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How to find Grandparent Gifts

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 8
Joyce Chen bamboo (19265)
Gifts for special grandparents need not be expensive. In fact, the most thoughtful gifts of all - contact and attention - cost very little. But sometimes a nice, material gift is appropriate. And with a little planning, thoughtful grandparent gifts can be personal, reflective and appreciative of today's extended family relationships.

Things You Will Need

Awareness of grandparent's personal and individual interests.

Step 1

MOVIES, MUSIC, BOOKS: Find out the grandparent's favorites. Look for DVD's that have a multi-generational appeal, like "Julie & Julia," "The Proposal," or "Up." Search for a recent CD release of old favorites, for example, the Rolling Stones or James Taylor's 2009 releases. Or, update an IPOD full of their favorite jazz, Bach, or rock classics. For books, consider the recipient's viewpoints on social & political issues; perhaps find a new title like Meg Whitman's "The Power of Many."

Step 2

Kitchen stuff
KITCHEN GADGETS: Many of today's grandparents prepare gourmet or healthy meals. Take note of what they use in the kitchen. Chances are, they could use some new tools, and might appreciate having today's trendy kitchen must-haves - like quality bamboo cooking spoons, or a stainless micro-plane. Fresh measuring spoons, colorful kitchen towels and pot-holders could replace grungy ones. Many things come with a theme - wine, grapes, folk art, dogs, etc. For a larger gift, or for someone who loves to barbecue - a mesh grill-top chef's pan makes it easy to prepare fresh, healthy vegetables. Note: If replacing a well-loved, time-honored favorite kitchen tool - make sure the new item is high quality.

Step 3

WINE: Surprise them with a totally different wine. New discoveries make great gifts for the wine-loving grandparent. Check out small winery winners from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Look for a fine local or "boutique" wine to broaden an oenophile's domestic palate. With a little research, you can find nice, highly rated regional wines in the $15 - $30 price range.
It's hard to go wrong with classic gifts. But also keep in mind that a simple thank you note, funny card, birthday phone call, silly valentine, or short written email or note require minimal investment.

Tips & Warnings



Jun 18, 2010 10:33am
Great suggestions! This will be very helpful to anyone who is having a hard time trying to figure out what to buy a grandparent.
Jun 18, 2010 6:48pm
Thank you for the great ideas.
Jun 24, 2010 2:12pm
all these grandparents gifts are great suggestions, so hard to buy for, thank you.
Jun 24, 2010 2:12pm
all these grandparents gifts are great suggestions, so hard to buy for, thank you.
Jun 25, 2010 11:11am
As a grandmother, I love these suggestions on gifts. Let me add one more ... we love getting those cute photo books from Shutterfly, Hotprints, etc.
Jun 30, 2010 5:42pm
Great Grandparent gift ideas. My favorite is always something the Grand-kids have made themselves. Really love the homemade cards. Real treasures.
Jun 30, 2010 6:49pm
Thanks for the tips on finding grandparent gifts.
Jul 6, 2010 2:09am
Thanks for these great ideas as it is hard to buy for the older generations as most have everything. rated
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