The Nice List: 10 Gifts to Give the Grandkids

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We’ve rounded up our favourite gift ideas for grandkids of all ages on your list. Photo: agrobacter/Getty Images

Gift giving for the grandkids can sometimes be tough. Is it cool, current – and useful? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite ideas for everyone on your list, from the toddler to the tween and teen to the gen-Z 20-somethings.

The best part? The purchase of some of the gifts also means giving back, as many have a charity tie-in. And since age is just a number, you may even find something with which to treat yourself. Merry merry!

For Baby: Roots x Kombi Baby Cute Aviator

Roots x Kombi Baby Cute Aviator
Photo: Courtesy of Roots Canada


The Canadian company collaborated with Kombi, known for its winter gear, to create this sweet wool-blend take on the classic, soft sherpa lining and lumberjack check included.


For Heroes-in-the-Making: VTech Helping Heroes Fire Station

Helping Heroes Fire Station
Photo: Courtesy VTech


Wee ones have dreams, too! For budding heroes aged 1 ½ to 4, this fire station, complete with music, sounds and phrases telling what it’s like to be a firefighter, transforms into a fire truck and comes with firefighters Fiona and Frankie, as well as a rescue vehicle, helicopter and ladder. Plus, with each sale, US$1 will be donated to Save the Children.


For the Glam Social Media Star: Swarovski Swanflower Smartphone Case

Swanflower Case
Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski


All that glitters is glam with this phone case, made for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The sparkling clear crystals are on trend, while the swirling swan-pattern design adds a graphic element. It also features bumpers to help protect the phone.


For the Luxury-Loving Softie: Cilque Face Mask


Face Mask
Photo: Courtesy of Clique


Silk has been shown to be a fabric that can help prevent “maskne.” This mask will be no doubt popular with teens with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It is made from 100 per cent mulberry silk, comes in four colours, is reusable, has an inner pocket for a filter and is also gentle on skin. Also, it’s washable and, with every online order, Cilque will donate a portion of proceeds to Children’s Aid Foundation.


For the Creative Kid: VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam
Photo: Courtesy of V-Tech


For kids five to 10 years of age, this “cam” will bring out the storyteller and filmmaker in them. Set it for green screen or 20-plus other backgrounds for high-definition videos, selfies and more. It features editing and creativity tools and comes with a tripod for steady shooting.

For the Aspiring Foodie: Philips Soup Maker

Soup Maker
Photo: Courtesy of Philips


Whether just moving out or at the college dorm, the foodie in your life will appreciate this way to make comfort food easier. It’s a one-stop solution to soups and sauces from scratch – even smoothies. It blends and sets the right temperature with no need to stir or constantly monitor. Philips SoupMaker 


For the Home Theatre Buff: Sonos Portable Speakers


Sonos Portable Speakers
Photo: Courtesy of Sonos


We’re spending more time at home and, for many of us, that also means more listening to our favourite musicians, streaming our favourite shows and movies – and being able to finally watch pro sports again! Theatre-quality sound, however, isn’t always what you get, even with the most modern flat-screen. Pump up the volume with one of Sonos’ new speakers: Beam, a compact sound bar that brings the stadium vibes to game day. Sonos Beam      


For the Groomed Guy: Philips S7000 Series Shaver

Philips S7000 Series Shaver
Photo: Courtesy of Philips


Especially formulated for sensitive skin, this electric shaver was co-developed with dermatologists and helps reduce irritation (hello, maskne), provides a close yet comfortable shave and connects to the GroomTribe app for a personalized grooming routine. Philips S7000 


For the Sports Fan: Victorinox Limited Edition Pocket Knife

Limited edition pocket knife
Photo: Courtesy of Victorinox


With 10 different designs inspired by some of the world’s favourite sports as chosen by Victorinox fans, it might be hard to choose just one. The eye-catching graphics include soccer, hiking, cycling and more on both sides of the knife. The knife’s multi-tasking tools feature seven functions, from a corkscrew to scissors.

For the Socially Aware One: Kiehl’s Hand Cream

Hand cream
Photo: Courtesy of Kiehls


The skin-care company has partnered with the Foundation of Stars this season, which supports research on heart disease in children across Canada. With each sale of the limited-edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, Kiehl’s will donate $5 to the foundation to promote pediatric research. Ultimate Strength Hand Salve 


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