9 months and 10 days, held in their mothers' arms, took their first steps, and are now adults capable of caring for themselves. Looking back at the objects your children have used and touched makes you nostalgic for them and lonely when you no longer see them sharing the same roof with us.

Honestly, those feelings of sadness and loss—sometimes referred to as empty nest syndrome—occur from time to time, especially when Christmas is turning around and everyone gathers and departs. However, the best advice for parents whose children are leaving home is to simply allow themselves to feel all of their emotions. Weep for the conclusion of this chapter.

While becoming an empty nester is a life-changing event, it does not have to derail you. We are here to assist you. Famvibe has listed a variety of Christmas gifts for empty nesters that you can give to encourage your children, as well as items that will assist you in getting over this feeling and living in happiness. Let's take a look at this. 

1. Gift Box for an Empty Nest

Isn't this the cutest thing? These gift boxes include a funny card, cocktail mug, candle, polka dot matches, two yummy cookies, and a small envelope of confetti. It will certainly cheer up a couple who has just dropped off their last child at college.

2. Cookbook for Two People

Cooking for a smaller household is one of the most difficult things for a new empty nesting couple to adjust to. The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook includes over 650 recipes as well as shopping and storage tips for leftovers and ingredients. 

3. Luggage Tags 

I love these luggage tags! The newly empty nester is undoubtedly embarking on a new adventure. Even if they are too busy working to pay for college to travel the world, they can use them at Parent's Weekend at the college.

4. Great Book

Find the list of the 10 Best Books for Empty Nesters to find a great book for the new empty nest mom.

5. Amusing Mug

This Empty Nest mom mug is adorable and would make a great gift for a new empty nester. Add a book or gift card, wrap in cellophane, and tie with a fluffy bow for the perfect gift.

6. Throw Blanket 

After having teenagers in the house for however many years, pretty much everything in their house is worn out – from towels to throw blankets. A new throw blanket, such as the ones from Barefoot Dreams (which are the softest ever), will be greatly appreciated.

7. Colorful Sign 

This beautiful chalkboard sign would be a welcome addition to any empty nester’s kitchen. What a lovely sentiment to pass on to their adult children.

8. Adults and Crafts Gift Box

Is she (or he) a crafter? Adults and Crafts is a gift box that contains all of the necessary tools and supplies to complete a craft. Each month, a new craft is featured. You can donate a single month or a subscription.

9. My Garden Box

It includes everything you'll need to construct relaxing, rewarding, and enriching garden projects, including live plants (a variety of indoor and outdoor plants). Simple garden instructions are visually illustrated. 

10. Gourmet Food Basket

What could be better to complement their wine than a gourmet food basket? This one also ships via Amazon Prime.

11. TheraBox

A TheraBox of self-care, stress-relieving products cannot go wrong.

12. Gift Cards

Reintroduce new empty nesters to activities other than their children's ball games. Raise has discounted gift cards for almost any store or restaurant you can think of. Get a Lowe's or Home Depot gift card if they are planning a home improvement project. New interests? Consider Michael's or Hobby Lobby. The options are limitless.

13. Adult beverages

Wine, for the friend who leans toward the sad end of the parental emotion spectrum. Champagne, for the merrier among us. One bottle is wonderful, and a gift membership to a Wine or Beers of the Month Club is fantastic, but Christmas are quickly approaching! (Kill two birds with one bottle of liquor.) For those who do not drink alcohol, a box of sparkling water or soda in a favorite flavor is always a good idea.

14. Multipack of travel sized tissues

Because tears occur in unexpected places such as the grocery store or while driving past the high school. And then there's Parents' Weekend. And the third season of This Is Us. And it's cold and flu season (coming soon to a neighborhood near you.)

15. Airline gift card

Help them take that short vacation they've been putting off for years. Perhaps to see an elderly aunt or a college friend they haven't seen in 20 years, or to attend their student's college Family Weekend. Any monetary contribution toward a ticket would be greatly appreciated. And maybe they'll invite you on a Girls' Trip.

16. Pay a teen for digital assistance

When the kids are away, technology is the best way to stay in touch. However, many parents are unfamiliar with SnapChat features or Instagram stories. Pay a teen you know to go spend a half hour catching up with a friend or family member. They might surprise you by suddenly being able to text using only their thumbs! 

17. A basket of good snacks

According to what I've heard, a lot of empty nesters stop cooking actual meals several nights a week. (Of course, I'm joking because I'm the Queen of the Cooking Slackers.) Trader Joe's and World Market are treasure troves of interesting items that add up to Dinner - exotic hors d'oeuvres, wines, beers, and quick and fun desserts.

18. Movie passes or cinema gift card

Nothing beats going to the movies and spending a few hours with a Superhero or Bradley Cooper for any parent who is feeling down due to a quiet house and a sad pet. And popcorn (a high-fiber vegetable) counts as dinner in my book.

19. Massage gift card

This can be used for either a solo or a couple's massage. Extreme relaxation may result in a quick return home to use a section 4 gift. (As previously stated) Again, moving on...

20. Trip to an animal shelter

Puppies and kittens are a surefire way to induce instant happiness. Take an empty nester friend to a shelter and plant the seed of pet adoption. At the very least, it will be a pleasurable escape that will satisfy her maternal instincts and may inspire you both to start a new volunteering habit.

21. An hour of your time

This one will cost you nothing and may be exactly what your friend requires. Set a time to meet somewhere comfortable, go for a long walk, or offer to help them paint the bedroom that is becoming a craft room. Ask them how they truly feel, then remain silent, without offering any judgment or suggestions unless they specifically request it. Because we all experience this life transition in own unique way and on own timeline.

22. E-book Reader

With all of their newfound free time, perhaps they'll finally get around to reading some of those books they never had time for before. They are having all the fun now, in the morning with a cup of coffee and in the evening with a glass of wine.

Worst case scenario, they're checking email and playing sudoku while sipping wine. The worst-case scenario is fantastic.

23. This Heart to Heart Pillow

You may not be at home anymore, but with this personalized Heart to Heart Map Pillow, you can show them that you're thinking about them and that you know where home is.

24. WiFi Cloud Frame

With the WiFi Cloud Frame, they can remember all of their good times with you and know that more are on the way. They can connect wirelessly and create a playlist of family photos. It's great to be able to fit a lot of photos into a small space and easily swap them out, no matter how far away you are.

If your gift recipient isn't into technology, consider the Digital Frame. Upload photos using a memory stick or SD card, then transfer the photos you want to display.

What's the best part? Even if your parents are resistant to technology, Nixplay provides excellent support to ensure that your memories are always available.

25. Tickets

They have more free time in the evenings than they have in years. Get them tickets to a local movie or play. Give them a night out. If you're feeling particularly generous, include a dinner at their favorite restaurant.

Tents for camping equipment? What about sleeping bags? Camping cooking equipment? Yep. Because they are having all of the fun right now.

27. Photography Classes

When they have some free time, everyone wants to rekindle their creative side. Get them some art classes and let their inner artist shine.

Maybe you can start them with some of the photography guides we have on the Nixplay blog, and before you know it, they'll be filling that WiFi Cloud Frame with new pictures.

28. Herb Kit

These dried herbs from Williams-Sonoma are ideal for the empty nester who enjoys cooking. With this kit, you can make their kitchen smell nice, give them a beautiful piece of decor, and inspire them to try something new by incorporating fresh herbs into their cooking.

29. French Press

With all of the reading they'll be doing in their spare time (and possibly on that ebook reader you got them), they'll want some tasty coffee in the morning. A French press could be the solution that connects them with the process and allows them to enjoy some luxurious mornings alone.

 30. Empty Nest Ornament

This ornament is the ideal gift for newly empty-nesting couples for their Christmas tree this year or any occasion, and it can also be hung on the wall. The empty nest, with the light shining through, represents the full heart that empty nesters experience. These are designed, cut, and shipped to you in our small home shop from solid wood stock. As a result of the varying grain and colors found in any natural product, each ornament has its own distinct characteristics.

 31. Let the Empty Nestival Begin!

YOU'VE COMPLETED IT! You raised your children to the best of your ability. You've finally gotten the last child to leave....and now comes the EMPTY FESTIVAL!! Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back! The cups are 20oz because you now have time for a large cup of coffee as well as a large cocktail. Let's put it in your cart and send it to your kids so they can commemorate their own significant event in their lives.

 32. I Miss You Mug Anniversary Gift

Do you need a present for your beloved partner? With our awesome mug, you can add some flair to your cupboard. Full-color imprinting, durable ceramic construction, and everyday convenience are all combined in a single product. It is constructed of ceramic. 11oz and 15oz capacity. The mug's trendy design makes it ideal for a gift, or you can keep one for yourself and use it for a cup of hot coffee, tea, or cocoa with your friends in various situations. Let's put it in your cart and have a good time.

33. Empty Nest Sign

Your children are maturing and becoming self-sufficient. They are no longer adorable children who rely solely on their parents. This is unfortunate, but it is their decision; instead of protesting and feeling sad, rejoice and support their decision. This gift will assist you in getting through it. This sign means that no matter how empty our nest is, the house is still there, always full of good things, and it will stay there forever.

34. We got this Cardinal Poster/ Canvas

The premium poster will add pizzazz to your personal space—state-of-the-art printing technology combined with premium photo paper results in sharp photographic reproduction and color fidelity. Give posters, fine photographs, portraits, and even commercial prints a unique look. This high-quality poster is sure to brighten up any room. It is printed on 260 gsm satin SUV poster paper (8 mils). Printed with UL Certified Ink to reduce indoor air pollution and chemical exposure. Scratch resistance is exceptional. Use tape, tacks, or clamps to hang it. When necessary, clean with a dry or damp cloth.

35. “Home Is Wherever I'm With You” Personalized Pillow

When you fall in love, you realize that your partner has become your home. You can do everything together, share your stories, and cook delicious meals for one another. With this pillow, you can upload the most beautiful image of your love and we will print it for you. To make this item more meaningful, we publish the name and design it in the shape of a house. It will assist you in remaining relaxed at all times. Ideal personalized gift for couples for any occasion.

36. Wooden Sign Anniversary Gifts

Are you looking for unique heart-shaped wooden signs that would look great in your home, garden, swimming pool, etc...or as a special occasion party decoration? This item is intended for you. The product is made of wood, is nontoxic, has no odors, is exquisitely crafted, and has a stylish design. You can select the design that best suits your needs. It is completely SINGLE-SIDED, printed using modern technology and is covered by superior copperplate paper painting, which is durable and vivid in color, making it suitable for indoor use. It can be used both inside and outside. Hang it on the front door, the living room wall, over the fireplace, or wherever you want to decorate.

 37. “A Big Piece Of My Heart Lives In Heaven” Pillow

Let's use this pillow to decorate your new home. Give your bedroom or living room a personal touch! This throw pillow has a zippered canvas case that can be removed. Your image's colorfast dyed fabric provides unrivaled durability and color vibrancy. It is made of long-lasting poly-linen, which makes the pillow more comfortable. The picture and quotes, in particular, will be printed on one side to express your feelings to your loved ones. What exactly are you waiting for? Let's put it in your shopping cart right now!

 38. Family Tree Custom Canvas

Are you looking for a frame large enough to hold all of your family's best memories? Large rectangular and square frames are also suitable, but you want something more unique. This family tree tradition will not disappoint you. The combination of cutting-edge printing technology and premium photo paper results in sharp photographic reproduction and color fidelity. Print on 260 gsm satin SUV poster paper (8 mils). Printed with UL Certified GREENGUARD GOLD Ink to reduce indoor air pollution and chemical exposure. It is scratch resistant, so it can keep all of your best moments in perfect shape and quality. Use tape, tacks, or clamps to hang it.

39. Vertical Wooden Sign

Was this lovely wooden sign able to capture your attention? Let us investigate! This wooden sign features our hand-picked inspirational and humorous motto, and the unique font adds a personal touch. It measures 10120.2 inches and 12160.2 inches. This item is made of solid wood, is sturdy and durable, is not easily broken, and has a long lifespan. The text or pattern can be clearly and permanently retained on the wood board using the industry's advanced UV printing technology, without falling off or fading. The hook is already attached. You can decorate your home in a matter of minutes because it is ready to hang or place. The ideal gift for your loved ones on any occasion.

40. 4 Eggs Bird's Nest Necklace

These tiny nests are knitted from very thin wire to resemble real ones, and birthstone color crystal pearls are used as eggs. Each nest measures about 20mm in diameter, and the crystal pearls are 4mm in size. Because no two nests are alike, they are ideal for a one-of-a-kind gift. Because each character is hand-stamped, they may not be perfectly aligned or of equal depth. These items are not mass-produced by machines, but rather handcrafted with love and care to ensure that you receive a high-quality one-of-a-kind item. Ideal for mothers, mothers-to-be, and grandmothers!

41. Empty Nest Doormat

Finally, the kids are off to college?! What a sweet way to greet your guests. You are looking at a high-quality coir doormat that has been custom-painted for you. Flex seal is used to paint and seal the mat, resulting in a long-lasting, durable design. The procedure results in a crisp, clean, professional image. The doormats are all made of high-quality 99.5 percent coir. Each has a rubber backing to keep your doormat from sliding around. Because coir is a natural product, each mat is slightly different. Color variations may occur on the mat itself. This only adds to the mat's beauty.

42. Empty Nesters SOAP

Make your mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or friend happy! Give the gift of hilarity! This quirky funny soap will help you celebrate this crazy new chapter! This jumbo bar of soap (over 8 ounces) is labeled for Empty Nesters preparing for life without their grown children, complete with amusing quips about repurposed rooms and drinking before 5 p.m. Beautiful wildflower scent that would make anyone feel at ease. The ideal gift for anyone and any occasion. Let's put it in your cart right now!

43. Funny Empty Nester Mug

Your children will graduate not only from university, but also from your embrace as they enter their new world. So, let us commemorate this momentous occasion by giving them this gift. It is made of high-quality materials and printed on only the best mugs available. No matter how many times it is washed, the print will never fade. Even if they are far away from your arms, they will always be reminded to do laundry. What a wonderful present for your child!

44. The Empty Nest Chronicles

The Empty Nest Chronicles, written with warmth and hilarity, is sure to appeal to parents who miss their children but now have a chance to rediscover each other, to recall what life was like BC (Before Children), and to ask the eternal empty-nester question: Are we having fun yet?

45. Personalized Empty Nest Sign

Do you need a sign for your cozy little house? All signs are available in regular, regular/sanded, or distressed finishes. A regular finish contains no sanding to the finished product, whereas a regular/sanded finish contains sanded edges with a regular clean look for the design. The distressed finish has sanded edges and is hand-distressed, lending an aged appearance to the lettering and design. Because these items are made from real wood, there will be knots and other naturally occurring imperfections in the new wood. Let's put it in your cart right now!

46. Empty Nest Quote Wood Framed Farmhouse Style

This sign features a quote to which all great parents can relate! They'll remember you every time they look over and smile. Gift it to someone who is leaving the nest or to send a sentimental gift. They will proudly place it on their desk, nightstand, or shelf, or hang it anywhere in the house. Dimensions are approximately 10" x 10" x 1.5". The back is left unfinished, with our logo imprinted beneath the keyhole slot for hanging. An aged brown stain is used, which absorbs differently on each frame.

47. Alex and Ani Women's Wings Set of 2

Jewelry is thought to be a meaningful representation of who you are and the qualities you strive to embody. Incorporate symbols that represent who you are and what you believe into your jewelry. Those classic expandable wire charm bangles are the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble. These nickel-free bangles can be embellished with meaningful symbols, genuine gemstones, or mantra charms to demonstrate to the world who you are and what you stand for. These charm bangles add a special touch to any outfit, whether worn stacked or alone.

48. Handwritten Empty Nest Short Story

The Short Story Book The Lovebird's Empty Nest Plant the book's pages, and magical wildflowers will bloom! Will this little lovebird find the answer to her heart's question alone in her empty nest... Now that I'm alone, who can I love? This book cover is made of seed paper, which when planted will grow snapdragons, poppies, and eight other wildflowers. The pages are printed on handcrafted paper made from the Lokta bush, which grows high in the sun-kissed Himalayan Mountains.

49. Empty Nest Necklace

The Expecting Mom or Empty Nest necklace is a lovely way to express family love. The tiny nest is no bigger than a dime. It's made of 20 gauge glass pearl aluminum wire. Quality stainless steel oval cable 1.5mm chain that will not tarnish or wear. It appears to be a jewelry egg in the nest. It is a cable chain style that will be the focal point of your neck. Let's put this special gift in your shopping cart right now!

50. Empty Nest, Full Life Journal

This inspiring journal is the ideal companion to Jill Savage's book "Empty Nest, Full Life." This journal, with plenty of space for writing or drawing, will help you slow down, reflect, and record your thoughts as you work through the book. The book's questions are carried over into the journal for you to ponder and write down your thoughts, dreams, and plans. The book and accompanying journals are an excellent gift for yourself or someone you know who is in or about to enter the empty nest phase!

51. Empty Bird Nest Ornament

Legend of the Christmas Nest-According to legend, if you find a bird's nest in your Christmas tree, you will be blessed. Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy You always will be! Your adorable little bird nest will make an excellent tree ornament. It measures about 3 inches and contains one blue glitter egg. The wire connectors at the bottom of the nest will secure the ornament to your tree. The size of the nest and eggs varies slightly. Color may differ slightly as well. Put it in your shopping cart right now!

52. Handmade Woven Flat Base

Do you need a bird nest for your pet? There you have it. Straw is an environmentally friendly material. Your pet will be comfortable and safe. The circumference is approximately 8.3 inches. Keeps small pets warm and promotes natural bird breeding and nesting behaviors. Budgies, macaws, African gray parrots, and other similar birds, as well as ferrets, rats, hamsters, chinchillas, and other small furry animals Add it to your shopping cart and send it to your cherished pet friend.

53. Empty Nest Adventures Vintage Look Metal Sign

A decorative and fun handmade metal sign will look great on your wall! Let's take a look at what it has. There are three sizes to choose from: 7x10 inches, 9x12 inches, and 10x14 inches. Rust simulation creates the appearance of aging. It is used outdoors and is waterproof, so you don't have to worry about it when it rains. Mounting holes and smooth rounded corners. What a wonderful present, right? Let's put it in your cart right now!

54. Empty Nesters - Photo Prop Signs

Use these amusing Empty Nest Announcements signs to share your exciting news with friends and family. This set of ten Empty Nesters photo prop signs is 11.5 inches wide x 7.5 inches tall and comes with ten different announcement sayings. With one sign, you can handwrite your due date with your own marker. To make the official announcement extra special, take professional photos, funny candid snapshots, or simply photograph just the sign to create shareable we're Empty Nesters photos for your friends and family. Announcement signs will arrive ready to use and can be saved for future use with proper care.

55. Small Framed Sign

The dimensions of this white raised center canvas with gray wash wooden framed sign are 8 x 6 x 1.75 inches. The neutral color scheme complements the decor of any home. It can be hung on the wall or placed on a table. Decorate with personalized décor that includes warm sentiments and meaningful sayings, because this is how the place you live becomes the place you call home. It is an excellent gift for any occasion.

56. Swallow Necklace

This Bird's Nest with Swallow necklace is a lovely way to express family love. The necklace can be made with robin's egg blue beads as shown, or with birthstone colors as shown in the third to last picture. It is a handcrafted item made of aluminum, so it will last a long time. It is designed in a Boho and hippie style so that you can wear it whenever and in whatever fashion style you want.

57. Empty Nesters Wall Art

Our children have grown and moved out. But don't worry, my friends. It's time to respond to us! This is a hand-lettered 8 x 8 print of my original illustration. It is matte-finished and printed on archival Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. The image measures 8 x 8 inches and is printed on 8.5 x 11 paper with a small border around the edge for framing.

58. Personalized Mother Bird Nest Necklace

Are you looking for a unique gift for your mother? You believe that saying "I love you and appreciate everything you've done for me" is too difficult. Giving her a gift rather than saying those words is the best option. This is intended for you. This personalized mother bird nest necklace features a gold-filled chain and clasp, a gold artistic wire hand wrap bird nest, and a gold-plated initial leaf. What a wonderful present for your best friend in the world.

59. Nest Definition Sign

Both the frame and the background are made entirely of wood. The lettering is directly printed on the wooden background. The matte white wood background can be cleaned with a damp/wet cloth without affecting the print. For easy hanging, saw-tooth hangers are installed on the back. 

60. Welcome Mat

Coir doormats should be used in a covered area to protect them from the elements. When coir doormats become wet and are unable to dry properly, the fibers can absorb the water. The water then pushes the natural coconut oil to the surface of the fibers, darkening and staining them. This can also cause the design to deteriorate and fade quickly. Shedding is to be expected at first as loose fibers from manufacturing are knocked out. A gentle shake of your mat can hasten the process. Eco-friendly doormats are made from all-natural coir fibers. They have a vinyl back for strength and durability.

61. Pebble Art Gift

A sweet personalizable gift for your mother, and a wonderful reminder of a mother's/caregiver father's mission. You get to choose how many children to include. It's an excellent Christmas gift, but it's also appropriate for grandmothers, fathers, caregivers, and pretty much anyone involved in child rearing. Wood frames are used and come in three different colors: black, white, and gray. Because each pebble is unique, the image is only for reference. Shapes, colors, and sizes all differ. Let's add it to your cart right now!

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