Why is it so hard to buy gifts for grandma?

Perhaps it’s because, as women in our 60s, or older, we simply don’t feel like we need anything anymore. Or, maybe the traditional gifts of knitting sets, customized mugs, bath salts and jewelry simply don’t appeal to this generation of modern grandmothers.

Do a quick search on Google for “gifts for grandma” and you will be bombarded with tacky gifts and stereotypical presents. Ok, maybe there are a few of us out there who really would appreciate a mug that says, “World’s Best Grandma,” but, wouldn’t the rest of us like something more creative?


The Problem with Buying Gifts for Grandma

The main problem, of course, is that people think that you change once you reach your 60th birthday. They forget that you are still actively pursuing your passions and exploring the world.

Most of the older women I know aren’t sitting in their rocking chairs knitting (not that there’s anything wrong with knitting!) They are hiking with friends, traveling, dancing, starting companies, going back to school, playing golf, learning Chinese ink painting, cycling, gardening and, most of all, staying social.

If you want to see just how diverse our hobbies are, all you need to do is check out this list of 50 hobbies for women over 50, compiled by the women in our community. We certainly aren’t slowing down and most of us are rejecting “aging gracefully.”

What Are the Best Gifts for Grandma… According to Grandma?

The good news is that we have over 350,000 women over 60 in our community. We can help the people in our lives to understand what modern grandmas really want for Christmas or our birthdays.

So, here are a few of the suggestions from the women in our community. Please check them out and them join the conversation at the end of this article.

Toni talked about the importance of really knowing your special grandma. She said, “Gifts need to be personal. That’s the most important thing. I just turned 70 and one of my girls got baseball tickets for us. The problem is that I hate baseball. I would rather sit with my family around the big dinner table somewhere.”

Lois agreed with Toni, adding that “The best gifts are the ones that each person prefers. As a widow, having things to do in my alone time is important. I am an avid reader, so, I love getting bookstore gift cards.”

Cherril explained that, sometimes, the best gifts are actually experiences. She said, “When I was 50, my darling youngest daughter got me tickets to see Luther Vandross in concert. It was unforgettable! Not long after, he tragically dies. I will always be thankful for having the opportunity to see one of my favorite artists perform live.”

Fiona reminded us that travel opportunities are almost always a hit with us grandmas. She said, “A special gift for someone my age would be a weekend trip. Even a day trip would be great!”

Jo-Anne combined ideas from both Cherril and Fiona’s comments. She pointed out that experiences and travel go hand-in-hand. She said, “My sister is taking me to Newbury Street in Boston. There, I’m going to get a new look from a fabulous hair stylist. I’m so excited!”

Juanita pointed out that what many grandmas want is simply to stay in touch with the people they care about. Anything that you can do to help us feel connected will be appreciated. She said, “I have told my friends that, if they really want to buy me something, they should consider cell phone minutes. I have a pay-as-you-go phone, so, I don’t use my phone that much. It’s great to stay in touch!”

Jennifer voiced the thoughts of many women in the community when she said that she just wants to make the world a better place. For people like Jennifer, giving to charity is often better than looking for a physical gift. She said, “I don’t need anything. In fact, at this stage, I’m not really into collecting ‘stuff’ any more. That said, I love it when my family makes a donation to a charity or organization that I am passionate about.”

Several women in the community, including Toni, said that gift cards are a great gift. They show that you care, but, also give your grandma flexibility in terms of how to use them. She said, “I like getting gift cards that that I can buy whatever I want… anything with turtles.”

Marlene points out that, when it comes to gifts for grandma, sometimes it really is just the thought that counts. She said, “For me, a sincere card or a phone call is all that is necessary.”

I’d love to get your feedback on this. Can you help us to create a shopping guide for gifts for grandmas?

As soon as we have a list of suggestions, I’ll update this article.

As a grandma, what kinds of presents do you like the most? Do you like something hand-made that shows how much your family and friends care? Or, do you prefer to receive something focused on one of your passions? Do you like to receive presents that you can enjoy by yourself, like a small indulgence or trip to the spa? Or, is a home-cooked meal with the family more to your taste? Please join the conversation.

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