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The Best Gift Ideas for Grandparents


Whether you’re going to surprise Grammie and Poppi for absolutely no reason at all, or you’ve got Christmas in mind, it’s always fun to celebrate the grandparents in your life — and no one deserves your thoughtfulness more than them. But we know finding a meaningful or useful gift that genuinely expresses your truest feelings or thoughtfulness isn’t a simple task. Which route do you take — sentimental, practical or fun? Will they even use that Bluetooth speaker, for example, if they don’t even use an iPhone and are still using a landline?  Yes, there are things to consider, but you know the grandparents you’re buying for. Just keep them top of mind as you’re considering gifts.  Here’s a tip: Try thinking back to some wonderful days you’ve spent with them over the years. What special places did you visit? What did you do? What did you talk about? In the end, the best gifts always convey just how much you care by referencing those fun memories, inside jokes and hidden interests. To help you land on the right gift for the grandparents in your life and show them just how much they matter, take a look at these gift ideas that show you put extra thought into the perfect present this year.

Gifts for Grandparents 

Grandparents play such an important role in our lives, and they’ve undoubtedly helped you become the person you are today. So, of course you want to express your love with a truly thoughtful and heartfelt gift.  The best gift for your grandparents can certainly take a bit of contemplation, so don’t rush it and settle on something that isn’t truly from the heart or useful for their specific needs or lifestyle.  Keep these questions in mind when you begin searching for that perfect gift:

  • What is something they want to do over the next year?
  • Is there an old memory that a new gift will remind them of?
  • Have they mentioned wanting to work on a project?
  • What hobbies interest them?
  • Is there an experience you can buy that fits their personality?1

Gifts for Grandma

Some truly unique gift options for your grandma may include:

  • Special stationery to stay in touch 

Life happens fast and sometimes it can be hard to stay in touch as often as you’d like with Grandma. Becoming pen-pals with your grandma by consistently writing  letters to each other is a way to put a personal spin on this  gift that can last the whole year and beyond.

  • Creating a collage 

Find the time to sift through old photos to create a collage of the life you’ve lived with your grandma by your side. You can find a book that suits her style, place the pictures inside, and even write notes by each picture to describe the memory and what the memory means to you.

  • Planning a trip to soak in your time with her 

Does your grandma love the beach? Has she always wanted to see the Grand Canyon? Find what sort of trip really means something to her and plan to take the trip with her. It will provide the entire family the opportunity to spend time together and cherish the experience as a family unit.2

Gifts for Grandpa

Some memorable and meaningful gift ideas for Grandpa may include:

  • Planning to take family photos 

The beauty of this gift is how it keeps on giving. You give him the gift of  the actual photo session, spend time and create memories while taking the photos, and then he receives the pictures — enabling him to admire the entire family and the legacy he’s worked to create.3

  • Setting time aside to have an adventure 

Maybe your grandpa loves fishing or hiking in the woods. Or perhaps he’s always wanted to visit a certain city to explore and sample the cuisine. Give him your time and effort by planning a unique and personalized adventure with his preferences in mind.4

  • A keepsake journal 

Think about how much grandpa would love a keepsake journal made just for him. You can create this journal anyway you’d like. Consider asking everyone in the family to contribute stories about grandpa. This thoughtful, kind gift will be enjoyed for years to come. It might even be fun to give grandpa a keepsake journal from each grandchild with a note inside explaining the inspiration behind the stories they’ve transcribed.5

Visit Ventana this Holiday Season 

It’s always been our mission at Ventana to cherish our members by providing the highest-quality amenities and living accommodations. As a distinctive continuing care retirement community (CCRC), we strive to provide services and programs that inspire health and well-being, all while fostering a luxurious atmosphere and a true feeling of home. With our Life Care option, those who move first into independent living will have priority access to higher levels of care –  assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and rehabilitation – at predictable prices that are similar to what they paid in independent living. If your parents or grandparents are considering a change in lifestyle, tell them more about Ventana by Buckner and our luxury high-rise senior living with complimentary hospitality services and a maintenance-free lifestyle. Don’t forget to mention our full complement of recreational, cultural, culinary, social, spiritual and wellness opportunities.  We’re open for visitors! Walk-in or scheduled visits are welcome in all service levels, and we would love to meet you and the grandparents in your life.

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Resources: 40 Gifts for Grandparents They’ll Treasure Forever (And Actually Use). Accessed October 12, 2021. 2Love to Know. 10 Gift Ideas for Grandparents Who Have Everything. Accessed October 12, 2021. 3USA Today. 37 perfect gifts for every type of grandfather. Accessed October 12, 2021. 4Today. 9 great kids’ gifts for grandparents who go overboard. Accessed October 12, 2021. 5VeryWell Family. The Best Memory Books for Grandparents to Give to Grandchildren of 2021. Accessed October 12, 2021.