Parents share their best ideas for personal & practical gifts for grandparents!

Whether you're looking for the best grandparent gifts for Christmas, Grandparents Day, a new grandparent, or to say thank you for taking the kids for a long weekend, see what other parents recommend as the gifts grandparents have loved best. Don't forget experience gifts like a day at the zoo or homemade gifts from the grandkids, too!

What special gift for grandparents was a hit in your family? Recommend it below!

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    Amazon Prime

    christadiserio:  My mom is always calling me asking me to order her XYZ from Amazon because she wants it quickly. A one-year Amazon Prime membership is such a practical gift that a grandparent might not think to splurge on for themself. This is a gift that grandma or grandpa will 110% use!

    Garmin Approach S60 GPS Golf Watch

    Help grandpa improve his golf game with the gift of a GPS Golf Watch. Garmin makes a variety of styles of Golf Watches. Garmin watches are preloaded with maps for 40,000+ golf courses and provide distances to greens and hazards. Other style specific features include a swing analyzer on the S60 that provides swing speed and club path angle metrics for swing training.

    Shutterfly Photo Gallery Mugs

    Kelly R.:  A personalized mug is a practical keepsake that grandparents can enjoy on a daily basis! Instead of personalizing with a photo, have your child create some special artwork for their grandparent and scan it in to display on the mug. These Shutterfly mugs are high quality, have colorful interiors, and are a great large size. We gifted a few last year and have already received requests for more.

    What I Love about Grandma Fill in the Love Book

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  This fill-in-the-blank journal is a great way for grandkids to express their feelings to Grandma or Grandpa! Kids can personalize the journal with their own words, drawings and colors, and grandparents will surely treasure such a thoughtful and personal gift from the grandkids!

    Custom Baby Countdown Blocks

    Molly Weber:  This is a great gift for grandparents and can double as a way to share the exciting news with them that a new baby is on the way! My parents love bringing it back out each time another countdown begins. :)

    Grandpa: The Man, The Myth, The Legend t-shirt

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  At Cafe Press you can find a t-shirt for grandparents for any occasion, including fun gifts for first time grandparents or grandparents-to-be. Browse their infinite selection of sweet and funny messages, or create your own personalized one!

    "Nana's Sippy Cup" Hand Painted Wine Glass

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  This humorous glass is the perfect gift for any grandma who appreciates a nice wine!

    Shutterfly We Heart Grandparents Photo Book

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Photo books are always a great way to gather memories into the palm of your hands. This one is great because it is already set with sweet messages for grandparents. All you have to do is fill it with your family photos and turn it into an easily accessible book that grandparents can go through again and again and again!

    Bottle Your Brand Custom Wine Labels

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Are the grandparents in your family wine lovers? These personalized wine labels will make a nice statement - we know it is a winner in our family! Order a customized label and add it to granny and granddad's favorite bottle of wine. They will be delighted to enjoy a glass of their favorite wine from their favorite people!

    Custom House Portrait

    Kelly R.:  A custom watercolor portrait of a beloved home (like the one you grew up in) is a wonderful keepsake for grandparents, especially if they have downsized or relocated since that time.

    Grandmother Keepsake Box by Willow Tree

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  The Willow Tree company is famous for its gentle figurines with inspirational messages. This Grandmother Keepsake Box is a sweet gift with a great message, "Love that transcends the years." The box is a perfect size for any granny to keep her jewelry in.

    Hulu Subscription

    Alexandra F.:  Subscriptions to a streaming service that carries most of grandma and grandpa's favorite movies or shows to binge watch is a gift that will keep on giving all year long! I like to give grandparents practical gifts like this, as I find they don't usually want or need much more "stuff," but do get good use out of services that can be used regularly in their daily lives.

    P Graham Dunn Grandparents House Rules

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Famously known for the quality of their carved wooden signs, this wall art from P Graham Dunn is no different. It displays a warm and funny message in a very artistic way. Different design variations and colors are available.

    Family Recipe Cutting Board

    Sarah Calamita:  A cutting board or pretty towel with their famous/favorite recipe engraved/printed on it is the best gift! My mom just loved it.

    Apple iPad

    Alexandra F.:  My mother-in-law had never considered getting herself a tablet, but ever since we gave her an iPad as a gift she has used it regularly, and loves it! From playing games to FaceTime calls with the grandkids to reading books or watching movies, she has truly enjoyed it every day over these last few years.

    Custom Map Coaster Set

    Kelly R.:  A set of tumbled marble coasters that can be customized with a street map of any location. Like the spot where grandma and grandpa got married, or the town where they raised their family.

    Personalized Return Address Stamp

    Kelly R.:  A custom address stamp is a personal gift that will get a lot of use throughout the year. I had a great experience ordering from this Etsy shop.


    Kelly R.:  StoryWorth is a service that helps you collect and preserve stories and memories from a loved one, and makes a wonderful gift for grandparents. Weekly for one year, StoryWorth sends e-mails to the gift recipient with questions that prompt them to share stories from their life. At the end of the year, the stories are compiled into a printed hardbound book that can be enjoyed by the family for generations.

    Colorations Wooden Flower Pot Picture Frames

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Nothing beats a handmade gift made by a dearly beloved wee artist! When my son gave me this wooden flower pot painted and decorated following his own imagination, my heart just melted away!! You can buy the wooden pot already made and then let your kids' imagination soar by painting and decorating the frame. Add a little picture of your child and voila!...Grandparents are sure to adore the personal touch in this cute little gift!

    Handmade Soap Gift Set

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  What's more relaxing than a warm bath with some soft, natural soap? Great for sensitive skin, this gift set of handmade soaps comes in three unscented varieties: aloe calendula, super shea butter, and oatmeal w/ goat milk soap. I personally received these as a gift and was greatly satisfied!

    The Gifts of Being Grand Personalized Book

    Brigitte Nohra Miller:  Marianne Richmond books are known to be filled with love and poetry, and this book is no different. A lovely book about grandparents, it offers personalization and allows you to add names and even a special message to make a heartfelt gift. A non-personalized version of the book is also available.

    Personalized Photo Blankets

    Sue Krawitz Tandoc:  Curling up in a personalized photo blanket featuring their grandchildren's smiling faces is the perfect way for grandma and grandpa to relax and unwind. There are many options to choose from but each one will bring lots of love.

    Scratch Off Map

    Sarah Calamita:  If they are big travelers, a scratch off map is so fun! They make ones for the states and countries so they can scratch off the ones they have went to.

    Engraved Tumbler

    Sarah Calamita:  A personalized coffee/water mug is a great gift! Many sites will engrave with your children's handwriting and pictures. My parents loved this as a gift from my kids.

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