Isolation is hard for most people, but the older generation are some of the most likely to be suffering from loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. While you might not be able to hug them, you can still make their day by showing you're thinking about them. A gift is the best way to bring a smile to their face, and we've made shopping easy by selecting some of the very best presents to send to your grandparents this Christmas.
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Since we don't quite know if the whole fam can be together come Christmas Day, the Facebook Portal is a great way for everyone to stay in touch via video calls and feel like you're all together. It's so easy to use, your grandparents will love it! There's various sizing options to choose from, including a TV version too.
The Portal (10inch screen), £119, Facebook
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Do your grandparents have a seriously impressive vinyl collection? Take them on a trip down memory lane and play their favourite tunes on this portable record player from Amazon. Priced at £49.99, this vintage suitcase design comes with a 24-month guarantee and each player has been hand-tuned by an audio expert to ensure the best possible performance!
Vinyl record player, £49.99, Amazon
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Send your grandma a little pick-me-up in the post with Liz Earle's pampering gift set - if you can't go to the spa together, it's the next best thing! She'll adore the luxurious treats (and grandpa might too!), and she can even turn the waterproof bag into a plant pot once she's finished with it. Genius.
Natural Neroli Top to Toe Collection, £44.80, Liz Earle
Cashmere blanket, £229.99, TKMaxx
This cashmere blanket is like a hug in the post! It's a lovely luxurious treat for them to receive, and comes gift boxed too.
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Fei Lui Jewellery has plenty of gorgeous designs perfect for bringing a little sparkle to your grandparents this Christmas. One of our favourite pieces is this Carpe Diem Large Flower Burst Pendant which retails at £120. A luxurious gift to be sure, it features an ombre Swarovski Zirconia Pentagon Star set in white rhodium plate on sterling silver.
Carpe Diem Large Flower Burst Pendant, £120, Fei Lui Jewellery
Your grandparents can indulge in a Christmas tipple using this premium cut-glass set from The White Company. It includes an art deco style decanter and two whiskey tumblers, all made from lead-free crystal and packaged in a beautiful presentation box.
Whiskey Glasses & Decanter Set, £95, The White Company
Tell your grandparents why you miss them with this personalised storybook written by the children. Sure to put a smile on their faces, it's available in hard and soft cover and features gorgeous illustrations of woodland creatures plus 10 reasons why they are important to you. All you need to do is enter your chosen text into a form and Letterfest does the rest!
Letterfest Personalised Missing You Book, £23, NotOnTheHighStreet
Beautifully crafted, this handmade wooden heart plaque makes for the most thoughtful gift. You can slip it into a card, use it as a gift tag on a present, or attach it on to the neck of a bottle of champagne.
Wooden Heart Plaque, £3.79, eBay
Designed to keep your loved ones close to your heart - even when they might be far away - these personalised family name necklaces are available in 925 sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold plating, and 18ct rose gold plating. Simply add the names of three family members you'd like hand-stamped onto the rings, and the rest is easy.
Personalised Family Names Necklace, £75, Not on the High Street
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It’s often the small things in life that can make the biggest impact - and starting the day with a freshly-brewed cappuccino is no different. If your grandparents are missing out on trips to their favourite cafes, this Nespresso capsule coffee machine will surely return a sense of normality to them. Offering a single-serve system, this easy to use model will create barista-quality coffees at the push of a button.
Nespresso Lattissima One Coffee Machine White, £189, John Lewis
We've got something super special that every grandmother will love! HELLO! has joined forced with British jewellery brand Kit Heath to create a beautifully elegant sterling-silver Kindness necklace with an oval charm of two interconnected elements to represent and support. The necklace can be worn showing the smooth outer layer or reversed to reveal the core that is cradled inside and bears a tag branded with our special message of kindness. The chain can be fastened at either 16 or 18 inches and comes stylishly packaged in a festive red and white box with a satin pouch. Plus, with every purchase, £5 goes to charity!
Kit Heath x HELLO! Kindness necklace, £99.99, Kit Heath
Fill your grandparents' home with the sound of music, courtesy of this easy to use speaker. Control it via the Sonos app (available on iOS and Android), Apple Airplay 2, or simply use the touch controls on the speaker itself.
Sonos One SL Smart Speaker, £149, John Lewis
These personalised family tree prints are the perfect way to show your grandparents just how much they mean to you. Available in A3, A4 and A5, just advise the seller which names you want added to the tree, and any other specific arrangement instructions. What better way to celebrate family?
Family Tree Personalised Gifting Keepsake Print, £5.99, Etsy
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This beautiful Waterman gold trim rollerball and ballpoint pen set is perfect for the grandparent who loves writing. You can even have their names, or 'Granny' or 'Grandpa', engraved for that extra special touch. Now there's no mistaking who they belong to!
Waterman Expert Black Lacquer Gold Trim Rollerball & Ballpoint Pen Set, £170, Pen Heaven
A diffuser will add a gorgeous scent to their home and make it feel fresh. We love this NEOM one, which smells like lemon.
NEOM Energising reed diffuser, £38, Lookfantastic
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It doesn't matter what age you are; a good gin goes down a treat! Your grandparents are sure to love this gorgeous gin, which is bursting with floral flavours reminiscent of the English countryside at springtime. With hints of rose, elderflower and raspberry, it's perfect with tonic and a slice of grapefruit.
Warner's Spring Blossom gin, £34.85, Master of Malt
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If they have a small garden, this veg kit gives them everything they need to grow from scratch, including detailed instructions on how to plant and care for their new veg babies. They’ll love having something to tend to!
Funky veg kit, £14.99, Amazon
There's nothing better than kicking back with a good book, and with a Kindle, the sky's the limit. Built with a glare-free screen that reads like printed paper, your grandparents will be able to build their own electronic library filled with their favourite titles.
Kindle, £59.99, Amazon
Want to go the extra mile? Prime members read for free with unlimited access to over a thousand titles, so your grandparents will be able to get the most out of their new Kindle. Gift them with a membership for either £79.00 a year or £7.99 a month. They'll also have access to films, TV shows, music and more.
Amazon Prime Membership, from £7.99 a month, Amazon
Put a smile on their faces with this sweet mug set.
Set of 2 mugs, £13.74, Amazon
A great way to pass the time, with over 1,000 sudoku puzzles ranging from easy to hard, your grandparents will have plenty to do during lockdown.
Funster 1,000+ Sudoku Puzzles Easy to Hard, £9.49, Amazon
Sometimes there's nothing better than sitting on the sofa with a cup of tea. Treat your grandparents to Fortnum & Mason's famous tea bag selection which includes a variety of indulgent flavours. The Royal Blend, Breakfast Blend, Afternoon Blend, Queen Anne Blend, Earl Grey Classic and Smoky Earl Grey blend are included.
Fortnum's Famous Tea Bag Selection, £14.95, Fortnum & Mason
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A subscription is the perfect gift, particularly if it can be posted through the letterbox like the flowers from Bloom & Wild. They’ll get a new bunch every month, and they can arrange them themselves once they arrive.
Flower subscription, from £20 per month, Bloom & Wild
As well as buying a bouquet of flowers for your grandparents, why not go one step further and surprise them with a beautiful vase for their new blooms? John Lewis is selling this LSA International Flower Mini Vase Gift Set, suitable for a wide variety of cut flowers and foliage.
International Flower Mini Vase Gift Set, £30, John Lewis
Just like the bottle says, it's 'a blend of incredible whiskies from planet Earth', and perfect for mixing. So if grandma or grandpa love a touch of whisky as a nightcap, this will do the trick. Although it can be enjoyed with coke, ginger ale, soda water, tonic, coconut water or even green tea, it's also marvellous served neat.
World Whisky Blend from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, £32.95, masterofmalt.com
Send them a frame and add a picture of you and your family inside. They’ll treasure it.
Photo frame, £18, Oliver Bonas
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This is the perfect sentimental gift for grandparents on lockdown - a little moments photo book. Find all your favourite photos and create a long-lasting memory book.
Little Moments Photo Book, £11.99, Photobox
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