There’s nothing in the world quite like the Grandparent-Grandchild relationship. Our parents’ parents always shower us with buckets of unconditional love, wisdom and care, and we sure love them for it. They have the patience, the free time and the creativity to make every single encounter a fun one. Because of this, they should be at the very top of the list of who to buy for this holiday season, and we’ve got all the best ideas to knock it out of the park.
- A T-Shirt That Shows Their Status—What proud Grandparent wouldn’t want to show off their status as Best Grandma or Grandpa Ever? They can do it with a set of one-of-a-kind, personalized Grandparent shirts customized just for them. Pick one that you can personalize with the entire crew, including all the Grandkids, or one that features some of Grandma’s or Grandpa’s favorite hobbies. Themes range from fishing to reading to gardening for a knockout gift!
- A Movie and Dinner Date for Some Serious Quality Time—We’re willing to bet that your Grandparents would appreciate quality time spent together more than just about anything else in the world, including any material item, so consider giving them the gift of a lunch or dinner date with you. The key here is to plan the entire thing from start to finish. Start with dinner or lunch at their favorite restaurant, followed by a movie or bowling, finished with some ice cream. Take care to put some extra planning into the details to make it special.
- A Christmas Card That Includes the Whole Crew—We all know that it’s pretty much required for families to send out a Christmas card with custom photos, so this year, why not include the older generation in the pics? Nothing will delight your Grandparents more, other than maybe receiving one in the mail after they’ve been sent out. This year, consider getting a little creative with the photo shoot to make all your recipients laugh when they open the card.
- A Personalized Throw They Can Display—What better way to encourage nana and papa to cozy up and enjoy a quiet, warm winter than by giving the gift of a personalized throw blanket? Whether it’s fleece, knit or Sherpa, any recipient would be delighted to wrap themselves in a soft blanket featuring his or her name and some cute family photos. If you really want to knock it out of the park, surprise them with a personalized throw pillow to go with it.
- A Framed Photo to Show off Their Pride and Joy—Grandparents adore the sentimental stuff, and they’ll definitely jump for joy if you give a framed photo—perhaps in a special frame made or ordered just for them—for the holidays. In the weeks or months leading up to the big exchange, try to get a good photo of the kids and Grandparents together so you have a semi-recent pic to showcase when Christmas rolls around.
- A Homemade Gift Basket Featuring Stuff They Love—One of the best gifts for anyone you love is a medley of presents honoring something they’re passionate about. Whether it’s movies, a specific sport, wine, beer, cocktails, baking, crafting, sewing, gardening or playing cards, you can get really creative with your homemade gift baskets filled with personal stocking stuffers. All you need is a few hand-selected, on-theme gifts, a cute receptacle—make it creative!—some cellophane and a pretty ribbon.
- A Batch of Fresh–Baked Cookies to Warm the Heart—Grandparents are old-school, so they always appreciate love shown through food. Don’t forget to take care of their sweet tooth this season, whether that be by ordering some mouthwatering donuts, cookies or cakes from the local bakery or by busting out that retro cookie cookbook your mom referenced every holiday season. To turn a dozen of anything into a gift, wrap it in plastic or put it in a pretty gift box.
- A Set of Matching Coffee Mugs for Morning Brews—Whether your Grandparents prefer coffee, tea or something else entirely, you can be sure that they’ll feel warm to the core when they sip something hot out of a personalized coffee mug you designed just for them. Although the personalization factor is enough to make this an out-of-this-world gift, you can take it to another level by including your recipient’s favorite coffee or tea, creating a custom bundle.
- Something That Reminds Them of Their Childhood—The key to giving a good Grandparent gift is to make it something totally tailored to their personality and life experience. Do some digging in the months leading up to the holidays to find out some of their favorites—TV shows, movies, food, toys, stores, etc. Chances are you’ll be able to find something totally nostalgia-inducing to make them smile when they open their presents on Christmas Day.
- Ways to Help Them Keep in Touch—If Grandma and Grandpa live far away, they’ll adore anything you can give to help them keep in touch with their Grandkids throughout the year. For example, you could give a Toymail Talkie to your child so they can communicate with their Grandparents anytime they want. These unique plush animals come equipped with removable hardware that enables voice chat. All you have to do is set up the app on Grandma’s or Grandpa’s phone and they’ll be able to chat anytime.
- ‘A Grandchild’s Hand’ Poem and Craft They’ll Totally Cherish—Again, you can’t go wrong when you go for the sentimental sentiments this season! Consider having your little one create a handprint craft just for Grandma and Grandpa, perhaps alongside a poem about the love shared between Grandparents and Grandkids. This is a great option for the younger kids.
Showing Grandparents Some Love
The holidays are all about spreading love and joy, so make sure to include the Grandparents this year. All of these gifts are designed to help you spoil your Grandparents in a special, non-generic way. We can guarantee that they’ll totally cherish anything on this list, as long as it’s given straight from the heart!