20 Best Holiday Gifts Ideas for Grandparents in 2021
The 20 Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents
October 14, 2021

The 20 Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

Babylist editors love baby gear and independently curate their favorite products to share with you. If you buy something through links on our site, Babylist may earn a commission.
The 20 Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents.
The 20 Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents

Whether it’s a last-minute babysitter, a home-cooked meal or an extra helping of dessert, there’s no denying it—grandparents are pretty awesome.

This year more than ever, as many families are physical distancing and may not be able to get together in person for the holidays, it’s important to remind grandma and grandpa just how amazing they truly are.

These 20 thoughtful gifts will show the grandparents lots of love and help everyone stay connected even if they’re far apart.

For Virtual Visits

Video chatting is a fun, easy way to stay connected with grandparents but can be frustrating to do on your smartphone. (Not to mention nausea-inducing when you let your toddler take the helm.) Portal is a smart video calling system that takes video chat off of your phone and onto either your TV or a dedicated HD display. There’s a smart camera that automatically pans and zooms to keep up with the action and keep everyone in view and a special story time feature that lets you add music and animation while you read. Nothing beats the real thing, but Portal gets you pretty close.

Foolproof Photo Sharing

It’s easy to take hundreds of pictures of your kids. But remembering to share them? That’s another story. Tinybeans makes family photo sharing on any device easy for all tech levels (we promise!) and is a great way to give grandparents a peek into what their favorite kids are up to each day.

Sleepovers Ahead

Here’s a gift that encourages grandbaby overnights and makes them easier. This playard is easy to set up and very portable, so the grandparents can move it around the house with ease. It also comes with a convenient travel bag so you can drop it off or stash it permanently at their house.

The Modern Family Tree

Even if grandma and grandpa aren’t genealogy buffs, learning about your family’s history is pretty fascinating. This kit makes it simple and covers over 1,000 geographic regions, making it the most comprehensive genetic ancestry breakdown on the market.

Holiday Keepsake

Make the grandparents smile each holiday season with this personalized ceramic ornament. It’s a great way to remind grandma or grandpa just how much they are loved.

Picture Perfect

Digital photos are great, but nothing beats the real thing. Gift the grandparents with a quick, compact way to print all of those adorable grandkid photos you send them right from their phone so they can display them with pride wherever they’d like. This mini photo printer utilizes a free, easy-to-use app and prints photos in about 12 seconds.

Warm and Cozy

Everyone needs a cozy throw to curl up with. (And to wrap up those grandkids during movie night!) This one from Bolé Road Textiles is a neutral staple that compliments any decor. It’s handwoven in Ethiopia by artisans in a fair trade environment and made from 100% Ethiopian cotton and natural dyes. The buttery soft texture is irresistible, making for tons of cozy days and nights ahead.

Personalized Platter

Something functional with a personal touch? Sign us up. This platter can be customized with a favorite family recipe making it a heartwarming keepsake and a constant when it comes to holiday table decor. The ceramic plate comes in two different sizes and should be hand washed to stay in good shape to be passed down through generations.

One-of-a-Kind Wall Art

Grandparents would plaster their walls with their grandkids’ photos if they could (and they often do) and this adorable wall art offers them a different way to do so. All you have to do is choose the color, size and whether or not you want to add a frame. Upload a quick silhouette photos (Minted gives you tips on how to get it just right—it’s easier than you think!) and a designer will take care of the rest.

Weekender for Visits

What’s a better way to encourage more weekend visits than gifting an overnight bag that they can bring along? This Triple Zipper Weekender has three compartments for maximum organization and slip pockets to keep shoes away from clothes. It’s made with sturdy cotton canvas, so it’ll last long—even if it gets inevitably tossed around by those grandkids.

Pen Pal Prompts

If there’s anything we’ve learned through the past couple of years it’s how vital it is to maintain communication with our loved ones, even when we can’t be physically close, and that goes for our kids too. For older kids who are able to write (or at least dictate), this sweet pen pal set offers a way to strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren—particularly if visits aren’t an option right now. Best part? Every letter they get back from their grandparent will quickly become a keepsake.

Reheat Resistant Mug

Name one person who isn’t tired of reheating their coffee five times a day, we’ll wait. This ceramic mug uses magnetic induction to keep beverages warm at a perfect drinking temperature of 135 degrees. It comes in a bunch of awesome colors, is dishwasher safe and comes with the necessary charger.

Custom Calendar

Help grandparents keep track of all their visits with this artful calendar that features the photos of their beloved family members on a sleek brass easel. Just add twelve photos and pick the design and send off the gift that’s sure to be enjoyed all year long.

Matching Aprons

Doesn’t every grandparent and grandchild duo need a pair of matching aprons to wear for holiday cooking? We think so. These sweet aprons are perfect for the big and little chefs in your life and can be embroidered for personalization. The durable cotton is machine washable—ideal for the messiest of recipes and art projects (at grandma’s house, of course).

Home Portrait

Want to bring on the waterworks? Try a custom watercolor portrait of your (or their!) childhood home. The process is simple: just send over a photo of the home you’d like painted and it’ll be converted to a beautiful painting and printed on your choice of premium quality paper or smooth finished wood. You can also have it sent via email as a digital download that you can print and frame on your own.

Traveless Travels

Got grandparents that like to travel and cook? While exploring other countries might be on hold momentarily, kitchen adventures are always a go. This beautiful cookbook features the stories and recipes of eight grandmothers from eastern African countries. Tales of family, love and tradition are woven between flavorful recipes and stunning photography—making this an incredible journey they can experience in their own home.

Better Than a Card

What do grandparents like better than the gift? Always, always the handwritten card. This adorable book takes that to the next level. Just prompt your child to fill in the blanks to create a whole book of sweet (“I love how you always say __”) and silly (“If you were a pie, you would be ___”) sentiments that grandparents are sure to laugh and cry over.

Heirloom Journal

Okay, maybe this gift is really for you. Many of us are sitting fresh with the feelings of how important our loved ones and their stories are to us. But, in the hustle and bustle of day to day life, we don’t often make time to sit and talk with our family members as much as we’d like to. This journal is a way to bridge that gap and start those conversations. It includes 60 thoughtful prompts, like “Please detail what you know of our family tree” and “Tell me about the things that make you happy or laugh,”—and there’s plenty of space for them to add photos or memorabilia. When complete, it’ll be a treasured item for you, your children, and everyone who comes after.

Enough Learning for a Lifetime

If the grandparents in your life are hobby enthusiasts, this is the gift for them. A membership to Masterclass offers hours of learning opportunities on everything from photography, cooking, home design, wellness, sports and more—all led by experts like Annie Lebovitz and Misty Copeland. Join in on the fun and take a class together for extra bonding time.

A New York Brunch

Holiday traveling may not be in the plans for your family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share a delicious brunch together. Treat them to New York’s finest Nova, all natural cream cheese, hand-rolled bagels, chocolate babka, and Private Blend coffee. This brunch also includes a Russ & Daughters mug and insulated bag and is ideal for up to six people. Everything you need for the perfect virtual holiday brunch.

This information is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. We do not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here. Babylist may earn compensation from affiliate links in this content. Learn more about how we write Babylist content and the Babylist Health Advisory Board.