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29 Best Gifts for Grandma in 2023 That She’ll Adore

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The best gifts for grandma show her just how much you love her, and considering that you and your parent wouldn’t be where you are without her, we bet you love her a lot. For those of us who either never had the opportunity to know our grandmothers or don’t have a close relationship with them, we can only hope those who have a tight bond with a grandma know how special that is. Every grandma is different, of course, but one thing is always true about this particular family member. She’s irreplaceable and she deserves a sentimental gift.

Our Top Picks:

  1. Best Overall: La Mer Rejuvenating Rituals Set, $195
  2. Best Skin-Care Gift: Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Discovery Program, $300
  3. Best Body-Care Gift: Kate McLeod Grounding Stone, $45
  4. Best Fragrance Gift: Burberry Her Eau de Parfum 3 Piece Gift Set, $175
  5. Best Makeup Gift: Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets Gift Set, $210
  6. Best Hair Gift: Slip Silk Pillowcase, $89
  7. Best Home Gift: Uncommon Goods Long Distance Interactive Friendship Frame, $300
  8. Best Practical Gift: Therabody Theragun Mini Massage Gun, $199

It’s for this reason — and all the others she’s given you throughout your life — that we’ve rounded up 29 great gifts that go beyond the typical keepsakes, framed family photos, or Etsy birthstone pendants she gets year after year (psst: if you’re looking for a more personalized gift, check here). It’s time for holiday gifts that show her you don’t see her as just a nice older lady who sends you a $5 bill on your birthday — though that’s much appreciated, Grandma, thank you — but rather a unique individual you’re so proud to know and love.

And of course, because there’s no one cookie-cutter grandmother (some grandmothers don’t even own a cookie cutter), our best gift ideas run the gamut. In this gift guide, you’ll find the best gifts for grandma that’ll make her life a little more comfortable, her skin a little glowier, and her style — and even her body temperature — a little cooler. (Not to mention remind her that you’re one of the best grandkids ever, even if you waited until the last minute to get that perfect gift.)

Skin-Care Gifts

La Mer Rejuvenating Rituals Set

Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Discovery Program

The best grandmas deserve only the best in luxury skin-care, so treat her to La Mer’s Rejuvenating Rituals Set. This set of high-quality skin-care products features travel-size bottles of everything that grandma needs to refresh her regimen, including the brand’s Allure Best of Beauty Award-winning eye cream, The Eye Concentrate. Other finds grandma will delightfully receive in this gift set include The Regenerating Serum, which is a skin-plumping and firming treatment, The Treatment Lotion, and the ever-popular Crème de La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream, which is one of La Mer’s biggest bestsellers.

Grandma’s skin routine will always feel like a spa day when she has the Sisley Paris Hydra-Global Discovery Program in her regimen. The beauty of this gift set is that it actually comes with a full-size product, the Hydra-Global Intense Hydration Fluid Gel Cream Moisturizer. This ultra-rich cream that leaves a matte finish on skin as it plumps and smooths skin with a blend of sunflower extract, chestnut oil, and stevia leaf extract. That’s not all grandma gets with this set, because it also contains minis of Sisley Paris’s Gentle Make-Up Remover, Express Flower Gel Mask, and Hydra-Global Serum.

The Inkey List Retinol Serum

Kate Somerville Kate’s Clinic Essentials Duo

Help grandma round out her skin-care routine by grabbing her The Inkey List’s Retinol Serum, an Allure Best of Beauty winner that’ll diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles without draining your bank account. As its name suggests, the star ingredient in this custardy serum is texture-refining retinol, but it also contains conditioning squalane to soothe any irritation and replenish much-needed moisture.

Grandma’s face will light up when she sees the gorgeous packaging for the Kate Somerville Kate’s Clinic Essentials Duo, and that’s before she taps into the skin-brightening goodness inside. The set includes two of Kate Somerville’s favorite products, including the ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment to gently buff away dry, flakey skin.

Paired with Kate’s Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser, this pampering formula gently breaks up grease and grime from the day and rinses away seamlessly to reveal a seriously glowing, polished complexion. Grandma’s skin will look and feel completely rejuvenated after just one use, and she’ll have you to thank for it.

Tenoverten The Hand Care Set

This luxe trio of hand-coddling goodness from Tenoverten features facial-grade products that deliver impressive skin-smoothing results on hands and make grandma’s healing touch that much more comforting. The Protective Hand Care Set includes a pampering sleep mask that leaves hands feeling pillowy soft come morning, a restorative serum that treats and smooths fine lines, and a hyaluronic acid lotion that softens and brightens hands that need some TLC. Plus, it comes bundled in an adorable corduroy drawstring bag that is a gift in its own right.

If your grandmother is a little intimidated by high-tech beauty gadgets, introduce her to the cute-as-can-be, easy-to-use NuFace Mini+. A petite version of the original NuFace, this microcurrent device delivers the same toning and contouring benefits in a few minutes that Grandma can spend focusing on herself. Plus, as an upgrade to the previous Mini, this device unlocks exclusive 3-Depth Microcurrent Technology via the new Bluetooth app, meaning she can tailor treatments (the fine-line-blurring Skin-Tightening Mode) to her liking.

Tammy Fender Celestial Rose Crème

Kate McLeod Grounding Stone

There isn’t a single skin type that wouldn’t benefit from Tammy Fender’s Celestial Rose Crème year-round. Grandma will love its natural rose scent and the way its concoction of manuka honey, glycerin, aloe, and kakadu plum moisturize, soothe, and protect the skin. Ideal as a night cream to cap off her nighttime routine, this gives Grandma’s complexion a luxurious, plant-based boost.

Grandma has never experienced a body moisturizer quite like the Kate McLeod Grounding Stone. It looks a bit like a bar of soap and presents almost like some sort of lucky charm — and in a way, it is, in how it bestows so much goodness onto the skin. Its four harmonizing oils — sweet almond, apricot, avocado, and fractionated coconut — blend with cocoa butter and essential oils of vetiver and bergamot for a simple yet indulgent moisturizing moment.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Shower Oil

Mount Lai De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller

Grandma may like that one drugstore body wash she’s been using for years, but she will love Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Shower Oil. This oil-to-milk cleanser feels like nothing she’s ever tried before, especially if she’s seeking out a little relief from everyday aches and pains. In addition to soothing and moisturizing, it relaxes with an aromatherapeutic blend of rosemary, ginger, and black pepper essential oils.

This gift might require a mini tutorial — which who are we kidding, grammy will love — but once you share the skin-smoothing secrets behind jade rolling, it will quickly become a welcome addition to her skin-care lineup. The ancient Chinese ritual is known to offer a laundry list of skin-care benefits including gentle lifting and toning, relieving tension around the face and along the jawline, reducing puffiness, and encouraging lymphatic drainage and cell turnover.

This dual-sided De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller from Mount Lai has a larger and smaller end to easily navigate around the nooks and curves of the face. Plus, there’s something innately stress-relieving about rolling the cool stone around your face that grandma will love.

Makeup, Hair & Fragrance Gifts

Burberry Her Eau de Parfum 3 Piece Gift Set

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets Gift Set

The Burberry Her Eau de Parfum 3 Piece Gift Set features a classic floral scent that’s as timeless as your grandmother. In case you’re not familiar with Burberry’s popular scent, each spritz starts with a fruity blend of raspberry, blackcurrant, and blueberries that dries down to a harmonious bouquet of jasmine, violet, and musk. This trio features a full-size and travel spray of the fragrance and a mini body lotion that’s spiked with the scent.

If there’s anyone deserving of the Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets Gift Set in your life, it’s definitely your grandma. This extravagant gift box is filled to the brim with only the best this luxe beauty brand has to offer. The 12-day advent calendar features two full-size products, the Hot Lips 2 lipstick in beachy rose shade Glowing Jen and Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir, along with 10 minis of the English brand’s most beloved products. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but she can expect to find travel-sizes of the viral Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand, Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown, and Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Hot Gossip.

Benefit Cosmetics Great Brow Basics Pencil & Gel Set

Upgrade your gram’s beauty sleep with Slip’s Silk Pillowcase. This best-selling pillowcase is made from 100% Mulberry silk to minimize hair breakage caused by rough bedding and it feels cool to the touch, so your nana can sleep soundly without messing her hair up in the process.

Your grandma is an OG, so it only makes sense to pair her with cosmetic classics, which is what she’ll find in the Benefit Cosmetics Great Brow Basics Pencil & Gel Set. Her eyebrow routine will be set for good with this trio of full-size goodies, including the brand’s best-selling, 12-hour-wear Goof Proof Brow Pencil to fill in sparse areas and Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel for natural-looking fullness.

Go Gray Revitalizing Treatment

Guerlain Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls

She’s been talking about making the transition from hair dye to her now natural gray for years, but she just hasn’t been sure how to do it. Show your grandmother you think she’d be a total silver fox by guiding her switch with the Go Gray Revitalizing Treatment. This affordable yet professional-level formula is made to shrink hair-dye pigments and diminish the line between semi-permanent and permanent hair color and natural gray growth so it looks like a more seamless ombré effect until she’s ready for a haircut. 

Guerlain’s gorgeous Météorites Light Revealing Pearls of Powder look a little bit like a jar of candy your grandmother may keep in her entryway, but this is so much more glamorous than that. The little balls are made of six types of iridescent and matte powders that blend seamlessly to brighten up Grandma’s complexion — and her day.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Bronze

Carter + Jane 7 Scent Journey + Train Case

Gram is sure to love the Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rose Bronze. This blush is where bronze, peach, and pink tones collide. There’s even a slight shimmer that illuminates the skin without making it look shiny or sparkly.

Even if Grandma has had a signature scent for ages, you can zhuzh her fragrance wardrobe with a few new options to wear on special occasions by giving her Carter + Jane’s 7 Scent Journey + Train Case. Created to help connect the wearer to scent-centric memories, this collection features mini bottles of Angelic Clementine, Beach House, Lavender Chai, Lilac Snow, Neroli No. 18, Ski House, and Tuberose Vanilla — all made with organic essential oils. She can keep them in the pretty train case or use its conveniently see-through format for other little objects she doesn’t want to lose track of.

Home Gifts

Uncommon Goods Long Distance Interactive Friendship Frame

If one picture says a thousand words, imagine how many you can say to your grandma with the Uncommon Goods Long Distance Interactive Friendship Frame. What makes this digital picture frame set so special is that you can connect them wirelessly across the globe via WiFi and Bluetooth. When you’re thinking of her, you can simply tap your picture frame and hers will emit a soft, glowing light to let her know she’s on your mind, and vice-versa.

If your grandma is always cold, she can snuggle into Bearaby’s Weighted Blanket. We love that this blanket comes in three weights (15, 20, and 25 pounds) plus it has a chunky knit design to evenly distribute weight. You can also choose from five different colors to fit your grandma’s home aesthetic.

Electrohome Montrose Record Player and McKinley Bookshelf Speaker Bundle

Vilight Grandma Brag Board

Cue the nostalgia and get ready for a trip down memory lane as grandma recounts dozens of memories while listening to her favorite vinyls. The chic, minimalistic Montrose record player has an understated design that fits any room and becomes a conversation-starting piece no matter where you put it. It will be a welcome addition that both grandma and grandpa will love, sparking special memories for the whole family every time they give a record a spin.

Truth be told, all Grandma really wants for the holidays is a hug from her children and grandchildren. But for the times when that’s not possible, this adorable photo board will serve as her personal shrine to her loved ones. The decorative wooden ‘brag board’ from Vilight features easy-to-use clothespins that make adding and swapping in new photos exceptionally easy and includes clips that work for photos of all sizes. The cute farmhouse design only adds to the charm.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

Homesick Grandma’s Kitchen Candle

There are few things as comforting as that first sip of hot coffee in the morning and this genius heated mug ensures every sip that follows is equally as toasty and enjoyable. The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug keeps grandma’s drink hot for well over an hour, so she can leisurely sip as she goes about her morning routine.

While there is a hi-tech element that allows you to set and control the exact temperature for your brew through an app, the whole experience can be simplified for grammy with the familiar plug-and-charge concept. The mug is auto-set to 135 degrees Fahrenheit, which is certainly hot enough for most palettes and is equally as functional for maintaining a hot morning brew.

While there isn’t an object that can 100 percent replicate the delicious aromas that come from nonna’s kitchen, this natural soy-wax candle delivers a commendable and comforting alternative — without the dirty dishes. The scent is a carbon copy of that oven-baked sweetness that fills grandma’s home when she’s baking a warm apple pie or whipping up one of the ‘ol family recipes. In short, Homesick Grandma’s Kitchen Candle evokes a sweet — but not cloying — blend of sugar and spice that will soothe the soul when you’re in a long-distance grandma-grandchild relationship.

Practical Gifts

Therabody Theragun Mini Massage Gun

Aches, pains, and annoying knots have nothing on the Therabody Theragun Mini Massage Gun. The next time grandma’s lounging and feels any muscle-related pain, she can whip out this tiny yet mighty percussive massager, which is 20% smaller and 30% lighter than the original Theragun. On top of its three attachments for precise pressure, the device’s nearly-infinite settings can be accessed via a Bluetooth-connectable smartphone app.

If grandma’s house is lined with books, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite will become her new best friend. It’s lighter than a book and features a large 6.8-inch display that makes squinting a thing of the past. Considering that its display is also glare-free and features adjustable light settings, we bet your grandma won’t miss her library when she can take this nifty e-reader just about anywhere she goes.

Look Optic Abbey Round Blue Light Glasses

Whether Grandma is retired, working from home, or going to a job every day, she’ll appreciate the comfort and posture check BackEmbrace provides. It helps prevent slouching by stabilizing the shoulders, properly aligns the spine, and offers relief without the bulkiness and less-than-cuteness associated with most posture-correction devices. It’s even machine-washable.

With all of the Zoom calls and FaceTimes Grandma has been on these last few years, it’s time to equip her eyes with something to counteract all that strain and blue-light exposure she’s experienced while chatting with her loved ones. The Look Optic Abbey Round Blue Light Glasses are a practical gifting choice that doesn’t require a prescription — only the desire to look cute and give your eyes a much-needed break when looking at screens. We love this particular Abbey style, which comes in several neutral and bold colors (like the pictured Crimson), but there are 10 additional options to browse.

Happy Notes Book Gratitude Journal

This may look like another high-tech fitness watch, but this wearable tech is in a league of its own. The Embr Wave 2 Bracelet cools and warms via one of the most temperature-sensitive parts of the body (the wrist, obviously) to increase comfort. That means warming Grandma up when she’s chilly, cooling her down during stress or hot flashes, and helping her achieve her ideal sleep temp. 

If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift idea that will tug on Grandma’s heartstrings, this pretty little notebook provides a special place for her to jot down all her favorite memories. The Happy Notes Book Gratitude Journal is designed to simplify gratitude journaling into a few short form “happy notes” that make prioritizing mental health an easy daily practice that anyone can stick to.

Featuring plenty of lined pages for free writing, the journal is also sprinkled with short prompts that encourage granny to recount daily moments of joy and upcoming moments they’re excited for. It’s even stocked with a stamped envelope and cute notecard so Grandma can pay that positive energy forward.

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