Buying a grandparent tech as a gift can be tricky, but as long as you know what they need and don’t mind helping with setup, you can find some excellent high-tech gifts to improve their lives. Here are some gift ideas for those in your life.
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Not every grandparent is tech-savvy, but regardless of their understanding, there are plenty of incredible gifts for them to pick up. Whether you’re looking to make sure they don’t have to do as much housework, trying to give them a little peace of mind, or just trying to help them stay busy, there are plenty of great ideas.
If your grandparents aren’t all that into technology, you might have to help them with the set-up of these gifts. Of course, that’s an excellent excuse to spend a little bit more time with them, and they’ll appreciate the thought you’ve put into these presents. It’s a win-win all around!
So, let’s take a look at the best tech gift ideas for grandparents.
Everyone loses everyday items because there are just so many more things to lose. We have keys, wallets, phones, and so on that are practically necessary, but also frustratingly tiny and easy to misplace.
If you know your grandparents could use some help finding things, then you should get them Tile. Tile is a Bluetooth tracker brand that you can attach to a variety of different things thanks to coming in a wide variety of styles. Once attached, the user can easily find where items are thanks to an easy-to-use app available on Android, Windows, and iPhone.
This pack comes with four trackers (two Stickers, one Mate, and one Slim) that’ll work for a variety of different objects, so you can help make sure nothing gets lost again.
This gift is very much for peace of mind, but it could also help make sure your grandparents know what’s going on at their front door.
The eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell offers an incredibly clear 2k image that guarantees an easy time seeing whoever is ringing it. Not only that, but it allows the user to talk to whoever’s there too, which can save a lot of frustration for those who might have trouble getting around.
A video doorbell will almost definitely require some help when it comes to setting it up, but it’ll be worth the peace of mind and utility it has.
Chores outlive any career most of us will have, and while some may enjoy doing them, it’s also nice to sit back and relax sometimes.
The iRobot Roomba 694 is an excellent smart vacuum that uses a 3-stage cleaning system, and it makes for a thoughtful gift. This makes sure it does an excellent job of getting rid of dirt on hard floors, rugs, and carpets. The Roomba uses an array of different sensors to stop it from bumping into things and falling downstairs too.
It can also be controlled via Alexa (if they happen to have an Echo device) and should make the Roomba a little simpler to use. Either way, though, you can’t go wrong with a robovac helping when vacuuming the house might be a bit too much.
Gifts don’t always have to be practical, and oftentimes something fun can make a great gift. The Echo Show 10 is an incredible smart home device that comes with an HD display and built-in Alexa.
Along with allowing your grandparents to easily watch their favorite shows or listen to music, it also allows them to take part in video calls that’ll automatically focus on them. That’s a big deal for group family calls, or just catching up with them at the weekends.
While they might need a little help understanding how the Echo Show works, once your grandparents have a grasp on it, it’ll be a great addition to the home.
Echo Show 10
A smart device that can be used for just about everything from relaxation to video calls.
Reading is timeless. Whether you’ve only just learned, or you’ve been doing it for decades, it’s hard to beat a good book when it comes to relaxing. That’s why buying someone a Kindle Paperwhite is such an excellent gift.
The latest model has a 6.8-inch display with an adjustable warm light that allows it to be used in any setting without any discomfort. Better yet, it still manages to look like paper too, which makes it easy to adapt to if the person you’re buying for has never used an eReader before.
You can get one with ads or without them, but that’s up to you. The ads are only on the lock screen and home screen and are unobtrusive, but it might be best to remove them so your grandparents don’t get confused as to what they are.
If your grandparents are especially tech-curious, then getting them a tablet to tinker with is an excellent choice.
The Fire HD 10 Tablet is an incredible device designed to give the user an experience akin to having a PC in the palm of their hands. It offers up the chance to view TV shows and films through a variety of apps. It can also be used to check emails or help organize things like shopping lists, and can even handle Zoom calls too.
Plus, it has built-in Alexa, which is good for those who might struggle to use touch controls. It can also be used to control other devices around the house if your grandparents are willing to try them out.
Looking at photos is a wonderful way to pass the time and swim around in the memories they bring back. However, we all take far more than will ever fit in a photo album thanks to our phones, so things have to change a bit.
Giving someone a PhotoSpring Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame is a perfect gift to allow them to look through photos with ease. In fact, it’s designed to be usable by those with little tech experience. You may well still need to help out to make sure they get some good photos on there, but once the picture frame is set up it’s a breeze to use.
Plus, it can be updated via email, app, or web browser, which allows new photos to be added in seconds. Family members can add new photos for your grandparents from afar, so they don’t have to.
Our final pick is a unique gift that’ll help make sure their drinks are always at the perfect temperature.
The Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug is an impressive heated coffee mug that can keep a drink hot for up to 80 minutes on a full charge, or can be placed atop a charging coaster to keep liquids warm all day.
This smart mug can be controlled via an app on Android or iPhone that allows the user to set the temperature they want, and can also be sued to send notifications. It even works without the app too and will remember the last temperature it was set to.
What that means is that you can do all of the tech stuff yourself, and your grandparents can simply reap the warn and toasty rewards.