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The Greatest Father's Day Gifts for Your Grandpa

Celebrate the patriarch of the family with original ideas—all of which honor the memories you've made together with his children and grandchildren.
By Alexandra Churchill
May 21, 2021
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Your grandfather is a living legend. After all, he taught you about your family lineage, tells the best stories, showed you how to build and mend everything but especially a home with heart, and shaped you into the person that you are today. Choosing a Father's Day gift for the man who has everything may seem like a tall order, but in actuality, he's easy to please: If he's a hobbyist of time-honored traditions, he'll love game boards and model airplanes. A movie night of family videos would make for a delightful surprise especially in the company of his children and grandchildren, and the activity will leave him ready to launch into a tale about the good old days. If he's a gardener, equip him with a set of solid-made tools to dig in the dirt outdoors or deliver a leafy new potted plant for him to nurture indoors. And if he's an unstoppable explorer, an engraved watch will always remind him when it's time to come home again.

Ahead, shop some of our favorite ideas for gifting your grandfather—they're guaranteed to put a smile on his face this Father's Day and be remembered for years to come.

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Robe and Slippers

Comfort is always appreciated by our grandparents. Outfit him in this Turkish cotton robe and matching slippers, and he'll be ready for that afternoon nap.

Shop Now: Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Robe, in Stone, $99, parachute.com; Parachute Classic Turkish Cotton Slippers, in Stone, $39, parachute.com.

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Smart Camera

After a year like 2020, he's become a pro at FaceTime. Upgrade his setup by gifting him this smart home device with a screen; that way, he can wave to the kids and say "hello" anytime he wants.

Shop Now: Google Nest Hub Max, $229, store.google.com.

Board Games

He's got a sharp mind and always up for a little friendly competition—after all, odds are he taught you to play the classics like backgammon and dominoes. These heirloom-quality sets come with playing instructions (in case you need to jog your memory).

Shop Now: Wolfum Handcrafted Wooden Backgammon and Domino Games, from $68, food52.com.

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Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles that are as much a joy to look at as they are to put together. This 500-piece one—with a golden view of the Joshua Tree High Desert in a handsome matte box—is one he'll want to frame after assembling.

Shop Now: Wonder Valley "High Desert View" Puzzle, $38, welcometowondervalley.com.

Cozy Socks

Bombas is already a sock company after his humanitarian heart (for every pair they sell, they donate another)—and this pair in particular will improve circulation as well as relieve swelling and discomfort.

Shop Now: Bombas Men's Compression Sock, $72 for three sets, bombas.com.

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Weighted Blanket

Who doesn't love bundling up in a blanket? It's the closest thing to a hug from his grandkids. This one is breathable, buttery soft, and knit from organic cotton.

Shop Now: Bearaby Cotton Napper, $249, bearaby.com.

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Record Player

He loves his vinyl collection, so let him play his favorite tunes on this record player from a bygone era—and share them with a whole new generation of listeners.

Shop Now: Victrola Empire Bluetooth Record Player, $179.99, crateandbarrel.com.

FOSSIL Forrester Chronograph Luggage Leather Strap Watch
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Timeless Watch

His style is certainly timeless, and so should his wristwear. This immaculate heirloom—a chronograph watch that can be used as a stopwatch combined with a display watch—is even better engraved in his name.

Shop Now: FOSSIL Forrester Chronograph Luggage Leather Strap Watch, $90.30, fossil.com

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Cuts for the Grill

Have quality meats delivered to his door: free-range organic chicken, pork raised crate-free, and wild-caught seafood. A pack of these ought to keep Grandpa satiated.

Shop Now: Butcher Box Subscription, from $129, butcherbox.com.

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Spices and Sauces

To top them off, opt for this set of seasonings hand-picked by Martha and her team of food editors. It comes with his favorites like bourbon barrel-aged BBQ sauce and new flavors. Plus, he earns a one-year subscription to Living—that's 10 magazine issues worth of recipes.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart BBQ Collection, $69.99, igourmet.com.

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A Toast

A drink of something special never goes amiss. Upgrade his go-to gin with this easy-to-use kit: It includes an infusion bottle with tasting straw, three flavor blends, step-by-step instructions, and cocktail recipes.

Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Gin Lover Cocktail Kit, $74.95, williams-sonoma.com

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Memorykeeping Album

For those fading snapshots and polaroids, a bound book keeps them preserved for him to admire and for generations to remember. 

Shop Now: Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book, $69, artifactuprising.com.

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Neck Warmer

As for that afternoon wind-down? This reversible neck wrap is filled with all-natural clay beads that can be heated in the microwave for wearable warmth or freezer for a soothing, cool sensation to ease tense shoulders.

Shop Now: Ostrichpillow Heated Neck Wrap, $45, ostrichpillow.com.

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Indoor Camping

His mountain-hiking days may be behind him, but you can bring a feel of the outdoors to him with this personal fireplace. When ignited, it emits a real warmth and is food-safe—meaning s'mores shared together.

Shop Now: FLÎKR Fire, $95, flikrfireplace.com.

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Go-Everywhere Tote

Or if he's just hit his stride, let him embark on his next adventure with this durable cooler. It keeps cold drinks ultra-cold in a leak-resistant sealed bag.

Shop Now: Yeti Hopper M30 Soft Cooler, $299.99, yeti.com.

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Houseplants

Gift him something green—a monstera, fiddle leaf fig, snake plant, or any assortment of succulents.

Shop Now: The Sill Plant Subscription, from $20, thesill.com.

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Gardening Tools

If he has a green thumb and grand ambitions, this set of a standard trowel, transplanting trowel, weeding fork, and daisy grubber is what he needs to wield in growing his master garden. English craftsmen have been making these since 1780.

Shop Now: Clarington Forge Hand Tool Gift Set, $98, shopterrain.com.

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Home Library

A voracious reader like Grandpa is always in need of books—this subscription delivers fresh reads to his door, on you.

Shop Now: Book of the Month Club Subscription, from $49.99, bookofthemonth.com.

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His Favorite Sport

One of the wonderful things about being a grandfather is that he's lived history—including the entire history of baseball. This compilation of New York Times articles—custom to his favorite Major League team through the years—retraces it all.

Shop Now: New York Times Store Baseball History Book, $80, store.nytimes.com.

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Smart Photo Frame

Keep him in the loop: This device lets you update his frame with photos snapped and shared in real time.

Shop Now: Pix-Star Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame, $199.99, amazon.com.

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Personalized Cases

And for all of his devices—tablet, phone, and Kindle included—this vegan leather case keeps them stored in style. Add his monogram in gold foil for a personal touch.

Shop Now: Mark and Graham Men's Tech Folio, from $74.99, markandgraham.com.

Fresh Retro Gallery Family Chart
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Family Chart

He always has a great story to share about aunts, uncles, great-grandparents, and cousins alike. Track his lineage—and yours—in a framed heirloom.

Shop Now: Fresh Retro Gallery Family Chart, $17.05, etsy.com.

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Model Airplane

What could be more memorable than a day spent with Grandpa? Building something like this model airplane is almost as enjoyable as watching it take flight.

Shop Now: "Tornado Updraft 12" Balsa Airplane Kit, $99, poweruptoys.com.

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Birding Set-Up

He's got a sharp eye for spotting those cardinals and whip-poor-wills—this stylish birdhouse brings them into better view. Each house is handmade in Sweden through a collaboration with ornithological experts.

Shop Now: MoMA Wildlife Garden Birdhouse and Feeder, $75, store.moma.org

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Movie Night

Now, here's an idea: Gather the family and Grandpa for an outdoor movie night starring—surprise!—your favorite home video reels. It might just become a new tradition.

Shop Now: Pottery Barn Outdoor Movie Screen, $299, potterybarn.com.