Top Ten Gift Ideas for Your Adult Children

Shopping for your adult children can be a real challenge. As a parent, you want to buy something that they will love, but something that also shows you understand that their interests have changed since they were kids. Here are ten great gift ideas to head you in the right direction.

1. Restaurant certificates

Everyone has to eat, but dining out can be an expensive treat. Gift certificates to your children's favorite restaurants let them enjoy a fun night out without upsetting the household budget.

2. Event tickets

Tickets to sporting events, music concerts, or live theater performances make great gifts for adult children. If they are movie buffs, you could also give gift passes to a nearby theater.

3. Accessories

It can be difficult to buy clothes for your adult children, but accessories are likely to go over well. Scarves, purses, wallets, ties and other accessories are great gifts.

4. Luxury items

Adult children may love to receive small luxuries like a favorite perfume or cologne, jewelry or a nice watch. Think of items that you know your children would love to have, but might not be able to splurge on themselves.

5. Electronics

These days, your adult children probably have a list of electronics that they would like to buy. Fish around for hints before buying to make sure you get the items they actually want.

6. Furniture

While your adult children will want to choose their own home decor, they may love an offer to take them shopping for a new piece of furniture. Great ideas include a new computer chair, an accent table, or a media storage cabinet.

7. Family heirlooms

Instead of buying something new, you can opt to give your adult children a cherished family heirloom. Giving them favorite items now recognizes that you see them as responsible adults.

8. Nostalgic favorites

Is there a favorite game, book, or movie that your adult children haven't seen since childhood? Many classics have been re-released and your children will appreciate the nostalgic joy in receiving a small reminder of childhood.

9. Spa certificates

A little pampering is always appreciated and spa certificates are a special treat. Your adult children can get away from the daily grind with a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or other spa treatment.

10. Gift cards

Gift cards are a great way to let your adult children get exactly what they want. Pick out a gift card to one of their favorite stores or give them a virtual gift card that lets them download music, ebooks, or other online content.

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