Mother’s Day, which this year falls on 14 March, is fast approaching, and while you may have a gift or token of appreciation prepared for mum, getting something to celebrate grandma can prove trickier.
Typically grandparents are less mobile, so finding the perfect present can feel like a daunting task.
On top of that, this year you may not be seeing your grandparent, so you’ll need to get a gift that can be easily posted.
It’s also worth considering the size and weight of your present before you buy, as poor eyesight or lack of mobility could make certain gifts difficult for your gran to enjoy.
But that doesn’t mean you’re short of options – we’ve scoured high and low for the gifts that are sure to bring a smile to their face, from fashion to foliage.
From a treat they would never buy for themselves, to everyday essentials, find some inspiration in our gifting guide for grannies.
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Betty’s yorkshire fat rascal gift selection: £18.50, Bettys.co.uk
While you can’t take your gran to visit Betty’s famous tea shops in Yorkshire, you can bring Betty’s to them with this gift box. Full of tasty treats for an afternoon tea, in it you’ll find fruit cake, chocolate and regular shortbread, strawberry jam and 80 tea bags.
Arriving in decorative gift boxes and cased in pretty packaging, it’s a delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat mid-afternoon, and it’s the next best thing to being in Betty’s.
Bloom & Wild three months of flowers subscription: £65, Bloomandwild.com
For a gift that keeps on giving and won’t require you to be there in person, a three-month letterbox flower subscription to Bloom & Wild is one way to brighten up someone’s home. Arriving every 28 days, you can pick the day that best suits your recipient and each bunch will be full of the best seasonal blooms.
The florist earned a top spot in our guide to the best letterbox flowers, with our reviewer being very impressed with the packaging and how their flowers bloomed. “Our flowers arrived looking remarkably healthy in a vintage-esque brown box, with the most delicate buds wrapped in soft netting,” they said, adding, “ours smelled amazing throughout the two weeks it bloomed for, with the peonies blossoming after a couple of days in the vase”.
Kauka pink glass vase: £29.50, Oliverbonas.com
If you’re buying flowers, a nice touch would be to give a vase too. This pink and orange design is a statement piece that will still look bold and bright long after the flowers have wilted.
It’s easy to wipe clean and fits plants up to a width of 16.5cm and a height of 22cm. You could also put dried flowers in it, for your giftee to enjoy all year round.
Sheepers sen pink slippers: £35, Sheepers.co.uk
With older people at a higher risk of getting Covid-19, many of our grandmas have been shielding and staying safe indoors throughout the pandemic.
Therefore slippers will make a great gift, not only to provide cloud-like comfort but as a present that will more than get its use. We loved this pair from our guide to the best women’s slippers to help you stay cosy. They’re made from 100 per cent natural sheepskin and our tester reported a sturdy sole for maximum comfort. “Size down for a more snug fit at the beginning, as they loosen and soften with wear,” they recommended.
Jo Malone London yellow hibiscus cologne: £52, Jomalone.co.uk
After spending most of 2020 stuck indoors with little need for perfume, celebrate the upcoming brighter days with a new fragrance.
This new limited-edition launch from Jo Malone London is like summer in a bottle, with a fragrant blend of hibiscus, rose and lime for a sweet, but not overpowering, scent. The bottle is pretty beautiful too.
Patch pippa peace lily: £20, Patchplants.com
A fresh new plant for your recipient to enjoy indoors is a no brainer. This peace lily from Patch doesn’t need much attention, managing in most light conditions, and requiring little watering – it is even bathroom-friendly. It loves humidity too, so give it a light misting every few days to keep it in tip-top condition.
The lush green leaves will add a burst of colour to any room. This £20 plant reaches 70-80cm in height, but it’s also available in a smaller or larger size, so you can adapt which one you gift according to what’s most manageable.
Le Labo hand soap basil: £18, Cultbeauty.co.uk
Seeing as strict hygiene practices are unlikely to change anytime soon, one way to improve the monotony of hand-washing is by making it a luxury treat. Known for its lavish fragrance collection, Le Labo’s ancillary products provide a dreamy touch to any bathroom shelf.
This soap is rich in sea buckthorn, rosemary leaf and sugar cane, giving it a creamy texture and light lather.
John Lewis & Partners sissinghurst border cushion: £35, Johnlewis.com
A plush cushion will come in handy to make watching TV, reading or relaxing after a walk more comfortable. Decorated with hollyhocks, marguerites and more, this rectangular shape is one way to bring spring blooms into your grandmother’s home.
Bright and colourful, it’s a pretty addition to a bedroom, lounge or your nan’s favourite armchair.
For more on Mother’s Day, read how to get Morrisons £20 afternoon tea box delivered in time here