45 Gifts to Give to Grandpa That He’ll Actually Appreciate (and Use)
He’s the best babysitter in the world, the one with all the jokes and the best advice: Grandpa (or Gramps, Granddad, Poppy, Nonno, etc.). So along with remote celebrations, show your appreciation for him on his birthday or Father's Day by choosing a gift he's really going to love. Is he a cook? How about the appliance all the food blogs are talking about? Does he love his exercise? This lotion will sooth his aching muscles. Or maybe he likes the History Channel, in which case this look back at U.S. History will blow his mind. Say thanks, in so many ways, here.
1. Milk Bar the Little Somethings Gift Set
For the Guy Who Loves Baked Goods
If he’s never had a treat from Milk Bar, now’s the time to introduce him to this NYC-famous bakery. This gift set features six assorted cookies, world-famous birthday truffles and chocolate birthday truffles for the perfect starter pack.
2. A Masterclass
For the Endlessly Curious Fellow
For the grandpa who loves becoming an expert in everything and anything, there’s Masterclass. The star-studded lecture series has been offering a variety of courses taught by successful athletes, actors, scientists, mixologists and more since 2015. Each course is divided up into 12 to 20 ten-minute long sessions and cover a variety of topics as the instructor moves through the lessons. Whether your pop wants to learn some acting skills from Natalie Portman or take a beginner cooking lesson from famous Chef Gordon Ramsay, the gift of a one-year membership means they can take unlimited classes.
3. Cuisinart Air Fryer
For the Home Cook
All the fried foods he loves, now prepped in an easier and more healthful way. Win-win.
4. Teva Hudson Sandal
For the Hiker
He'll be able to let his feet breathe, as well as stay upright when he encounters a patch of mud or small stream, with these classic hiker's sandals. As for wearing socks with them...seriously, he's earned the right to whatever fashion statement he likes.
5. Sleep Number True Temp Sheet Set
For the Light Sleeper
Does gramps complain about waking up in the middle of the night and not getting back to sleep due to overheating? Get him this specially blended cotton sheet set, with touches of polyester and spandex, that will regulate his sleeping temperature. And the fitted sheet has a stay-put strap to keep the sheets aligned.
6. Resteck Massager for Neck and Back with Heat
For the Massage Lover
His weekly massages are on pause for a little while longer, but this highly rated neck and back massager will melt away tension and soothe sore muscles just the same. Plus, he doesn’t even have to make an appointment (or leave the couch).
7. Sun Basket Meal Delivery
For the Guy Who's Avoiding the Supermarket
He’d enjoy this weekly meal delivery kit during normal times, but he’ll especially enjoy it when frequent trips to the grocery store aren’t in the cards. Order yourself the same meals and cook together over FaceTime.
8. Therapedic Reversible 16 lb. Medium Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets can reduce anxiety and calm nerves. Though this particular model comes in 8-, 12-, 16-, 20- and 25-pound options, we're fans of the 16 pounder that's not too heavy but not too light.
9. Cleancult Home Hand Sanitizing Bundle
For the Germ Conscious
This refillable glass bottle comes with cartons of fragrance-free, non-skin-irritating formula that is alcohol-free, yet still manages to kill 99.9 percent of germs. There's a bottle for right when he comes in the door, and one for the kitchen sink, so it's easy to remember to use.
10. AeroGarden Harvest with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
For the Green Thumb
If your Nonno has the greenest thumb in the family, this indoor hydroponic garden will give him some seedlings to look after—without risking the backache that comes with outdoor pruning. Plus, he’ll love adding fresh basil to his famous tomato sauce.
11. Facebook 10-Inch Portal with Alexa Built-In
For the Tech Challenged
Facebook Portal will help you to stay connected because they're easy to use for video calls (yeah, that means you don’t have to spend hours setting Granddad up with Zoom).
12. Coach Track Belt Bag
For the Evening Walk Taker
It holds keys, a phone and other essentials for him while he's clocking his 10,000 steps through the neighborhood. So handy, he'll wonder why he hasn't been using one of these always.
13. Winc One-Month Wine Subscription
For the Wine Lover
Before your partner's father starts sipping, Winc will have him fill out a six-question quiz that will determine his palate profile. From the results, the experts at Winc recommend four vinos he’s sure to love. From there, he can make swaps or additions based on the assortment. Plus, new wines are added to the site daily, so he can try new pairings every month. And, better yet, he can rate his wines after he sips them, to get the most accurate recommendations. (FYI, here are 15 other wine subscriptions to check out.)
14. Bose Frames Alto Medium/Large 52mm Audio Sunglasses
For the Guy Who's Always Humming
This one’s for the coolest grandpa on the block. These retro wayfarer frames do so much more than block out the sun’s rays. They feature built-in Bose technology so he can listen to music or podcasts and take calls discreetly without using actual headphones (just make sure they’re compatible with his hearing aids before purchasing).
15. Beers of the World Cooler
For the Beer Drinker
This mini fridge does an outsized job chilling up to 126 12-ounce beer cans. If you want to be really baller, gift it to grandpa plugged in and fully stocked with beer.
16. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Windproof Vest
For the Guy Who Hates Drafts
He’d never admit to being chilly in his 65-degree air-conditioned home, but you know better. This cozy vest will keep him just warm enough through winter.
17. Scrabble Deluxe Giant Edition
For Professor Types
If the two of you used to spend hours competing against each other to see whose vocabulary was better, upgrade his board game setup with this 50 percent larger, ultra-fancy game, which features a large rotating board with a raised-letter grid, mahogany finish tile racks and more.
18. Crosley Radio Voyager Turntable
For the Vinyl Collector
Give him a good excuse to put his impressive record collection to use with this vintage-inspired record player. It’s compatible with 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records, plus it features Bluetooth and radio capabilities for a touch of modern technology.
19. atlas coffee club subscription
For the Coffee Drinker
Has grandpa been hinting that he's interested in "experimenting" outside of his beloved Folgers? Help him discover roasts that he wouldn’t be able to find in stores with this monthly subscription service that sends gourmet blends from ethically sourced farms in Costa Rica, Kenya, Ethiopia and beyond.
20. BURLAP & BARREL FUNDAMENTALS 9-PIECE SPICE COLLECTION
For the Adventurous Eater
Before he gets to the grill, your dad’s going to want to concoct a fancy rub for that steak. Treat him to a set of these high-quality spices and watch him go wild. (Then throw away his 10-year-old meat seasoning while he’s not looking.)
21. Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit
For the Bearded Grandpa
An all-over wash, a beard lube to make shaving easier, a special moisturizer—his beard is going to be silky-smooth in no time.
22. NAADAM THE ESSENTIAL $75 CASHMERE SWEATER
For the Guy Who Deserves Cashmere
Gift Granddad with a cozy sweater he can wear on top of anything, or just keep in the car in case he's headed somewhere with the dreaded too-high air conditioning. With more than 300 five-star reviews, it’s clear that this $75 wardrobe staple is worth every penny.
23. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
For the Recently Retired
In our youth obsessed culture, we're bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. Author, activist and TED speaker Applewhite once held these beliefs too, until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Funny and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life, explains the roots of ageism in history, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like and offers a rousing call to action.
24. Gosky 12x55 High Definition Monocular Telescope
For the Birder
Your resident birdwatcher may have a nice pair of binoculars already, but sometimes a scope, which typically has a greater magnification, is best for spotting shorebirds on a distant shore or hawks circling high above.
25. Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
For the Grill Lover
If dear old Gramps is still using the same grill he bought in 1988, give him the gift of an upgrade. This classic charcoal option has a large cooking surface for both direct and indirect heat, and a one-touch cleaning system for easy mess removal, post-feast.
26. Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan by Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson
For the Sports Fan
Rooting for a favorite team can be a blast. But what about when a football player takes a hit to the head after yet another study has warned of the dangers of CTE; or when a team whose mascot was born in an era of racism and bigotry takes the field; or when a relief pitcher accused of domestic violence saves the game? In this fascinating book, acclaimed sports writers Luther and Davidson explore how we might begin to reconcile our conscience with our fandom.
27. A VRBO Getaway
For the Travel Lover
Surprise Grandpa by planning a weekend trip for later in the year, a time you all can look forward to, just being together. We’re guessing it’ll be the best email he’s received in a while.
28. BigCartFamily Custom Pet Portrait
For the Dog Owner
It’s no secret that Spot is his favorite “child” so you might as well embrace it. Send in a photo of your pet and this Etsy seller will create a hand-painted watercolor portrait that Dad will want to frame immediately.
29. Snapfish Wall Calendar
For the Birthday Forgetter
A calendar featuring photos of their new grandchild might seem pretty obvious. But this one from Snapfish has a bonus: You can personalize specific dates (like Sophie’s birthday) with added text and even tiny photos. Genius!
30. An Audible Membership
For the Book Lover
Set gramps up with an Audible membership so he can mix in an audiobook—like Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers or David Sedaris’s Calypso—every now and then. You have the option to gift a membership for one month, three months, six months or one year, and if he already has a membership, you can still send him credits to use for more book purchases.
31. Our Place Always Pan
For the Guy With a Tiny Kitchen
This three-piece pan is designed to replace a traditional eight-piece cooking set for under $150. And while it won’t replace every cooking tool in their kitchen (PureWow’s food editor rotates between this handy non-stick and a cast iron skillet), it’s definitely a great present, if only for the sheer ease of use and storage, plus a simplified clean-up process..
For the Quick-Witted
He loves card games, but sometimes they can be hard to play with a group because there are just too many rules to keep track of. Enter this easy-to-understand and fast-paced game where all players have to do is shout out the first thing that comes to mind in each given category. Here’s how it works: Three or more players take turns drawing cards and flipping them over. When two cards match, players have to shout out an example of someone or something in that particular category (like “rhymes with booze”). No repeats allowed.
33. Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother
For the Home Barista
If he can’t stop talking about the daily cappuccinos he drank when he vacationed in Italy three years ago, he’d put a milk frother to good use. This at-home coffee tool works like a charm to whip dairy or non-dairy milks into frothy perfection.
34. Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
For the Tech Savvy
Not only can you control the noise cancelling level on these new headphones, but you can also adjust the volume by simply twisting the earpiece. Plus, the over-ear portion acts as a track pad that allow you to pause, play, swipe to the next song or go back a song with specific touch commands. That’s not all: Grandpa can use his favorite Amazon Alexa commands to do all of the above.
35. You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe
For the History Buff
Historian Alexis Coe (Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis) is the first woman to write a biography of America's first president in 40 years. Combining rigorous research and lively storytelling, she argues that the male gaze has distorted our impressions of Washington (specifically, his relationship with his mother, Mary Ball Washington, to whom other biographers have referred as an “illiterate shrew”). What results is a fascinating and essential read, even if Pop-Pop thinks he knows everything about Washington.
36. Minnetonka Suede Moccasin
For the Guy With Chilly Toes
He won’t admit it, but you know his current slippers need an upgrade. These cozy moccasins will keep him comfy and his feet supported while walking around the house.
37. The Answer Is…Reflections by Alex Trebek
For the Game Show Fan
If Grandad taught you the joy of watching Jeopardy with the late host Alex Trebek, he’ll appreciate getting his hands on this new-ish tome. Though he had been offered numerous book deals, Trebek took his time before accepting. Why did he decide to write a book in 2020? He explained: “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering [me] on for the past year.” An incredible way to honor his legacy.
38. “How to Babysit a Grandpa” Book by Jean Reagan
For the Grandad With Little Grandkids
Gift this book to Pop and then set up a Zoom story time, so he can read it to the kids. It just might become everyone’s new favorite bedtime tradition.
39. Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits
For the Extremely Lactose Tolerant
From one of our favorite NYC cheese stores, Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits sampler includes four fan favorites: Gruyère, Manchego, Brie, and Cheddar, plus a handful of crunchy bites and a sweet, spiced jam. Admit it, he’ll love crafting an expertly curated spread to share with the whole family.
40. Tile Pro Two-pack High Performance Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator
For the Forgetful
Stick this on his keychain or in his wallet and he can easily find it using Bluetooth. And there's two in the set—in case one goes missing before it gets set up.
41. Kaplan Manual Recliner
For the Stealth Napper
It's a recliner, disguised as a small-footprint modern club chair. Get this for his home office and he can be "doing paperwork" all afternoon.
42. KNOCK KNOCK ‘WHAT I LOVE ABOUT GRANDPA’ FILL IN THE LOVE JOURNAL
For the Sentimental Grandpa
With pages for your kids to glue in pictures and prompts like ‘If I had to describe you in one word, it’d be,’ this gift is sure to get him all choked up looking through it again and again.
43. LORD JONES HIGH CBD FORMULA BODY LOTION
This body lotion has 100 mg of soothing (but non-psychoactive) CBD oil, so it can make everything from a chronically sort lower back to a trick knee calm down.
44. Thermapen Mk4
He'll always know that his grill masterpieces—or baked goods or homemade candy—are cooked exactly right with this easy-to-read baby.
45. Nambe Vie Flask
For the Life of the Party
Because you remember him teaching you, as a kid, to "be prepared," you're giving him a little something to do just that. Because camping, hiking and maybe even sports games are ahead, and he wants to be ready.
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