Holiday Gift Guide Day 5! For the toughest group…

Holiday Gift Guide for Grandparents

Welcome to Day 5 of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!  In my opinion, I’ve saved the hardest group to shop for for the last day of the guide.  This one is for your parents, grandparents, aunt, uncles, etc.  I always seem to run out of ideas, and I don’t want to resort to pictures of my kids or something crafty.  This crowd also generally seems to never give you any hints, so that makes it even tougher!  I pulled together some unique options for the older woman and man in your life for all kinds of budgets.  Hopefully this helps you out some, it definitely gave me some fresh ideas!

Let’s get started!


Handcream1. L’OCCITANE Hand Cream – 5.2 oz is $28 and 1 oz is $12

–These hand creams are super luxurious and moisturizing.  They are 20% shea butter, which really absorbs well into dry skin, and there are different scent options that are all amazing.  Plus the packaging is beautiful and fancy!

Robe2. Gilligan & O’Malley Cozy Robe – $15

–I just love this cozy robe from Target!  I think a gift that is cozy and warm is the best kind of gift.

WarmVanillaSugar3.  Warm Vanilla Sugar All That Glitter Duo Gift Set – $16

–Speaking of cozy and warm, Bath and Body Works’ Warm Vanilla Sugar is a scent that makes me feel exactly that!  It’s one of those scents that is so yummy and comforting.  Plus the packaging is gorgeous.  I love the glitter!

Birdpillow4. Bird Sanctuary Pillow – $18

–This gorgeous pillow from Kirkland’s is a great gift idea for the lady in your life that loves gardening or nature.  It’s a mix of traditional and modern and the colors are so beautiful.

Celestedinnerware5. Celeste Dinnerware – $8 – $10

–I wanted to include a gorgeous dinnerware set in this list and as soon as I saw this Celeste set from Pier 1, I knew it was perfect!  I love how clean and modern it is, and how the color palette is bright but still neutral.  There are lots of option for mixing and matching also!

Ok, here are some ideas for men!

hexcodewallet1. Hex Code Wallet – $50

–I love the idea of simplifying how you carry all of your belongings!  This wallet has a spot for a phone, but also cards and IDs.  Since most men don’t carry a purse, I love how this streamlines what they carry in their pockets.

peacoat2. Towne by London Wool Pea Coat – $80

–How gorgeous is this coat from Kohl’s??  It would look great on any guy, but it would look especially sharp on an older man!

Carvingset3. Oneida Stainless Steel Carving Set – $20

–There are lots of carving set options out there, but I can personally attest to the quality of this set!  This would be a great gift for your husband, dad or  grandfather, especially if it’s your family’s tradition that the men carve the turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Engraving the handles with their monograms would take it over the top!

golfballfinderglasses4. Golf Ball Finder Glasses – $10

–This are a great budget gift for the golf lover in your life!  These specially tinted blue lens sunglasses block all dark objects and brighten any light objects, so white golf balls glow brightly.  Who knew these existed??  They seem pretty handy!

tyfys5. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel – $15

–A book is always a good option for Christmas!  This particular book sounds amazing and just right for this group.  Here’s the description from Amazon:  In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16—but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done.

Well, that concludes the Holiday Gift Guide for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.  I hope this helped you and gave you some ideas!

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    Marie M.C. says:

    Thanks Kristan and Shelly! I’m a 70 year old woman and would love most of your suggestions. Here’s a suggestion of my own. A friend of mine recently received a new TV and a cable subscription from her children for her birthday. She was thrilled. Her TV was exactly like mine. 100 years old and 200 pounds. Like many seniors she’s on a strict budget and this is something that was too expensive for her.

    Many of us are trying to get rid of stuff, not add to it. A gift basket of fruit, homemade goodie, wine (hmmm) are always appreciated. My mother loved sherry and would never splurge on a decent one. I always bought a great sherry for her on festive occasions. And I made a Rum Cake she adored. (Google “Ree’s Christmas Rum Cake” recipe. It’s to die for. I was baking it in the 1960s. Back then it was called a Bacardi Rum Cake. p.s. I let mine soak in the rum sauce for 48 to 72 hours. I never serve it the same day.

    If your own budget is tight here’s another suggestion. Get out your cameras. Sit around the Christmas tree after dinner. Ask your ancient Aunt, Uncle, Grandpa or whoever to bring their own photo albums of when they were kids. Ask them what life was like “way back in the olden days”. (Before cable TV, Netflix, cell phones, computers, yada, yada, yada.) They will love it. Ask questions about relatives you never knew and what they were like. Ask the children to think beforehand of questions they may have. There are lists on the web of “what to ask”. You will be thankful to learn your family’s history and we LOVE sharing our lives with kids now and to come. You may think you already know a lot, but get it on film. Make SURE to get that favorite recipe — in writing! Do it NOW — whether or not it’s Christmas. You never know when it will be too late.

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    Marie M.C. says:

    I LOVE the idea of the David Finkel book. Iit’s on my “to read” list. Another suggestion for us “old farts” is an Amazon gift card. I’d LOVE one.

    I found a book on Amazon called “To our Children’s Children”. It’s by Bob Greene. Sounds perfect for the senior in your family. I’m so sorry. I’ve NO idea how to create links. Forgive me, I’m 70 years old and lots of this tech stuff is still beyond me. Grrrr.


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