41 memorable gifts to show grandparents they're loved, from a mug warmer to a cute sweater

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Gifts for Grandparents in 2021

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  • Grandparents are beloved members of the family.
  • In this list, you'll find 41 thoughtful gifts to thank them for the love they've given you.
  • For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides here.

Shopping for grandparents can be daunting. If you ask for ideas you'll likely get a genuine "nothing" in response. 

But these are the people who sat through your band recitals even if they were unbearably boring. They weathered your tantrums and sticky fingers on their furniture, and they probably spoiled you when your parents didn't. So, what can you do for them?

Below are 41 gifts that you can feel good about gifting. They're thoughtful, useful, sweet, and bound to be extremely appreciated by grandmas and grandpas.

Check out all 41 cool gifts for grandparents below

A free admission pass to America's national parks
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REI

America the Beautiful Pass 2021/2022, available at REI, $79.99

Trips taken with your grandparents make for the fondest memories. Gift them this annual park pass that lets them experience all of America's parks — it offers free admission for up to four accompanied adults. With this purchase, REI will also donate 10% of these proceeds to the National Park Foundation.

A mug warmer for a cozy beverage
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Amazon

Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer, available at Amazon, $11.99

Any gift that effortlessly improves their daily life is ideal for a grandparent. Whether it's tea or coffee, this mug warmer warms up their favorite beverages in two minutes. 

Voice-enhancing soundbar speaker
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ZVOX

ZVOX AccuVoice AV100, available at Amazon, HSN, and Walmart, from $79.99

Unlike most TV soundbars, this compact speaker specializes in enhancing the vocals of whatever show or movie you're watching, without increasing the overall volume. It's ideal for anybody with a hearing impairment or when you don't want to wake someone while you're watching TV. It works with phones and tablets too.

A vintage-inspired knit sweater
L.L.Bean Todd Snyder sweater

Todd Snyder

L.L.Bean x Todd Snyder Bear Sweater, $199

Remember all those wonderful knit sweaters you got as gifts over the years? Now it's time to pay it back with a similar gift. Todd Snyder's collaboration with L.L.Bean features several vintage-inspired sweaters that will leave your grandparents feeling nostalgic. 

A DNA test that lets them delve into family history
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ancestryDNA

AncestryDNA Genetic Test, available at Ancestry, from $59

Your grandparents are the origins and default architects of much of your life, and AncestryDNA gives them — and you — the chance to explore and appreciate that history. They'll be able to see their heritage and genetic breakdown (aka 50% Irish, 30% Italian, and so on) and can build family trees complete with historical documents and censuses already on the site. If they're interested in history, they'll love this.

A bouquet of fresh flowers
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1-800-Flowers

Fields of Europe Christmas Bouquet, available at 1-800-Flowers, from $39.99

What's nicer than getting a gorgeous bouquet of sweet-smelling flowers sent to your home? Probably only getting to walk by them every day. If you want to send grandma and/or grandpa a bouquet of something fresh and beautiful to enjoy, flowers are a thoughtful option that can typically be delivered within days of purchasing.

A pair of comfortable sneakers
Allbirds

Allbirds

Shop all Allbirds sneakers here, from $98

Everyone deserves comfortable sneakers and if your grandparents aren't familiar with Allbirds, it's time to get them up to speed. The brand makes footwear using sustainable materials like merino wool, recycled trees, sugarcane, and natural rubber. Check out all of our reviews on Allbirds sneakers to choose the best pair for them.

A popular vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle
Hydro Flask Wide Mouth

Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Bottle, available at REI, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Hydro Flask, from $32.93

This vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle works really well. It keeps hot drinks hot for up to six hours, and cold drinks cold up to 24 hours. We also love this $30 mug version.

The latest Apple AirPods
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Apple

Apple AirPods 3rd Gen, $169.99

Bluetooth headphones always make a great gift for anyone with a smartphone. If grandma and grandpa are iPhone users, AirPods are the best choice because they're incredibly easy to pair and they're easy to carry.

The collectible edition of a favorite book
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Barnes and Noble

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales (Collectible Editions), available at Barnes & Noble, $25

Grab one of your grandparents' favorite books in one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions Classics to gift them a pillar for their home library. These volumes feature authoritative texts by some of the world's most renown authors and come in beautifully designed bonded-leather binding with gilt edging and a ribbon bookmark. 

Frame one of your favorite memories with them.
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Framebridge

Framed Photo, from $25

Framebridge Gift Card, from $25

Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed for your grandparents, and you can even take advantage of a team of designers if you want help deciding what frame to get. If you want to give them total control, you can give a gift card and help them with the process if needed.

A cheeky Anne Taintor wall calendar
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Anne Taintor 2022 Wall Calendar, available at Amazon, $12.60

If your grandparents love cheeky humor, Anne Taintor's iconic funny wall calendars are a great place to start. Taintor often pokes fun at domestic stereotypes and uses mid-century advertisements as the main images. Another foolproof option is the 2021 "Dog Shaming Calendar" for $15.

Fresh coffee beans from all over the world delivered to their door
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Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Subscription or Gift Set, available at Atlas Coffee Club, from $55

Atlas Coffee sends them fresh beans from across the globe to their door. They'll learn about its flavor profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in its origins — and each comes in a bag with festive packaging. If they've been coffee buffs for a while — or just love having a morning cup — they'll appreciate both the thought and opportunity to learn something new. 

A touching book to read with young grandkids
Gifts for grandparents How To Babysit a Grandma

Amazon/Business Insider

How to Babysit a Grandma and a Grandpa Boxed Set, available at Amazon, $23.99

This New York Times bestselling kids' picture book is written in a how-to style, with the narrator giving important tips for "babysitting" a grandpa and grandma. It's the perfect gift for new grandparents and little grandkids excited to spend time together. 

*Arrives after Christmas

Nice tea and a cute infuser
Gifts for grandparents tea infuser

Amazon/Business Insider

Genuine Fred Duck Tea Infuser, available at Amazon, $12.59

Buy a cute tea infuser and your grandparents will think of you every time they use it. Don't forget to pair it with some delicious loose leaf tea blends.

*Arrives after Christmas

Practical tea towels that look like classic oil painting still lives.
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Food52

Old Masters Cotton Tea Towel, available at Food52, $30

These tea towels more practically display the dramatic still-life scenes that are typically found on oil wall-hangings: fruit, oysters, cheese, etc. They're interesting, beautiful to look at, and great to use around the kitchen. 

A salt block that'll make grilled foods taste even better
Himalayan Salt Block

Crated and Barrel

Himalayan Salt Block, available at Crate and Barrel, from $34.95

A salt block is the multitasking tool more and more kitchens are adopting. They're a stable crystal structure, which means they can hold a temperature very well. It can be chilled to use as a serving platter for sushi, or heated over a grill or stovetop to cook veggies infused with flavor. Himalayan salt is more nuanced than table salt, and the amount of saltiness imparted varies with the type of food (moist foods absorb more salt, fatty foods repel it, etc.). It's also long-lasting and naturally antibacterial.

A tiny smart garden that they can grow herbs in easily and year-round
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Amazon

Click and Grow Smart Garden, available at Click and Grow, $229.95

If your grandparents love gardening or cooking, this kitchen garden is great for fresh herbs and year-round gardening and comes with pods for mini tomato, basil, and green lettuce. Not all climates and spaces are hospitable to herbs, but Click and Grow maintains one that is. It's low-maintenance so there's not a ton of involvement with tech or even much watering, and they're not likely to already have one. 

A good-looking, cleverly designed container for artisan cheeses
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Food52

Cheese Vault, available at Food52, from $34

You can't go wrong with a cute, handy place for storing artisan cheese that looks far nicer than plastic wrap. Grab some tasty options to start them off with, too. 

The best socks they'll ever wear
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United by Blue

The Ultimate Bison Sock, available at United by Blue, $44

United by Blue makes some of the most comfortable and warmest socks we've ever worn. They're made of merino wool, bison down, and nylon and have reinforced heel and toe areas. We're also big fans of Bombas socks

A media streaming device — and access to your Netflix
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Amazon

Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player, available at Amazon, $19

Turn their TV into a smart TV with the Roku. Set it up for them, show them the ropes, and log them into your Netflix and Hulu if they don't already have their own. Call them later to chat about recommendations or great new shows you're watching, so you can enjoy them together.

A calendar full of cherished personal photos
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Artifact Uprising

Brass Easel and Calendar, available at Artifact Uprising, from $59

Photos of loved ones are an instant source of joy, and structuring our daily life around them with a calendar is a great way to fill each day with more gratitude and happiness. Artifact Uprising has one that comes on a wood clipboard ($35) and a wall calendar ($42) that you can customize. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don't have to wait until January to create one.

A journal that prompts them to record their own personal history for a new family keepsake
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Target

The Story of My Life Journal, available at Target, $9.99

Prompt them to sit down and write about their own life, and make a lasting family keepsake in the process. This journal provides prompts, so it's not as daunting as starting from the beginning. It also shows that you're interested in learning about what they have to say and their own experiences. 

A soothing bubble bath from a well-loved brand
lavande shampoo

Amazon

L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath, available at Amazon, $39

This cult-favorite lavender-scented bubble bath from L'Occitane is a great way to relax, and it takes a while to get through. 

A luxe holiday candle that comes in a hand-blown glass container they can reuse
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Bloomingdale's

LAFCO Feu de Bois Ski House Candle, available at Bloomingdales, $65

LAFCO candles are over $60 for a reason; they smell incredible, they're made simply from soy with a cotton wick, and the container is hand-blown glass that can be washed and used as a centerpiece for everything from candy to plants. This size has a 90-hour burn time.

A photo book or photo calendar you curated for them of their favorite people and places
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Artifact Uprising

Everyday Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $62

Grandparents are often the gatekeepers to the most involved, best-kept baby books. School pictures, spelling tests, and holidays spent with them are all preserved with the genuine, all-encompassing interest reserved only for grandparents. Rarely, however, do we get to do the same for them. Set aside some time and curate a photo book for them from Artifact Uprising with pictures of their favorite places, people, and memories.

Or, if you think they'll use it more, a calendar of you, them, your parents, and their grandkids — primed for a happy exhibition the next time their friends come over.

A new cookbook from a beloved Italian restaurant in Brooklyn
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Amazon/Business Insider

The Frankie Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, available at Amazon, $18.43

Frankies Spuntino is a tin-ceilinged, brick-walled restaurant in Brooklyn that draws crowds from every walk of life for food that is deeply satisfying. Here, the entire Frankies menu — and it's reimagined Italian American comfort food — is adapted for the home cook. If either of your grandparents loves cooking, they'll probably love this thoughtful — and new — gesture.

If you want to gift something that honors your own family recipes, check out this recipe book you or they can write in from Uncommon Goods

*Arrives after Christmas

A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country
 mouth $120, 3 months

Mouth/Instagram

Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/month

Foodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month.

Tea from around the world
Tea from around the world

Uncommon Goods

Tea From Around the World Set, $55

If your grandparents prefer tea over coffee, this set will let them sample some of the best flavors from across the globe.

A Nespresso that makes everything from a latte to a cappuccino just the way they like it — and from the comfort of home
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Nespresso

Nespresso Lattissima One, available at Crate and Barrel, $319.20

This is a pricey gift, but one that makes pretty amazing coffee without much more involvement than dropping a pod into the machine. They can make everything from delicious cappuccinos to lattes right at home, which is probably why it was listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2018.

Long-distance twin lamps that light up when one of you touches it
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Uncommon Goods

Long Distance Touch Lamp, available at Uncommon Goods, from $85

These sentimental long-distance lamps are perfect for grandkids that live far away from their grandparents. Keep one in your home and one at your grandparents' home, and whenever you touch it, their lamp will light up too. It's a simple and instantaneous way to say "I love you!" from across the country.

A Jo Malone diffuser that smells amazing and looks good in a home
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Nordstrom

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffuser, available at Nordstrom, $100

A diffuser is like the modern take on potpourri, and Jo Malone makes some incredibly good scents. They'll recognize the brand, like the smell, and the clean, minimalist glass container means they won't only bring this out when they know you're coming over.

Warm, fluffy slippers they'll love wearing
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Nordstrom

UGG Dakota Water Resistant Slipper, available at Nordstrom, $100

Make sure grandma's feet are kept cozy year-round in these plush UGG slippers with rubber soles for indoor or outdoor use. 

A gift subscription to a cool wine service they're not likely to already use
Vinebox

Vinebox

Shop all Vinebox collections here

Vinebox gifts let the recipient try nine of the best wines of the moment every quarter. Their delivery will include nine vials portioned to be full glasses, with each selected based on their personal tastes and preferences. They'll also get a credit for either $15 or $30 to use on full bottles. 

A vintage-style record player
Victrola 8-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player - gifts for grandparents

Amazon

Victrola 8-in-1 Bluetooth Record Player, available at Amazon, $139.99

Your grandparents probably have a massive collection of records but an outdated record player. With the Kingston 7-in-1, they'll get the vintage feel of old-school record players with additional modern features like Bluetooth, aux, and a CD and cassette player.

*Arrives after Christmas

Aura frame with family photos in it

Aura

Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $169

Set up a digital picture frame at Grandma and Grandpa's house and they'll be able to view all of their favorite images from one device.

An e-reader with a no-glare screen
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite backlight
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Amazon

Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99

If your grandparents love to read, the first device you should gift is probably the go-anywhere, read-anything Paperwhite. Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and has a no-glare screen even in direct sunlight — great for long days spent on the porch or at the beach. 

*Arrives after Christmas 

A movie night with you, planned out by you
Last minute gifts Fandango

Fandango/Business Insider

Gift Card, available at Fandango, from $15

Once it's safe to do so, take them to a movie — spare no expense on movie popcorn, an unnecessarily huge soft drink, and a candy that is usually gone by the close of previews. Grab a gift card and put it in a nice Etsy card, and set a date for the next blockbuster. They'll probably love just spending time with you, and knowing you went to the trouble to orchestrate this.

A comfortable weighted blanket for better rest
Gravity Blanket

Gravity Blankets

Gravity Blankets, from $215

Give your grandparents better rest for the holidays with a cult-favorite weighted blanket with a removable cover. By mimicking DPTS (deep pressure touch stimulation), weighted blankets help us calm down, fall asleep faster, stay asleep better and for longer, and feel more rested when we wake up.

A high-end shaver for Grandpa
Braun Series 9 Pro

Braun

Braun Series 9 Pro, $329.99

As Braun's most advanced shaver ever, the Series 9 Pro will pro will give Grandpa the best shave he's ever had.

A custom painting of their furry best friend
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Uncommon Goods

Custom Painterly Pet Portraits, available at Uncommon Goods, from $250

Make sure this is their decor style before committing to it, but a portrait of their pet is probably one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gestures. It's unique, handmade, and pays homage to the little fur-mop that loves lounging in an adjacent sun patch on the couch every day.

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41 memorable gifts to show grandparents they're loved, from a mug warmer to a cute sweater