The best sentimental grandparent gifts for the very best sentimental grandparents.


Grandparent holiday gifts: Hardcover photo book

If you’re doing holiday shopping for the grandparents who you appreciate every day — or maybe the ones you don’t tell often enough — we’ve put together some of our favorite sweet, sentimental grandparent gifts for the holidays. While of course it’s the thought that counts (and often, a hand-drawn card from the kids too!) we think these are some pretty thoughtful thoughts that you’ll love.

All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff, there is no compensation in exchange for picks. CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate. Discount codes expire 12/31/15.


Hardcover custom photo book

This company does exquisite work, turning your favorite family photos into a true coffee table book that becomes a forever family keepsake.  ($69+ at Artifact Uprising)

10% off with code CMPVF297


Grandparent holiday gifts: Personalized children’s signature necklace

Personalized children’s signature necklace

For years we’ve been singing the praises of this artist-run company that creates lovely high quality jewelry with incredible attention to detail. Whether you use a child’s signature or a favorite drawing or scribble, you can’t go wrong with this as a grandparent gift. ($120+ at Metalmorphis Jewelry)


Grandparent holiday gifts: Legacy box

Preserve their old tapes, slides, or photos digitally

Dig through the shoeboxes and old albums and finally make all those special memories somewhere they’ll stay for good. This is like a gift for the whole family. ($varies at Legacy box)


Child’s scribbles as framed artwork

We love this DIY project that reminds us that every child’s masterpiece, is indeed a masterpiece to the grandparents. (tutorial: Mandi Johnson for A Beautiful Mess)




Amazing grandparent gift: Family portrait via Tory Williams photography © Liz Gumbinner

A professional photo shoot with the grandkids

Liz’s parents got this wonderful portrait from Tory Williams photography in NYC, and now we think every family needs one this amazing, too. Hey, maybe you even get to be in it for a change! ($ varies)

What I love about Grandma journal

What I love about Grandma journal

Proof it doesn’t have to cost a lot to be a truly special grandparent gift. ($10 at Knock Knock)

20% off site-wide with code COOLMOM20


Grandparent holiday gifts: We love Grandpa personalized money clip

We love Grandpa personalized money clip

Are there room for even more hearts? Just asking. ( $45 at Hatch by Alicia Ballard)


Grandparent holiday gifts: Love you to the moon and back custom photo art

Love you to the moon and back custom photo art

Instead of traditional family tree artwork, we think this is a really cool way to feature lots of photos of all the grandkids or the entire family.  (Starts at $29 unframed, at Minted)


Grandparent holiday gifts: Mini accordion brag book

Mini accordion brag book

Pick your 8 favorite photos and let the company’s designers do the rest. Great turnaround time and really lovely results. ($24.99 at Pinhole Press)

Grandparent holiday gifts: Grandparent/grandchild activity set

Grandparent/grandchild activity set

Use these ideas as a jumping off point. We bet there will be no end to the adventures. ($35 at Uncommon Goods)

Holiday gift idea from the kids: A day out with the grandparents | photo Johnko via Flickr cc

A day alone with the grandkids

Whether it’s a day at the zoo, a trip to the museum, a brunch date or a canoe trip down a river when spring comes, have the kids create a card to explain (or draw) just what the gift is. The gift of yourselves may be the most special of all.

Photo: johnko via cc