The Best Gifts For Grandparents
- 1 ThisWear Keep Calm And Papa Will Fix It T-Shirt
- 2 Kate Posh Engraved Natural Wood Photo Frame
- 3 P. Graham Dunn Grandparents House Rules Mounted Print
- 4 Letters to My Grandchild Grandparent Memory Book
- 5 Nana Best Job Ever Porcelain Mug
- 6 Americanflat Bronze Family Tree Frame
- 7 My Quotable Grandkid Diary
- 8 “I Wrote This Book For You Pop-Pop”
- 9 “We Hooked The Best Grandpa” Fishing Lure
ThisWear Keep Calm And Papa Will Fix It T-ShirtCheck Latest Price
Typically, we avoid novelty t-shirts, but this clever piece of attire from ThisWear is an ideal gift for any handy grandpa. It’s printed with a water-soluble, eco-friendly ink, and while the “Keep Calm and Carry On” meme might be lost on some older adults, they’ll surely appreciate the compliment.
Nine color options are available, and reviewers say that it’s true to fit. Note that while most of the shirts are made from 100 percent pre-shrunk cotton, the “sport grey” option uses a 90/10 cotton/polyester blend.
- High-quality, professionally printed t-shirt
- Delivers a great compliment for handy grandpas
- Designed to stay comfortable and retain its printing through regular use
- Not ideal if the gift recipient isn’t a Mr. Fix-It
- Seamless double-needle collar, sleeves, and hem
- Tapered neck and shoulders for a comfortable fit
- Professionally printed with a water-soluble, eco-friendly ink
- Printing is heat-treated for durability
- Designed and printed in the U.S.A.
- Choose from nine colors
- Made with 100 percent cotton (sport grey option uses 90/10 cotton/polyester blend)
- Brand: ThisWear
- Size: Small to 4XL available
Kate Posh Engraved Natural Wood Photo FrameCheck Latest Price
Engraved with “Only the best parents get promoted to grandparents,” this cute frame makes a heartwarming gift year-round. Granted, you’ll have to personalize it with an appropriate photo—but hey, you undoubtedly have dozens of great photos ready for the task, don’t you?
The engraving is carved, not printed, and the frame is made with quality natural wood. The option we’ve linked here holds a 4 x 6-inch photo and is designed to be displayed horizontally, but other sizes and orientations are available.
- Feels like a high-quality frame thanks to natural wood and real engraving
- Great way to give grandparents a truly personalized gift
- Engraved message is sweet and sincere
- Not many size options available
- Made with natural wood
- Engraving is carved, not printed
- Options are available for 4” x 6” or 5” by 7” photographs
- Integrated wall-hanging clips and a back stand easel
- Includes a glass front
- Hand-crafted in California
- Brand: Kate Posh
- Size: 6.5 x 8.5 inches (holds a 4 x 6-inch photo)
P. Graham Dunn Grandparents House Rules Mounted PrintCheck Latest Price
This “House Rules” print sums up the reasons that kids love taking trips to see Grandpa and Grandma (and, incidentally, why Mom and Dad always accuse the grandparents of spoiling the kids). The colorful text is displayed in a variety of fun fonts, and the medium-density fiberboard (MDF) material seems durable.
The print has a built-in easel and keyhole hanger for easy display, and each item is handmade in the U.S.A. The red lettering of the text may clash with some home decor, but that’s the only real drawback—this is a sweet, fun option, perfect for bringing over as a surprise during a holiday visit.
- Cute wall hanging with professional design
- Easy to display thanks to built-in easel and wall hanger
- Better for grandparents with younger grandchildren
- Fairly small if planning to mount on a wall
- Made with medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with printed overlayed art
- Built-in easel and keyhole hanger
- Designed and made in the U.S.A.
- Each item is individually wrapped and ready for gifting
- Brand: P. Graham Dunn
- Size: 12 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Letters to My Grandchild Grandparent Memory BookCheck Latest Price
Part of a grandparent’s job is passing on wisdom, but finding the right opportunity can be difficult. This memory book offers a simple way to deliver heartfelt messages to the next generation.
It consists of 12 letters that fold into envelopes, each bearing a prompt like “The best advice anyone ever gave me was…” or “My wishes for you are…” Write the letter, fold the envelope (which can be postdated if the sender wants the child to open the letter on a specific date in the future), and the grandchild will have a truly heartfelt keepsake.
There’s a reason that the books in this “paper time capsule” series have sold millions of copies. They offer a novel way to start correspondence—and provide younger generations with advice and memories that they’ll cherish forever.
- Gives grandparents an easy way to connect with their grandkids
- Postdates allow grandparents to create a paper time capsule
- Prompts are thoughtful and inspiring
- Some buyers might find the stationery/letter combination inconvenient or restrictive
- Contains 12 envelopes with prompts
- Includes stickers and postdate markers
- 2015 Oprah’s Favorite Things pick
- Publisher: Chronicle Books
- Size: 3.8 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Nana Best Job Ever Porcelain MugCheck Latest Price
Coffee mugs make great gifts for a simple reason: We use them every day, so they’re an effective reminder of the important people in our lives. This adorable mug bears the message “The best job I’ve ever had is being a Nana” on the back, with “Nana” printed in large letters on the front.
We love the mint color, but we especially love the attention to quality; this is a microwave- and dishwasher-safe product, and it holds a full 18 ounces of liquid. It will quickly become Nana’s favorite mug—and a gift that she’ll treasure every time she pours herself a cup of her favorite beverage.
- Functional gift made with high-quality materials
- Embossed message is simple and cute
- Attractive design and great capacity
- Only available with “Nana” lettering, though burton+BURTON offers other grandparent-oriented mugs as well
- Mint green background with brown lettering and taupe-varied rim
- Embossed with “NANA” and “The best job I’ve ever had is being a Nana”
- Comes with a gift box
- Safe to use in microwaves and dishwashers
- Mouth of mug is 4.75 x 3 inches
- Holds 18 ounces of liquid
- Brand: burton+BURTON
- Size: 4 x 3 x 4.6 inches, 1.13 pounds
Americanflat Bronze Family Tree FrameCheck Latest Price
The novel design of this family-tree frame makes it a wonderful addition to a desk, coffee table, or countertop, though we should note that it’s only 12 inches tall, so make sure you’ve got suitably sized photographs before ordering. The tree holds six 2 x 3-inch photos, and the borders of the frames can obscure the edges of wallet photos.
Provided that you’ve got suitable photo prints, this is an attractive way to display them, and while the frame is fairly light overall, the base is stable.
- Displays six photographs in a unique and engaging way
- Looks great on a counter or desktop
- Easy to personalize for the recipient
- Tree is lightweight and relatively small
- Requires some assembly
- 12-inch tall family-tree picture frame with bronze-colored leaves
- Displays six 2 x 3-inch photographs in hanging black picture frames
- Frames have plexiglass fronts
- Made with lightweight metal
- Brand: Americanflat
- Size: 4.6 x 12.9 x 1.8 inches, 1.35 pounds
My Quotable Grandkid DiaryCheck Latest Price
Kids are natural comedians, especially when they’re learning about the world. This blank lined notebook gives grandparents a place to collect all the offbeat musings of childhood. Each page has a place for the quote, along with places to enter the grandkid’s name, age, and other details.
We found a number of “quote diaries” online, but My Quotable Grandkid features high-quality printing and professional-level design. It even has places to put pictures of the grandkids. With enough time, this little journal could become a treasury of family memories.
- Great personal keepsake for grandparents with younger grandchildren
- Photo window makes personalization easy
- Well-made, professionally designed book with plenty of pages
- Fairly simple design, as it’s essentially just a blank, lined notebook
- Available as a softcover or hardcover diary
- Includes photo window for displaying pictures of grandkids
- Large pages provide room for recounting memories of grandkids’ best quotes
- Softcover version has 144 pages
- Brand: Chronicle Books
- Size: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches (softcover)
“I Wrote This Book For You Pop-Pop”Check Latest Price
This fill-in-the-blank book will be a treasure for grandfathers, though you’ll have to do some work first. It contains 30 prompts, and grandchildren fill in the pages with drawings, photos, and notes. The prompts are simple, straightforward, and simple enough for younger readers (or, to be more precise, younger authors) to understand: “You are good at…,” “You taught me how to…” and many others.
With a bit of effort, the grandkids can create a wonderfully sentimental work of art. Grandpa will love it, and the young writer will learn an important lesson: Gifts mean much more when they come from the heart.
- Truly touching personal gift
- Thoughtful prompts are easy for kids to understand
- Great activity for younger kids
- Only appropriate for younger gift-givers
- This version is designed for “Pop-Pops” only (versions for “Grandma” and “Nana” are also available)
- Book contains 30 fill-in-the-blank prompts
- Plenty of pages for drawings, stickers, or gluing in photos
- Large size makes it easy for kids to write and draw
- Publisher: Pretty Laks Press
- Size: 8.2 x 6 inches, 61 pages
“We Hooked The Best Grandpa” Fishing LureCheck Latest Price
Granted, this is a niche product, but if Grandpa enjoys spending time on the water, this stainless steel fishing lure conveys a wonderful message in a unique way. It’s made with high-quality stainless steel, so it won’t rust or fade over time. We doubt that Grandpa will actually take this treasure on his next fishing trip; it’s more of an ornamental gift than something practical, though we should note that hooks are quite sharp.
The engraving on the tag is high quality, and there’s an included keychain loop (you’ll want to remove the hook before actually attaching it to a keychain).
- Heartfelt gift for fishermen
- Charm makes a great addition to a keychain
- Comes with an attractive gift box
- Hook is sharp but probably too large to use as an actual fishing lure
- More ornamental than practical
- Lure and charm are made with rust-free stainless steel
- Charm and hook can be separated
- Charm has a keychain ring
- Includes a gift box
- Brand: Sisadodo
- Size: 1.3 x 1.8 inch (pendant), 1.4 inch (fishing hook)
Our Best Gifts For Grandparents Guide
We’ve covered a variety of gifts in this list, but if you’re still having trouble making a selection, don’t worry—while gift buying isn’t always easy, by putting some thought into the process, you can find something that checks all the right boxes for your recipient.
Here are some helpful questions to consider when choosing a gift for a grandparent:
Could the gift be misunderstood?
Older adults may react poorly to gifts that highlight mobility issues, vision problems, or other effects of aging, even if the gift is intended as a lighthearted joke.
Try to avoid buying things like reading magnifiers, hearing amplifiers, or mobility aids unless you’ve discussed that purchase with the recipient and you’re confident that they’ll be comfortable receiving the gift in front of other people.
What’s the budget?
Setting a budget helps to limit the time you spend shopping. Consider the occasion; if you’re buying for a birthday, you’ll likely spend more than you might budget for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, for instance.
If you’re working on a tight budget, remember that personalizing your gift can go a long way toward making it special. Speaking of which…
Is the gift personalized (or is personalization possible)?
A personalized gift is always preferable to something generic, which is why we’ve included a number of options that make personalization easy.
If you’re buying a more functional, practical gift, you may still be able to add a personal touch by thinking outside the (gift) box. Customized wrapping paper or a heartfelt gift card might mean just as much to the recipient as the gift itself.