If there’s one person in your life who deserves more than a casual “You’re the best!” it’s definitely your mom (or 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 a new mom in desperate need.
So when the opportunity arises to give grandma a gift, whether it’s for their birthday or “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 them that would hit a sentimental note in their hearts or makes their day-to-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. She wants you to get her something and will hold it over your head for years to come if you blow it.
Not sure where to begin? We’ve got your back by rounding up some of the sweetest, sappiest, most sentimental and salutary Gifts for Grandma.
If the grandma you’re gifting will only accept a gift that “didn’t cost you a fortune,” this is right up her alley. 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.
Most grandmas’ chief complaint when taking care of kids is being on their feet all day. This deep-kneading foot massager can help her take the edge off after a long day of running after the kids. It uses air compression at 50 kpa to help increase blood circulation and relieve pain and tension.
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 and and foot. 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.
It’s always nice to have an eye on your kids, even when the grandparents are on hand. While baby monitors can serve this purpose, they’re often made to capture the crib-area only. Enter: Canary, an indoor camera that can capture an entire room with all the perks of a high-tech baby monitor. It monitors the temperature, humidity, air quality, has two-way talk and smart alerts—it even has night vision! The best part is that you can download the app and keep an eye on your kids from wherever you are while they’re at grandma’s.
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. 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.
When grandma’s watching the kids, she has her hands full, which is why she could use some help. That’s where this sleek ring comes in handy. This purse holder let’s her be hands-free by hooking her bag onto strollers, tables, diaper changing stations, grocery carts, even rails. Whether grandma’s at the playground or the zoo, it will come in handy when the floor is the only place to rest her bag (#eeeewwwww).
If you’re really at a loss over what to get the grandma in your life, but you want to get her something to show your love and appreciation, go big or go home. This impressive assortment of savory specialties from around the globe will make their next get together at the clubhouse a smash. The charcuterie and cheese collection features five different meats and five unique cheeses— enough to please every palette. It also comes with tasty snacks to pair each with.
Air fryers are all the rage right now, because, simply put, they let you enjoy fried food without the guilt. How? They use up to 75 percent less fat than old-school frying methods and taste pretty much the same. Every grandma in her right mind would be happy to have one, but yours deserves the very best. With over 4,600 4.5-star reviews on Amazon, the Ninja is just that. It has a wide temp range, can hold 4-quarts in its non-stick basket and delivers crispy goodness every time.
The grandma who doesn’t judge you for pouring yourself some mommy juice the second the clock strikes 5 PM deserves a glass of her own—and one that describes her accurately. This stemless glass has quality etching that you can actually see even after several cycles in the dishwasher. It’s also a large size — 17 ounces — made for a grandma who appreciates a generous pour.
The fastest way to a grandma’s heart is through a necklace with her grandkids’ initials on it. This delicate charmer can be ordered right from Amazon and customized however you like. It’s made from 14 karat gold and is rated 5 stars from over 500 reviewers, so you know this is no cereal box jewelry. In fact, one reviewer said she’d give it 10 stars if she could. The company’s customer service also gets kudos, which is always a pleasant plus not having to deal with a**holes should anything go wrong.
Upgrade grandma’s coaster game for when she sneaks it underneath your drink so you don’t stain her natural reclaimed wood coffee table. These are hand carved and all natural, made from agate stone. The best part is that you can add a personal touch by ordering the letter of her first or last name to be printed on them.
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. So, what’s her favorite color?
Need more meaningful gifts? Be sure to check out more of our mom-approved, curated gift guides!