Christmas 2014: 15 best gifts for Grandparents

Whether they're into movies, food or just really love their shed, try for of these thoughtful pressies.

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Not sure what to get your grandparents this Christmas? Our round-up has something for all ages of grandparenthood and in all budgets too. Whether you want something personalised, amusing or just a really nice treat, we have it covered.

1. Photobox A3 Double Page Calendar: from £10.49, photobox.co.uk

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Can’t decide which family snaps to give the grandparents this year? Why not make a whole calendar out of them, so they can enjoy them over the whole year ahead? Photobox has all shapes and sizes, but this one has a month-to-view layout and comes with white or black or seasonal pages.

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2. MW Studio Me and My Grandad Keyring: £18.75, notonthehighstreet.com

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This hand-engraved keyring is a great gift for a child to give their granddad. Featuring a coin from theirs and his years of birth, together with an engraved disc made from 18 gauge metal alloy, it’s personalised, yet practical.

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3. The Joy of Sheds by Frank Hopkinson: £9.99, johnlewis.com

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It’s a shameless stereotype to suggest that all older men love their sheds, but let’s face it – many a grandfather spends many of his waking hours in one. This amusing miscellany of this very special garden retreat will have him in stitches on Christmas morning.

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4. The Ultimate Book of Sudoku: £6.99, johnlewis.com

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We humans seem to have an innate desire to fill up empty spaces, which might explain the appeal of Sudoku, which became an international craze a decade or so ago, with its empty squares to be filled with digits. This book, which has over 450 challenges, is good one for retired grandparents and there’s a crossword version available too.

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5. Lakeland Time for Tea Lap Tray: £23.99, lakeland.co.uk

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This is ideal for grandparents who love to relax in their favourite chair or on the sofa. The tray has a wipe-clean melamine surface, which means it’s great for a cuppa or even lunch, and a plump cushion that moulds to your knees.

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6. Angelic Hen A Picture By My Grandchild Peg Board: £9.99, notonthehightstreet.com

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Kids love nothing more than presenting their grandmas and grandpas with their latest works of art and this hand-painted wooden board with metal hanger and wooden peg means it can be displayed with ease and with no need to hunt around for the blu-tak.

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7. Hudl 2: £129, tesco.com

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Our round-up of tablets from back in October, found this to be the best in the budget range. With an 8.3” screen, eight different choices of colours and a full HD screen, it’s brilliant for catching up on telly and movies, as well as all your usual online tasks.

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8. Grandparents’ House Rules Plaque: £12.99, ebay.co.uk

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Grandparents will adore this charming, handmade wooden plaque that can be personalised to say Grandparents, Nana and Grandad, Grandma or Granddad. Still not the right terminology? Simply customise it. There are different options for the hanging fixture on the back too.

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9. Netflix Subscription: from £5.99 per month, netflix.com

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A subscription to Netflix means you get to choose what you want to watch on your schedule, as well as on the devise you choose. It couldn’t be easier to find content for the whole family and save favourites and there’s no commitment if you want to cancel at anytime.

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10. Heyland & Whittle Olive & Fig Candle: £24, heylandandwhittle.co.uk

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If the weather takes a turn for the worse, simply light this candle and imagine a sunny Mediterranean day. Peppery, green olive blends with warm, sweet fig to create this gorgeous scent in this long-lasting candle that’s made from 100% pure soy sustainable wax.

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11. White Stuff Sofia Folk Hot Water Bottle: £22.50, whitestuff.com

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No more need for chilly nights with this toasty, velvet hot water bottle featuring a classy folk print cover with easy-to-use button fastening. The cover can be bunged in the washing machine and it’s nice and soft to the touch too.

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12. Fortnum & Mason The Grosvenor Hamper: £100, fortnumandmason.com

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This is the ultimate in decadence and can’t fail to win a big smile from the grandfolks. You get savoury snacks such as crunchy nuts and delicious olives, along with sweet treats including Marc de Champagne truffles, biscuits and cake. Plus, there’s Fornum’s tea and coffee, as well as wine.

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13. Phase Eight Rose Tote Bag: £79, phase-eight.com

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f Granny is going to keep bringing all those nice treats for you, she’s going to need a decent sized bag to put them in. This tote does the job nicely, with plenty of room and inner zips, and is lovely quality too. Best of all, it’s on sale at nearly half price.

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14. Fortnum & Mason Tommy’s Tin: £20, fortnumandmason.com

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At Christmas 1914, Princess Mary, the daughter of King George and Queen Mary, arranged for tens of thousands of tins containing home comforts to be sent to servicemen. Fortnums has created this tin in commemoration, thousands of which have been sent to British servicemen and women on active service. They contain playing cards and chocolate and for each one sold, a donation is made to Enham Trust.

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15. Hotel Chocolat Christmas Goody Bag: £18, hotelchocolat.com

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If your grandparents have a sweet tooth, they’ll love this goody bag that’s packed with festive treats including a cookie wreath studded with florentines and biscuits, plus Christmas Eton Mess truffles, caramel supernovas, and a bag of coconut snowballs. Yum.

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Verdict:
MW Studio’s Me and My Grandad Keyring is both unique and innovative. We also love Photobox A3 Double Page Calendar for something personalised and it shares the joy across the whole year.

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