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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? Mother’s Day is around the corner (it’s May 12), so consider this your warning. Instead of worrying about overspending on something she doesn’t want or won’t use, give her something she’ll actually find useful.

It’s easy to overthink gifts for older parents ― some gadgets seem too complicated, flowers seem a bit boring 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 this Mother’s Day, from key finders and glasses holders to ancestry DNA kits.

Take a look at our 17 favorite gifts for grandparents and older parents below. And, if you want more of our editor-sourced products and reviews, sign up for HuffPost’s sales and deals newsletter.

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1
An Apple Watch Series 4, so you can keep an eye on their health.
Amazon
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. Find it for $485 on Amazon.
2
A custom framed photo from Framebridge
Frambridge
Get their favorite photo professionally framed. Custom framing starts at $39 with Framebridge.
3
A way for them to always find their lost keys or phone.
Amazon
4
A citrus plant to brighten up their home.
Amazon
If your mom, dad or grandparents loves to cook, they'll adore having their own fresh citrus within reach. Via Citrus delivers citrus plants easily from farm to front door. It's a great way to add a tropical touch and fresh pop of color to your parents home. Find it for $60 on Amazon.Order by May 6 to ensure Mother's Day delivery.
5
An Ancestry DNA test kit so they can discover their roots.
Ancestry
Take some time to share stories about family members. Find it for $70 on Ancestry.com
6
An ULLO wine purifier
Amazon
Purifies any wine by removing sulfites and sediment to reduce headaches. Find it for $80 on Amazon.
7
This Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
Sephora
This is a restorative, extra-strength CBD-infused body lotion that'll help acnes and pains for everything from sore joints to a night out in heels. It's made of CBD that's grown exclusively from hemp grown in the U.S., and dispenses 2 milligrams of CBD per pump in measured doses. Get it at Sephora for $60.
8
A Keurig K-Cafe
Amazon
Serve up drip coffee, lattes, cappuccino, and espresso with one machine. Perfect for parents who love having a coffee first thing in the morning. Find it for $180 on Amazon.
9
A heated mattress pad
Amazon
Perfect for parents who are always feeling cold. Find it for $49 on Amazon.
10
Wine delivered right to their doorstep.
Winc
It will be their favorite monthly delivery, sign them up for a Winc subscription here.
11
An Echo Spot
Amazon
An Echo Spot is like having your own personal assistant to make video calls, play music, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices and more. Perfect for the parent who wants more face time with you and needs reminders about doctor appointments. Get it on Amazon for $130.
12
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. Find it for $150 on Amazon.
13
A tasteful glasses holder.
Uncommon Goods
This glasses holding figure is great for when their glasses aren't at the top of their head. Find it for $18 on Uncommon Goods.
14
An online class so they can learn a new skill.
kali9 via Getty Images
Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibovitz. Sign them up for a Masterclass here.
15
A food scale so they can stay healthy
Amazon
This food scale is a great way to measure portions and maintain a healthy diet. Find it for $17 on Amazon.
16
This sunrise alarm clock that'll wake them up naturally.
Amazon
It has multiple nature sounds and light simulations. Find it for $22 on Amazon.
17
These cozy herbal warming slippers.
Uncommon Goods