34 Gifts for Grandparents Who Love Food

We found memorable gifts that will make your grandparents proud.

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Updated on April 12, 2024
By: Erica Finamore

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Shopping for family is hard but shopping for grandparents is somehow even more difficult. If you’re wondering, “What could I possibly get that they don’t already have?” We've got you covered with a list of food, cookware, gadgets, decor, and even games that your food-loving family lovers will adore. Whether they’re pro-level bakers or pro-level snackers, there’s something in this group to fit every kind of grandparent. Ready to win gifting for Grandparents Day and beyond this year? Just scroll down!

Your grandparents have probably provided you with plenty of cool heirloom items over the years, so why not return the favor? This custom cast-iron skillet is etched with a symbol of their state (Florida has oranges, for example) and their name or short message. Whether they decide to use it or display it, they’ll be blown away by your thoughtfulness.

Even if your grandparents’ pantry is packed, they’ll never say no to a quality set of the most used kitchen duo: olive oil and vinegar. This group comes with barrel aged blackberry vinegar (yum), olive oil harvested from 150-year-old trees, and persimmon vinegar. All are made by Flamingo Estate, a cool shop that works with sustainable, organic, farms and plants a tree for each product they sell.


This pear may not keep the doctor away (or taste great), but it will keep all of your grandparent’s bits and bobs in order. They can use it to stash pens, flash drives, knitting supplies, you name it!


Can you bee-lieve how cute this little dish is? If nan and pop have a deep appreciation for well-made goods, a butter keeper by glass experts, La Rochere, is sure to impress. It’s made in France and emblazoned with the Provencal bee, an iconic French design. Tres bien!

They’ll take their cup of Joe with a splash of 50’s nostalgia. Smeg is known for their cute and colorful appliances, and this coffee maker would be a stunner on their counter. But, it’s more than just a pretty face! The machine has two intensity settings so they can create their perfect brew, plus its reusable coffee filter is eco-friendly.

This isn’t your grandmother’s cheese plate! Well, actually it could be, and we’d argue, should be. It’s a true showstopper for a table, elevated at over an inch and made of porcelain with a real gold rim. The sides are covered in a traditional floral design by William Morris, an iconic 19th-century textile designer.


Whether you believe it’s really a salad or not, there’s no question that the iconic southern mixture of marshmallow, pineapple, cherries and coconut smells pretty great. Sure, you could make a big vat of it as a tasty present, but an ambrosia-scented candle is the gift that keeps on giving (for 50 hours!). It’s made of coconut and beeswax, scented with mandarin orange, vanilla, rosemary and patchouli.


Packing cubes are a life-saver for any frequent flier or snowbird, and these cubes have adorable “needlepoint” apple and strawberry designs that are just plain sweet. These machine-washable pouches will help them keep all of their stuff organized and in one place– whether they’re tasked with holding t-shirts, socks, or gifts to bring home to their grandkids (just an idea).


For the dynamic duo that always has food at the ready, a ridiculously cute snack tray! Theirs could likely use an upgrade, and this lightweight birch version is plenty big (12-inch diameter) and melamine coated so it can stand up to any variety of cookie. The modern word design, done by UK artist Asta Barrington, also comes on a variety of other products, so you can build on their collection each year.

This pick will keep them entertained for hours (and probably a little hungry by the end). It’s a 1,000-piece puzzle made of recycled paper that displays a dream Italian tablescape. Gram and Pop can piece together a seaside feast, featuring pasta, cheese, and fresh fruit. An even better gift? Join them!


A little birdy told us that these “donuts” will be a total hit for any grandpas and grandmas who fancy themselves birdwatchers. The charming set of four seed donuts are made up of a beautiful buffet of nutritious ingredients their flying friends will flock to, including safflower seeds, cracked corn, sunflower chips, white millet, and more.

Treat the G.O.A.T.’s (grandparents of all time) to something a little luxurious, and coincidentally, made of goat milk. A set of moisturizing soap and lotion from the natural beauty geniuses at Beekman 1802 is the ideal mixture of useful and indulgent. Bonus: It comes in a cute ceramic berry basket!


They definitely don’t need any baking or cooking advice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them in the kitchen! These silicone baking mats will keep their sheet pans clean, sans parchment paper, and can be put in the dishwasher and used again and again. The set comes with two; one for baking (decorated with fruit and butter designs) and one for cooking (veggies and fish).


Who doesn’t love fresh herbs? These handmade wood markers will keep their basil, oregano and rosemary organized, so they don’t have to spend extra time looking for thyme (sorry, we had to). The set comes with 10 picks and each gives instructions on how to best care for each herb, including how much water the soil needs and how much sunlight they demand.


If they like an elegant cocktail, they’ll be thrilled to drink their martinis, gimlets, sidecars, and Manhattans out of these stunning glasses. Each is hand-blown and has a modern fluted texture that goes around the whole cup. Best of all? They look fancy but are dishwasher safe. We’ll cheers to that!

Can anyone ever have enough aprons? Of course not. This cotton- linen blend version is a chef favorite and almost too pretty to wear, but an adjustable neck strap and double pockets make it too handy not to use. Every apron is machine-washable and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Plus, they come in tons of prints and patterns like Garden Lemons, Pink Hearts (hi Barbie!) and even Grateful Dead Rainbow Tie Dye.

Mark & Graham is known for its ability to, chicly, personalize just about anything, but it’s really won us over with this printed recipe box. The set includes said acrylic box, plus 48 colorful recipe cards emblazoned with initials in your choice of 20(!) colors and typefaces. As a cute extra, start them off with one of your one favorite recipes.


Can you ever have too many tea towels? These sardine ones were inspired by labels you’d see on cute vintage cans and will add a splash of quirky fun to their kitchen. To build on the theme, use them to wrap up some pretty tins from Fishwife.


Some of your grandparent’s recipes are probably the stuff of legends, so give them a spot on the hall of fame (or the kitchen wall). At Minted, you can send in their go-to recipe and have it professionally printed. Just choose your color scheme and frame and voila, grandma’s iconic banana bread is a work of art.


Grabbing a gift for the family’s biggest bakers is a piece of cake. When they’re not rolling dough or beating eggs, flour fanatics will love sending little notes to friends and family on this cute stationery. Each 5” x 7” note card comes with little illustrations of piping bags, measuring cups, scales, whisks, and cookie cutters, plus a custom signoff.

Who isn’t playing pickleball right now? Surely, your grandparents have heard about it from friends if they’re not already pros. Help them get in their exercise with this fresh and fruity paddle that is sure to be a hit (ba dum chhh).


A cozy blanket makes everything feel a little more special, from fireside s’mores to Friday night take-out. This fleece number is made of 100% organic cotton fleece and has a whimsical mushroom pattern on it that just begs to be left out and admired. It’s also double sided, so your giftees can have their pick of a more colorful pattern or something simple and white.


Some grandpas are known for their eccentric fashion choices, and while you may not be in support of all of them, this button-down shirt is pretty hard not to love. It’s covered in hamburgers, and yet, somehow pretty classy-looking. It comes in 10 sizes, and a few different patterns (tacos, donuts, sushi) so you can find the best fit and dish for your favorite guy.

The only thing better than a box of delicious cookies is a box of delicious cookies with cute messages on them! Include your grandparent’s names, anniversary date, family inside jokes, or even a poem on them. It’s up to you! Whatever you decide will be printed on a set of 24 scalloped-edge vanilla shortbread cookies.

This isn’t the traditional straw picnic basket, but it is a whole lot more useful. The insulated cooler bag is designed to keep meats and cheese cold and has cubbies perfectly made to hold and cushion wine bottles. It also comes with a cheeseboard and knife that fit neatly in its front pocket. Because it’s from Mark & Graham it can, of course, be monogrammed.


It’s all fun and games until… actually this really is just a fun game. The little box contains 200 food-related trivia questions in a HUGE range of topics including brand mascots, celebrity chef rivalries, fast food chains, and much more. Family game night is about to get a whole lot tastier.

This chic ceramic container is a must for any grandparent whose baked goods contain the best secret ingredient of all: love. It holds 30 ounces so it’s great for little biscuits and candies. You can also score a ton of other funky matching canisters from Jonathan Adler, just beware that not all of them are so grandparent appropriate.

A bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon is nearly $1,000 at base and extremely hard to come by. This Pappy-made syrup is an affordable (and non-alcoholic) version of that gift. They take maple syrup from Jefferson, Ohio's Bissell Maple Farm and age it in their own bourbon barrels to give it notes of caramel, vanilla, butter, and oak.

Gift the best bakers you know a loaf pan worthy of their delicious breads. Sure, the nonstick metal ones are useful, but they’re not going to collect compliments quite like this hand-painted stoneware piece from Anthropologie. Sure, it looks dainty, but it can withstand up to 482 degrees in the oven and is dishwasher safe.


Your grandparents may be stocked on serveware, but let’s face it, everyone can use another wood serving tray. They’re so beautiful and versatile! This stepped-construction bowl designed by cookbook author and recipe developer Molly Baz has a cool modern shape, but is still ready and raring to hold a variety of chips, dips and snacks.

We all get a ton of unsolicited mugs during our lifetimes, but how often do you get a truly unique set? Farmhouse Pottery handcrafts all of their incredible stoneware pieces in Vermont, and this set is extra special because 10% of the sales go to the American Heart Association. They come in a beautiful box that is gift ready – no extra wrap needed.


Shopping for a bundt cake fanatic? Give their passion a nod with this adorable (and we mean crazy adorable) set of little bundt-pan shaped magnets. They come in a set of four iconic shapes and instantly make any fridge a little sweeter.


If you’re looking for something food-themed yet elegant, we’ve found it! This gold-plated silver necklace has a teeny-tiny ravioli that, while not filled with ricotta, is still a comforting treat. Grandma can wear this dainty necklace with anything, and a percentage of each purchase is donated to organizations that fight hunger. Win-win.


We’re willing to bet that in your grandparent’s kitchen, it’s always snack time. This funny clock pays homage to their love of feeding everyone with graphics that note cocktail hour, cake time, and cheese-o-clock. It’s a quirky conversation piece that will make them laugh every time.

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