Empty Nest Books: Books to Give Your Parents When You Leave for College


Your poor Mama and Papa—you are leaving them to pursue your adolescent dreams of living on your own, staying out all night and deciding what to feed yourself. Oh, and there is that bit about educating yourself in the process. While you are off digesting thousands of dollars worth of knowledge, your parents will have to get used to not hearing your voice around the house. Therefore, here are books you should consider giving to your parents to thank them for the knowledge they have instilled in you, and advice for them on creative ways to fill their now empty nests.

Empty Nest Books for Parents who Want to Travel

World's Best Travel Experiences book may be a good gift for empty nest parents who are ready to  hit the road.After years of worrying about their impatient children during long flights, your parents can finally have a vacation that is drama free. Another perk of being child-free is that they can save on that extra ticket and splurge on their vacation instead. So now that you are flying away little birdie, give your parents the gift of adventure.

World’s Best Cities: Celebrating 220 Great Destinations
by National Geographic, Keith Bellows

If they love eclectic urban spaces, give them the world’s best cities—from Paris, to Oslo, to Abu Dhabi.


World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places

by Andrew McCarthy andKeith Bellows

If hiking California’s great trails is more their style, give them the World’s best Travel Experiences.

Creative Remodeling the Empty Nest

Studio Spaces: Projects, Inspiration & Ideas for Your Creative Place
by Better Homes & Gardens

Your empty nest parents may want to remake your room into a creative studio

Just like you craved space growing up, your parents probably desired a room for their creative pursuits. Have your parents ever wanted to paint? Has your mum ever mentioned that she would like a room to practice her hobbies in peace? If so, your old room could be prime real estate for an artist studio. Woodwork, photography, crafting or whatever else your parents are into, this book offers healthy tips on how to get organized and begin creating.


For Parents with a Sense of Humor

Fun without Dick and Jane book could be a good gift for empty nest parents with a sense of humorIf your family’s inside jokes are any indicators, when life gets uncomfortable, humor can ease stress, so make your parents laugh. Give them fun without Dick and Jane.

Fun without Dick and Jane
by Christie Mellor

The empty nest book for parents with a sense of humor. This witty and insightful book offers advice on creative ways to rediscovering one’s self, post child-rearing. This might be one for your parents, especially if most of their conversations involve you.

Rekindling Romance in the Empty Nest

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make
by America’s Test Kitchen

Complete Cooking for Two book could rekindle romance for empty nest couples

Speaking of your parents becoming romantically reacquainted, cooking together is very romantic. Wouldn’t it be nice if their future included more romantic, candle-lit dinners for two? This recipe book was created specifically for the two-person household and it features everything from vegetarian dishes to deserts.

The Herbal Home Spa: Naturally Refreshing Wraps, Rubs, Lotions, Masks, Oils, and Scrub
by Greta Breedlove

Herbal Home Spa book could rekindle romance for empty nest parents

Try not to make the “eww” face while you read this, but now that your parents have an empty nest, they might want to rekindle their romance. After years of doting on you and working full time, their daily stressors are about to become minimal. Your parents can spend their new time and privacy, enjoying each other’s company. An at home spa can be a great way for your parents to relax and spend quality time together. Now, wouldn’t you want that for them?




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