Your grandmother is a special person in your life, so finding a special gift for her is important. The best gifts for grandmas are personal yet practical, ranging from homemade jewelry to a candle scent you know she’ll love. We’ve rounded up a slew that fit the bill.
First, you’ll need to think about what defines your grandmother. Does she have a green thumb? Perhaps she would enjoy a succulent planting set. Does she love to be pampered? A bath and body set would fit the bill. We’ve included something for every type of grandma out there.
In addition, you’ll need to think about what you’re celebrating with your gift to your grandma. Below, you’ll find present ideas for every occasion, including:
- Her birthday
- The holidays
- Mother’s Day
- Grandparents’ Day
No matter what you’re celebrating or just want to surprise her, these gifts for grandma are sure to put a big smile on her face.
My Life Story — So Far Journal
Grandparents love to tell stories, and this book can capture all of them so they’re preserved forever. Give your grandma the chance to write down her life-earned wisdom so she can turn it into a family keepsake that’ll still be around when she’s moved on. The journal has nine different sections inside, each with a different thought-provoking prompt about first dates, friendships, relationships, love, jobs, and more. There’s also a section for her to write down what she hopes to accomplish next to keep the momentum going!
Atatat 10-Inch Digital Picture Frame
Probably the best gift for grandmas ever invented, the digital picture frame allows them to display their favorite photos on rotation. The Atatat 10-Inch Digital Picture Frame is one of the most tried and tested on the market. It boasts a 1920 x 1080 IPS display and can display photos from either an SD card or USB. Plus, it features several slide show effects to keep Grandma entertained as she is regaled by photos of her loved ones.
Softies Women’s Ultra Soft Turtleneck Lounger
Yup, this turtleneck is recommended by Oprah and it’s a grandma sweater for sure. It’s soft, cozy, and can be worn just as easily around the house as it can out and about. The large turtleneck up top is not too constraining but plenty cozy nonetheless and the Heathered ribbed knit makes this sweater as stylish as it is comfortable to wear.
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
This highly-anticipated memoir from our 44th president comes out on November 17th and is sure to be a huge book this holiday season. In it Barack Obama tells the story of his presidency from his own words, recounting the lead-up to his nomination as well as offering insight into his thoughts during some of the tensest moments of his tenure in office. He made history throughout his time as commander-in-chief, and any grandma who loves a juicy memoir is sure to appreciate this one.
Heroic Women Museum Puzzle
Who doesn’t love a good suffragette puzzle? Nevertheless, your grandma will persist in finishing this 1,000-piece puzzle that’s a beautiful visual of women who have made history. It’s got Malala, Joan of Arc, summit-ers of Mount Everest and NASA mathematicians. She’ll be challenged, inspired and appreciate her womanhood, and hopefully you’ll be there to help her conquer it.
Gardener’s Harvest Basket
If the thing your grandma is second-most proud of (below her grandchildren) are her squash, parsnips and tomatoes — this basket is for her. It’s a wire mesh gardener’s basket where she can harvest her bounty and rinse it off before taking it inside. This traditional garden basket (also known as a hod) is made of sturdy pine wood and can be used to store gardening tools as well. It’s handmade and can hold up to 20 pounds worth of produce.
One thing we can bet with almost 100% certainty? Your grandma loves family photos. Seriously, what grandma doesn’t? It makes you all feel close even if she’s far away. Framebridge is a great site for framing anything and sending it along, which also makes it a great socially-distanced gift during a holiday season where seeing grandparents might not be an option. You can upload digital photos right to the site from your phone or Instagram page, or even send in documents to be framed and sent all in one go. They make the process easy and your grandma will flip over the sentimentality of it all.
Mattel SKIP BO Card Game
While you could give Grandma something to do during her spare time, she’d probably much prefer you give her something you can do together, like a card game. For something different than euchre or rummy, try the Mattel SKIP BO Card Game. Easy enough for ages seven and up, this game relies on the sequencing of a large stack of numbered and colored cards. The first person to eliminate their stack wins. This would be a great choice for a gift from children to grandparent.
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad
The ultimate gift for Grandma is something she can use to communicate with her grandbabies. Sure, she could pick up the phone and call them, but wouldn’t it be better if she could use her iPad to connect via Facetime or social media? As an added bonus, she’ll be easily able to surf the web, take photos and read ebooks on the device. This 10.2-inch 64GB version of the popular tablet is the newest generation, but several other models at a variety of price points are also available.
Old World Christmas Ornament Glass Blown Santa
Whether it’s December or any other time of the year, Christmas ornaments are always a big hit, especially if they hold a special meaning. Luckily, Old World Christmas sells glass ornaments in just about every shape and size, from laptop computers to pop-up campers. If you don’t know exactly what Grandma is into, a glass-blown Santa Claus is sure to fit in with the rest of her ornaments.
Jessica Simpson Faux Fur House Slippers
Cozy gifts are always a good idea, and these house slippers from Jessica Simpson’s line have incredible reviews on Amazon. They’ve got cozy faux fur inside and a memory foam sole that adds cushion and support. The sole is anti-slip which decreases the chance of a fall and they’re machine washable, very easy for grandma to clean if need be.
Aromatique The Smell of Christmas Glass Cube
Is there any scent more comforting than Christmas? Probably not, and that’s why Aromatique made one of their scented candles in that fragrance, capturing all the baking, evergreen trees and goodness. It has notes of citrus and spice and is handmade in Arkansas. The all-natural proprietary wax blend is situated in an ethically sourced container and offers 56 hours of burn time, so Grandma can enjoy the fragrance for the entire holiday season.
Homegrown Cactus & Succulent Grow Kit
Sure, you could send grandma a plant, but a kit that lets her grow her own is so much more fun. Whether she’s a bonafide gardener or just getting started, this set has everything she needs to get a patch of succulents at her windowsill. The kit comes with 10 cactus seeds, 10 succulent seeds, easy instructions, four planters, four drip trays, four plant markers, peat soil, perlite pouch and fertilizer. The plants will thrive either indoors or outdoors, even if grandma doesn’t have a green thumb.
VILIGHT Grandma’s Brag Board
If there’s one thing all grandmas have in common, it’s the immense pride they take in their families, especially their grandchildren. Help her show them off with this brag board. Designed to be hung from a wall, the piece is handmade with cotton lines with a charming heart pattern made with string art to add extra love. To take the gift up a notch, personalize it yourself with favorite snapshots of grandma and your family together. She won’t be able to hang it up fast enough.
Knock Knock What I Love about Grandma Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal
This fill-in-the-blanks book will make Grandma’s heart soar. The book is all about prompting you to describe what makes your grandma the best. As you fill in each line, you’ll be creating the most personal present, making it one of the best gifts for grandma for any occasion. Whether you decide to go sweet, sentimental or serious, Grandma will love it either way.
Burt’s Bees Classics Gift Set
Grandma could always use some pampering, so put her in a spa-like mood with this Burt’s Bees Classics Gift Set. Six of their fan-favorite products come in a giftable tin, including the all-natural brand’s Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Hand Salve, Original Beeswax Lip Balm, Res-Q Ointment, Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream and Coconut Foot Cream. In other words, her skin will be nourished from head to toe, making this one of the best gifts for grandma.
Blue Leaves Grandma Cosmetic Bag
Put a big smile on your grandma’s face with this handy, multiuse pouch. After all, she is the unicorn of grandmas and deserves only the best. Made from 100% cotton and linen, the zipper pouch has double-sided printing with a waterproof coating to keep it looking fresh forever. She can use it as a makeup bag or to stash necessities like her keys.
The Bon Appetit Gourmet Food Gift Basket by Wine Country
You simply can’t go wrong with a gift basket and this one is filled with delicious gourmet goodies, making it a perfect gift for grandma, plus it’s great for any occasion. The Bon Appetit Gift Basket delivers a wide array of snacks and tea, ranging from sweet to savory. Think chocolates, crackers, cookies and so much more. It can be personalized with a heartfelt message.
Ring Video Doorbell
Perhaps grandma’s mobility is waning or she lives on her own now. Either way, some extra security would do her good. That’s why we recommend buying her the Ring Video Doorbell. Not only will this doorbell allow her to see and communicate with whoever is at her door from the comfort of the couch, but it will also record any unwelcome activity outside her home in 1080p. The motion-activated camera and doorbell system is also super easy to install, so you’ll have her all set up in a matter of an hour or so.
Atlas Tea Club
Everyone loves a warm beverage, but the same old tea or coffee can get boring. Treat Grandma to a trip around the world with every mug thanks to the Atlas Tea Club. In each monthly shipment, she’ll get a postcard from a new country accompanied by a series of specialty, single-origin, loose-leaf teas with tasting notes. Subscriptions are available for a minimum of three months.
de.bored Poolside Jigsaw Puzzle
If Grandma is retired, she probably has a bit too much time on her hands. Give her something to occupy her time with a de.bored puzzle, like this Poolside Jigsaw. With 1000 pieces and a muted color scheme, this puzzle strikes the right balance between easy-to-see where the pieces fit and similar patterns that make you scratch your head. The image is by UK artist Sally Meier and is worthy of being framed when finished.
Grandma is a woman on the go, so make sure she has a way to stay hydrated or caffeinated wherever life takes her. The Welly Traveler is a chic water bottle with an infuser, allowing her to brew tea directly in the bottle or infuse her water with fruit. The bottle can hold both cold and hot beverages, and thanks to its insulation, it keeps them both warm and chilled for hours on end. As an added bonus, this bottle is available in several colors and patterns.
Williams Sonoma Cashmere Plaid Double Side Throw
Give Grandma a little bit of luxury with the Williams Sonoma Cashmere Plaid Double Side Throw. Sure, it’s more expensive than the average gift for grandma, but it will give her a dose of warmth and style every night of the year. This super-soft, jacquard-woven throw made from Italian yarns is available in three different colors and patterns. And, the 330-gram weight means that it’s easy to move from one room to the next.
CarlaRaeVintage Personalized Photo Ring Dish
A chic jewelry tray is a must for keeping her favorite accessories tidy and when it’s personalized for her, that makes this classic gift even better. The trinket holder can be made to show any photo on the base of the bowl. Crafted from top-notch porcelain, the handmade ceramic jewelry dish has a gold foil border to add elegance. It’s ideal for storing earrings, rings, necklaces, watches or even lipstick on a nightstand or dresser. Ready to be gifted, this is a gift that will make her smile.
Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla
Not all grandmas are the bake-you-cookies-every-time-you-come-over type, but if your grandma is, you can’t go wrong with premium baking supplies, like the Watkins All Natural Original Gourmet Baking Vanilla. The Watkins brand has deep origins in Americana thanks to its decades-long tradition of door-to-door sales. Today, the brand is known by bakers to be of premium quality, and you’ll really be able to taste the difference between this genuine vanilla extract and the imitation vanilla most people keep in their cupboards.
Flowers From Urban Stems
Flowers are another surefire way to make grandma happy this holiday season. Urban Stems delivers plants and flowers of all kinds and arrangements from anywhere, and their service is dependable. You get to pick the arrangement, vase, message so the gift is entirely yours — they just do the heavy-lifting when it comes to delivery. They’ve got a wide range of bouquets to choose from including The Garnet, pictured below, that has beautiful deep colors and textures perfect for the colder season.
Havenly Ml Ava Vase
You give her flowers all the time, so why not present her with something extra special to put them in? Grandma is sure to love the Havenly MI Ava Vase, which is made from clear-cut glass and stands nine inches tall. This vase is designed to be the center of any tablescape thanks to its versatile style. But, don’t worry. That doesn’t mean it will fade into the background. Instead, this piece is bound to be the center of attention, catching everyone’s eye as a wonderful canvas to display all of Grandma’s fresh floral arrangements.
Joy-Leo Wooden Family Birthday Reminder Calendar Board
Grandma prides herself on never forgetting a birthday, so make that a lot easier for her with this decorative birthday tracker plaque wall hanging. The tracker comes with 100 wood tags — 50 hearts and 50 circles — to write down each person’s birthday and name, along with 100 metal ring fasteners, jute twine and a wall utility hook. (Markers are not included.) The fun visual reminder can also be used to track anniversaries and other special dates, so you’ll always get a card from grandma.