Next up in our 2015 Father’s Day gift guide, are some of the coolest gifts for grandpas. Or grandfathers. Or papas, pop-pops…you know, that awesome patriarch in your family. We’ve got a fun range for you from thoughtful gifts from the grandkids, to spendier gifts that make a big statement, should he need a little extra love this year. And of course, don’t forget the card. Whatever the gift, they’re nearly always the best part.
And hey, don’t miss our fabulous (seriously, like all-caps worthy FABULOUS) $800 Father’s Day gift guide giveaway below. Entering is easy and we think, totally worth it.
Grandpa is Magical DIY Board Book ($12, My Sweet Muffin)
We recommended a similar book for dads in our roundup 20 fantastic ideas for DIY Father’s Day gifts from the kids, and we’re so happy to see they make one for grandfathers too! Put your kids to work on this tall tale, and let them illustrate it to truly make it a special keepsake.
Personalized Keychain ($53, Lustrous Elements)
We are so taken with this cool personalized keychain from jewelry Erin Miller on Etsy — and we are extremely picky about such things, as you might know. The type is masculine and modern, and there’s enough room on the three oxidized metal discs to include multiple names, birthdays, or even a three-part message. We don’t think you’ll have trouble filling them up at all.
Lucia Bay Shave Set ($188, Lucia Bay)
For a good, old-fashioned shave, this exquisite kit from eco-conscious Lucia Bay starts with a double-edged safety razor, a shave brush, chrome shaving bowl, and a sandalwood scented shave soap that will make you want to cuddle up to him even more. Plus a portion of all sales go to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to help protect our seas.
My Life Story – So Far ($28, Uncommon Goods)
Also featured in our Mother’s Day gift guide, we think it makes a spectacular gift for any special grandpa, too. This is a really sweet keepsake journal, and it’s a great way to get the conversation started and preserve your family history, without having to come up with questions from scratch.
Custom brass collar stays ($45/set of 6, Owen and Fred)
For the dapper dad, you can choose up to two sayings, up to 10 characters per stay. So GRANDPA = yes. MY HERO = yes. CAN I BORROW $100? = No
Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series ($50 at the MoMA Store; $40 for members)
This book honors the remarkable Jacob Lawrence exhibit at NY’s Museum of Modern Art,which includes sixty small tempera paintings on the Great Migration of Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century, from the rural south to the urban North. It’s an epic visual narrative of an essential part of our nation’s history, and maybe even his personal one.
Withings Activité Fitness Tracker ($450, Withings)
Half the grandpas we know these days are in better shape than we are! If he’s got loads of style too and deserves an extra special gift, we love this Swiss watch-meets-fitness-tracker that’s taking the tech world by storm this year. The French design is stunning on its own, but it actually tracks steps, calories, distance, sleep and more. He doesn’t even have to remember to charge it
Family membership to the local museum or zoo ($ varies; Bronx zoo featured above)
If he loves family time more than anything, a gift of a family membership to a favorite zoo, museum, or other local spot is a way of saying, “here…you take the kids for the day.” Kidding! It’s a thoughtful way to give the gift of time together.
Custom family tree artwork ($53 and up, The Make | Shift Gallery)
If he’s a genealogy fan, we love this handsome, contemporary take on a family tree, with family names woven into detailed tree rings on a linen textured fine paper. There’s even space to commemorate up to five generations. The finished print ships in 5-7 days so order soon! You’ll also want to leave yourself time to find a worthy frame.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!
We’ve got a prize package filled with some of our favorite gifts for dads, valued at more than $800!
• His own Amazon Fire TV (though we hope he shares with the whole family)
• A fantastic Pinhole Press $100 gift card which we could spend in about a second
• The Dad’s Gotta Eat gourmet collection from MOUTH
• The fabulous new convertible Epiphanie leather Hudson satchel-backpack
• A Tom & Teddy $150 gift card for their super hip men’s swimwear.
• A huge, pampering Dove + Men Care gift basket
CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!