The Best Travel-inspired Gifts for Grandparents
Year after year, our grandparents have spoiled us with thoughtful presents, cash-filled cards, and home cooked meals (you know you love that pot pie). Could there be anyone more deserving of a sweet — and useful — present than Grandpa or Grandma?
Even if your grandparents aren’t hitting the road, airport, or train station as much as the good old days, we can still inspire them to remember their time spent traveling the world. And if they are still planning those vacations, then, well, we’ve definitely got you covered right here.
This year, Travel + Leisure is offering its most comprehensive gift guide ever. The goal? To make sure you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list (yes, even your mother-in-law). Below, our picks for the discerning grandparent. Though if we're being honest, you don't have to be a senior to appreciate these timeless, classic gifts.
Mighty Bright Lighted Wallet Magnifier
One gift that has consistently pleased T+L editors' grandparents is this handy, mini magnifier. It's small enough to keep in a wallet, and features a built-in LED light, making it easy for anyone to read—be it a restaurant menu or city guide book—on the go.
To buy: amazon.com, $9
Natori Plush Velour Robe
It doesn’t get much better than wrapping up in a lush, ultra-soft robe. Your grandmother will feel luxurious and totally indulgent when she slips on this cozy velour number.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $130
Haffke Silvertone Bronze Picture Frame
Your grandparents will always, always appreciate a framed family photo. Select your favorite one — maybe from the last time you all went on vacation together — and pop it into this timeless frame so the memory can live on from their mantle.
To buy: barneys.com, $75
Custom Lake Art Cribbage Board
Two things that many grandmas and grandpas love: cribbage and a relaxing lake vacation. Here, the two are wedded together with these creative and crafty custom-made, artistic cribbage boards from Uncommon Goods.
To buy: uncommongoods.com, $59
Book of the Month Club
For the grandparent who loves to read, gift them a subscription to the Book of the Month club, which delivers a new text (of the subscriber’s choice) each month. You can choose from a three, six, or 12-month membership.
To buy: bookofthemonth.com, from $45
Le Creuset Classic Tea Kettle
Replace your grandparent's rusty teakettle with this elegant variation by the iconic French cookware brand, Le Creuset. To complete the gift, toss in a few boxes of their favorite tea.
To buy: williams-sonoma.com, $100
Cuyana Classic Alpaca Cape
Whether your grandmother loves to travel, knit, or hit the town, this baby alpaca cape is soft, warm, and perfect for just about any occasion. It's also incredibly on-trend. For once, you may find yourself raiding Grandma's closet.
To buy: cuyana.com, $195
Derek Rose Cotton Terry Bathrobe
When it comes to gift giving, I personally swear by lounge wear. Nobody wants to splurge on a nice pair of pajamas—or even undergarments—so a plush bathrobe (like this one, by Derek Rose) will make Grandpa feel totally pampered. This take on the bathrobe is stylish (yet classic), moisture absorbing, and super comfortable.
To buy: mrporter.com, $220
Rockport Cayleb Penny Loafers
Keep Grandpa stepping with support and style in these slip-on leather loafers with moccasin stitching.
To buy: zappos.com, $120
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Diffuser
Subtly fruity with hints of pink pepper and spicy woods, this diffuser from Jo Malone looks just as elegant as it smells.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $95
Michael Aram Dogwood Centerpiece Bowl
If Grandma and Grandpa love to entertain—or often find themselves hosting Sunday family dinners—consider buying them this stunning fruit bowl, which is guaranteed to make a statement on any table.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com.com, $325
Gray Legendary Cross Stitch Mugs, Set of 2
You can never have too many mugs. If your grandparents love to enjoy a morning cuppa or a spot of tea in the evening, these beautiful mugs features a cross-stitched, Nordic design that will fit right into their cupboard.
To buy: worldmarket.com, $16
Originally published in France in 1958, photographer Robert Frank’s The Americans documented everyday life in 20th-century America—and redefined our country’s icons. With an introduction by Jack Kerouac, this hardcover edition includes 83 of Frank’s original photos. His snapshots captured the lives of the impoverished, the upper class, and everyone (and everything) in between.
To buy: amazon.com, $33
Kat Burki Complete B-Bio Correcting Face Crème
We learned some of our best makeup and skincare tricks from our grandmothers, so why not return the favor by introducing her to Kat Burki’s ‘fountain of youth’ in a bottle? From her Complete B line hails the most exalted of all anti-aging moisturizers. It's all-natural (like the rest of her products) and prevents, reverses, and repairs skin damage with powerful detoxing and nutrient-rich ingredients.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $390
Dempsey & Carroll Hendrick’s Gin Correspondence Cards
We’re suckers for an elegant set of stationery and hand-written notes here at T+L. Based on our experiences, most grandparents are, too. This whimsical set is embellished with classic Hendrick’s designs (penny farthings and bird cages) and can be personalized.
To buy: dempseyandcarroll.com, $65 for a set of 10 cards and envelopes
Cozy meets chic with this simple, elegant pullover poncho that is just as versatile as it is comfortable. Grandma can slip it over a sweater on her way to dinner and then wear it when she cozies up to the fire with a good book.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $110
Dr. Scholls Tatum Slippers in Grey
Give your grandpa—or grandma—a comfortable pair of slippers, like this pair from Dr. Scholls, with cushioned insoles for extra support. Be sure to buy an extra pair for yourself, too.
To buy: drschollsshoes.com, $20
Coach Iconic Leather Gloves
Grandma’s going to need a fancy new pair of gloves, too. Our favorite is definitely Coach’s timeless leather style, which comes in three shades of nappa leather and is lined with soft merino wool.
To buy: coach.com, $125
Silk Hermes Tie
You can count on putting a smile on grandpa’s face when you pull out that little orange box. With dozens of creative, colorful, and classic styles and designs to choose from, this is the crème de la crème of accessories. After all, pops should only have the best of the best.
To buy: hermes.com, $180
Chapon Fourreau Winter White Assorted Chocolate Box
You know, it’s quite true that there is no better expression of love than — you guessed it — chocolate. This delicately arranged assortment of delectable Chapon chocolates is beautifully decorated and made in France, so this is the real deal. It just might inspired their next trip to the City of Lights.
To buy: barneys.com, $72
Glazed Leather Pencil Cup
While it may seem simple, this stylish, glazed leather pencil cup is a timeless piece that is also totally utilitarian. Plus, you can stuff it with some extra little goodies before wrapping it up for gramps.
To buy: barneys.com, $78
Martha Stewart’s Vegetables
I don’t know about your Grandmother, but mine is what I’d call a “wannabe Martha.” Everyone’s favorite homemaker-turned-businesswoman recently released a new cookbook focused entirely on vegetables. In addition to 150 recipes, there are tips on how to select, store, prepare, and cook your favorite produce.
To buy: amazon.com, $20
Sephora Mini Blast Travel Ionic Blow Dryer
Tom Ford Men’s Exfoliating Energy Scrub
Tom Ford’s new exfoliating scrub for men will be a major upgrade to Grandpa's grooming routine.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $49