Gifts for Grandparents on Grandparents Day

What We Want and What We're Not Crazy About

If you ask most grandparents what they would really like for Grandparents Day, they'll say, "A visit." So by all means, if you can visit grandparents on their special day, the first Sunday after Labor Day, do so. If you want to add a gift, or if you live far away and have to be content with sending a gift, here are some more grandparent-approved ideas.

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    Photographs of Grandchildren

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    Nothing makes grandparents happier than photos of their grandchildren. Photo © Westend61 | Getty Images

    Modern grandparents may have tons of photos on their devices, but most would still love a framed family photograph. For those grandparents who don’t display family photos or who are running out of room, a photo album or photo book should please. One of the nice things about this gift idea is that it works for both grandparents, or for grandparents of either gender.

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    A Collection of Classics on DVD

    Lots of vintage TV shows are now available on DVD. You can choose from collections of classic cartoons, comedy shows and westerns. There are even collections of classic commercials. Choose something that grandparents and grandchildren would enjoy watching together, like these classic kid-friendly movies.

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    Something Handmade by the Grandchild

    When it comes to handmade gifts, there are two kinds of grandparents. The first will love anything made by a grandchild and will find a way to display or wear it, even if it is a coffee can covered with macaroni and spray painted gold. The second type will enjoy something handmade only if it looks fairly attractive. If you are not a crafter, lots of stores sell kits which come with explicit directions for making items such as picture frames or personalized plates.

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    Something With a Personalized Message

    What grandparent wouldn't smile at a picture of a grandchild in a frame that says, “I will love you forever.” What a great message for a grandparent! Personalized gifts come in all varieties and prices. Since many of us are trying to go green and take our own bags to the store, how about a canvas bag with a photo or the grandchildren's handprints and a personalized message? 

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    Something to Help Us Keep Up With Things

    Not that we’re in our dotage, but most grandparents will tell you that we have a harder time remembering things and keeping up with things than we used to. Shopping list pads, a key rack to hang inside the back door, a basket for all the remotes, eyeglasses holders — all of these could make our lives easier. A key finder is also a good gift. Most work through smart phones, but a few can be used by those who are smart phone hold-outs. 

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    Something to Use Daily

    Most grandparents enjoy receiving small gifts that they can use daily. When we see the items, we think of our grandchildren, and that’s a good thing. Choose a coffee mug, pencil cup, pocket knife or writing pen. Specialty coffees or teas are great choices for who enjoy them, or choose a special tea kettle or fancy coffee maker.

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    What Lots of Grandparents Don't Want

    Most of us have far too many candles, lots of them purchased as school fundraisers for the grandchildren! Most of us don’t want candy because we strive for a healthful diet. Most of us don’t want knick-knacks as we are tired of dusting. Although we probably love flowers, we’d rather have a hand-picked bouquet or a inexpensive bunch from the grocery store than an expensive arrangement. But remember: Most grandparents are notoriously enthusiastic about anything that has to do with their...MORE grandchildren and will receive most Grandparents Day gifts with genuine joy.