2021 Unique Gifts for Grandma She’ll Never Expect

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Any time you give a gift, you want it to be special, something the recipient will appreciate – and this is especially true when it comes to your grandmother. On the one hand, grandmas are easy to buy for. They love you so much, they adore pretty much anything you give them, including shaky scribbles and sticky kisses. Plus, your grandma has done so much for you through the years, you really want to offer her something that reflects her kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness.

Here’s a bit of trivia that may surprise you, or it may not: research shows that at least one-quarter of all Americans wait until the last minute to buy presents. But since it’s important to get this one right, we’ve compiled a list of fabulous ideas of gifts for your grandma, covering a wide range of prices and interests. Whether the role is brand-new for her (huge congrats!) or the grandkids are all bigger than she is now, you’re sure to find just the perfect gift that will show that wonderful woman just how special she is to you.

For The One Who Is Perfect in Every Way

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To thank her for all the pearls of wisdom she’s dispensed to you over the years, genuine pearls make the best gifts for grandma. If your grandma is already sporting a gorgeous strand of crisp whites, opt for the unexpected and surprise her with a multicolor Freshwater pearl necklace. To complete the set, Freshwater pearl bracelets or classic stud earrings make gorgeous gifts for grandmothers who radiate grace and refinement.

Shop The Pearl Source Freshwater Multicolor Necklace

For the One Who Goes Gaga for Gourmet Goodies

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Providing food is one of the most primal roles of a grandmother, and your grandma has probably prepared more meals than she cares to contemplate. But even (or especially) if she’s an order-in kind of gal, mouth-watering goodie baskets make fabulous gifts. Indeed, food items are the kind of gifts for grandparents everyone can appreciate!

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For the Fashion Maven Grandma

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Other heart (and body) warming gifts include cashmere travel wraps. Lightweight, perfectly for year round use and available in a rainbow of colors, it’ll be like she’s wearing a hug from you even when you’re not around. This one in blush pink is what dreams are made of: soft, warm and super comfortable.

Shop Cashmere Travel Wrap

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What works best with gorgeous cashmere? Pearls! Bring a smile to grandma’s face by pairing your soft pashmina with a matching set of pearl earrings. Designed to match the highest standards, our collection of White South Sea Pearl Earrings brings you an elegant assortment of designs, fit for daily wear, as well as for special occasions.

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For the One Who Relishes Relaxation

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Even if she’s got more energy than all the grandkids combined, she probably looks forward to winding down now and again. Soothing aromatherapy lavender eye pillows make perfect gifts and they are as pretty as they are thoughtful. This handmade pick from Etsy is not only adorably chic, but perfectly fragranced.

Shop Earth Tribe Products Lavender Eye Pillow

Gifts for the Chocoholic

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Gourmet truffles make delicious uncommon goods grandmas who enjoy the finer things in life. There’s something for every taste out there. From decadent dark chocolate to smooth and creamy milk chocolate to heavenly white chocolate, not to mention every flavor in between including sea salt, caramel, coconut and champagne! With so many choices, you’ll find exactly the right gifts for grandma, uniquely suited to her taste buds.

Shop Pink Marc De Champagne Truffle Heart

For the Woman About Town

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Here’s one for the grandma who spends more time out and about than at home. Practical and stylish gifts for grandmothers-on-the-go include chain wallets. With a slim silhouette, they offer the perfect way for her to tote essentials like ID, credit cards and cash without weighing her down.

Shop Kate Spade Spencer Leather Chain Wallet

For the Nana That Has Years of Travel Under Her Belt

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For the grandma who has the wanderlust jitters year round, this next one is a winner. Continuing with the footloose and fancy-free theme, one of the really thoughtful uncommon goods for grandma is a personalized world map that shows all the places she and grandpa have visited over the years. This one also makes an excellent 50th anniversary gift!

Shop Personalized Anniversary Pushpin World Map

Gifts That Inspire Her to Get Crafty

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Like baking cookies, knitting may sound like a clichéd grandma hobby, but that doesn’t mean yours doesn’t love it unapologetically. Let her know you appreciate all the handmade hats and scarves she’s made over the years with a travel knitting bag. It’s one of those useful yet snazzy gifts that will definitely delight the avid knitter.

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Gifts For the One Who Appreciates Aromatherapy

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There’s something about grandmas and their love for fragrance. After all, their homes seem to always smell just right, whether it’s the smell of lavender of freshly baked cookies. More gifts that smell as beautiful as they look include floral bouquet diffusers. And you can find absolutely any scent to fill the diffuser, from English country garden to fresh-baked cookies!

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For the Pro Snuggler

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Some grandmothers are champion knitters, but even if yours isn’t, most grandmas have raised snuggling to an art form, which makes these embellished throws perfect gifts for grandma. Both she and the grandkids will love the designs, fun fringe, tufts, and other details. Recommended for hip grandmas who appreciate a good eclectic Anthropologie find just as much as you do.

Shop All Roads Yucca Throw Blanket

The Best Gifts That Help Her Get Cozy

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Thoughtful and practical, organic fair-trade cotton sheet sets and duvet covers can be the best gifts. This cotton bedding is made without harsh chemicals and the workers are paid a fair wage. These also make excellent gifts for grandparents.

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For the One Who Nurtures Nature

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Got a grandma who enjoys gardening but no longer has the space or inclination to get down and dirty? Indoor gardens make excellent gifts for grandparents who appreciate fresh herbs and veggies in a convenient countertop container. Even better, they come with their own built-in light, meaning they don’t need to be situated near a window. You can stash them just about anywhere.

Shop AeroGarden Harvest Elite Indoor Hydroponic Garden

For the Ultimate Golden Gal

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Does your grandma have a killer record collection? One of the super-thoughtful gifts is an embossed portable turntable so she can enjoy all her vintage vinyl. This one makes the perfect gift for grandparents in general, and a superlative 50th anniversary gift. Bonus points for including a record they played at their wedding!

Shop Crosley UO Exclusive Debossed Medallion Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player

For the Glam Granny: Golden Pearl Stud Earrings

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Your chic grandma is probably already the owner of classic white pearl studs. And now’s the perfect time for an upgrade – namely, golden pearls. Shimmering in soft hues and enhanced with twinkling diamonds, these beauties make the perfect bling to accompany nana to brunch, family anniversaries, or cocktail parties. She’ll love their warm glow and subtle shine – and for a complete look, you can always opt for a pearl pendant in a matching tone to perfect her ensemble.

Shop Golden South Sea Pearl and Diamond Lexi Earrings

For the Cozy Granny: Furry Slippers

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Most nanas love to stay warm – and if your is anything like the rest, then she’ll love a pair of warm, fuzzy slippers that do just that. Make sure your grandma is cozy and comfy at all times with this furry pair from Sam Edelman. They come in a great range of colors and they’ve got a subtle sporty vibe and a comfortable round toe, perfect for any type of activities around the house.

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Shop Women’s Jeane Fluffy Crisscross Slippers

A Personalized Touch for Grandma’s Kitchen

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Grandma’s kitchen is the place where all the magic happens. From her famous casserole to her meatloaf and apple pies, the magic is ongoing. Keep the spark alive and preserve the secrets of grandma’s famous recipes with a personalized gift that scores high in terms of uniqueness. Our pick: this wood custom board that serves a double, if not triple function – chic kitchen décor and cheese platter / cutting board. The next family gathering is about to get that special extra touch with this unique gift that is both practical and thoughtful, with a very personal touch in the mix.

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An At-Home Spa Experience

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Making sure nana is comfortable and healthy is one of the best ways to go hunting for gift ideas. And the good news is, there are lots of products that aim to achieve just that. Meet the RENPHO massager, aka one of the best-selling foot massager around, equipped with a heating system. Grandma will also enjoy the machine’s rotation ball and rolling stick that provide a deep kneading massage that soothes pain and relaxes at the same time.

Shop RENPHO Shiatsu Foot Massager

Get Shopping!

And there you have it! From the cool grandma to the foodie and from the adventure seeker to the nana who prefers to stay cozy at home, we’ve got you covered. Make sure to read our suggestions and find everything from uncommon goods to the kind of gifts your beloved nana would never expect (but secretly wishes she owned!). Browse, search, read, shop and give grandma the present of a lifetime – unique, personalized, chic or functional – or, better yet, all of the above. What are you gifting your grandma for her next birthday, anniversary or Christmas? Make sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Whether you’re shopping for your parents’ anniversary or for grandma’s birthday, you simply can’t go wrong with pearls. And if you are on the lookout for the most lustrous pearls available, make sure to opt for Hanadama Pearls. These ultra-shiny gems of the sea are premium Akoya Pearls, providing endless luster from every angle.

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