Figuring out gifts for grandparents can be hard. They’ve had more time to amass all the things they love and tend to have everything they need. So, it makes sense to opt for a sentimental gift, like a framed photo or personalized calendar. That might sound unappealing, and it’s true that there are a lot of pretty terrible options out there, but sentimental really doesn’t have to mean cheesy. A lot of good-looking photo gifts have emerged in recent years, and it’s possible to get Grandma and Grandpa a meaningful, personalized photo gift that they’ll also like displaying. You want them to clutch their heart because they’re touched, not horrified.
You can do better than a terrible T-shirt or flimsy scrapbook. These photo gifts for grandparents, including sleek prints, heirloom-worthy photobooks, and even a customizable puzzle (just stay with us here), are thoughtful, functional, and nice to look at. The grans deserve it.
Photo calendars are a classic grandparent gift, but this one leaves its predecessors in the dust. The sleek, minimalistic calendar is comprised of 12 cards, each of which features a photo, that rest on a simple brass easel, ensuring that it falls into the functional decor category, rather than the gift you're forced to display.
Can't decide which photo to frame? These 3D frames, feature a slit for switching out photos and storage for extra prints, make rotating photos quick and easy. Perfect for quickly switching out a photo of whichever grandkid is coming over.
This hardcover linen photo book is the kind of thing grandparents will be proud to display on their coffee table. The cover is stamped with gold foil, and the thick pages lay flat when opened. It's not as customizable as some other photo books (you can only choose between 30, 40, or 50 pages, there's no text option, and limited layouts), but that also makes it easy to design.
The Color Series Photo Book is a more basic, but still attractive option. These chic softcover books start at just $20 and are hyper-customizable. The circle cutout and gold-foil lettering set them apart from your average photo book, and they come in three sizes and six colors. Start a tradition of recapping each year, vacation, or milestone with one of these books.
Canvas prints can be done tastefully. They can stand on their own on a bookshelf or add a 3D element to a photo wall, and Mixbook also offers free framing for a more finished look. The prints start at $28, are available in five sizes, and come premounted with hardware, making them easy to hang up.
This custom journal allows you to choose a cover image and color, and then select an interior, whether it's a journal, monthly planner, weekly planner, or address book.
This 252-piece puzzle has room for six pictures. Customize it with a photo of each grandchild, family, or the grandparent's favorite places or pets. It comes in a keepsake box and includes a photo of the finished puzzle for reference.
This wall calendar by Minted is so much more handsome than the photo calendars of yore. You can add up to five photos on each page, and the tasteful design and brass spiral binding make it display-worthy.
Acrylic prints have a hard, glossy finish that gives them a casual, modern look and makes them durable. They come two ways: as a freestanding ¾-inch-thick block or as a wall print. The blocks are great for displaying on desks or shelves, and the wall prints make easy-to-hang decor.
Frame all of their favorite photos and people at once with this gallery print. It comes in seven sizes and 17 frame options — prices start at $38 — and Minted does all the work for you, so you can skip printing photos and hunting for the right frame and mat.
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