17 Gifts For Older Parents That They'll Actually Use

Don't overthink it.

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Wondering what to gift your mom who’s always cold, your hard-to-shop-for dad, or your older grandparents? The holidays are around the corner, so consider this your friendly warning. Instead of worrying about overspending on something that they don’t want, give them something that they’ll actually love.

It’s easy to overthink gifts for older parents ― like some gadgets seem too complicated and fragrances feel a bit cliché ― but you don’t have to. Instead, your best bet is to give them gifts and experiences they won’t normally get for themselves, or things that will make their lives easier.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you by pulling together a list of useful gifts for older parents for this holiday season, from key finders and glasses holders to ancestry DNA kits.

Take a look at our 17 favorite gifts for grandparents and older parents below:

An Apple Watch Series 5, so you can keep an eye on their health.
The new Apple Watch Series 5 features a new Noise app, which alerts you when things are getting a little too loud for your ear health, and is made with working out in mind. It's perfect for your mom or dad. Find it for $384 on Amazon.
An Ancestry DNA test kit so they can discover their roots.
Take some time to share stories about family members. Find it on Ancestry.com.
This sunrise alarm clock that'll wake them up naturally.
It has multiple nature sounds and light simulations. Find it on Amazon.
The latest Echo.
The latest Echo has brand new speakers so your parents or grandparents can hear their favorite songs. But the device keeps some of the favorite features of previous generations of the Echo, like voice control their smart home. Get it at Amazon.
A custom framed photo from Framebridge
Get their favorite photo professionally framed. Custom framing starts at $39 with Framebridge.
An ULLO wine purifier
Purifies any wine by removing sulfites and sediment to reduce headaches. Find it at Amazon.
A food scale so they can stay healthy.
This food scale is a great way to measure portions and maintain a healthy diet. Find it on Amazon.
A Keurig K-Cafe
Serve up drip coffee, lattes, cappuccino, and espresso with one machine. Perfect for parents who need their coffee fix first thing in the morning. Get it on Amazon.
A temperature-controlled mug.
For when mom and dad are enjoying their morning or evening coffee together, this temperature-controlled mug will come in handy. Plus, they can control the temperature through an app, too. Buy them both one at Amazon.
A heated mattress pad.
Perfect for the folks in your life who are always feeling cold. Find it on Amazon.
Wine delivered right to their doorstep.
It will be their favorite monthly delivery, sign them up for a Winc subscription here.
A tasteful glasses holder.
Uncommon Goods
This glasses holding figure is great for when their glasses aren't at the top of their head. Find the holder on Uncommon Goods.
An online class so they can learn a new skill.
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Learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or photography from Annie Leibovitz. Sign them up for a Masterclass here.
These cozy herbal warming slippers.
Uncommon Goods
These soothing slippers will help anyone unwind. Keep their toes toasty and find the slippers on Uncommon Goods.
A way for them to always find their lost keys or phone.
They'll never waste time looking for their keys again. Find it on Amazon.
This Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
This is a restorative, extra-strength CBD-infused body lotion that'll help acnes and pains for everything from sore joints to a night out in heels. It's made of CBD that's grown exclusively from hemp grown in the U.S., and dispenses 2 milligrams of CBD per pump in measured doses. Get it at Sephora.
A lemon citrus plant to brighten up their home.
Home Depot
If your mom, dad or grandparents loves to cook, they'll adore having their own fresh citrus within reach. It's a great way to add a tropical touch and fresh pop of color to your parents home. Find this plant at Home Depot.