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33 Gifts for Every Type of Grandparent

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Whether you’re looking for a birthday gift or just something to let them know you’re thinking about them, finding the right thing for a grandparent can be just as tricky as shopping for anyone else on your list. Like moms or dads, grandparents (who are also moms and dads) are all unique. Some carry iPhones, others still use landlines. Some love to cook, others love to knit. Some prefer sweating to the oldies; others, a warm cuppa and good crossword puzzle. And although many may tell you the best gift is more time together, a thoughtful present when in-person meetings aren’t possible is a meaningful way to show you care. To help you find the right gift for your grandparent (be it a ma, pa, or both) we’ve put together the below list of 32 items that include something for just about every type there is, whether they cook up a storm, spend every Saturday with a crossword, love to exercise, or are as obsessed with their plants and pets as they are with their grandkids.

For the grandparent who has a photo of you as their phone background

One of the best-rated digital photo frames on Amazon, this frame is also a favorite of Donne Davis, founder of the GaGa Sisterhood — a community for grandmothers who go “gaga” for their grandchildren — and grandmother to three. It’ll let grandparents see a rotating selection of family photos that you can upload via a USB stick.

For the grandparent who does the crossword in pen

New York book critic Molly Young told us that she loves this book of extra-challenging Saturday crossword puzzles from the New York Times, and promises that any “badass solver” would love it, too.

For the grandparent who loves New York

If they love coming to visit you in the Big Apple, or just its bright lights in general, one way to give them their fix until they can visit again would be to send some genuine New York bagels from Upper West Side institution Zabar’s.

For the grandparent who needlepoints