Gift Guides!

CLJ GIFT GUIDE: 13 Gifts for the Empty-Nesters (Your parents, In-laws, Grandparents, etc.)

December 3, 2017

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 




We're Chris + Julia

read more

What we're                   right now


browse the shop

Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here. 

We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen. 

Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.

browse all

browse all

browse all




Popular Posts




Top Categories

1. A leather “brag book” that’s small enough to fit in their pocket, wallet or purse and holds photos of their children/grandchildren to whip out at a moment’s notice. $25

2. A painting of the house you grew up in, to put a tear in all of your eyes. $105

3. Similar! An heirloom chess set, to talk life over. $26

4. Not available. How cute is this recipe box for all of her best kept secrets. (Note: Years ago, I organized all my mother’s recipes like this and she cried! It’s still one of the favorite gifts I ever gave.) $14

5. A Tandem bike for them to ride around town together, because they’re still young and in love. $510

6. A flannel shirt-jacket to keep him extra warm in the shop. $89

7. An Ancestry DNA kit, so they can pinpoint their ethnic mix across 165 regions worldwide, find the people and places that made them who they are, and even find new relatives. On sale for $59!

8. Napkin rings, hand-cast in pewter with an antiqued bronze finish in the shape of fresh Italian herbs–because everything else on the table is Italian. $88


9. A rugged metal detector ideal for detecting treasure in extreme ground conditions, because there’s plenty of time to strike gold in those golden years. $99

10. A Marble Butter Keeper that keeps butter fresh and spreadable at room temperature for several weeks without spoiling, and looks so pretty on the counter. $24

11. Custom Heritage Tree, mapping out the whole family for their wall. (Or make your own here!) $97

12. An Instant Pot–A programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker–this thing does it all and fast! They’ll text you every night with what they made–and won’t even believe it.  $64

13. You! Holding a Fresh Bay and Olive Leaf Wreath because all they really want is to see all their kids anyway. $68

PS. More gifts for the Empty Nester! And the 2017 Gift Guide so far!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

What do you think?

  1. Lori H says:

    I love your gift guides! They have been so helpful. Would you consider doing one for hostess gifts? Things that are different and reasonable? Not $60 (I cannot afford to do that for a hostess gift!)

  2. Abby S says:

    Thanks guys! Just ordered the Brag Book for my mother in law. She’ll love it!

  3. Kate says:

    This list is amazing and might have just saved Christmas! It’s like you know my parents.

  4. Emily says:

    If only this list had come out a couple of weeks ago it would have saved me so much brainstorming! Ordered a house drawing for my brother-in-law who just bought himself a new place (Etsy: BBIllustration – her house drawings felt modern and simple and younger, to me). Ordered my father-in-law flannel lined jeans. Heavily hinted at my fam that I wanted an Instant Pot. Now, off to check out a butter keeper…

all the latest

We believe we should all love where we live.

We’re a couple of homebodies, working to uncover the home our home wants to be. And we’re so happy to have you here. 

HI! We're Chris + Julia

read more

Load More

Reader Faves

SHop all

What We're                     Right Now

What We're                 Right Now

Looking for our favorite things? A place to shop our home room by room, or just catch up on what Julia's wearing / loving right now? Browse the CLJ shop. 


looking for inspiration? 

Our bedroom changed a lot when we painted it and added trim, but not everyone can make big changes to their rooms. I wanted to put together a quick reference tool for when you’re in a busy season of life and want an easy update. Or perhaps your landlord isn’t keen on paint rollers! Here […]

Can We Send You Our Love Letter?

Another way for us to stay in touch! Joining our weekly newsletter gives you access to exclusive content, never-before-seen photos, your questions answered, and our favorite DIYs. Sign up below!

Follow Along on Instagram

Welcome to our online community where we've posted home, DIY, style, renovations, and family since '09. Renovating our #cljmoderncottage in Idaho and headed for new adventures in Raleigh, NC. #cljfam #cljtransformations