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No More Scarves! The Ultimate, Non-Boring Gift Guide For Boomer Moms And Grandmothers (Sourced From The Woman Who Knows :))

Every year I ask my mother-in-law, Suz, for my annual favor – to crowdsource from her friends what Boomer moms really want for Christmas. When we first started this series I was shocked and enlightened at some of the answers (no more framed photos, yes to more experiences). Most Boomers are downsizing, have too much stuff and yet have finite dough (most are retired) so they are gratefully very specific about what to get and NOT to get them. Suz and her friends did it again which I can’t thank them enough. Ladies, I owe you a round of golf on me:) Take it away Suz!

Let me begin by thanking many friends who provided me with their best gift ideas and memories. All of us ladies over 70 agree that we don’t want cutesy vases or ceramic decorations as we are all trying to downsize and be rid of those things. Rather, we want experiences and new learning opportunities to keep that dementia devil at bay.

Here we go:

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body Lotion for Dry Skin | Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver | Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen | EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Plus | Supergoop! PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50

We all suffer from dry skin. We go through body lotions by the gallon. Sunscreen creams too. Just check to make sure they aren’t heavily scented or too thin. These three are highly rated!

Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum Ampoule | Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Moisturizer

We all need face creams and most are now using the Vitamin C serums. I love Dermalogica Super Rich Repair and ISDIN Vitamin C serum. I’ve even got Em hooked on that vitamin C serum:)

Baby Foot Moisturizing Foot Mask | Electric Feet Callus Removers

Most of us dread wearing sandals and flip-flops in the summer as our feet have become shriveled and crusty. We love good home treatments like hydrating foot masks and callus removers.

photo by kaitlin green | from: my winter workout gear – what i’m wearing and loving both indoors and out when it’s chilly (and even freezing)

One year my kids treated me to six months of pilates at my favorite studio. One of my all-time favorite gifts. If they don’t love or do pilates, find out what activity your mom or grandmother does like and treat them to it. It’s a guaranteed winner.

Go-To Gift For Her | ASICS Women’s Gel-RENMA Pickleball Shoes

Pickleball is huge with our age group. I don’t play, but friends suggest paddles, balls, shoes & socks.

Ellen Merchant Bocce Ball Game | Bocce Ball Set | Bocce Ball Lawn Game

Bocce ball is all the rage too. If there is a club nearby that requires membership, that would be a good gift. But if they haven’t played before (or in a while) but you think they’d like it, consider grabbing them a set to play with.

Foliage Fine Art: Watercolor Workshop

Learning opportunities: In-person painting classes or even online virtual classes like a Foliage Fine Art Watercolor workshop looks like a good one. 

Black Faux Leather Mahjong Game Set | Leather Bridge Game Set

Mahjong and bridge are very popular and lessons would be great. 

I went kayaking for the first time in Whitefish, Montana with my best friend from college. Loved it and would love lessons. Paddleboarding lessons too! P.S. Check out Groupon for local options!

Callaway Women’s 2023 X-Tech Golf Glove | Callaway Golf 2021 Supersoft Golf Balls | Women’s Golf Ankle Sock 3-Pack

Lots of us golf and can always use balls, gloves, socks, golf lessons, and golf cart seat covers for winter when vinyl seats are cold.

photo by kaitlin green | from: my journey to find the most comfortable pajama set ever – and i found them

Soft Lounge Sleep Set

Snoozies Womens Slipper Socks | The Relaxed Pant 27.5″

Everyone loves cozy loungewear, PJs, nighties, or slippers. One friend loves slippers called Snoozies. They are washable which is always ideal.

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: an at-home spa day for the ehd team

We’re always in need of mani-pedis. Or a really nice spa day… Massages are also very welcome. Who doesn’t like a massage?? 

Ticketmaster Gift Card | AMC Gift Card

Love outings and would appreciate movie tickets, tickets for local theatre, lecture series, or concerts. Remember, experiences are the best.

Luxury Stripe Dog Bed | Adjustable Rope Dog Leash | Adjustable Cushioned Dog Harness

So many of our friends are getting puppies or rescue dogs! I don’t get it, but any pet toys or gear would probably be a great gift.

Fun Size Burlap Wrapped Bouquet | Flowerbx Subscription | The Blouqs Co. Subscription

One of my friends receives a bouquet of fresh flowers each month from her kids. Love that idea.

photo suraya barbee

I had several suggestions from friends for capturing grandparents’ memories:

My Life Story – So Far Journal

My Life Story – So Far” from Uncommon Goods is great. I like it because it requires writing out answers to questions. Bob’s parents did something similar years ago and I like seeing the actual handwriting.


Storyworth is very popular too. Requires weekly email exchanges where questions are selected and all answers are compiled into a book at the end. A gift for them and you:)

Life Story Interview Kit

A game called “Life Story Interview Kit” is a game in which children and grandchildren draw cards with questions for the grandparents. I love that this is interactive.

7″ Digital Picture Frame with Mat Natural Wood | Aura Carver 10.1″ WiFi Digital Picture Frame

Digital picture frames are a hit with many friends. An easy way to experience your family and your adventures without the pictures taking over your home.

INNO STAGE 10 Piece Gardening Hand Tools Set with Garden Storage Seat

I love to garden and saw a cute gardening kit – INNO Stage makes a 10-piece gardening tools set with a storage bag and most importantly, a seat to save back strain.

Green Acres Gift Card (CA and TX)

A gift certificate to Green Acres or any local nursery would be loved by any gardener.

Helen’s Wine Club | Woman-Owned Wineries Wine Club

Membership in a wine club is a great gift for those who enjoy wine. These are great nationwide options but if they live by wine country, a local winery would be great too.

1000+ Sudoku Puzzles for Adults |
Color Me Jane: A Jane Austen Adult Coloring Book | Painter’s Palette Puzzle

For rainy days and plane trips: Magazine subscriptions, adult coloring books, jigsaw puzzle books, and Sudoku books. Helps to have something fun to do and keep your mind working.

working on my masterpiece

Poppy Flowers Paint by Numbers | Green Adult Paint-By-Numbers Kit | Simple Flower Oil Painting (Set of 6)

I still love paint-by-number kits, but not real complicated ones. There are so many great ones out there right now.

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: making mother’s (or grandmother’s) day memories with artifact uprising

I would love photo books of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings over the years. Companies like Shutterfly, Artifact Uprising, Chatbooks, etc. can all do them.

Another great idea that came up while having lunch with high school friends was one of them said her favorite gift was photo book called “What I Love About Grandma” (or Sue Sue, or Yaya, etc). Under the photos were captions from grands like “because she reads to me, because she hikes with me, bakes cookies, dances, etc.

Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette

For those who like perfume, that’s always a nice gift. Be sure to ask what’s a favorite. Personally, I love Grace by Philosophy

Parker Layering Set | Born Ready (Waterproof!) | Zenyu Fan Chain Necklace Set

2-Piece Watch Chain Necklace Set | Toggle Chain Necklace Set

Stylish jewelry is a great and thoughtful gift. My group and I like the layered chain look. It’s a big hit now.

Personalized M&Ms

One friend loved a gift of M&Ms with pictures of their grandkids on them. Great for someone with a sweet tooth.

me and my boys

Several friends said that one of their favorite gifts was a surprise weekend trip with just their adult children and no spouses. (No offense, Ems!) Other friends said they loved destination trips with their entire families. One was surprised in Hawaii when the whole clan showed up in shirts that matched her dress. Obviously, these are big gifts but so incredibly special if possible.

our sweet grandkids!

I love it when Brian and Emily fly the grandkids to our home for a week in the summer so Bobba and I can spoil them rotten. And last, but not least, we love handmade gifts and writings from our grandchildren. Also, for those of us who have grandchildren who live far away, a regularly scheduled, weekly FaceTime call would be great. It’s all about staying connected that means the most.

Thanks for reading and thank you to all my friends who gave their ideas. Hope this helps!

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4 months ago

I’m loving these gift guides. So many great suggestions. Keep ’em coming!

4 months ago

This was extremely helpful! I’m buying for eight wonderful women who are over 70
this year, and I’ll be referencing this post while I shop.

4 months ago

As a Boomer Mom, I love the idea of a nice but simple piece of jewelry and personalized photo books. Another gift that I love is when one of my fashionable daughters gives me a sweater or other piece of clothing. I don’t enjoy shopping anymore and no longer have a good idea of what’s in fashion so I trust their judgement when it comes to fashion.

4 months ago

Love this gift guide! Thank you, Suz!

4 months ago

Thanks, Emily and Suz! This list is so nice, inclusive and covers a swath of budgets!

4 months ago

Love all of these ideas!!

Roberta Davis
4 months ago

visits and letters from grandkids- that’s all I really want from anyone any more!

4 months ago

That has to be the best grandparents gift guide of all time. LOVED it! SO many great ideas. Thank you!

4 months ago

This is full of great ideas for my hard-to-shop for mom. Thank you so much, Suz.

4 months ago

I’m a young Boomer on the very tail end of that cohort, still putting a kid through college. Not quite ready for the Mahjong set yet 😅. I think people forget how expansive that generation is and inadvertently lump us all into the oldest end of the curve.

4 months ago
Reply to  Cam

Well, tell us what you have on your gift list! We’re all looking for ideas.

4 months ago
Reply to  Cam

I”m 39 and want a Mahjong set, so I don’t think it has to do with age!

4 months ago

Wonderful ideas, this is such a great list Suz thank you! Please let your friends know how much we appreciate their contribution too! 🙂

Julie S
4 months ago

Aw, thank you for these helpful ideas. My relationship with my mom has gone from cordial to a tad strained over the last decade, and I have trouble thinking of things that would bless her and be meaningful while still upholding my boundaries.

4 months ago

Love this! Thank you for creating this post!

4 months ago

These gift guides have been out of the park! So many great ideas. Would love like a stocking stuffer one and under 25 for friends

4 months ago

Background: I’m 74 and living in a retirement condo. I think these suggestions are spot on! I’d also like to suggest a gift of charity in our names. We did this decades ago and love it each year when we don’t get something we can’t use and didn’t want. Instead, our family is doing good in the world in our honor.
Still, being taken out to lunch at a favorite restaurant, is another good suggestion.

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

Someone gave me a gift certificate for a goat they bought for a 3rd world country village – nice concept, but I’m vegetarian and the goat was for meat, so….maybe think it through carefully.🙃

4 months ago

Thank you for this list with precious photos of family interspersed. Choked up several times! xoxo

4 months ago

Thank you for this thoughtful list! 1000% better than what you get when you google “gifts for older women”!

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago

You’re a trooper, Suz!
Such great and diverse suggestions.

4 months ago

65 year old grandma here…this list is spot-on. Emily, many thanks to your MIL. It was brave of her to include time with JUST her grownup children, which is certainly no offense to her DILs or grandchildren- more like a nostalgic journey, a chance to have a quiet catch-up. My family gatherings are fun, chaotic and meaningful, but I have not had even just a quick pizza alone with BOTH my sons for almost twenty years.

4 months ago
Reply to  TBN

This really resonated with me- I have 2 young adult children and while I adore their significant others it’s always nice to just catch up with either one of them alone or together. Consequently I started scheduling a brunch, lunch or tea party with just my son and/or daughter and no one minds we have plenty of whole family gatherings and when the kids were younger we always had a mother daughter or son day which they also enjoyed the focused one on one attention!

4 months ago

Not a boomer but damn if I didn’t just pin a bunch of ideas for my own wishlist! Love this post – thanks, Suz!!

4 months ago

When my grandma turned 75 she was gifted watercolor lessons at our local community center and all her supplies. She absolutely fell in love with painting and continued the lessons for many years until she passed. The entire family cherishes the pieces she left behind (my mom even had many of them scanned so we could have prints made). She was a mother of 9 and help raise the grandkids and great grandkids. I think it was the first time she really did something for herself and got to enjoy the social aspect of the lessons each week too.

4 months ago
Reply to  Nicolette

My mom (73) is in the middle of a total watercolor journey and she is becoming so skilled and prolific. Seeing her creativity flourish and having tangible pieces of her creative mind are so meaningful to us all!

4 months ago

Excellent list! Especially appreciated the link to the mahjong gift set that was on sale – so happens I’m in the process of rounding up some friends so we can learn to play so definitely need the game set! Thank you for taking the time and crowdsourcing ideas from your friends Suz!

4 months ago

I definitely need a gift for my grandma and this is a lovely list, would be trying this out