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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

This photo frame is a long-time Strategist favorite, as well as being one of the best-rated digital photo frames on Amazon, according to reviewers. Fans love it for its picture quality, motion sensor, and smart settings like a sleep timer that ensures it isn’t using unnecessary electricity.

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 needlepoint kit from Make Workshop features a 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. According to The Devil Wears Prada author Lauren Weisberger, the women’s On The Fly joggers “have an elastic waist and are cropped, and the material is kind of crêpey and silky and hangs better than they have any business hanging.” And men’s ABC pants, a favorite of Strategist writer Louis Cheslaw, “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.

For the grandparent with a green thumb

This plastic watering can from Haws, one of the oldest and most iconic names in gardening (Martha Stewart approves), is a more affordable — but just as functional — version of its status copper watering can and comes in a wide range of whimsical colors.

For the grandparent who still writes you letters

$27 for 20

If they’re anything like author Hamilah Marcus, they’ll love this stationery because the half-sheet size means there’s more surface area to write and doodle on. They can start using it by writing to thank you for the gift.

For the grandparent with achy feet


This Shiatsu foot massager that’s endorsed by a professional massage therapist is a perennial Strategist bestseller. According to that therapist, it “hits all the meridian trigger points” and soothes the entire body.

For the grandparent with chilly feet

When we recently asked cool people about their favorite slippers, Vogue market editor Naomi Elizée told us she owns four pairs of Ugg’s shearling-lined Cozette slides for padding around the house, making them a warm and surprisingly stylish option. If you’re looking for a pair for grandpa, these Ugg Olsen moccasins are praised by reviewers, one of whom says that “every step is like a plush carpet underneath your feet.”

For the grandparent who starts every day with a stroll

Should your grandparent be looking for comfy shoes they can wear inside and out, these women’s clogs from Merrell came recommended to us by fashion designer Sandy Liang, who says they’re “the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.” Between their warm lining, slip-on style, and snug (but not too snug) fit, they’ll be perfect for grandma’s daily meander. For grandpa, Merrell’s Jungle Mocs are more or less the men’s equivalent (and come praised by podiatrists as one of the best orthopedic shoes you can get).

For the grandparent with a sweet tooth

For some elevated candy, look no further than this assortment of marzipan fruits, which we found while doing our investigation into the old-time-y treat that’s having a bit of a renaissance. It will delight the receiving grandparent whether they start nibbling straight away or leave it out as decoration.

For the grandparent who always asks to ‘turn on Netflix’ when they visit

Give them your log-in along with this Roku streaming stick we’ve been recommending for years, which they can use to turn pretty much any TV into a “smart” one that can stream Netflix — as well as Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime and much, much more.

For the grandparent who loves to draw a bath

Strategist contributor Verena von Pfetten says this teak bath tray “turned my tub into a relaxation center.” It can hold your grandparent’s book, wineglass, candle, soaps, and more.

For the grandparent who likes to curl up with a book


One grandmother we spoke to told us that Michelle Obama’s memoir “never had a dull moment, and even inspired her.” If your grandparent has already read it, you might try any one of the 26 books that authors told us they’re reading to escape the present moment.

For the grandparent who likes to curl up with a book under a blanket