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There's no doubt grandparents want to spoil their grandchildren in every way imaginable. So what better way to do so than with a fun gift? The perfect present is one that takes your grandchild's personality into consideration as well as offers an entertaining or educational aspect (or maybe even both). Some gifts are one-offs, but a present like a subscription or even a financial app truly makes an impact.
Here are the best gifts for grandchildren.
Kiwico Subscription Box
Kiwico has a little bit of everything for kids of all ages, from newborns to teens. Simply select the age range and interest (science, art, geography, etc.) and your grandchild receives a "crate" full of science and art projects. The package is delivered every month so there's something to look forward to and no shortage of fun.
Make It Real Gold Link Suede Bracelets
There's something so fun and even a bit nostalgic about making jewelry and charm bracelets. And Make It Real's kit provides kids with everything they'll need to create some personalized bracelets. The kit includes faux suede cords and 100 pieces of golden jewelry and beads. This truly allows your creative child to make a range of bracelets and show off their flair for fashion.
Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit
Who says gifts for grandchildren can’t be fun and educational at the same time? My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is best for children ages 6 and older, and many of the experiments require adult supervision. The 20-piece kit comes with a variety of tools, including cotton swabs, test tubes, measuring scoops, and safe chemicals like citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and more. With all these ingredients, kids will be able to make their way through 11 fun activities, such as creating an underwater volcano or magic ooze!
"The inclusion of official-looking science equipment like beakers, little scoopers, and a pipette add to the kit's allure. The pipette was a huge hit and by far the most coveted item for my boys. Easy-to-follow instructions are frustration-free and make the experiments accessible for older kids to do without adult help."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester
ternPak The Original Curated ternPaks kit
"Are we there yet?" is a common question most kids ask while traveling. Help them stay busy with ternPak's kit that has all the essentials to keep them occupied, all without looking at a screen. The water resistant, neoprene backpack holds magnetic cubes (great for motor skills), crayons, dry erase maze challenges, and more. Kids will love the activities and adults will appreciate some quiet time.
The Woobles Fox Crochet Kit
Crocheting can be a fun activity for people of all ages and The Woobles fox crochet kit is perfect for beginners. Buy one for the grandkid and maybe even one for yourself so you can do the activity together. They'll receive easy to follow tutorials, yarn, stuffing, a needle, a drawstring bag to carry everything in, and more. Pay a few extra dollars for a crochet hook and the tutorials come in both right and left-handed versions.
Pottery Barn Kids Enamel Bank
For a bit of an elevated piggy bank, Pottery Barn Kids enamel bank serves major style points but also instills a sense of savings and financial independence. The 3.25-inch bank is made of durable enamel and has velvet padding on the bottom. One side of the bank can be personalized with three lines of text, including a name, date of birth, and weight.
Uncommon Goods New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle
Puzzles are a fun family activity and your grandkid will really love a puzzle that highlights the day they were born. The New York Times front page puzzle is a snapshot of the world on the day they entered this earth. The 500-piece puzzle measures 19 x 13.5 inches and is available in color for birth dates after 1998.
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic
As the name suggests, this Building Bag includes 80 plastic pieces in an array of shapes and colors. Thanks to the blocks’ simple shape and oversized prongs, they’re easy for kids to hold, stack, and take apart. With this toy, your grandkids will be able to build houses, animals, and anything else they can imagine, exercising their creativity while developing fine motor and critical thinking skills. This kit is ideal for children 12 months up to 5 years, and thanks to its versatility, kids will enjoy playing with it for several years.
"The blocks fit together easily, but the connections were a bit loose, which is unlike other brands of building blocks that we’ve tried in the past. This can be either a good or a bad thing, depending on your child’s abilities and how the blocks are being used."—Hailey Eber, Product Tester
Masterclass Virtual Cooking Class
MasterClass has a range of tutorials for pretty much every interest, but for your grandchild that's a little older or heading off to school, try a cooking class with renowned chef Thomas Keller. He teaches the basics and technique for mastering poached eggs, pasta, prepping veggies, and more. It's a great way to either instill a love of cooking or just learn the basics for someone who's moving away from home.
YNAB You Need a Budget App
Mastering finances can feel super intimidating, but YNAB, or You Need a Budget, does it in a way that feels accessible. Signing your grandchild up for a subscription means giving them access to financial tips on budgeting, goal setting, and weekly online support and workshops. The savvy financial info they learn can be useful for years to come, or even a lifetime.
Papier Imagination Notebook
While most of us, especially kids, are living in a digital world where we jot things down in our phones or on a notes app, nothing can replace pen to paper. Papier's notebook has a colorful, gradient design in hard or soft cover and the interior comes lined, dotted, or plain. This is such a fun way to encourage creativity whether it's drawing out designs or simply mapping out a custom planner.
Aluratek 7" Touchscreen LCD Wi-Fi Digital Photo Frame
Aluratek's digital picture frame makes it easy for family miles away to stay connected through the power of photos and technology. Upload pics via wifi or USB and the high resolution screen really brings the images to life. There are even built-in speakers to listen to any audio files. Families can upload their favorite photos of the recipient and add new pics as time goes on.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City.