Thoughtful grandparent gift ideas for the best Grandmas and Grandpas, Nanas, and Pop-Pops


We are so grateful to those devoted grandparents in our kids’ lives, that this is the time of year we look for thoughtful grandparent gift ideas that are just a little more special than your av-er-age grandparent gift. Take a look at these picks which prove you don’t have to spend a lot to say “I love you” in a big way.

All picks have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion in this guide. 

This guide contains affiliate links and some purchases help support our own small business at no additional costs to you.. 

All discount codes expired 2018

For more up-to-date discounts and gift ideas, please visit our 2019 holiday gift guide or 2020 small business holiday gift guide


Handmade Personalized Grandparent Heart Ornament

Gorgeous keepsake at a great price, but hurry to make Christmas delivery!

$20, Magic MoonPottery
Use code HOLIDAYS17 to save 10%


Family Photo Dominos Game

One of the most inventive personalized photo gift ideas for grandparents we’ve seen.

$34.99, Pinhole Press
Use code COOLMOMS for 15% off all products


Collection of Your Family’s Heirloom Recipes in a Beautiful Box

If you’ve been meaning to gather up all those recipes in your family scribbled in all sorts of places, the holidays are a perfect excuse. Love this box to store them all, too.

$34, Rifle Paper Co


Personalized Children’s Signature Necklace or Keychain

There’s nothing more sentimental than a gift made from a child’s artwork, and this shop makes keepsakes as beautiful as any we’ve seen. If you don’t make the order-by date…get an IOU. Totally worth it.

$110+, Metalmorphis Jewelry


Ancestry DNA Kit

For some grandparents, this is the ultimate family heirloom.

$54.99 on sale, Amazon (prices may fluctuate)


Custom Full Body Silhouette Ornament

A truly special keepsake that makes a wonderful grandparent gift for the holidays.

$125+, Le Papier Studio
Use code THANKS10 for 10% off + get free US shipping with orders over $150


Custom Framed Photo of the Grandkids has plenty of options for customization in every price range.



Hand-Carved Wooden Heart Cutting Board

So they can think of you every time wine and cheese are served.
(Note that To The Market is also the sponsor of our Mother-In-Law Gift Ideas…but we love this board so much!)

$40, To The Market
Use code COOL10 for $10 off all To the Market exclusives when you spend $30.


Personalized Nana Mug

Such a sweet, affordable grandparent gift “from” the cousins.

$12.60 on sale, Fieldtrip


Lunch Somewhere Special with the Family

Time together is always the best gift. Whether it’s Tiffany (ooh!) or just a favorite coffee shop that serves the hot chocolate that the kids love.

Here: The new Tiffany Blue Box Cafe, NYC


State Pride Printable Art Prints

Whether they’re in home sweet Chicago or have Georgia on their minds, this is an affordable, thoughtful gift for a grandparent with a little hometown pride. Just add a frame!

$5, Ink Lane Designs


Solid Cashmere Throw Blanket

Don’t grandparents deserve to be cozy, warm and pampered?

$350, exclusive to Bloomingdale’s


Custom Kid Quote Wall Art by Betsy Grimm

How great is this idea! The hardest part is picking just one quote. And uh, one that’s not R-rated.

$55+, Uncommon Goods


Bay Leaf Wreath

Coming home for the holidays will smell that much more delicious.

$29.95+, Williams-Sonoma


Christmas in NY Chocolates

Extra special if you include tickets for a trip to NYC together. If not…the chocolates are pretty awesome on their own.

$95, Stick with Me Sweets


Custom Made-to-order Wooden Cribbage Board

Great excuse to play — or learn to pick it up.

$69.95 Timbergreen Woods
Use code 2017END for 17% off shopwide


Letters to My Grandchild

Have the grandparents fill this out, and by next year, they can give it back. Instant heirloom.

$11.43, Amazon

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.