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

My gram is truly one of the coolest people on this planet. She's the person who taught me some of my most treasured lessons from how to uncover secret hiding spots for garden fairies to the perfect application method for lipstick. That's why every time the gift giving season rolls around, I go back and forth with what the perfect gift is to buy her. And now that my parents are grandparents to my daughter, the want to find the ideal gift is similar. You too? Don't worry because I've got ideas for last-minute gifts for grandparents that 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, set of rolling pins, letter set, and journal that will fit the bill. And if you are the DIY type, then you will find a tutorial for a silhouette wall hanging that every grandparent would love.

The best part about these gifts (next to their amazing-ness)? None of them require a huge time investment or wait time. That means you're in luck if you've waited until the last minute to find a holiday present for the grandparent in your life.


Mini Wooden Rolling Pins With Patterns

Mini Wooden Rolling Pins With Patterns, $35, Etsy

If your grandparent is a baker, then they are going to fall in love with this set of three Mini Wooden Rolling Pins With Patterns. That's because they can roll out cookies with cute little hearts or create decorative crust for their famous apple pie. And who wouldn't love that?


My Family Cookbook

My Family Cookbook, $35, UncommonGoods

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 grandma knows the secret ingredients. Pages include room for recording recipes and even attaching a photo for reference.


Letters To My Grandchild

Letters to My Grandchild: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever, $9, Barnes and Noble

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.


'How To Babysit A Grandma'

How to Babysit a Grandpa, $11, Barnes and Noble

If grandparents are close by and have opportunities to read to your children, then you may want to pick up How to Babysit a Grandma or How to Babysit a Grandpa. These books make a sweet gift from your little ones to their grandparents, creating lasting memories when they are snuggled up together reading stories.


A Grandparent's Journal

A Grandparent's Journal: Experiences and Advice, $30, UncommonGoods

One of my favorite keepsakes from my childhood is a journal my mom wrote to me during my early years of childhood. So, I was pretty thrilled when I spotted A Grandparent's Journal: Experiences and Advice. With prompts like "Blazing Your Own Trail" and "Finding Your Purpose," I have a feeling my mom — and hopefully your grandma and grandpa, too — is going to have some solid wisdom to share with my daughter.


Promoted To Grandparents Candle

"The Best Parents Get Promoted to Grandparents", $20, Etsy

Are you surprising your parents this holiday season with the news that they are soon-to-be grandparents? This "The Best Parents Get Promoted to Grandparents" soy candle allows you to choose your scent and includes an option for a personalized message.


Owl Eyeglasses Holder

Owl Eyeglasses Holder, $24, UncommonGoods

OK, so I kind of want this Owl Eyeglasses Holder for myself, but it's also a pretty cute gift idea for an eyeglass-wearing grandma or grandparent in your life. Plus, it's a perfect fixture for a bedside table or desk.


DIY Silhouette Wall Art

When we were children, my grandmother gifted our parents with silhouette portraits of me and my siblings that my mom still has on her wall today. So, when I saw this DIY Silhouette Wall Art tutorial from Lowe's I became kind of obsessed with making these for my parents for the holidays. All you need is a saw, plywood, paint, and paint brush, and a silhouette photo of your child and you're good to go. No saw? Ask to have the wood cut ahead of time at your local home improvement store and skip that step.


Preserve Special Photos

Download a photo scanning app, like PicScanner, and then score some solo time with your grandparents by helping them digitize precious family memories. You'll be glad to have the photos — and the special one-on-one time.


Adorable Homemade Snowmen

Turn everyday Nutter Butter cookies into sweet, little homemade snowmen that your grandparents are sure to love. Using white chocolate, Tic-Tacs, M&M candies, and a few other ingredients, all you have to do is follow Brown Eyed Baker's step-by-step instructions and you'll have a DIY treat that's perfect for gift giving.


Complete Car Washing Kit

Chemical Guys Car Wash Bucket Kit, $85, Amazon

One of my dad's favorite activities with my daughter is cleaning the car (or the driveway, front porch — you name it), so I am all about this Chemical Guys Car Wash Bucket Kit. Complete with a bucket, cleaning solutions, and sponges, the kit comes with everything a grandparent you love — who loves to clean cars — could possibly need.


Cookies Made With Love

I don't know about you, but my grandma and mom carry with them a serious arsenal of family recipes. Spoil grandma or grandpa with these gorgeous Linzer Cookies from Pint Sized Baker that boost the added bonus of being low in sugar.



Wooden Cutting Board With An Engraved Handwritten Recipe, $39, Etsy

Speaking of recipes, I adore this wooden cutting board with an engraved handwritten recipe. Score a copy of grandma's famous banana bread or flu-healing soup and you'll have a special gift on your hands.


A Subscription To Culture

Subscription gifts are the best because they are truly the gift that gives year-round. Consider looking into local museums, conservatories, and theaters to see what subscriptions are available and best suit your grandparents' interest.


A Map Of His Favorite City (And Drink)

This City Map Glass, $14, UncommonGoods

My grandpa was always full of stories about growing up in Canada and my dad loves to talk about old architecture throughout his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so This City Map Glass seems right up his alley.

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