The truth is, buzz-worthy sometimes the older we get, the less we need. That’s why all Gram and Pop typically want is to spend time with the family. But wrapping up a box of “extra family time” isn’t always possible, or, if we’re being honest, as fun to open. When you need a grandparent gift idea that’ll bring much deserved joy to their hearts (or bellies or homes), these pro-picked presents are a win with the third generation.
For picture people
Anyone who has countless photos trapped on their devices (so, everyone) will be beyond grateful for a way to enjoy them without lifting a finger. Aura Frames is a giftable solution since it makes it easier than ever to share life’s special moments with the people who care the most, even if you’re miles away. “We gave this digital frame to my in-laws last Christmas and they love it,” says Evette Rios, New York City-based lifestyle expert and TV host of Lifetime’s “The Way Home.” “They keep it turned on so they see new photos and videos as soon as we add them through the app and they don’t have to mess with a thing.”
For forgetful types
We could all use a little help finding our phone or wallet from time to time, but for grandparents who are babysitting, carpooling and maybe even picking up your housekeeping slack during the week, the need grows quickly. Enter the Apple Air Tag—the most recommended product on our list. They can attach it to their house keys, wallet or bag and use Apple’s Find My app to quickly locate the item, says Rios, who (spoiler alert) plans to wrap these up for her own parents this Christmas. Julie Kenney, founder of The Gifting Experts, a brand that designs celebrity and charity gift bags, is also a big fan. Your grandparents “likely kept track of your stuff for at least a couple of decades,” says the Pleasanton, Calif.-based gifting expert, “so this gift helps you return the favor.”
For wine connoisseurs
If a trip abroad isn’t in the cards this year, you can still transport the family matriarch and patriarch to a European vineyard with Vine Voyage, a flight of beautifully packaged French and Italian wines. With eight mini bottles (each approximately just over one glass), this at-home tasting set offers grandparents a chance to “recount their best travel memories,” says Trae Bodge, a New York City-based shopping expert and founder of Truetrae.com. “I’m also a big fan of consumable gifts, because grandparents often don’t need more stuff.”
For coffee & tea enthusiasts
You may know Sugarwish for their select-a-sweet gift boxes, but the brand’s Coffee & Tea Gift Boxes make a fun gift for coffee or tea-loving grandparents who might like to mix things up a bit in the kitchen. “The packaging is beautiful and each [box] comes with enough tea or coffee for several brews,” says Bodge, who recently enjoyed testing this set at home. “As a coffee drinker, I appreciate that I could select single-origin ground or whole beans.”
For the cold intolerant
Even if they have plenty of soft or sentimental blankets at home, it’s worth wrapping your loved ones up in this kind of comfort. Unlike other weighted blankets, Luxome’s Cooling Weight Blanket is machine washable and stays cool to the touch. “I love this one because it is so silky and the fabric is designed to help regulate your body temperature so you don’t overheat,” says Rios.
For family genealogists
No matter how much you already know about your family tree, this gift helps find answers to additional questions—even the ones you didn’t know you had. With AncestryDNA, your grandparents can fill in the details about their origin and your family’s journey, plus connect with living relatives near and far. “It’s an interactive gift that will lead to many family dinner conversations,” predicts Kenney.
For bird watchers
Nature lovers will sincerely appreciate the entertainment this Bird Feeder Camera brings on a quiet day. “It’s a great way to enjoy the company of animals without having the full time responsibility of caring for them,” says Rios, whose family has one at home. When those feathered friends pay a visit, this high-tech feeder captures incredible close-up photos, giving you a clear view of them right on your phone. Another feature to love: Mounting is super easy and because it’s clear it doesn’t block any window light.
Here’s a taste bud teaser for you: Use GiftDrop to send a Premium Gift Tray and your recipient will instantly receive a gift card that lets them choose their favorite treats to pack into a flavor-packed gift basket that’s shipped right to their home—or wherever they choose. (Bodge personally recommends the macadamias, chocolate-covered cherries and malted milk balls but there are over 130 options to pick from.) Grab their email address and you’ll be known as the snack hero as soon as the 3 p.m. cravings strike.
For grandparents who could use a pick-me-up, Bodge suggests a pampering Better Than Therapy Box. “They’ll appreciate that the name has a sense of humor,” she says, but more so that the box is artfully curated with relaxation items, like an adult coloring book, soothing herbal tea and an essential oil bath cube. Help them unwind when they need it most and they’ll surely thank you for it.