The 45 Best Gifts for Grandmas (We Should Know, We Checked with 9)
Grammy is way too nice to tell you this, so we’ll do it for her: She doesn’t want another scented candle this year. How do we know? Well, we asked nine grandmothers to tell us what presents would truly make their day and not a single one mentioned a candle. Nope, not even a fancy Diptyque votive. Never fear, we compiled a list of 45, grandma-approved gifts she'll actually be excited to open.
Whether she's an avid gardener, morning walker, TV binger or bookworm—there's a gift on this list that perfectly personalized for her. From a fancy stand mixer and a sweater she’s sure to love to a grow-her-own flower kit, here are the best gifts to buy your Bubbe this year (or your mom, if the gift is “from the kids”), according to actual grandmas.
1. Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
For the grandma who deserves some R&R
A pillowcase wasn't at the top of our list (or even our top 20 ideas)...until we called our grandma directly. She didn't hesitate to rave about how she's dreamed of getting a silk pillowcase, since they're known for keeping hair frizz-free, breathable (no night sweats here) and gentle on your skin. It's the kind of splurge she may not make for herself, so you should totally take the initiative.
2. Birth Month Flower Grow Kit
For the gardening grandma
If your granny has a green thumb, she'll love this grow-your-own flower kit. Select the flower that represents the month she was born and she'll get to watch it bloom over time.
3. Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas
For the grandma who needs new PJs
Contrary to popular belief, most grandmothers have no desire to wear a giant muumuu to bed. They do, however, like supersoft pajama sets. This classic one from Nordstrom has amassed over 1,000 five-star reviews thanks to its relaxed fit and lightweight feel. Looking for a plus-size option? Check out this similar style.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
4. Weleda Skin Food Ultra-Rich Cream
For the grandma who’s constantly washing her hands
“It sounds simple, but I would love to get a good hand cream that doesn’t leave behind any film or residue,” one granny told us, going on to detail how her hands are in rough shape after months of constant washing and hand sanitizer application. This popular formula from Weleda should help with all that. It’s infused with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to moisturize, plus organic pansy and calendula flower to soothe and repair irritated skin.
5. Smeg Stand Mixer
For the baker
Your grandma has had her handheld mixer so long, it starts to give off a smoky smell when she whips up a batch of her famous cookies. Treat her to this standing model from Smeg and she’ll never look back. The retro ’50s design will remind her of her younger years and will look great on her kitchen countertop.
6. Skylight Digital Frame
For the grandma that lives far away
Keep your granny up-to-date on everything that's going on in your life by emailing photos right to this digital photo frame. Since it connects to wifi, all of your family members can send photos to it, regardless of where they live. Plus, getting it up and running is super easy, so even if she's a total tech novice, she won't have anything to worry about.
7. Sarah Chloe Diamond Accent Locket Necklace
For the sentimental grandma
She already carries pictures of the kids with her everywhere she goes (they’re her phone background, of course), but there’s something about a locket that just feels extra special. Have a photo of your family professionally placed in the 14-karat gold plated locket for a gift that’s sure to make her cry—in the best way.
8. Fitbit Versa 3
For the grandma looking to get her steps in
“I just got this new Fitbit and I’m amazed by how it can do so many things,” one grandma told us, referring to built-in GPS, fitness tracking, call and texting features. The only problem? She can’t seem to get the Fitbit app on her phone to sync up with it, so she suggests that if you’re going to get your grandma one for the holidays, be sure to offer to sit with her to set it up.
9. Grandparent Pen Pal Set
For the old fashioned granny
Maybe she has a smart phone or maybe she's stuck with her landline all of these years. Regardless of how you keep in touch with her nowadays, nothing beats traditional snail mail. This set comes with everything from envelopes and stationary, to fun games like Tic-Tac-Toe and cute writing prompts for the both of you to send back and forth. Besides, who could be a better pen pal that your grandma?
10. Winter Paint-by-Number Kit
For the artistic grandma
Let her fill up her free time crafting her own art work. This paint-by-number kit has everything she'll need to play Van Gogh: artist-quality canvases, brushes and water-based acrylic paints. Plus, she'll get so excited to share her masterpieces with you once she's finished.
11. Overnight Foot Care Kit
For the grandma who walks
Maybe she's an avid early-morning walker or loves to hit the gym, regardless her feet take a beating. Let her pamper herself with some extra TLC while she sleeps. With a super nourishing, rosemary-mint scented foot cream and fuzzy socks, she'll wake up in the morning relaxed with baby-soft soles.
12. Personalized Family Tandem Bike Art
For the art collector
It goes without saying that she loves her family more than anything. Give her a family portrait she'll cherish with this sweet print that can include everyone from her kids and grandkids to her beloved furry friend.
13. Bearaby 15lb Cotton Napper
For the worrywart
We got one of these for our grandma last Christmas, and she sleeps under it almost every night. The blanket’s knit layers of organic cotton give it 15 pounds of weight, which create a soothing sensation, almost like you’re being hugged, when you lay under it. Bearaby’s weighted blankets are by far the chicest on the market, too.
14. Ugg Ansley Water Resistant Slipper
For the grandma who needs new slippers
We got these for our grandma five Decembers ago and they’re still going strong. Sure, the shearling lining isn’t quite as fluffy as it once was, but she swears they still keep her feet toasty. The sturdy EVA sole ensures that she won’t slip and makes them suitable for outdoor wear, in case she has to venture outside to grab the paper. And the suede exterior is water resistant, which might explain why these babies will last forever.
15. My Family Cookbook
For the grandma with all the best recipes
Whether she loves baking up a storm or playing chef and cooking tasty meals, she's going to need a place to jot down all those recipes she's famous for. And chances are, she's knows some top-secret family recipes that have been passed down through the generations, so getting to share those with her grandkids will have an extra sentimental value.
16. Eeboo English Cottage 1000-Piece Square Puzzle
For the game player
Winter is coming. If she plans on staying indoors she'll be thrilled getting to play around with this 1000-piece puzzle while she's cozied up on the couch during the approaching chilly months.
17. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
For the grandma with arthritis
Unfortunately, age often comes with an increase in aches and pains. If Grammie has been complaining about her sore knees or her arthritis acting up, put a bottle of this CBD-infused body lotion in her stocking. Reviewers say the 100mg of CBD help to ease pain and soreness almost instantly.
18. Papier Daily Planner
For the grandma who's always on the go
This personalized planner is so much more than your typical day tracker. It includes shopping and to-do lists, spots to prioritize your day (perfect for anyone who needs to brain dump all they've got going on in the to-do list, then sort it out in the priority section), as well as goal tracking and mind mapping activities. You already know grandma's unstoppable; this is just the backup she needs to take the world by storm.
19. Personalized Family Mugs
For the coffee drinker
These are no ordinary coffee mugs. One side displays your family name, while the other shows the artist's depiction of the chosen family member, up to the skin tone, clothing and hair color. Send her a set with one for each of the gang and she'll smile every morning she takes a sip of her fave caffeinated beverage.
20. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Tin
For the home cook
Help Nan upgrade her recipe organization game by putting one of these pretty recipe tins from Rifle Paper Co. under the tree. She can store her existing loose-leaf recipes inside, or transfer some of them over onto the included 24 recipe cards. It even comes with 12 divider cards, to help separate out meals by category.
21. Kaf-Home Tailor Cotton Apron
For the messy baker
Her cupcakes are out of this world but the mess she leaves behind post-bake fest isn't. Help her keep her clothes nice and clean as she cooks up a storm with this 100 percent cotton apron that comes in a variety of cheerful colors.
22. Shutterfly Personalized Wall Calendar
For the grandma who likes to plan
Fill a calendar with pictures of the grandkids (and granddogs, of course), for a super easy-yet-meaningful gift. Include important dates like family birthdays and anniversaries to truly make it feel personalized. And don’t be surprised if you see it hanging on the fridge the next time you’re over at her house…
23. Grandkid Name Pillow
For the couch potato
Let her adorn her fave lounging spot with a personalized pillow showcasing all the names of her grandkiddos.
Knock Knock What I Love About Grandma Fill in the Love
For the nostalgic grandma
Another sentimental idea? This little fill-in-the-blank book which features prompts like “I love how you always say ____” and “I love to play ____ with you.” Have the grandkids fill it out themselves (with your translations below, of course) and it’s sure to be Mom’s favorite gift by far.
25. Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy
For the bubble bath regular
Considering this bathtub tray has a wine glass slot, a book/tablet holder, and removable compartments for candles, bath salts and bubble bath, we’re not exactly surprised it’s amassed over 7,500 five-star reviews. Something tells us Nonna is going to be speechless when she unwraps this one. Bundle it with some aromatherapy bath salts to really take the gift to the next level.
26. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Robe
For the grandma who needs a new robe
Made from the same material as Barefoot Dreams’ mega popular throw blankets, she’ll want to stay in this supersoft microfiber robe all day long. And since she’s retired, she totally can. “This robe is the most amazing thing I have ever felt on my skin. Soft as butter!” one buyer declares.
Available in sizes 1-4.
27. Charter Club Crewneck Cashmere Sweater
For the hard-to-shop-for
Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like cashmere? We haven’t. So, when it comes to pleasing even the pickiest grandmas, you can’t go wrong with a 100 percent cashmere sweater. And the 22 different colors mean she can always exchange it if she doesn’t like the one you choose. Psst, it’s available in plus sizes too.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
28. Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling Device
For the grandma who loves to video chat
Gigi loves FaceTiming with the grandkids, but she hates having to hold her phone out in front her the whole time. With this smart device, she won’t have to. She can set the 10-inch-wide device on a side table or her kitchen counter and video chat hands-free, so long as the people on the receiving end have Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. It can even understand voice commands thanks to Amazon Alexa, if she doesn’t want to bother with using the touchscreen.
29. Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker (Set of 2)
For the forgetful grandma
Look, we all misplace our phone from time to time. But if your grandmother is notorious for losing her reading glasses, you should really think about getting her a Tile Pro. She can slip the slim device into her glasses case, put it in her wallet, or attach it to any other essential she doesn’t want to lose. The Tile Pro syncs up to an app on her phone so she can easily locate her items.
30. Homde Jewelry Organizer
For the grandma with an impressive jewelry collection
This four-drawer jewelry organizer also has two side cabinets and a top compartment, making it the perfect solution to Gram’s overflowing jewelry box. “It literally [fits] every piece of jewelry I own, which is shocking, and it looks fairly unassuming on our vanity stand near the bathroom,” says one reviewer.
31. SilhouettesbyElle Hand Cut Custom Silhouette Portrait
For the grandma whose house is already covered in photos of the grandkids
Speaking of the grandkids, here’s another gift centered around them she’ll love: A silhouette portrait. All you have to do is send this Etsy seller a side profile photo of each person you want included and select what size you want. She’ll take care of the rest. Frame it when it arrives, and Mom will have it hung on her wall in record time.
32. Beaches by Gray Malin
For the aspiring globetrotter
A grandmother with a major case of wanderlust told us she’s asking for a travel-themed book this year. “I think it might help to at least look at pictures of exotic places, even if I can’t go there myself,” she explains. This book from photographer Gray Malin contains breathtaking beach images of Sydney, the Amalfi Coast, Saint-Tropez, Cape Town and more.
33. Simplicity Teas Teas of the Month Club
For the tea drinker
Sign Gam Gam up for this tea subscription, and each month she’ll get four different full-size bags of loose-leaf tea delivered straight to her door. Oh, and her first box will come with a cute tea steeper, too. “Such a fun treat to get in the mail each month. I have truly enjoyed each of the teas we have received so far,” writes one reviewer.
34. Bala Bangles One-Pound Weight Set
For the trend setter
Let’s be honest: Chances are your gramma’s never heard of Bala Bangles, so the brand recognition (or the fact that they were on Shark Tank) won’t win you any brownie points. That said, when you tell her how she can wrap them around her wrists or ankles and wear them while power walking for an extra toning effect, she’ll definitely be on board.
35. Kindle Paperwhite
For the tech savvy grandma
If your grandma navigates her iPhone with ease, she might appreciate having a Kindle Paperwhite to read on. The device will allow her to download thousands of books that she can read anytime she wants thanks to its slim, portable design. Yup, even when she doesn’t have Wifi. The Paperwhite name comes from the fact that the screen mimics real paper so it won’t glare or cause eye strain. One thing to note? It’s currently backordered until November 13, so don’t wait too long to order this gift.
36. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
For the bookworm
The thrilling story of a woman whose husband mysteriously disappears, this suspenseful Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick is so gripping she won't be able to put it down. And if Grammy has a local book store she frequents, order this thriller through Bookshop.org to ensure that her favorite shop still gets the proceeds from the sale.
37. SpaFinder Wellness 365 Gift Card
For the spagoer
“I like getting treated to a hair appointment, a manicure, anything that makes me feel a little pampered,” a grandmother of two told us. Think your mom or grandma feels the same? Then get her one of these SpaFinder gift cards. She can use it to book an appointment at one of the thousands of affiliated spas and salons across the country.
38. Gaiam Beginner’s Yoga Starter Kit
For the beginner yogi
She’s always said she wants to get into yoga, so why not use this year’s holiday gift as a way to encourage her to get started? Once you get her this coordinating yoga mat, block and strap she’ll have no excuse but to finally give it a try. And if she's looking to start practicing at home before heading into a studio, have her check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube for some free beginner classes.
39. Urban Stems Flower Subscription
For the grandma who loves to get flowers
With this fresh flower subscription, Gram will get a bountiful bouquet delivered weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on which plan you choose. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.
40. Real SimpleMagazine Subscription
For the grandma who still reads magazines
We know, we know, you can’t remember the last time you picked up a print magazine. But according to two of the grandmas we talked to, they still enjoy reading them! One recommended subscribing to Real Simple for its practical tips on cooking and organization and ideas for activities to do with the grandkids.
41. Custom Pet Portrait
For the animal lover
One granny admitted that while she’s always a fan of receiving framed photos of the grandkids, this year she’s hoping for a portrait of her Westie, Scout. Send this Etsy artist a photo or two of Grammy’s tabby cat, and they’ll create a beautiful watercolor painting you can have framed for her. Yup, this one’s going right on the mantel.
42. Winc Wine Subscription
For the wine lover
If you've been busy returning to the office and your mom's helping babysit during the transition, we’re guessing she could use a few bottles of wine to decompress. Give her a gift card for a Winc wine subscription and she can choose three new bottles to try per month. Start with the one- or two-month option and if she likes it, you can treat her to a whole year’s-worth of wine at a later date.
43. Blueland the Clean Essentials
For the clean freak
Sure, your grandmother might be a little confused when she unwraps a box of cleaning supplies. But once you tell her about Blueland’s reusable bottles and affordable refills, she’ll be excited to get scrubbing.
44. 'Only the Good Stuff: PureWow's Top Recipes of the Past Decade'
For the grandma who's stuck in a cooking rut
Nonna's got plenty of great recipes she knows by heart, but sometimes, they start to feel a little...same old, same old. Give her a whole new bank of ideas to pull from—all of which happen to be our favorite recipes of all time. They're tested and true, and (best of all) don't require a ton of prep work. Plus, you can customize the cover as an added touch.
45. Philodendron Heartleaf
For the plant grandma
Grandma has a legendary green thumb, but she misses her garden in the colder months. Get her this philodendron heartleaf plant to keep her company through the winter. As the name suggests, the pretty cascading leaves are heart-shaped, so she’ll be reminded of your love for her every time she tends to it. Aww.