50 Amazing Holiday Gift Ideas for Grandparents
If you're looking for holiday gift ideas that the most loving people in your life really want, we've got the full range, from cuddly Christmas gifts to over-the-top adventurous gear. Grab the wrapping paper!
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We love you, Grandma and Grandpa!
Nothing is more precious to grandparents than time with their grandchildren, but 2020 has posed some serious challenges in that regard. Unfortunately, things likely aren’t changing anytime soon, and the holidays will look a lot different this year for most people. That’s why it’s more important than ever to maintain that connection and let them know just how much you care by choosing the perfect presents for them. Of course, that isn’t always as easy as it sounds, since grandparents can rank among the people who are impossible to shop for.
That’s where this list comes in! These gifts for grandparents will make them smile—not just because they’re great gifts (which they are), but also because they’ll show that you took the time to figure out exactly what they’d like. No one needs to know that we made it really easy for you. Here, you’ll find just the right thing for every style of grandma and grandpa, from the adventurous, young-at-heart types to the cozied-up homebodies. Equally amazing: We’ve got plenty of terrific options for every budget. Want to give them something the kids made along with your present? You can’t go wrong with these 20 easy DIY Christmas ornaments.
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For the sentimental grandparent: Lovepop Flower Basket Pop Up Card
Let the grandparents in your life know they’re always on your mind by putting a nostalgia-driven card in the mail. This Lovepop card is the perfect three-dimensional way to get the whole family to sign a small piece of art that grandparents will be happy to display for months to come. Not sure what to write in your holiday cards? For inspiration, check out these 40 Christmas card messages.
For the one who usually hosts: Omaha Steaks Savory Stock-Up Essentials
This year is unlike any other before, which is why you may feel compelled to stay home and let the grandparents in your family keep a safe distance. Send them this flavorful Omaha Steaks kit jam-packed with mealtime favorites so you can host this year’s remote holiday dinner by Zoom or simply save them some trips to the store. They’ll receive four generously sized rib eyes, four boneless pork chops, four boneless chicken breasts, four Omaha Steaks burgers, four gourmet jumbo franks, four kielbasa sausages, a package of beef meatballs, four servings of potatoes au gratin, four caramel apple tartlets, and a jar of signature seasoning. While this set also makes an epic hostess gift, it’s basically the best way to keep Grandma’s freezer stocked with belly-filling proteins for weeks to come without leaving home or braving crowds.
For the Glamma: Love Ava Grandmother Necklace
If she’s the sparkliest family member and occasionally calls herself Glamma (you know, the glitter-enhanced version of Grandma), she’ll fawn over a new bauble like this Love Ava necklace just for her. This very on-trend gold-plated piece goes with just about everything she wears, is crafted with love, and symbolizes her very important link in a series of generations. Wearing elegant, timeless metal jewelry is one of the best fashion tips most personal stylists won’t tell you for free—and something your grandmother probably already knows.
For the gone fishin’ gramps: Catch Co. Mystery Tackle Box
Inside each Catch Co. Mystery Tackle Box, you’ll find a surprise assortment of top-quality fishing lures including hard baits, skirted jigs and spinnerbaits, and much more for freshwater bass fishing. Each box is a total mystery (just as the name suggests), making it a perfect gift for grandparents prone to spending their time on a lake. Here are more gifts for men that will make you look like a hero.
For the timeless style queen: Chico’s Coolmax All Seasons Classic Shirt
She’ll wear this classic button-down from Chico’s with her favorite flattering denim, tucked into maxi skirts for more dressed-up days, or layered over a camisole and satin joggers for a polished yet comfortable look that’s just as great for business casual video calls for work as it is for lunch. It’s available in a variety of inclusive sizes and it’s machine washable, which means it will be one of the most frequently worn fashion gifts Grandma ever receives.
For the world’s best chef: Oleamea Turkish Olive Oil Gift Pack
The family kitchen will be rife with delicious smells after you give this affordable Oleamea Turkish olive oil gift pack. Each of the two bottles offers early harvest, medium intensity flavor ideal for drizzling over Grandma’s famous salads, Grandpa’s drool-worthy grilled veggies, or just dipped in homemade bread. Don’t miss these other holiday food gifts everyone will love.
For the hottest grandmother out there: Lusomé Lucienne Nightgown
While Grandma is definitely the hottest in a variety of ways, there’s a good chance she’ll be excited to receive this cooling and moisture-wicking nightgown designed specifically for women going through major hormonal shifts. The brand was created after the owner’s own cancer treatment battles, but it has grown in popularity with perimenopausal and menopausal women around the world. It’s a fashion-forward secret she’ll love, because the proprietary fabric also keeps bacteria away from the body. To give her an even better night’s sleep, pair it with one of these sleep products shoppers can’t stop buying.
For the epicurean: Guittard Grand Cacao Drinking Chocolate Powder
This all-natural Grand Cacao drinking and baking ground chocolate powder is dairy-free, non-GMO, nut-free, kosher, and filled with rich flavors even the most discerning palate will love. It’s also an affordable choice and makes for a perfect stocking stuffer under $10.
For the forgetful: Chipolo ONE Ocean Edition Bluetooth Key Finder
They’ll never lose their keys, purse, or other must-have items again with this nifty little Chipolo tracking device, which is also one of the best tech gifts anyone could ask for. While the standard Chipolo is still available in an assortment of colors, this ocean-helping deep blue shade is a new addition to the lineup that will thrill environmentally conscious grandparents. It’s made of recycled ocean plastics—discarded fishing nets, to be exact—and it’s even water-resistant.
For the softest touch: Korres Greek Sweets Elasti-Smooth Body Butter Set
Renew the soft touch that offers cuddles, comfort, and all the warmest love with this 10-piece body butter set. It’s full of rich hydration that goes just as well on dry legs and feet as it does on baby-loving hands, and it makes a perfect gift in a time when handwashing is everyone’s most-played sport. For more ideas, check out these other gifts for her under $50.
For the snacker: Wisconsin Cheese Mart Nibbler Gift Crate
This made in America gift may come across as a little cheesy, but we’re pretty sure grandparents will think it’s a grate gift to receive. The Nibbler Gift Crate is loaded with Wisconsin-produced sharp cheddar, baby Swiss, Colby, smoked gouda, and edam cheeses that pair perfectly with crackers, fruit, sandwich breads, and wine. FYI, here’s what your favorite cheese says about your personality.
For the lovebirds: Demdaco Hug Mugs
If they’re still just as in love as ever, these utterly adorable love mugs will do the trick. They nest against each other much like Grandma and Grandpa do, and they pair nicely with a bonus gift of their favorite coffee grinds. The bigger mug holds up to 20 ounces, while the smaller holds a still hefty 12 fluid ounces. While we’re on the subject, check out these 26 marriage tips from grandmas you’d be a fool not to follow.
For the cozy homebody: Soma Zip-Front Robe
This versatile zip-front robe from Soma is exactly what Grandma wants to spend her lazy weekend mornings in, and what she’ll eagerly curl up by the fire with when it’s time to wind down with a good book. It’s machine washable, easy to wear thanks to a simple zipper front, and available in a neutral gray tone that’s flattering on just about everyone.
For the world traveler: Brooklyn Kura Sake Membership
Taking the grandparents out for sushi night is harder than ever this year, never mind giving them a glimpse of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and all the other iconic cities on their travel bucket lists. Give them the gift of a curated sake membership, with monthly deliveries able to suit every palate and level of expertise. Monthly members will receive generously sized limited sake releases and classic namazake that are a significant upgrade from the tragically warm, low-quality sakes many of us were introduced to at our neighborhood sushi joints. This Japanese tradition will help you be less forgetful.
For the one who remembers every special day: Parabo Press Forever Desk Calendar
The Forever Desk Calendar brings 12 family memories together in a simple, design-forward, and statement-making flip calendar perfect for a home office or that one corner of the kitchen where all the bills get paid, mail gets opened, and the important stuff always seems to end up. It’s one of the best gifts for grandparents who value schedules, routines, and adding a dose of cheer to each day.
For the coffee connoisseur: Keurig K-Supreme Coffee Maker
Maybe they’ve already got a Keurig machine in their kitchen or office, but brace yourself for this major life-enhancing news: The new single-serve K-Cup K-Supreme coffee maker offers customizable settings and even an iced-coffee option. (This is the difference between iced coffee and cold brew, if you’re wondering.) That means there won’t be a day or season that goes by when Grandma and Grandpa don’t use this amazing invention, making your gift the official hero of the year that lends both practicality and a wow factor.
For the one who always tells you to bundle up: Dearfoams slippers
If you’ve been told repeatedly to put on a sweater, wear a jacket, or bundle up, there’s a good chance the grandparent in your life is feeling a little chilly themselves. That means they’ll love a new pair of snuggly slippers, like these versatile and easy to clean Dearfoams faux-fur, bootie-style moccasin slippers. They’re affordable, and the brand also offers a wide variety of men’s styles to match Grandma’s new kicks.
For the open-minded: Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
This restorative, soothing body lotion is designed to legally melt away aches, pains, and muscle stress while adding a much-needed layer of hydration to dull winter skin. The formula also boasts menthyl ethylamido oxalate—a mouthful to say, but an ingredient responsible for long-lasting cooling and pain-relieving that’s perfect for tender spots and aches. Read these CBD facts before trying it, though.
For the one you’re missing: Mimeo Photos Photobooks
Choose from hardcover or softcover photo books made from your digital photos on the Mimeo Photos website, and the grandparents in your life will be treated to a collection of coffee table–worthy memories they’ll love time after time. You can add a collection of up to 20 photos that they might’ve missed out on this year or span a wider range of years to give them a taste of all your favorite moments together. Adding additional pages is a cinch, and under a dollar for each. For other ideas with a special touch, check out these personalized gifts that really go the extra mile.
For the golfer: 2020 Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls
Move over, Arnold Palmer (unless you’ve got some refreshing drinks), because your grandparents are going to set new records with these nifty play-friendly 2020 Callaway Chrome golf balls. They come in a set of 12 just itching to make it out onto the course, and they’re designed for reduced drag and increased overall distance. Their resilient cover also promotes ball speed, so Gramps will look like more of a pro out there than ever before. Don’t worry: His secret is safe with us.
For the sophisticated grandmother: Parker Clay Eden Carryall
This roomy do-it-all tote is the kind of bag dreams are made of, and it’s one of the classic handbags every woman should own. It’s a mid-size luxury leather bag with long-lasting construction quality, proportioned handles, and a crossbody strap. While this fashion staple won’t disappoint, it also actually does a world of good: Your purchase provides five hours of much-needed employment to skilled workers in Ethiopia.
For the one who loves screen time: Gunnar Optiks Blue Light Blocking Glasses
They read the news on their smartphones, catch up with friends and acquaintances on social media, load their favorite classic shows airing on Neflix onto the iPad, and more. When they wear these blue-light-blocking lenses, they can do it guilt-free. These glasses protect delicate eye tissue from damaging blue light typically emitted from our favorite devices.
For the adventurer: Jcoco Prism Gift Box
This assortment of one-ounce chocolate bars comes in 10 globe-trotting flavors that will make them rethink the way they eat and enjoy chocolate. Flavors ranging from 85 percent dark, single-origin Peruvian chocolate to black fig pistachio will excite the senses. But buying this box will also add a dose of positive karma to the world because for every three ounces of chocolate sold, the Prism box donates more than three servings of nutritious food to those in need. See? Eating high-quality chocolate is a moral obligation. If you love this idea, check out these other holiday gifts that give back, too.
For the cuddlebug: Demdaco Shawl
She’ll cuddle up for movie night, story hour with the grandkids, or a casual walk around the neighborhood in this timeless soft knit wrap that fits grandmothers of just about any age, style, or size. It comes in a variety of appealing soft colors and features an inside hidden pocket perfect for toting reading glasses, tissues, or some of Granny’s favorite hard candies.
For long-distance family: Skylight Digital Frame
Grandparents in far-off places are going to obsess over how cool and effortless this Skylight digital photo frame is—especially when you control the imaging from afar via email. You can load a new photo memory onto their shelf or countertop every morning so they’ll never miss a growth update or important milestone, and all they’ll need is a power source and Wi-Fi for it to work. Kids and grandkids can seamlessly load new photo content into the frame simply by emailing from their computers, tablets, or smartphones—anywhere in the world.
For the totally unique health nut: Get Nourished Custom Vitamins
Sure, there are a lot of multivitamin companies out there, but only Get Nourished offers custom-created vegan gummy vitamins designed to help highly specific criteria including age, gender, energy levels, metabolism, bone density, and more. These rainbow-layered gummies are a vegan delight that fit into a variety of dietary restrictions, and they come printed with Grandma or Grandpa’s name right on the package. We’re pretty sure you’ll want a set for yourself, especially because these anxiety-calming vitamins are on the custom gummy menu.
For the grandparent on the go: UV Care Travel Sterilizer
It doesn’t matter if they’re always on the go or just looking to sterilize their mail, packages, and deliveries during the pandemic—this nifty portable UV Care travel sterilizer uses UVC light to kill germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, bacteria, and even bed bugs. They’ll use it to ease their worries now, then transform it into a travel-toothbrush and hotel-room sanitizer years down the road when life is back to normal again.
For the most important branch on the family tree: Our Family Collage Frame from Michael’s
This symbolic gift will make their hearts swell with pride and joy, as well as create a memorable wall display featuring the best parts of life as a family. It’s a great addition to the living room, guest rooms where the grandkids love to stay, or the breakfast nook in the kitchen, and it leaves enough space for every branch of the family tree to have representation. Make sure to pass along this info on how to hang pictures perfectly—and which 9 common mistakes to avoid.
For the active grandpa: Rockport Men’s TrueFlex Hybrid Tie Casual Shoes
He’ll love going for his daily walk in these rubber-soled Rockport hybrid sneakers that are also an ideal fit for his occasional hikes to the lake, park, or outdoor playground with the little ones. They’re made of durable Nubuck leather, flexible soles, and breathable fabric lining, and they feature a removable Ortholite cushioned footbed with shock absorption that’s ideal for all ages.
For the bookworm: Looking Back Life Was Beautiful
This season’s most popular new release in grandparenting-focused books, Looking Back Life Was Beautiful is a celebration of family love in the modern era. It’s based on the Webby Award–winning Instagram account Drawings for My Grandchildren and walks readers through heart-touching illustrations of the love shared between generations.
For the one who doesn’t want to miss anything: ThinOptics Frontpage Brooklyn Reading Glasses
They’re cute, easy to carry, anti-fogging for even the most devout face-mask wearers, and help Grandpa read all the teeny-tiny writing on the cards you send. This special-edition gift comes with a complimentary three-ply cotton jersey face mask that contains an antimicrobial silver and copper element you’ll all feel good about. Plus, everyone knows people with glasses look smart.
For the always-manicured: Dr.’s Remedy Anniversary Kit
Maybe Granny hasn’t felt safe heading into the nail salon the way she normally would, and that’s OK—these non-toxic, anti-fungal nail polishes are exactly what she needs for the home mani-pedi day she’s been dreaming of. She’ll get two gorgeous shades plus a Total Two in One breathable, shiny, long-wear clear coat. The entire line is made with the goal of keeping nails strong, healthy, and fungus-free. If you’re adding this to your basket, check out these other home spa day products she’ll probably love as well.
For the clean freak: Sapadilla Sweet Lavender + Lime Soap Variety Pack
Finding excellent-quality cleaning products on store shelves was more than a little challenging this year, but now some of the best cleaning products out there are readily available on Amazon and ship directly to their door. This Sapadilla variety pack comes with full-size hand soap, countertop cleanser, and dish soap in the brand’s popular lavender and lime scent. It’s made with real essential oils, no harmful fragrances, or colors, and it’s entirely plant-based and biodegradable. Better yet, the brand stands firmly against animal testing, which means you’ll all be enthusiastic about Grandma’s tidiness habits.
For the sharpest minds: 299 On-the-Go Games & Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young
Walkable neighborhoods can really help improve cognition, and so can this pocket-friendly edition of 299 On-the-Go Games & Puzzles to Keep Your Brain Young: Minutes a Day to Mental Fitness. It’s a fun paperback book and a gift for grandparents that will keep their brains sharp wherever time may idle like the train, waiting rooms, or with a cup of coffee in the morning.
For the well-balanced: Gaiam Balance Disk
If they’re known to sit at their desk or in a chair all day, there’s a chance their posture is suffering. A core-engaging balance disk from Gaiam gently works abs and improves posture because it forces you to subtly engage core muscles. The best part: There’s no need to get out of your chair—to order it or to use it.
For fans of cold weather: Outdoor Research Men’s Extravert Gloves
These Outdoor Research Men’s Extravert Gloves are exactly what Grandpa needs to get out there and shovel, play, collect snow to make maple syrup taffy, or just make the most of the winter months. They feature both goat leather and water-resistant materials, and the only thing missing is the travel mug of his favorite coffee. Find out what grandparents are called in other languages.
For the open-door policy holder: Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
Maybe the grandparents in your life have a stop-over-anytime policy that’s an absolute lifesaver for your family, and they have a use-our-stuff policy to match. They’ll love when you load them up with a new MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener from Chamberlain, because it means the kids will be able to get into the garage of goodies (hello, bikes and scooters) without tracking through Grandpa’s clean hardwood floors. Bigger guests can stop over for tools, lawn equipment, or to just check in—all with easy smartphone access. All they need is Wi-Fi to power this smart garage hub. These smart home devices are worth every penny.
For the one with good taste: Reader’s Digest Subscription
Grandma and Grandpa will love the humorous, heroic, and inspiring stories inside every issue of Reader’s Digest. Right now you can give an unlimited number of gift subscriptions for only $10 each. You save a whopping 74 percent off the cover price!
For the well-heeled: Naot Cetona Boots
Grandma won’t mind the extra walk in comfortable, warm, and versatile leather Naot Cetona boots. They’ll keep her toes toasty as she chases the grandkids across parking lots, preschool holiday celebrations, and arcades in style.
For the natural beauty: Phillip Kingsley Pure Blonde/Silver Conditioner Set
Rather than having to run to the salon to fix the brassy discoloration that happens to silver and blonde shades, as well as highlights, this product can help her preserve that perfect hair color longer. She’ll love this Phillip Kingsley conditioner set, and her colorist will be impressed, too. If this seems right up her alley, check out these other beauty gifts she’ll love.
For lazy days at home: Lamo Men’s Scuff Slippers
It’s time to update grandpa’s slippers to a plush, love-worthy pair he’ll never want to take off. These Lamo slippers are cozy-soft to step into and affordable for you to buy. Here are some more ideas on what to buy the guy who is impossible to shop for.
For modern readers: Kobo Libra H20 Reading Tablet
Not everyone gets to retire with nothing to do, which is why the grandparents in your life will love a new Kobo Libra H2O reading tablet. They can read day or night with adjustable screen lighting, next to the pool or beach thanks to waterproof design, or while they’re in the air heading just about anywhere. Preload it with these 18 classic books you can read in a day.
For the brightest light in the room: Paddywax Candle
Sometimes the best holiday gifts for grandparents are the ones that remind them of you each and every day, and that’s exactly what a deliciously fragrant and long-lasting candle can do. This Paddywax candle offers all the benefits of aromatherapy, with the added bonuses of long burn times and uplifting ceramic canisters that can be reused when the candle is done. Now, do they know the right way to burn a candle?
For the pride-filled: MamaP Bamboo Toothbrush Set
Grandma and Grandpa are already brushing their teeth each morning and night, which is why they’ll love this three-pack of bamboo toothbrushes. The MamaP keeps their smile in tip-top shape, while also supporting the LGBTQ+ community thanks to the company’s charitable endeavors.
For the creative thinker: Hot Girls Pearls Jewelry
Tell those peri- and full-swing-menopause hot flashes to take a seat, because Grandma’s favorite pearls are about to be the coolest ever. Hot Girls Pearls is the affordable way to wear pearl-look jewelry that can be pre-cooled and worn to proactively combat pesky hot flashes. Grandma will thank you a million, and you won’t be subjected to air conditioning in December.
For the versatile chef: Made In Silicone Universal Lid
The Made In Silicone Universal Lid helps clear cabinet clutter. It can withstand high heats, and it snaps onto most mixing bowls, ceramic cookware items, and other things Gramps is always scrambling to cover after the holiday meal has finished. Pair it with these other kitchen gadgets they’ll wish they had years ago.
For the always-structured: Formé Shoe Shapers
If Grandma is constantly putting too much effort into squeezing into her favorite shoes, she’ll love a new stocking-friendly pair of Formé Shoe Shapers. They’re a practical, affordable holiday gift you know she’ll really use every day.
For the frequent visitor: eBags Fortis 22-Inch Carry-On Spinner
This versatile eBags Fortis carry-on spinner is large enough to fit all the snacks Grandma wants to carry everywhere and then some, along with her usual travel gear for long weekends with the grandkids. The bright, happiness-inducing color will be a winner for sure, but it also comes in other shades. For more options, take a look at this list of the best-reviewed carry-on bags on Amazon.
For the restful: Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow
The Twist Memory Foam Travel Pillow is one of the best gifts for grandparents on the go or prone to wanting extra comfort. It’s an affordable travel solution that offers neck, lumbar, and head support when sitting upright, and it can also be used as a pliable cushion and leg rest at home. Here are the Amazon Prime gifts for everyone on your list.
For the sweetest grandparents: Maple Guild Organic Vanilla Bean Infused Vermont Syrup
Grandma deserves better than the usual grocery store stuff; this year, treat her to this especially scrumptious Maple Guild Organic Vanilla Bean Infused Vermont Syrup. It’s the steam-crafted and sweet answer to the best pancakes, coffee, and whatever else she’s cooking up.
For their safety and your peace of mind: Blink XT Home Security Camera System
If Grandma or Grandpa doesn’t feel entirely safe living on their own, a Blink ultra-affordable home security and video monitoring system could be the perfect fit. It’s one of the best holiday gifts for grandparents who live independently, travel often, or even just want to look after their pets when they’re not home. It’s also great for adult children who want to keep a close eye on Mom and Dad. These are more of the best security systems as recommended by experts.
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