The Best Christmas Gifts To Give Grandparents

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As much as we love them, Grandparents can be among the hardest people to shop for. Always content with showering their grandchildren in affection and casual presents ranging from cookies to a thorough pep talk, grandparents tend to be givers rather than easy receivers. "See, usually grandparents are doing the gifting," agrees professional gift-giver Madianite McNichol, president and CEO of Madianite Concierge Gifting. That's why Christmas is as good a time as any to show grandparents our love by turning the tables and gifting them something special.

With this gift guide, we give you more than a few gift ideas for even the most difficult cases of grandparents who already seem to have everything that they'll really want to unwrap on Christmas morning. "For grandparents, a good book based on their interests is a good fall-back," McNichol says, as are "gifts that remind them of a special time" such as personalized presents.

"Personalized gifts are a great way to show your personality and sentiment in a meaningful way," says Jessica Lesesky, VP of merchandise for Shutterfly. "Whether you're gifting to your grandparents or another loved one in your life, a personalized gift allows you to share a special connection with that someone by gifting them a cherished memory or moment that reflect who they uniquely are." From thoughtful to custom, sentimental, and more, we guarantee they'll be thrilled to find these gifts for grandparents under the tree. You'll love the smiles that light up their faces when they tear open the wrapping paper.

Matching Apron Set for Grandparents and Kids

Williams Sonoma Bay Stripe Adult & Kid Aprons
Williams Sonoma

If Grandma or Grandpa and the grandkids like to cook and bake together in the kitchen, matching aprons will make their time together even more fun. Choose their favorite color for this stripy set.

Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set

Marble Tic Tac Toe Game
Crate & Barrel

A classic game set will add a little bit of style and touch of fun to their coffee table. Grandma and Grandpa will have fun playing Tic-Tac-Toe against each other and young grandkids.

Woven Wine Cooler

Wood and Marble Wine Chiller
Mark & Graham

Pair this chic wine cooler with their favorite bottle of wine to become the favorite grandchild. Don't forget to customize the order with a monogram.

Generations Necklace

Generations Necklace

This necklace will serve as a daily reminder of the special bond between three generations. It doesn't hurt that it's so dainty and pretty.

Nature Anywhere Window Bird House Feeder

Window Bird Feeder

Watching birds will be easier than ever before with this bird house. It attaches directly to a window for an unobstructed view of their colorful guests.

Eufy by Anker BoostIQ RoboVac

Eufy Robovac

Give this gift to the grandparents who like to keep a spick and span household. This robovac will quietly clean for up to 100 minutes without Grandma or Grandpa having to lift a finger.

Smithey Ironware Co. No. 10 Cast Iron Skillet

Smithey Cast Iron Skillet

Made in Charleston, South Carolina, this versatile and dependable skillet will become the most-used pan in their kitchen. It's the perfect size for homemade cornbread.

Shutterfly Photo Puzzle

Shutterfly Photo Puzzle

Choose your favorite family pictures and turn them into a puzzle that will provide hours of entertainment for Grandma and Grandpa. Plus, they can display it in their home once it's complete.

Coravin Pivot Wine Preservation System

Coravin Pivot Wine Preservation System

This present is for the grandparents that feel loopy after half a glass of wine. A wine preservation system will allow them to enjoy a glass or two at a time while preserving the rest of the bottle for up to four weeks.

Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set

Brooklinen Classic Sheets

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Upgrade their well-loved sheet set with the internet's favorite sheets from Brooklinen. The cool, crisp sheets will give them hotel-quality sleep every night in the comfort of their own home.

Fondue Set

Mark & Graham Fondue Set
Mark & Graham

A personal fondue set will allow grandparents to have fun date nights at home or impress their friends when hosting a dinner party. Buy them some good bread and artisanal cheese to accompany this gift.

Grandparents and Grandkids TableTopics

Grandparents and Grandkids Tabletopics

TableTopics provide prompts for conversation to help bring fun and memories to the dinner table. These cards will have everyone laughing through dinner, even around full mouths, against Grandma's oldest etiquette rules.

What Makes You Grand Journal

Legacy Journal

Prompts allow you to share sweet memories and words in a journal that they'll treasure forever. This gift will be a treat for grandparents in retirement with a little extra time on their hands for self-reflection.

Lancome Idôle Eau de Parfum

Lancome Idôle Eau de Parfum

Upgrade Grandma's perfume collection with Lancome's Idôle fragrance that has notes of citrus, rose, jasmine, and vanilla. It comes in four different sizes, the biggest of which is best suited to grandmothers with a heavy spritzing hand.

Sophie Conran Bird Food Tin

Sophie Conran Bird Food Tin
Williams Sonoma

For avid birdwatchers, a vintage-inspired bucket will keep bird seed safe from weather and pests. It even comes with a bird feed scoop that's cute as a button.

Personalized Coasters

Personalized Coasters for Grandparents

This set of six engraved coasters can be personalized with the names and titles of your choice. They can be stored in the included leatherette holder.

Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager with Soothing Heat

Heated Neck Massager

Give relief to the grandparents always complaining of aches and pains. With three speed settings and eight kneading nodes, an easy-to-use massager will give them the gift of ultimate relaxation.

Gardener's Tool Seat

Gardener’s Tool Seat
Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Grandparents with a green thumb will be able to get back in the gardening spirit with this present. Better buy two—they'll each want one of these folding chair/tool bag hybrids when spring comes around.

Le Creuset Classic Tea Kettle

Le Creuset Classic Kettles
Le Creuset

Their well-loved whistling tea kettle could use an upgrade—brighten up their kitchen with a classic in one of their favorite bold colors. Pair with a tin of their favorite tea for a sweet Christmas gift.

Handwritten Recipe Tea Towel

Recipe Tea Towel

Turn a treasured family recipe into a beautiful towel that can be displayed in their kitchen. Knowing Grandma, her prized recipe is probably measured with love rather than metrics, so this gift might take a bit of maneuvering.

Willow Tree Hand-Painted Figure

Willow Tree Hand-Painted Figure

Available for both grandmothers and grandfathers, this sweet carving will serve as a daily reminder of the special bond grandparents have with their grandchildren. Meaningful memorabilia for the home is a guaranteed winning gift,

Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer

Farberware 3.2 Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer

Introduce Grandma and Grandpa to a newer, healthier option for enjoying fried foods. Even the most technology-resistant of folks can't deny the genius of this kitchen tool.

Only The Best Parents Get Promoted to Grandparents Picture Frame

Grandparents Photo Frame

Show off your favorite picture of grandparents with their grandkids in this frame that holds a 4-by-6 photo. This is one gift that will be cherished for years to come—even once the grandkids pictured have grown up.

Cozy Throw Blanket

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic™ Rib Trim Throw
Nordstrom Rack

A cozy throw that will look great in any room—plus, it's perfect for chilly winter nights. This cute-as-a-button blanket even comes wrapped like a present in a ribbon.

Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers

Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers
Uncommon Goods

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Upgrade their ordinary slippers with these herbal slippers. They have microwavable inserts to keep feet warm and fill the room with the relaxing scent of lavender.

Pet Portrait Mug

Dog Portrait Mug

If they love their dog like one of their own children, gift them a mug that lets them proclaim their affection. Now when they drink their morning coffee, they'll be lovingly reminded of both you and their favorite furry friend.

Classic Woven Picnic Basket

Classic Woven Picnic Basket
Pottery Barn

When the weather warms up, they'll enjoy alfresco lunches in the garden or the park thanks to this woven picnic basket. It's perfect for two people so that Grandma and Grandpa can spend some quality time together.

Zip-Top Boat and Tote Bag

Zip-Top Boat and Tote Bag
Courtesy of L.L.Bean

They're classic for a reason. Monogram these practically perfect, incredibly durable L.L.Bean totes with their names (Grandma and Grandpa, GiGi and Pops, or Gam and Pa), and fill the totes with a few of their favorite treats.

Mason Jar Indoor Flower Garden

Indoor Herb Garden
Uncommon Goods

This low-maintenance windowsill plant will bring a touch of their garden indoors to enjoy throughout the year. Choose between zinnias, pansies, and chamomile to gift the grandparents.

Smeg Retro Style Electric Kettle

Electric Kettle

This kettle will add a touch of personality and functionality to any kitchen countertop. Smeg is the retro brand coming back in a big way, so you'll love this gift as much as them.

French Kitchen Marble Rectangle Tray

French Kitchen Marble Rectangle Tray
Courtesy of Crate & Barrel

For the grand-duo who likes to throw a smashing holiday soiree, a party pick present is the way to go. This elegant marble tray is an ideal gift.

100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

Give them something to look back on. This book is compiled of images that changed, influenced, or commemorated a particular world event throughout the history of photography.

Herbiflora Cheese Knives

Herbiflora Cheese Knives, Set of 3

These grandparents are gourmands, and their parties are the talk of the town. Give them a set of cheese knives as elegant as their favorite Camembert.

Live Olive and Eucalyptus Wreath

Live Olive and Eucalyptus Wreath
Courtesy of World Market

For the grandparents who love gardening as much as holiday decorating, send them this stunning live wreath to hang on their front door all season long. It will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Tack Storage Wine Rack

Tack Storage Wine Rack
Courtesy of Anthropologie

They can show off their favorite vintages with this rustic, handmade wine rack. This design is sure to look dynamite in their kitchen.

The Dutch House By Ann Patchett Audiobook

The Dutch House: A Novel

Give the gift of nearly 10 hours of Tom Hank's soothing voice narrating this riveting book on tape. They can listen to it on their next road trip to visit you and the kids.


SodaStream Art

For the grandparents who go through an abundance of cans, change their life by setting them up to make their own carbonated drinks. The SodaStream Art Hydration Pack has everything they need for fresh sparkling water with a hint of lemon.

UrbanStems Flower Subscription

3 UrbanStems bouquets

A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. Sign the grandparents in your life up for an influx of fresh bouquets delivered to their door.

Heart Spoon

Heart spoon
Williams Sonoma

For grandparents who show their love by feeding you, show your love right back by giving them something lovely to help them out in the kitchen. This heart-shaped spoon is as sweet as it is useful.

D.C. Workbook

D.C. Workbook in Natural Linen

When gifting grandparent this neat and handy notepad, be sure to let them know that 100% of what you paid for it went to charity. By gifting this notebook, your family is helping to provide education opportunities for kids in under-resourced D.C. communities this holiday season. You can get in monogrammed, too.

Wine Soaps

Wine Soaps - Set of 4
Uncommon Goods

With these stocked in your shower, it's never too early in the morning for a little wine. These bars of soap are made with popular wine varieties including chardonnay and pinot noir.

Custom Birthday Book

NYT Custom Birthday Book
New York Times Store

Gift nostalgic grandparents a book of their life. Select their birthday when ordering so the coffee table book can begin with the newspaper's front page the day that they were born and continue for their birthday every year after that.

Tea Tasting Assortment

Tea Forte
Neiman Marcus

This sampler includes 40 black, green, white, and herbal tea pyramid infusers for Grandma and Grandpa to enjoy. Once they finish the assortment, you can gift them a pack of their favorite tea of the bunch next Christmas.

"History as They Saw It" Coffee Table Book

History as They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color

This stunning book will become a favorite on Grandma and Grandpa's coffee table. They'll love to slip through this in-color rendition of some of history's most iconic black and white photos. It's the pictures that they grew up with in vivid color.

Storyworth Subscription

Storyworth hardcover

For the grandparents who love to regale us of tales from "back in my day," this is the gift to give them a chance to shine. Guided by emailed story prompts over the course of a year, Storyworth gives grandparents the chance to slowly and easily write their own memoir, printed in a hardcover at the end of the year to be cherished by the whole family.

Recreated Photos

Folding Photo Frame

Remind the grandparents of some of their most beloved memories by recreating iconic old family photos. Get the whole crew together and mimic an old childhood photo as adults. We're talking about similar clothes, positioning, facial expressions—the works. Then display the photos side by side in a composite frame to make for a nostalgic gift.


Kindle Paperwhite

The grandparents who love to dive into a good book but who don't have the same eyesight they used to, will be ecstatic to unwrap a Kindle this Christmas. Both the brightness and font size are adjustable to make their favorite books easier to read.

Apple AirTag

Apple AirTag

For the older folks who are constantly forgetting where they left things, an AirTag is the gift of never misplacing anything again. Help them slip one in their wallet, suitcase, or purse and they'll never loose it again. You can even buy a keychain holder to fasten the Tag to their keys.

Personalized Whiskey Barrel

Personalized Whiskey Barrel
Uncommon Goods

These mini whiskey barrels are customizable with your grandparents' names and other personal touches. Whiskey-loving grandparents will adore pouring themselves a finger or two from this sentimental gift.

Framed Family Tree

Family Tree Art

Sit down with Grandma and Grandpa and have a long discussion about your family tree. Take notes and customize your own prettily framed ancestor tree that they'll will cherish and will help the the whole family learn about your history.

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