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Clutter-Free Gifts for Family and Friends Who Recently Downsized

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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:

gifts for empty nesters
Photo credit: Artem Beliakin
        1. Healthy Home Meal Delivery Service

          Eat, Fit, Go ships healthy restaurant quality meals that meet a variety of dietary needs! With lots of options to choose from, these fully prepared meals are delicious, creative and quick to heat in the microwave! Use 50PlusToday as your promo code for 20% off.

        2. 3 Months of Farm Fresh Freshly Cut Mixed Flowers

          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. Twenty-five (25) seasonal and vase ready flowers sent every month for 3 months provide a joyful beauty in your loved one’s home they will truly enjoy for as long as they bloom.

        3. Instant Pot Combination Pressure Cooker/Air Fryer

          This Nuwave Duet combination instant Pot/Air Fryer with built-in sure-lock safety technology replaces a multitude of appliances. They can use the instant pot to steam, sear, saute, slow cook, roast, grill, dehydrate, pressure cook and air fry! The rice cooker, slow cooker, pressure cooker and more no longer need to take up space in the kitchen once they have this beauty. The Nuwave Duet comes with a cookbook and allows for healthy, quick meals – they will love it!

        4. Wireless Speaker

          Wireless speakers connect 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.

        5. Kindle

          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.

          man reading newspaper while sitting on chair
          photo credit: Sam Wheeler
        6. High Top Inflatable Mattress

          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.

        7. 20 Pack High Grade Wooden Coat Hangers

          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!

        8. Fitbit

          Walk, swim or bike – it doesn’t matter. Track all day activity including steps, distance, activity, and calories burned. The fitbit automatically and conveniently records workouts and stores heart rate data. The recipient can enjoy for up to 5 days of battery without constant charging!

        9. Compact Mobile Document Scanner,

          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.

        10. Amazon Gift Card

          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!

  1. Do you have other ideas? We would love to hear from you!


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