Gifts for grandparents who have everything. Ideas for gifts for grandma or grandpa for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, and more. These gifts would also be perfect for parents too!
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Do you have grandparents who have everything they could ever want? It’s SO HARD to buy for them! It’s tough when you want to get them something meaningful, but can’t find something that won’t just clutter up their homes.
I know my parents are both trying to cut down on what they have so I try to be careful to only send them things they want or can use. Every year I try to think of new and unique ideas for them. Sometimes I buy the items, sometimes I make them.
Here are some of my top pick gifts for grandparents who have everything. They’re separated into different categories so you can find something you know they’ll love, whether they sentimental, enjoy unique ideas, or want something to make them laugh.
These new digital picture frames are NOT the digital frames of the previous era. We bought my dad and in-laws both a Nixplay Smart Digital Photo Frame. It’s setup so you can email photos to family members with the frame or use an app to share to their frame. I love to surprise them with new pictures to their frame.
I recently received the Iris Smart Digital Photo frame to review if you want to see how they work! They’re really easy to setup and send photos to.
Pretty much the PERFECT GIFT for someone who is down sizing but still wants lots of pictures of the grandkids around! It's such a thoughtful gift to give grandparents who live far away and who love staying in touch with their grand kids.
If you have a loved one who has Alzheimer's, you may worry about them being lost. These personalized ID bracelets are a great option to ease your mind and help keep grandma or grandpa from getting lost.
One thing that I created for myself is a neck and back pain relief kit. This is just a cute little box to pull out whenever my body hurts. This might be a sweet gift for a grandparent who has a lot of aches and pains they worry about.
These "Grandpa Tell Me Your Memories" and Grandma Tell Me Your Memories journals are really cool. They’re guided journals so they give grandma or grandpa some fun questions to answer about their lives. Eventually they could be passed down to the grand kids. This is something I wish my grandma had done for us, but her sister wrote a book, which I own, about their lives growing up- so it’s almost the same thing.
It’s so neat to read about how another generation was raised, the trouble they got into, their joys, and their pains.
Family Portraits with the Grandparents
If you live near the grandparents, arrange to have a professional photographer take photos of them with the grand kids. This is such a special gift. You can get the photos printed or put on mugs and other items for gifts.
Live in Maryland? My friend Jody takes BEAUTIFUL photos. She runs Jody McKinley Photography in Howard County, MD (Columbia).Even though I have a camera, I love to have her take family photos at least once a year because otherwise I never get in the pictures! Really it’s worth hiring someone.
You can also take your own photos and get prints made up too. Here are some pictures that I took for my husband, dad, and father-in-law one year, some information on the DSLR camera that I used for a while to make photography better/easier (although today’s phones take pretty amazing photos too), and you can try Bluprint (Get 50% Off Your 1st 3 Months) and take lots of Online Photography Classes if you want to learn how to take fabulous photos.
Who doesn't look to be cooked for? Or shopped for. Eating healthy is HARD. You could send them a gift card to Blue Apron or another meal delivery service if they don't mind cooking, but want food delivered to their door with easy recipe cards to follow. A service called Real Eats delivers healthy sous vide meals that require no prep or work- you just heat up the bags of food in a pot of boiling water for 6 minutes.
You could also order them groceries delivered to their door or for pickup. Include some flowers in the order!
Does Grandma or Grandpa adore their pup? Consider getting a DNA test. Embark Vet offers options for a breed DNA test or a Breed & Health Kit. This health test helps screen for a number of common health conditions in dogs. The test even lets you find other relatives... puppy playdate anyone?
Honestly... this is just fun. One cheek swab and they can send off for the results.
Embark DNA was generous enough to give me a $20 coupon code for y'all if you buy the Breed & Health Kit. Use the Code DIYDANIELLE, valid now until the end of January 2020.
The link goes to the Coulotte steak with red wine sauce recipe that I made for Christmas two years in a row, but the steak itself can be ordered from Snake River Farms. This is a great place for quality cuts of meat and they ship all over the country. I love that it's edible so it doesn't create clutter, and it's a luxury food for those who love good food, but can't afford to shop like this all of the time.
Visit Snake River Farms to see what meat they have available right now or buy your grandparent a gift card.
Moving away from the photo and kid-related gifts, we use a Garden Tower 2 for fruits and vegetables. It would be perfect for a grandma or grandpa who loves to garden, but is starting to have a hard time kneeling in a garden bed to weed or who doesn't have the space for a ground garden. You can fit up to 50 plants in one tower and the best part is that it spins so you can weed or water it sitting down. Just rotate the tower toward you as you work.
If they're a beer or wine lover, you could try a subscription service for wine delivery (or beer), or just pick up a few bottles for them locally. Winc is one service that delivers wine... it's the only one I've tried, but it was easy and affordable wine. Click below for the coupon code.
This year's Father's Day gift idea was to let my sons create personalized grocery tote bags for his Pop (my father-in-law, my dad doesn't grocery shop). Buy some plain canvas tote bags, then have the kids decorate the bags with their hand prints or fabric marker creations.
Do they play cards? My grandma used to play cards every week with her friends after she retired from her long term gig as a lunch lady. She would have loved an automatic card shuffler. Along the same lines, a card holder would be a fun gift too. You could even customize it.
A specialty coffee machine.
We LOVE our Shark Ninja coffee maker. It’s NOT a single cup machine so there’s no waste or extra expense, but you make coffee the old fashioned way- just fancier.
Don’t Forget the Greeting Cards
Don’t forget a card! I’ve got a couple nice cards I’ve made. The photo cards I made for Christmas, but you could make your own photo cards for other holidays as well.
The best cards are always the ones with a sweet handwritten message.
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