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Chances are you probably haven’t seen some of your loved ones in awhile in our age of social distancing. But you might be looking forward to having more time to catch up (even if it’s just virtually) as the gift-giving season rolls in.
One thing is for sure, you should get them something that they’ll actually use and love. You don’t want to overspend on a gift that will just sit somewhere on a shelf.
It’s easy to overthink gifts for older parents ― like some gadgets seem too complicated and fragrances feel a bit cliché ― but you don’t have to. Instead, your best bet is to give them gifts and experiences they won’t normally get for themselves, or things 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 for this holiday season, including a key finder when they forget and wine purifier for when they need a glass (or two). We couldn’t leave out ones that are particular to these strange times, of course — like a wireless charger and sanitizer for their phones and face mask rack so they stay organized before going out.
Take a look at our 17 favorite gifts for grandparents and older parents below:
An Ancestry DNA test kit so they can discover their roots
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.
Your parents might have been trying out new hobbies to entertain themselves recently. Now, they can learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibovitz. Sign them up for a Masterclass here.
A top-rated Keurig K-Cafe for their morning cup of coffee
For when mom and dad are enjoying their morning or evening coffee together, this temperature-controlled mug will come in handy. Plus, they can control the temperature through an app, too. Find it at Amazon.
Did they get into gardening during these months? They'll adore having their own fresh citrus within reach. Plus, it's a great way to add a tropical touch and fresh pop of color to your parents' home. Find this plant at Home Depot.