The 30 Best Gifts for Grandparents
They get you the best presents. Return the favor.
There’s no denying that there’s a special bond between grandparents and grandkids. After all, grandparents the ones who let you stay up late on school nights, take you out for your first spin behind the wheel, and always manage to sneak you treats when your parents aren’t looking. And while it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to repay all those acts of kindness in this lifetime, you can get them a present that shows how much you care.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best gifts for grandparents, from perfect presents for the grandma who loves golf to tools that’ll help grandpa tackle those projects in the garden.
This family tree wall decal
$149; buy now at Home Depot
If your grandparents love having family pictures around the house but have filled up practically every mantle and bookcase top with frames, this family tree wall decal is a perfect gift. At nearly nine feet tall and over seven feet wide, it’s a stunning focal point for a living room or entryway and has plenty of room for new frames as that collection of family photos grows.
This monogrammed leather photo album
From $26; buy now at Etsy
Try as you might, getting grandma into Instagram is a harder sell than you’d anticipated. For the grandparents who love viewing pictures the old-fashioned way, there’s this gorgeous photo album, which comes with a monogrammable leather cover, sure to make it an instant heirloom.
This grandma charm bangle
$32; buy now at Alex and Ani
Is your grandma about as stylish as they come? Then get her a gift that reflects her good taste, like this adjustable Alex and Ani bangle, which comes with a special charm that reads “Grandmother.”
This personalized grandkids sign
$33; buy now at Personalization Mall
Do your grandparents love nothing more than having their grandkids over? Then scoop up this customizable pressed wooden sign—available in four colors—to which you can add the names of all their prides and joys.
This grandparents’ picture frame
$30; buy now at Etsy
The only thing grandparents love anywhere near as much as their grandkids? Looking at pictures of those adorable little ones. Whether there’s a new addition to the family or you’ve finally taken a family photo where nobody’s crossing their eyes, this frame is sure to be a hit with the grandparents.
This “My Life So Far” journal
$30; buy now at Uncommon Goods
There are probably quite a few things about your grandparents that you don’t know yet—so encourage them to jot them down the fascinating facts about their lives while you can. Fortunately, writing those would-be memoirs is simple with these journals, which come with simple prompts.
This personalized gardening tote
$45$33; buy now at Personalization Mall
Help your grandparents keep doting on that garden they love like their own child with this cute personalized gardening tote. Of course, giving them this gift isn’t entirely selfless—you wouldn’t say no to a batch of fresh veggies or herbs as a thank you, would you?
This long-distance friends lamp
From $85; buy now at Uncommon Goods
Want to let your grandparents know you’re thinking about them, even if you can’t say so face-to-face? With a set of these color-changing lamps, you can alter the hue on your grandparents’ device with just a tap, giving them an illuminating reminder that they’re never far from your thoughts.
This Conversation Starters for Every Grandparent book
$14; buy now at Target
Let’s face it: broaching difficult topics with family members and friends is never easy. Once your grandparents have this book, however, they’ll never struggle to come up with an icebreaker when it’s time to deliver big news again.
This Amazon Show
$230; buy now at Amazon
Even if you live far away from your grandparents, you can still get plenty of face time with the addition of this Amazon Show to their communications arsenal. Allowing for live video chats in addition to connecting them to streaming music and video, news services, and even integrating with their security system, this device is sure to become a fast favorite.
This long-distance grandparents print
From $24; buy now at Etsy
No matter how far away your grandparents may be physically, they’re always in your heart. This year, let them know as much with this adorable print, which can be customized with up to four locations.
This custom wooden ornament
$13; buy now at Shutterfly
This year, get your grandparents something they’ll treasure for the holidays, like this rustic wooden frame ornament, perfect for showing off those adorable family photos.
This homesick candle
$30; buy now at Uncommon Goods
Want to let grandma or grandpa know you’re thinking of them while getting them something they’ll actually use? Then look no further than these homesick candles, each designed with a special scent blend reminiscent of the recipient’s home state.
This handprint frame
$20; buy now at Target
Whether there’s a new addition to the family or you’re just eager to give your grandparents an instant heirloom, this handprint gift kit is sure to earn a prime spot on the wall.
This year-round custom wreath
From $69; buy now at Etsy
Who says that customizing your grandparents’ home exterior has to mean a pricey renovation? With this monogrammed wreath, they can enjoy a festive bespoke detail without the high price.
This custom jewelry box
$35; buy now at Things Remembered
Give your grandparents something to keep those family heirlooms safe in when they travel with this gorgeous locking jewelry box, which comes with a gilded plate on top for engraving a personal message or monogram.
This grandma necklace
$29; buy now at Etsy
Who says that beloved family baubles have to be passed down from grandma? Instead, be the one to give grandma something extra special this year with this customizable multi-charm necklace, which can even be adorned with her birthstone.
This “World’s Best Grandpa” hat
$17; buy now at Etsy
If your grandpa takes his role as a grandparent seriously, get him an accessory that shows just how much the job means to him with this “World’s Best Grandpa” hat.
This Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, & Ha Ha Ha book
$17; buy now at Target
Even experienced grandparents can sometimes find themselves at a loss when it comes to thinking up activities to enjoy with their grandkids. And in those cases, there’s this Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato, & Ha Ha Ha Book, which has everything from activity recommendations to the rules to your favorite childhood games that you’ve long since forgotten.
These grandma and grandpa mugs
From $20; buy now at Etsy
For the grandparents-to-be in your life, there’s this adorable gift set, which not only lets them know that a little one is on the way, but delivers the news with a practical accessory they’ll actually use.
This family recipe box
$43; buy now at Personalization Mall
Whether it’s a kugel passed down for generations or a shakshouka you can’t get enough of, this personalized family recipe box is the perfect place for your grandparents to store those recipes that truly make your family gatherings special.
This pin board world map
From $69; buy now at Etsy
If your grandparents have dedicated their retirement to pursuing their love of travel, they’re bound to adore this pin board wall map, perfect for highlighting everywhere they’ve been—and plotting their next adventure.
These custom golf balls
$15 for 3; buy now at Zazzle
The next time your grandparents are out on the links, give them a friendly reminder of the little ones they love with this customized golf ball set.
This grandma and grandpa’s house rules sign
From $30; buy now at Etsy
We all know that pretty much anything goes at grandma and grandpa’s house. And yes, according to this adorable sign, that does include cookies for breakfast.
This custom throw
$50; buy now at Collage.com
From $11; buy now at Etsy
Want to give grandma a reminder that she’s an integral part of your life? Then give her this cute custom keyring that’ll make her smile every time she unlocks the front door.
This grandma double frame
$25; buy now at Things Remembered
Those cherished memories with grandma are worthy of more than just your average big box store frame. For photos she’ll love to display, get her this double photo frame, complete with a customizable engraving plate.
This grandparent pen pal set
$24; buy now at Uncommon Goods
Trying to get your grandparents to text you back, only to get radio silence? For the snail-mail lovers in your life, this pen pal kit might just be more their speed.
This glamma necklace
From $33; buy now at Etsy
If your grandma’s taking a page from Kris Jenner’s book and eschewing traditional grandparent nicknames, honor those decisions with this gorgeous design, which comes in either bracelet or necklace forms, and in your choice of sterling silver, 14k gold fill, or rose gold fill.
This AncestryDNA kit
From $99; buy now at AncestryDNA
Want to help your grandparents delve deeper into the family tree? With this AncestryDNA kit, they can find out where their ancestors came from and even discover previously unknown relatives who’ve also used the service. And if you want to stay on your grandparents’ good side in the future, make sure to avoid these 40 Things Guaranteed to Annoy Grandparents.
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