Choosing Gifts For Older Relatives

Finding great gifts for grandparents may seem difficult at first glance. After all, grandparents have been around much longer than you have, and they may appear to have everything they need. But it’s not difficult to find good gifts for grandparents or in-law gifts, no matter what your budget is.

Sentimental Gifts for Older Relatives

Scrapbooks make great gifts for older relatives. Enlist the help of other family members to scrounge up pictures of your clan through the years, from your grandparents’ youth through the present day. Arrange the photos artfully in the scrapbook and have each family member write notes and share memories throughout the book. A gift like this is a treasure that grandparents will enjoy for years to come.

Sometimes the best gifts for grandparents don’t cost any money at all—just your time. You could give your grandparents a coupon book for a few dinners at your house that they can redeem at any time. Or you could buy them a few new games and suggest a recurring family game night. You could also book a family vacation to enjoy with your grandparents.

Gifts for Grandparents Who Have Retired

Many retired grandparents remain fairly active. Consider getting them gifts that fit their new lifestyles and hobbies. For example, if you’re shopping for grandparents who have retired and moved to Florida, consider upgrading their beach gear. Grandparents who enjoy golf may benefit from new golfing equipment or a membership to a local golf club.

If your grandparents haven’t quite caught up to the digital age yet, holidays are the perfect time to introduce them to new technology. For example, if they don’t yet have a DVD player, consider purchasing a basic one and setting them up with a few favorite movies to start their collection. You can even put some family photos or video on a DVD and show them how to share memories using technology that’s still new to them. Or if your grandparents have always enjoyed taking or looking at photographs, consider upgrading their camera equipment or enrolling them in a photography class.

One thing to keep in mind is that grandparents who have retired may be on a fixed income and live in a small space. If this is the case, simple and practical gifts may be appreciated the most. Gift baskets containing toiletries, perfume or lotion—or spa gift certificates—make great gifts for grandma, especially if she can’t or won’t splurge on such items for herself. Likewise, tickets to a sporting event to see a favorite team play can make a great gift for grandpas.