19 Creative Gift Ideas for Grandparents
The first Sunday after every Labor Day is Grandparents Day. That’s right — just like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, there’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating our grandparents! This year, September 12 marks the occasion.
Grandparents Day was first formally suggested by nine-year-old Russell Capper, who championed the idea in a letter to President Richard Nixon. Eight years later, in 1977, Marian McQuade — an advocate for seniors — was nationally recognized by the U.S. senate as the founder of National Grandparents Day.
McQuade spent her life serving on the West Virginia Commission on Aging and the Nursing Home Licensing Board. She aimed to teach younger generations about the contributions of seniors, urging children to “adopt a grandparent” so they could learn more about their lives, obstacles, and visions for the future.
The connection between grandchildren and grandparents (or step grandparents!) is special, and should be treasured. In fact, studies show strengthening the bond between grandparents and grandchildren has physical and emotional benefits for both parties, serving as a bridge that connects the past to the future.
This Grandparents Day, try spending some quality time with grandma and grandpa. Share a meal together, take them out on a picnic, indulge in some Grandparents Day crafts, or — if you can’t see them in person — send them a gift to show them you care. You can even watch them unwrap it over a video call!
Brighten up their home with a vibrant pitcher of fall’s finest blooms! Mums and Sunflowers are considered some of the happiest flowers, and in many cultures, they are said to symbolize positivity, strength, and admiration.
An enchanting fairy garden or Azalea Bonsai will make a perfect gift for great grandparents or grandparents who have everything. Plus, they’ll think of you every time they water their new plants. You can even teach them how to text you photo updates as their plants grow!
Some of the best gifts for grandparents include spending quality time with them. Send them some delicious treats like chocolate-dipped pineapple slices, gourmet fruit baskets, or bread baskets that they could sprawl over a picnic basket as they catch up with you!
Looking to make a pregnancy announcement for the new grandparents? This is a major milestone for them, so why not share the happy news with a thoughtful, celebratory gift? This stunning, handcrafted sterling silver necklace from Brighton comes with a locket to commemorate the special moment.
Caffeinated delights are ultimate gifts for new grandparents, especially as they burn midnight oil to share caretaking responsibilities for their young grandchildren. Try the classic Coffee Gift Basket, or, for a special seasonal touch, the Fall Owl Mug from Harry & David.
If grandma and grandpa are tea-drinkers, this customizable option lets you handpick two teas that align perfectly with their taste buds. Choose between delectable summer, fall, or winter flavors — either way, these selections will leave them both refreshed.
Grandparents always seem to be running cold — why not use this opportunity to send them some warm clothes they’ll cherish? Try a cashmere poncho or open cardigan for grandma, and a cashmere crew or shep-shoulder for grandpa. Alternatively, you can gift these as a set if you’re in the market for anniversary gifts for grandparents.
What better way to celebrate a new addition to the family than with a celebratory photoshoot in matching pajamas? These organic cotton long johns from Hanna Andersson come in all sizes — from newborn to adult — and will make the ideal gift for grandparents from baby.
This gorgeous and relaxing oil diffuser from 1-800 Baskets promotes a sense of ease and well-being, making it the perfect Grandparents Day gift. Help grandma and grandpa unwind with soothing scents to fill their home!
Help grandparents cherish their loved ones with a memorial shadow box and a floral pressed candle. They will surely appreciate this uplifting gesture.
Grandparents Day is the ultimate time to foster connection with the elder members of your family. According to Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, the author of The Grandparent Guide, grandchildren and their grandparents “have an adoration and unconditional love and joy in one another’s existence.” Whether you share a meal with them, catch up with them over a call, or send them a thoughtful gift, remember to cherish this invaluable bond on Grandparents Day and beyond.
For more unique gifts for grandparents, browse our full collection.
From all of us at SmartGift, Happy Grandparents Day!