If there’s anyone in your life who deserves something really special when birthdays or holidays roll around, it’s definitely your Grandma and Pop-Pop. The people who watch your kid(s) for free and occasionally even folds your laundry. They’re the true MVPs of the family, so gifts for Grandma and gifts for Grandpa should be top notch.
Whether they live five minutes down the road or are a FaceTime call away, grandparents just get it. They’ve put in their time, paid their dues, and are still always there when we need them. There is literally nobody else we can trust for a few minutes’ break (a.k.a. self-care session), an entire night off (a.k.a. sleep!), or during a crisis.
This year, even while we’re seeing less of our grandparents during quarantine times, we can’t forget to let them know how much we love them. In fact, showing them how much you care seems more important than ever. So when the next holiday comes calling—or maybe you want to treat them “just because,”—don’t f*ck it up. Go crazy with personalized gifts for Grandma and all the practical gifts for Grandpa that you know he’d love. Scour Amazon and Nordstrom like never before! They deserve it, and it’ll really make their day. (And don’t let either of them convince you that they “don’t need anything—really!” because you know they’re both 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 Grandparents. Just because you can’t see them in person doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to feel recognized and loved.
The Best Gifts For Grandma
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?
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.
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.
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.
Sentimental pieces are always a hit with Gram. Get her this Greatest Gifts Grandparent Tray from UncommonGoods and customize it with the names of then entire clan!
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.
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.”
The Best Gifts For Grandpa
What’s different about this gardening tool set is that it comes with a collapsible gardening seat and knee rest! If your grandma or grandpa are super into gardening, this is the gift to get. It will protect their knees and back from aches, and it comes with gardening hand tools, digging gloves, and an organizer tote.
If your grandparent already has the tools they need for the garden, check out the Garden Kneeler and Seat by Sunix. It has everything but the tools included.
UGG house slippers are always a good idea for our grandpa and our dad. These Scuff Slipper editions will keep their feet warm, toasty, and ultra comfortable with its wool lining. They’ll wear them out until they need another new pair!
You know what sucks when you have a hot cup of coffee or tea? When it starts getting cold and you have to warm it up again (and again). The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug makes sure that never happens again. Perfect for the grandparent that takes a few hours to finish one cup, or for anyone who likes their beverage at a constant temperature. This smart mug is app controlled (you’ll have to help grandpa set this up!), has an extended battery life, and automatically goes into sleep mode when the mug is empty. How cool is that?
One Amazon reviewer gifted the Ember to their father and said, “Gave this to my father, who is a huge coffee guy. He drinks 5+ cups of coffee a day and he likes his coffee scolding hot. This mug is great as it ensures he always has a hot cup of coffee nearby. The app to control the mug is easy to use.”
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 grandpas 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 dad or father-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.
If the grandparent 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 grandparents 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.”
Gifts For Both Grandparents
We LOVE our grandparents’ cooking, and they love to pass things down to us. What better way to do both than a cooking journal? The My Family Recipe Book gives them the space to write down over 80 recipes, cooking tips, and loving notes. One Amazon reviewer raved, “I’ve purchased several of these books as gifts for friends and family. I’m keeping a set to give to my children when they are finally out on their own and want to make all their favorite meals from childhood (or at least I hope that’s what will happen). I like all the ways you can personalize the pages, including adding your own photos. This is the perfect gift for anybody that likes to cook and has fond memories of meals made by family members or friends or even great recipes picked up from online, etc.”
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!!!”
If your grandparents are always looking for their keys and have a smartphone, then this gift is perfect. The Tile Mate is a GPS keychain you attach to your key hook, that way you always know where it is! You can look up the location through the Tile Mate app.
For the grandparent who loves to read and actually has the time (they send those kids back to you ever so often!) this is the ultimate gift. The Kindle Paperwhite not only has 24 different levels of illumination—so they can read anytime, anywhere—but it also has the most storage space of all the Kindle models. Which means they’ll have 24/7 access to all the e-books, audio books, and podcasts their hearts desire. 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 they need 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.
Weighted blankets are great for a calming, comfortable, and restful night of sleep. With over 27,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s definitely a top seller. One reviewer said, “I’d read the great reviews for this and was hopeful it would help increase sleep time and comfort, and wow! Before I received this weighted blanket, according to my Fitbit, I was averaging about 4.5 hours of sleep per night due to pain. My first night with this blanket and I slept over 7 hours!! Same for my second night. This is so comfortable and comforting. I’m recommending this to everyone I know!”
So, what’s gonna hold that cookbook open while they’re busy in the kitchen? This Reclaimed Wood Cookbook Stand from UncommonGoods is perfect for the job. It’s modern looking, stylish, and it can be used to hold a tablet too.