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17 Gifts For Older Parents That They'll Actually Use

Don't overthink it.

Wondering what to gift your mom who’s always cold, your hard-to-shop-for dad, or your older grandparents this holiday season? Instead of worrying about overspending on something they don’t want or won’t use, give them something they’ll actually find useful.

It’s easy to overthink gifts for older parents ― some gadgets seem too complicated, new socks and perfume feel a bit cliché ― but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, your best bet is to give them gifts and experiences they wouldn’t normally get for themselves, or find items that will make their lives easier.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you by pulling together a list of useful gifts for older parents, from key finders and glasses holders to ancestry DNA kits.

Take a look at our 17 favorite gifts for grandparents and older parents below:

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1
An Apple Watch Series 4, so you can keep an eye on their health.
Target
The new Apple Watch Series 4 has lots of new features, but the fall detection is perhaps the best feature for adult children who want to keep an eye on their aging parents. This new Apple Watch also has a larger screen display, perfect for your mom or dad.
2
These cozy herbal warming slippers.
Uncommon Goods
These soothing slippers will help anyone unwind.
3
An Ancestry DNA test kit so they can discover their roots.
Ancestry
Take some time to share stories about family members.
4
A temperature-controlled travel mug.
Amazon
Keep mom or dad's coffee warm on-the-go with this temperature-controlled travel mug. Set it to their favorite temp, and it'll stay warm for hours on end.
5
This all-natural sleep pillow spray.
Dermstore
Help them destress and get a better nights sleep.
6
A way for them to always find their lost keys or phone.
Amazon
They'll never waste time looking for their keys again.
7
A heated mattress pad.
Target
They'll stay warm all winter.
8
A tasteful glasses holder.
Uncommon Goods
Great for when their glasses aren't at the top of their head.
9
Wine delivered right to their doorstep.
Winc
It will be their favorite monthly delivery, sign them up for a subscription here.
10
An online class so they can learn a new skill.
kali9 via Getty Images
Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibovitz. Give the gift that helps them grow here.
11
An extra-long device charger, to make things easier.
They can plug in this extra long charger near their couch or nightstand.
12
An Amazon Echo for, well, everything.
Amazon
Bonus if they start asking Alexa questions instead of you.
13
A shave kit so they never have to worry about buying new blades again.
Harrys
Most dads will appreciate a quality shave.
14
A Keurig coffee maker.
Target
Who wouldn't appreciate a good cup of coffee?
15
A food scale so they can keep those healthy 2019 resolutions.
Amazon
A great way to measure portions.
16
This sunrise alarm clock that'll wake them up naturally.
Amazon
Get it here.
17
A wi-fi enabled memory card so they can share pics and videos wirelessly.
Amazon
This will make it easier for them to share their vacation photos.