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What to get for Grandma is always the most vexing question when the holiday season rolls around. The woman deserves the world, but what does she really need? Or even like?
Grandmas can be notoriously hard to shop for because they hate seeing you waste your hard-earned cash on something they won’t use. This list of goodies ranges from practical to indulgent, so if you want to spoil your Grandma, there are some items for that as well.
- Automatically empties into the charging station
- Easy to use
- Fitted with a proprietary cleaning system
Grandma has cleaned enough floors in her day and deserves a break. Roomba is just the solution to keep the floors tidy day-to-day and pick up any residue that gets tracked in by grandchildren. She doesn’t even have to worry about emptying the machine every day. Instead, you can set it, and she can forget about it while she meets her pals for coffee or walks at the mall.
View Roomba by iRobot on Amazon
- Offers a variety of stylish colorways
- Innovative technology for a single-serve cup of coffee
- Can make coffee or espresso with one tap
That ancient coffee maker in the kitchen could use an update. Grandma’s morning cup of mud, taken black, naturally, ought to taste delicious. This little machine can pump out as many piping hot, just-right cups as she desires — no more microwaving the dregs of the pot at 11 AM. Your Nan might not buy this for herself, but it is a minor upgrade that can make an enormous difference.
View Nespresso by De’Longhi on Amazon
- Three massage zones
- Heat settings
- Works with any seat in the house
Grandma might wince at the idea of a traditional massage. Getting naked so a stranger can rub oil on her? That’s likely a resounding, “No, thank you!” However, her weary bones and tight muscles could use some extra love. A little bit of relaxation and heat can go a long way at the end of the day. This cushion can be moved to any seat, whether she wants to read in the living room or watch her programs in the den. It’s so nice that maybe you will treat yourself too.
View Snailax Shiatsu Massage Cushion on Amazon
4. Milk Frother
- A variety of prints
- Froths milk in 30 to 60 seconds
- Easy to wash
Grandma might be a firm believer in a black cup of coffee, but she might change her tune once she enjoys the richness of a hot beverage with foamed milk over the top. It is just air bubbles, but it makes a world of difference. Plus, no steam is required, nor does she need to plug in another appliance on her counter. It is light, easy, and battery-operated. Her girlfriends might just be stopping by for coffee instead of going to the local Starbucks. It can make an excellent addition to the Nespresso listed above.
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- Built-in foil cutter
- Micro-USB charging
- One charge opens up to 30 bottles
Nan shouldn’t let her arthritis get between her and a glass of petit syrah. She’s made it this far. She deserves a break. This sleek wine opener by Rabbit offers easy bottle openings, now at the touch of a button. In one swift click, the foil is cut, the cork pulled, and then expelled from the corkscrew. It’s as easy as changing the channel and seems like fun. Plus, the micro-USB charger makes powering up clutter-free and straightforward. This little tool is so fun that you might find yourself showing up, a bottle of vino in hand.
View Electric Wine Opener on Amazon
- Auto-framing camera
- TV watching capability
- Can display photos
The most common refrain your grandmother says is,” You never call.” And it breaks your heart every time because you know it’s true. Checking in with your favorite octogenarian has never been easier with the Echo Show.
Gone are the days of looking at your grandparent’s ceiling or, worse yet, up to their nose when you try to video chat with them. The Echo has a camera that automatically centers the subject on the screen. Plus, Grammy can catch up on her stories and maybe find some new favorites. You can even share photos in the Echo too. Keeping your grandma in the loop has never been easier than now.
View Amazon Echo Show on Amazon
- Wall mount or tabletop options
- Safe and secure
- Family sharing
Don’t let your nana miss out on all the fun photos on social media. She does not, however, need any of the trash-talking or grandstanding associated with social outlets. With a simple email or app download, you can send any picture regardless of whether it is new in your camera roll or you’ve scanned an old memory. She will love getting new photos. You might not always be together, but she doesn’t need to miss a beat.
View NixPlay Digital Photo Frame on Amazon
- Comes with 6 seed pods
- Efficient LED grow lights
- Grow on the countertop
Grandmothers who shine in their vegetable patch can now tend an edible garden, even in the dead of winter. It is inexpensive and doesn’t involve building a greenhouse. She can quickly grow up to six plants on her countertop — Genovese basil, parsley, dill, thyme, mint, and Thai basil.
No need to worry about dirt and soil inside the house since it is hydroponic gardening that only involves adding water. Wintertime low lighting does not need to put a damper on growth with 20-watt grow lights that maximize the photosynthesis process.
View Aerogarden Hydroponic Garden on Amazon
- Great for low light
- Compact 12-inch height
- Good for small spaces
This little swiss Monstera is a trendy touch for any grandma’s home. Can you believe these gorgeous plants thrive with a bit of neglect? It is already in a simple pot that is sure to go with any interior style. Nothing takes the chill out of the winter months like some tropical foliage.
View Costa Farms Monstera Plant on Amazon
- Gripped gloves
- Thick knee cushion
- Cinched elastic on gloves
Your grandmother might have plenty of garden supplies, but they all leave something to be desired. Everything is so practical and plain, which are two words that certainly cannot describe the vibrant lady you know. These tools are pretty but also get their job done. The gloves are fitted with elastic to keep dirt out so her hands will stay clean and grippy to get a better hold of the trowels. As for the knee cushion, it will keep her knees happy no matter how long she tends to her plants.
View Vera Bradley Knee Cushion and Gloves on Amazon
- Space for many birds
- Anti-tipping vase
- Attractive weathered ceramic finish
If your grandma loves watching birds, this birdbath is an excellent pick for spying as they frolic in a bath. This bath is an excellent choice for any garden and is sure to stand up to unpredictable weather. The heavy stand the bath sits upon keeps the birdbath upright even in heavy wind, so aviary happiness can be observed once the sun returns.
View Alpine Corporation Bird Bath on Amazon
- Easy to clean
- Reliable materials that won’t degrade
- Simple to fill
There is nothing more magical than seeing a hummingbird in action. The tiny birds are hard to spot and move fast, blink, and then they are gone. This simple hummingbird feeder is simple to refill and is built from accessible materials like glass and silicone. It comes in a variety of colors, but the blue and yellow blown glass is incredibly charming.
View Hummingbird Feeder on Amazon
- Fine bone china with superior strength
- Add to a Wedgewood set or mix-and-match
- Packaged in a beautiful box
Is your gran proud of her china cabinet, or is she a collector of a specific pattern? Her fine China likely doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Life is too short to save things for special occasions. This little tea set built for a party of one is wonderful for daily use. It’s a wonderful dose of sophistication for a classy gran who loves a cuppa to start the day.
View Wedgewood Tea for One on Amazon
- Classic silver finish
- Designed by Michael Updike
- Handcrafted product
There is nothing more valuable to a grandparent than memories. This fabulous, classic recycled sand-cast aluminum frame is a worthy vessel of any favorite memory. It is sure to brighten any grandmother’s smile and will become a cherished feature in any room. This easily personalized object can be engraved with any saying or perhaps a whimsical nickname for a grandmother. It is a classic for a good reason — it is beautiful and high quality, sure to stand the test of time.
View Mariposa Beaded 5” x 5” Frame on Amazon
- Features Slim Aarons’ photography in Italy
- Appropriate for all ages
- Conversation starter
No living room is complete without a coffee table book left askew on the table. A good coffee table book will inspire and spark interest, and maybe even begin a conversation. This book, comprised of photos taken over a 50-year time period, might take the conversation in a new direction. If you are lucky, this book could provide fertile ground for Grandma’s stories of her wild days before she was a mom.
View Slim Aarons La Dolce Vita Coffee Table Book on Amazon
16. Diptyque Roses
- Burns evenly
- Smells of garden-fresh stems
- Handmade with paraffin wax
Your grandmother and this candle have a lot in common. For one, they are classics! This brand has been a luxury in the scented candle world for decades, and if you are going to get Grandma one, it ought to be top of the line. The candle was a favorite of Audrey Hepburn. While you may not afford a chateau in the Swiss Alps like Audrey, this is the next best thing. The natural, green rose scent will fill any room with memories of springtime gardens and brightly colored blooms.
View Diptyque Roses on Amazon
- Low-profile design
- Easy to use
So, you might have gotten dear, old Gran, into binging television. Someone had to let her know every episode of Murder She Wrote was at her fingertips. You aren’t sorry about introducing her to the wonders of streaming television. Still, you hope she will stay active over the winter. While she solves a whodunit along with Jessica Fletcher, she can get in her steps or, shall we say, pedals. This machine is quiet and intuitive to use. There is no learning curve, and it’s gentle enough for use by seniors and those undergoing physical therapy.
View Desk Cycle Bike Pedaler Exerciser on Amazon
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- Ergonomic design
- 15-degree tilt angle
- Made with natural wood and genuine leather
Just because someone is a grandmother doesn’t mean she lacks style. This fantastic lounger will fit just as well in homes today as it did in the sunken living rooms of yesteryear. It has luxury finishes, including extra plush cushions and a reclining angle created for comfort. It’s an excellent place to kick back for a Sunday afternoon nap.
View Mid-Century Lounge Chair on Amazon
- Soft, muted tones
- Great size for sharing
- Machine washable
Not all blankets are created equal, and there is one built to rule them all. It offers silky soft plush on one side and fluffy sherpa on the other. It combines all the different types of cozy into one delicious blanket. This particular model is top-notch for snuggling with grandchildren or pets. It can easily get thrown into the washer when it needs to get cleaned, and the wide array of colors will fit into any design scheme.
View UGG Wade Sherpa Blanket on Amazon
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- Senses pollution in the air and adjusts settings
- Projects purified air
- Space heater and fan functions
Air pollution is a real threat, and you want your Grandma around as long as possible. This air purifier projects purified air, but it’s no one-trick pony. It seamlessly and silently detects pollutants and can cover an entire room. It also serves as a fan and space heater.
View Dyson Pure Hot Air Purifier on Amazon