Whether it’s Christmastime, Hanukkah, an upcoming birthday or something else, there are all kinds of reasons why you might want to buy gifts for your adult children, even though they’ve moved out and may even have families of their own.
They’re still your kids, and you still love them and want to show them that by finding them the perfect gifts. Here are 30 of the best options.
Shine a Little Light on Her: SHOWTIMEZ Vanity Mirror with Lights Large Hollywood
Light-up vanity mirrors are something that many people would love to have, but they’re often an expense that many people don’t want to spend on a “luxury” item. That’s what makes them such great gifts.
This particular vanity measures 27.5″ x 21.5″ and includes 16 bulbs with three adjustable lighting settings. The vanity also comes equipped with a USB port, so your beautiful daughter can charge her devices while she’s getting ready for the day.
It also has a memory function and is operated by touch.
For the Musician: Guitar Accessories Kit
If you’re blessed with a musician in the family, this kit comes with everything he’ll need to bring his guitar-playing to the next level. The kit contains three sets of high-quality, bronze guitar strings, 12 guitar pins, four pieces of bridge bones for his guitar and several other small pieces in case of needed repairs.
There’s also a three-in-one restring tool, a highly accurate guitar tuner, a capo, several lightweight guitar picks and even more great stuff. It’s truly got a little bit of everything included.
For the Child Who Travels: American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT Softside Upright Luggage set
This great, upright luggage from American Tourister comes in either a three-piece, four-piece or five-piece set to suit your child’s and his family’s needs. There are also five different color/pattern options to suit his tastes as well.
Pictured here is the four-piece set which includes the wheeled duffel, two upright pieces and the boarding bag. (The three-piece set doesn’t include the wheeled duffel, and the five-piece set adds an additional spinner.
) The uprights have smooth-rolling wheels and push-button handles that lock them in place for ease of movement. All pieces have multiple interior and exterior pockets and reinforced corners in case of rough handling.
A Comfortable Night’s Sleep: 10-Piece Bed-in-a-Bag Sunflower Comforter Set
With two sizes and five colors from which to choose, this 10-piece, microfiber bed-in-a-bag kit includes the super soft, ultra warm comforter, both a flat and fitted sheet, three decorative pillows, two pillow shams and two pillowcases.
The sheets have unique and incredibly useful side pockets that’ll allow your daughter to keep her phone, remote control, book and other personal items right there beside her within easy reach, and all items are made from elegant, durable microfiber that feels like silk but is as durable as cotton.
Everything is dyed in vibrant, fade-resistant colors and can be machine-washed.
For the Handyman on the Go: Toolbox Rolling Mobile Organizer with Grip Handle
Whether you have a handyman (or a handywoman) in your family, this 33-inch rolling tool chest will allow him to work easily while on the go. The kit comes with two smoothly rolling wheels and a fold-down handle for easy transporting.
It’s made to be durable and rugged and provides your handyman with plenty of storage options. It includes four storage compartments of various sizes and additional bungee cords to hold his most oft-used tools in a convenient, easy-to-reach location.
It even features cable hooks on the back where he can store his extension cords tangle-free.
Warm Memories to Be Cherished: ZEEYUAN Leather Vintage Photo Album Memories
Whether you purchase this scrapbook and fill it with all of your favorite family memories before giving it to your daughter or give it to her empty so that she can fill it with her own family photos and keepsakes, it’s an excellent gift idea.
It’s made of premium leather with an embossed cover. It’s soft and pleasant to hold and features archival-quality, acid-free pages. It measures 8.6″ x 10.8″ and is easy to refill. Preserving family memories has never been easier or more lovely.
For the Kid Who Can’t Cook: Elite Gourmet EGC-007 Easy Electric Poacher
If you sent your adult child out into the world never quite learning how to cook, this easy-to-use egg cooker is a must-have gift for him. You can choose from nine colors to fit his kitchen color scheme, and you can buy with confidence knowing it comes with a lifetime warranty.
With this cooker, he can quickly cook up to seven eggs at once by simply filling the measuring cup with water and hitting the power button. It’s small, effective and incredibly versatile. Your son may never learn to cook anything else, but he’ll definitely be able to make some gourmet-quality eggs.
Help Her Always Be Prepared: HAIPHAIK Emergency Roadside Toolkit
As a parent, you worry about your kids; it’s just what you do. It doesn’t matter that they’re grown because you still worry about them just as much. One of the last things you want to happen to your child is for her to break down in her car with no tools to do anything about it.
With this 124-piece roadside assistance set, she’ll be covered in case of a breakdown. It includes a nearly 12-foot-long jumper cable set, a shovel, traction ropes, a tire-mending kit, a variety of different tools and so much more.
It’s lightweight and compact and can easily be stored in the trunk, passenger floorboard or backseat.
A Stylish Place to Hold Her Jewelry: Rustic Wall Mounted Jewelry Organizer
Over the years, people accumulate lots of stuff, and for women, much of that stuff is usually jewelry. This large, 12″ x 17″ x 4.5″ wall-mounted jewelry box is a great place for her to put her favorite pieces.
It has a gorgeous, rustic, barnwood look and features silver wire mesh for hanging earrings, several necklace hooks, a row of slots for rings, a cork board and an additional hanging bar for other items.
It’s high-quality, durable and as long-lasting as it is lovely. Your daughter’s sure to love it.
New Tires – Everyone Needs Them; No One Wants to Buy Them: Goodyear Assurance All-Season Radial Tire
Tires are another one of those items that literally everyone needs and no one wants to buy because they’re so expensive. If you’re looking for a slightly higher-priced gift to give your child, invest in a new set of tires for his vehicle.
These are all-season tires by Goodyear, and they’re really exceptional quality. They have wide treads and large shoulder blocks for stable handling. They also have a 65,000-mile tread life, so they should last him a while as well.
For the Hardcore Fantasy Fanatic: HeavenlyKraft Decorative Bookends for Shelves
If your daughter has a love of fantasy in general or Tolkien in particular, you couldn’t find a better gift for her than these Tolkien-inspired bookends to hold all her favorite books. Made of black-painted steel, they’re incredibly durable and feature non-skid pads on the bottom to keep them from sliding around all over the shelf.
They’re also quite heavy, weighing over two pounds, but best of all, they feature Tolkien’s famous, “Not all those who wander are lost” line as well as cut-out, shaped figures of all nine of the original members of the fellowship, as well as Bill the pony.
Keep Her (or Him) Looking Young for as Long as Possible: Tatcha The Dewy Skin Cream
Although this cream is a little on the expensive side, it works really well, which is likely the reason for the high price. It’s rich and smooth, and it works by hydrating the skin, providing much-needed antioxidants and a healthy glow.
It almost seems to plump the skin, removing wrinkles and fine lines. It works especially well on dry or dull skin and has wonderful anti-aging properties for both men and women.
Help Her Entertain: Portofino 3 piece Melamine Hostess Set
This lovely hostess set comes with a chip-n-dip server, a three-section relish tray and a long rectangular tray for hors d’oeuvres. Designed by artist Nancy Green, these heavyweight dishes are made of melamine and feature a gorgeous, multi-color flower and geometric print.
They can be used either indoors or outdoors and are all dishwasher safe. If you have a child who really enjoys entertaining, this is the perfect gift that combines beauty with practicality.
A Reminder to Hydrate: Under Armour Sideline 64 Ounce Water Bottle
Chances are good that when your children lived at home, you were constantly reminding them to do things to take care of themselves like “Brush your teeth,” “Eat more vegetables,” “Wear sunscreen” and “Drink more water!” Now that they’re grown and aren’t in your home every day, you probably don’t get as many chances to remind them to do all those things that keep them healthy, but this double-walled, foam-insulated, 64-ounce water bottle from Under Armour can act as a constant reminder to your child to “Drink more water!” Every time he looks at it, he’ll think of you and hear your voice in his head.
It’s BPA-free, features a fold-down handle for easy carrying and comes in 13 different colors!
Even Grown Kids Love Pizza: Pizza Stone for Best Crispy Crust Pizza
No matter how old they get, some people never seem to outgrow their love for pizza. If you have a pizza enthusiast, get her this thermarite pizza stone so that she can make her own cheesy, delicious, crispy crust pizza right from her own grill or oven.
Pizza stones are great because they retain heat better than regular pans, and they’re also durable, strong and excellent conductors. This one’s BPA-free and food-safe; it features no odd smell like some pizza stones, and it comes with a bonus scraper and a free recipe ebook.
Mom’s Secret to Keeping Things Clean: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner 3-Pack
If you’re the kind of parent who firmly believes in Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products, you’re definitely not alone. Mrs. Meyer’s has quickly become one of the most popular brands on the market. Help the next generation discover the aromatic, effective miracle that is Mrs.
Meyer’s multi-surface everyday cleaner by buying your child this three-pack of the great-smelling stuff. It cleans, refreshes and eliminates odors from any non-porous surface, and it smells delightfully of garden-fresh honeysuckle.
Help your child despise cleaning just a little less with this amazingly efficient product.
Help Him Always Look His Best: Remington PG525 Lithium Powered Body Groomer Kit
This is a great father-to-son (or mother-to-son, for that matter) gift that’ll help ensure your favorite man always looks his best. The Remington PG525 body groomer kit comes with the full-size trimmer and several different attachments including the foil shaver, the vertical body hair trimmer, a hair clipper comb and more.
It’s cordless and powered by a lithium battery that can last for over an hour without needing a recharge. It has self-sharpening, surgical steel blades, and all the attachments are washable. It also comes with a two-year limited warranty, so if for some reason it doesn’t live up to your son’s expectations, he can always send it back for a refund.
Almost Like You’re Still Tucking Him In: RelaxBlanket Weighted Blanket 60″ x 80″
These weighted blankets from RelaxBlanket are some of the best, warmest and most versatile weighted blankets on the market today. You can buy them in nine different colors and a ton of different sizes ranging from 36″ x 48″ to 80″ x 90″ and from five to 30 pounds! Each blanket is made of OEKO-TEX-certified cotton and filled with premium glass beads that have been woven into the blanket’s fibers.
It’s soft, comfortable and will make your child feel like he’s being snuggled in a warm embrace. It’s kind of the perfect gift.
Hit Her with Some Nostalgia:: Roald Dahl Collection 15 Fantastic Stories Box Set
If you’re looking for a gift that’s heartwarming, sentimental and sure to fill your adult child with a sense of nostalgia, consider buying her this 15-book box set collection of Roald Dahl’s best books.
All the books are paperbacks, and they come in an awesome book box decorated in the traditional Dahl-style. The set includes Matilda, The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Boy, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches and eight other Dahl favorites.
She can enjoy them herself or share them with her own children. Either way, she’ll love the gift.
The Complete Aromatherapy Experience: Scented Candles Gifts
This three-piece set of wonderful scented candles comes in a lovely gift box that’s almost as attractive as the candles themselves. The candles’ scents include framboise, drunken tango and lavender. Each 6.
5-ounce candle is made of soy, contains no parabens and is cruelty-free. They smell great and are perfect for creating a stress relieving, calming environment in your child’s home. Each candle has a burn time of between 35 and 40 hours and comes with a wooden lid for that extra little touch of elegance and class.
For the Starbucks Addict: Sboly Single Serve Coffee Maker & Milk Frother
This is an excellent choice for the coffee, cappuccino or latte lover in your life. If you get tired of hearing about how your son is wasting all his money at Starbucks or Joe Muggs every morning, get him this excellent single-serve coffee maker and milk frother so that he can make his own delicious brews to start out the day.
It’s a two-in-one machine that works with both K-cup pods and regularly brewed coffee grounds.
It features quick-heating technology that brews a single cup in only three minutes time, and it has a self-cleaning feature so that he doesn’t even have to worry about cleaning the machine before rushing off to work.
It also includes a three-in-one frother for more café-style drinks, whether he likes them cold or hot. It’s easy and safe to use and features a durable, long-lasting design.
Protect What’s Precious to Them: SentrySafe 1170 Fireproof Box with Key Lock
Sometimes one of the best gifts you can give someone is something that he needs but may not even think about buying for himself. Everyone needs somewhere safe and secure to keep important documents like birth certificates, marriage licenses, adoption papers and tax records.
With this fireproof box from SentrySafe, that’s exactly what your son will have. It’s large enough to hold all of his most important documents and can be used in conjunction with hanging file folders if he so chooses, although those are sold separately.
It has a key lock with two keys and can keep things safe in temperatures of up to 1,550°F for up to half an hour.
From Mother to Daughter: Best Gift Floating Charm Living Memory Lockets
If you’re a mom looking for a sweet, sentimental gift for your daughter, this memory locket is just the thing. It’s relatively inexpensive but looks very elegant and chic. It’s made of stainless steel and features a clear glass double-sided face locket that opens for adding floating charms of your or your daughter’s choice.
The crystal around the outside can be customized to reflect your daughter’s birthstone, and the chain is included. It comes with two different message plates, and both are sure to put a tear in your daughter’s eye.
From Father to Son: PLITI to My Son Wallet Card
This is another great option if you’re looking for something sentimental and sweet, only this gift is designed for your son. It’s a stainless steel wallet card that features a very kind, warmhearted message that’ll show your son just how you feel about the wonderful man he’s become.
It’s simple and inexpensive, but it’s worth everything where it counts.
For Quick, On-the-Go Mending: Large Sewing Kit 206-Piece Premium Sewing Supplies
If there’s one thing that every adult child should know how to do, it’s basic sewing repairs. This well-stocked, 206-piece sewing kit will provide your child with everything he needs to be able to sew on a button, patch a hole or fix a stitch on his favorite items of clothing.
The kit includes thread reels, sewing pins, sewing clips, a measuring tape, steel scissors, spare buttons, a pin cushion, stitch markers and more. Everything comes in a convenient carrying case so that he’ll have everything he needs in one place.
The only thing left is to make sure you teach him how to use it before he’s gone.
Help Her Stock Her Kitchen: EVOLVE Stainless Steel Silverware Set
This 24-piece stainless steel silverware set is a great gift for anyone, but it’s especially nice for an adult child who’s just recently moved out of your home and into her own. Children – even adult children – really know very little about buying good, high-quality silverware, so help your daughter out by buying her her first set and taking the pressure off her to find good cutlery.
The set includes four each of the following: salad forks, dinner forks, steak knives, dinner knives, dinner spoons and tea spoons. They’re all well-made, durable and rust-free. They also have a nice, ergonomic design that makes them a pleasure to use.
Can’t Go Wrong with Something Warm: Men’s Long Sleeve Heavy Weight Fleece Shirt
If you’re really at a loss as to what to buy your son, you can never go wrong with a warm, stylish fleece over-shirt. These flannel shirts are made of 100% polyester and button all the way down. They’re comfortable and extremely warm, and they feature a relaxed fit that doesn’t restrict movement like many other button-down shirts.
They’re machine-washable and come in several different colors. Plus, they’re made by Wrangler, so you know they’re good quality!
A Not-So-Subtle Reminder: Primitives by Kathy Call Your Mom Box Sign
If you’re looking for a gift that’s relatively inexpensive and sure to bring a smile to the face of your adult child, this Primitives box sign is just the thing. Although there are several different designs from which you can choose, the one pictured here is definitely the fan-favorite.
It measures three inches by four inches and not-so-subtly reminds your child – no matter his or her age – that s/he’d better call mom, and s/he’d better call often! It’s cute and stylish, and the monochromatic colors allow it to fit in with just about any type of decor, but best of all, it’s a fun little reminder that someone out there loves and worries about him/her and wants to hear about his/her day.
Help Her Stay Tidy Even after She’s Gone: Turtle Wax 50754 Ultimate Car Care Kit
This is another one of those practical gifts that never really goes out of style because no matter how old your child gets, she’s always going to need stuff to clean her car. This ten-piece set includes many of Turtle Wax’s best products: car wash, wax and dry spray wax, tire shine, dash and glass cleaner, scratch remover, Zip wax, inside/outside protectant and Odor-X spray.
It also comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth and buffer. With this kit, she’ll have the cleanest, best-smelling car in the neighborhood.
Proper Hygiene is Always Important: Convenience Kits International Men’s Premium 15 Piece Assembled Travel Kit
Whether your son spends several nights away from home or travels often, this TSA-compliant travel kit is a great gift option for him. It comes with all of the “essential” toiletries including shampoo, deodorant, Kleenex, “Dude Wipes,” toothpaste and a toothbrush, a razor, a comb and more.
Everything is in sizes small enough to pass through TSA checkpoints without issue, and it all comes in a nice, convenient carry-on toiletry bag. Don’t worry, though; if you have daughters, there’s also a very similar kit made just for them as well.
A quick Amazon search should lead you right to it.
Finding Gifts for Your Adult Kids Who Aren’t Kids Any Longer
When it comes time to buy a gift for an adult child – no matter the circumstance behind it – parents often tend to take a more practical route. They start savings accounts for their grandchildren, plan and pay for family vacations or pay off a large bill or expense. All of those things are great and are usually very much appreciated by their children, but it’s important to remember that those aren’t the only types of gifts that children would appreciate from their parents.
Your adult children may be adults, but they’re still just people. They have favorite foods they delight in eating, hobbies they enjoy doing and special things they like to collect. Gifts from parents to adult children don’t always have to be expensive or “practical” or even all that meaningful. Sometimes a hilarious gag gift from a mom with a similar sense of humor can mean just as much to a daughter as paying off a month of student loan debt.
When choosing gifts for your adult children, think about the kind of people they’ve grown into being. Do they enjoy sports, and if so, would they rather watch them or play them? Are they readers, and if so, do they prefer hardbacks, paperbacks or ebooks? Is your daughter an animal lover who’d appreciate gifts for her furry best friends just as much as she’d appreciate gifts for herself? Does your son prefer coffee or tea? Which one of your grown twins is the Game of Thrones lover, and which one prefers a good reality TV show?
All of these things are the types of questions to ask yourself when picking the perfect gifts for your grown kids. Hopefully, you and your children have remained close through the years, and if that’s the case, then you know all about what kinds of people they are and what kinds of things they’d enjoy. Trust your knowledge of your kids. Trust your instincts as to whether or not they’d enjoy something funny, sentimental, practical or delicious.
Most of the time, people just want to know that you’ve put a little thought into the gifts you buy them. As long as you did, they usually love the gifts, even if they aren’t the “perfect” gifts, so to speak. Buying gifts for your children shouldn’t be a nerve-wracking experience. In fact, if you really stop to think about it, your kids are probably easier to buy for now that they’re grown than they ever were when they were children. At least now the two of you probably have things in common, whereas, 20, 30 or 40 years ago, you might not have even known what they were asking for when they asked for an Atari game system, The Legend of Zelda or an Offspring’s greatest hits album.
Check out the comments section down below and let us know what your favorite gift was that you’ve ever received from a parent. If you’re a parent of a grown child, yourself, let us know what kinds of gifts you like to buy those children when it comes time to give gifts. Be sure to like and share this guide with your friends and loved ones, and come back and see us again soon!