10 Holiday Gifts Under $20 for Grandparents
Whether they're weekend babysitters, world travelers enjoying retirement, or holiday reunion chefs, grandparents will enjoy one of these useful, budget-friendly gifts. Surprise them with something to add cheer to their home, grow their hobbies or interests, or make everyday life more pleasant for less than $20.
There's no need for an eyeglass hunt with a quirky, stylish eyeglass holder for a living room side table or bedroom dresser. Handcrafted in India, this design sold by Cost Plus World Market ($6) is inspired by the stone statues of Easter Island. At the time of writing, this eyeglass holder was in and out of stock, but don't worry. In a pinch there are variations available, such as a rosewood display stand also handcrafted in India ($11 on Amazon).
The smell of garlic, onions, and pungent herbs and spices can stay on the hands long after a meal is consumed. Grandparents who enjoy adventurous cooking and don't shy away from aromatic foods will appreciate this inexpensive remedy ($8 on Amazon). It rubs away the odor from hands so the cook can enjoy a meal, and whatever comes after, without lingering scents.
Help grandparents make a statement at the dinner table with a themed shaker set. Magnets keep salt and pepper together in the form of smooching snowpeople ($8). A grandma with a sense of humor who can't resist a casino will laugh at the "slot machine queen" set from Pacific Giftware's Attractives collection ($10). Both are made of ceramic and earn mostly 5 stars in customer reviews on Amazon.
Help grandparents stay limber and active by gifting the practice of yoga. The "Yoga for Grandparents" DVD ($10 at Target) features a 40-minute routine designed to help improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and even mental clarity in older practitioners. Pair this DVD with a new water bottle (or a yoga mat if it's within budget) and make time to practice together.
Cutting, dicing, and slicing are hard for some, even if hands are limber and knives sharp. These unusual five-bladed scissors ($10 on Amazon) make it easy to chop fresh herbs. More than 700 customers give the scissors an average of 4.2 stars in reviews. The tool is dishwasher safe, and a silicone handle provides a comfortable grip.
For a memorable gift that will return every year, try Personalized Ornaments For You ($9 to $18). Family members' names are painted on ornaments featuring as many as 11 grandchildren. Each includes a red satin ribbon for hanging on the tree, and perhaps a fireplace or wall after the holidays are over.
This is a practical gift for seniors whose worsening eyesight has made reading a chore. The lighted 3X stand magnifier from Miles Kimball ($13) can be used three ways: hanging around the neck, standing on four folding legs, or lying flat atop reading material. Four LED lights help relieve eye strain.
Grandparents can say goodbye to the days of smudged cookbook covers and awkwardly flipping pages in the kitchen. This portable stand from U.S. Art Supply ($13) holds a cookbook -- or tablet -- for display (it can also serve as an easel for painting). It adjusts to four positions and folds flat for storage.
This shirt designed by ThisWear ($20 on Amazon up to size extra-large) suits the grandpa who likes to help, whether it's bandaging a grandkid's boo-boo or repairing faulty furniture. The T-shirt is made of 100 percent cotton, and nearly all customers report that it fits as expected. It's double-sewn at the collar and sleeves for durability and comes in nine colors.