Our 10 Best Gifts for Grandparents | Small Business Holiday Gift Guide 2020
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Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15
Custom ornament from a child’s drawing
Such a sweet and adorable keepsake: Give them a new one each year.
$24.95, Made with Mama Co
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Keepsake photo album or custom photo book from the kids
If they’re missing the kids more than ever this year, here’s the perfect excuse to get those favorite shots off your phone and into a keepsake album or a custom photo book from the kids
$69, Artifact Uprising / $39.99, Pinhole Press
Also see: A thorough comparison of our 13 favorite custom photo book services
Custom grandparent mugs with Gourmet holiday tea set
We are obsessed with the incredible teas from Vahdam, and their entire holiday tea gift box selection . Once you’ve tried them, it’s hard to go back to the stuff on the supermarket shelves. The only thing better is if Grandma and Grandpa (or Mimi and Papa) drink theirs in entirely custom mugs handmade by a small business in Bloomsburg, PA.
Mugs $15/3 at McG Crafts Store (free ship on orders over $35)
Tea Set $34.99, Vahdam Teas
Family recipe engraved on a cutting board
Meant to be passed down, just like the recipe. This one is beautifully made in Atlanta.
$24.95-49.95, Hodge Mill
Professional portrait of a treasured family heirloom
Our friends at Artkive can now photograph and professionally frame your most treasured family heirlooms, from small ephemera to a wedding dress. For a serious splurge, also see their signature package, in which they digitize all your old family photos and turn them into a keepsake album, slideshow, and more.
$199 and up, Lifekive
Luxury winter spruce holiday candle
We adore every scent and every candle from this Harlem-based, Black woman-owned small business. But this one is so perfect for holiday gifting. Especially if you can’t be with your grandparents for the holidays, it helps bring the holidays to them.
$45, Harlem Candle Co
Handknit blanket…by you
You can of course send the kit if you have grandparents who knit, but making it yourself is so special.
$154+, Wool & The Gang
Related: 20+ cool DIY gifts you can make for an easy homemade holiday
A great read from an indie bookstore
Shop through Indiebound to support a bookstore near them — or one you want to support. Think cookbooks, biographies, history, humor, hobbies…you name it.
This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges, $14.71
The Groucho Letters, by Groucho Marks. $19.98
The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook, Regula Ysewijn, $32.20
Wealth of Pigeons, by Steve Martin and Harry Bliss, $25.76
Via Indiebound online, or your local bookseller
Family Charades Game
To play over Zoom with the kids. Get one for each of you!
$20, Uncommon Goods
Also see: The 5 fun card games for kids that our family is loving in 2020
Meals or gift cards from their favorite local restaurant
For Mother’s Day, we shared creative gifts that support local restaurants and they still apply around the holidays. From brunch delivery, to meal kits, to a simple gift card to the grandparents’ favorite local spot, this is a food gift that’s packed with extra love.
Tip: Call your local restaurant before using a gift card/delivery service.
It may save them some money in fees.
What can we help you find?
2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
* Our 10 best gifts for women in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for men in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for Hanukkah in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for grandparents in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for teens in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for tweens 9-12 in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for little kids 4-8 in 2020
* Our 10 best gifts for babies and toddlers in 2020
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