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The Best Holiday Gifts for Parents & Grandparents

Get the parents in your life something extra special this year (and never leave your house).

13 min read
2023-11-28
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Parents can be a tricky bunch to please when it comes to holiday presents. (Babysitting offers are always welcome!) We’ve scoured and found thoughtful options for parents new and old, and for lovers of food, booze, or coffee. 

Whether you’re shopping for new parents or grandparents, gourmands or gym-goers, our holiday gift guide has dozens of gifts for parents that can be delivered straight to your door.

Gifts For New Parents

Dumpling Daughter Frozen Dumplings, DashMart

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For new parents, getting dinner on the table (not to mention sitting down to eat it) can be an afterthought. Stock their freezer with these restaurant-quality Chinese dumplings from Dumpling Daughter, which come in flavors such as pork and chive, chicken and cabbage, and mixed vegetables. They can steam, pan-fry, or air fry them and serve with dipping sauces for a satisfying supper in minutes — even if they have to stand at the counter to eat it.

Refresh Gift Set, LUSH

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You can’t bottle up extra energy, but this giftable bath set comes pretty close. The body washes are made with invigorating ingredients such as spearmint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, and lime, so even a speed shower can revive. The Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub buffs away dry skin to make skin extra soft (good for cuddling with a baby).

Magic Spoon Cereal, DashMart

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This protein-packed, nostalgic cereal comes in flavors like peanut butter, cinnamon bun, and blueberry muffin, but manages not to veer into cloying territory thanks to the use of natural sweeteners. Order a few boxes and put together your own sampler pack — the quirky packaging practically doubles as wrapping, so just add a bow.

DoorDash Gift Card

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New parents barely have time or energy to cook dinner, let alone plan for a date night out. Solve both dilemmas with a gift card from DoorDash, so they can order in their favorite takeout — sushi or Thai or soul food — and sit down to a meal together. It might not be quiet, but it will be hot and delicious.

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne

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Hey, they are getting through the first year — that’s something to celebrate. France’s number-one selling Champagne is a solid choice. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve’s iconic blue label looks festive, but it’s what’s inside that counts. A blend of pinot noir, meunier, and chardonnay make for a balanced bubbly with notes of fresh pear and apricot. 

Gifts For Parents Who Love Food

Fly by Jing Zhong Sauce, DashMart

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Fly by Jing has earned major fandom with its chili crunch, but its Zhong sauce is a sleeper hit. With a combination of soy sauce, brown sugar, mushrooms, garlic, and spices, it’s a savory-sweet flavor bomb that lives up to its promise: You will put this on everything. Think noodles, grilled salmon, eggs, roasted veggies, barbecued ribs… anywhere that needs a quick hit of umami.

Jeni’s Ice Cream Pints, DashMart

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When it comes to quality churned ice cream in creative flavors, Jeni’s is tops. Perennially popular pints include Brambleberry Crisp, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, and Salty Caramel. Look for holiday flavors, too, like Boozy Eggnog and Hot Toddy, both crafted with Uncle Nearest whiskey.

Milk Bar B’Day Truffles, DashMart

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Although pastry chef Christina Tosi has churned out dozens of Willy Wonka-esque treats since opening her legendary NYC bakery, the B’Day Truffles remain a signature. Each nostalgia-inducing, bite-size treat stars rainbow-flecked vanilla birthday cake cloaked in a thin white chocolate shell.  

TRUFF Black Truffle-Infused Hot Sauce

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Think of this hot sauce as your new platonic ideal: spicy, vinegary, earthy with an umami kick, and a just-right thickness. Squiggle it over avocado toast or fried chicken, fold it into mac ‘n’ cheese, layer it into a breakfast burrito, or try tossing it with popcorn. It’s perfect for the hot sauce lover or foodie who has it all, plus the luxe packaging is just so chic. 

Gifts For Sporty Parents and Wellness Warriors

JLab Audio Go Air Sport True Wireless Earbuds, Staples

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Whether they’re hitting the trails or tuning into a yoga class on their phone, parents can rely on these earbuds for quality sound and comfort. The sporty design features ear hooks to ensure a secure and snug fit, a sweat- and splash-proof finish, and a slim charging case.

Magic Bullet Personal Blender, Big Lots

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The Magic Bullet Personal Blender takes up minimal counter space but is still a whiz — in both speed and versatility. It blends, chops, mixes, and whips up smoothies, shakes, dips, and sauces in a flash and is compatible with a variety of dishwasher-safe attachments. They’ll be one step closer to becoming a parenting-slash-wellness influencer (for better or worse). 

YETI 18 oz. Rambler Bottle with Color-Matched Straw Cap, Dick’s Sporting Goods

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YETI has earned a reputation for its drinkware and coolers, and the water bottles (durable, leak-proof) live up to the hype. It’s that present you’d hesitate to buy for yourself. We like this green one, but all their colors are good.  

The North Face Jester Backpack, Dick’s Sporting Goods

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This stylish yet durable backpack is a solid pick for the outdoor adventurer in your life, but it’s versatile enough to use for travel or school, too. It has ample storage, including a tablet sleeve and water bottle pockets. With a padded back panel, breathable lumbar panel, and molded shoulder straps, it’s super comfortable, too.

Theragun Wave Duo Vibration Roller, Dick’s Sporting Goods

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Whether they overdid it at the gym or bent over one too many toys, this tool will help parents roll their way to recovery. Like Theragun’s other percussive devices, this roller is equipped with adjustable vibration settings to help release soreness, reduce tension, and improve movement. 

Gifts For Coffee Aficionados

Partners Coffee Roasters Whole Bean Flatiron Blend, DashMart

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You don’t need me to tell you how important coffee is to parents. (In a word: lifeblood.) Each of Partners Coffee Roasters’ beans are roasted and ground to order. The Flatiron blend has a medium-dark roast level and tasting notes of dark chocolate, praline, and dates.

Grady’s Cold Brew, DashMart

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For a coffee shop–quality iced coffee without the lines, wrap up a bottle of Grady’s Cold Brew New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee Concentrate. It’s velvety-smooth and deeply flavorful, thanks to a proprietary spice blend and 20-hour-cold-brew process. Happily, a deliciously bold wake-up call takes just seconds to pour.

OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

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If “coffee snob” is a term of endearment to your recipient, you’ll score points with this best-selling coffee grinder. Help them unlock peak flavor potential for their carefully sourced beans of choice with a grinder that yields consistent, uniform ground coffee. There are 38 grind size settings, from “fine” for espressos to “coarse” for French press, plus a one-touch timer that memorizes your last setting.  

CamelBak 12-oz Camp Mug, Staples

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This durable travel mug has a copper vacuum insulation that keeps drinks hot for up to four hours, so they can give their microwave a break. 

Bodum Schiuma Milk Frother

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This battery-operated milk frother makes a top-notch present for cappuccino lovers. It’s easy to use and doesn’t take up too much room, and it really does level up that latte. 

Gifts For the Cocktail Enthusiast

Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey

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This premium whiskey is backed by serious pedigree: Each batch is curated by a fifth-generation descendant of Nathan “Nearest” Green (the first master distiller for Jack Daniel’s Distillery in the 1880s) and Master Blender Victoria Eady Butler.

AVEC Jalapeño & Blood Orange Mixer, DashMart

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Avec’s sparkling mixers are crafted with real fruit and lightly sweetened. The zesty-spicy-tart jalapeño and blood orange, bolstered by smoked salt and calamansi, makes for an inspired spicy margarita when paired with tequila or mezcal. These mixers can also be sipped as-is for a delicious non-alcoholic option.

Casamigos Reposado Tequila, The Fresh Market

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Casamigos’ Reposado tequila is smooth yet complex and has the power to convert even the staunchest tequila-averse family member.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

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This fan-favorite Kentucky bourbon is twice-barreled and aged in separate, charred oak barrels to yield a soft, sweet oak character. It’s just as nice sipped neat or stirred into winter cocktails (try it in an Old Fashioned or swirled into a spiked hot chocolate) .

Houdini Cocktail Shaker

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This stainless-steel cocktail shaker would make a handsome addition to any home bar cart. It’s built with double-wall insulation, so your martinis will be extra cold.  

Gifts for the Best Grandparents

Woodland Photo Garland Banner

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This adorable wilderness-inspired photo garland has 13 spots so proud grandparents can label each photo from newborn to 12 months or kindergarten through 12th grade.

Epson® Expression® Premium XP-6100 Wireless Inkjet All-In-One Color Printer, Office Depot

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This small but mighty printer is a must-have for grandparents who live for photo albums. Its wireless connectivity lets you use your mobile device to print photos from anywhere and cuts down on cable clutter too.

Side Hill Farm Blackberry Jam, DashMart

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These small-batch jams are made from 100 percent fruit and sugar — no pectin, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. Side Hill’s generations-old recipes let height-of-season fruit shine. Slather it on toast, spoon it onto muffins, dollop it onto yogurt parfaits, and pair with peanut butter for an elevated PB&J that kids of all ages will love.

Harney & Sons Winter White Earl Grey Tea Sachets

This one’s for the grandparents who enjoy their morning or afternoon tea ritual — and who could use an upgrade. This seasonal Earl Grey blend is crafted with full leaf black tea, bergamot, herbs, and spices, bundled together in sophisticated silken tea sachets. The pretty tin can be reused for storing spices or kitchen odds and ends.

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