Gift ideas for grandparents

When it comes to buying a present for your grandparents, we reckon it’s worth pushing the boat out a bit – after all, didn’t they always let you sneak an extra biscuit out of the biscuit tin, or slip you a stealthy fiver as extra pocket money? If it’s a special birthday then make the most of it with a brilliant birthday card, or shop our special grandparent cards for a memento they’ll really treasure. And if they’ve just made the jump from parents to grandparents, we’ve also got some sweet new grandparent gifts that are bound to make them go all misty-eyed.

New grandparent gifts

Arguably, giving your parents the gift of a grandchild is the greatest of all possible grandparent gifts – but hey, an actual present is always nice too. Here are some sweet new grandparent gifts that you can get to commemorate the special moment that you welcomed a new addition to the family. Make sure you mark the occasion with a new grandparent card too!

Digital photo frame

Let’s face it – as proud grandparents, they’re going to have SO many photos of their grandkid(s), so a digital photo frame is a great grandparent gift idea. They can boast about how cute their grandchild is and show them off to everyone who steps foot in their home, and you can keep them well-supplied with shots of the little one doing adorable things. Truly a gift that keeps on giving.

A genealogy gift

You’re adding a whole new branch to the family tree with a new generation – what better time to take a look at the generations who came before? We think any kind of genealogy gifts make great new grandparent presents, especially if they’re already interested in family history. Maybe ask them to write down their findings in a baby book, so when the new baby is a little older, they can sit down with their grandparents and find out about their ancestors. From a DNA testing kit to a subscription to Ancestry, there are lots of genealogy themed grandparent gifts.

Gifts for grandad

Celebrating a special birthday for grandad? Make sure you send a funny grandad birthday card to bring a smile to his face – and then knock his golf socks off with a sweet and considerate present from our list of suitable grandparent gifts.

Personalised glasses stand

Is grandad always putting his glasses down and then somehow losing them? It happens to the best of us – but make his life a little easier and make his day with the considerate and smart gift of a personalised glasses stand. Whether he remembers to always put his glasses back on the stand, well… that’s up to grandad.

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A whisky tasting set

Treat grandad to something really special as a grandparent gift. Whether he’s new to whisky, or a big fan of a dram in an evening but getting tired of the same old bottle, send him a bottle of whisky or a whisky tasting set and broaden his alcohol horizons.

A garden sundial

If your grandad loves pottering round the garden on a sunny day, make sure he keeps an eye on the time with a sundial. There are plenty of stylish options out there – but we like this grandad-specific option from The Metal Foundry, which can be fully personalised to make a really special grandparent gift idea.

Gifts for grandma

Say a proper thank you to a brilliant grandma with our thoughtful list of grandparent gifts that she’s sure to love – and get in her good graces with a sweet grandma birthday card. Might even be worth an extra biscuit if you write a nice enough message!

A pamper evening

Grandparents are often the unsung heroes of the family, so make sure grandma knows how much she means to you by throwing her a whole pamper evening. If you can be there in person, that’s even more special, but if you can’t be there she can still enjoy an evening of relaxation. Order our Meadow Facial spa set and an Aery candle complete with a card, and she can sit back and chill in quiet bliss.

Afternoon tea hamper

Pay grandma back for all of those cakes, cups of tea, and home baking experiments with a seriously classy afternoon tea. There’s nothing as quintessentially English as a spot of afternoon tea, tiny cakes and finger sandwiches – a classic grandparent gift, if you ask us. You could take her out to her favourite café that offers afternoon tea and make it a special day out for the two of you, or order a hamper to her house – we love this posh Fortnum and Mason teatime gift box.

Fortnum and Mason

A bottle of gin

They used to call it ‘Mother’s Ruin’ – but if your grandma is fond of a G&T, then we think she’ll be quite alright receiving a bottle of gin and a card as grandparent gifts. Even more so if you get her a bottle of award-winning Salcombe Gin ‘Start Point’, an award-winning gin distilled in the UK in Salcombe, Devon. Which you definitely should do.


Grandparents can get overlooked in the gift-giving business – alright, there IS a grandparent’s day, but it’s not got quite the same cultural clout that Mother’s Day or Father’s Day does. That’s why it’s important to make a big fuss on their birthdays, to say thank you for all they do for the family. Hopefully these grandparent gifts have given you some inspiration – for more present prompts, check out our gift ideas, or head back to the thortful blog to find fun crafting and lifestyle inspiration!