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Seeking out the perfect gift for grandma can be challenging, but it helps to be attentive to what she talks about, what she enjoys, where she goes, and how she lives.
To help with your search, we researched the best practical and personalized gifts for your grandma that align with her unique interests. Some of our favorite picks include cards that spark meaningful conversations from TableTopics, a stunning dutch oven from Le Creuset, and a towel warmer from Sharper Image for bring the luxury of a spa right to your grandma's home.
Here, the best gifts for grandma.
TapleTopics Grandparents & Grandchildren Meaningful Conversation Starter Cards
Grandma will enjoy flipping through this set of 135 cards finding the most interesting topics to discuss with her grandkids, who may end up having so much fun, they’ll wonder if it was the grandkids’ gift or hers! Most cards consist of questions designed to get a convo going so that eventually everyone’s hopes, dreams, and ideas become clear—and they’re fun to use anytime. You never know when grandma might get these out (dinnertime, next time you call her, on your next roadtrip), but they’re likely to bring about some surprises!
Some of the questions inside include "What's the first thing you remember saving money for?," "Who taught you to ride a bike?," and "What's the best thing about the age you are now?"
Prepare for hours of laughter and thought-provoking conversation, according to happy reviewers. They noted that is perfect for all ages and a great option for a screen-free activity. Get the whole family involved at the next Sunday dinner or holiday for a circle of interesting and nostalgic conversation you are sure to remember fondly.
Softies Dream Jersey Crew Neck 2 Piece Lounge Set
When it comes to top tier coziness, Oprah knows a thing or two. This Softies Dream Jersey Lounge Set, recommended in the 2021 collection of her favorite things, were described by Winfrey as, “a second skin,” and, “hard to take off” (because they’re so cushy, that is). Machine washable and ultra-soft, this set is a decadent blend of polyester and spandex with an elastic waist and drawstring for the perfect fit—and they’re available in six sizes and five colors. Gift grandma a set of her own so she can personally confirm the coziness rumors.
Evermarket Paisley Embossed Wooden Rolling Pin
Make sure grandma’s cookies are the prettiest in town when you gift her this intricately engraved natural hardwood rolling pin. Cookies aren’t only for the holidays anymore—she can bake them as a housewarming gift for new neighbors, a birthday treat for a friend, or for dessert when guests come for dinner. And this rolling pin can also be used for rolling pizza dough and more. When done using it, grandma can wash it effortlessly by rinsing with water and air-drying.
My Grandmother's Life: Grandma, I Want to Know Everything About You
A meaningful and thoughtful project, grandma can fill in the pages of this memoir using the questions, prompts and guided exercises provided along the way. It’s arranged into chapters according to the order of grandma’s life stages, so she can write in details and memories as she wishes. As grandma delves into her past and telling her life stories, this affordable book will begin to brim with wisdom and knowledge to be shared for years to come.
KI Store Garden Kneeling Pad
For the grandma that likes to get on the floor and play with the babies and pets, this knee-saving cushion is a treasure—and it has many other uses as well. She can use it outside when planting bulbs in the garden, set it up beside the bathtub when it’s time for her furry friend's bath, or drop it wherever she needs it for washing the floors or other low household furnishings. It even doubles as a seat cushion when needed, too. Filled with extra thick, shock-absorbing foam, this waterproof cushion can’t go wrong helping grandma stay active and pain-free.
Assouline Travel Set Notebooks
These four notebooks will let your well-traveled grandma get creative with some of the world’s most indulgent destinations in mind. Each 32-page notebook highlights the locale featured on its cover, allowing for the following pages to be filled in with grandma’s imagination—or maybe even her memories. Choose from Ibiza Bohemia, Amalfi Coast, Capri Dolce Vita, or Mykonos Muse, all in the same 4 x 6 inch size—or let grandma do a few pages in each one.
Studebaker Retro Classic Portable AM/FM Radio
Sometimes grandma might just want to kick back and listen to the radio old-school style. This classic portable radio is perfect for tuning into local stations for whatever music or news she enjoys, and weighing only 1.5 pounds, it can be taken anywhere as long as she remembers to put in four ‘C’ batteries—otherwise, it plugs in. A retro teal and silver combo make it look the part, while it’s also available in red or turquoise.
Lutron Motion Sensor Switch
Help grandma cut down on her light bill while ensuring her safety when roaming her home by installing the Lutron Motion Sensor Light. By identifying motion and turning lights on immediately in any room it’s set up for (think laundry room, kitchen, garage, etc.), the Lutron Motion Sensor Light helps grandma see when her arms are too full to flip the switch. It also turns lights off in areas where no movement has been detected in a while, like when the grandkids forgot to turn lights off on their way out. Easy to install, it only takes three steps and one screwdriver to get it done in 15 minutes—plus there’s a video to help out.
Sharper Image Towel Warmer
Make sure grandma stays toasty warm while getting out of the shower or bath when you give her this towel warmer from Sharper Image. Compact and easy to carry, this device plugs into any AC outlet, can hold up to two large towels (40 x 70 inches each), and reaches a maximum temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A simple press of the on/off button sets the 20-minute warming cycle in motion, and a red light lets you know it’s heating up. Once the top temp is achieved, a green light tells you it’s done. And there’s an automatic shutoff for safety to boot. The best part? It can also warm up gloves, mittens, pajamas, socks, and other items grandma wears.
Beautiful by Drew Barrymore Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, White Icing
When she hears at the last minute that you’re coming over, grandma can get dinner ready in a jiffy with this modern-looking Air Fryer. From Drew Barrymore’s new kitchen line, ‘Beautiful Kitchenware’, comes a healthy way to heat foods in half the time of a traditional oven. The Beautiful 6 Quart Touchscreen Air Fryer, available in four colors (black, gray, green, and white), is touch-activated and can prepare enough for up to seven servings at a time.
Patricia Nash Vintage Print Scarf
A stunning colorful vintage print scarf for a very reasonable price, this is a stellar gift for grandma if she likes to wear such things (and what grandma doesn’t?) Whether she wears it around her neck, thrown over her shoulders, or tied over her hair on a windy day, she’s sure to turn heads in this Patricia Nash-designed gem. Suitable for multiple seasons, this scarf brings a touch of style to almost any outfit. Made of viscose, it is hand washable and measures 24 x 79 inches.
Harry & David Fruit-of-the-Month Club Signature Classic Collection
From juicy pears to ripe red strawberries to mangoes, plums, cherries, and peaches, each month holds a flavorful and healthy surprise for grandma to share with her friends— or to keep for making pies, jams, and jellies!
Harry & David’s famous gift baskets have already been tried and won the best overall pick for gift baskets by our testers in a recent home test. Our tester shared that they liked the wide selection of food categories available on the Harry & David site, and that there were different sizes of each gift basket as well. They just didn’t so much like that the box they received had no warning to let them know perishable goods were inside.
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray
Created in 1921, the classic Chanel No. 5 Parfum was reformulated in 1986 into the Eau de Parfum available today. The scent is a unique and memorable blend that’s hard to describe, a timeless treasure loved by many. It makes a great gift for any classy lady, and perfect for grandma to keep on her dressing table to admire until it’s time to put some on.
House of Waris Botanicals Love Conquers All Tea
If grandma enjoys a sip of afternoon tea, let her try a cup of this sumptuous blend! Certified organic, the ‘Love Conquers All’ container from House of Waris Botanicals contains twelve sachets of rose, shatavari, damiana, and saffron tea. Considered one of the company’s healing teas, this blend is sure to add warmth and cheer to any dreary day on grandma’s calendar.
Uncommon Goods Classic Literature Cat Tote
Featuring choices of graphics with titles like, Romeow & Juliet, Pride and Purrjudice, and The Great Catsby, Grandma’s tote will surely inspire witty comments from her book-loving friends and librarian pals—although she can use her tote for anything from shopping at the Farmer’s Market to carrying her garden tools.
Nomad Noe Hero Candle
If there’s anyone who deserves a relaxing, spa-like experience at home, it’s grandma. Gift her one of these 7.8-ounce French scented vanilla and toasted tonka bean candles and let her enjoy such a moment. Vegan, cruelty-free, and crafted of vegetable waxes, the Hero Candle comes in an attractive porcelain container with a lid, equipped with a cotton wick. Hand-poured in the USA, these candles burn for up to 55 full hours.
How to Babysit a Grandpa
A New York Times bestseller, this tale lets the little ones be in charge for the day, while sharing their tips for kids on how to take care of grandpa. The 32-page story includes a set of adorable instructions they’ve written, along with a page of bonding activities that includes baking snickerdoodles, having a costume parade, playing hide-and-seek with grandchildren, and going to the park to swing. Ideal for ages 5 to 8 years, Grandpa and grandkids alike will enjoy this funny story.
Wawice Fun Eyeglass Holder Display Stands
If grandma needs a safe spot to rest her glasses, look no further than this cute flamingo-shaped eyeglass holder. Set it up almost anywhere she normally rests her spectacles to keep them from getting lost or crushed, from her nightstand beside her bed to her desk in her home office to her favorite end table by the living room couch. It fits most standard sized glasses and comes with ten adorable alternatives, like a bulldog eyeglass holder, an astronaut, or a pig, koala bear, or schnauzer dog.
Willow Tree Grandmother, Sculpted Hand-Painted Keepsake Box
A beautiful oval-shaped box inscribed inside with the phrase, "Love that transcends the years," this hand-carved, hand-painted original piece was crafted by artist Susan Lordi of Kansas City. Featuring images depicting a grandmother holding her young grandchild, this box is perfect for holding a piece of jewelry or other small gift for grandma, or great just given as-is. Grandma will have a place in mind for it, no doubt, but it’s commonly found on nightstands, dresser tops, atop mantels or shelves.
Sabre Personal Safety And Motion Sensor Keychain Alarm
If grandma is spending more time alone these days, check out the selection of personal safety products at SABRE. Among many great choices, the SABRE Personal Safety and Motion Sensor Keychain stands out for its simplicity and ease of use.
To activate the alarm, grandma just needs to pull the pin, and to turn it off, she can just replace it again. The loud 120 dB alarm can be heard up to 1,150 feet away. To detect motion nearby, she can slide the button on the side to ‘Motion Detection’ mode and scan up to 120 degrees 15 feet away. When she’s done with it for the day, the back of the unit acts as a magnet so grandma can place it against the refrigerator or anything else magnetic to hold it for future use. It's available in black or turquoise.
Uncommon Goods Scarf Styling Ring
These gorgeous lead-free pewter scarf styling rings pair well with anything grandma wants to make pop. Available as a Tree Branch Spiral, Spiral Round Ring, or Infinity Round Ring, these unique pieces are handmade by an artisan couple in North Carolina. Sure to hold Grandma’s scarf in place, she can also try them with a shawl, wrap dress, or loads of other options.
Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven
If you can only afford to buy grandma one piece of a Le Creuset cookware set, let it be this one. The Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven comes highly recommended with a snug lid that keeps moisture inside and a perfect French design that circulates steam and is oven safe up to 500 degrees. Grandma can use it for nearly any type of cooking and it’s naturally nonstick and dishwasher safe.
SOOKOO 32 Piece Cookie Cutter Set
With assorted sizes in six popular cookie shapes, this fun cookie cutter set is crafted of high quality plastic and great for a variety of occasions, including holidays, birthdays, and more. Grandma can get these out when the toddlers come to visit, too, as they’re sturdy enough to cut shapes through play-doh, wet sandbox or beach sand, or materials for arts and crafts. Easy to use and a cinch to keep clean, these are useful for an array of treats besides cookies and other activities as well—from jello jigglers to quesadillas to shape and size sorting.
Lands' End Women's Moccasin Slippers
Available in six sizes, these comfy slippers from Lands' End are sure to become granny’s favorites. Topped with a warm flannel print, a super soft faux fur lines the insides of these pretty moccasins while cushy foam footbeds absorb any shock as grandma’s feet meet the floor. There’s a rubber outsole so she can wear them to the mailbox if necessary, and they go very well with numerous Lands' End apparel if you wanted to throw in a matching top.
Etsy Ceramic Butter Dish
Handcrafted, ceramic, and made to order, this lovely butter dish will take grandma’s tableware game up a notch. Stunning for any meal she chooses to use them for, these must be hand washed gently— no dishwasher, please. The artisans that make these will free hand draw and hand paint each item, so the one you’ll get will be very close to what you see here, but slightly different.
Patagonia Women's R1 Air Crew
For the outdoorsy Grandma who still loves to stay active in the winter, this Spanish Red R1 Air Crew is available in six sizes. Breathable, moisture-wicking and fast-drying, the R1 Air Crew is made with 100 percent polyester jacquard fleece, Fair Trade sewn. Active folks will find that it makes a nice first layer for bundling up over, while still being cute enough to wear as a regular top to go out for lunch.
Heidi J. Hale Sterling Handwritten Notes Bracelet
This delicate and beautiful sterling silver bracelet lets grandma reflect on her beloved grandchildren wherever she may be. Choose from three, four, or five squares for the handwriting you want to highlight for grandma’s bracelet, then upload images of short written phrases to be included. Enter grandma's bracelet size and voila!
Viator 90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour
When grandma already has everything, it’s hard to pick a gift for her. So why not book her an experience instead? Viator has a wealth of experiences posted, such as (but certainly not limited to) the 90-Minute Chicago Architectural Tour. You can browse tours that suit her location, travel style, and schedule.
EXTREE Pashmina Silky Shawl Wrap
This shawl’s year-round fabric means she can wear it for any season. Long and flowy, this luxurious cashmere shawl can be worn with anything from a formal dress to jeans with boots. It’s fully reversible, with a light side and a dark side, too.
Fair Trade Winds Rainbow Popcorn with Pink Himalayan Salt & Black Pepper Seasoning
Give Grandma a new Movie Night treat while helping her support other women at the same time. Rainbow popcorn kernels are a fun variation of the regular kind, and they taste perfect with the salt and pepper blend used in this package. Grandma can pop it easily in the way she prefers—on the stove or in the air popper. The Women’s Bean Project of Fair Trade Winds helps women find jobs through a transitional employment program.
Etsy Personalized Family Portrait
To set up your portrait, you can add up to 12 people and/or pets, choose your portrait size, specify a background, message the seller each family member’s name, hair color, skin color, body type, etc., and then wait to receive your digital download to print yourself. You can print out as many as you want, so consider one for grandma’s office, art studio, or elsewhere as well as her home.
Bearaby Cotton Napper
Help grandma catch up on her naps with this cushy weighted organic cotton napper from Bearaby. Just make sure you choose the right weight napper for Grandma—the site advises that your blanket should weigh 10 percent of your body weight, so if you weigh 150 pounds, your blanket should weigh 15 pounds. The Napper is available in five colors.
Yoga Anytime Senior Beginner Yoga Classes Online
If grandma is hesitant to attend live classes, gift her some online classes with a subscription to Senior Online Yoga Classes at Yoga International. She’ll get access to over 2,000 on-demand yoga classes and meditation classes for beginners taught by top tier teachers. Try it out with a 30-day free trial, after which you’ll be billed $19.99 per month.
Uncommon Goods Traditional Bread Warming Set
Made of gorgeous terracotta stone and natural grass basket, this bread warmer keeps loaves, muffins, tortillas, dinner rolls, and more hot for up to 45 minutes. Just warm up the terracotta stone in the oven for 10-20 minutes, preheated to 350 degrees. Then place it in the bottom of the grass basket as shown, toss in your breads. Spread a little honey butter or fresh-made jam on for the win.
Etsy Brag Board
Grandma’s Brag Board lets your Granny post her most brag-worthy photos, report cards, and other such treasures without the need to login to social media. It comes with six small clothespins and twine to hang your sign up and begin to highlight your pics, etc. You can easily fit up to three 5 x 7 pics, seven wallet sized, or whatever you decide looks good.
SOI Handbag Illuminator With Charging Power
Grandma knows the frustration of trying to find something in her purse when it’s too dark to see. Made in Germany, and weighing only 1.5 ounces, the tiny little Handbag Light would turn on automatically whenever it senses Grandma’s hand is nearby, staying on for about eight seconds so she can find what she needs. Afterwards, it switches itself off to save power.
Lovery Almond Milk & Honey Home Spa Basket
When grandma deserves a Spa Day, but she’s just a bit too frugal to book one for herself, Lord & Taylor’s 10-piece Almond Milk and Honey Home Spa Basket Set is perfect for the job. Comprising bath oil, body scrub, shower gel, bubble bath, bath salts, a shower steamer tablet and two extra large shower bombs all tucked inside a pretty reusable basket, Grandma will have everything she needs to rejuvenate in her at-home spa. There’s even a little card inside so you can personalize it before handing over to Grandma.
Pop's Birding Company Hummingbird Swing
Grandma may have the hummingbird feeder, but we doubt she has the hummingbird swing! Give her tiny little friends a chance to rest while waiting their turn at the feeder when you hang it in grandma’s yard or garden. Easy to set up, users say it tends to attract hummingbirds that like to sit and “swing” on it, so it’s sure to be interesting to watch.
World Wildlife Fund Adopt an Elephant
For animal-loving grannies, get the most popular Symbolic Adoption Kit WWF offers, which contains the following: a plush stuffed African elephant, a photo of an adopted African elephant, an "adoption certificate", a species card full elephant facts, and a gift bag.
Grandma can have fun learning about elephants with the grandkids while admiring the photos and cuddling up with the plush stuffed African elephant.
Cratejoy Goddess Provisions Box
Each snack box is hand-curated to include precisely what the goddess being gifted must have. From superfood snacks to crystals to natural beauty products and much more, the Goddess Provisions box is guaranteed to be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free every single month. Just choose how many months you’d like to send the boxes, pay the amount indicated, and wait to hear how much she loves it.
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Pillowcase
Known for its protective qualities of the skin and hair, Mulberry Silk is the highest quality of silk available on the market. Available in standard and king sizes, with four colors and designs to choose from, the Mulberry Silk Pillowcase from Brooklinen is a must-have for every grandma.
Debbie Lynn Jumbo Coloring Poster
Set this up at G=grandma’s house and color a little bit with her every time you go over. A superb way to encourage quality screen-free time bonding with Grandma, this stunning coloring poster has several variations to choose from besides the sea turtle pictured, including a llama, sloth, unicorn, dragon, mermaid, lion, or elephant.
Uncommon Goods Thistle Butterfly Puddler
Handmade in Canada, this piece is easy to set up: Just fill the recycled glass well you’ll see in the puddler with sand and water and wait a day or two for the butterflies to gather. Somehow as the sand and water blend evaporates (usually takes less than one day), minuscule little special minerals like crystals form. These crystals are attractive to butterflies, and once they notice it, they will return often. Make sure you’ve got some pollinator-friendly flowers and other garden treats for them to enjoy when they come.
Cole & Mason Indoor Self-Watering Herb Garden Planter
Fragrant fresh herbs make cooking more fun and dishes more delectable. Give grandma this brilliant self-watering indoor planter and let her indulge in cooking her favorite dishes with fresh ingredients at her fingertips. The package includes a year’s supply of hydro-felt pads, which absorb water and distribute as needed, and one herb keeper which can hold ten ounces of water. Self-watering gardens like this require around 40 percent less watering, making it eco-friendly, and it also prevents overwatering of the plants.
North Country Wind Bells Coastal Inspired Wind Bells
For grandmas who love the ocean, these Coastal Inspired Wind Bells will be ideal. Made in the city of Round Pond, Maine, these chimes offer a choice of wind catcher and bell, each making a unique set of sea-related sounds. (There’s a way to listen to a sample sound of each to see if you like it). Durably made, you can count on these lasting at least 20 years.
Wet-It! Swedish Dishcloth - 3 Pack
Unique and chic, if you give these Swedish-made dish cloths to Grandma, they’re sure to inspire a conversation or two whenever people stop by her kitchen. Highly sustainable and an alternative to paper towels and sponges, they’re not only reusable, but washable and biodegradable, lasting approximately six months each. The weave they’re made from is said to absorb 16 times its weight, and they won’t leave streaks when used on glass or mirrors.
Zazzle Grandma Tree Pillow
For this throw pillow, you get to customize your pillow fabric, size and color, as well as the names and dates you write on it, giving grandma’s little ones each their rightful place on the Grandma Tree of Love. The front can hold up to eight names with birthdates, and on the back it says, “Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting."
Uncommon Goods Puzzle Roll Away Mat
If Grandma’s a puzzler, this mat might be something out of a dream for her. Made of felt and cardboard, this Puzzle Roll Away Mat quite simply takes your puzzle with all the progress you’ve made thus far and rolls it away, keeping it exactly as you’ve left it. Ideal for jigsaw puzzles with 1,000 pieces or less, the mat measures 30.5 x 47 inches. Note this mat isn't ideal for wood puzzles, only cardboard pieces.
What to Look for in a Gift for Grandma
If you're absolutely stuck, gone are the days of guessing. "Simply ask grandma what she wants, and ask her pointed questions about her preferences, hobbies, and habits to help narrow down the right gift," says Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy Founder and CEO of GiftMeChic. In the end, this is a more sustainable way of only purchasing items she'll actually enjoy and use.
shopping for grandma, it’s essential to look for things you know she’ll like—not just things you assume she’ll like based on stereotypes. In order to do that, you’ll need to figure out the kinds of habits she has, hobbies she enjoys, shows she watches, music she listens to, etc. To fine-tune your gift-giving with grandma, Jones-Hennessy suggests making an interview questionnaire out of it and having some fun with the task of asking grandma questions.
If grandma swears she has everything she could possibly need, opt for something customized. A monogrammed makeup bag or pillow personalized with her grandchildren's names on it can go a long way.
If functionality is something you look for a in a gift, chances are that's something grandma would appreciate too. For example, consider her night routine and what might make her night feel a little more relaxing. Gift her a set of cushy slippers or a fancy new comb to make that time more enjoyable for her. If she's been complaining about her old vacuum for some time now, gifting her a new one that makes the job easier can mean so much.
Why Trust The Spruce?
KJ Callihan created this roundup. She has also written shopping, gift, dining and activity guides for several sites including The Spruce, AAA Northeast magazine, Knoji, CNET, Oh My Veggies and more. When she isn’t writing roundups, she enjoys doing product reviews, creating helpful how-tos, and writing informative articles on many topics. To guide our selections for this roundup, we also consulted Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, founder and CEO of GiftMeChic. Jones-Hennessy has a strong background as a gift expert, from having been a buyer for stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman to her current gift curation and concierge luxury gifting business.