The 14 Best Gifts to Buy for Grandma in 2018

Surprise her with a present that speaks to her interests

Affectionate grandmother and granddaughter with gift on balcony
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There’s a lot to love about the holiday season, but there’s also a lot of pressure during what’s supposed to be the jolliest time of the year. There are decorations to be hung, dinner parties to be planned, and of course, there are gifts—lots and lots of gifts—to be purchased.

Unfortunately, gift-giving generally isn’t as easy as clicking “to buy” and waiting for the item to show up on your doorstep. Sometimes luck is on your side and that does happen, but more often than not, finding the perfect gift entails lots of forethought and research—especially when it comes to people like your grandma.

And we know you don’t always have that kind of time. That’s why we put together a list of the best gifts for grandma this year. This list is all but guaranteed to have something your own grandmother will love, so you can reclaim your holiday season. Go ahead, add one of these items to your shopping cart, cross another person off your list, and go forth and enjoy the merriment.

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    Best for Beauty Lovers: Crabtree & Evelyn London Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy 6-Pack

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    Courtesy of Walmart

    We're sure grandma would love a new set of hand creams that will get her through the cold dry winter. This six-pack from favorite Crabtree & Evelyn comes with six of their most popular scents ranging from rosewater to lily, and iris so she can use one at a time or mix it up depending on her mood. She'll love these hand creams so much she'll ask you to buy her favorite scent for her birthday.

    Reviewers remark these creams have just the right amount of scent, they feel lightweight on the skin but they still tackle dry tired hands at the end of the day.

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    Best Tech: Echo Show

    Even if grandma isn't the most tech-savvy she'll still be able to figure out how to use the Echo Show which will not only allow her to video chat with the family daily, it can also pull up recipes, the news, or even family photos.

    After you setup the Show for grandma just teach her the basic functionalities, and all she will need to do is say things like "Alexa, call my family" or "Alexa, what's the weather today." If you want to make it really easy for her you might want to type out a list of the most useful prompts for her so she can get the full benefits of this smart-home enabled device. She can even flex her brain power by playing daily favorites like Jeopardy. If grandma really gets into this you can automate her home even more by adding security cameras, lights, and more so she can access everything with the sound of her voice.

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    Best for the Cat Lover: Cat Eyeglasses Holder

    Cat Eyeglasses Holder
    Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

    Are you tired of helping grandma find her glasses? Give her this kitty to keep by her side, whether that’s near the couch, next to her bed, or by her favorite reading nook. This pretty piece of functional decor has a charming story, too: It’is hand-carved from a single piece of piece of Sheesham wood by Fair Trade Indian artisans.

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    Best Sentimental: NIX Advance 8 Inch Digital Photo & HD Video Frame

    In this digital age, it is hard to display all of the photos we take of life's important moments. Why not gift grandma a digital photo frame that can let her easily display all of the grandkids with ease.

    This 8" frame turns on when you enter the room and will turn off when you leave (you can set this to go off 5 minutes to an hour after leaving). On it she can display high-quality family photos and even videos, so all of her friends can see her growing family. To add photos you'll just have to plug in an SD or USB stick and they will automatically upload for her instant viewing.

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    Best for the Brain: Brain Games Crossword Puzzles

    If staying sharp is one of her main priorities why not gift her a crossword puzzle book that will keep her brain on point. This book has 80 crossword puzzles in a large print so she will have an easy time reading the clues and filling in the boxes. The book is meant to be used from the front to the back because as she completes one the next puzzle will get harder challenging her more to problem solve.

    This crossword book makes a great stocking stuffer for grandma. Reviewers say that some of these puzzles are hard but not so hard you can't figure them out.

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    Best Home Decor: Pinzon Faux Fur Throw Blanket

    Let grandma snuggle up with her evening programming with this super soft and luxurious faux fur throw. She'll love the way this feels and will also enjoy displaying it on the back of her couch. This throw comes in a frost gray, ivory, or alpine brown color so choose one that suits her decor best.

    What's best about this throw is that it is machine washable so no special washing is required. Reviewers comment that this is soft, plush and extra warm with many saying they added this to the foot of their bed for some nice texture and warmth.

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    Best Jewelry: Givenchy Crystal-Y Necklace

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    Courtesy of Nordstrom 

    Jewelry is always a safe bet when it comes to grandma. If her collection is filled with a lot of costume jewelry she'll be sure to love this beautiful necklace from Givenchy that strikes a nice vintage glamour note. Available in either a rose gold or silver colorway this necklace will look just as good for a night out with her friends as it would for her weekend grocery store run.

    It measures 16" long so it will show of her decolletage at the right amount and it has 3" extender if she wants it to plunge even deeper. Reviewers comment that this piece is a perfect size, not too big or too small so it can work for many occasions.

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    Best for the Cook: My Family Cookbook

    So your grandmother makes the best meatballs you’ve ever had? Or maybe you look forward to a fresh batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies whenever you come to visit? Either way, you’ll want to make sure she writes those recipes down. This fill-in-the-blank cookbook has room for over 80 original recipes, plus has spots for photos and family reviews. The book also has conversion charts and helpful cooking tips, but we’re not so sure someone with her skills will need that.

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    Best for the Sentimental: Anatomy of a Grandparent's Heart Mug

    Anatomy of a Grandparent's Heart Mug
    Uncommon Goods

    You couldn’t possibly count the number of times your grandmother has sung your praises. This pretty red and white graphic mug ensures you do the same—the hand-sketched heart details all of a grandmother’s most charming characteristics. Since the 16-ounce mug is the perfect vessel for her morning cup of coffee or tea, you can think of this gift as a daily reminder of how much you love her.

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    Best for the Artist: Hand Lettering for Relaxation: An Inspirational Workbook for Creating Beautiful Lettered Art

    If grandma’s already made her way through the adult coloring book you gave her last year, up the ante this year with a skill that’s a little harder to master. This instructional book is an easy-to-understand beginner’s guide to creating beautiful faux calligraphy, print fonts, and brush lettering. The interactive workbook includes 46 unique workshops, each with a fun design challenge.

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    Best for the Gardener: Botanicals: 100 Postcards from the Archives of the New York Botanical Garden

    Grandma has all of the gardening gear a gal could ever need. What she’s really after is more time with her beloved grandchildren. When you can’t be together on a regular basis, this gift of 100 beautifully decorated botanical postcards is a nice gesture. Let her know that you consider this gift the start of a budding pen pal program between the two of you.

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    Best for the Tea Lover: Teabloom Teapot Gift Set

    If she looks forward to a good book and a cup of tea on the porch every afternoon, give grandma this gift set. The green tea leaves are handcrafted to create gorgeous flowers when brewed, and a clear glass teapot ensures she doesn’t miss a thing. It’s the perfect antidote to a routine afternoon, but it’s also a great party trick.

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    Best for the Hostess: Classic Cocktails Tea Towel

    So grandma may have mastered those meatballs, but her cocktail game could use a little work? This retro-looking tea towel just might be the solution. It features 20 classic cocktail recipes—from summer favorites like the Pina Colada to after dinner drinks like the White Russian—that every hostess should have in her repertoire. The bottom of the tea towel includes some other helpful hints, including useful tools, a glossary of must-have glassware, and other tips.

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    Best for the Entertainer: Awkward Family Photos Movie Caption Game

    Does everyone always gather at grandmas, no matter the holiday? Or maybe grandma regularly takes on babysitting duty? Either way, you’ll want to make sure she has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained. To play this game, players match hilariously awkward family photos with caption cards. The concept is simple—the person who creates the best pair wins—but it’ll have the whole family in stitches.