The 24 Best Gifts for Grandparents
Grandparents are notoriously hard to shop for. They have everything, and usually don’t want much. The best gifts for grandparents either make their everyday routines a little easier or more luxurious, are things that they wouldn’t buy for themselves — like that fancy coffee maker, easy-to-use gadget, or extra-nice throw blanket — or are high in sentimental value. Gifts that lend themselves to connection are always meaningful, like a game the family can play together or an outing with the grandchildren. These gifts for grandma and grandpa all strike the right balance between thoughtful and nice.
Any self-respecting grillmaster grandparent will appreciate this gift. Because it does all the work for him or her. This meat thermometer has range of 165 feet, comes with four probes that can monitor internal meat temperature up to 212°F, and a guided system to make sure every steak is perfectly medium-rare.
For the grandparents who love music and have a sense of humor: A set of funky socks that pay tribute to one of the most iconic bands of all time, from the Swedish sock brand.
This is the smartest mug of smart mugs. It keeps their morning brews hot for 1.5 hours on one charge. It lets them choose their ideal temperature. And the mug enters sleep mode when empty and wakes up when it senses movement or liquid. Yeah, we said it was smart.
Speaking of hot drinks, help the grandparents make their everyday routine a little more luxurious. This electric tea kettle allows users to choose from five temperature presets fit for different kinds of tea. It doesn't hurt that it looks great on the counter either.
Maybe grandma and grandpa want to be more active. Maybe they want to look good doing it. Done and dusted. This new style is made with ZQ Merino wool and a bio-based water-repellent shield, so their feet stay dry and warm and comfortable, through any season.
Plants bring everyone joy. Taking care of them and keeping them alive? Well...This self-watering planter is handcrafted from aluminum, and is ideal for cascading plants. Each set comes with a plant pot and saucer and waters itself.
You cannot do better than the Spice House, which has been providing the absolute best in spices to home chefs and Michelin-starred auteurs since 1957. This 24 piece kit includes every single herb a cook needs, from French thyme to cracked rosemary to rubbed sage to whole Turkish bay leaves, so when it's time for family dinner on Sundays, the 'rents are totally prepared.
Preparation is everything, no matter your age. And this thing is one brilliant tool, in a small package. It's a carabiner, a box cutter, Philips screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, a keychain, a hex wrench, a wire cutter, a ruler, a bottle opener and a bicycle tool.
Yes, it's true that house slippers really can be chic and functional. These have a cozy pure wool upper and a contoured fit. The grandparents will never want to take them off.
Every three months, your grandparents will get a gorgeous, handmade floral and herb wreath. So that means every three months, they'll remember how much they love you. And these wreaths are just works of art: The spring one is made up of a dried twig base with myrtle branches, moss, statice, and artemisia, for example.
A few things we love about the Portal: The camera automatically pans and zooms, keeping everyone in the frame so you're not tethered to the device. The sound functionality enhances your voice for clarity, while reducing background noise. Plus, using Messenger Rooms, group calls for the whole family are easy to set up (a boon for grandparents) and fun to be part of. Just until we can all be together safely.
These decadent chocolates are almost, almost too beautiful to eat. Note that we said almost. The set is is loaded with ganaches and pralines. And it's from famed pastry chef Kriss Harvey and brought to life by a second-generation chocolatier based in Beverly Hills.
Staying connected has never been easier, even for technophobes. The brand new Echo Show has a 10.1-inch HD display that has adaptive brightness and color, and moves with them. The audio is next level that automatically adapts to their space. And best of all, the speaker has a 13MP camera has a 110° field-of-view which pans, zooms, and auto-frames to keep grandma and grandpa centered during video calls, or while taking photos.
No more digging around for glasses or a Kindle. This bedside pocket keeps everything close and handy, and easily within reach.
Every piece is designed and made in Los Angeles, at the Graf Lantz factory, and the attention to detail is pretty staggering. This home office set is for the grandparents who love to Zoom with their grandkids, but would appreciate a more colorful, welcoming environment in which to do so. The set includes a four-pack of coasters to protect tabletop surfaces, tissue box cover for when grandpa gets emotional, and a trivet that doubles as a mousepad. Everything is made from merino wool felt.
Oprah loves this juicer. Why? It's easy to use, it gets every drop of juice out, and it's easy to clean. So it checks all the boxes, plus it's a marvel of design. It's compact and works on everything, even almonds, and is a great way for grandparents to embrace a healthier lifestyle without making too big a switch.
These best-in-class cutting board last forever and withstand anything. So the next time the grandparents host a family dinner (when it's safe to do so, of course), they can dice and slice and chop with panache on this 12 inch block, made from sustainably sourced, hand-selected solid maple wood.
Upload their favorite photos, choose your frame and moulding, hit submit, and you've got the kind of gift they will treasure forever.
Brighten their day, every month, like clockwork. UrbanStems curates bouquets and plants for every taste — with an emphasis on taste: the bouquet designs are unique, vibrant, and artful. Plus, the brand works with Rainforest Alliance-certified farms, so you can feel good about your fragrant orders. There are three types of subscription plans, Classic, Seasonal, and Luxe, ranging from $55 to $100 per delivery, and one-off flower deliveries, which also include dried flower arrangements, range from $35 to $190. Two-day and same-day shipping range in price from $8 to $10.
Instead of chemicals and fillers, this brand uses ingredients that actually work and help with regenerate the skin. And given that everyone now washes their hands 24/7, elevate the process with this luxe set. It includes a gently cleansing and delicately fragranced hand wash and a wonderfully, deeply moisturizing hand cream. All packaged beautifully.
This vase-like cup charges and sanitizes a cellphone in just 20 minutes. If your parents never answer their phones because they're dead, set this up for them in a high traffic area, like a side table or nightstand, and they might just become more reliable. It works on any qi-enabled smart phone, which includes the iPhone 8 and any newer models, any Samsung Galaxy including and past the 5, any Google Nexus 4 and newer, and many Nokia Lumias.
What a thing of beauty. It's a candle that, when it's done burning, transforms into a planter after the included grow kit is added. Which means the grandparents will always think of you when they look at the pretty plant.
It's hard to go wrong with a cozy throw blanket. This oversized version, made from Belgian linen, works in all seasons, and looks good wherever it's thrown.
Upgrade their evening drink with this decanter, which makes a bottle of liquor look like a piece of decor, and makes pouring a glass feel like a damn luxury.
The easiest, most user-friendly frame, this one has a high-resolution display that has an auto-dimming features so photos are always the ideal brightness; plus, you can send the grandparents a photo from your frame and the frame will instantly display it.
Legacy box makes it easy to trade in old home videos stuck on old forms of technology for more current versions. They mail you a box, you fill it with all of your VHS tapes, audio cassettes, rolls of film or old photos, you send it back to them, and they return the photos, audio, or film back in the format of your choice, either a set of DVDs, flash drive, or a downloadable file. It saves a ton of headaches and starts at just $27 for two items.
If the grandparents on your list are the kind who eagerly await the Sunday paper for its crossword puzzle, give them a whole year of puzzles with this book from the editors of the New York Times.
This is one of those candles whose scent fills up the whole house. It's also more reasonably priced than its luxury counterparts. It will makes a room warm and cozy even on the most grey winter days.
These key-like devices allow you to open doors and press buttons without actually touching the germy surfaces. These make a cute stocking stuffer for the extra germ-conscious.
This small, handheld want allows you to sanitize anything you can think of easily and without touching it. Swipe it over keyboards, doorknobs, and faucets for more peace of mind. Just note that the FDA warns that while UV light is a known disinfectant and may be able to deactivate the coronavirus, it has to come in direct contact with the virus. UV light can't deactivate a virus if it's covered by dust or bodily fluids or inside a porous surface, so this wand won't replace good old fashioned cleaning.
Give them a coffee table book they'll actually look through. Artifact Uprising makes gorgeous, customizable hardcover photo books that are both sentimental and nice enough to double as decor.
If stay-at-home orders have interrupted their cappuccino habit, this surprisingly affordable stovetop espresso maker will allow them to make drinks at home. Plus, they'll get to say that they make coffee like an Italian.
Brandon Stanton started using Instagram to document conversations with everyday people he met on the street back in 2010. But his strikingly intimate conversations quickly earned him a global audience. This beautiful, heartwarming, and sometimes heartbreaking book expands his reach, telling the stories of people in over 40 countries. It's a great antidote to this isolating and divisive year.
No coffee snob's kitchen is complete without a milk frother. This one does both hot and cold foam, and holds enough milk to make four drinks at once. Milk heats up in just two minutes.
Winc curates and stocks a collection of more than 100 wines, and delivers right to Grandma and Grandpa's door. It lets shoppers browse by type and sweetness, and suggests specific bottles based on a short palate quiz, and how users rate bottles they've had before. A one-month subscription costs $60, but you can purchase a gift card for any amount.
Both experienced gardeners and those lacking a green thumb can enjoy this small, smart, indoor garden. It's small enough to fit on a windowsill, is self-watering, and has an LED panel that helps plants get the light they need even in windowless spaces. Just fill-up the water reservoir once a month, plug it in, and watch plants thrive. It comes with basil starter pods, but any herbs will work.
Masterclass allows members to take cooking classes with Wolfgang Puck and writing classes taught by David Sedaris and Shonda Rhimes, learn about conservation from Dr. Jane Goodall and take tennis lessons from Serena Williams, all from home. A one-year membership includes access to the entire library of 90 plus classes, most of which include 20 10-minute lessons and a workbook that can be accessed anytime.
You may not be able to afford to give the rents a Gray Malin print, but you can entertain them with a puzzle version of one. This 500 piece puzzle strikes the right balance between absorbing and achievable, and it's double sided, so they get two puzzles in one.
If you're shopping for a home cook, you can't go wrong with a French oven from a legacy brand like Staub. It moves seamlessly from the stovetop to the oven and looks great on the table too.
If they love classic games like backgammon, get them this gorgeous set, which folds up to look like a coffee table book.
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