The love of a grandfather is unconditional. And, sometimes, the best way to honor that love is to give him a gift. "It doesn't have to be over the top or incredibly extravagant," states Lizzie Post, etiquette expert and co-president of the Emily Post Institute. She adds that even a small gift or card that carries a meaningful message can go a long way.
We curated a list of gifts that are sentimental, functional, and can align with the various personalities of grandfathers. Our selections include a massage tool from Therabody, a cozy robe from Parachute Home, and a sleek knife set from Material Kitchen.
Everyone enjoys a good book, but finding the time to read when we lead such busy lives can be a challenge. That's where Audible comes in. The digital platform allows users to select anything from novels to biographies and have them read aloud, no matter where they are. There are five diverse plans to choose from, so there is bound to be one perfect for your grandfather.
Price at time of publish: $45
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
There is something to be said about hot coffee and tea. This simple pleasure is likely part of your grandfather's daily rituals, so make sure that cup can last him for as long as possible with an Ember Mug. Everything from temperature to the color of the LED light gets controlled through an app on their smartphone. Handwashing is essential for longevity, but the ease of use makes up for it.
Price at time of publish: $145
Vionic Alfons Mule Slipper
The Vionic Alfon Mules are cozy and offer plenty of support for your grandfather's feet. As our top choice for podiatrist-approved slippers, these provide ample arch support and have an EVA sole, which absorbs pressure when moving. With five styles and plenty of sizes to choose from, this gift is both functional and practical.
Price at time of publish: $110
Therabody Theragun Mini Massager
As we age, our bodies start to experience a lot more aches and pains. One way to combat these ailments is through massage, but not all of us can afford this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The Theragun Mini offers a solution through a portable massager gun. Users can customize their treatments by selecting 1750, 2100, and 2400 percussions per minute, providing steady and therapeutic benefits to the body. Coming in four different colorways, our editors know there is a version perfect for your grandfather.
Price at time of publish: $199
Parachute Waffle Robe
One of our editor-loved bedding brands, Parachute Home, has bathrobes that rival similar products on the market. Their Waffle Robe is a lightweight, softly textured design that uses 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton. We love that it comes in regular and extended sizes, meaning that there is an option for every grandfather.
Price at time of publish: $129
Uncommon Goods Owl Eyeglasses Holder
Many of us have misplaced our glasses a time or two. Make sure your grandfather won't ever lose his again by giving him this eyeglasses holder. This whimsical figure is handcrafted out of Sheesham wood by artisans in India. And, for every purchase of items made in partnership with these artisans, you're providing income and support for charity initiatives created by Uncommon Goods and Texas-based creative collective Matr Boomie.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material The Knives + Stand Set
For the grandfather that loves to cook, a quality set of Japanese stainless steel knives is sure to be a hit. Yes, there are many choices on the market, but those are dull compared to the Knives + Stand set from Material Kitchen. Founded by the brilliant and talented Eunice and Dave, two friends who built their kitchenware brand into one of the top Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-owned businesses available today. This culinary toolkit will ensure that every meal he makes has been chopped to perfection.
Price at time of publish: $245
The New York Times Classic Crossword Puzzles
Crosswords are a great way to pass the time, and this New York Times Puzzle book is bound to achieve just that. The resident NYT puzzle master, Will Shortz, curated a selection of 100 crosswords that will challenge and entertain the mind. Be sure to give your grandfather a nice pencil to use so mistakes can easily be fixed when working on each brain teaser.
Price at time of publish: $21
We all can agree that hearing stories from our grandparents about their pasts or things they are passionate about is something we can easily take for granted. Storyworth can be a great way to keep their adventures and thoughts alive forever. Each week, you can choose a prompt for them to write to their heart's content. It truly shows how much you appreciate everything they have to say.
Price at time of publish: $99
Leatherology Thin Bifold Wallet
Wallets are a tried and true gift for any male-identifying individual, particularly grandfathers. They will appreciate the clean lines and high-quality leather that Leatherology uses. You can choose from their signature, premium, and RFID-blocking designs in hues like black, brown, navy, and more. Plus, the slim design means it won't feel too bulky in your grandpa's pocket.
Price at time of publish: $70
AirDoctor 4-in-1 Air Purifier
Quality air circulating the home is crucial for overall health and well-being, especially as you age. One of the highest-quality and most effective air purifiers is the 4-in-1 Air Purifier by Airdoctor. It offers a three-stage filtration system that removes common allergens like dust and pet dander. The UltraHEPA filter and dual-action carbon/gas trap/VOC filter also remove toxins like formaldehyde from the air. With its silent jets and four-speed fan, this air purifier will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Price at time of publish: $629
SoGoodSoWood Personalized Initial Hip Flask
If your grandfather loves a good sip of whiskey, be sure to get him a personalized flask. This selection from Etsy is both rugged and classic in its design and durable, thanks to quality leather and grade 316 stainless steel. The flask holds 8 ounces of liquid and is best maintained through hand-washing to preserve the integrity of the leather exterior. Despite the upkeep, your grandfather will be proud to show off his new gift.
Price at time of publish: $27
Infusion Personalized Golf Balls
Some grandfathers love a good game of golf. If your loved one meets this description, perhaps it is time to get them a personalized set of golf balls. With 17 designs, no one will get confused over which golf balls belong to whom. Choose from simple monograms to full names with a cheeky graphic, all of which are USGA-approved. This custom gift is a small yet thoughtful gift that goes a long way.
Price at time of publish: $40
If your grandfather spends every family get-together by the grill, it's worth looking into a Butcher Box subscription. The company offers six boxes to choose from, each filled with high-quality meats. The beef is grass-fed, chickens are free-range, and pork is raised crate-free, all of which are important to consider when shopping for meats. The shipping is free and done in an eco-friendly, insulated box, so rest assured you're doing right by your grandfather and the environment.
Price at time of publish: $146 for a classic box
Etsy Wooden Chess Set
Chess is a game that offers intellectual stimulation and sheer excitement for anyone who plays. Your grandfather will want to duel you whenever you visit after receiving this wooden chess set from Etsy seller ArtisRaw. Handcrafted from olivewood, this set includes pawns for two players and a beeswax-based wood polish to keep everything in tip-top shape. While this is a game, the aesthetics of the set allow it to serve as a decorative piece, too. Not to mention it made our list of the best chess sets!
Price at time of publish: $79 for 11x11
Heaven Hill Distillery American Whiskey Experience Tubes
If your grandpa is the type to make himself an Old Fashioned at the end of the night, chances are he'd appreciate a whiskey-tasting kit like this selection from Total Wine & More. A single set includes five unique American whiskeys bottled in 100-milliliter tubes, allowing for easy sipping and sampling in hopes of expanding his whiskey collection. If the gift is for his birthday, try teaming up with another family member to get him a decanter or new whiskey glasses.
Crosley CR704B-PA Musician 3-Speed Turntable
Depending on your grandfather's age, he might look fondly on visiting the local record shop to pick up the latest hit song. And while he might have a smartphone with access to music streaming apps or a radio to listen to classic rock, owning a turntable that combines those features into one object might just be what he needs to reminisce on the glory days. This selection from Crosley offers those modern advances with a vintage aesthetic that he is sure to love.
Price at time of publish: $170
Orbitkey Leather Key Organizer
Make fumbling for keys a thing of the past with the Orbitkey Leather Key Organizer. This modern yet durable device holds up to seven different keys and is perfect for taking on the go. It uses a stainless steel lock to keep the keys in place, which prevents the traditional jingles we picture when we think of a set of keys. Grandfather will appreciate the high-quality leather and the two-year warranty, protecting against damages sustained under normal wear and tear.
Price at time of publish: $44
AlluvionPrints Grandpa Definition Birthday Card
Sometimes, the best gift you can give someone you love isn't a product: it's your words. That's why something as simple as a handwritten note or card that sums up things you appreciate and admire about that person is worth so much. This card outlines what it means to be a grandfather and gives you the space to explain just how deep your love for them is.
Price at time of publish: $4
Lambs Faraday T-Shirt for Men
We tend not to think about our exposure to UV rays and radiation from technology, but that doesn't mean it isn't impacting us. The clothing brand Lambs designs apparel with built-in WaveStopper™ Technology that protects against 99 percent of the aforementioned. The brand's Faraday T-shirt uses a 360-degree silver lining that is lightweight, breathable, antibacterial, and even protects against odor. It is stylish and is perfect for protecting your grandfather from everyday environmental stressors.
Price at time of publish: $199
What to Look for in a Gift for Grandpa
When selecting a gift for a loved one, particularly a grandfather, it is always a good idea to have the item tied back to a memory. Did you spend a lot of time somewhere together? Was there a specific activity that you did to bond? These are all questions that you should consider when gift shopping. Post explains that an often overlooked gift is a simple card that can hold greater weight with the giftee than an expensive watch or similar product. Whatever you decide to give, just be sure it holds meaning to you both.
No one wants a gift that serves little to no purpose in their life. Yes, extravagant gifts can be beautiful, but the only person benefiting from that sort of gift is the person giving it. Post emphasizes that while the gesture is appreciated, those grander gifts are self-serving and usually seek to one-up other people if offering the gift in a larger social setting. It's best to shop for practical gifts that the person receiving can incorporate into their day-to-day life.
One difficulty you can run into while gift shopping is losing sight of who you are shopping for and beginning to shop for yourself. Before you browse stores in person or online, write down the activities your giftee likes to do or personality traits that make them unique. This way, when you find an item, you can refer back to the list and see if it is something they will like and benefit from.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Samantha Parsons wrote this article to include gifts that are sentimental, functional, and align with the spirit of a grandfather. Hours of research, reading reviews, and analyzing product trends lead her to select the items above. Speaking with the co-president of The Emily Post Institute and co-host of the Awesome Etiquette Podcast, Lizzie Post, helped to solidify these choices.