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Finding a gift for Grandma or elderly parents is easier said than done. After all, they seem to have everything they need and don’t ask for much in return but your love. However, surprising your grandma with a thoughtful present is a great way to show your love and bring a smile to her face.
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If you're not sure what to buy, the product experts at Reviewed have advice on the best gifts for Grandma. Most of these options have gone through several stages of testing by our team, so you know they're worth your money. Below, we've rounded up the best gifts to give your nana. From top-tested slippers to weighted blankets to personalized stationery to fitness trackers, there's something for every type of grandmother on this list.
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1. For the grandma who needs to digitize her memories: Legacy Box
LegacyBox is a service that digitizes tapes, photos, reels and audiotapes. All you have to do is box everything up and send it to LegacyBox with a pre-paid shipping label. After a short wait, you’ll receive a thumb drive, labeled DVD or access to a cloud file with everything on it (plus the original media that was sent in). This is a great way to preserve memories and make sure that everyone who should see them gets a chance to do just that.
2. For the grandma who is into family history: AncestryDNA Kit
Does your grandma love to discuss her family roots in the "old country?" Help her discover more about where she came from when you gift her the AncestryDNA Kit. The test will help Grandma trace her roots back to the beginning—and you can discuss the results at your next gathering. Think of this gift as the ultimate family tree.
3. For the grandma who's always updating her shoe collection: Allbirds
If you have a self-professed "cool" grandma, there's no better way to cosign on that than with some hip shoes like Allbirds. We love these Women's Wool Runners, which are shockingly comfortable and supportive while also offering a sleek, low-key look that can mesh with any kind of style. They're available in wool or a lighter eucalyptus-based fabric, so you can choose the best model for your giftee based on the climate in their locale.
4. For the Grandma who runs errands: Draper James Mia Saddle Bag Crossbody
Does Grandma need a small bag to hold her essentials whenever she goes out? Then get her the Draper James Mia Saddle Bag Crossbody that's compact and stylish. It comes in shades like emerald green, fig, tan and even a stunning floral design.
5. For the Grandma indulgent in skincare: Jurlique set
Grandma will radiate from this Jurlique Skincare Set. She can start with a hydrating essence and serum and lock it in with a glowy moisturizer. The ingredients are derived from nature, like Jurlique rose, marshmallow root and pansy.
6. For the grandma who loves a good story: Audible subscription
Thanks to services such as Audible, your grandma can have instant access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and more right from a smartphone or tablet. If this sounds like something she will love, consider giving her Audible Plus—for one month, three months, six months or a year—which gives her unlimited streaming access to Audible's catalogue and one credit each month to get an audiobook to hold onto forever.
7. For the grandma who loves makeup: Estée Lauder Makeup Kit
The Estée Lauder Makeup Kit will be a classic addition to Grandma's makeup collection. She can line her eyes with the black eyeliner, apply mascara on top and bottom lashes and then put the gorgeous lipstick to finish the look. Grandma will look so put together!
8. For the grandma that loves cooking: The Our Place Always Pan
If Grandma loves cooking, she will love an Our Place Always Pan. This do-it-all wonder is designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware. With this pan, Grandma can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store food easily.
9. For the grandma who loves being cozy: Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan
Grandma may own plenty of coats and jackets, but she might not have a sweater quite as soft as Barefoot Dream's CozyChic Lite Circle cardigan. The lightweight but cozy shrug is made from a combination of nylon and rayon. It's available in sizes 2-16. Customers do recommend sizing up though if they want a looser, casual fit.
10. For the grandma who's done with vacuuming: Eufy Robovac 11S
Grandma has probably had quite enough vacuuming to last her a lifetime. If she's ready to say goodbye to this not-so-fun household chore, she'd love a robot vacuum. We love the Eufy Robovac 11S, which we named our best value choice for robot vacuums, because it has a slim design that allows it to work on tough-to-reach spots while still picking up a lot of dust, dirt and grime.
11. For the grandma who loves being pampered: Renpho foot massager
What's a better gift than a foot massage? We tested a bunch of foot massaging devices and landed on the Renpho Foot Massager as our favorite. This machine allows users to pick a 15- or 30-minute massage, toggle between “low” “medium” and “heavy” knead and pressure intensities and choose whether the massage should be heated or not.
12. For the grandma who likes to count her steps: Fitbit Charge 5
Whether chasing after the grandkids or taking a walk around the neighborhood, Grandma will love wearing the Fitbit Charge 5—our favorite fitness tracker—to count her steps. That's not all Grandma will enjoy about the smart fitness tracker, though. It automatically detects sustained activity, so she gets "credit" for getting exercise and provides insights into her sleep. It's also waterproof, so it's excellent for tracking swims and no big deal if she forgets to take it off before a shower or bath.
13. For the grandma who likes to read: Kindle Paperwhite
Does your grandmother love to read? Instead of lugging around heavy books in her purse or suitcase, give Nana our favorite Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, to put an entire library at her fingertips. She'll be able to access all of her favorite titles, just in a much more portable format. It's lightweight, waterproof, has a robust battery life that lasts for weeks and comes in two sizes: 8GB or 32GB, for storing books offline.
14. For the grandma who is always misplacing her keys: A Tile Mate tracker
Grandmas are responsible for keeping track of many things. If you've noticed that she misplaces her keys frequently, the new waterproof Tile Mate can help her find them easily. The tracking device connects via Bluetooth and uses the Tile App to help Grandma ping her keys—or wallet, or phone or even her cat—when they go missing. With a range of 250 feet, your grandma will appreciate this easy-to-use gadget when she's frantic to find her belongings.
15. For the grandma who doesn't like waiting for water to boil: Cuisinart Electric Kettle
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle is easy to use and speedy, which is why our editors think it's the best electric kettle on the market. Grandma will love choosing from six different heat settings to get her cup of tea to her preferred temperature. Plus, the kettle is easy to use, thanks to intuitive buttons. It takes just over five minutes for the water to boil, indicated by a series of beeps once it's ready.
16. For the grandma who likes tea: Manatea Tea Infuser
To go with her new kettle, give Grandma our favorite tea infuser, the Fred & Friends Manatea Tea Infuser, for an easier way to drink her favorite loose leaf tea. Not only will she think the manatee design is totally adorable (promise), but she will also love that the silicone infuser is easy to clean and doesn't let any leaves slip through her tea.
17. For the grandma who needs more comfortable footwear: A pair of Ugg slippers
Your grandma deserves to be comfortable, and what better way to treat her like the queen than by giving her a pair of über-comfy slippers? We tested a bunch of women's slippers and landed on the Ugg Scuffette II slippers as the best overall pick. Stylish and comfortable, our tester claims the slippers are "a giant hug for your feet."
18. For the grandma who is always burning candles: Airomé essential oil diffuser
Who doesn't love a fragrant home? Give your grandmother a new way to scent her space with our favorite essential oil diffuser. With the Airomé SDSTY Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, Grandma can keep a stash of essential oils on hand to freshen the air whenever the mood strikes.
19. For the grandma with a lot of pen pals: Minted personalized stationery
Few folks appreciate snail mail quite like grandmas. Help your gran send out letters to friends and family near and far with a set of personalized stationery embossed with their name, which gives each note a stylish, individualized feel. You can choose from various styles and colors to best suit your grandma, from a classic printed name to a colorful terrazzo pattern.
Whatever you pick, your grandma will be sure to appreciate it—and, luckily for you, you’ll see the stationery in action when she sends you a thank you note.
20. For the grandma who loves to stay connected: Google Nest Hub Max
If your nana loves to call you daily, then she's going to extra-love the chance to see your face without holding up her phone. The Google Nest Hub Max can make calls using Google Duo and Zoom. Even better? The smart display's 6.5-megapixel camera auto zooms and pans to keep Nana in view if she's moving around during the call. It also doubles as a digital picture frame.
21. For the grandma who loves flowers: Proflowers
Still not sure what to buy Grandma? Flowers are always a good idea. Right now, you can send your nana some lovely blooms like Royal Tulips, Pink Hydrangeas or choose from a wide variety on the site. They will look stunning on the kitchen counter!
22. For the grandma who likes to relax: Gravity weighted blanket
Some grandmas pitch in to help care for the grandkids, while other grandmas might still be working full-time jobs. Whatever your grandma is busy doing, rest assured she wants to cozy up and relax after a long day. Our favorite weighted blankets may be able to help her do just that. The Gravity Blanket is our top pick for its cozy feel and washable plush cover.
23. For the grandma who needs a closer look at her reading: PeeperSpecs
Most people don't get excited about wearing reading glasses, but these stylish Peepers by PeeperSpecs may prompt an exception to the rule. They have thick, funky-looking frames in 16 colors and patterns from tortoise to red to clear. With five magnification strengths, you'll find the right style for your hip grandma. If you need any more convincing that they’re good enough for your grandma, Peepers have Oprah’s seal of approval and thousands of rave reviews from other customers.
24. For the grandma with a lot to say about her grandkids: Grandma's brag board
Fact: Grandmas love bragging about their grandkids. (But it's not bragging if it's true, right?) She probably doesn't need any encouragement to do it, but you can help her make it official with this so-called "brag board," a small plank of wood with clips for holding photos, drawings, report cards or whatever else she wants to show off.
You can also customize the board so it shows Grandma's preferred title, whether she's a Mimi, a Granny or a Nana. This way, whenever she's holding a virtual get-together on Zoom or holding a real-life gathering, she'll have a foolproof way to work the kiddos into the conversation.
25. For the grandma with achy feet: Figs compression socks
Maybe she's a runner, a hiker, stands a lot, sits a lot or just has feet that occasionally give her trouble. No matter what the case is, anyone can benefit from a pair of compression socks, which apply gentle pressure to improve circulation in the feet and calves. We tested a bunch of different compression socks and landed on the brand Figs as our favorite due to its soft, moisture-wicking material and comfortable compression that hugs without constriction.
26. For the grandma who likes easy cooking: Instant Pot Ultra
Chances are, your grandma has a lot of family recipes she likes to make for holidays and gatherings. If so, she'll appreciate the simplicity of an Instant Pot, which allows her to make meals without dirtying multiple dishes. Our favorite pressure cooker and multi-cooker is the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart). Grandma can choose from one of the 16 pre-programmed meal options ranging from soups to sauté to cake, or select her own time and cooking setting.
27. For the grandma who likes to reminisce: Aura digital frame
Give your Grandma the gift of memories with an Aura Carver Digital Frame. Send more than 10,000 photos from your phone to this digital frame with unlimited cloud storage. Just download the Aura app on Grandma's phone, connect to Wi-Fi and invite family and friends to share fond photos.
28. For the grandma who needs a new spot for her jewelry: Rifle Paper Co. Ring Dish
All those rings and earrings have to go somewhere. If Grandma’s old jewelry box is full, this delicate Ring Dish from Rifle Paper Co. makes a lovely dresser or cabinet topper for those baubles that get worn frequently enough that they don’t need to go back into the vault. Choose between a light or dark floral pattern, depending on what fits your grandmother’s style best.
29. For the grandma who can't stop talking about her grandkids: A personalized pillow
This personalized pillow is a great way for Grandma to show off her grandkids. Up to 15 names can be printed on the 18-inch-by-18-inch cover, and you can choose from several fonts. The pillowcase doesn't come with an insert, so if you're unsure whether your grandmother has a pillow to cover, make sure you order one like this 18-inch-by-18-inch pillow to complete the gift.
30. For the grandma who likes knowing when someone is thinking of her: Long-distance friendship lamps
Keeping in touch with loved ones who have conflicting schedules or live in a different time zone can be a challenge—but perhaps a little less so with a pair of Long Distance Friendship Lamps. This is a set of two small light fixtures that connect to WiFi and “communicate” by turning on and emitting a rainbow-colored glow that can last between 30 minutes and 24 hours when the owner of the companion lamp passes their hand over it. Get one lamp for Grandma and keep the other for yourself so you can always let her know when you’re thinking of her—and vice versa. The lamps can be purchased as a pair or separately to be shipped to different locations.
31. For the grandma who likes pajamas: Comfortable pajamas
There's not much like a quality pair of comfortable pajamas, which is why we recommend this affordable Ekouaer Comfort Sleepwear Long Sleeve Pajama Set. The set is beloved by Amazon customers, with a near-perfect 5-star rating. It comes in various colors (including cheerful holiday prints), so you can get Grandma a new pair of pajamas in her favorite color. Plus, these pajamas feel more expensive than their price tag may indicate.
32. For the grandma who loves being in the know: MasterClass
Learning is a lifelong activity. Any grandma who believes this to be true will love a chance to try out MasterClass, a service that allows users to take intensive courses from experts whose lectures prove they know what they’re talking about: Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing, Helen Mirren teaches acting, Jane Goodall teaches conservation and many, many more household names impart knowledge of their crafts. Whatever expert she opts for, she’ll have a blast hanging out with these distinguished know-it-alls and honing a cool new skill to brag about.
33. For the grandma with amazing family recipes: Our Family Recipes Journal
Many grandmas have family recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. The Our Family Recipes Journal is a great way to get yours to share her cooking secrets and favorite dishes. The book contains 144 pages, with room for appetizers, soups, salads, main courses and more. What makes this journal so special is that there's room next to each recipe for her to share why the recipe is so near and dear to the family.
34. For the grandma who likes to keep her 'do fresh: Slip silk pillowcase
Is there anything more luxurious than a silk pillowcase? That's up for debate, but when giving a gift, it's hard to do much better than this Slip pillowcase. They're more than just show and comfort, too—devotees say silk pillowcases help reduce bedhead, split ends and face creases in the morning because the smooth fabric lessens friction.
35. For the grandma who loves music: Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
Grandma may love jamming out to some music! Get her these Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Industry Leading Noise Canceling Headphones that have a touch sensor for phone calls and is praised by Reviewed for having excellent audio quality with all day comfort.
36. For the grandma with some good stories to tell: "My Life Story So Far" journal
If this grandma has seen it all, she needs a good way to record those memories—and pass them down. The “My Life Story So Far” journal could fill the bill. It contains nine sections for different parts of life, from “The Early Years” to “What I Hope To Accomplish Next” with prompts to conjure cherished memories of school days, first friendships and more. With it, she can reflect on what made them the person she is today and pass these memories along to kids and grandkids.
37. For the grandma who wants to look cute while staying cozy: Brooklinen Waffle Robe
If your grandma has worn out her robe with all the hardcore relaxing she's been doing, we have the perfect replacement in the Brooklinen waffle robe. This Turkish cotton number is soft and absorbent, so it can be put on right after a shower without making the wearer feel sticky or overly wet. Its cotton material also breathes well, while still keeping the wearer cozy and warm. Perhaps best of all, it has huge pockets, so it can store a phone, remote control, some snacks and whatever else she wants to have on her without any fuss.
38. For the grandma that always smells good: Perfume
If Grandma is a perfume fanatic, she will love the Bastide Eau De Toilette perfumes. They're long lasting and have unique scents bound to get compliments. Choose from Rose Olivier, Amber Marquis or Figue Amour. These perfumes are made in Paris and will also look pretty on Grandma's vanity.
39. For the grandma with a tight schedule: Snapfish family calendar
Even if Grandma doesn’t think she’s all that sentimental, she’ll appreciate this family calendar. You can fill each month with a different photo of family members (with a hearty emphasis on the grandkids), and she’ll look forward to flipping through it all year. Moreover, you can have each family member’s birthday printed on it—a valuable addition for any big family with many birthdays to remember.
40. For the grandma who carries a lot: A roomy Coach tote bag
If Grandma has a bunch of things that get lost in her bag, then she'll thank you for a tote that makes it easy to organize items. Coach makes some of the best totes like the Coach Zip Top Tote available at Coach Outlet. This simple-yet-elegant bag was loved by Coach shoppers for its sleek design and roomy size. Since it's got a wide, zippered compartment and multiple interior pockets, Grandma can store her phone, tablet, journal or whatever else she needs.
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