Best Holiday Gifts for Grandparents in 2023 – CNET

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$50 at Amazon


Amazon Echo Dot (5th-gen) with Amazon Basics Smart Bulb

For staying connected

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For the grandparent who misplaces things

$119 at Amazon


23andMe DNA test kit

For exploring their family history

$100 at Amazon

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in black

Amazon Kindle (latest version)

For grandparents who love to read

$178 at Amazon

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For the grandparent who’s far away

$30 at Shutterfly

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Shutterfly’s Best Grandparents Ever photo book

A collection of family memories

$75 at Amazon


Click & Grow Smart Garden

For the green thumb grandparent

$160 at Amazon


Skylight Digital Picture Frame

Set up a digital gallery of family moments

Grandma and grandpa always go the extra mile for you. Who else always has an endless supply of hugs, your favorite snacks on hand, and a few dollars to slip into your pocket? A lot of grandparents even put in hours of work helping raise grandkids, reading bedtime stories and shuttling them to practice. The holidays are a perfect time to throw some of that love and appreciation right back at ’em.  

If you’re looking to show your grandparents just how much they mean to you this holiday season, you’re going to need to go above and beyond in the gift department. A personalized gift or a handmade present always go a long way. But if you’re looking to really spoil Poppy and Memaw this year, we’ve rounded up a list of gifts for grandparents that they’re sure to love (especially since it’s coming from you).



Is your grandma or grandpa always saying they’re a Luddite? Change their mind with an Echo Dot, an easy way to smarten up their home. This bundle comes with a free Amazon Basics color smart bulb. Your grandparents will love being able to ask Alexa to turn on the lights, play music, set alarms or tell them the weather forecast.

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Williams Sonoma

If there’s one gift that’s almost universally fail-proof, it’s snacks, and Williams Sonoma has the gift basket thing figured out. This impressive tower of treats includes chocolate-dipped orange slices, chocolate-dipped pretzels, dried apricots, roasted salted almonds, nuts and crunch snack mix, and a foil-wrapped milk chocolate pear — all for $60.

Apple AirTag 4-pack


An AirTag would make a great gift for the grandparent who’s always complaining they forgot where they put something. These little item trackers can be slipped into purses, luggage and wallets or attached to keys and many other things. Buy one for $29, or a four-pack for $99. You can even get them engraved with their initials for free.


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Grandma and grandpa love talking about their heritage. Why not help them learn more about it with a DNA kit? 23andMe is one of CNET’s favorite DNA testing services, thanks to its ease of use. The  includes an analysis of your genetic makeup including your regions of origin, maternal and paternal lineage and Neanderthal ancestry. Once you opt in, the company’s match database — which has more than 10 million profiles — will identify and offer to connect you with people who share a DNA match with you. 


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Create a custom doormat featuring the World’s Best Grandparents — yours! This is a fun gift that’s sure to bring a smile to grandparents who appreciate holiday humor. Opt for one grandparent or two, choose how they look, and even add names on this 24-by-16-inch mat. You can preview before purchasing to ensure that it’s perfect. This personalized gift is a great Christmas gift for your grandparents during this holiday season.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in black


Amazon’s Kindle is a worthwhile upgrade for the grandparent who likes reading. It’s not quite as good as the Paperwhite, but that model costs considerably more. Still, this baseline Kindle is a great e-reader, and its integrated light makes it a big improvement on older models. Plus, you can easily increase the font size, which is a bonus for grandparents who don’t feel like putting on their readers.



If ever there were a perfectly comforting shawl, this is it. Demdaco’s Giving Shawl is generously sized, seriously soft and cozy — Grandma will love having two deep pockets for anything she needs to keep on hand. Bonus: The Giving Shawl comes boxed with a ribbon for gifting and includes a bookmark with a touching message. It’s available in sage, pink, taupe and cream.



Puzzle and game brand Ravensburger’s Cozy line is a huge hit with the grandparents. The 500 large-format pieces are optimal for older adults because they’re easier to see and handle. And check out the soothing winter scene: a roaring fire, fluffy pets and a steaming cup of tea. Grandma can really get swept up in the Cozy Retreat puzzle during and after the holidays!

A child touching a friendship lamp on her bedside table so that it lights up.


This set of lamps is such a sweet gift: Keep one, give the other to grandparents and whenever you touch your lamp, the other one glows to let your loved ones know you’re reaching out. The lamps set up easily using home Wi-Fi, and more can be added — so you could potentially set up a family lamp network. You can also customize these lamps with over 200 color options.

shutterfly grandparents photo book


Shutterfly has lots of affordable photo book options, including one that’s geared specifically towards grandparents. It’s a great way to compile family memories and capture all their favorite moments with the grandkids. Customize it by choosing your size, cover type, page type and more. Pricing varies depending on the design you choose.



Who doesn’t appreciate a cozy pair of slippers in December? Treat the grandparents to a pair of Bombas’ trendy Gripper Slippers, a slipper and sock hybrid with a fuzzy brushed interior lining. They pack down flat for travel, and they’ve got grips on the outside to prevent slipping. 


Click and Grow

This Click & Grow indoor herb garden is a thoughtful gift for any grandparent who enjoys having fresh herbs on hand. Grams or Gramps can enjoy growing basil, parsley, cilantro and even tomatoes year-round. You technically don’t even need to have a green thumb, it’s that easy. Just fill the base with water, put the pods in and watch your sprouts grow. All you need to do is add a little water every now and then. 


Uncommon Goods

This beautiful cloth-bound journal contains prompts designed to get the recipient writing. Grandparents can document interesting anecdotes, wisdom and tidbits of information that will be valuable to pass on. My Life Story — So Far has 106 pages and comes with 36 photo corners for adding pictures to the journal. Over 500 five-star reviews tell you that this is a quality gift.



Send family photos straight to this 10-inch digital frame. It’s a great way for grandparents to view all the latest grandkid exploits. You can email photos straight to the digital frame or use the Skylight app to control it. You can even upload a bunch of photos in advance, so they can open it up to see pics of their family.


Personalization Mall

Grandma or Grandpa can serve their favorite dishes with pride in this personalized ceramic dish. The hand-glazed stoneware piece (available in red or turquoise) measures 14 x 10 x 2.75 inches and one line of text can be added.

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