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32 Gifts for Every Type of Grandparent

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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, there are situations — like our present moment — when that simply isn’t an option. 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 knits

Will they end up gifting the final result of this Strategist-approved sweater kit to you once it’s finished? Probably. But that’s a good thing, considering how nice the finished product looks.

For the grandparent who needlepoints

This kit from Make Workshop features an Art Deco–inspired design they surely won’t have attempted before. The brand comes recommended by Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur (whose former store, Of a Kind, was beloved for its impeccably curated selection), who say that there are “not nearly as many modern-looking needlepoint projects as there should be.”

For the grandparent whose Mr. Coffee is on its last legs

This coffee maker has the dual appeal of being just as simple to use as their beloved Mr. Coffee and coming highly recommended by coffee snobs.

For the grandparent who wears the same pleated khakis day in and day out

These Lululemon styles for women and men will offer them that “dressed-up” feel of actual pants but the comfort of sweats. The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger is a fan of the brand’s “crêpey and silky” joggers that she calls “my bridge to real pants.” And men’s ABC pants are a favorite of Strategist associate editor Louis Cheslaw. They “look like suit trousers, but feel far more comfortable,” he says.

For the grandparent who could use a little help around the house

To lighten their load, treat your grandparent to the best-rated robot vacuum on Amazon, according to reviewers. As one happy customer (literally) summed up: “This thing sucks!”

For the grandparent who swaps cookie recipes with you

This sheet pan from Strategist favorite Great Jones is the perfect combination of functional and giftable, thanks to its unique, Kindercore-esque design.

For the grandparent who swaps every recipe with you

If they spend all their time in the kitchen, this nifty (and affordable) organizer serves as a “safe place to store knives without damaging their sharp edges,” according to lifestyle expert Tenille Murphy. Because it’s designed to fit inside a drawer, the tray also helps to keep countertops clutter free.

$24 at Sur La Table
with code: STARS

For the grandparent with a green thumb

This copper watering can from Haws, one of the oldest and most iconic names in gardening, isn’t cheap, but it is very handsome and Martha Stewart–approved. Brooklyn-based interior plant designer Lisa Muñoz explains that the “rose” piece at the end is like a showerhead for plants, allowing you to “provide an even spread of water over the soil, mimicking rainfall.”

For the grandparent who still writes you letters