Christmas Gifts for Grandparents: 2021

As hard as it is to find gifts for our teens, it’s even more challenging to find unique gift ideas for grandparents. Many have begun the process of downsizing and really don’t need or want more “stuff.” However, with each holiday season, we still search for original gift ideas for cherished family members. Besides, it’s fun to play Santa, especially if you’re able to surprise your parents with a, particularly thoughtful present. 

Take note of these ideas as you’re making a list for Grandpa and Grammy, Nana, Papa or whatever sweet names the grandkids have bestowed upon them. 

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Christmas gifts for Grandma and Grampa 

1. Electric Kettle

An electric kettle is a wonderful gift, especially if your parents like to make a cup of tea as there are temperature settings for different beverages — 160 degrees for delicate teas, 175 degrees for green tea, 185 degrees for white tea, or 190 degrees for oolong tea. There are also settings for coffee, cocoa, or heat, and eat noodles or oatmeal. Safety features include auto-shutoff and stay-cool handle.

This kettle gets the top reviews and is the one I use every single day!

2. Ancestry DNA Genetic Testing Kit

3. Air Purifier

The Coway Air Purifier gets RAVE reviews by the New York Times which has spent years testing multiple models. This one captures and reduces up to 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns in the air, including pollen, pollutants and other allergens. It also reduces odors, which can be especially helpful if they have pets.

Conway air purifier

4. YETI Wine Tumblers

If your parents enjoy drinking wine, YETI tumblers will keep their favorite beverage chilled for 24 hours. It’s an even more unique gift if you add a bottle of their favorite red or white.

yeti wine cooler

5. Electric Wine Opener

The Oster Electric Wine Opener gets the top reviews and is the #1 seller on Amazon for this type of opener and your parents will appreciate having a much easier way to open that nice bottle you brought them. Well priced, too! 

6. New Bed Pillows

Do the bed pillows at your parent’s home date back to when you were a child? Time to replace them! This pillow is best overall, according to Good Housekeeping, and has 46,000 reviews on Amazon. It has a unique adjustable feature and comes with extra filling for those who prefer a plumper pillow.

Coop pillow

7. Sunrise Alarm Clock

As we age, it can be even harder to get a good night’s sleep. This very well-priced alarm clock allows the user to wake up with gradually more and more light, resulting in a gentle and natural start to the day. This one also functions as a clock radio with FM stations and has multiple lighting options.

sunrise alarm clock

8. Minted Photo Gifts

Online site, Minted, has gorgeous photo gifts that can be customized with family images that celebrate the special bond grandparents have with their grandchildren.  

9. Opal Nugget Ice Maker- GE Profile

The size and shape of ice make a big difference in how your drink will taste. This counter-top size machine requires no plumbing to install — simply fill with water and within 20 minutes, enjoy crunchy ice. These ice makers are expensive but make a great Christmas gift if you are looking to splurge on the present.

opal nugget ice machine

10. Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix offers clients curated clothing in a box that arrives monthly. They have apparel for petite and plus sizes and your mom or dad can fill out a profile to receive five pieces of clothing and accessories tailored to their styles and sizes.

stitch fix box

11. Custom Calendar

One of our tech-savvy young adults collects photos from the family beginning in October and arranges them into a custom calendar for the upcoming year. She adds dates for each family member’s birthday, anniversaries, and other significant events. Every month has new images — this is a gift that grandparents will enjoy all year long.

12. Blue Apron

After decades of cooking, a subscription to a meal kit might be just the thing a grandparent would enjoy to add some variety to dinner prep. Blue Apron includes easy-to-follow recipes and all the ingredients needed, including small quantities of pre-measured spices. Choose between options that include cooking for two, vegetarian, and wellness, in partnership with WeightWatchers.  

Here’s where you can learn more about the gift card option. 

Blue apron

13. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

We love Hydro Flask water bottles and think they are among the best gifts, especially for anyone who is trying to stay hydrated during the day. Water stays cold all day or, if used for coffee or tea, drinks will stay hot for 12 hours.

hydro Flask

14. Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Ask Alexa to turn on the lights, make a shopping list, tell you the upcoming weather or even entertain you with a joke. She will read books aloud, will play music on command, and is a fantastic digital assistant/companion. The 4th generation device has a visible clock and timer.

Alexa 4th gen

15. Kipling Bag 

For anyone who travels, Kipling Bags are a favorite brand. They are durable, lightweight, come in lots of different styles, colors, and price points. These are also a practical option for everyday use.

Kipling bag

16. Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle

Ravensburger puzzles are among the best ones made. There are seemingly endless designs and themes but take a look at the number of pieces before you decide on a puzzle for your parents — 300, 500, 1000 pieces are some of the options available.

puzzle with Grandmother and granddaughter

17. Bluetooth Headphones

Using wireless headphones to listen to a game or music is something our kids do. Why not see how your parents like this technology? The Jabra Elite 85h gets the top reviews for audio quality and the ability to adapt to the user’s sound needs.

18. iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum

Let this robot vacuum do the work to clean carpeted or bare floors. This could be an entertaining, and practical, gift for any recipient. BTW, the 614 model gets top reviews.

roomba

19. Digital Frame

The coolest thing is that the Aura Mason Digital Photo Frame has a unique email address and when you email it pics, they automatically upload to the frame. (Requires WIFI.) Photos that ordinarily just live on our phones become the source of digital entertainment they will enjoy watching as the Aura cycles through images every few seconds.

Aura frame

20. Fitbit Charge 4

We want our parents to remain active and having a fitness tracker might provide the motivation they need as they begin to notice and measure how active they are during the day. This one gets the top reviews and monitors up to 20 different types of activities, tracks sleep (including naps) has a heart rate monitor and is relatively easy to use.

exercise class

21. Paint by Sticker

Have you seen the “paint by sticker” craft books? They were originally conceived as art projects for kids but there are amazing books for adults, too, including the ones by publishing powerhouse, Workman. If your parents are dog lovers, they might enjoy this one.

paint by sticker

22. Bird Feeder

Watching the birds come and go outside a window provides entertainment and a view of the natural world. A great companion gift to the bird feeder is the National Geographic Guide Field Guide to the Birds of North American, the #1 top seller on Amazon.

bird feeder

23. Emergency Kit

If the last two years have taught us anything it is to be prepared for a natural disaster or shelter in place alert with enough food, water and safety supplies to support ourselves and our families until it is safe to leave home. This waterproof bag comes with all your parents would need for 72 hours of self-sufficiency with tools, warmth, safety, first-aid, food, and water.

24. Life360 Family Safety App

Grown and Flown parents can’t live without this app for their teens but have also told us incredibly moving stories about how they rely on Life360 for every member of their family, including their parents. There are three plans and all include many safety features such as Crash Detection and SOS Alert.

Upgraded plans include features like Emergency Dispatch, Roadside Assistance, ID Theft Protection, ID Theft Coverage, Credit Monitoring, Disaster Response, and Medical Assistance. Is there a better gift we can give our parents than an enhanced sense of security?

25. Allbirds Shoes

We cannot say enough wonderful things about these shoes which we have bought for every member of our family — both men and women, young and older. There are tie-ups, slip-ons, running shoes and more, all of which are incredibly comfortable. Do yourself a favor and buy a pair for YOU while you are shopping for your parents. And for an extra treat, include a pair of Allbirds socks….they are simply amazing in softness and durability.

Allbirds

26. Under Bed Lights

These light up when they sense movement so that your mom or dad can have their steps illuminated if they get out of bed at night.

under bed lights

27. Godiva Chocolates

We have always loved Godiva candy and think their advent calendar filled with their delicious candy is a yummy Christmas gift to give anyone. Shop early for this one.

28. Smartwool Socks 

To keep toes warm.

socks

29. Weather Station

For the weather-nut, everything they need to know about the weather.

weather station

30. Storyworth

Your parents have stories to tell and this will help them record them as keepsakes for you and their grandchildren. It’s an interactive system that asks the recipient to tell a story each week, all of which goes into a book once enough stories are collected.

Storyworth

31. Paint Project 

This is one of a series of watercolor project books that are wildly popular. Dana Fox, the creator, provides light outlines of each design. This is an option for any artist-to-be, even if they’ve never picked up a paintbrush in life.

paint by numbers

32. Donation in their honor

Donate to the non-profit of their choice and they will receive a note of thanks acknowledging the gift. It’s a win-win.

33. Audible Subscription

Reading can get challenging for some adults as they age but a subscription to Audible allows them to listen to books being read aloud, often by the author.

Pair this with the Echo Dot and your parents will have an endless supply of good books to listen to.

Audible

34. Vuori Clothing

We LOVE this brand for athletic and casual wear. The fabric is incredibly soft and every member of our families have enjoyed each pair of pants or top they have worn.

35. 2022 Planner

Erin Condren makes amazing planners and they are the most popular brand among the Grown and Flown community. Help them keep track of appointments, Zoom calls, doctor visits, Pickle Ball games, and family dinners with the grandkids with one of these beautiful and very functional planners. Available in many styles and colors with a long list of optional add-ons.

36. Amazon Prime membership

Pay for their yearly Prime membership and allow them to order from Amazon and enjoy two-day FREE shipping all year round. Plus your parents can enjoy streaming thousands of TV shows and movies along with unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists.

37. Bills Paid

As people age, and are likely on a fixed income, some may become overwhelmed with fear of running out of money and may skimp on things they would enjoy. Pay a bill for your parents or buy them a Netflix subscription for the year. Other gift ideas include paying for a cleaning service or home repair or gift cards for gas or their favorite grocery store, lawn service, car detailing, hairdresser, or a restaurant.

38. Companionship

Stuff is great but, the most popular suggestion among our Grown and Flown Parents Facebook Group, by far, was to give grandparents the gift of your time and your presence. However they prefer to celebrate at the holidays, make sure you and your teens join them for what’s more meaningful to them.

More Gift Lists:

Stocking Stuffers for Teens and College Students

Gift Ideas from Uncommon Goods 

About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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