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Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for new grandparents? We sat down with 12 first-time grandmas and grandpas and interviewed them about the best gifts they received… and the one’s they wished they’d gotten!
Below are 25 presents you can feel excited about giving, and they will feel delighted in receiving. We’ve uncovered gifts that are thoughtful, useful, touching, and even a little kitschy. Gifts that will strengthen the bond between grandparent and grandchild and help create lifelong memories they will both cherish. There’s sure to be something on this list that’s perfect for your loved one.
Plus, we did the research to find the best deals on the highest rated products, so you can feel confident you’re going to save a bundle on the best gifts as rated by consumers just like you.
Best of all, most of these items are available with FREE shipping and can be at your door in just a few days. So if you’re leaving it until the last minute don’t worry! But keep in mind popular products will likely sell out well before Christmas as suppliers struggle to keep up with demand during the holiday season. So it’s usually better to shop early and avoid disappointment.
A beautiful photo with loving poem
This beautiful sentimental poem about your first grandchild is sure to delight first-time grandparents and show them your appreciation of their role in this new stage of life. The 8×10 frame holds a 5×7 vertical photo of your child and be either be hung on a wall or displayed on a table.
The gift of mobility so they can keep up with an active child
Babies grow up fast and children move even faster, help grandma or grandpa keep up and able to participate with this sleek rollator from Drive Medical. Featuring a lightweight aluminum frame and youthful design, this walker is easy to collapse and transport with one hand, comes with enough storage to carry all the grandkids needs for an outing, and has a comfortable seat to let them rest when they need to. This is a pricey gift but one that will give memories for a lifetime.
A simple camera to capture treasured moments
This cute little camera is the perfect way to capture those special moments that would otherwise be lost. With a super simple one-button photo taking operation never again will you fumble to snag the shot. And best of all, the Instax camera produces instant pictures that print out in seconds to give you a physical keepsake without having to go and get film developed.
A matching set of mugs to announce their new status as grandparents
The perfect way to announce your pregnancy, and their new status as grandparents, are these his-and-her matching mugs from CustomGiftsNow. “Only the best dads get promoted to grandpa” and “Only the best moms get promoted to grandma”. (Also available as individual grandma or grandpa mugs.) You know how much they will love these by how many times over the years they have asked you “when are you guys having kids” and “when are you going to make me a grandma”.
A streaming media player for Netflix and Youtube
Make sure grandma and grandpa are always up to date with the latest binge-worthy TV shows with Fire TV Stick that lets them access Netflix, Youtube, Prime Video, and more. Plus they will have access to all the best kids programming for when you visit! This one even comes with Alexa voice commands so you’ll never have to hunt for the remote again.
A sentimental sculpted hand-painted figure
If a picture is worth a thousand words then I don’t know what a sculpture is worth, but we think this beautiful hand-painted figure of a grandfather holding hands with his grandchild is just gorgeous. (There’s also one for grandma.) A touching gift to signify the loving and unique relationship that develops between grandparent and child.
A deep dive into your family history
A time of new beginnings is also a sentimental time and a great opportunity to take a look into the past and see where you came from. This DNA test from AncestryDNA will help you track your roots back to over 500 different global regions, pinpointing exactly where your family originates from and adding colour and flavour to your family tree.
A dash cam for peace of mind on the roads
We put this in the category of “wish we didn’t need one but so glad we had it when we did”. A dash cam provides a level of safety when out on the road by capturing those unexpected mishaps and saving the footage in case of accidents. And with 24-hour parking protection you’ll always know exactly where those little bumps, scraps, and scratches came from. You can set the APEMAN recorder up in 3 minutes and know your safety and legal rights are always under protection.
A paper time capsule for your child to cherish
These 12 letter prompts let grandma and grandpa pass on the stories, wisdom, and wit of your family so they can be rediscovered for generations to come. Letter prompts include: “Here is a special story about our family…”, “It may surprise you to learn that when I was young…”, “When your mother/father was young…”, “My wishes for you are…”, and more. Then simply postdate, seal, and gift the time capsule for opening at a future date.
The perfect night’s sleep
Help them get a rejuvenating deep sleep with this memory foam sleep mask from MZOODirect. This soft and comfortable eye mask blocks out all ambient light to help you get the best sleep possible. And the included ear plugs block out noise so you quickly fall into a satisfying night of rest and relaxation. What’s great is the unique 3D design means it’s comfortable no matter if you sleep on your stomach, side, or back.
A smart nightstand display with Alexa
We love this gift because it connects grandparent and grandchild no matter how far or close they might be. The Echo Show brings video messaging, entertainment, cook-along recipes, and voice commands (and much more) to your home with a compact 5.5″ display. Ask it to tell you the weather tomorrow, adjust your security camera settings, or make hands-free video calls to the grandkids.
A beautiful antique teal picture frame
This EcoHome picture frame in gorgeous antique teal colour is the perfect way to display photos of your newborn in a stylish and classy setting. Best of all it’s made from recycled PS and glass and no trees where cut down to produce it! Available in 4×4, 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 there is a size for every occasion.
A smart home camera with night vision
Keep an eye on the house (and the people in it) when you’re not around. This rotating security camera offers 360-degree views of any room and comes with a number of features that make it the perfect security companion; motion detection, night vision, 1080p full HD quality, and push notifications to your phone so you never miss anything.
A baby safety gate for grandma’s house
You spend so much time and money baby-proofing your own home but what happens when you visit the grandparents? Help keep the kids safe and secure with this auto close baby gate. This one is extra tall so even toddlers can’t climb over and is suitable for most regular size doors. Great for the tops and bottoms of stairs and those pristine rooms you don’t want the kids poking around in.
A clay footprint of your newborn
Those adorable little hands and feet grow so fast, but you can capture this special moment in time forever and share it with grandma and grandpa thanks to this baby handprint kit. It comes with 3-packs of non-toxic white clay and a hand painted wood frame to display the cast and two photos. Designed and made in the US this gift features real glass, is guaranteed mould free, and comes with a 12-month warranty if you’re unhappy for any reason!
This waterproof Kindle to take stories anywhere
Story time can be any time with this waterproof Kindle device. Featuring laser-quality text the display is glare-free even in harsh sunlight and reads like real paper. (In fact studies show electronic readers are actually better than books for older people because they place less strain on the eyes.) The smallest and lightest Kindle device gives you access to millions of titles — including all the children’s classics — so you can feed and expand their little minds. Best of all it comes with Audible so if you ever get tired of reading you can listen to stories instead.
Give the gift of Amazon Prime
The perfect compliment to your new Kindle device, Amazon Prime gives you access to free Kindle e-books, thousands of movies on Prime Video, unlimited photo storage, and FREE 2-day shipping on over 100 million items. If grandma loves to shop then the free 2-day shipping will save her a small fortune and she’ll remember you every time she places an order. And if getting to the shops is becoming a hassle then the ability to get millions of products delivered with 48 hours is a godsend.
A relaxing aromatherapy diffuser to lift stress away
Give the gift of instant relaxation with an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser. It humidifies the air as it gently vaporises enchanting smells into the home. Not only will grandma’s place smell fantastic, it will improve the air quality by acting as a humidifier and helping to protect against dry air, dust, and microorganisms. This one is whisper quiet and has a number of different modes, colours, and scents available.
An ice cream bowl just for grandpa
Fact: Grandpa’s love ice cream. Help your grandpa celebrate his new status and show off in style with this awesome ice cream bowl complete with engraved spoon that looks like a little shovel. This generous sized bowl is 5-inches across and the spoon measures 7.25-inches long so grandpa can get a grandpa-sized serving of ice cream!
The solution to lost keys, phones, and children
Never lose anything again with the Tile Pro bluetooth tracker. Simply attach the Tile to anything that’s important to you — your purse, car keys, perhaps a small child — and you can find lost items with your phone. And if you’ve lost your phone? Simply double tap one of your Tiles and it will ring your phone. It even integrates with Alexa so you can find your stuff using voice commands.
Show them you’re thinking of them with a friendship lamp
These matching lamps connect over wifi anywhere in the world and when you touch your lamp their lamp will light up the same colour as yours! A genius and heartwarming way to show grandma and grandpa you’re thinking of them no matter how far away you are. You can group as many lamps as you like to connect the entire family, and each person can have their own colour. Bring a smile to their face with a simple touch of the lamp.
A phone from this century so they can video chat
Bring the grandparents into the 21st century with a brand new Samsung Galaxy phone so they can connect via video chat and be a part of all the latest social media platforms you’re posting photos on. Possibly the best budget phone of 2019, the Galaxy packs a ton of high quality features into a bargain price. The screen is fantastic for video, the camera will make their photos share-worthy, the battery life is amazing, and it charges super fast.
A way to reduce anxiety, calm nerves, and get better sleep
A weighted blanket is a simple non-drug option that can be used day or night to provide comfort and help reduce stress, anxiety, and help promote deep sleep. The heavy weight of the blanket provides “deep pressure therapy” which produces serotonin, otherwise known as the feel good chemical. A 2012 study confirmed the effectiveness of weighted blankets for reducing stress.
A walker that can travel wherever you go
The ultimate travel walker, the Able Life Space Saver is the perfect Christmas gift for the grandparent who is always on the go but needs a little more support than they used to. Folding 4x smaller than most walkers (to about the size of two canes) and weighing just 8lbs, the Able Life will go with you anywhere you need it and give you the confidence you need to stay active in your grandchild’s busy life.
The gift for the impossible to shop for grandparent
And finally we have the perfect gift for the grandparent who is just impossible to buy presents for, the always popular Amazon gift card. Show them how much you love them with a gift that never expires and lets them choose exactly what they want. You can buy cards in amounts of between $1 and $2,000 so these are great for stocking stuffers as well as a major gift. And because you can have them delivered via email, text message, or even print at home they are perfect for those last minute Christmas purchases when nothing else would arrive in time.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget the Christmas gift wrap! Amazon has some great deals on everything from bulk wrapping paper, to Christmas gift bags, and gift tag stickers. My personal favourite is the Hallmark holiday paper wrap because it comes in a number of beautiful festive colours and gives you enough paper to wrap presents for the whole family.
And if you’re already tired from all the Christmas shopping and the thought of having to wrap of those presents is giving you nightmares, then don’t forget Amazon offers gift wrapping on most products fulfilled by Amazon! I’ve had them wrap a few gifts for me over the years and they always do a nice job.