The 22 Best Gifts for Grandparents of 2022

From photo albums to personalized mugs, these gifts are thoughtful and useful

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Grandparents have a special place in your child's life. Whether you want to celebrate their exciting new role as grandparents or are shopping for a holiday, birthday, or other gift-worthy occasion, grandparents like to be spoiled, too. And they're almost guaranteed to love any gift that preserves the sentimental nature of their relationship with your child.  

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The Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book is a thoughtful way to place all your special snapshots in one spot. If you want to splurge, we recommend the John Harrison & Vanessa Whalen Long Distance Friendship Lamp.

While it’s fun to give them a present that celebrates their role in your child’s life, it can also be helpful for them to receive something that makes their home more cozy, fun, or welcoming to your kid. We carefully considered design, value, purpose, and usefulness when reviewing products.

Here are the best grandparent gifts for your budget, lifestyle, and needs.

Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book

Hardcover Photo Book

Artifact Uprising

The Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book earned a top spot on our list because it's a thoughtful way to place all your special snapshots in one spot. Creating photo books is simple: just upload your desired pictures and choose from a variety of book styles, covers, page layouts, and more. This photo book is sure to be cherished and given prominent placement in the grandparent’s home. 

John Harrison & Vanessa Whalen Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Long Distance Friendship Lamp

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This gift will literally light up your grandparent's life. Keep one lamp and gift them the other and watch the magic happen. Connect the lamp to wifi and when one lamp is touched, the other lights up, letting your loved one know you’re thinking of them.

"Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever."

Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.

Courtesy of Amazon

Help grandparents impart their memories and words of wisdom with this easy-to-use set. Create a keepsake with the 12 letters, each with a unique prompt that’ll encourage grandparents to share memories and thoughts with their grandchild.

HmMugs Grandparent Mugs

HmMugs Grandparent Mugs

Courtesy of HmMugs

A sweet way to announce a pregnancy, these matching mugs for Grandma and Grandpa are customized with the year they became or are to become grandparents. They’ll love sipping some morning coffee thinking about the exciting news and their grandchild on the way.

Mark & Graham Monogrammed Cheese Board

Mark & Graham Monogrammed Cheese Board

Courtesy of Mark & Graham

If the grandparents love to host parties, have their own two-person cocktail hours, or just enjoy their snacks, get them their very own monogrammed cheese board. They’re all made in the USA from maple, so choose your preferred shape, style, monogram, handles, and more.

CreateOn The Beatles Collection Magna-Tiles Structure Set

CreateOn The Beatles Collection Magna-Tiles Structure Set

Courtesy of CreateOn

If the grandparent’s house is lacking in fun toys, gift them something they’ll enjoy playing with just as much as the kids. Magna Tiles are fun for all ages magnetic building blocks that challenge imaginations. Grandparents will love the Beatles-themed Magna Tiles that’ll have them humming while they build.

Aura Frame

Aura Frame

Courtesy of Aura

For some grandparents, the best gift is being able to see their grandkids at any moment. Make that super easy with a highly rated, attractive, and easy-to-use digital frame.

Simply download an app, connect the frame to wifi, invite family, and share photos. The joy of a digital frame is that family members around the globe can upload photos to the frame.

Luna Bean Keepsake Hands Casting Kit

Keepsake Hands Casting Kit

Amazon

A fun and memorable activity, this hand casting kit has plenty of room for two hands. The detail is impeccable; you’ll preserve every fine line and fingerprint. Reviewers praise the easy-to-follow instructions and simple process that results in a high-quality product.

Love Talla Fingerprint Jewelry

Love Talla Fingerprint Jewelry

Courtesy of Love Talla

Create a custom piece of jewelry that features the fingerprint of someone you love. Easy to do, simply upload a fingerprint photo using the site specs and give Grandma a lovely and thoughtful pendant.

My Face Socks Custom

My Face Socks Custom

Courtesy of My Face Socks

Sillier grandparents will love sporting the faces of their grandchildren on their very own custom socks. Choose from a wide variety of styles, sizes, and looks for a unique sock that no one else will have!

4 Fun Giant Kick Croquet

4 Fun Giant Kick Croquet

Courtesy of 4Fun

If the grandparents are sporty or have a spacious yard where kids can play, this set of kick croquet is the perfect family-friendly addition to their lives. Easy to set up and play, the game requires little skill and is loads of fun.

Tribute Video Message

Tribute Video Message

Tribute

Send faraway grandparents their very own video tribute thanks to this easy-to-use site. The invite gets shared with a crowd and the site takes care of all the details to create a touching and memorable video gift.

FoxTrot Curated Gift Boxes

FoxTrot Curated Gift Boxes

Courtesy of FoxTrot

Whether you’re going for a visit or sending love from afar, all grandparents will enjoy a well-stocked pantry. FoxTrot curates some of the best gift boxes around and the packaging is drop-dead fabulous. Choose from a wide array of options that are sure to please even the pickiest grandparents.

3DCarving Custom Bamboo Cutting Board with Laser Engraved Recipe

Custom Cutting Board

Courtesy of Etsy

If grandma, grandpa, or another relative has a family favorite recipe, have them write it down and turn it into a custom-made gift with their handwritten recipe laser engraved on a cutting board. A thoughtful present, this one will be cherished for generations to come.

Bird Bingo Game

Bird Bingo

Courtesy of Christine Berrie

Fun for the whole family, it’s easy to join in on a game night when the crew is playing Bird Bingo. The set comes with 64 beautifully illustrated cards, so your family will learn all about exotic birds while trying to fill their bingo card.

Sleep Number Faux Fur Throw

Sleep Number Faux Fur Throw

Courtesy of Sleep Number

Whether grandparents are cuddling with a grandchild or each other, this faux fur blanket is so soft and plush, it’ll be a very welcome addition to the living room. Choose from four colors for the ultimate cozy accessory.

Bed Bath & Beyond Grandma's Kitchen Flour Sack Kitchen Towel in White

Bed Bath & Beyond Grandma's Kitchen Flour Sack Kitchen Towel in White

Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

If Grandma runs the kitchen, she will love her very own personalized dish towel that will hang with a source of pride in her kitchen. The towel can be customized with two lines of personalized text.

Swoon Cocktail Mixer

Swoon Cocktail Mixer

Courtesy of Swoon

Whether they’re cocktail hour fans or not, this zero-calorie cocktail mixer three-pack is a fun addition to any home. Make cocktails for the adults and mocktails for the kids with these tasty mixers.

How to Babysit a Grandpa

How to Babysit a Grandpa

Courtesy of Amazon

Stock the bookshelf with this well-loved book that will be fun to read over and over again. The kid narrator gives silly tips for how to babysit a grandpa. There is a version of the book for Grandma too!

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art

Minted

Put everyone important in one beautiful photo art heart display with this easy to create, custom piece of art. Minted makes it so simple and there are tons of sizing, matting, and frame options.

Uncommon Goods Grandparent Pen Pal Set

Uncommon Goods Grandparent Pen Pal Set

Courtesy of Uncommon Goods Grandparent Pen Pal Set

Bring back the fun of receiving snail mail with this unique grandparent pen pal set. Made for both generations, they’ll each have fun writing letters using the letter prompts, fun lists, and other activities. The set comes with eight letters and colorful envelopes.

Zazzle Personalized Family Recipe Cookbook

Zazzle Personalized Family Recipe Cookbook

Courtesy of Zazzle

If the famous family recipes need a little help in the organization department, this custom three-ring binder is just the trick. Choose from a wide array of size and styles and let the grandparent who cooks load up the binder with all the family favorites.

Final Verdict

Any gift that features or involves the grandkids in the gift is a win. With this in mind, photo gifts like an Aura Digital Frame (view at Aura) or Minted Framed Heart Shaped Photo Art (view at Minted) will always be appreciated. For fun picks that involve the grandparents and grandkids, stock their shelves with Bird Bingo (view at Amazon) or Magna Tiles (view at Maisonette), two toys that are seriously fun for all ages. 

What to Look for in Gifts for Grandparents

Celebration of Their Role

Grandparents play a special role in the family, and that is certainly something to celebrate! Choose gifts that show your parents and in-laws just how important you think they are. That might be personalized jewelry, a mug that says "Grandma" on it, or photos of them with the grandkids.

Kid-Friendliness

You probably want your children to spend some time at their grandparents' home, so why not choose a gift that makes that experience a more positive one? Cozy pillows and blankets can hep create an atmosphere for cuddle time, and a portable bassinet can help babysitting run more smoothly. Games and toys to keep at the grandparents' house can keep the kids occupied and set the scene for family fun.

Connection

There are many different styles of grandparenting, but what really makes a grandparent special is the relationship they have with their grandchildren. Choose gifts to facilitate this connection. Some grandparents will love a photo book to keep updated as their grandkids grow. Those who are geographically far from their grandchildren might appreciate a light that they can turn on from afar to show the kids that they're thinking of them.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which gifts will grandparents find most useful?

    Grandparents may not remember how challenging it is to take care of a baby. After all, it may have been quite a while since they last had to do it. In the meantime, they have aged as well. Look for gifts that help babies get to sleep, like a baby shusher or a self-rocking bassinet, so grandparents don't exhaust themselves trying to get your baby down for a nap. Baby seats and bouncers may also be useful, so grandma and grandpa have a safe and easy place to put the baby down sometimes.

  • Are technological gifts for grandparents a good idea?

    Some grandparents may embrace new technology, while others prefer to stick with what they know. Gifts like smart home gadgets or iPads may be perfect for some grandparents, while others would appreciate something homemade or personalized. Use what you know about your parents or in-laws to decide whether high-tech gifts are a good idea. And if you don't know them well enough, skip the extra-modern and stick with gifts you're sure grandparents will recognize and love.

  • What kinds of gifts can children get their grandparents?

    When your baby is little, you will need to be the one choosing or making gifts for their grandparents. But, as your baby becomes a toddler and reaches the preschool years, have them choose and create their own gifts for their grandparents. Handmade gifts like drawings or clay sculptures are hands-down the most appreciated by loving grandparents.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 7-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. Her go-to grandparent gifts always involve photos of their grandchildren, whether in a beautiful frame, a custom photo book, or in puzzle form.