Gift Guide: Grandparents

By Polly Conner
October 21, 2020

Where do we even start to say thank you to the grandparents in our life? A thoughtful gift from the family can be one small way to show our appreciation for their love and support. With help from our readers, we’ve curated a host of ideas for all the beloved grandmas and grandpas out there.

Be sure to check out our Moms and Dads gift guides on our Holiday Gift Guide page for more ideas for grandparents.

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  • Tastefully Simple Holiday Baking Kit – I think this is SUCH a great idea for grandparents. Bring joy to the holidays, or any day, with homemade fresh-baked cookies. Add a few fresh ingredients, and make 7 cookie recipes for a total of about 13 dozen cookies. All recipes have optional make ahead & freeze directions. You can have it mailed straight to their door as an early present or have them unwrap it on Christmas. Either way would be so fun!

Outdoor Freestyle Rocker – Want a chair with a little something extra? These outdoor rocker chairs combine the gentle motion of a rocking chair with the sturdy outdoor durability. Enjoy an evening in a smooth camping rocking chair around the fire pit, watching the game, or tailgating. Then collapse it and pack up quickly and easily!

Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame – I think this is the PERFECT grandparent gift. Share photos and videos from your phone or by email to the Nixplay frame, wherever it is. Such a great for families separated by distance (or even those who aren’t!). It is a bit pricey so could be a great gift to go in on together with siblings or something.

Free Day Popcorn – I think this is such a fun idea!

In addition to kernels, Free Day Popcorn handpicks ears of popcorn, called Popping Ears. They are the ultimate snacktivity for the young and young at heart – watch your popcorn explode off the cob. Not only is Free Day Popcorn delicious but you’ll also feel good knowing you’re supporting a family farm! They are SUPER affordable too.

A Bit More About Popping Ears™

  • You will pop your popcorn directly on the ear it grew!
  • They are Non-GMO, 100% whole grain, naturally gluten-free and have no trans fats.
  • I love that they have no harmful chemicals (like found in traditional microwave popcorn) and always fresh from the farm.
  • Could be a great stocking stuffer too! I’m for sure getting this for my dad AND my kids’ stockings.

Back and Neck Massager – I. LOVE. THIS. THING. I got it last year for Christmas and it’s one of my favorite gifts from that year. It really works. As someone who has chronically tight back muscles, this has been a god send. I use it almost every day, not joking. I like that you can lean into it as much as you want for the pressure you like. Such a great gift!

Super Soft Faux Fur Throw – A grandparent can snuggle up this winter to a great movie or for a nap with this soft, gorgeous throw.

New Morning Mercies Devotional – Mornings will be brighter with this highly reviewed morning devotional. It’s been out for a few years now, but is recommended by Christians like the Chandlers and Toby Mac. I personally know a lot of men and women who use it regularly and recommend it.

Ninja Air Fryer -My father-in-law, a widower, uses his air fryer almost daily. Many of our readers and friends swear by theirs, as well, and suggested this as a gift for grandparents (or any adult). This one is reasonably priced, easy to clean, recommended by our readers, and has over 2,000 reviews with five stars on Amazon. MANY readers suggested biting the bullet and getting the Ninja Foodie if you’re in the market for multiple appliances in one.

Heating Pad, Electric Heated Foot Warmer – The fast heating technology provides you unmatched warmth and pain relief to cold feet, saving feet from poor circulation, arthritis and cold floors; Besides, it’s perfect for treating sore muscles in your back, shoulders, abdomen, legs, and arms; promote blood flow, or keep you warm.

Chair Hooks – Pretty handy to have in the car!

Battery Operated Leaf Blower – my parents SWEAR by this leaf blower. They say they use it almost every day. It’s so nice to not have the cords and this thing pack some power!

Souper Cubes – These are a great way to store and save meals for 1-2 people. They easily stackable, and the silicone makes it easy to pop out small portions of food to eat! I’d recommend getting the 1 cup or 2 cup portion. You can freeze soups, shredded meats, and so much more SO easily!

Customized Home Ornament – I think this is such a neat idea for a gift! These ornaments are hand painted on wood and have great reviews.

Bird Feeder – Rachel’s family has this exact one and they love it!

Whirly Pop Stovetop Machine with a bag of local popcorn – A few of our readers, one of whom is a grandparent herself, recommended this idea. Joyce said, “It is THE. BEST. GIFT. EVER. and we have become popcorn snobs too! Love, love, love it.” Holli said she gifts a new local or artisan popcorn each year to the person she originally gave it to. The one I linked to is the original Whirly Pop brand and has a lifetime warranty, unlike others on Amazon.

Ring Doorbell – Easy to install and set up! Grandparents will love the security and safety that comes with having a video doorbell. I have this exact one and love it.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner – WORTH. EVERY. PENNY. You know these are. You know what they do. Now get one for your parents!!

Fischer Space Pens – These are no ordinary pens. My friend, Sarah from Highland House Living, told me, “They write on anything and upside down! Which sounds silly at first, but ended up being super wildly helpful if something gets wet/oily/dusty or so on. My husband carries his every day, always!”

His and Hers Yeti Travel Ramblers – I got my mom a mug similar to this one, and she loves it! Grab one of the best insulated travel mugs on the market for each grandparent so they can their drinks warm or cold for hours and hours. Dishwasher safe, BPA-free.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders – The grandparent who loves to travel won’t be able to put down this intriguing bestselling travel book. Talented writer and friend, Sarah Bohl of The Civilian Newletter, says that this book “is VERY comprehensive, quirky, and well-done for any travel lover or person that is curious of little known facts about the world!” With its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, and new city guides, it is a book you can open anywhere and be transported.

Pique Tea Set – We have both been Pique Tea drinkers for a while. This is a tasty, convenient, and super healthy gift for a grandparent or anyone else who enjoys creature comforts. The packaging is crisp, clean, and beautiful for a gift, as well. Or buy a single packs here. My personal favorite flavors are Passion Fruit, English Breakfast, and Mint Green. You can read our full review here.

Winc – Once a month, 3 bottles of wine are curated to your taste and delivered to your doorstep. I love gifts that keep on giving through the year! $22 off your first order. Cancel anytime.

Humming Bird Feeder – This recommendation came straight from a professional grandparent (my mom.) Because, birds. They’re a big deal when you get older. 🙂

Photo Calendar – I have gotten these for grandparents almost every year. They are a gift that keeps on giving through out the year!!

I am loving the designs from Minted this year.

More Ideas:

  • Make a personalized calendar with pictures of your family.
  • Frame one of your favorite memories with them.
  • Tickets to a local concert or play.
  • Local art or specialty foods, like jams, honey, etc.
  • Shameless plug for our newest cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker. Every recipe works in both the slow cooker and Instant Pot!

Check out all of our Holiday Gift Guides:

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136 replies
  1. Amanda O. says:

    The ornament is definitely on my list for my parents. They are also getting a copy of From Freezer to Cooker… so they stop borrowing mine!

  2. Brooke says:

    We are actually getting my in-laws a digital photo frame for Christmas. So I was happy to see your recommendation on this post. We have been shopping around and have been lost in which is the best one. All of his siblings are chilling in so this is perfect. Thanks.

  3. Sara says:

    The souper cubes for my grandmother would be ideal! She lives alone and loves to cook. This way she still gets the enjoyment of cooking, but also has convenient meals ready to go with the serving size she needs.

  4. Lynzee says:

    I like the tasefully simple holiday baking kit. The Grandparents are older and their energy just isn’t what it used to be. Easy meals amd desserts for the win!

  5. Valerie Harre says:

    We have the rocker and it…ROCKS! The best way to watch soccer games or sit outside socially distant from friends! I think my mom will love the chair hooks and the devotional!

  6. Heather says:

    I like the digital picture frame. My Grandma is in her 90’s. She is missing family. She would love to sit and look at pictures. Every couple weeks change pictures.

  7. Karla Knight says:

    I remember my grandmother always having cold feet, and she would say if her feet were cold, nothing could warm her up. That electric foot warmer would be awesome…cuz the heat goes out our feet and heads, so if we keep something on our heads, and our feet in a nice electric warmer, then we are happy campers 🙂

  8. Michelle Soltis says:

    On the grandparents gift suggestions, I actually like the popcorn idea…I am getting extra for my grandchildren’s stockings!

  9. Kathyrn Krakenberg says:

    For me it would have to be the Ninja fryer. My daughter got one and really loves it and as a grandparent I need to be better with the foods I eat at my age, heck at any age and this would be a great healthier way to do it.

  10. Devin Lammy says:

    I love the heating pad for feet! It would be so comforting for my father. I’m also looking into a local meal delivery service, or grocery delivery subscription (like Shipt), because they aren’t getting out like they used to be able to do.

  11. Deb says:

    I feel like the Heating Pad Electric foot Warmer would be a great gift for grandpa, his feet are always cold due to poor circulation.

  12. Jennifer H says:

    We use the Nixplay digital frame for my parents who live far away! We love it! It is so convenient to be able to send photos immediately and straight from our phones!

  13. Melissa says:

    Just purchased the souper cubes for a grandmother who likes to cook and the Atlas Obscura for a grandfather who like to read. Thanks for the great ideas!

  14. Brenda says:

    So many great choices! #18 – The Robot Vacuum Cleaner would be my choice for grandparents who have arthritis or shoulder issues causing difficulty to vacuum the floors. I bought one for my Mom and she loves it.

  15. Jessica Fout says:

    Souper Cube – my mother in law passed away this spring, so my father in law now lives alone. This would be handy for him to do batch cooking & then freeze small servings so he doesn’t have to cook every day.

  16. Kristin Rock says:

    I popped several things into my Amazon cart and used one-touch buying to order another – nearly done with shopping for my parents and in-laws… great ideas!!

  17. Calleigh S says:

    LOVE the space pen! I got it for my husband actually, he’s a brewer and is always on the hunt for the perfect pen. He’s also a huge Seinfeld fan, so it’s perfect.

  18. Patti Adair says:

    I honestly like so many of these. Great ideas! I’m always looking for a recommended devotional book. Also, I got my parents the Nixplay digital photo frame last year and it’s been great throughout this COVID season. We can at random send them photos and they just show up on the frame as a surprise. They love it!

  19. Lindsey says:

    I love the idea of the frame that my sister and I can send photos to. It has been so hard not seeing our parents during this time. They will love to see the grandkids.

  20. Cathy H. says:

    Two, I can recommend: New Morning Mercies Devotional – I have it…so good. My MIL has the battery operated leaf blower and she loves being able to blow off the porch or garage. Love the digi frame, too!

  21. Janette Miller says:

    I love the idea of giving the baking kit to the grandparents. Since we won’t be getting together in person to bake this year, it will make things easier for grandma to handle on her own.

  22. Carrie Nespor says:

    These are such awesome ideas!!! I’ve been wondering what to get our parents/Gparents for CMas!! I especially like idea #1: Tastefully Simple Holiday Baking Kit as my MIL likes to cook and I was looking for an experience gift for her to do with our kids. Thanks for the great suggestions! Super helpful….

  23. Lee A Parker says:

    All these choices are good ones but I will go with the holiday baking kit. Such a nice way for grandparents to interact with grandkids but also a nice way for them to treat themselves to easy and delicious goodies.

  24. J Bott says:

    I love the popping ears – but definitely have to check out the devo and the whirly pop too! I have a friend who is always freezing due to a medical condition and am definitely looking at the foot heater for her!

  25. Megan R says:

    The New Mercies devo by Paul Tripp is great for anyone! We got a copy at a marriage retreat and I think we also passed it on to my parents! Great choice