Senior Spotlight: Best Grandparent Gifts


It’s the most wonderful time of the year… unless you are shopping for a grandparent who says ‘don’t get me anything!’. We all know that it’s the thought that counts, so we decided to compile some gift ideas that are thoughtful, fun and span all budgets!

Top 5 Grandparent Gifts

#1: Get The App For That

So maybe in the last few years you tried to make grandma high-tech. You bought her a tablet or MP3 player, and then got discouraged when it sat in a box for 12 months! Try loading her favorite device with the stuff she wants and needs – the AARP app, download their favorite virtual card game, upload their favorite songs. You’ll not only get to spend some quality time together in the present, but make sure they get the best use of their current technology in the future!

#2: Enlist Senior Move Manager Services

If you have a parent who is downsizing or just trying to de-clutter, then you know it is a treacherous task! Consider gifting them the services of a senior move manager (choose one that belongs to NASMM) for a low-stress, highly-desirable way to accomplish the task they’ve been struggling with. Most offer complimentary consultations and custom packages, so their wish is your command! (We know a great move management team – ask us for an intro anytime!)

#3: Make It Handmade & Heartfelt

Remember when grandpa taught you how to make his famous bacon-wrapped cheese dogs?! Show up with a hot platter on his doorstep! Or did Great Aunt Angie teach you to knit… surprise her with a scarf! These gifts have double meaning because they come from the heart, and that is priceless.

#4: The Gift of Your Time

You cannot take back yesterdays, but you can enjoy more tomorrows. Set up a standing appointment for a third Friday of the month lunch at dad’s favorite BBQ place, or a last Tuesday of the month movie night! Print a simple certificate online or address 12 separate invitations for each month of the year.

#5: Multi-Generational Photos

How lucky are we to live in an era where life spans are longer than ever? If you can get four generations in one photo – why not?! Schedule a family photo session and mix up the poses ! Consider a lifestyle shoot of making a favorite family recipe or simply walking in the park. Capture this time in your life, you won’t get it back! (It’s a great thing to do while all family members are in town for the holidays, and while many photographers may offer year end-discounts to drum up business!)

If you have a favorite gift idea for a senior or grandparent in your life, I’d love to hear it! Email me at!



Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
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p. 650.346.5352

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