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Holiday Gift Ideas for Grandparents

Today I’ve got my final gift guide for the 2018 holiday season — this one is for the grandparents.

Ahhhh, what to give the grandparents? You know, those people who have everything… the ones trying to downsize, not add to their clutter. Or perhaps they have already downsized and don’t have a lot of room for new things. Many are very frugal and don’t treat themselves very often. At least, that descries mine to a T — but my grandfather is 102 as of next Saturday.

I realize grandparents these days are not all elderly. In fact, a lot of you, my dear readers, are grandparents, so I inquired on my Facebook Page a while back to get some ideas I might not think of myself. Here’s what we came up with.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Grandparents

one // I make a Shutterfly photo album for Paul’s parents every year with pictures from all of the siblings and their children and grandchildren. I did it one year on a whim, and it went over so well that I started doing it every year. They keep the photo books on their coffee table, and everyone enjoys looking through them when we visit. The nice thing is, I don’t have to scramble to figure out what to give them every year. I do the album, bake some fudge for my father-in-law, and I’m good!

two // Are they movie-goers? Give a Fandago gift card! They also have a dinner and a movie gift card combo that includes one $25 Fandango gift card and one $25 Olive Garden gift card, sent in one email. Another idea, along the same lines, is to give them a gift card so they can dine out at the restaurant of their choosing.

three // These photo calendars are really fun too, and again, you can start a tradition and make one for them each year. What grandparent doesn’t love having pictures of their grandkids to enjoy all year round??? Or here’s another idea for the calendar, from a JLS reader on my Facebook Page:

A calendar with a special date per month. It can be as simple as coffee and donuts one morning to as extravagant as a fancy dinner with flowers. We have done everything in between, including having the kids fix the dinner. It’s the time not the budget.

four // Pandora jewelry makes a precious keepsake, and this is another gift that keeps on giving. You can start a bracelet for her and add a charm or two every year, or here’s another suggestion from a JLS reader:

For Grandmother, I bought a charm bracelet from Pandora and then all the grandkids (teens and young adults) picked out a charm that symbolized something in their relationship with her. The kids then wrote a letter to her explaining their choice and read it out loud as they presented their charm. It was a very teary Christmas as they all expressed their love to their grandmother.

five // A cozy Barefoot Dreams throw is a luxury they may not be willing to buy for themselves, so treat them to the softest, coziest throw blanket on the market.

six // Give them a smoothie maker along with a basket of fresh fruit, and they’ll be making delicious, healthy smoothies every day. It also comes with a chopper bowl they can use to mince or chop veggies for soup or stuffing.

seven // Barefoot Dreams socks are the ultimate luxury for the feet, and if your grandmother is cold-natured, she will really appreciate these.

eight // This umbrella for dog-lovers allows you to choose their favorite breed to be featured around the edge.

nine // Are they always losing their keys or phone? This coin-sized tracking device gives you three ways to find misplaced items. Attach it to your keys, wallet, phone . . . whatever you want. Use the app to make the Bravo ring if your item is in Bluetooth range. If Bravo is out of Bluetooth range, the app tells you the last location picked up by your phone.

ten // If they love their pet, or perhaps lost a beloved pet, these custom pet pillows are made right in Brooklyn. Submit a favorite photo of their pet, and give them a one-of-a-kind keepsake pillow that they can enjoy for years to come.

eleven // Upgrade their coffee maker to a Nespresso. It makes both coffee and espresso, and every coffee lover should have one of these. The one I have is currently 60% off at Bloomingdale’s!

twelve // Food treats are always a great idea because they’re consumable and won’t leave lingering clutter to find a spot for. Harry and D is not just for pears! They have so many options nowadays, and you can treat your loved ones to the perfect thing, depending on their tastes and dietary restrictions. Choose from Cheesecake Factory, chocolates and sweets, wine, flowers and plants, baked goods, combo baskets, and more.

thirteen // They can take their coffee go and keep it hot for hours with one of these YETI ramblers.

fourteen // If they entertain, this cheeseboard and cutlery set is compact and doesn’t take up much room in the kitchen.

And here are a few more tidbits of ideas/advice/opinions from JLS readers:

  • As a grandmother, I don’t want anything that makes me look “old”! I like a gift card to Chico’s, spa gift certificate, or something the grandbabies make me. Since I live on the east coast and they live on the west coast, they usually pay for my airline ticket.
  • We had old family movies converted to DVD from our childhood. They had no idea we were doing it and were super excited. They brought it to other family members to have viewing parties. We count it as a great success!
  • I love gift cards to my favorite salon/stylist so I can look less like a grandma. 😀 Theater and movie tickets are fun, too.
  • We bought an L.L.Bean personalized firewood bag for grandparents that liked to camp and had a gift certificate to the camp ground and a gas gift card… It was appreciated, and the grandkids got to visit them during their stay!
  • I usually give tickets to something they can do with the grandchildren. One year was tickets to Lion King broadway show. This year, Hamilton.
  • For older grandparents… a “Grandpad,” or one of those digital photo frames you connect to your phone and send pictures to.
  • Create a thick three ring notebook with the large brown envelopes in it. Use a hole punch on the long side of the envelope. 12, one for each month and on the outside list family birthdays and anniversaries, within the month Then an assortment of cards inside, and include one or two extra so there are options – or they can use them for friends. Books of stamps too. Add a 13th envelope with sympathy, thank you and thinking of you cards. Age and illness sometimes prevents them from getting to a store, but they may want to send some cards.

I hope this gift guide for grandparents helpful as you wrap up your holiday shopping!!! If you have other ideas not included here, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Guys

I’m back with another holiday gift guide today, and this one is for the guys.

Men can be tricky to buy for, so hopefully I rounded up some ideas that will work for the hard-to-shop-for guys on your holiday shopping list. Most of these are still available for free shipping by Christmas if you act fast.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Guys

one // Most men like a cozy slipper as much as we do, and you can’t go wrong with UGG. Bonus: this classic style has a rubber sole he can wear outside to get the mail.

two // For the guy who likes to grill, these these smoked seasonings are made of organic ingredients right here in the good ole USofA — in Jacksonville, Florida, to be exact. They’re sure to spice up any meat dish… haha, see what I did there???

three // The Burt’s Bees gift set in the image above sold out, so I found this weekend set by Jack Black, or there is this limited-edition set featuring everything he needs to care for his skin, presented in a box perfect for gift giving.

four // I did this craft beer of the month club for my husband and brother last year. It was hit or miss as far as beer flavors, but it was a lot of fun.

five // A lunch box fit for a guy… I don’t know about yours, but mine likes to pack his lunch to save a few pennies and keep it healthy. This manly lunchbox can double as a cooler on weekends. It holds a 6-pack with ease.

six // This is a great gift for anyone who loves to camp. This four-in-one tool features a spatula for flipping, a silicone brush for basting, a pigtail corkscrew, and a bottle opener.

seven // Got a hockey fan in the house who likes whiskey? These hockey-themed whiskey stones are an alternative to ice “rocks” that can dilute your drink.

eight // These trimmers aren’t the most romantic gift, but they do come in handy. Oh, I’m full of the puns today.

nine // An NFL themed yard game for all those summer parties.

ten // For the tech-obsessed “guy who has everything”, this wireless charging mat is a nod to the valet tray, featuring leather produced at one of the most sophisticated tanneries in Tuscany, and quality aluminum alloy and nylon for long term durability.

eleven // This book is perfect for the new dad. Illustrated with inspiring photos of coaches at work, it’s chock is full of quotes from sports’ greatest coaches, with advice on being a leader, scoring under pressure, and how to encourage team spirit.

twelve // I don’t know a guy who doesn’t appreciate a good breakfast sandwich, and with this nifty gadget, he can create them in the comfort of home.

thirteen // A trunk organizer to keep all his tools and gear neat and organized.

fourteen // Guys deserve cashmere too, and this relaxed crew is made from a thicker, 7-gauge cashmere yarn for extra-lofty warmth. Everlane is a company committed to transparency, and they source their products from the world’s most ethical factories.

fifteen // Not pictured, but this YETI coffee mug is a must-have for your favorite coffee-drinker. I hate it when my coffee gets cold as it sits on my desk, and this mug is made with kitchen-grade stainless steel that is puncture and rust-resistant, and it’s dishwasher safe because no one needs more work to do. Can I get an amen??? The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip.

sixteen // Finally, don’t forget about the gift of Maui Jim. I love these Kanaio Coast frames on Paul. See more in this post.

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Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

I’m back with another gift guide today… this one is chock full of hostess gift ideas for all of those parties you have on the calendar this month. Many of these would also make good teacher gifts, if you know the teacher’s personal tastes.

Although what most teachers want you to know but don’t want to tell you is, they really just prefer a gift card. I usually just opted for that less personal but very practical gift. Teachers among us, feel free to chime in!

Unfortunately gift cards generally do not work for hostess gifts, so I rounded up a list of ideas that would be great for those occasions.

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12 Awesome Hostess Gift Ideas

#1. Bourbon Infused Coffee // You don’t have to choose between an after-dinner coffee or after-dinner drink any longer. These 100% Arabica beans are infused in small batches with just a touch of Kentucky’s signature spirit, giving them an irresistible aroma and unique flavor. Contains caffeine but no alcohol.

#2. Marble & Wood Serving Platter // You can never have enough serving platters when entertaining and this marble and wood combo is modern as well as functional.

#3. Holiday Coffee Break Gift Basket // This gorgeous holiday basket includes baked goods made fresh from whole ingredients in a downtown Lima, Ohio bakery. It contains a variety of 4 handmade biscotti, 2 handmade granola bars, and 3 coffee samplers, each containing one eighth pound of coffee, perfect for brewing a single pot.

#4. Mud Pie Circa Hooray Dip Set // Whether it’s ‘Hummus for Some of Us’ or ‘Just in Queso’, Mud Pie has a dip cup for every occasion and every cuisine. These clever little dip cups provide entertainment as well as an attractive serving vessel.

#5. We Take The Cake // These cakes are made from scratch by hand without preservatives, and they can be stored ambient for 5 days upon receipt or 1 week refrigerated or 3 months frozen. Cakes are shrink wrapped and packed in our custom gift box for a beautiful presentation. I’ve received these before, and they are fabulous.

#6. Nickel & Suede Gold Leaf Gem Leather Earrings // I love supporting other women entrepreneurs, and these earrings were created by my friend and fellow fashion blogger, Kylee. These textured bright gold leather earrings are the perfect accessory for all of your holiday needs. The best part is, they’re amazingly lightweight.

#7. Williams Sonoma Red Goldtouch Nonstick Loaf Pan & Peppermint Bark Quick Bread Mix // These pans are designed to promote even baking and browning of quick breads, and this gift set comes with a festive quick bread mix for easy baking.

#8. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Hand Soap Fir & Leather // I love a good hand soap and lotion set for the powder room, and these have a clean, rich scent. Plus the neutral color palette will work with any decor. Consider pairing them with this bathroom tray.

#9. Lenox Ribbon and Holly Boxed Fingertip Towel Set // These festive fingertip towels come in a box perfect for gift giving.

#10. Wine Stoppers // These sassy silicone wine stoppers provide an airtight seal that keeps your wine fresh and preserves the taste… it says for weeks, but do with that what you will. Personally, I don’t serve wine a week past opening, but they prevent spillage when wine bottles are stored on their sides, and they come in a clever gift box.

#11. Capri Blue Scented Jar Candle // These are my favorite candles for gift giving. They’re beautiful, and they smell wonderful.

#12. Salsa Grow Kit // If you know a salsa fan with a green thumb, this kit includes plant stakes, growing instructions, and 6 seed packets for Roma tomatoes, jalapeños, verde tomatillos, cilantro, scallions, and beefsteak tomatoes. Start them in the included recycled egg carton and transfer to a larger planter once they take off.

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