Parents and grandparents spend a ton of time thinking about what to get their children and grandchildren. It’s time to turn the tables – what should teens and adult children give their parents and grandparents for Christmas and other occasions? We are not as hard to shop for as you might think!
Check out our list below of best gifts for parents and grandparents.
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Best Gifts for Parents and Grandparents – Under $25
We know teens and young adult children are often broke, so here are the budget gift ideas. Parents and grandparents mostly want to know you thought of them and took the time to select something with them in mind. Avoid gift cards and things that scream “drug store purchase at 10pm on Christmas Eve!”
A game, puzzle, or any project that can be done together is a fun idea. There are also many self-care, clothing, and other as well as other thoughtful items which make great gifts even at a budget price.
Best Gifts for Parents and Grandparents – Hobbies and Interests
Lean into the interests and hobbies of your parents and grandparents rather than any limitations. Do they like gardening, fishing, reading, crafting? Something new related to their interests they may not have seen or would not buy for themselves is a particularly good gift idea.
Best Gifts for Parents and Grandparents - Gardening Enthusiasts
A Cricut machine is the ultimate crafter's dream. They are pricey, but are so fun for paper, vinyl, and other crafts. If. you don't want to do the machine or they already have one, Cricut accessories and supplies are always welcome.
This waist pack is perfect for having small fishing gear at their fingertips.
Best Gifts for Parents and Grandparents: Things They Already Have, but NEW
Your parents and grandparents have a LOT of things and often they will say they don’t want anything. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. They want to be remembered just like you do. One comment I always hear at bridal showers is, “Why don’t they have showers for us? All of our things are worn out. New towels, bakeware, dishes, etc. would be so nice.”
So, you might consider getting them things they already have, but newer and nicer. Last year I received some new bakeware. I love it!! The sheet pans are used several nights a week to cook dinner. My daughter was moving into an apartment by herself for the first time and I offered some of my old bakeware. She rejected it!! Yes, it was that bad. New towels for their master bathroom. New tools for the garage. Try to find out what is worn out (or just looks old and worn out) and replace it.
Solo wood burning stove are THE thing for backyards. And they are smokeless!! Want to sit around the fire with your hot chocolate at your parents or grandparents this Christmas? Bring them a Solo Stove. They will enjoy it all winter and spring.
There are a lot of throw blankets out there, but there is only one Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket. It costs more than one from the box store, but so worth it. It is the coziest, softest throw blanket you will ever find.
Gifts for Parents and Grandparents – Practical and Accessibility Gifts
I said earlier to stay away from accessibility gifts unless they have asked for them. If you really know they need them and would not be insulted, you can go there. Or if you have a truly unique or new idea. Sometimes as our parents and grandparents age, these “gifts” help us help them. One example is Apple AirTags. You can give them and then help install them on various items like their phone or wallet, the tv remote, and other items they (and honestly, all of us,) constantly misplace.
I have arthritis in my hands and I love a stocking stuffer I received one year which helps me open all kinds of bottles and jars. It does not scream “old people device.” It is handy for anyone because sometimes the machines that close jars and bottles put them on really, really tight. The jar opener below is similar to the one I have. I like it because it is easy to use, opens bottles as well as jars, and it does not need batteries.
Battery powered screwdrivers save so much time and are so handy for many jobs. (I used one to remove and replace all of the light switch plates during a painting project last summer - so much faster than doing it by hand.) Don't forget the bits to go with it!
These power strips with a wireless phone charger on top are the bomb! They clean up all of the cord mess on a desk and keep your from having to crawl on the floor to plug and unplug things. My husband loves his. I have a smaller version on my desk.
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