25 Holiday Gifts Under $25 for Grandparents

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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, all for less than $25.

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CUSTOMIZED ORNAMENTS

Price: Starting at $5 | Buy it at Personalized Ornaments For You
Family members' names are painted on ornaments featuring as many as 11 grandchildren for a memorable gift that can used year after year. Each includes a red satin ribbon for hanging on the tree, and perhaps a fireplace or wall after the holidays are over.

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NOSE EYEGLASS HOLDER

Price: $6 | Buy it at Cost Plus World Market
There's no need for an eyeglass hunt with a quirky, stylish eyeglass holder on a living room side table or bedroom dresser. Handcrafted in India, this design was inspired by the stone statues of Easter Island. Variations are available, such as a rosewood display stand also handcrafted in India ($6 on Amazon).

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COOKBOOK STAND

Price: $7 | Buy it at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Grandparents can say goodbye to the days of smudged cookbook covers and awkwardly flipping pages in the kitchen. A portable iron stand holds a cookbook for display (it can also serve as an easel for painting) and blends into any kitchen décor.

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RUB-AWAY BAR

Price: $7.50 | Buy it on Amazon
The smell of garlic, onions, and pungent herbs and spices can stay on the hands long after dinner is cooked. Grandparents who enjoy adventurous cooking and don't shy away from aromatic foods will appreciate this inexpensive remedy from Amco. It rubs away the odor from hands so the cook can enjoy a meal, and whatever comes after, without lingering smells.

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MY GRANDMA BOOK

Price: $8.50 | Buy it at Land of Nod
Give the kids a chance to learn more about grandma with this keepsake book that contains questions to help document some of grandma's greatest memories and stories.

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OUR FAMILY RECIPES JOURNAL

Price: $9 | Buy it at Barnes & Noble
A perfect way to preserve and organize family recipes so they can be passed down easily from generation to generation. This journal includes pages broken down by appetizers, side dishes, main courses, desserts, and more.

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HERB SCISSORS

Price: $9 | Buy it on Amazon
Cutting, dicing, and slicing are hard for some, even if hands are limber and knives sharp. These unusual five-blade scissors from RSVP make it easy to chop fresh herbs. More than 800 customers give the tool an average of 4.2 stars in reviews. The scissors are dishwasher-safe, and a silicone handle provides a comfortable grip.

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NON-SLIP BATH GEAR

Price: $9 | Buy it at Home Depot
A quarter of Americans 65 or older take a fall every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sometimes resulting in serious injuries. Consider a practical gift of a non-slip bath mat such as the Moen Home Care tub tread, which is slip-resistant, highly rated, and easy to use. The Drive Medical portable bath step ($20 at Walmart) could help as well.

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EXTRA-THICK YOGA MAT

Price: Starting at $11 | Buy it at Walmart
For grandparents who still need a yoga mat, or might enjoy Pilates or body weight workouts on one, a half-inch mat would be a great gift. It offers extra cushion, a non-slip textured surface, and an overall larger size. Amplify the gift by showing a grandparent how to find senior workout videos on YouTube.

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LIGHTED STAND MAGNIFIER

Price: $13 | Buy it at Miles Kimball
This is a practical gift for seniors whose worsening eyesight makes reading a chore. The lighted 3X stand magnifier 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.

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YOGA FOR GRANDPARENTS

Price: $15 | Buy it on Amazon
Help grandparents stay limber and active. A "Yoga for Seniors" DVD includes three complete yoga practices, including an introductory 26-minute session performed while seated in a chair. The DVD is designed to help improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and mental clarity. Pair it with a new water bottle and make time to practice together.

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RESISTANCE BANDS

Price: $15 | Buy it at Dick's Sporting Goods
With a resistance band, grandparents can stay active in their spare time. They can tone their core muscles and arms at home with the Gaiam Strength and Flexibility Kit, which contains three bands ranging from light to heavy, plus an exercise guide. Resistance-band exercises for seniors can also be found on YouTube.

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FAMILY TREE PICTURE FRAME

Price: $17 | Buy it at Walmart
For a house decked out in family photos, consider this sweet addition to the collection: a bronze family tree with three photo frames. Tree and frames can also be displayed separately.

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HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDMA/GRANDPA BOOK

Price: $17 | Buy it at Buy Buy Baby
Give this cute story to keep at grandma and grandpa's house as a fun book to read when the little ones visit.

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PERSONALIZED COFFEE MUG

Price: $17 | Buy it on Etsy
Add an adorable coffee mug to the grandparents' kitchen cupboard. A online seller offers hand-drawn mugs that say "This grandma belongs to …" with sayings and stick figure drawings personalized on request.

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FLEECE BED THROW AND TV BLANKET

Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
For elderly grandparents whose feet or legs tend to get cold when they're sitting and reading a book or watching TV, a reversible sherpa throw blanket -- micro mink fleece on one side, plush super soft lambswool sherpa fleece on the other -- makes for an ideal gift on winter nights.

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SALAD KIT

Price: $19 | Buy it on Amazon
For the grandparent who likes to garden, this Psychedelic Salad Kit from Plant Theatre includes everything needed for growing colorful and unique salad vegetables in one box. It's also a fun activity to do with the grandkids. The set includes peat growing biodegradable pots, peat disks, plant markers, and seed cachets.

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'KEEP CALM AND PAPA WILL FIX IT' T-SHIRT

Price: $20 to $23 | Buy it on Amazon
This shirt designed by ThisWear 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.

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SHOULDER WRAP

Price: $20 | Buy it at Bed, Bath & Beyond
Soothe aches and pains away with a shoulder wrap from Spa Comforts, which molds to the neck and shoulders, hot or cold, and contains a blend of soothing lavender and peppermint.

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STORYTELLING GAME

Price: $24 | Buy it on Amazon
For family gatherings at the grandparents' house, give the Rememory game. Players pick cards that indicate a person, time frame, and a loose prompt, and each player shares an associated memory. Consumers have given it solid reviews.

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PHOTO MUG

Price: $14 | Buy it at Shutterfly
What grandparent wouldn’t want to look at their sweet family members’ faces while enjoying their morning hot drink?

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WALL CALENDAR

Price: Starting at $20 | Buy it at Snapfish
Make them a personalized calendar of all your favorite family moments.

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FAVORITE FOODS

Price: Varies | Buy it at Old Time Candy Company 
Treat them to favorite snacks from when they were a kid, with candies grouped and sold by the decade (or even by color).

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SCRAPBOOK

Price: $10 | Buy it at Michael's
Buy a scrapbook album and fill it with your favorite memories with grandma and grandpa for a personal gift they’ll love.

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SHAVE KIT

Price: $25 | Buy it at Harry's
Grandpas will love this shave kit that includes an aluminum razor, three blades, a travel cover, and foaming shave gel. You can even get the handle engraved for an extra $15.

Jennifer Magid

Jennifer Magid has worked as a writer and editor in publishing and marketing for almost two decades. She has written for outlets ranging from InStyle magazine to Psychology Today and for a number of grocery and personal care brands. Jennifer is frugal by proxy: She is married to a certified cheapskate, which has been good for her wallet but bad for her shoe and handbag collections. These days, she never, ever buys her fashions full price. Jennifer holds a Master’s in Journalism from New York University. She lives in Connecticut with her family and an admittedly expensive-to-maintain standard poodle -- the one anomaly in her cheap lifestyle. Find out more about Jennifer at www.jennifermagid.com.

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