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10 Thoughtful Gifts for New Grandparents They Will Actually Use!

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Thoughtful Gifts for New Grandparents from 50Plus-Today

Becoming a new grandparent is an exciting life changing event – acknowledge the new status with a special and thoughtful gift!  Choose from a wide variety of items new grandparents love- that don’t need to break the bank. The new grandmother or grandfather might enjoy a keepsake type of gift to pass down memories to the new little one – or perhaps they are the type that want to set up a comfortable place in their own home for when the baby visits. Here are our suggestions for gifts new grandparents love, in no particular order, based on an informal survey of the new grandparents in our 50Plus-Today community.

Baby 411: Your Baby, Birth to Age 1! Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask 

Much has changed since we had our babies…and most parents follow the latest medical recommendations and guidelines very carefully – and will no doubt expect the grandparents to do the same! BABY 411, considered the go-to reference for babies from birth to age 1, provides clear, no-nonsense advice to care for babies today.


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

One of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” Picks for new grandparents! Sharing your stories is a gift of a lifetime. This time capsule contains 12 or more prompted letters to fill with favorite memories and words of wisdom. Seal your letters with the included stickers and postdate for future opening. Your grandchild will have a cherished heirloom of you to share with generations to come.

Graco Pack Play Playard Portable Automatic Folding Crib Ashford Baby Travel

A portable playard is essential for grandparents who want their grandchildren to spend time at their house! This one is well-priced, lightweight, easy to open and put away, safe for babies and toddlers to sleep and having one in their home means the parent has less to pack when they visit. 

Digital Forehead and Ear Thermometer Baby Thermometer

A good thermometer to keep on hand is always a good idea! I promise you will use it, even when the kids aren’t there since this one works well for adults too. It is easy to use and accurate. Another nice touch is to keep Infant pain relievers in the house in case the baby runs a fever in the middle of the night.

(Set of 3) Custom Grandparent Gift Golf Balls 

For the grandparent who loves to golf! Three standard size (3) golf balls printed with up to four (4) lines of custom text on one side, in the color of your choice. The ink is printed directly on the balls and cured with a special light to endure daily use. Your package of balls, displayed in clear packaging and ready to wrap, will be shipped quickly

Long Distance State Waffle Weave Dish Towel | Personalized Grandparent Gift

This beautiful customized waffle weave dish towel, adorned with “THE LOVE BETWEEN FAMILIES KNOWS NO DISTANCE” is the perfect gift for those who do not live in the same state as their new family member. You get to choose which two states to add, depending on the location of both the grandparent and the grandchild! Buy more and save! Personalized towels never go out of style and make excellent gifts, especially for people who already seem to have everything! The towels measure approximately 16”x 24” and are made of 80% Polyester and 20% Polyamide. It is called a waffle weave because of the raised looped edges on the surface of the towel similar to those on a delicious Belgium Waffle. These “pockets” hold water while the surface of the cloth stays dry, which makes them exceptional drying towels!  Gift wrapping available. 

Memories for My Grandchild: A Keepsake to Remember (Grandparent’s Memory Book)

This wonderful memory book is a great way for a new grandparent to tell their grandchild about themselves. This family keepsake will be treasured for generations! Grandchildren love to hear stories of their grandparents’ adventures, along with memories of their parents. With plenty of prompts and fill-in-the-blanks for recording childhood memories and family history, there’s a lot of space for mementos and photos. The new grandparents can pass on family traditions—like how they celebrated holidays and special recipes. 

Fun Grandma Wine Glass, Large 16.5 Ounce Size, in Gift Box

Great gift for the fun-loving grandmother who loves wine! The text is hand engraved on this high quality 16.5 oz stemmed wine glass. And dishwasher safe! This etched wine goblet is both cute and useful. Great for daily use.

Birth Announcement Stemless Wine Glass Set for the New Grandma and Grandpa est 2020

A perfect gift for the new grandparents! Each set comes with 1 Grandma and 1 Grandpa 21 oz stemless wine glass. Choose your text color. The glasses are carefully created from professional grade outdoor vinyl. These are the most popular gifts for new grandparents!

Only the Best Dads Get Promoted to GRANDPA, Beer Glass, 16oz Beer Mug, 

Customize the Glass with your “Grandpa” nickname, Maybe you’re a PAPA, POP POP, GRANDPA or GRAMPS. A 16 oz custom etched glass makes a perfect gift for the new grandfather! The engraving is permanently carved into the surface of the glass, making it a truly unique present. Dishwasher safe.


These are all thoughtful gifts for new grandparents – choose one that best fits the type of grandparent for whom you are buying the gift!

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originally posted July 2020
updated Nov 14, 2021

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