20 Best Birthday Gift Ideas for Grandma

You know grandma’s going to love anything you get her. It is, after all, the thought that counts. But it’s even better if you get her something that she’ll treasure. We know that everybody’s Grams is different; no two are alike. So, we’ve gathered a wide variety of awesome gift ideas that you can browse through to find the one thing that will let her know how special she is in your life. Ready to rock your Nana’s world? Check out our list below!

Top 10 Birthday Gift Ideas for Grandma in 2019

#1: Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember

birthday gift for grandma from a baby

This memory book allows Grandma to share her life story through her eyes. It is divided into 9 chapters of her life from birth to grandparenthood. It features guided questions that will help Nana tell her story if she needs a little prompting. There’s a pocket for storing keepsakes, short notes, and photos. The pages are creamy smooth which makes it easy to write on. The archival-quality acid-free paper ensures that the book will preserve Grandma’s story for a long, long time.

Memories for My Grandchild- A Keepsake to Remember

Why should you buy it?

It’s a great gift for grandma because it allows her to impart her story not just to her current grandchildren but to those who will come in the future. It allows you to get to know more about what helped her grow into the person she is today. The variety of questions from factual to personal, specific answers to open-ended ones, covers a lot of important and interesting areas of her life that her grandchildren can delight in and learn from. It’s not just a gift for grandma, it’s a gift for her family as well.

#2: Knock Knock What I Love About Grandma Journal

If you find that you haven’t expressed your love for Nana as much as you should have, then this journal from Knock Knock may be just what you need. This is a little book that contains pages of fill-in-the-blank lines that will help you describe just how you feel about grandma. You can be sweet, serious, or funny. Whatever answer you come up with, it’s a guarantee your grandma will treasure it.

Knock Knock What I Love About Grandma Journal

Why should you buy it?

It’s not only a great way to show your Bubbie how much you value her, it helps you remember all the reasons why she is so special to you. It brings back memories of time spent together. Some of the pages will even help you think of new memories to make with your grandmother. For a birthday gift, this one is definitely the most memorable she’ll ever get.

#3: “How to Babysit a Grandma” by Jean Reagan

birthday gift for grandma from a toddler

This children’s book is the perfect reading material for sleepovers at grandma’s house! It’s a fun, sweet read about babysitting grandma filled with fun tips on how to keep her busy. This New York Times bestseller will be a hit with Nana and the little ones, celebrating the special bond that they have.The drawings are colorful, cute, and engaging. The jokes are fun and silly, easy for a child to understand.

How to Babysit a Grandma

Why should you buy it?

It’s a great book that children and grandma will love to read together whenever she comes to visit or when the kids have a sleepover at grandma’s house. It has lots of tips on stuff they can do together, silly jokes, and fun drawings. There’s even a bit of parenting wisdom inserted here and there. This is a gift that’s not just for grandma, it’s for granddaughters too.

#4: Emu Australia Women’s Mayberry Slipper

birthday gift for an elderly grandmother

This fluffy, cozy slide-style slipper is adds a touch of comfort to Grandma’s everyday. It’s made from 100% real Australian sheepskin that’s incredibly comfortable. It will keep Grandma’s feet warm throughout the winter and can even be worn during summer. The crossover design ensures that it’s very easy to wear. The rubber soles adds durability so Grandma can wear it inside and outside of the house.

EMU Australia W11573 Women's Mayberry Slide Slipper

Why should you buy it?

Who doesn’t love a comfy slipper? If you’re Bubbie is on her feet all day, working in an office or baking goodies for you in the kitchen, this is the perfect treat for her tired feet. The luxurious feel of the sheepskin will make her feel warm and cozy, all year round. It’s so cozy, it feels like your feet are getting a hug! Not to mention, the slippers look very pretty and would be a great addition to your Nana’s shoe collection. As an added bonus, Grandma can choose from a variety of colors from black and charcoal to teal and bubblegum.

#5: Tile Mate

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Everyone forgets their keys some of the time. But if it’s a regular occurrence with your Nana, then getting her a Tile Mate is the perfect solution. This smart gadget can be attached to anything she can’t live without so she never has to wonder where she left her stuff. It has a range of 150 feet and a volume that’s 1.5x loud. And at only 7g, it’s not going to add much to the weight of anything.

Tile Mate

Why should you buy it?

It can be incredibly stressful for Grandma if she starts forgetting where she last left important items like her keys, her medicine box, even her pet. The best thing about Tile Mate is that it allows you to share the tracking with other family members so they can also be alerted whenever they are within range of the item. Even better, the app shows you where the item was last recorded to be. So, if Grandma can’t find the keys? She can just ring the Tile Mate using her phone or you can do it with yours. Did she misplace her phone? Just press the Tile Mate button twice to make it ring. The Tile Mate also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, making it much easier for Nana to use.

#6: Deluxity Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag with Tassel

Just because someone’s a grandmother, doesn’t mean she can’t be stylish. This crossbody bag is definitely a great gift for Nanas who love to stay hip. The bag is made of faux leather and gold tone hardware. The shoulder strap is adjustable at 25.5 inches long. The zipper in front of the bag is not just for aesthetics. It has a functional pocket to keep small stuff that Grandma wants to keep handy.

Deluxity Lightweight Medium Crossbody Bag with Tassel

Why should you buy it?

This crossbody bag looks cute and is the perfect accessory for quick trips out of the house, concerts at the park, tours around Europe, or even just a short stop at Disneyland with the little ones. It is big enough to fit all of Grandma’s necessities without bulking up the bag. The faux leather looks good and durable but also feels quite soft. The gold details are pretty stylish. Plus, you can choose from a variety of colors to match your Grandma’s style.

#7: Pavilion Gift Company Grandma’s Love Ceramic Tea for One

This cute ceramic teapot is a tea lover’s ideal gift. It’s a two-in-one gift – a 15-ounce ceramic teapot with an 8-ounce cup. The design of both pieces is whimsical while the included tag reminds Grandma how special her love is. Both items are microwave safe and easy to store away since they’re stackable.
Pavilion Gift Company 74071 Bloom Grandma's Love Ceramic Tea for One

Why should you buy it?

If your grandma loves drinking tea, then this ceramic teapot and cup is the perfect birthday gift for her. It’s very adorable to look at. Even grandmothers who don’t drink tea will love the sentimentality of this gift. Plus,it will definitely brighten up her kitchen. At the same time, this ceramic teapot and cup is also very useful. She can enjoy a cup or two on her own or share a cup with you whenever you visit.

#8: Fitbit Alta HR

Keeping fit is easy if you’ve got the Fitbit Alta HR. It tracks the wearer’s heart rate before, during, and after workouts to help monitor cardiovascular health. It can automatically detect whether you’re running, on the elliptical, biking, etc. and logs it into your dashboard. Moreover, activities like number of steps, distance walked, calories burned, and amount of sleep are recorded. You can easily see your stats due to the bright OLED tap display which is fully customizable. You can even receive notifications from your phone and calendar through the Fitbit Alta HR.

Fitbit Alta HR

Why should you buy it?

Staying fit and healthy is a goal that everyone should achieve. If your grandma is looking for ways to keep active, this is the gadget for her. It does everything she’ll want and need in a fitness tracker. It can help her monitor her heart health as well as check how active she is in a day. If she doesn’t like taking her phone with her, this baby can ensure she never misses messages from family members like her favorite grandchild. Even better, she can stay motivated during her fitness journey because the Fitbit will send her friendly reminders to stay active. She can also connect with you and her friends to share her milestones.

#9: Home Cleaning Services

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Spring cleaning, or any kind of deep cleaning for that matter, isn’t easy. It’s not just about finding the time to do it. Some of us no longer have the energy to do the detailed cleaning that needs to be done at least once a year. We’re talking about washing the interior windows, cleaning shower tracks, full and deep dusting, and scale removal in the bathrooms. Fortunately, you can have this done by actual professionals. The Home Cleaning Service in Amazon is offered by several providers. You can let the provider know your cleaning preferences so your home is cleaned just the way you like it.

Why should you buy it?

Whether or not your grandmother is getting on in years, having someone else deep clean her house is a gift she’ll treasure forever. It is a chore that we guarantee she won’t have any problem letting someone else do. We definitely would. The best thing about this gift is that she’ll get to enjoy a beautifully cleaned house without having to lift a finger.

#10: Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame

birthday gift for grandma in nursing home

All grandmas love pictures of their grandkids, young and old, especially if they live far away. Instead of sending pictures through email or sharing them on social media, why not have their photos automatically displayed on a picture frame on Grandma’s living room? Yes, you read that right. The Nixplay frame allows you to share images to this smart device which displays photos with a 1280 x 800 resolution. This smart frame even comes with an integrated Hu-Motion Sensor which detects movement, turning the device on and off automatically.

Nixplay Seed Digital Photo Frame

Why should you buy it?

This is a great way to keep grandma in the loop on the memories you’re making while you live far from each other. It also enables her to proudly display beautiful photos of her grandkids without having so many frames cluttering her home. Sending a photo to the smart frame is super easy, so you never have an excuse not to share your Instagram photos with granny. Because you can keep sending photos indefinitely, it’s like a gift that keeps on giving.

#11: My Favorite Recipes Cookbook

creative birthday gift for grandma

Not all the great recipes in the world can be found in cookbooks. Some are written in index cards, worn out paper, etc. But that doesn’t mean these recipes have to stay “undocumented.” Family recipes are best handed down to future generations because they promote tradition and create wonderful memories. What better way to pass down your favorite family recipes than through a cookbook of your own? By that we mean, a cookbook written by your beloved Bubbie.

My Favorite Recipes Cookbook

Why should you buy it?

This cute cookbook is a great gift for any grandma who has hoards of recipes passed down from their own grandmas. It enables your Nana to hand down her family’s secrets to you and the generations to come in an organized fashion. The book contains 6 chapters so she can categorize her recipes from breakfasts to desserts. It includes blank chapters if she wants to create her own categories. There are even measurements and simple substitution solutions so newbie cooks won’t have such a hard time following Nana’s recipes.

#12: HANKEY Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

All women love taking a bath and Grandma is no different. While soaking in a hot  tub is enough to release stress, it’s more fun if you can enjoy a glass of wine, a good book, maybe even some snacks and a movie. To do all of that, you’re going to need a bathtub caddy. Which is where the Hankey Bamboo Bathtub Caddy comes in. Made from sustainable materials, this product features a built-in tablet stand, a smartphone platform and room for candles, toiletries, or snacks. There’s even a wine glass slide opening to keep your wine from spilling. This bathtub caddy definitely puts a whole new meaning to sitting back and relaxing in the tub.

HANKEY Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

Why should you buy it?

Why shouldn’t you? Anyone who loves taking luxurious baths is going to love this gift. Your grandma isn’t going to be any different. Aside from the fact that she can choose to read a book while sipping good wine and taking time for herself, she can choose to watch a movie or treat herself to some aromatherapy. You don’t even have to worry about the measurement of your grandma’s tub because this bathtub caddy is extendable. All you need to do is tell Nana to sit back and relax the way she wants.

#13: Picnic at Ascot Gardening Tote

Gardening is serious business. Tending to plants requires expertise and a variety of tools. Speaking of tools. When you’re knee deep in dirt, it’s hard to stand up just to get some tool you forgot in the shed. With the Picnic at Ascot Eco Garden Tote, that’s no longer a worry. This bag is made of durable 600D polycanvas and features multiple pockets to keep a variety of tools as well as other gardening odds and ends. The handles are padded which makes them comfortable in the hand. Each pocket features an elastic cord to keep tools secure. It even comes with three handy tools you can use for your garden.

Picnic at Ascot Gardening Tote with 3 Stainless Steel Tools- Designed & Assembled in the USA

Why should you buy it?

If your granny loves gardening, this is a great addition to her toolset. Not only does she get a handy bag to keep everything easy to access while she’s working on her garden, she also gets three more tools to help her keep her pretty flowers blooming. The bag is comfortable to carry and durable, so she won’t have a problem carrying it with her around the garden. It has loads of space to include more than just her regular tools. She can also store other stuff in the bag such as her gardening gloves and a bottle of water to keep her hydrated.

#14: Tea Story: A Tea Lover’s Gift Set

This gift set is a tea lover’s dream. It includes 8 different tea flavors such as the classic English Breakfast and exotic ones like Spiced Apple and Honey Hibiscus. Each flavor has 10 packets, so you can enjoy more than one cup of your favorite blend or share it with a loved one. The gift set is beautifully packaged. It actually looks like a book and can double as decor in the kitchen or living room coffee table.

Tea Story -A Tea Lover's Gift Set

Why should you buy it?

If your grandmother loves tea, this is another way to give her something she loves. The variety of flavors in the gift set enables her to explore her love of tea and even share it with you. The box is beautifully crafted and can be displayed in her house. Once all the tea has been consumed, she can even use it to store treasured tokens.

#15: Click and Grow Smart Garden

Who says you have to plant stuff outdoors? If you can’t have a garden outside, the Click and Grow Smart Garden allows you to have one indoors all year long. You can easily grow all of your favorite herbs without worrying about the correct amount of sunlight and water. This device does all that for you. You just need to get the plant cartridges into the container, add water into the reservoir, and plug the device. If anything goes wrong, the gardening kit comes with a 100% replacement warranty.

Click and Grow Smart Garden

Why should you buy it?

If your grandma is already living in a senior center or doesn’t have an outdoor garden, the Click and Grow Smart Garden can ensure she doesn’t have to let go of her favorite hobby. Even if she already has a garden, who says she can’t enjoy a little one in her kitchen? Not only does she get to indulge her green little thumb, she can have fresh herbs all year round to cook all your favorite meals. Installing and maintaining this garden is easy and hassle-free so you can send it to her directly or do the installation for her. Plus, this kit already includes basil capsules so she can start growing herbs right off the bat.

#16: Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote

You’re not the only one who wants to Netflix and chill. Literally. There are plenty of shows that you can stream these days from new series like Stranger Things to ones from decades before like Murder She Wrote. The Fire Tv Stick 4K grants you access to all those shows when you want them. It also enables you to watch Ultra HD content easily. The quality of the colors is true-to-life, showing exceptional clarity. The immersive Dolby Atmos audio surrounds you with sound, as if you’re in a movie theater. All your entertainment needs brought to you by one device.

Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote

Why should you buy it?

For grandmothers who hate missing out on their favorite shows, the Fire TV Stick 4K is an ideal birthday gift. No need for cable and satellite when she’s got this device. Not only will she get access to all her must-watch series, she can find new ones to add to her list using this device. Even better, she gets to enjoy true-to-life picture quality in the comfort of her own home. Plus, the Alexa remote makes using the device so easy. She can ask Alexa to play her favorite shows or search for new ones. She can even ask Alexa to play her favorite songs.

#17: Nespresso Lattissima One

Not everyone loves tea. Some of us prefer to get our caffeine fix from coffee. The Nespresso Lattissima One is the answer to any coffee lover’s prayer. It has a one-touch system so it’s so easy to use. There’s no guesswork involved especially when it comes to how strong the coffee will be. The Nespresso uses capsules of coffee which means you don’t even need to scoop out the old grounds and put new ones every morning. The only thing you have to do is decide how much milk you like in your coffee. Once you decide that, you’ll be drinking that cup of coffee in just under a minute.

Nespresso by De'Longhi EN500B Lattissima One Original Espresso Machine with Milk Frother

Why should you buy it?

Some grandmothers can’t live without coffee. If yours is one, she’ll definitely love how fast the Nespresso produces a cup of coffee every time she’s in dire need of caffeine. It’s so hassle-free to use that she can easily enjoy her first cup every morning without worrying about being late. Cleanup is convenient as well since the capsules are automatically ejected into an internal storage container while the milk container is dishwasher-safe. As an added bonus, if your gran forgets to turn the machine off, the Nespresso has an automatic energy-saving function which enables it to turn itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity.

#18: L’Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath

Have you ever smelled the blue fields of lavender in Provence? Well, you can now. This lavender foaming bath from L’Occitane lets you enjoy the lovely fragrance of lavender while you relax in a soothing bubble bath. The fragrance stimulates both your mind and your senses while leaving your skin clean, silky smooth, and fragrant.

L'Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath

Why should you buy it?

If your Nana is a fan of taking luxurious baths, this is the bubble bath for her. The L’Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath is incredibly foamy and smells heavenly. She’ll love not only the scent but also how the bath leaves her skin looking and feeling refreshed. As an added bonus, this will leave her bathroom smelling wonderful. It’ll become her go-to ritual at the end of each day.

#19: Kindle Paperwhite

Books, books, books. Bibliophiles all over the world agree. If you’re going to read electronic books, the Kindle Paperwhite is the best device to do it with. Not only does it give you access to thousands of books, it allows you to read them all without constantly recharging. A single battery charge will last you weeks. Even better, this can also play audiobooks and let you easily switch between reading and listening whenever you feel like it.

Kindle Paperwhite

Why should you buy it?

Aside from the fact that this device gives your grandma access to a library of books, the Kindle Paperwhite comes with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display so she can easily read her books even when the sun is super bright. The built-in adjustable light along with the adjustable text size and font also makes reading much easier on her eyes. Squinting is not going to be a problem with this device. Plus, it’s waterproof so she can read in the tub, by the pool, by the beach, etc.

#20: Letters to My Grandchild

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Time capsules are awesome. It lets you share treasures from your time to future generations, including words of wisdom. In the same way, Letters to My Grandchild is a paper time capsule, allowing grandparents to share stories, pieces of wisdom, even hopes and dreams with their grandchildren. It can even become an heirloom to be passed down from one generation to the next. This set comes with 10 prompted letters and 2 blank ones as well as stickers you can use to  postdate the letters.

Letters to My Grandchild - Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever

Why should you buy it?

As sad as it sounds, your grandma isn’t going to be with you forever. What better way to treasure her life than to give her an opportunity to share with you her wisdom. More importantly, it gives her an opportunity to touch the lives of the generations after you. These letters can become a treasure trove of information and a symbol of love between you and her.

How to Choose the Best Birthday Gift for Your Grandma – Buying Guide:

There’s no question that grandmas are special. Every minute spent with them leaves your heart warm. So, it’s not surprising why we all want to give them the best birthday gift possible. Of course, that is easier said than done. Finding the best gift can be difficult if all your Nana wants is time spent with you. How are you supposed to figure out what’s going to make her the happiest? Gift-giving is complicated enough. Finding out what will be a hit with older generations makes it even more difficult. To help you out if this very important dilemma, we’ve constructed some tips that should help you narrow down what should and shouldn’t work as a birthday gift for your grams.

#1: Consider her hobbies, interests, and personality.

While your Bubbie will love anything you get her, she’ll love it more if you give her something she wants to use. Is she a reader? If so, the Kindle Paperwhite is a great option. For those who spend a lot of time watching TV, the Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote is a gift that even grandpa will love. Does she garden? Then she’ll love the Picnic at Ascot Gardening Tote because it’s a functional gift that also speaks of careful thought and consideration.

Aside from hobbies and interests, you should also consider your Grams’ personality. Is she sentimental? She might love the Knock Knock What I Love About Grandma Journal or the Letters to My Grandchild. Does she like silly things and has a young grandchild? Then, the “How to Babysit a Grandma” by Jean Reagan is a great gift for her.

#2: Consider her age and capabilities.

Grandmas come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and ages. How old is your grandma? If you’re thinking of getting her a Fitbit Alta HR, you should think about how easy it would be to use for someone of her age and capabilities. A grandmother who is slowly becoming forgetful would love the Tile Mate. If she’s getting a bit old, she may love it if you get her a Home Cleaning Service. This way, her house gets a deep clean but she won’t have to exert any effort at all.

#3: Avoid anything too complicated.

Grandmas can be tech-savvy. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. Some gifts require a lot of setup or feature a lot of small pieces that can easily get lost. A gift shouldn’t be more trouble than it’s worth. You should give something that’s hassle-free from the moment she opens her present like the Click and Grow Smart Garden or the Nespresso Lattissima One.

#4: Ask advice from grandpa.

Out of all the people in the world, your grandpa is the one who’ll know your grams best. If you want to know what your Nana wants most for her birthday, he’s the guy to ask. He’ll be able to give you intimate details about your grams that you didn’t know. For example, she may like taking long, luxurious baths which means you’ll do great if you give her the L’Occitane Relaxing & Foaming Lavender Bubble Bath.

#5: Avoid the stereotypes.

When we think “grandmother,” several things come to mind – snuggling, baked goods, knitting, sewing, etc. You get the picture. But that doesn’t mean that your grandma loves any of those things. Don’t think that just because she’s a grandma that she’ll have recipes to store in My Favorite Recipes Cookbook. Or that she’d love something whimsical and cute like the Pavilion Gift Company Grandma’s Love Ceramic Tea for One. Both are great gifts but only if they’re bought with the right grandmother in mind. So, make your grandma happy and avoid boxing her into your idea of what a grandma is. She’ll love your gift for sure. She’ll love you even more.

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