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Finding the best gifts for Grandpa can be challenging—he likely already owns everything he could possibly want, so how do you even begin searching for the perfect present?
We’ve got your back. We’ve hunted down the best gifts for everyone on your list this year, and for grandfathers especially, we combed through our favorite products and found 37 gifts that would be perfect for the one in your life, from cozy moccasins to a robot vacuum to colorful socks.
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1. For the grandpa who's always ready for a good story: Audible
Books on tape have come a long way. In fact, they haven’t really been on tape for a while—now, they’re streamable, thanks to services such as Audible, which has instant access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and more from a smartphone or tablet. If this sounds like something a grandpa you know could get into, consider giving him Audible Plus—for one month, three months, six months or a year—which offers unlimited access to Audible's streaming catalog and one credit each month to purchase an audiobook to hold onto forever.
With this gift, he can listen to his favorite books wherever he is and whatever he’s doing, whether he’s puttering around the house or taking a walk.
2. For the grandpa who wants to find his roots: AncestryDNA kit
Does Grandpa frequently regale you with tales of how his people have Italian roots? Or how you’re distantly related to George Washington, according to his great-uncle Rodney? Well now’s the time to find out for sure. Help him figure his family roots once and for all with an AncestryDNA kit. We tried AncestryDNA and loved how detailed the ethnicity breakdowns were, which can help provide context for those old family tales.
3. For the grandpa who likes to sleep in his chair: Our favorite weighted blankets
Weighted blankets make great gifts this season, and our favorite is the Gravity Blanket. This cozy blanket is perfect for the grandpa who loves sitting on his favorite chair and watching his shows (or, perhaps, dozing off).
For a less pricey option, we also love the YnM weighted blanket. It conforms to the body nicely without feeling suffocating and is thinner than other weighted blankets—though no less effective—so it's easy to store when not in use.
4. For the grandpa who loves to hit the links: Personalized golf balls
Technically, you don’t have to love golf because you’re a grandfather, but we’re pretty sure a lot of them do. If you know one who visits a course whenever he can, he’ll get a kick out of this set of golf balls, available in a three- or 12-pack, which can be personalized with any photo, text, or logo. Whether you deck it out with a photo of the grandkids or a simple “best grandfather by par” (which is what at least one reviewer ended up doing), it’ll be a worthy addition to his golf game—though it might end up becoming more of a keepsake than his other balls.
5. For the grandpa who wants to walk comfortably: A pair of reliable Crocs
Crocs remain popular for many reasons. They’re comfy and they make great shoes for both indoor and outdoor use. Whether Grandpa likes to walk around the block or adventure by the creek, Crocs make a versatile shoe he can put to good use. Plus, there are a bunch of different styles and colors of Crocs, which means you can customize based on your grandfather’s tastes.
6. For the grandpa who can’t get enough ‘Star Wars’: A Disney+ subscription
Grandpa doesn’t need to dust off his VHS copies of the original trilogy to enjoy “Star Wars” in his own home. With a Disney+ subscription, he can not only watch “Star Wars” with the click of a button, but he can stream just about every Disney movie under the sun. It’s great for him and great for the grandkids—watch him light up as he claims the title of “Best Grandparent of the Year” for turning on “Frozen.”
7. For the grandpa who's missing his masseuse
A foot massage is one of the best holiday gifts a person can give. But if your grandpa is avoiding in-person massages, give him a foot massage device. We tested a bunch of them and landed on the Renpho Foot Massager as our favorite. This machine allows for an ideal amount of customization with options to choose between heated and non-heated massages, a 15- or 30-minute timer and “low” “medium” and “heavy” knead and pressure intensity.
For a less expensive option, consider the Theraflow foot massager. This one is manual—that is, using it requires rolling the feet over it to stimulate circulation instead of just plugging it in and pressing a button—but reviewers say it delivers an effective, soothing massage with minimal effort. Whichever option you go for, Grandpa will love the opportunity to relax with a massage at the end (or beginning, or middle) of the day.
8. For the grandpa who needs a wallet upgrade: Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet
You know that Seinfeld joke about how dads basically stop updating their wardrobe right after they have kids? Well, in the time since transitioning from “father” to “grandfather,” Grandpa may have gotten a few new items of clothing—but his wallet could still be a relic of his pre-fatherhood days.
If he needs an update, one great option is the Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet. This classic-looking leather wallet is sleek and unobtrusive but carries up to eight cards and some bills without getting bulky. It also has quick-access pockets for cards that are used daily and a pull tab system to store everything else.
9. For the grandpa who’s always misplacing his keys: Tile Mate
Among wallets, keys, phones and more, there’s a lot of stuff that people might lose track of around the house. Help Grandpa make finding his things easier with a Tile Mate tracker. To use it, attach the small device to whatever it is that's always getting lost. When it’s misplaced, go into the Tile app on a smartphone or a desktop and signal an alarm to find anything within 200 feet of the device. If it’s the phone that can’t be found, just press a button on the tile and it will make the phone ring, even if it’s on silent.
If Grandpa doesn’t feel like fiddling with his phone or buttons when things go missing, he’ll be happy to know that Tile is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home—if he has an assistant and his keys go missing, all he has to do is say, “Where are my keys?”
10. For the grandpa who values coziness: A comfortable new robe
It’s hard to go wrong with giving a robe. They make timeless presents, especially if you spring for a more high-end option that will last a long time, like this flannel-lined option from L.L. Bean. The robe has the heft and style of a sweatshirt—including a hood—and offers a comforting, velvety-soft feel that reviewers say is perfectly suited to an armchair lounge or even taking the dog out or grabbing the paper early in the morning. Can you think of anything Grandpa would love more?
11. For the grandpa who’s the main grill master: Kabob baskets
If Grandpa’s a force to be reckoned with at the grill, he’ll get a lot of use out of these kabob baskets. This device—which comes in a set of four—has a cage-like contraption that allows you to fill it with meat and veggies to grill without the fussiness of skewers. The rosewood handles and stainless steel wiring allow for easy gripping and flipping, which should make preparing bite-sized meals on the grill a breeze.
12. For the grandpa who wants a library at his fingertips: Our favorite Amazon Kindle
If he loves to read, Grandpa needs a Kindle. Our favorite Kindle is the Paperwhite, which mimics the experience of reading a real book as closely as any tablet can. This lightweight Kindle is water-resistant, plays Audible books and allows the reader to adjust the font size and screen brightness based on their reading styles. If you pair it with Kindle Unlimited, you can give Grandpa a host of free ebooks, too. And, if he has a library card, he can also use it to check out any books and read them on his Kindle for free by using a partner app like Libby.
13. For the grandpa who's serious about fitness: Fitbit Charge 4
If your grandfather enjoys being active, a fitness tracker makes a great gift, whether he likes biking or walking the dog every day. The Fitbit Charge 4 is our favorite fitness tracker—it's easy to set up and pair with smartphones, automatically detects sustained movement in workouts so the wearer always gets "credit" for doing them and has a built-in GPS that tracks location without having to bring along a phone.
14. For the grandpa who needs to organize his memorabilia: Legacy Box
Whether stuffed under a bed, in a shoe box or somewhere in the basement, chances are pretty good that Grandpa has oodles of old photos, video tapes, audio tapes and who-knows-what else strewn about the house. It’s nice to know that they’re there—but they’re probably not getting too much attention in their current state.
Rectify this with Legacy Box, a service that digitizes tapes, photos, reels and audiotapes. All you have to do is box everything up, send it in to Legacy Box with a pre-paid shipping label. After a short waiting period, 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.
15. For the grandpa who likes to watch his games in peace: Wireless TV headphones
If your grandfather loves watching TV in his favorite chair, consider getting him a set of headphones that can control exactly how loud the volume that hits his ears will be. The RS 5000 headphones from Sennheiser are incredibly user-friendly and comfortable and feature a crowd-noise reduction button—an aspect that may not get the most use now during crowd-less games, but will surely be appreciated later on.
16. For the grandpa who’s proud of his fireplace: A log rack
Tending to a roaring fire is one of the best ways to get through the winter, and there’s a lot more inspiration to do it with a dedicated place to store wood and kindling. If you know a grandpa who loves making fires, he’ll appreciate this distinguished-looking log rack, which has one sloping shelf to hold wood in a sensible, stylish way.
17. For the grandpa who loves his house shoes: A cozy set of moccasins
Moccasins double as slippers and quick-errand shoes, meaning Grandpa may never actually take these shoes off. This sturdy pair from L.L. Bean comes highly recommended by reviewers, who say they fit true to size and are comfortable to wear at any time of year. The best review we read: “If everyone had a pair, the world would be a happier place.”
18. For the grandpa who loves his pajamas: A classy set of PJs
Speaking of cozy house clothes, consider nabbing Grandpa a pair of these cult-favorite pajamas from the brand David Archy. They come in six classic colors, have a drawstring waist, button down the front and are made of a lightweight and absorbent cotton. Reviewers say they’re exceptionally comfy, yet tailored in a way that doesn't make them feel sloppy.
19. For the grandpa who "doesn't want anything": A Masterclass membership
Mention Steve Martin and you’ve got the attention of any grandpa within your vicinity. Offer exclusive access to Steve Martin's words of wisdom on comedy, and you catapult to the top of Grandpa's favorite relatives' list. Streaming service Masterclass contains a plethora of courses hosted by notable celebrities teaching their crafts, from David Sedaris teaching storytelling to Annie Leibovitz teaching photography—to, of course, Steve Martin explaining the art of making people laugh. Peruse the course offerings, find your grandfather’s favorite topic or celebrity and watch how happy it makes him during the holidays.
20. For the grandpa who has a great sock game: Happy Socks
Does your grandpa love his socks? Pick him up a package of Happy Socks, which are exactly what they sound like—socks with colorful patterns that make you feel happy. Happy Socks sells a variety of gift boxes for all types of personalities, so comb through their inventory and find the box that most screams “grandpa” to you.
21. For the grandpa who can get up to some mischief: A “Partner in Crime” tee
One of the perks of becoming a grandparent is that you don’t have to be quite as strict with the grandkids as you were with your own children—in fact, you can get in on some of the shenanigans yourself, should you feel so inclined. Any grandpa who’s taken this mindset seriously needs a new uniform for plotting pranks. May we suggest this t-shirt, which reads, “They Call Me Grandpa Because Partner In Crime Sounds Like A Bad Influence.”
You can also customize the name on the shirt by sending the makers a message, in case he’d rather be known as “Pop,” “Grandad” or anything else. The shirt comes in eight colors and unisex or male and female sizes from XS to 4X.
22. For the grandpa who loves smart tech: Google Nest Hub Max
The Google Nest Hub Max makes an incredible gift for the grandpa who lives far away. This smart home device allows Grandpa to make video calls—with a smart display that auto zooms and pans to allow him to stay in focus if he's moving around during the call—as well as ask questions to Google, play YouTube videos, display the weather and watch the news. He can proudly sit it on his bedside table, in the kitchen or on the coffee table.
23. For the grandpa with barking dogs: Compression socks
Whether he spends a lot of time sitting, standing, running or just has sometimes-sore feet, a pair of compression socks—which provide gentle pressure to the feet and may improve circulation and comfort—can be a great gift. We tested many pairs of compression socks and landed on two pairs that can make worthy gifts: Physix Gear (our pick for best value, which offer strong athlete-level compression) and Sockwell, our pick for best moderate compression, which offer lighter pressure and come in a winter-appropriate blend of merino wool, nylon and spandex.
24. For the grandpa who doesn’t have patience to vacuum: Eufy Robot Vac
Vacuuming can be a boring and arduous chore—but with a robot vacuum to do the work, it doesn’t have to be. We love the Eufy Robovac 11S, which we named our best value choice for robot vacuums. It has a slim design that allows it to get into tough-to-reach spots while still picking up a lot of dust, dirt and grime and it runs quietly enough that it doesn’t interfere with conversations or TV watching. All in all, it’s a great time-saver and a welcome gift for a grandpa who’s pretty sure he’s done enough vacuuming to last a lifetime.
25. For the grandpa who lives for the ball game: An MLB used-bat bottle opener
Not having a normal season of baseball has been tough for a lot of grandpas. If you have one in your life who misses his team’s stadium, consider giving him this unique bottle opener. It’s made of a repurposed bat from an MLB game with an insignia that displays the team name that played with it, from the Nationals to the Mets to the Dodgers. It also has a hologram number that you can look up to see which game exactly the bat was used in. Now, if you can figure out how to replicate that ball game hot dog, you’ll have the perfect present.
26. For the grandpa who knows how to savor a good wine: A wine club membership
A grandpa with a discerning nose for cabernets and merlots probably just wants one thing: some interesting new wine to try. Help him do just that with a subscription to Winc, a service that delivers four bottles wine a month, tailored to the customer's tastes based on a quiz they take upon signing up.
We tried Winc and thought that it went above and beyond what you'd get from a simple wine delivery service. Our tester loved its impeccable taste-matching and the extra information provided with each bottle. This includes details about its origin, alcohol and sulfur contents and what other Winc customers had to say about, as well as recipes for delicious food pairings to serve with it.
Some states may be excluded from Winc's shipping areas, so make sure they can receive their wine before you sign them up for the service.
27. For the grandpa who likes to have a cold one close by: A mini fridge
One of life’s greatest luxuries is having a chilled beer—or seltzer, or bottle of water, or soda, or wine—right there when you need it. Help a grandpa achieve this milestone by giving him with a mini fridge, such as this one from RCA that has three shelves and slots specifically designed for holding cans.
Reviewers say they use it for beverages, snacks, coffee creamer and anything else that needs to be chilled and kept handy.
28. For the grandpa who's always cold: A Patagonia fleece jacket
Patagonia makes great cozy sweaters for both men and women, but this fleece jacket makes an incredible gift for grandpa this season. It comes with three zipper pockets, it’s made from a warm fleece, and it’s well-loved among reviewers. Plus, you can get it in eight different colors, so pick the one that best suits your grandfather.
29. For the grandpa who loves his morning reading time: The cult-favorite Squatty Potty
You may wonder how the Squatty Potty skyrocketed to fame. The simple answer? The toilet footrest works. And it could make an incredible gift for the grandfather who cherishes his … morning reading time. We tested the Squatty Potty and found that it really does make a difference, so if you know this is something Grandpa would love and appreciate, we highly recommend it.
30. For the grandpa with a lot of stories to tell: My Life Story So Far journal
If this grandpa has seen it all, he probably 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 that should conjure cherished memories of school days, first friendships and more. With it, he can reflect on what made them the person he is today and pass these memories along to his kids and grandkids.
31. For the grandpa who could use some fresh kicks: Allbirds
If you have a self-professed cool grandpa, there's no better way to cosign on that than with some cool shoes like Allbirds. We love these sporty-yet-cozy sneaks, 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 pick and choose the fabric that works best for your giftee based on the climate in their locale.
Best of all? Allbirds are machine-washable, so they just be can be thrown in the laundry whenever they start to look a little grimy.
32. For the grandpa with a gourmet palate: a Himalayan sea salt plank
Help Grandpa elevate his home cooking with this Himalayan sea salt plank. This pink, salty slab—literally, it’s a block of salt—can serve as a heated surface for making veggies, fish, meat, pizza or anything else you might make on a stovetop, oven, or grill. It retains heat well, which makes for evenly cooked foods and helps imbue the food with a complex flavoring, so less seasoning is needed. It can also be chilled to serve colder fare, such as sushi, cheese or other low-temp snacks.
33. For the grandpa who wants to look at family photos while making plans: A personalized calendar
Even if Grandpa doesn’t think he’s all that sentimental, he’ll appreciate this family calendar. You can fill each month with a different photo of the family members (with a hearty emphasis on the grandkids) and he’ll look forward to flipping through it all year. What's more, you can have each family member’s birthday printed on it—a valuable addition for any big family with lots of birthdays to remember.
34. For the grandpa who loves a good visual pun: F-bomb paperweight
A man with a stately home office and lots of important papers needs to stay organized—but he could probably also use some lightening of the mood in the space as well. You can do just that with this “F-bomb” paperweight, which has the letter “F” attached to a hunk of steel in the shape of a classic-looking bomb. (Get it?) This clever visual pun adds some levity to a serious space and will be sure to be appreciated by anyone who likes making a statement.
35. For the grandpa who loves hand-written notes: A personalized pen
The Century II 10KT Gold Filled Rollerball Pen is not cheap, but it makes an amazing gift for the grandfather who loves to write. It’s high-quality, gorgeous and should last a lifetime. Plus, it writes incredibly well, meaning he can both admire and use it on a daily basis.
36. For the grandpa who likes being crafty: A personalized pocket knife
For the grandpa who likes whittling, carving or just being prepared (hey, you never know), consider this personalized pocket knife. It has a wooden handle that bears an inscription of your choice and a sharp blade that folds into it. When you get the knife, you can choose between a classic silver or black blade, two different fonts and the personalization of your choice.
37. For the grandpa who's sentimental: The New York Times Special Day Book
If Grandpa loves having his heartstrings tugged, the New York Times Special Day Book is a great gift for him. This custom-made book includes all headlines, articles, photos and ads that appeared in the New York Times on any specific date since 1851. You could pick Grandpa’s birthday, his marriage date or the date of a loved one’s birthday. Either way, expect a heartfelt "thank you" for your thoughtfulness.
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