Sure, buying gifts for grandparents can be daunting. After all, they have received just about every picture frame, cookbook and adorable coffee mug.

To make it tougher, if you ask them what they want, they most likely look at you, smile and respond with a sincere “nothing dear”.

But for the people who dealt with your sticky hands on their furniture, sent you money every birthday and sat through every unbearably boring band recital, there’s no way you aren’t going to try to find the perfect gift that they will love.

With the gift ideas below, you’ll find unique gifts that perfectly balance thoughtfulness and practicality. Whichever you decide, your grandparents will love it.

The Best Gifts for Grandparents in 2020

1. Friendship Lamps Set of 2

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These long distance lamps will help you stay connected to your grandparents no matter where they live. Give one lamp to them and keep the other for yourself, and make sure both are connected to Wi-Fi. Now, whenever you touch your lamp, theirs will light up, letting them know that you are thinking about them.

The lamps come pre-paired and can light up in a ton of colors, you can even choose a special color specifically for them if you’d like.

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2. Weighted Blanket

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Made from 100% cotton, this weighted throw blanket features a 7-layer design that will offer the grandparents the ultimate comfort. It comes with a removable super-soft mink duvet cover that is pre-attached for even more warmth on the coldest days.

A great holiday gift that they’ll use all season, this blanket is one of the more thoughtful gifts you can give to make sure your grandparents get a good night of sleep.

3. LED Indoor Garden

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Whether your grandparents have plants everywhere in their home or never had a plant before, this indoor garden will grow in their home beautifully.

It has a specially designed LED light that grows almost any plant faster and better, an automatic smart timer that makes sure the plants get enough light and rest and takes up little countertop space. It doesn’t come with pots or seeds so don’t forget to buy those and set them up if necessary.

4. Vintage Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speakers

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Not only does this speaker look awesome, it’s highly functional. It will play the vinyl albums and records your grandparents may still have around and when the grandkids are over, they can connect to it via Bluetooth or aux-in and even has a headphone jack.

Extremely portable, the suitcase design features a handle for easy carrying from room to room or anywhere else your grandparents want to show this unique gift off.

5. A Letter Book for Grandparents and Grandchildren

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A simple yet loving grandparent gift idea, this book will help you strengthen your bond with your beloved grandparents. It comes with 40 cards that you and your grandparents send back and forth through the mail and a keepsake box to store them in.

It’s a great treat for anyone to receive something nice in the mail and you and your grandparents will build new memories as you rediscover the art of letter-writing.

6. Babyprints Deluxe Wall Frame

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Most grandparents love the addition of grandkids to the family and this gift is a great way to make them feel close to their new grandchild.

It includes clay to create a mold of a baby’s hand and foot prints, a three-section photo frame for both sets of prints and a picture of the baby and a reversible background mat (pink and blue).

7. Senior Moments: Christmas

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This holiday book describes the family moments that happen at Christmas and is the perfect Christmas gift for parents that love jokes and laughing.

A hilarious present that can provide joy and good times for the whole family, you may want to make sure you flip through a few pages first to make sure your grandparents’ humor matches with the book.

How to Buy Great Gifts for Grandparents

You already know the gifts that you could get your grandparents, but you if you’re on this page, you probably want to skip over buying a t-shirt with a funny saying or another family tree for them to hang on the wall.

You’re in luck because this gift guide will make sure every gift you get for them, from now on, won’t go directly in a drawer.

The Golden Rule

Do you really think that your grandparents want the tacky presents that pop up in most lists? A “World’s Greatest Grandparent” mug is nice, but don’t you think they’d appreciate something a little bit more creative and tailored to their tastes?

The problem that most grandkids have when buying gifts for grandparents is that they assume that their grandparents have changed once they get a head of gray hair, yet younger people forget that their grandparents are most likely actively pursuing their hobbies and passions and exploring the world – the same as you are.

With that being said, here is the golden rule for you to follow: do not assume that your grandparents sit in rocking chairs all day knitting or watching TV. Get to know your grand parents before buying a gift, if you don’t know them already.

Rule #1 Get personal

Please don’t get your grandparents a gift that you’ve never heard them talk about or seen in their house. If you buy them tickets to a baseball game, make sure they actually enjoy sitting outside and watching baseball, don’t just assume that they’d want to do that (unless you and all the grandkids are there with them).

Think about hobbies they have and their complaints. Do they talk about getting away someplace for the weekend? Maybe a weekend at a bed and breakfast would be a great gift then! If their favorite singer is in town, get them concert tickets. If they like to read, get them bookstore gift cards or a Kindle.

Rule #2: Keep them connected

Many grandparents simply want to stay in touch with the people they love, which is why Alexa-enabled products that can make hands-free calls make great holiday gifts.

It doesn’t stop with gadgets though, if your grandparents have pay-as-you-go phones, consider buying them cell phone minutes!

Rule #3: Offer flexibility

Your grandparents are just like you. Rather, you’re just like your grandparents, so let them have some say on the gift. Gift cards are sometimes the best gifts to allow them to indulge in whatever has currently struck their fancy.

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