The best Christmas gifts for grandparents 2021—thoughtful ideas for both Grandma and Grandpa that they'll love

Nothing says “I love you” better than the best Christmas gifts for grandparents picked by our shopping experts

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We've rounded up the best Christmas gifts for grandparents, hailing top-rated and bespoke finds they'll treasure. 

The fondest holiday memories often stem from time spent with grandparents. And while they always deserve the world, our matriarchs and patriarchs definitely need it this holiday season. Another year of the pandemic has made social isolation and loneliness ever more salient. 

In response, we've compiled the best Christmas gifts for every type of grandparent, whether they're an avid baker, keen gardener, or a proud dilettante. Much like our guide to the best Christmas gifts for parents, this curation covers it all, be it stocking fillers or personalized keepsakes. 

So, give them a big ol’ squeeze and wrap it in a bow—we promise these Christmas gift ideas for grandparents will be well-received under the Christmas tree this year. 

Where to buy Christmas gifts for grandparents in the U.S.

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for grandparents in the U.S.

From soft sweaters to posh vases, discover the best Christmas gifts for grandparents that'll impress them.

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1. My Life Story So Far Journal: View at Uncommon Goods

RRP: $30 | Delivery: 7-14 day shipping | Refundable: Unlimited return policy

Many of the best unique Christmas gifts tug at the heartstrings, and this journal is no exception. As a tome, it invites grandparents to preserve and immortalize their histories—from memories of friendships and milestones to wisdom gained. A great heirloom to pass down beyond the holiday season.


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2. Trailbuddy Trekking Poles: View at Amazon

RRP: $39.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Made of durable aluminum, the Trailbuddy Trekking Poles will inspire them to get active and explore walking trails in their local area and beyond. As one of the best walking poles, they feature interchangeable accessories suitable for all types of walking, along with an anti-bacterial cork handle for firm support.


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3. Apple iPad: View at Amazon

RRP: $329 | Delivery: Depends on retailer | Refundable: Depends on retailer

While mobile devices are second nature to digital natives, grandparents may find them overwhelming to learn—and the tiny screens certainly don't help. Fortunately, the all-new iPad is straightforward and large, featuring a 10.2-inch Retina display. They can even FaceTime their grand-kiddos—anytime, anywhere. Available in three finishes.


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4. Elliegrid Monthly Pill Organizer: View at Amazon

RRP: $149 | Delivery: 7-14 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

EllieGrid is a smart pillbox designed to simplify medication management. With built-in tech, the box notifies users whenever it's time to take medication—just sync it up to the brand's mobile app, and it'll go off like an alarm clock. Inside is seven inner compartments that hold and organize 30 days' worth of pills. A practical Christmas gift will that'll help them out daily.


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5. The New York Times Monday Crossword Puzzle Omnibus: View at Amazon

RRP: $15.85 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

For the retirees in your life, this collection highlights 200 solvable puzzles in one prodigious omnibus.

It's filled with unique clues, fresh vocabulary, and whimsical illustrations, keeping readers hooked from page to page.


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6. Masterclass Yearly Membership: View at MasterClass

RRP: $180 annually | Delivery: Immediate | Refundable: Can cancel anytime

Whether they're amateur chefs or obsessed with interior design trends, Masterclass can help expand their knowledge into different areas. The platform offers unlimited access to 100+ instructions, with new classes added every month.


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7. The Smart Garden 9: View at Click and Grow

RRP: $199.95 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Brighten their ambiance with the self-growing Smart Garden 9, which maintains the ideal climate for growing fresh herbs all year round.


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8. Shiatsu Foot Massager: View at Amazon

RRP: $99.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

You can't go wrong with gifting a high-quality foot massager. This handy gadget will soothe their ongoing muscle and joint pain—from the comfort of their humble abode. The massager specifically targets the toe, arch, and sole of feet, serving as a greater all-rounder.


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9. Whirlwind Vase: View at Anthropologie

RRP: $44 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Made from handcrafted glass, this earthy vase will decorate any arrangement she likes, from faux peonies to fresh tulips. Once set, her stems will stay in place, courtesy of the included flower frog. Available in one standard size and three colors.


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10. Amazon Basics King-size Ultra-Soft Micromink Sherpa Blanket: View at Amazon

RRP: $39.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Frigid air calls for a cozy blanket where they'll want to hibernate. This Amazon blanket won't set you back hundreds and will the grandparents warm and cost. It's machine washable and reversible so the different designs can be used as a bedspread or a throw. That's the Christmas gifts for your mother-in-law sorted.


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11. Personalized Photo Album: View at Shutterfly

RRP: From $13.99 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable: 60-day return policy for store credit

Stories are the gifts that keep on giving—why not make yours visual? Shutterfly's Modern Photo Book incorporates clean layouts that highlight your moments in vivid detail. Choose among book sizes, cover types, page types, and even embellishments, from copy to font. It's a gift to be cherished by the entire family.


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12. MCM Logo-Print Silk-Blend Slippers: View at Selfridges

RRP: $255 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

Elevate with shoewear with the MCM Logo-Print slippers, made of an ultra-luxe silk blend. This pair features a soft fleece lining and quilted insole for comfort. It also comes with a dust bag, which will help him maintain the slipper's quality over time. One of the best Christmas gifts for men this year, hands down.


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13. Grilling Spice Set: View at Amazon

RRP: $49.99 |Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

If grandad is a master behind the grill, introduce him to an expansive range of flavors with a spice set. Spice sets are robust, diverse, and transform bland meals into gastronomic delicacies - so they make some of the best Christmas food gifts. The Smokehouse Ultimate Grilling Spice Set spotlights 20 unique BBQ rubs, ranging from classic to extraordinary tastes.


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14. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer: View at Amazon

RRP: $24.99 | Delivery: 2-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Help keep their cup of joe toasty with a premier coffee mug warmer, designed to preserve aroma and taste. Petite and portable, the Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer leverages 17 watts of power to heat up coffees, teas, hot cocoas, and virtually any hot drink. It features an easy-to-clean design, a user-friendly power switch, and a long power cord for transport.


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15. YETI Tundra Haul Hard Cooler: View at YETI

RRP: $399 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Meet the YETI Tundra Haul Cooler, the perfect accessory for his outdoor man cave. This cooler-on-wheels is made of hardwearing UV-resistant polyethylene and offers unrivaled insulation (3 inches on the lid). Best of all, it's impressively versatile, whether he's a pro hiker or backyard entertainer.


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16. A Smart TV: Depends on model

Delivery: Depends on retailer | Refundable: Depends on retailer

The latest smart TVs will grant him access to thousands of apps, channels, and shows, including the best Christmas movies on Disney Plus. The Samsung QLED Smart TV delivers rich picture quality and sound, so he can enjoy his favorite programs in peace. It offers stunning detail and clarity for a better viewing experience and provides access to thousands of channels and apps.


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17. Greenworks Pro 80V Lawn Mower: View at Amazon

RRP: $499 | Delivery: 5-12 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Greenworks offers a range of premium lawnmowers that are suitable for every type of yard. The Pro 80V is built with a brushless motor, which automatically adjusts to the power needed for the task. If you're looking for Christmas gifts for dads too, this is sure to be a winner this year.


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18. Smeg Drip Filter Coffee Machine: View at West Elm

RRP: $209.95 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

If your grandparents love their cup of coffee in the morning, this drip machine will make a lovely gift. It features an automatic start option, 40-minute keep-warm function, and an anti-drip system. 


Where to buy Christmas gifts for grandparents in the UK

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for grandparents in the UK

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1. Personalized Family Tree for Grandparents: View at Not On The High Street

RRP: £18 | Delivery: 5-14 day shipping | Refundable: Non-refundable

Make them feel extra special with this family tree portrait, designed to be customized with the names of the whole clan. As far as affordable yet thoughtful cheap Christmas gifts go, this present is one of the best. You can fit up to four family members (partners included) in one frame. Plus, you can add a quote, framing, and choose the portrait color. Available in two sizes.


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2. Apple iPad: View at Currys UK

Delivery: Depends on retailer | Refundable: Depends on retailer

The all-new iPad is straightforward and large with a 10.2-inch Retina display, making it perfect for grandparents to use. With all-day battery life, this device allows users to surf the web, read the best ebooks, watch the best Christmas movies on Netflix, and much more.


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3. Un Air De Diptyque Electric Diffuser: View at Diptyque

RRP: £240 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 14-day return policy

Diptyque is behind some of the best-scented candles, so their ultra-luxe electric diffuser with scented refill capsules makes a great gift. And if they love candles, head over to our guides on the best Diptyque candles and top-rated candle advent calendars to light up their holiday season.


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4. Masterclass Yearly Membership: View at MasterClass

RRP: £170 annually | Delivery: Immediate | Refundable: Can cancel anytime

Members can stream lessons from 100s of different topics at any time, from anywhere, and download instructor guides to study at their leisure. A great idea if you're looking for unique Christmas gifts for couples that they'll both enjoy.

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5. The Smart Garden 9: View at Click and Grow

RRP: £179.95 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

This low-maintenance garden comes equipped with a complimentary set of pre-seeded plant capsules to get started (3x tomato, 3x basil, and 3x lettuce). Ideal for all self-proclaimed plantspeople. Available in three colors.


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6. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum: View at Selfridges

RRP: £82 | Delivery: Dependant on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

An award-winning serum that would make a great gift for grandma. This minimizes uneven texture, dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles as the ultimate antidote to aging. Powered by Chronolux Power Signal Technology, the serum promotes the skin's innate repair process and strengthens its barrier.


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7. Le Creuset Heritage Stoneware Shallow Square Covered Baker: View at Le Creuset

RRP: £109 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Le Creuset's Heritage Baker is hailed for its versatility, concocting a wide variety of meals from decadent desserts to creamy mac and cheese. This petite baker is made of high-fired stoneware, which ensures even and consistent heating. And with a porcelain enamel-glaze finish, it's easy to clean and resistant against scratches, stains, and chains. Plus, its flared handles are comfortable to hold.


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8. Chanel N°5 Eau De Parfum: Depends on size

Delivery: Depends on retailer | Refundable: Depends on retailer

A classic that embodies Coco Chanel's feminine spirit. Chanel N°5 is a powdery floral fragrance, pervading scents of aldehydes, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood. If you're on the fence, we'd argue it's one of our favorite Christmas gifts for her on this list.


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9. Mackenzie Childs Flower Market Tea Kettle: View at Selfridges

RRP: £175 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

For quality preservation, the kettle is made of heavy-gauge steel with enduring strength. It also features a stainless-steel and wood handle, which is easy to hold, carry, and pour.


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10. The White Company Hooded Hydrocotton Robe: View at The White Company

RRP: £80 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

Highly absorbent, fast-drying, and super-fluffy. Allow her to indulge in luxury with The White Company's Hydrocotton Robe. This bathtime garb offers a comfortable fit with an adjustable self-tie belt at the waist. And the bound trims on the cuffs, collar, and hood are a nice design perk that adds a bit of oomph to the ensemble.


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11. Bio-Scents Relax Gift Set: View at Bio-Scents

RRP: £40 | Delivery: Not specified | Refundable: 14-day return policy 

Help your grandparents get relaxed with this set of essential oils that are all aimed at helping the body to destress and wind down. It contains Ylang Ylang to support relaxation, Cedarwood to support emotional balance, and Lavender for sleep.


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12. Ted Baker Treety Leather Wallet and Cardholder Gift Set: View at Selfridges

RRP: £69 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

What's better than one sleek wallet? The answer: two. The Ted Baker gift set bundles a wallet-cardholder duo that's crafted from bovine leather. For a sophisticated look, each accessory is logo embossed and detailed with silver-tone hardware. Available in two colors.


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13. Reiss Wessex Merino Wool Jumper: View at Reiss

RRP: £88 | Delivery: 2-7 day shipping | Refundable: 14-day return policy

For the grandpa who needs a wardrobe refresh, the Wessex Merino Wool Jumper is something he'll actually wear and appreciate. Given its polished design, this jumper pairs with tried-and-true minimalist wardrobe essentials and upscale silhouettes. Available in sizes S-XXL. If he loves festive sweaters, get inspired by our guide on the best Christmas jumpers.


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14. Creed Aventus Cologne Eau de Parfum: View at Selfridges

RRP: From £175 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

The iconic Aventus scent emits a rich medley of top, heart, and base notes. Top notes include ginger, mandarin, and pink peppercorn, whereas the heart notes feature patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver. This bottle is then finished off with a woodsy blend of styrax, birch, musk, and tonka beans.


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15. Selfridges x Gonzalez Byass Bimber Whisky Gift Set: View at Selfridges

RRP: £166 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable: 28-day return policy

Top-shelf liquor for a top-shelf kind of guy. In partnership with London-based Bimber Distillery, the retail giant created a one-of-a-kind set for all whisky lovers. The bundle features single-malt London whisky, plus sweet vintage sherry. Couple it with one of the best gin advent calendars, and you'll be crowned as the favorite grandchild.


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16. mahabis Curve Slippers: View at mahabis

RRP: £99 | Delivery: 3-4 working days | Refundable: 30-day return policy

Keep your grandparents comfortable and supported with these clever slippers. Made from recycled and organic materials, these feature a cushioned sole for comfort and an Italian wool lining to regulate temperature. But the best part is the sturdy rubber sole that will support your grandparents while they walk around and aim to prevent slips. Plus the neoprene heel cradle means that they won't slip off.


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17. Polkra x Anna Glover Mirabilia Sunlight Coasters 6-piece Set: View at Polkra

RRP: £32 | Delivery: Depends on stock | Refundable: Not specified

Jazz up the grandparents' dining table with these chic coasters from Polkra. Inspired by mythical animals and folklore from ancient Indian, Arabic and European manuscripts, each of these coasters feature a unique design that will look striking in the home.


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18. Steamery Cirrus No.2 Travel Steamer: View at Selfridges

RRP: £110 | Delivery: 3-4 working days | Refundable: 28-day return policy

For those grandparents who love to keep their clothes looking smooth, this steamer will help them smooth out their creases without having to crack out the bulky iron and ironing board.


What do grandparents really want for Christmas?

Finding the perfect present has never been more difficult, with new gift options mounting by the week. To help you shop smarter, keep these top tips in mind: 

  • Support their hobbies: Retirees have ample time to invest in their passions and hobbies—and the holiday season allows us to augment their endeavors with useful gifts. If they’re into gardening but loathe the fuss, score them a self-sustaining garden for the kitchen counter. Or, bag them a compact baker if culinary delights fuel their fire. The opportunities are endless.
  • Present solutions to their problems: Simplify their everyday inconveniences with practical gifts. Introduce the Apple iPad if tiny screens are their bane. Or, go with a smart pillbox if they regularly forget to take their important medications. They’ll appreciate your ingenuity and help.
  • Update what they already have (or don’t have, but really want): You don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel—find something they already own, but that desperately needs an upgrade. Sure, grandpa probably has a trusty wallet. But we bet it’s fraying, and he could use a high-end version. Or introduce grandma to that pricey anti-aging solution she's been eyeing. Chances are, they won’t buy it for themselves.
  • Stick to quality over quantity: While it’s great to stockpile gifts, it’s better to stick to a select few exceptional finds over disposable knickknacks. They won’t use or appreciate the latter creating clutter.
  • Get sentimental: When in doubt, get something heartfelt and tender, like personalized tokens. A customizable photo book, portrait, whichever you choose, they’ll cherish it for years to come.

Dominique (Dom) is a very online shopping writer at Woman & Home, where she covers products, sales/deals, and market news across categories. Before joining the team, she penned stories as an editorial fellow at Insider Reviews, the affiliate commerce team at Insider Inc./Business Insider. The bespectacled NJ transplant specializes in commerce journalism, women’s lifestyle content, and hoarding makeup—much to her mother’s dismay. 


Her foray into storytelling began in the early aughts, the era in which she developed a passion for fiction writing and an aversion to math. This passion, along with many failed math exams, led her to Marist College, where she studied public relations, creative advertising, and English. 


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