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Finding the best Christmas gifts for Grandpa can be challenging—he likely already owns everything he could possibly want, so how do you even begin searching for the perfect present?
Not to worry—we’ve got your back. Here at Reviewed, we've spent hours scouring the Internet for the best products to make your job easier. We've gathered a list of the best gifts for your grandfather right down below. From DNA kits to a robot vacuum to colorful socks, there's a gift out there for every type of grandpa.
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As we promised, here are 37 Christmas gift ideas any kind of grandfather will love for the holiday season.
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1. For the grandpa who's always ready for a good story: Audible
If grandpa loves what mystery books have to offer but hates putting in the time to read them, consider getting him Audible which has instant access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and more from a smartphone or tablet. If this sounds like something a grandpa you know could get into, consider giving him Audible Plus—for one month, three months, six months or a year—which offers unlimited access to Audible's streaming catalog and one credit each month to purchase an audiobook to hold onto forever.
With this gift, he can listen to his favorite books when he's relaxing in his favorite recliner or taking an evening walk.
2. For the grandpa who wants to find his roots: AncestryDNA kit
Does Grandpa frequently regale you with tales of how his people have Italian roots? Or how you’re distantly related to George Washington, according to his great-uncle Rodney? Well now’s the time to find out for sure. Help him figure his family roots once and for all with an AncestryDNA kit. We tried AncestryDNA and loved how detailed the ethnicity breakdowns were, which can help provide context for those old family tales.
3. For the grandpa who likes to sleep in his chair: Our favorite weighted blankets
Weighted blankets make great gifts, and our favorite is the Gravity Blanket. This cozy blanket is perfect for the grandpa who loves sitting on his favorite chair and watching his shows (or, perhaps, dozing off).
For a less pricey option, we also love the YnM weighted blanket. It conforms to the body nicely without feeling suffocating and is thinner than other weighted blankets—though no less effective—so it's easy to store when not in use.
4. For the grandpa who needs a little extra help getting their shoes on: Extra Long Metal Shoe Horn
When you get older, certain things just get harder. For instance, putting your shoes on. Ask any grandpa, and they’ll tell you: It’s not always as simple as just pulling a Mr. Rogers and jauntily popping on some Keds. That’s why we’d definitely consider giving our grandpas an extra long shoe horn.
It’s not the swankiest gift, but it can be a game-changing one. This one has nearly 2,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, and it’s 23 inches long, meaning grandpa won’t have to sit down to get his kicks on. Reviewers love how heavy duty, well made, and easy to use it is with many saying it’s the best shoe horn they’ve ever owned.
5. For the grandpa who wants to walk comfortably: A pair of reliable Crocs
Crocs remain popular for many reasons. They’re comfy and they make great shoes for both indoor and outdoor use. Whether Grandpa likes to walk around the block or adventure by the creek, Crocs make a versatile shoe he can put to good use. Plus, there are a bunch of different styles and colors of Crocs, which means you can customize based on your grandfather’s tastes.
6. For the grandpa who can’t get enough ‘Star Wars’: A Disney+ subscription
Grandpa doesn’t need to dust off his VHS copies of the original trilogy to enjoy “Star Wars” in his own home. With a Disney+ subscription, he can not only watch “Star Wars” with the click of a button, but he can stream just about every Disney movie under the sun. It’s great for him and great for the grandkids—watch him light up as he claims the title of “Best Grandparent of the Year” for turning on “Frozen.”
7. For the grandpa who's missing his masseuse: Foot massager
A foot massage is one of the best holiday gifts a person can give if your grandpa and he'll love our favorite, the Renpho Foot Massager. This machine allows for an ideal amount of customization with options to choose between heated and non-heated massages, a 15- or 30-minute timer and “low” “medium” and “heavy” knead and pressure intensity.
For a less expensive option, consider the Theraflow foot massager. This one is manual—using it requires rolling the feet over it to stimulate circulation instead of just plugging it in and pressing a button—but reviewers say it delivers an effective, soothing massage with minimal effort. Whichever option you go for, Grandpa will love the opportunity to relax with a massage at the end (or beginning, or middle) of the day.
8. For the grandpa who needs a wallet upgrade: Bellroy Slim Sleeve Wallet
You know that Seinfeld joke about how dads basically stop updating their wardrobe right after they have kids? Well, in the time since transitioning from “father” to “grandfather,” Grandpa may have gotten a few new items of clothing—but his wallet could still be a relic of his pre-fatherhood days.
If he needs an update, one great option is the Bellroy Slim Sleeve wallet. This classic-looking leather wallet is sleek and unobtrusive but carries up to eight cards and some bills without getting bulky. It also has quick-access pockets for cards that are used daily and a pull tab system to store everything else.
9. For the grandpa who’s always misplacing his keys: Tile Mate
Help Grandpa make finding his things easier with a Tile Mate tracker. To use it, attach the small device to whatever it is that's always getting lost. When it’s misplaced, go into the Tile app on a smartphone or a desktop and signal an alarm to find anything within 250 feet of the device. If it’s the phone that can’t be found, just press a button on the tile and it will make the phone ring, even if it’s on silent.
If Grandpa doesn’t feel like fiddling with his phone or buttons when things go missing, he’ll be happy to know that Tile is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant—if he has an assistant and his keys go missing, all he has to do is say, “Where are my keys?”
10. For the grandpa with too many tools: Magnetic Tool Wristband
Nothing is more annoying than trying to keep track of drill bits and screws when you're in the middle of a project. With a magnetic tool wristband, Grandpa can easily keep those tiny pieces all in one place.
11. For the grandpa with an iPad: Flippy Pillow Tablet Lap Stand
If Grandpa loves to use his iPad, Kindle or any other tablet on a regular basis, get him the highly-rated Flippy Multi-Angle Soft Pillow Lap Stand. He can also use it with books, magazines, newspapers and smartphones, making it a versatile gift he'll use every day for optimum comfort while catching up with you over a video call or reading the latest headlines. With more than 13,000 Amazon reviews and a 4.5-star rating, he'll love using this soft, durable and lightweight lap stand.
12. For the grandpa who wants a library at his fingertips: Our favorite Amazon Kindle
If he loves to read, Grandpa needs a Kindle. Our favorite Kindle is the Paperwhite, which mimics the experience of reading a real book as closely as any tablet can. This lightweight Kindle is water-resistant, plays Audible books and allows the reader to adjust the font size and screen brightness based on their reading styles. If you pair it with Kindle Unlimited, you can give Grandpa a host of free ebooks, too. And, if he has a library card, he can also use it to check out any books and read them on his Kindle for free by using a partner app like Libby.
13. For the grandpa who's serious about fitness: Fitbit Charge 5
If your grandfather enjoys being active, a fitness tracker makes a great gift, whether he likes biking or walking the dog every day. The Fitbit Charge 5 is one of our favorite fitness trackers—it's easy to set up and pair with smartphones, automatically detects sustained movement in workouts so the wearer always gets "credit" for doing them and has a built-in GPS that tracks location without having to bring along a phone.
14. For the grandpa who needs to organize his memorabilia: Legacy Box
Whether stuffed under a bed, in a shoe box or somewhere in the basement, chances are pretty good that Grandpa has oodles of old photos, video tapes, audio tapes and who-knows-what else strewn about the house. It’s nice to know that they’re there—but they’re probably not getting too much attention in their current state.
Rectify this with Legacy Box, a service that digitizes tapes, photos, reels and audiotapes. All you have to do is box everything up, send it to Legacy Box with a pre-paid shipping label. After a short waiting period, you’ll receive a thumb drive, labeled DVD or access to a cloud file with everything on it, plus the original media that was sent in. This is a great way to preserve memories and make sure that everyone who should see them gets a chance to do just that.
15. For the grandpa with a sweet tooth: Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker
Treat your Grandpa to unlimited sweet treats with the Cuisinart Vertical Waffle Maker, our favorite waffle maker we've ever tested. Trust us: As odd as the vertical waffle maker may look, make no mistake that it makes exceptional waffles. The maker itself is easy to fill, doesn't allow waffle batter to overflow (making the clean-up easy) and is small enough to store on a counter or in a cabinet.
16. For the grandpa who’s proud of his fireplace: A log rack
Tending to a roaring fire is one of the best ways to stay cozy as the temperature drops, and there’s a lot more motivation to do it with a dedicated place to store wood and kindling. If you know a grandpa who loves making fires, he’ll appreciate this distinguished-looking log rack, which has one sloping shelf to hold wood in a sensible, stylish way.
17. For the grandpa who could use some fresh kicks: New Balance sneakers
Merge comfort with style effortlessly for grandpa with the top-rated Fresh Foam Roav sneakers from New Balance. Made with New Balance's Fresh Foam midsole cushioning and a breathable mesh outer layer, these comfy sneakers will become grandpa's go-to. One reviewer who says they clock in an average of 24,000 steps a day claims these sneakers make their legs, feet, knees and back feel better than other sneaker choices.
18. For the grandpa who loves his pajamas: A classy set of PJs
Speaking of cozy house clothes, consider nabbing Grandpa a pair of these cult-favorite pajamas from the brand David Archy. They come in six classic colors, have a drawstring waist, button down the front and are made of a lightweight and absorbent cotton. Reviewers say they’re exceptionally comfy, yet tailored in a way that doesn't make them feel sloppy.
19. For the grandpa who "doesn't want anything": A MasterClass membership
Mention Steve Martin and you’ve got the attention of any grandpa within your vicinity. Offer exclusive access to Steve Martin's words of wisdom on comedy, and you catapult to the top of Grandpa's favorite relatives' list. Streaming service MasterClass contains a plethora of courses hosted by notable celebrities, from David Sedaris teaching storytelling to Annie Leibovitz teaching photography—to, of course, Steve Martin explaining the art of making people laugh. Peruse the course offerings, find your grandfather’s favorite topic or celebrity and watch how happy it makes him.
20. For the sentimental grandpa: Knock Knock "What I Love About Grandpa" fill-in-the-blank Book
Grandpas are hard to shop for but you can't go wrong with a personalized gift. Knock Knock makes fill-in-the-blank books, allowing you to add in your own memories and special thoughts he can read every day. It makes a great stocking stuffer and last-minute gift for Grandpa, too.
21. For the grandpa who loves to sit by the fire: Solo Stove
Does your grandpa love spending his time in his own backyard? The Solo Stove Bonfire is a reader favorite fire pit that he can easily assemble and enjoy at home. This product has more than 1,000 glowing reviews and a devoted following who praise its ease of use and quick-start capabilities. Since the pit is smokeless, your giftee won’t have to worry about cleaning up a bunch of ash once the night is over.
22. For the grandpa who loves smart tech: Google Nest Hub Max
The Google Nest Hub Max makes an incredible gift for the grandpa who lives far away. This smart display allows Grandpa to make video calls—with a smart display that auto zooms and pans to allow him to stay in focus if he's moving around during the call—as well as ask questions to Google, play YouTube videos, display the weather and watch the news. He can proudly set it on his bedside table, in the kitchen or wherever else he wants.
23. For the grandpa with barking dogs: Compression socks
Whether he spends a lot of time sitting, standing, running or just has sometimes-sore feet, a pair of compression socks—which provide gentle pressure to the feet and may improve circulation and comfort—can be a great gift. We tested many pairs of compression socks and landed on two pairs that can make worthy gifts: Physix Gear (our pick for best value, which offer strong athlete-level compression) and Sockwell, our pick for best moderate compression, which offer lighter pressure and come in a winter-appropriate blend of merino wool, nylon and spandex.
24. For the grandpa who doesn’t have the patience to vacuum: Eufy Robot Vac
Vacuuming can be a boring and arduous chore—but with a robot vacuum to do the work, it doesn’t have to be. We love the Eufy Robovac 11S, which we named our best value choice for robot vacuums. It has a slim design that allows it to get into tough-to-reach spots while still picking up a lot of dust, dirt and grime and it runs quietly enough that it doesn’t interfere with conversations or TV watching. All in all, it’s a great time-saver and a welcome gift for a grandpa who’s sure he’s done enough vacuuming to last a lifetime.
25. For the grandpa who lives for the ball game: An MLB used-bat bottle opener
If you have a grandpa in your life who never misses a game, consider giving him this unique bottle opener. It’s made of a repurposed bat from an MLB game with an insignia that displays the team name that played with it, from the Nationals to the Mets to the Dodgers. It also has a hologram number that you can look up to see which game exactly the bat was used in. Now, if you can figure out how to replicate that ball game hot dog, you’ll have the perfect present.
26. For the grandpa who knows how to savor a good wine: A wine club membership
A grandpa with a discerning nose for cabernets and merlots probably just wants one thing: some interesting new wine to try. Help him do just that with a subscription to Winc, a service that delivers four bottles of wine a month, tailored to the customer's tastes.
We tried Winc and thought that it went above and beyond what you'd get from a simple wine delivery service. We loved its impeccable taste-matching and the extra information provided with each bottle. This includes details about its origin, alcohol and sulfur contents and what other Winc customers had to say about it, as well as recipes for delicious food pairings to serve with it.
Some states may be excluded from Winc's shipping areas, so make sure they can receive their wine before you sign them up for the service.
27. For the grandpa who likes to have a cold one close by: A mini fridge
One of life’s greatest luxuries is having a chilled beer—or seltzer, or bottle of water, or soda or wine—right there when you need it. Help a grandpa achieve this milestone by giving him a mini fridge, such as this one from RCA that has three shelves and slots specifically designed for holding cans.
Reviewers say they use it for beverages, snacks, coffee creamer and anything else that needs to be chilled and kept handy.
28. For the grandpa who's always cold: A Patagonia fleece jacket
Patagonia makes great cozy sweaters for both men and women, but this fleece jacket is the perfect gift for grandpa in colder regions. It comes with three zipper pockets, it’s made from a warm fleece, and it’s well-loved among reviewers. Plus, you can get it in eight different colors, so pick the one that best suits your grandfather.
29. For the grandpa who loves his morning reading time: The cult-favorite Squatty Potty
You may wonder how the Squatty Potty skyrocketed to fame. The simple answer? The toilet footrest works. And it could make an incredible gift for the grandfather who cherishes his … morning reading time. We tested the Squatty Potty and found that it really does make a difference when they need to 'go', so if you know this is something Grandpa would love and appreciate, we highly recommend it.
30. For the grandpa with a lot of stories to tell: My Life Story So Far journal
If this grandpa has seen it all, he probably needs a good way to record those memories—and pass them down. The “My Life Story So Far” journal could fill the bill. It contains nine sections for different parts of life, from “The Early Years” to “What I Hope To Accomplish Next” with prompts that should conjure cherished memories of school days, first friendships and more. With it, he can reflect on what made them the person he is today and pass these memories along to his kids and grandkids.
31. For the grandpa who loves to hit the links: Personalized golf balls
Technically, you don’t have to love golf because you’re a grandfather, but we’re pretty sure a lot of them do. If you know one who visits a course whenever he can, he’ll get a kick out of this set of golf balls, available in a three- or 12-pack, which can be personalized with any photo, text, or logo. Whether you deck it out with a photo of the grandkids or a simple “best grandfather by par” (which is what at least one reviewer ended up doing), it’ll be a worthy addition to his golf game—though it might end up becoming more of a keepsake than his other balls.
32. For the grandpa with a passion for grilling: A Crowd Cow box
Is your grandpa an aspiring grill master, or an established whiz around a smoker? Maybe he’s just a fan of pork, beef, and all various and sundry other meats. Gift him a Crowd Cow box, which comes packed with all manner of top-shelf carnivore fare, from shrimp to Wagyu beef. Unlike other popular steak delivery services or meat purveyors, Crowd Cow exclusively works with farms that raise their livestock in a sustainable and ethical manner, without added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. That’s why we named it our favorite meat delivery service, so get moo-ving.
33. For the grandpa who wants to look at family photos while making plans: A personalized calendar
Even if Grandpa doesn’t think he’s all that sentimental, he’ll appreciate this family calendar. You can fill each month with a different photo of family members (with a hearty emphasis on the grandkids) and he’ll look forward to flipping through it all year. What's more, you can have each family member’s birthday printed on it—a valuable addition for any big family with lots of birthdays to remember.
34. For the grandpa who loves his beer: Northern Brewer Go Pro Small Batch
If he's super peculiar about the kind of beer he likes, he'll love trying to make his own with this home brewing kit. We put nine beer brewing kits to the test and the Northern Brewer Go Pro Small Batch was our favorite small-batch kit. It offers users almost everything they need to brew their first beer, including an easy-to-clean fermentor. Grandpa will also get an instructional DVD so he can easily follow along. If he wants to try his hand at a new hobby, this is it.
35. For the grandpa who loves hand-written notes: A personalized pen
The Century II ballpoint pen makes an amazing gift for the grandfather who loves to write. It’s high-quality, gorgeous and should last a lifetime. Plus, it writes incredibly well, meaning he can both admire and use it on a daily basis.
36. For the handy grandpa: Leatherman Wave+
For the grandpa who likes being prepared, consider the Leatherman Wave+. Whether he needs pliers, wire cutters, a blade or even a bottle opener, this multitool has it all. Our experts like its functional and sleek design (you can actually operate the scissors with just your thumb!) and that the tools lock firmly into place for safe and easy use. If grandpa loves the outdoors or just hates fishing around for the right tool for the job, this is the gift he needs.
37. For the grandpa who's sentimental: The New York Times Special Day Book
If Grandpa loves having his heartstrings tugged, the New York Times Special Day Book is a great gift for him. This custom-made book includes all headlines, articles, photos and ads that appeared in the New York Times on any specific date since 1851. You could pick Grandpa’s birthday, his marriage date or the date of a loved one’s birthday. Either way, expect a heartfelt "thank you" for your thoughtfulness.
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