If your grandfather is celebrating Father’s Day, a birthday, or any other special event, you might find yourself frantically searching for the best gifts. The type of presents that grandparents love the most are the ones that come from the heart and align with grandpa’s desire to make new memories with loved ones.
Capture has preserved memories for over 20 years and during that time we’ve learned a thing or two about sentimental gifts for grandpa. That’s why we put together this great gift guide to ensure you buy a thoughtful gift that creates unforgettable memories.
Keep reading and be inspired by tons of great ideas including personalized gifts like photo albums and memory jars, experiences like day trips and sports events, nostalgic ideas, adventures, keepsakes, and tons of other unique gifts for grandpa.
- Personalized Gifts for Grandpa
- Experience-Oriented Gifts
- Nostalgic and Sentimental Gifts
- Adventure and Exploration Gifts
- Creative Projects and Keepsakes
Personalized Gifts for Grandpa
1. Personalized photo album or custom photo book capturing cherished memories.
Creating a personalized photo album complete with all your most cherished memories and grandpa’s favorite pictures of family members can be a great present. Plus, it allows you and your grandpa to reminisce over special moments.
2. Digital photo frame pre-loaded with family pictures.
You can get a digital picture frame that shows high-quality digital copies of hundreds or even thousands of pictures of your gramps, loved ones, grandma, and the rest of the family. If he only has physical photos, you can use a company like Capture to digitize them, which is a great present too because it preserves the memories forever.
3. Customized calendar featuring family photos and important dates.
If you want meaningful DIY gifts for grandpa, then you can make a calendar and fill in all the best family photos, family traditions, birthday parties, and other important dates. You can also have one made for you using certain online services or get tons of supplies at Walmart to make the project 100% your own.
4. Family tree frame or wall art celebrating the family lineage.
A family tree frame or wall art can decorate your grandpa’s home and give him a way to see his legacy every day. It can include engravings or photos of family members all connected to your grandpa. You can even go further and include his ancestors going back as far as you can.
5. Personalized "memory jar" to store memorable moments.
A memory jar is a jar where you can place your favorite memories and continue adding memories as you make new ones. It’s one of the most personal art and craft gifts for grandpa. You can get it started and then allow your grandpa to keep adding to it with every family gathering or memory you make. You can even use a whiskey glass, shoebox, or any other container that might be special to your loved one.
6. Planned day trip or outing to a place he enjoys.
A day trip is one of the best Father’s Day gift ideas, but it is also one of the best grandpa gifts because it allows him to spend time with kids and grandkids, do something memorable, and create new memories. You can take him to a place that suits his interests whether that’s a lake or beach, an ice cream parlor, an elegant restaurant, a theme park, or the mall to go pick out his own practical gifts like foot massagers, gadgets, golf balls, or stainless-steel handyman tools.
7. Tickets to a concert, theater performance, or sports event.
A concert, play, musical, or sporting event can be memorable, fun, and exciting and is one of the best music or sport-themed gifts for grandpa. Whether your grandfather prefers watching baseball, seeing musical theater, or seeing his favorite band live, he is sure to remember the event for the rest of his life.
8. Family picnic or barbecue set for outdoor gatherings.
There’s something special about gathering around the BBQ grill or fire pit, which is why a family picnic, cookout, or BBQ set is one of the best outdoor gifts for grandpa. You can prepare the whole day with activities and even buy the gear to make a very special day.
9. Cooking or baking class to enjoy together.
If your grandfather loves to cook, then a cooking or baking class can be a wonderful and fun experience. You’ll get to learn how to cook together, which is great for bonding and shared experiences. Then, you get to eat the food and goodies at the end! Or, if your grandpa is a green thumb, you can choose a gardening class instead.
10. Subscription to a meal kit service for cooking and trying new recipes as a family.
One way to ensure your birthday gift keeps giving is to give a yearlong subscription to a meal kit service. This allows your grandfather (and grandmother!) to cook new meals, try new recipes, and avoid going to the grocery store too often.
Nostalgic and Sentimental Gifts
11. Scrapbooking kit to create and preserve family memories.
A scrapbook can be the perfect gift that combines your own thoughtful love and care with the memories that your grandpa adores so much. You can find scrapbooking kits and other hobby-related gifts for grandpa on Etsy and Amazon or at your local arts and crafts store.
12. Personalized puzzle featuring a memorable family photo.
Did you know you can have memorable family photo prints on tons of uncommon goods including t-shirts, keychains, tumblers, and even a puzzle? Having a puzzle with a great photo allows you to bond while building a new memory that contains a photo of an older one.
13. Family portrait session with a professional photographer.
For many families, years can go by without a professional family photo, which makes it one of the most stylish gifts for grandpa. Plus, it gets the whole family together, which may not happen as much as you and your grandad wish.
14. Handwritten letter expressing gratitude and love.
Have you ever wondered, “I wish I could express what I love about Grandpa?” Now is as good a time as any to write a beautiful expression of your love. You can tell your grandpa how much he has influenced your life story and since it is a free gift you can combine it with some of the physical, tech, and last-minute presents you’re more likely to find on a gift guide from The New York Times.
15. Digital voice recorder for capturing and preserving family stories.
A digital voice recorder allows your grandfather to hear your voice anytime he wants. This can be a wonderfully personal and customized gift. You can say something thoughtful and meaningful or include a second message that incorporates moments or funny gifts for grandpa like a favorite joke or laughable experience.
Adventure and Exploration Gifts
16. Vacation or weekend getaway for the whole family.
Getting away for an entire weekend with the family creates a priceless new memory, provides tons of bonding time, and allows your grandpa to escape his normal daily life for a few days. You can take him on a vacation he’s always wanted to take whether that’s to The Big Apple, Grand Canyon, Chicago, Seattle, Mount Rushmore, or anywhere else.
17. Membership or season pass to a local attraction or museum.
One of the best educational gifts for Grandpa is a season pass to his favorite art or history museum. You can also give him a membership to an aquarium, zoo, theme park, Shiatsu massage spa, sports team, or other attractions that he loves to do with his best friends and family.
18. Family-themed scavenger hunt or treasure hunt game.
A family-themed scavenger hunt is a great way to reminisce over memories and have tons of fun doing so. You can look for old memories, traditions, gifts, and anything else with the whole family. You can also add in other games like Charades, hide and seek, basketball, family trivia, and more.
19. Guided nature hike or outdoor adventure experience.
A guided nature hike or outdoor adventure whether that’s camping, rafting, fishing, or hiking is one of the best outdoor and gardening gifts for grandpa that involves shared experiences. If your grandpa is a golfer, then you can consider that as well!
20. Surprise family gathering or reunion to bring everyone together.
If you’re like most families, you don’t gather or have reunions as often as you should, but for Grandpa getting the whole family together may be his one wish. Plus, you and your loved ones can still buy other best-selling outdoor, books, and tech gifts for Grandpa!
Creative Projects and Keepsakes
21. DIY project or craft kit to work on together.
DIY arts, crafts, and home decor gifts for grandpa that you can do together can be a lot of fun. It gives you a purpose and a reason to see your granddad more often while also creating a keepsake that can be cherished and passed down for future generations.
22. Family recipe book compiling everyone's favorite dishes and stories.
While there are tons of food and drink gifts for grandpa, one of the most meaningful is to compile all the family recipes together. Try to include stories revolving around each recipe, where it came from, and photos related to the food.
23. Family journal or memory book to document and reflect on special occasions.
Memory books for grandpa and grandma can be a great way to document their legacy while also showing them how much you love and care for them. You can include journal entries that your granddad can fill in as well as your own memories and special moments.
25. Heartfelt video montage or slideshow featuring family moments and messages.
Creating a montage of all the special events, new dads, family gatherings, weddings, and more can be a great way to preserve your grandpa’s home movies as a special keepsake. If you still have home movies on film or videotape, Capture can digitize them into a USB, DVD, or digital download for you.
If you don’t want to get the same generic tech, educational, or music-related gifts for Grandpa, then you need to find something more thoughtful and personal. We hope that these 25 gift ideas provide inspiration to get your grandparent the most memorable gift possible that he’ll treasure for the rest of his life.
If you or your grandpa have home movies and photos lying around in analog format, then it’s a good idea to preserve them forever as high-quality digital copies. Plus, it makes a great gift that your grandpa can pass down to future generations! You can even give your grandpa the gift of preserving memories themselves with our digitizing gift ideas. Click here to learn about Capture’s digitization service.