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Consumable Gift Ideas for Grandparents: Tickets, Subscriptions, and More

Updated on June 2, 2014
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.


The next time you're in need of a gift for a grandma, grandpa, or set of grandparents, think about getting them a consumable gift. Many older individuals already have all of the tangible items that they could possibly need and often have smaller homes, which means that large gifts are out of the question. The ideas on this list that do take up space are either quite small or won't be around for very long. There are options ranging from puzzle books to restaurant gift certificates to concert tickets with something for everyone.


Food / Drink

If you live close to your grandparents, you might be able to make them a special meal or take them out to a restaurant. If you live further away, think about sending a gift certificate or a food gift. There are numerous websites that offer food gifts. Don't forget to consider, GroupOn, monthly clubs, and subscription services (i.e. cheese of the month club) as well.

Puzzle Books

Many grandparents enjoy puzzles, such as crosswords and Sudoku. While there are quite a few apps and websites to play puzzle games, lots of people also enjoy getting to work out puzzles with pencil and paper. Puzzle books are inexpensive and readily available in bookstores and online. If you're shipping a gift, make life simple and stress free by ordering from a website and sending it directly to them.

If you enjoy crafty projects, you can make your own notecards.
If you enjoy crafty projects, you can make your own notecards. | Source

Notecards and Personalized Stamps

Everyone can use a set of blank notecards for sending thank yous, including with gifts, and more. Think about making your own cards or purchasing handmade cards. Personalized stamps add a nice touch to the gift. and Zazzle both offer personalized stamps.

How To: Make a Fun Thank You Card

Plane Tickets

Have your grandparents been putting off taking a big trip because of the steep cost of airfare? Paying for their plane tickets may be a way to make that trip happen for them. Talk to them about where and when they would like to go so that they get exactly what they want. Alternatively, if you live far enough away from them that they have to fly to see you, offer to pay for their plane tickets the next time they come to visit.

If your grandparents live in the Midwest or Northeast, maybe they would enjoy going somewhere warm for the winter.

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Online and Magazine Subscriptions

Unfortunately you can't gift Netflix right now. If your grandparents would be interested in trying Netflix, you can set them up with a trial subscription, and if they like it, you can pay for it. You can gift Hulu Plus, which can also be a great option, especially if they already use the free version of Hulu. There are a wealth of other online and magazine subscriptions out there as well. While paper magazines do take up a little room, they aren't something that most people hang onto for very long.


Concert or Movie Tickets

Having movie passes or concert tickets waiting for you makes it easier to find the time to get together. Look for options that fit their tastes and preferences and that are easily accessible for them. For example, if they are no longer comfortable driving on the highway, find a concert series or movie theater that is only a few miles away.


Home and Personal Services

Just a few ideas for home and personal services that you can gift your grandparents include:

  • Home cleaning
  • Lawn services (i.e. mowing, bush trimming)
  • Snow removal
  • Window washing
  • Computer maintenance
  • Pet grooming
  • Auto tune-ups / oil changes
  • Taxi / car services
  • Haircuts
  • Manicures / pedicure
  • Massages

Personalized Calender

Most grandparents love to receive gifts with pictures of their grandchildren. A photo calendar is a great option for showcasing your newest photos of your kids. There are lots of popular photo sites that offer calendar making tools. Look for deals and special promotions around the holidays. If you're crafty, you can also think about making your own calendar. Once you have your completed piece, think about adding birthdays and family events to it before you give it to them.

How to Make a Personalized Photo Calendar


Soaps and Other Beauty Products

Purchase a handful of specialty or homemade soaps or other beauty items for grandparents to use as a little daily luxury or to save for when guests are in town. Think about making your own beauty products or looking for homemade options on Etsy. Beauty product recipes are readily available online. There are just a few here to get you started.

Homemade Organic Soap Tutorial


Sometimes the best gift that you can give someone is a donation to a favorite charity. Consider donating to their church, one of their alma maters, or one of their favorite local, national, or global charities. Many organizations provide a gift receipt without a dollar amount that you can include in a card for your grandparents about the donation.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad that these suggestions are useful, Glimmer Twin Fan! It's good to hear that the theater tickets gift works well for your mom.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      These are very helpful suggestions. It's always hard to shop for my parents because they don't want anything. I always give my mom a gift certificate for her favorite theater. She can see what she wants and when she wants to. Useful hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, FlourishAnyway! That's great. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      These are some great ideas. I like the HuluPlus idea and on-line magazine ideas particularly.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm glad to hear it, Vinaya! Thanks for passing it along.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      I don't have grandparents, however, my parents, who have grandchildren will surely benefit from this hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Joe! Yes, for sure.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Great ideas here grandparents can be a little difficult to shop for.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, purl3agony! It's great to hear that. I love the idea of gifting heavier or bulkier food items.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Great ideas! We've used a lot of these for my older relatives, including making up food gift baskets that contain a lot of the heavier or bulkier items that can be difficult for older people to lift and carry. I love the idea of making a personalized calendar! Voted up and pinned!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      twoseven, I'm so glad that you found some useful ideas here!

      Thelma Alberts, I definitely agree. It's great to hear that. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Those are great ideas not for grandparents only but for parents as well. Thanks for sharing. My father will be 80 in a few months and I can choose one of those gift ideas.

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      twoseven 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Very nice ideas! I like the idea of a donation in their name. I also like the food idea - it would be fun to send a gift card as a gift and then go in person to use it with them! We have an older grandparent who lives alone, so I found these ideas very helpful. It got me thinking that a subscription might be a very nice gift for her upcoming (92nd!) birthday since I know she loves getting mail.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I hear you, Pamela! Lots of people are in the same situation so hopefully they'll find some new ideas here.

      Thanks for stopping by, Bill! Always good to hear from you. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My grandparents are gone, and I'm not a grandparent, but I thought I would stop and say hello!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      You have some fantastic ideas for gifts. It is so hard to figure out what to buy for my mother as she seems to have a little of everything. Very helpful hub and voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! I really appreciate all of the feedback, Judy, MsDora, and epbooks!

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic ideas in this hub. Good job in putting this together!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm a grandma now. My pick would be a plan ticket, but until the grandkids could afford it, puzzles would do. You make some really good selections. Voted Up!

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      Judy Nolan 3 years ago

      There are some really great ideas here, Rose! Some of these are great suggestions for folks in their 40s and 50s, too--I'm all for downsizing gifts and making them more meaningful to the recipient.