17 Gifts For Older Parents That They'll Actually Use

From a heated mattress pad to a wireless phone charger and sanitizer, these are gifts for your folks that they'll use all the time.

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Even if they're far away, your folks will think of you whenever they use these gifts.
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Even if they're far away, your folks will think of you whenever they use these gifts.

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.

Of course, you could have a couple of ideas of what to get the adventurer who misses traveling and going on trips or the tired feminist who needs some self-care right about now. Remember to bookmark all those shipping deadlines ahead of time, too.

As for the mom who’s always cold, hard-to-shop-for dad or older grandparents that are on their own, you still might be wondering what to get them.

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
To find out a little more family history, you might get them a DNA test kit. They can take their time to share memories and stories. Find it on Ancestry.com.
This CBD body lotion for stressed out skin
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.
An online class so they can learn a new skill
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
Serve up drip coffee, lattes, cappuccino, and espresso with one machine. Perfect for parents who need their coffee fix first thing in the morning. Get it on Amazon.
A heated mattress pad for sleeping in
If Mom and Dad haven't been getting the shuteye they need, look no further than this heated mattress pad. It's perfect for those always complaining about being cold. Find it on Amazon.
A face mask rack so they always have one before heading out
In this weird year, face masks have become must-haves. To make sure that they don't forget one when stepping outside, this rack will keep them all organized. Find it at Uncommon Goods.
A temperature-controlled mug to keep things warm
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.
These cozy herbal warming slippers
Keep their toes toasty. These soothing slippers will help anyone unwind. They just have to heat them up in the microwave. Find the slippers at Uncommon Goods.
This sunrise alarm clock that'll wake them up naturally.
It has multiple nature sounds and light simulations. Find it on Amazon.
Wine delivered right to their doorstep
Of course, it will be their favorite monthly delivery. Sign them up for a Winc subscription here.
A custom framed photo to keep loved ones nearby
Get their favorite photo professionally framed. Custom framing starts at $39 with Framebridge.
A wine purifier for their wild wine and cheese nights
Purifies any red or white wine to keep the flavors and aromas you want in the glass. Find it at Amazon.
A wireless charger and cleaner in one
To keep their phones as clean as can be, this little machine can sanitize the germs on their screens. Plus, it acts as a charger, too, so they can power on. Find it at Nordstrom.
A lemon citrus plant to brighten up their home
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.
A tasteful glasses holder
For those who are always asking, "Where are my glasses?" This glasses holding figure is great for when their glasses aren't at the top of their head. Find the holder on Uncommon Goods.
A food scale for all the dining in they've been doing
Your folks might have been taking out less takeout these past few months. This food scale is a great way to measure portions and maintain a healthy diet. Find it on Amazon.
A way for them to always find their lost keys or phone
They'll never waste time looking for their keys again. Find it on Amazon.
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