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Useful practical gifts are the best gifts for empty nesters.
My friend’s parents recently moved into a lovely 50+ community. The new place is maintenance free, perfect for this next stage in their lives.
As the home was much smaller than their previous one where they raised their children, they needed to get rid of a lot of their belongings. For months my friend helped them purge decades of belongings, including family heirlooms no one wanted. It was understandably an emotional, albeit necessary, experience for all of them.
When my friend moved them into the new place, she invited her brother to visit. He arrived with a basket full of decorative items as a housewarming gift. Thoughtful, yes. And certainly well-meaning. But, the last thing they needed at this point was more “stuff”.
I understand you don’t want to show up empty handed at a new home, but it’s nice to bring a practical gift for people who downsize their home. Here are some ideas for the best gifts for empty nesters:
Help your family and friends stay neat organized in their new “right-sized” life! This simple and natural bamboo charging station, compatible with six devices in one, complements the decor in any home beautifully!
- Fresh flowers brighten everyone’s day! It doesn’t matter if the recipient is a woman or a man as both appreciate gorgeous flower arrangements. BloomsyBox brings you handpicked, hand-tied bouquets sent from sustainable farms around the globe
Flowers arrive at the peak of their freshness and may arrive in bud form so you can watch your flowers bloom – plus they’ll last longer than grocery store flowers. Great for a gift; recipients can enjoy weeks of flowers with proper care (included on cards received with flowers)
Flowers are responsibly sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, so you can be sure workers and the environment are respected. Order once or purchase a subscription so flowers are sent every month!
Bose fans love this wireless speaker that connects to any device with bluetooth connectivity. This small, portable and waterproof Bose model provides a crisp, balanced sound for your enjoyment inside or out. This gift is wonderful for anyone who likes to listen to music or podcasts. Wireless Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts allows you to easily take calls and access your phone’s virtual assistant — hands free. It comes with a built-in mic for speakerphone to take clear conference or personal calls with a wireless range of approximately 30 feet.
- Great for people who want to downsize their library. They can store tons of books on a kindle without the need to keep a physical copy in the house. Now comes with a built-in front light for more comfortable reading.
No more guest room in the house? No problem. Give them an easy to store inflatable mattress to pull out when guests stay overnight. This comfortable 22 inch high queen size mattress comes with its own an internal electric pump.
This portable, water resistant and dustproof Liddle speaker is one of our favorite new gifts to buy loved ones this year! Easy to bring with you anywhere, it comes with a bluetooth 5.0 chip for amazing sound quality and a built in magnetic interface that allows you to attach the speaker anywhere! Attach it to your phone, refrigerator or any other magnetic surface, or use the included self adhesive metal rings to attach it to your car dashboard or anywhere else. Use two in a room for surround sound. It’s hard to believe a speaker this small would produce such great sound, but it does!
Help someone spruce up their closet with these extra smooth and splinter free 17.5 inch wood hangers with a non slip pant bar! Everyone needs hangers, but most of us don’t think to purchase really good ones for ourselves. Once they experience these hangers though, they won’t go back!
An ultra compact mobile scanner is a thoughtful gift for the individual who wants to keep track of all their paper documents, photos and receipts.This scanner is lightening fast, and even optimizes images! At less than 1 foot in length and only about 1. 5lbs in weight this device fits easily into a bag, purse, or even a pocket.
If your friends or family are like most of us, water bottles seem to accumulate like crazy! This two shelf organizer is so helpful to keep them from taking over the cabinets! This item might seem like an odd gift, but people love them!
Consider a gift card for the person who might prefer to purchase items themselves. That way you know you will get them exactly what they want!
What do you think are the best gifts for empty nesters? We would love to hear from you!