I have a few theories on why Grandpas are hard to buy for.
They have hobbies, but over the years have amassed EVERYTHING they need for said hobbies.
They have money, and like men often do, when they want something they just get it for themselves
They have no known hobbies
I tried to think of gift ideas that will work for all kinds of grandpas so that you can find something that works for you!
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Road Trip Gift for Grandpa
There is something about Grandpas and being out on the open road. They love it! How about a gift that encourage an adventure?
I included this Travel Cooler Bag for drinks and food. You can also throw in this beautiful book Road Trip USA that has hundreds of possible road trip itineraries, detailed driving maps, and tips including “roadside curiosities, parks and local histories.” The large scale Rand McNally Atlas will fill in when GPS isn’t working and it’s always good to add some tasty snacks.
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Astronomy Gift for Grandpa
When thinking of gift ideas for men it is important to note that men are just little boys in grown-up bodies. Little boys LOVE outer space. Another thing I love about this gift is that it will give Grandpa a chance to spend time looking at the stars with his grandkids.
This gift includes a telescope. If you are local to Utah, the Clark Planetarium has an AMAZING array of telescopes ranging from $200-$2000, plus they are very knowledgeable and can help you select the best option for your Grandpa. This Orion Starblast 114 MM is an entry level telescope that you can program to actually MOVE to the constellations you want to see.
I also included Nightwatch-A practical Guide to Viewing The Universe. This book is hailed as “the idea first book for the backyard astronomer…that will grow along with the observer’s skill.” Another great book is The Stars-A new way to see them. This book has star charts, constellation explanations and facts and figures of planets and stars. Lastly I added The Night Sky-Planisphere. Have you heard of a planisphere before? It is a rotating star chart. You put the date in and it rotates to show you want constellations you can see in the night sky. SUPER COOL!
Cookie/Soup/Dessert of the Month Club Gift for Grandpa
This is perhaps the easiest (and one of the most fun) gifts you can whip together for nearby Grandpas. We have done it several years for my dad in several different forms. Basically you print off the certificate (I have cookie, soup and dessert-of-the-month) from my Gift Printables Library. Choose a designated day each month (we liked to do the first Sunday of each month) and then you deliver treats! My kids LOVE to help make grandpa his monthly treat and it was fun to visit with him when we delivered. This gift gives a little something each month and grandpas love it! For the Dessert-of-the-Month I came up with a list of dessert ideas and let him pick 12. You could do the same or just surprise him with the cookie/soup/dessert. Easy-peasy and so fun!
Tell me your stories Gift for Grandpa
Grandpas are always good for a great story. This gift allows them to tell their best stories and as an added bonus you get to have treasured memories that you and your kids can have forever. The way this gift works is that you gift Grandpa a way to record his stories. You could go the old-fashioned book to write in, OR use this amazing technology for voice recording!! This tiny device is a digital Audio Voice recorder USB Pen Drive. It can record 150 hours of audio which you can then PLUG into your computer and download the audio. The next part of the present are these beautiful free writing prompts made by Allison Kimball . In January of this year FamilySearch.org launched an initiative called #52stories, encouraging people to record one story a week about themselves. These prompts are not only lovely, but they are also thought provoking questions. I printed the prompts and included them with the voice recorder and journal in the hopes that Grandpa will record his stories, which could then be typed up and given in hard copy form back to Grandpa and to children and grandkids as a treasure! Everybody has a story, and it is a gift for the whole family for him to record his life stories. (Plus I think most Grandpas would love the opportunity to share stories of days gone by.
Breakfast Tour Gift for Grandpa
We gave this gift to my dad a few years ago and he (and my mom!) both enjoyed it. My dad LOVES to go out to breakfast, I get this from him, and this was a gift that let him explore some new breakfast haunts. We chose four breakfast places (some we loved and some that we read about online) and got him gift certificates for each.
I then mounted a map to foam board, made some cute gift card envelopes and a “Grandpa’s Breakfast Tour” banner. It’s a cute and simple gift to put together. This gift is also easy for grandpas who live far way. You can look for highly rated breakfast joints on Yelp or this list of restaurants by state shown in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Amazon has gift cards you can purchase or you can buy them straight off of the restaurant web sites. You can download the envelopes and banner for free from my Gift Printables Resource Library Below (and get a bunch of other great gift printables!)
If none of these gifts work for your grandpa, you might want to check out this post with other gift ideas: Gift Ideas for Seniors
I hope that one of these gift ideas for Grandpas will work for YOUR grandpa. Which one do you like the best?
Happy Grandpa Gifting!