After the last couple of years of living through a pandemic, many of us are looking forward to a Christmas to remember, now that we can share it with our loved ones again. Christmas in 2021 will hopefully be the one we all treasure and make the absolute best of! So with that in mind, I thought it would be good to start planning early with a list of practical gifts for Grandparents that would really make a difference in their lives.

Hopefully, we never have to go through a Christmas marked by social distancing, waving through windows, and avoiding hugs and kisses at all costs. And don’t forget to check if your home is safe for the grandparents before the holidays start.

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10 Practical Gifts for Grandparents

Sometimes we want to spoil the grandparents, not just at Christmas, but all year long. These gifts aim to give them a more practical and more manageable day to day life, or simply to give them some joy that lasts all year long. So here are 10 gifts for grandparents that keep on giving all year long.

1. An Annual Pass or Membership To Their Favourite Attraction

Buying your grandparents an annual attraction pass for somewhere like The National Trust or English Heritage gives them access to a wide range of attractions that they can spend time exploring.

days out with the grandkids

2. A mobility aid

This might sound like an unusual gift for a grandparent, but many grandparents are stubborn and don’t want to admit that they might need a bit of help. There are many different types of mobility aids, from a walking stick or cane to a walker, or you might even be considering stairlifts for them. Whatever it is, I’m sure they will appreciate it in the long run, and it would definitely be a practical gift that they are thankful for.

3. Warm fluffy socks or slippers

These might be more of a stocking stuffer, but you can’t beat a really good quality pair of slippers for grandparents. Please make sure they are both warm and non-slip. I prefer the ones with a soft rubber soal to help avoid any nasty slips or falls in the kitchen or bathroom area, or even going up and down carpeted stairs.

comfy slippers for grandparents

4. An indoor garden kit

An indoor gardening kit is a brilliant gift for grandparents, especially those who live in colder climates or don’t have a garden at home. It’s a little kit that comes complete with growing pots, seeds and all the instructions you need to set up an indoor garden. Several different brands are selling these; simply search for the one that best suits your grandparents.

5. An Alexa or similar smart speaker.

An Alexa or other smart speaker is one of the best gifts for grandparents on this list. There are many different types, from the simple ones that play music to the top end of the technology that could help them massively.

Think about it; you could set it up for them so that they can issue commands to turn off the lights, play their favourite show, or even call you in an emergency simply by saying the command. You might need to make sure they have broadband installed and help them set it up, but I guarantee they will quickly learn to love it.

6. A Photobook

Grandparents love to show off pictures of their grandkids, so a lovely photobook with a collection of all the best family photos of them and their grandkids makes a precious Christmas gift. It might be less practical than others on this list, but a good quality photobook is always cherished.

7. A Media Streaming Device

Another great gift for grandparents is a media streaming device such as an Amazon Fire Stick or a Roku device that they can plug into their smart TV and have access to 1000s of channels from the comfort of their sofa.


8. Netflix or Amazon Prime Membership.

As a good companion to the media streaming device, you could gift your grandparents a Prime, Netflix or Now TV subscription. You can often add these to your existing package as part of a family package.

9. Install an Instant Hot Water Tap for them.

There are many different brands on the market, but ultimately they all offer similar benefits – instant hot water, space-saving, energy efficiency and convenience. Nevermind this being on the list of gifts for grandparents; it’s on my Christmas wishlist too!

10. A Magazine Subscription

Buying your grandparents an annual subscription to their favourite magazine is another great gift. Whether it’s planes of WW2, Gardener’s World or Women Weekly, a magazine subscription is another great gift that grandparents will love.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of practical Christmas gifts for grandparents. Remember though, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones, and no one should put pressure on their finances to spend money on gifts they can’t afford. Let the Christmas countdown begin!