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15 Last-Minute Gifts For Grandparents That Aren't Just Photos Of Your Kid

They’ll treasure these thoughtful presents.

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Let’s be honest, grandparents are some of the coolest people on this planet. They’re the people who taught us some of the most treasured life lessons, from the golden rule to how to get stains out of clothing. That's why it’s tough to know what kind of gift to get them. They mean so much, how can you show your grandparents you care? Especially if you’ve put off your shopping until the final hours before the big event and need a present ASAP. Fortunately, when there’s a will, there’s a way. And these last-minute gifts for grandma and grandpa won’t disappoint.

Whether your grandparent loves to spend time in the kitchen or still fancies pen and paper for recording their memories, there's a recipe book, rolling pin, letter set, and journal that will all make perfect last-minute gifts for grandma and grandpa.

The best part about these gifts (next to their amazing-ness)? None of them require a huge investment and they are appropriate for any occasion, from birthdays to holidays to “just because” moments. That means you're in luck if you've waited until the last minute to find a present for the grandparent in your life.

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Magic Baking Spoon

If your grandma is a baker, then they are going to fall in love with this great last-minute gift for grandparents. Grandma’s Magic Baking Spoon is a kitchen utensil designed just for her. The laser engraved wooden spoon is a sturdy tool she can use to prepare all of your favorite treats. At 1.13 ounces, the spoon is light enough to manipulate but big enough to really mix up, say, a batch of brownies. And who wouldn't love that?


My Family Cookbook

Ask anyone and they will tell you some of their most treasured memories involve the kitchen. That's why the My Family Cookbook is the perfect keepsake for family recipes to which only your grandparent knows the secret ingredients. Pages include room for recording recipes and even attaching a photo for reference. Now instead of asking Grandma every year to remind you of how she makes her signature gravy, you can have her record it in this book as a keepsake you both can refer to again and again. With 80 pages, there’s plenty of room to store all the family recipes and with generous margins, you can add on notes without having to sacrifice important steps.


Letters To My Grandchild

Twelve prompts are offered in Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever, allowing grandparents to write notes to their grandchildren and seal them to be read at a later date. It's like a paper time capsule that even generations beyond your little one will come to know and cherish. The little kit comes with a full-color sticker sheet as well to seal those special notes up. Designed to be written at a grandparent’s leisure, this last-minute gift for grandparents could be written over a couple of months or a couple of years, it’s up to them. What makes them special is the words on the page.


Skylight Frame

OK, so yes, this last minute gift for grandparents is technically pictures of your child, BUT it’s even better. The Skylight Frame is a digital picture frame that showcases many rotating images of whatever you wish to fill it with. A great way to stay in touch when you’re far away from grandparents, all it needs to operate is a Wi-Fi connection and an outlet. The 10-inch color touch-screen displays with 1280x800 resolution. Give the email info to friends and family and they can send the frame new photos whenever they want.


Grandma & Grandpa Tumblers

Going on neighborhood strolls or enjoying a porch sit is better with something good to drink. This last minute gift for grandparents gives them a set of signature Grandma & Grandpa tumblers they can show off while enjoying a refreshing beverage. Made from food grade stainless steel, the tumblers feature matching bear outlines with Grandma and Grandpa printed inside each. They each hold 12 ounces and come with a clear lid.


Great-Grandma Earrings

Even Grammy wants to look glam now and again and you can help her get all dolled up with superlative Great Grandma Earrings. The nickel-free metal fish hook design on these heart shaped earrings won’t irritate grandma’s skin. Each is engraved with the words “Great Grandma” and are roughly half an inch long. They won’t tarnish either, making these earrings a great last minute gift for grandma.


Birthday Reminder Calendar

Want a last minute gift for grandparents that’s as useful as it is handsome? How about this Birthday Reminder Calendar? Designed to include all of the family’s birthdays via stylish hanging wooden hearts and circles, now grandparents will never forget which grandkid was born in July versus August. The calendar comes with one wood calendar hanging plaque, 50 wooden heart shaped pendants, 50 wooden round pendants, 100 key rings, 12 bells, and durable hemp to hang it.


Pop-Pop Shirt

There are all kinds of names for grandparents, but if you call your grandpa Pop-pop, then you need to buy him a Pop-pop shirt which makes a last minute gift for grandparents. Instead of just reading Pop-pop, this shirt spells out exactly what that name means: “Another term for grandfather, only cooler… way cooler.” Available in 5 colors, the solid colors are 100% cotton; Heather Gray is 90% cotton and 10% Polyester, and all other heathers are 50% cotton and 50% polyester.


Best Grandma Ever Mug

A tumbler is great for when the grands are out and about, but at home doesn’t Grandma deserve the perfect mug to enjoy her coffee? How about this Best Grandma Ever mug? This pink mug holds 12 ounces of Joe and also comes in a charming gift box with a golden spoon and a wish card. Really everything you need is right there. The ceramic mug is dishwasher safe, but note, it should not go in the microwave.


Back Massager

Grandparents deserve real deal R&R. Give them a last minute gift they can use to relax with this Shiatsu Back Massager. A combination of heat and massage, the machine can be used for deep kneading of the neck, back, shoulder, waist, leg, feet muscles. The massager plugs into an outlet and has three adjustable strengths so grandparents can share the tool and enjoy it to their own pressure specifications.


BritBox Subscription

Are the grandparents in your life mega Anglophiles? Do they love British crime dramas as much as Monty Don’s Gardeners’ World but have run out of episodes on their other streaming services? BritBox to the rescue. This streaming service is called the biggest collection of British TV and includes shows like Antiques Roadshow, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World, and plenty of Doctor Who. The best part though? You just have to buy the plan and once your grandparents have the login, they can access it immediately — no shipping necessary. How’s that for a great last minute gift for grandparents?


Bottle Opener

Let Grandpa pop a top without stress using the Bottle Opener. This 6-in-1 gripper Can opener adds some muscle and can open lid-bags, tight seals, pull tabs, bottle caps, bottle tops, and jar lids. Weak hands need not suffer when this tool is in the kitchen drawer. The set is slip-free and features an ergonomic design that makes twisting and turning simple. You’ll quite literally give your grandparent a hand without being physically present with this last minute gift for grandparents.


Long-Distance Lamp

For grandparents who live miles away from their grandkids, it can be hard to stay in touch and forge a close relationship. One way to help is this thoughtful long-distance lamp. The grandparents get one and the grandkids get one. Then, each time one of them touches it, it lights up the other one, like a little light saying “hello” or “I love you.” Kids will love knowing that even if the grandparents are 3,000 miles away, they’re thinking of them. They could even use it as a little code. If the light lights up, it’s time to give the grandparents a call, or vice versa.


Canvas Weekend Bag

The best last minute gifts for grandmas say something without saying something. In this case the message is “come visit anytime!” And isn’t that just what Grandma wants to hear? This gorgeous Canvas Weekend Bag says that loud and clear and looks gorgeous as well. Made of sturdy cotton canvas and leather accents and trim, even just a visit to the grands will feel like a grand adventure when she’s toting this bag. When the stay is longer or Grandma flies somewhere, she can slip the back section of the bag easily through her rolling suitcase handle.


Matching Aprons

For many grandparents, teaching their grandkids special recipes is a rite of passage. But you can’t get really messy in the kitchen without the proper clothing, and what could be cuter than these Matching Aprons (one for gramps and one for his little sous chef)? Available in a variety of animal faces including puppy, giraffe, bear, and deer, you can choose your favorite design. Available in one size fits all kid and adult sizes, the large tie and key ring closures ensure the aprons won’t slip and slide so little hands can get as messy as they want.

Finding last-minute gifts for the grandparents doesn’t need to be a pain. Just think of what they love then use this list as a guide to get them exactly the right item for the next big gift-giving event.

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