Senior citizens sometimes get a bum rap. Just look at most depictions of them in movies and on TV: They’re often doddering, white-knuckling a cane or walker, content to eat dinner at 3:30 p.m., watch an episode of “their program,” and drift off to sleep. Most seniors we know, though—and especially most grandparents—would rather have a nice glass of wine than a Werther’s Original and are more likely to be up biking trails in the morning than baking cookies.
That’s why, this Father’s Day, we tried to fill a gap in the “gifts for grandpas” world and put together a list of 29 great gifts for grandpas who are on the go, grandpas who like to stay in touch, and, yes, even grandpas who like to complain about all their aches and pains. There’s something here for every type of grandfather to enjoy.
1. For the grandpa with a lot of questions: Bose Home 300 Speaker
The Bose Home 300 speaker is the best smart speaker we’ve ever tested and brings both Alexa and Google Assistant into the home, along with really excellent Bose sound quality. The speaker seamlessly connects Wi-Fi and your phone and connects to all the music streaming apps, so grandpa can jam out to the oldies and top hits of today.
2. For the grandpa with a passion for photography: Polaroid Hi-Print
Every parent is taking a million pictures of their kids these days and grandparents are inundated with all of them whether it’s via email or text. But isn’t there something nice about being able to hold and save your favorite photos, especially if you want to share them with your friends at the barbershop? That’s why we’re partial to the Polaroid Hi-Print photo printer, which is our favorite portable photo printer because it’s easy to use with an intuitive app on your phone, taking any “how do I get the pictures off of this thing?” questions out of the equation. While the prints aren’t huge—we’re talking 2 inches by 3 inches here—it’s the perfect thing for sharing their favorite snaps of the grandkids.
3. For the grandpa who likes to keep an eye on the neighborhood: Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera
Smart security cameras are all the rage right now, and it’s easy to see why: They help keep your property safe and they help homeowners to know what exactly that bump in the night was. (Raccoons. It’s always raccoons.) For grandpas who like to keep an eye on not only their house but the neighborhood around them, we recommend the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera, which we named to be the best smart outdoor security camera of 2021. With its uncomplicated installation, easy mounting process, and an affordable subscription to Arlo’s smart cloud storage, it’s the perfect system for a grandpa who’s ready to surveil.
4. For the grandpa who's always going on about their aches and pains: Theragun Elite
Aches and pains are a certainty as you get older. It’s pretty much a fact. And while heating pads and massage chairs can help, massage guns are the next big thing when it comes to real, deep targeted pain relief. The Theragun G3 is the best one we’ve ever tested and it’s not only cool looking, but it’s also easy to clean and comes with four different massaging attachments. It also has a companion app, which our tester said, “shows you what attachment, for how long, and where or how on your body you should use it. It’s very simple and helpful, especially for deciphering when to use each attachment.”
5. For the grandpa with a passion for grilling: A Crowd Cow box
Is your grandpa an aspiring grill master, or an established whiz around a smoker? Maybe he’s just a fan of pork, beef, and all various and sundry other meats. Gift him a Crowd Cow box, which comes packed with all manner of top-shelf carnivore fare, from shrimp to Wagyu beef. Unlike other popular steak delivery services or meat purveyors, Crowd Cow exclusively works with farms that raise their livestock in a sustainable and ethical manner, without added hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. That’s why we named it our favorite meat delivery service, so get moo-ving.
6. For the grandpa who loves to lounge: Parachute Classic Bathrobe
Everyone needs a good bathrobe and, frankly, not a lot of people have the robes they deserve. That’s why good-quality robes are such great gifts. No one wants to splurge on themselves, but man is a good robe worth it. The classic bathrobe from Parachute is quite popular with reviewers, who rave it’s absorbent, soft, and warm as well as very luxurious. It comes in a variety of sizes, instead of just one size fits all, which is honestly a rarity in the robe world.
7. For the grandpa who needs a sneaker upgrade: Allbirds Wool Runners
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that there is a type of sneaker known as a “dad shoe,” and that that shoe—typically a comically large white low top purchased from Kohl’s or Costco—is perhaps not the coolest looking shoe. And look, we get it. Comfort is key, especially in the world of grandparents. But there are cool-looking shoes out there that are also comfortable.
Enter Allbirds, a cool, washable shoe that’s made from sustainably sourced materials. Reviewers—including us—love them. One reviewer on the Allbirds site said that “these are arguably the most comfortable shoes you will ever put on your feet. They feel like slippers but have a casual dress look to them so you can easily dress them up for almost any occasion.” Grab a pair for grandpa and change his life for the better.
8. For the grandpa who's looking to get in touch with his roots: AncestryDNA
All too often, grandparents are the keeper of the family stories. They knew people who are long gone and have heard all the tales about great aunt so-and-so who made the best Christmas cookies in the world. Unfortunately, though, oftentimes those stories—and those recipes—go with people when they pass and we can lose track of our family history. A family tree is a great way for him to get back in touch with his family roots and start a great family project.
With an Ancestry membership, grandpa can investigate the family lineage. Did his great-great-great-great-grandfather fight in the Revolutionary War? Let’s find out. You can combine it with an AncestryDNA kit to dive even deeper and potentially link up with some long-lost cousins he never knew he had. After testing a variety of DNA testing kits, we named this one the best for its deep connection to heritage and its massive database of more than 15 million people.
9. For the grandpa who's always losing his keys: Tile Mate
Some people are terminally forgetful. Always have been, always will be. Unfortunately, though, for some people that forgetfulness gets worse as they age. That’s why we love the idea of gifting grandpa a Tile Mate, which is a convenient Bluetooth tracker. Grandpa can simply throw it on his keys or tape it to the back of the remote, and he’ll never lose the darn things again. It’s even got an element of reciprocity: While you can use the app on your smartphone to make the Tile chime to expose a lost set of keys, you can also squeeze the Tile to make your smartphone ring if it’s lost. Pretty neat.
10. For the retired grandpa who's always looking for a project: Discovery+ subscription
There are a lot of streaming services out there, and they all specialize in their own things. Netflix and Hulu are great catch-alls, but for soothing, educational, and inspiring grandpa programming, nothing beats Discovery+. It has all their favorite shows from HGTV, Discovery, Food Network, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, the History Channel, and A&E, among other networks, meaning subscribers have access to hours upon hours of House Hunters International and Deadliest Catch. Just think of all the documentaries about WWII that are on this thing. That’s grandpa heaven.
11. For the grandpa who's serious about his cold beverages: Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler
Fancy coolers are all the rage now, and for good reason: Cooler technology seems to have gotten leaps and bounds better in the past 10 or so years. That means it’s time to replace all those old, dusty, fish-smelling coolers lurking in grandpa’s garage, and pick him up something new, clean, and has mind-blowing insulation. Yeti makes our favorite cooler and we recommend the Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler for easy transportation. It’s big enough to hold two 20-pound bags of ice, has wheels for grandpa’s convenience, and can keep frozen foods frozen for eight astounding days. While it’s definitely pricey for a cooler, Amazon reviewers note that a Yeti is “worth the money,” especially considering how well made it is.
12. For the grandpa who's serious about his bathroom time: Tushy Classic
Everyone deserves a fun toy every once in a while. Maybe it’s a new car or the best stereo speakers on the market. Or maybe it’s a bidet, which is one of those items that everyone loves but almost no one wants to buy for themselves. That’s why the Tushy is the perfect gift for the grandpa who loves fart jokes, alone time, and newfangled technology. The attachable bidet got the Reviewed stamp of approval earlier this year, with our reviewer writing, “it's clearly a superior option to toilet paper, and will totally revolutionize your whiz palace.” It’s also money saving—water is cheaper than TP—and good for the environment, should your grandpa be concerned about that.
13. For the tech-savvy grandpa with long-distance grandkids: Apple iPad Pro
If the pandemic taught us anything this past year, it’s the importance of virtual connection. It’s something a lot of parents and grandparents were forced to learn, in particular, as families were quarantining sometimes thousands of miles away from each other. We’re big fans of the new Apple iPad Pro for connecting with others, and named it the best tablet money can buy. It’s not cheap but, man, is it pretty. And those options. The games. The movies. The lighting fast connection speeds and crystal clear display. If you’re looking for a gift for a grandparent who might not be nearby but who you love to see face-to-face, consider an iPad Pro, so they can FaceTime you on a whim. You won’t regret it.
14. For the grandpa who needs a little help with their Zoom game: Lume Cube Webcam Light Kit
Let’s admit that despite the advancement of the ease of technology, some grandparents haven’t mastered the art of perfect lighting or great camera angles. Help grandpa up his game with a Lume Cube Webcam Light Kit, which is a game-changer in terms of actually being able to see someone’s face. It attaches right to the back of a computer monitor or laptop and offers several different lighting options. It’s thin and light, and pleased reviewers say it makes a huge difference for Zoom calls. Think of this gift as a subtle massage of grandpa’s tech skills that benefits all parties involved.
15. For the sentimental grandpa: Personalized photo frame
Every grandpa loves their grandkids. They think they can do no wrong and that they’re the funniest, cutest, smartest kids on the planet. That’s why, when you’re talking about grandpa gifts, you really can’t go wrong with an old classic: the personalized frame. Reviewers love this one on Etsy, which is fully customizable with whatever text and grandpa name you want thrown on there, whether it’s Papa, Papi, Pop-Pop, Opa, and so on. You can even choose from 46 different frame colors to get it just right. One reviewer said that “the owner is very responsive and amazing to work with. One of my designs was a little complicated, and she spent a lot of time, even after hours, working on it with me to make sure it was perfect and just the way I wanted it!”
16. For any grandpa with a sweet tooth: Dad's Ice Cream Spoon
Our nation’s commander in chief is a self-proclaimed ice cream nut. Apparently, President Joe Biden sneaks into the kitchen at night to pop open a pint and snag a few scoops. That’s why if he were our grandpa, we’d opt for this custom ice cream spoon this Father’s Day. We like it for other sweet-toothed grandpas, too, especially since it’s fully customizable and available in both a teaspoon and tablespoon size.
17. For the grandpa who wants to make sure the family stories get passed down: Legacy Journal
Love your grandpa’s old stories and want to make sure they’re never forgotten? Check out a Legacy Journal, which poses questions about everything from basic family facts to grandpa’s first love. Sit with your grandpa and fill it out as he talks or gift it to him and let him tackle it at his own pace. Either way, it’ll be a fascinating and treasured memento sure to be loved by generations to come. As one Etsy reviewer raves, “I feel like the best daughter in the world for finding this amazing gift!”
18. For grandpas who deserve to put their feet up: Wicked Good Moccasins
According to L.L. Bean, one pair of Wicked Good Moccasins are sold every seven seconds around Christmas time. It’s easy to understand why. One reviewer says a previous pair lasted for over a decade writing, “The outside is supple suede with a durable, out-door quality sole. The inside is deeply wool lined and warm.” Many people say they’re the most comfortable slippers they’ve ever owned, with one person claiming that they wear them out in public. would be a great grandpa gift this Father’s Day. He’s done so much, so gift him a nice pair of slippers and let him kick back for a while.
19. For the money and security-conscious grandpa: Serman Money Clip Wallet
Everyone needs a nice wallet, especially if their old one has seen better days—and hundreds of credit cards for stores that haven’t existed for 20 years. Amazon reviewers love the Serman Money Clip Wallet, which has a minimalist look that still gets the job done and holds about 11 cards. It even has RFID secure technology, which the company claims “protects the valuable information stored on RFID chips from unauthorized scans.” It’s available in nine different colors to match all tastes, and Amazon reviewers say it’s well-constructed with quality material.
20. For the grandpa who loves to read: Kindle Paperwhite
Got a bookworm grandpa with specific tastes? Never sure what he’s read and what he hasn’t? Get him a Kindle Paperwhite, which happens to be the best Kindle we’ve ever tested that also provides a portable library. To really expand his reading, throw in a Kindle Unlimited subscription for access to over 1 million books, newspapers, magazines, and audiobooks. He won’t even know where to start—and that’s a good thing.
21. For the grandpa who likes to listen to the game while he mows: Sonos Roam
If your grandpa’s into gadgets and audio fidelity, he’ll love the Sonos Roam, which we tested and absolutely loved. A compact, Wi-Fi-enabled speaker, it outshines its competition by not needing to be tethered to an outlet or a wall. That means grandpa can take it on his boat, throw it on the picnic table while he’s mowing the lawn, or even use it to hear the baseball game while he’s out on the golf course. It’s got an impressive range for a wireless speaker, with our reviewer noting he was able to get about 100 paces away from his Wi-Fi before the audio started to peter out.
22. For the grandpa on the go: Personalized keychain
Maybe you’re a kid—or a parent of a kid—looking for a present for grandpa, and you don’t have a ton of money. For something inexpensive yet sweet, consider this customized leather keychain from Etsy, which reviewers say is buttery soft and a perfect gift. Featuring both a personalized embossed cover and printed photo, this keychain is a great way to remind grandpa of all the good times you’ve had together.
23. For the grandpa with family around the world: Personalized Family Member Signpost
If, like so many people these days, you live miles from your grandparents, consider picking up this personalized family member signpost from Uncommon Goods. A great group gift, the signpost features the names of family members, as well as how far away they are. While it might seem a little melancholy, it could also serve as a great reminder that no matter how far away family might be, Grandpa’s always got a place you can come back to when you want to be loved.
One Uncommon Goods reviewer wrote in a review after picking up a signpost for her grandma, “My grandmother's house is the epicenter of multiple family households. I never know what to buy her for holidays or birthdays, as she's 92 years old and never wants or needs anything new. I saw this signpost—a connector to our family's lives—and knew this was something special and different that she would admire.”
24. For the grandpa who loves to give and get hugs: Long Distance Touch Bracelet
Is your grandpa a hugger? Now, even if you’re far away, you can give and receive those grandpa hugs—sort of. With a long-distance touch bracelet set, you can communicate virtually with a loved one, letting them know you’re thinking of them no matter where they are with just a tap of a finger. Touch your bracelet and the companion will light up, and you can even send special tap codes of up to 10 taps. For example, three taps means “I love you,” and two taps back means “miss you.” Reviewers love the way they help them stay connected, saying the bracelets make them feel like their bond with the other wearer is stronger than ever.
25. For the grandpa who loves to snuggle up under a good blanket: Love Letter Blanket
Everyone deserves a nice blanket, and grandparents especially so. But what about a nice blanket with an even nicer sentiment? Get this Love Letter Blanket from Etsy and you’ll be able to send a custom note to grandpa on a comfy, woven cotton blanket. Your message will be woven into the blanket either in a standard font or your own handwriting, and you could even use the blanket to send a note from grandpa’s favorite grandkids. Reviewers love the quality and say the steps for creating a blanket are clear and easy to follow. In short, this blanket is both cozy and sentimental. What’s better than that?
26. For the grandpa who always forgets his readers: Screen Magnifier
It’s a right of passage for every person who wears reading glasses to lose their frames at least 10 times. It happens. They’re cheap, readily available, and they’re the perfect size to get wedged behind couch cushions. But if your glasses are lost and you’ve got a Zoom call set up or want to play a game of solitaire, it can be disastrous. That’s why we like this screen magnifier as a potential grandpa gift. It might not have the flair of a cloudlike robe or a pricey tech item, but it protects against blue light, relieves eye strain, and is great for a grandparent who’s always squinting at their iPhone screen during FaceTime. Practical gifts can be great sometimes, too.
27. For the grandpa who always has a rabbit up his sleeve: Magic Grandpa
Gimmicky grandpas are the best. They’ve got the best jokes, the funniest faces, and they’re always able to find a quarter in your ear. If that sounds like your grandpa, consider getting him Grandpa Magic, a book that promises “116 Easy Tricks, Amazing Brainteasers, and Simple Stunts to Wow the Grandkids.” Written by a professional magician who is also a New York Times bestselling author, Grandpa Magic is packed with easy to follow diagrams and tricks with names like “the telekinetic straw” that seem perfect for the next time you’re sitting at a restaurant waiting for the food to come.
Fun grandpas will love this book, and you’ll love the fun you have in return after they read it. The book has some rave reviews from actual grandpas on Amazon, with one reviewer writing, “So now that I'm a Granddad I need to find things to amuse the boy wonder. I thought easy magic tricks might be a good way to go and so far they have been very successful. These tricks wouldn't tax Penn and Teller but they amuse and amaze my little 4-year-old and I find them very manageable.”
28. For the grandpa who likes to keep in touch: Pen Pal Note Cards
Got a kid who’s working on their writing skills? Looking for a gift for grandpa? Why not merge the two with a grandparent/grandkid note card pen pal set. With cute stationery and fun prompts like “a character from a book I think I’m like is” and “A character from a book that I think you’re like is,” these cards encourage intergenerational communication and will be great fun for anyone with a penchant for postage. They also make nice keepsakes, and, kids being kids, could end up providing lots of hilarity for any grandpa on the receiving end of one of these sets.
29. For the grandpa who needs a little extra help getting their shoes on: Extra Long Metal Shoe Horn
When you get older, certain things just get harder. For instance, putting your shoes on. Ask any grandpa, and they’ll tell you: It’s not always as simple as just pulling a Mr. Rogers and jauntily popping on some Keds. That’s why we’d definitely consider giving our grandpas an extra long shoe horn. It’s not the swankiest gift, but it can be a game-changing one. This one has nearly 2,000 reviews and a 4.8-star rating on Amazon, and it’s 23 inches long, meaning grandpa won’t have to sit down to get his kicks on. Reviewers love how heavy duty, well made, and easy to use it is with many saying it’s the best shoe horn they’ve ever owned.
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