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Grandmas can be hard to shop for. After all, they seem to have everything they need and don’t ask for much in return but your love. However, surprising your grandma with an awesome present is a great way to show your love and bring a smile to her face.
If you're not sure what to buy grandma, the product experts at Reviewed have advice on the best gifts she'll love for any occasion. Below, we've rounded up the best gifts to give your nana in 2021. From top-tested slippers to weighted blankets to personalized stationery to fitness trackers, there's something for every type of grandmother on this list.
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1. For the grandma who likes to reminisce: A candle that smells like their favorite memories
Help Grandma relive some of her favorite memories with a candle from Homesick, a brand that develops candles imbued with fragrances meant to capture the essence of states, cities and experiences such as book clubs and pumpkin picking. With it, you can help her reminisce on memories you've shared together—or have only heard about—that she may be missing now.
In addition to Homesick candles, there's also candles by Binge Scents, which is a company that makes candles inspired by popular TV shows like "Schitt's Creek," "The Golden Girls," "Friends," "Grey's Anatomy" and more. Each one has a custom scent and ceramic holder decorated with images from the show that can be reused when it's done burning. Whether she's a long-time fan of Blanche and Dorothy or has just discovered the magic of Moira Rose Schitt, she'll enjoy having a candle close by to burn as she watches (or re-watches) her favorite show.
2. For the grandma who loves being cozy: The Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan
Grandma may own plenty of coats and jackets, but she might not have a sweater quite as soft as Barefoot Dream's CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan. The lightweight but cozy shrug is a Nordstrom customer favorite, with a nearly 5-star rating from 3,000 reviews. Made from a combination of nylon and rayon, the cardigan is available in sizes 2-16. But, this cardigan runs a little on the large side, so if grandma is in between sizes, order one size down for a sleek fit.
3. For the grandma who's done with vacuuming: Eufy Robovac 11S
Grandma has probably had quite enough vacuuming to last her a lifetime, thank you very much. If she's ready to say goodbye to this not-so-fun household chore, she'd love a robot vacuum. We love the Eufy Robovac 11S, which we named our best value choice for robot vacuums. It has a slim design that allows it to get into tough-to-reach spots while still picking up a lot of dust, dirt and grime, and it runs quietly enough that it doesn’t interfere with conversations or TV watching. All in all, it’s a great timesaver and a welcome gift for a grandma who likes keeping a clean house, but wouldn't mind having someone (or something) do it for her.
4. For the grandma who loves a good story: Audible subscription
Books on tape have come a long way. In fact, they haven’t really been "on tape" for a while—now, they’re streamable, thanks to services such as Audible. It has instant access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts and more right from a smartphone or tablet. If this sounds like something your grandma could get into, consider giving her Audible Plus—for one month, three months, six months or a year—which gives her unlimited streaming access to Audible's catalogue and one credit each month to get an audiobook to hold onto forever.
With this gift, Grandma can listen to her favorite books wherever she is and whatever she’s doing, whether she’s puttering around the house or taking a walk.
5. For the Grandma who loves being pampered: A foot massager
What's a better gift than a foot massage? We tested a bunch of foot massaging devices and landed on the Renpho Foot Massager as our favorite. This machine allows users to pick a 15- or 30-minute massage, toggle between “low” “medium” and “heavy” knead and pressure intensity and choose whether the massage should be heated or not.
For a less spendy option, give her the Theraflow foot massager. This one is manual—that is, using it requires rolling the feet over it to stimulate circulation instead of just plugging it in and pressing a button—but reviewers say it delivers an effective, soothing massage with minimal effort. Whichever option you go for, Grandma will love the opportunity to give her feet some TLC.
6. For the grandma who likes to count her steps: Fitbit Charge 4
Whether she's out chasing after the grandkids or taking a walk around the neighborhood, Grandma will love wearing the Fitbit Charge 4—our favorite fitness tracker—to count her steps. But, that's not all Grandma is going to enjoy about the smart fitness tracker. It automatically detects sustained activity, so she gets "credit" for getting exercise, and provides insights into her sleep. It's also waterproof, so it's great for tracking swims and no big deal if she forgets to take it off before a shower or bath.
7. For the grandma who is always misplacing her keys: A Tile Mate tracker
Grandmas are responsible for keeping track of many things. If you've noticed that yours misplaces her keys frequently, the new Tile Mate can help her find them with ease. The tracking device connects via Bluetooth and uses the Tile App to help Grandma ping her keys—or wallet, or phone, or even her cat—when they go missing. With a range of 200 feet, your grandma will appreciate this easy-to-use gadget when her stuff goes missing.
8. For the grandma who needs a good grip while catching up with friends and family: A Popsocket
If Grandma uses her phone a lot, she may benefit from a Popsocket, a device that attaches onto the back of a phone or phone case and extends out like an accordion to create an easy carrying handle or stand. It also has a decorative disc on the end that provides a stylish, functional and secure base when it’s held between the fingers. Whether you go for a pressed flower pattern or a custom design decked out with the grandkids’ faces or any of the hundreds of options, it’ll make her phone time much easier.
9. For the grandma who doesn't like waiting for water to boil: The Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle is easy to use and speedy, which is why our editors think it's the best electric kettle on the market. Grandma will love choosing from six different heat settings to get her cup of tea to her preferred temperature. Plus, the kettle is easy to use, thanks to intuitive buttons. It takes just over five minutes for the water to boil, indicated by a series of beeps once it's ready.
10. For the grandma who likes tea: The Fred & Friends Manatea Tea Infuser
To go with her new kettle, you can also give Grandma our favorite tea infuser, the Fred & Friends Manatea Tea Infuser, for an easier way to drink her favorite loose leaf tea. Not only will she think the manatee design is totally adorable (promise), she will also love that the silicone infuser is easy to clean and doesn't let any leaves slip through into her tea.
11. For the grandma who needs more comfortable footwear: A pair of slippers
Your grandma deserves to be comfortable, and what better way to treat her like the queen she is than by giving her a pair of über-comfy slippers? We tested a bunch of womens' slippers and landed on the Ugg Scuffette II slippers as the best overall pick. Stylish and comfortable, our tester claims they're "a giant hug for your feet."
Looking for a less expensive option? We love the Dearfoams Sydney Scuff slippers. They look like Uggs and are almost just as comfortable—but for a fraction of the price.
12. For the grandma who is always burning candles: An essential oil diffuser
Who doesn't love a fragrant home? Give your grandmother a new way to scent her space with our favorite essential oil diffuser. With the Airomé SDSTY Ultrasonic, Grandma can keep a stash of essential oils on hand to freshen the air whenever the mood strikes. Or, you can give her this six-pack of essential oils that has a 4-star rating from 4,387 Amazon reviews.
13. For the grandma with a lot of pen pals: Personalized stationery
Few folks appreciate snail mail quite like grandmas. Help your gran send out letters to friends and family near and far with a set of stationery embossed with their name, which gives each note a stylish, individualized feel. You can choose from a range of styles and colors to best suit your grandma, from a classic printed name to a colorful terrazzo pattern to an of-the-moment “pandemic pen pals” card.
Whatever you pick, your grandma will be sure to appreciate it—and, luckily for you, you’ll get to see the stationery in action when she sends you a thank you note.
14. For the grandma who is into family history: An AncestryDNA Kit
Does your grandma love to discuss her family roots in the "old country?" Help her discover more about where she came from when you gift her the AncestryDNA Kit. The test will help Grandma trace her roots back to the beginning—and you can discuss the results at your next gathering. Think of this gift as the ultimate family tree.
15. For the grandma with sometimes-achy feet: Compression socks
Maybe she's a runner, a hiker, stands a lot, sits a lot or just has feet that occasionally give her trouble. No matter the case is, anyone can benefit from a pair of compression socks, which apply gentle pressure to improve circulation in the feet and calves.
We tested a bunch of different compression socks and landed on the brand Figs as our favorite, due to its soft, moisture-wicking material and comfortable compression that hugs without constriction. We also like the socks from Physix, which have an athletic look at an affordable price, and Sockwells, which have a cheeky striped pattern, offer more a lighter level of compression and are made with winter-appropriate merino wool.
16. For the grandma who likes to read: The Kindle Paperwhite
Does your grandmother love to read? Instead of lugging around heavy books in her purse or suitcase, give Nana our favorite Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite, to put an entire library at her fingertips. She'll be able to access all of her favorite titles, just in a much more portable format. It's lightweight, waterproof, has a robust battery life that lasts for weeks and comes in two sizes: 8GB or 32GB, for storing books offline.
17. For the grandma who likes pajamas: The Ekouaer Women's Comfort PJs
There's not much like a quality pair of comfortable pajamas, which is why we recommend this affordable, long-sleeved pajamas set by Ekouaer. The set is beloved by Amazon customers, with nearly 3,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating. It comes in a variety of colors (including cheerful holiday prints), so you can get Grandma a new pair of pajamas in her favorite color. Plus, these pajamas feel more expensive than their price tag may indicate.
18. For the grandma who likes to relax: A weighted blanket
Some grandmas pitch in to help care for the grandkids, while other grandmas might still be working full-time jobs. Whatever your grandma is busy doing, rest assured she wants to cozy up and relax after a long day. Our favorite weighted blankets may be able to help her do just that. The Gravity Blanket is our top pick for its cozy feel and washable plush cover. To save cash on the gift, our best value pick, the YnM Weighted Blanket is a worthwhile choice. It comes in various sizes and weights, but the one we tested offers 15 pounds of pressure that's great for sleeping and relaxation.
19. For the grandma who needs a closer look at her reading: PeeperSpecs
Most people don't get excited about wearing reading glasses, but these stylish lenses from PeeperSpecs may just prompt an exception to the rule. They have thick, funky-looking frames available in 16 colors and patterns from tortoise to red to clear. With five magnification strengths, you'll find the right option to make reading easier.
If you need any more convincing that they’re good enough for your grandma, Peepers have Oprah’s seal of approval and thousands of rave reviews from other customers.
20. For the grandma with a lot to say about her grandkids: Grandma's brag board
Fact: Grandmas love bragging about their grandkids. (But it's not bragging if it's true, right?) She probably doesn't need any encouragement to do it, but you can help her make it official with this so-called "brag board," a small plank of wood with clips for holding photos, drawings, report cards or whatever else she wants to show off.
You can also customize the board so it shows Grandma's preferred title, whether she's a Mimi, a Granny or a Nana. This way, whenever she's holding a virtual get-together on Zoom or holding a real-life gathering (one day), she'll have a foolproof way to work the kiddos into conversation.
21. For the grandma who needs a new spot for her jewelry: Rifle Paper Co. Ring Dish
All those rings and earrings have to go somewhere. If Grandma’s old jewelry box overfloweth, this delicate ring dish from Rifle Paper Co. makes a lovely dresser or cabinet topper for those baubles that get worn frequently enough that they don’t need to go back into the vault. Choose between a light or dark floral pattern, depending on what fits your grandmother’s style best.
22. For the grandma who loves to stay connected: Google Nest Hub Max
If your nana loves to call you on a daily basis, then she's going to extra-love the chance to see your face without having to hold up her phone. The Google Nest Hub Max can be used to make calls using Google Duo, a video chat app available for iOS and Android devices. Even better? The smart display's 6.5-megapixel auto zooms and pans to keep Nana in view if she's moving around during the call.
And, since the Google Nest Hub Max comes with Google Assistant built-in, Nana can ask Google questions about the weather, latest headlines, and more. We love that the Hub Max is small enough to set up on Nana's kitchen counter, so she can ask Google Assistant for recipe ideas and watch step-by-step cooking videos.
23. For the grandma who likes easy cooking: The Instant Pot Ultra
Chances are, your grandma has a lot of family recipes she likes to make for holidays and gatherings. If so, she'll appreciate the simplicity of an Instant Pot, which allows her to make meals without dirtying multiple dishes. Our favorite pressure cooker and multi-cooker is the Instant Pot Ultra 10-in-1 (6 Quart). Grandma can choose from one of the 16 pre-programmed recipes ranging from soups to sauté to cake, or select her own time and cooking setting.
24. For the grandma who wants a voice-activated companion: The Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot is the most popular Echo smart speaker, all of which can help answer your grandma’s burning questions, like checking the weather and hearing the latest headlines. Those are just a couple of "skills" the third-generation Alexa-enabled speaker can do, and there are more than 100,000 other Alexa Skills available in the Amazon Alexa app.
25. For the grandma who needs to digitize her memories: Legacy Box
Whether they're stuffed under a bed, in a shoe box or somewhere in the basement, Grandma no doubt has oodles of old photos, video tapes, audio tapes and who-knows-what-else strewn about the house. It’s nice to know that they’re there—but they’re probably not getting too much attention.
Rectify this with Legacy Box, a service that digitizes tapes, photos, reels and audiotapes. All you have to do is box everything up, send it in to Legacy Box with a pre-paid shipping label. After a short wait, you’ll receive a thumb drive, labeled DVD or access to a cloud file with everything on it (plus the original media that was sent in). This is a great way to preserve memories and make sure that everyone who should see them gets a chance to do just that.
26. For the grandma who's always updating her shoe collection: Allbirds
If you have a self-professed "cool" grandma, there's no better way to cosign on that than with some cool shoes like Allbirds. We love these sporty-yet-cozy sneaks, which are shockingly comfortable and supportive while also offering a sleek, low-key look that can mesh with any kind of style. They're available in wool or a lighter eucalyptus-based fabric, so you can pick and choose the fabric that works best for your giftee based on the climate in their locale.
If she turns up her nose at sneakers, she may be interested in a pair of more formal-looking flats. We're big fans of Allbirds' Tree Breezer flats, which feel almost like slippers but have incredible arch support and sturdy soles, so they look and feel great outside the house, too.
Best of all? No matter what you opt for, every kind of Allbirds are machine-washable, so Grandma's pair just be can be thrown in the laundry whenever they start to look a little grimy.
27. For the grandma who can't stop talking about her grandkids: A personalized pillow
This personalized pillow is a great way for Grandma to show off her grandkids. Up to 15 names can be printed on the 18-inch-by-18-inch cover, and you can choose from several fonts. The pillowcase doesn't come with an insert, so if you're not sure whether your grandmother has a pillow to cover, make sure you order one like this 18-inch-by-18-inch pillow to complete the gift.
28. For the grandma who likes knowing when someone is thinking of her: Long-distance friendship lamps
Keeping in touch with loved ones who have conflicting schedules or live in a totally different time zone can be a challenge—but perhaps a little less so with a pair of long-distance friendship lamps. This is a set of two small light fixtures that are hooked up to WiFi and “communicate” by turning on and emitting a rainbow-colored glow that can last between 30 minutes and 24 hours when the owner of the companion lamp passes their hand over it. Reviewers love that it's a fun, low-effort way to let someone know they’re in your thoughts, no matter where you both may be.
Get one lamp for Grandma and keep the other for yourself so you can always let her know when you’re thinking of her—and vice versa. The lamps can be purchased as a pair or separately to be shipped to different locations.
29. For the grandma who drinks coffee on the regular: The Nespresso VertuoPlus
If grandma loves her daily caffeine fix but not the setup and cleanup it requires, it might be time to upgrade her java brew system with our favorite single-serve pod coffee maker. The Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville is so good, we think it's better than a Keurig.
The machine produces a dense, rich and aromatic cup of coffee and has a 40-ounce water tank, so Grandma won't have to fill up every time she's ready for a new brew. The VertuoPlus is also compact enough that she can store it on her kitchen counter for daily use.
30. For the grandma who loves being in the know: MasterClass
Learning is a lifelong activity. Any grandma who believes this to be true will love a chance to try out MasterClass, a service that allows users to take intensive courses from experts whose oeuvres prove they know what they’re talking about: Margaret Atwood teaches creative writing, Helen Mirren teaches acting, Jane Goodall teaches conservation and many, many more household names impart knowledge of their crafts. Whatever expert she opts for, she’ll have a blast hanging out with these distinguished know-it-alls and honing a cool new skill to brag about.
31. For the grandma with amazing family recipes: Our Family Recipes Journal
Many grandmas have family recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. The Our Family Recipes Journal is a great way to get yours to share her cooking secrets and favorite dishes. The book contains 144 pages, with room for appetizers, soups, salads, main courses and more. What makes this journal so special is that there's room next to each recipe for her to share why the recipe is so near and dear to the family.
32. For the grandma who likes to keep her 'do fresh: A silk pillowcase
Is there anything more luxurious than a silk pillowcase? That's up for debate, but when you're giving a gift, it's hard to do much better than with this shiny, slippery-smooth sleeping surface. They're more than just show and comfort, too—devotees say silk pillowcases help reduce bed head, split ends and face creases in the morning because the smooth fabric lessens friction.
If you're going for a name brand, Slip is the one to try—name recognition and thousands of great reviews go a long way—with a wide range of available colors and durable, long-fibered silk that allows it to be washed in a machine. For a less expensive option, the Zimasilk brand has more than 11,000 reviews and an overall rating of 4.6 stars on Amazon. Whatever option you choose, it's a great way to show Grandma you care about how she sleeps at night.
33. For the grandma who likes to get fancy with her skincare: SiO beauty patches
If your grandma is a skincare queen, she could appreciate a SiO FaceLift. No, it's not that kind of facelift—it's a set of silicone patches that you place on your forehead, under eyes and neck and leave on for a few hours or overnight to give the skin a surge of hydration, help it retain moisture and possibly result in a smoother complexion.
We tested SiO's beauty patches and, not only did our 59-year-old tester notice immediate results—especially with the forehead patch—she found them fun to use. Everyone needs a little self-care this year, and these patches could be just the ticket to help grandma relax and indulge.
34. For the grandma who loves her shows: Wireless TV headphones
Grandma may love catching up with her favorite fictional characters, but perhaps others in the household are less invested. Pick up a pair of headphones specifically designed to provide individual volume control to the watcher. The RS 5000 headphones from Sennheiser wirelessly connect to any TV and allow full control of the volume for whoever is wearing them, meaning grandma can listen to her shows in peace while grandpa watches his game from the next room. (Hint: Get him a pair, too.)
35. For the grandma with some good stories to tell: "My Life Story So Far" journal
If this grandma has seen it all, she needs a good way to record those memories—and pass them down. The “My Life Story So Far” journal could fill the bill. It contains nine sections for different parts of life, from “The Early Years” to “What I Hope To Accomplish Next” with prompts to conjure cherished memories of school days, first friendships and more. With it, she can reflect on what made them the person she is today and pass these memories along to kids and grandkids.
36. For the grandma who wants to look cute while staying cozy: Brooklinen Waffle Robe
If your grandma has worn out her robe with all the hardcore relaxing she's done this past year, we have the perfect replacement in the Brooklinen waffle robe. This Turkish cotton number is soft and absorbent, so it can be put on right after a shower without making the wearer feel sticky or overly wet. Its cotton material also breathes well, while still keeping the wearer cozy and warm. Perhaps best of all, it has huge pockets, so it can store a phone, remote control, some snacks and whatever else she wants to have on her without any fuss.
37. For the grandma who always has a chill: The Comfy
Perhaps Grandma doesn’t love wearing her robe during the day, but could still use something warm—and more heavy duty than a sweater or sweatshirt—while hanging out around the house. If that’s the case, give her The Comfy.
We love this delightfully bizarre piece of apparel, which is lined with thick, plush fleece to give it the weight of a blanket with the convenience of a hoodie. Grandma will probably laugh when she opens it up—but that won’t stop her from putting it on and wearing it all winter. Whether she’s reading a book, watching TV or video chatting the family, The Comfy will ensure no chills interfere while she’s doing them.
38. For the grandma who wants to look at her grandkids while keeping track of her dates: A family calendar
Even if Grandma doesn’t think she’s all that sentimental, she’ll appreciate this family calendar. You can fill each month with a different photo of the family members (with a hearty emphasis on the grandkids) and she’ll look forward to flipping through it all year. What's more, you can have each family member’s birthday printed on it—a valuable addition for any big family with lots of birthdays to remember.
39. For the grandma who carries everything with her: A Purse Organizer Insert
Gum, snacks, lip balm, tissues—whatever you need, Grandma always seems to have it with her. This Purse Organizer Insert can help your grandmother keep track of everything inside of her bag. There's also a detachable wallet pocket and key chain, so your grandma won't have to go digging around the bottom of her bag to find her stuff. It's available in six sizes and 12 colors so you'll find the right one to go with her favorite handbag.
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