33 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.). This holiday season, show your appreciation for all the years of laughs, advice and fun with one of these 33 fantastic gift ideas for grandpas.
1. Resteck Massager for Neck and Back with Heat
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).
2. Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Milk Frother
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.
3. Sun Basket Meal Delivery
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.
4. You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe
Historian 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.
5. Minnetonka Suede Moccasin
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.
6. Therapedic Reversible 16 lb. Medium Weighted Blanket
Weighted blankets can reduce anxiety and calm nerves, which is especially helpful during times like these. 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.
7. the tie bar subscription
Every three months, a box of three best-selling ties from this brand will arrive to freshen up his wardrobe. The Tie Bar has a surprising array of styles, from long to skinny and even bow ties, for all those formal weddings coming up.
8. The Answer Is…Reflections by Alex Trebek
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.
9. Murray’s Cheese Greatest Hits
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.
10. “How to Babysit a Grandpa” Book by Jean Reagan
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.
11. AeroGarden Harvest with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
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.
12. Facebook 10-Inch Portal with Alexa (Set of 2)
One for him and one for you. This duo of Facebook Portals 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).
13. A Masterclass
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.
14. Winc Wine Subscription
Winc is our go-to for memorable but affordable bottles of wine that are delivered straight to our doorstep. Before your father-in-law 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.)
15. Bose Frames Alto Medium/Large 52mm Audio Sunglasses
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).
16. Microsoft Surface Headphones 2
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.
17. Scrabble Luxe Edition Game
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 ultra-fancy scrabble game, which features a large rotating board with linen texture and raised-letter grid, a solid maple wood cabinet for storing the painted wood tiles and more.
18. Patagonia Classic Retro-X Windproof Vest
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.
19. atlas coffee club subscription
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. Crosley Radio Voyager Turntable
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.
21. Milk Bar the Little Somethings Gift Set
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.
23. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
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
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. Burlap & Barrel Fundamentals 9-Piece Spice Collection
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.)
26. Weber Original Kettle Premium 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
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.
27. Loving Sports When They Don’t Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan by Jessica Luther and Kavitha Davidson
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.
28. An AirBnb Gift Card
Welp, you can’t exactly book Pops that Euro-trip he’s been talking about for the past few years, given current events. Instead, surprise him with an Airbnb gift card that he can use when the time comes. Maybe he’ll put some of it towards a weekend road trip getaway if he’s really itching to travel. Select your custom amount and Amazon will send the gift card right to his inbox. We’re guessing it’ll be the best email he’s received in a while.
29. BigCartFamily Custom Pet Portrait
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.
30. Snapfish Wall Calendar
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!
31. An Audible Membership
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.
32. Our Place Always Pan
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..
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.