Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Shopping: Grandparents

If I've learned anything in the past few years, it is that by and large, grandparents don't want "stuff." I think the best gifts for the older folks are experiences, but if you must buy a physical gift, go either a) sentimental or b) useful items that either improve their lives or won't take up much room.

Buy them tickets to see a show at the nearest major could even get them a gift card for Broadway shows! Other great "experiences": movie gift cards, restaurant gift cards, sporting events, dinner cruises or Netflix subscriptions.

Get them some of the gadgets that have made life a little easier in the years that have passed since they last bought similar products. Kitchen gadgets have made great gains; how about a handy Julienne slicer, like this one, from Williams-Sonoma?

Gardeners might enjoy garden labels, like this ceramic set from Terrain.

The whole family can make an appearance in this tidy little desk calendar from Pinhole Press.

And if you think they're ready to make the leap, I think grandparents are prime candidates for e-Readers. They can adjust the font, read as many books as they want and not have any more clutter. Pretty ideal. The Kindle 3G is $149 here.

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