Holiday gift ideas for grandparents

Nov 10, 2008 at 11:57 a.m. ET

Wondering what gift to give your grandparents for the holidays? Finding the perfect gift for someone who has downsized or is in an assisted living home can be difficult. Here's a list of holiday gift ideas for grandparents to make your loved one happy and your shopping easier.

Senior Woman with Gift

The thing to remember when shopping for grandparents is to keep it small, simple and practical. Senior citizens frequently live in a smaller space and are on a limited budget. Keeping these things in mind will help you select a gift that will not only be appreciated, but useful, as well. Here are some holiday gift ideas for grandparents to get you started.


Body Lotion / Powder
Perfume / cologne
A basket of assorted toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)

For the room

Live plant
Live or silk flower arrangement
Homemade crafts
Family photo calendar or album
Picture frame (standard or digital)
Beta fish in a small bowl
Throw blanket

Food items

Hard candy (sugar-free for diabetics)
Fresh fruit basket
Homemade baked goods or favorite foods
Supermarket gift certificate


Pajamas or nightgown


Magazine subscription
Gift card to a bookstore
DVD of favorite movies
CD's of favorite singer
Movie gift card
Tickets to a sporting event / play
Homemade gift certificate for "Out to Lunch," "Out to Movie," or a shopping mall spree

Personal Items

Manicure/Hairdresser gift certificate
Gift cards to a favorite department store
Stationery/note cards
Assorted greeting card gift box

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