The Best Gifts For Grandma & Mother-In-Law: 2020 Quarantine Edition

The Best Gift Ideas For The Most Special Mom Of All— Grandma

February 5, 2020 Updated September 25, 2020


Looking for gift ideas for your kids’ grandma? You’ve come to the right place.

If there’s one person in your life who deserves something really special when her birthday, holidays, or Mother’s Day rolls around, it’s definitely your mom (and mother-in-law)—the one who watches your kid(s) for free and occasionally even folds your laundry. She’s the MVP of the family, but most of us don’t realize how much we need her in our lives until we’re three blowouts in at 9:15 in the morning. Whether they live five minutes down the road or are a FaceTime call away, grandmas just get it. They’ve put in their time. They’ve paid their dues. And the best part is that they’ve had the last 30 years or so post-kids to recoup (and forget) and are ready to lend a helping hand to us moms when we’re in desperate need. There is literally nobody else we can trust for a few minutes’ break (self-care session) or an entire night off (sleep!).

Even this year, when we’re seeing less of grandma during quarantine times, we can’t forget to let her know how much we love her. In fact, showing her how much you care seems more important than ever. So when the next holiday comes calling or maybe you want to treat her, “just because”don’t f*ck it up. Better yet, spend at least a portion of the six free minutes a day you have brainstorming what you could get to hit that sentimental note in her heart and make her day a bit sunnier. Don’t let her convince you that she “doesn’t need anything—really!” because you know she’s full of sh*t and merely trying to be polite. 

Not sure where to begin? We’ve found some of the sweetest, most thoughtful, stylish and overall best gifts for Grandma. Just because you can’t see her in person doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve to feel recognized and loved.

The Best Self-Care Gifts Grandma

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine With Heat

Most grandmas’ chief complaint when taking care of kids is being on their feet all day. This and the fact that they have been on their feet for 50+ years. This deep-kneading foot massager can help her take the edge off after a long day of running after your kids. It uses air compression at 50 kpa to help increase blood circulation and relieve pain and tension. It works like a therapist, providing deep-kneading massages at the level of choice and has infrared heat to warm her up on the coldestof nights.

One reviewer claims, “I love everything about this machine. It’s extremely easy to use and the pressure intensity of the massage is very, very good. At the highest setting it could probably be too much. That’s how intense it is, but I keep it at a setting of 2 or 3. It can go up to 5. I use it every morning and night, and I LOVE IT!!!”


MoCuishle Neck and Shoulder Back Massager With Heat

There are eight (eight!) deep tissue kneading nodes in this incredible massager. It melts away tension in the neck, shoulder, and back by kneading deeply into muscles and tissue so deserving grandmas will feel relaxed in a matter of minutes. Adding to the luxurious experience is infrared heating that provides comforting warmth, especially on a chilly day. So if your mom or mother-in-law has been instrumental in helping out with your kids, this is one small way you can pay her back; after all, you know better than anyway that they can be a handful. And since one massager is less than the cost of an actual massage, go ahead and buy one for yourself; this thing is amazing, and you deserve it, too.


Herbivore Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio

She knows quality and cares about the ingredients being put on her face; after all she looks THIS good for a reason. If grandma hasn’t been to a Credo store yet for a beauty treatment, let her get started with some luscious hydration products she’ll be sure to love like this Herbivore trio. It includes a body polish, face mist and lip conditioner made with organic coconut oil and hydrating rose. Great to use morning and night, she may need a re-order soon. Make sure you let her know about the rewards program so that when she goes back for round 2, she’ll score freebies as well.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

For the mom who loves to read and actually has the time (she sends those kids back to you every so often!) this is the ultimate gift. The Kindle Paperwhite not only has 24 different levels of illumination—so she can read anytime, anywhere—but it also has the most storage space of all the Kindle models. Which means she’ll have 24/7 access to all the e-books, audio books, and podcasts her heart desires. And that’s not all that we love about the Paperwhite. It’s also waterproof, so grandma can even read when she’s by the pool or having a long bath (again, no kids).

If she needs your help getting started with this E-reader, remember that’s part of your gift. And you can only hope that one day, when technology has evolved way beyond us, that your kids will patiently do the same.


The Best Comfy Gifts For Grandma

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women's Marietas Sun Wrap - Sun Protective

When her “I don’t need anything” turns into an “I could always use a little something”, we’ve got the thing.

Whether she’s headed to the gallery or the golf club, grandma deserves to look chic and be protected from the sun at the same time.  This stylish wrap features a technology called ZnO fabric, which actually embeds millions of tiny particles of zinc oxide (the same ingredient used in sunscreens) into every fiber.

This is the cardigan that she keeps with her in the car, takes with her on a trip, or wears to the park with your LO. Also it’s machine washable, because she knows better than wearing anything that needs to be dry cleaned. So, what’s her favorite color?


Birdies The Starling Indoor/Outdoor Slipper

Grandma is classic, she is chic. And whether she’s reading the newspaper while on FT with your kids or running out to grab the paper and walk the dog, she is always dressed (with a capital D). These indoor/outdoor slippers come in colors for every personal taste in suede, velvet, matte leather and even cheetah print.

This modern version of the smoking slipper has 7 layers built into a soft, quilted satin footbed and a non-slip rubber sole. We so love the surprise of the pink insole on the grey velvet and the chartreuse insole of the navy velvet. We may be ordering two pairs, since we could use these for ourselves this Mother’s Day, too.


The Best Home Gifts For Grandma

Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie Throw Pillows

Upgrade grandma’s sofa with these pillow cushions from Anthropologie. Choose from terra-cotta, ivory or dark turquoise all in 18×18 inch square. Or try 2-3 together for rich texture on a neutral backdrop. Created in partnership with Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame, nana may dream of a home makeover like all of the ones she watches on HGTV. Since she likely doesn’t live in Waco, TX, we can at least spruce up the sofa so she feels a little more connected each time she sees Joanna work her tv magic.


Exclusivo Mezcla Large Flannel Velvet Plush Throw Blanket

If the grandma you’re gifting will only accept a gift that “didn’t cost you a fortune,” this is right up her alley. Some of the best gifts for grandma can be found on Amazon. It’s a flannel, fleece throw made from 100 percent cozy microfiber that’s under 20 bucks and has epic ratings on Amazon. It’s nice and big (50” x 70”) and comes in 20 colors to match any decor. Basically there is no way grandma can even say “no,” so whether it serves as the gift or just an add-on, you can’t go wrong.

From the words of one Amazon reviewer, “This is the best blanket. The only blanket. All other blankets are dead to me now that I have this blanket in my life. I would recommend everyone buy this blanket too so they know how warm and soft I feel right now.”


The Best Floral Gifts For Grandma

Bouqs Heartfelt Flower Arrangement

You’ve racked your brain and there really is nothing that Grandma needs. But…when is the last time someone sent her flowers? Since she is the ultimate in thoughtful, send her something that simply says “we love you”. There are many choices to choose from (select by color, flower type or by occasion) and Bouqs will deliver it right to her door. We love the Wild About You for its mix of stems and succulents and the Heartfelt for its colorful mix of iris and tulips.

Don’t forget to add $10 to your order for the vase if that is something she may actually need.


UrbanStems The Luna Flower Bouquet

For vibrant, modern bouquets fit for Gaines home makeover reveal, UrbanStems has you covered. They’ve curated so many gorgeous arrangements, you’ll have a difficult time choosing one. So, we’ll try to help you by giving a special shout out to The Luna (pictured here), The Firecracker, and The Maia, but really, you can’t go wrong. For the grammy who’s a glammie, the Vogue Collection is extra glam, and if you’re *really* feeling generous, you can even get Gram a subscription.

Flowers too short lived for your giftee? Check out their stunning potted plants including flourishing orchids and succulents (The Phoebe even comes in a unicorn pot).


The Best Sentimental Gifts For Grandma

WavHello Baby Handprint & Footprint Frame Kit

When it comes to grandmas, sentimental gifts reign supreme, which is why you certainly can’t go wrong with a precious keepsake featuring a clay impression of your baby’s teensy hand and foot. Personalized gifts for grandma is always a win!

Your mom (or mother in law) only asked when you were having a baby about 4 million times (only?) and then counted down the minutes until the birth happened, so let’s mark the occasion. The kit comes with everything you need to create this memorable gift along with easy-to-follow instructions so that you can create a work of art from the comfort of your home. Add a newborn pic of the baby and a family pic so she can sit back, smile, and wait a few months before starting the asking process all over again for baby #2.


Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame 10"

There is literally nothing grandma loves more in this world than seeing photos of your child. That’s why 99 percent of the text messages she sends you nowadays are “pic please.” Hold her off until the next time she can get an in-person visit with a digital photo frame that updates straight from your phone. Practical gifts for grandma, like these, are useful (and deeply thoughtful). At half the price of most of its competitors and all of the same high-tech features, it’s no surprise it’s loaded with top-notch reviews. 

Take it from this reviewer who says, “Bought as a gift for parents. The frame itself looks beautiful, a good size and love the fact you can place it on the wall or tabletop. Easy to set up and the ability to update remotely makes this frame stand out from the crowd. Because of this feature my parents can just sit back and enjoy the photos while we upload the grandchildrens adventures throughout the day. It means they never miss anything. We love it so much I think we will be getting one for our house.”


Found your gifts for the grandmothers who have everything? Be sure to check out more of our mom-approved, curated gift guides for the other mamas on your list this special day.

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Exclusivo Mezcla Large Flannel Velvet Pl...
Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine Wi...
WavHello Baby Handprint & Footprint Fram...
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame 10"
Joanna Gaines for Anthropologie Throw Pi...
Coolibar UPF 50+ Women's Marietas Sun Wr...
Birdies The Starling Indoor/Outdoor Slip...
Herbivore Coco Rose Luxe Hydration Trio
Bouqs Heartfelt Flower Arrangement
MoCuishle Neck and Shoulder Back Massage...
UrbanStems The Luna Flower Bouquet