Best Grandparents Gifts, Subscription Boxes, & Care Packages

Updated by Timothy Paradis

Connections between the older and younger generations of a family are so important, and there’s never been a better moment than now to maintain those connections and develop deeper, tighter bonds with our grandparents. Celebrate Grandparent's Day in September or send a little something to bring on a smile with some of the best subscription boxes that are either curated for or well-suited to our more mature loved ones. No matter the day on the calendar, our grandparents deserve a grand-box of goodies!

Gifts are personal, and we have a little something for folks with all kinds of different interests on the Cratejoy market. So, whether you’re looking to send a little joy, keep them entertained with a new hobby, or find the perfect gift to celebrate retirement or another trip around the sun, we’ve got plenty of happy mail to choose from! Read on for some of our favorite monthly subscription boxes for Grandma and Grandpa.

Best Subscription Boxes to Gift Older Generations

Functional Gift Boxes

The days of maximalism have passed, and no one wants a useless gift that’s going to take up valuable closet space. This is especially true as you get older and have accumulated a lifetime’s worth of possessions and gifts. A subscription box like the Golden Age Gifts Monthly Box is full of thoughtful, practical gifts that all are sure to use and enjoy—filled with items such as crossword puzzles, snacks, and even oh-so-cozy socks!

Unique Gift Boxes

Although not all grandparents are natural crafters, we know that they will do anything to keep their children and grandchildren a little closer in their lives. That’s why we recommend purchasing subscription boxes that incorporate creative activities with revisiting joyous memories. Gift boxes such as Scrapbook Kits_002 will provide all the materials for your grandparents to create their own book of remembrances, while others, like The Paper Crate - Card Making Kit , will encourage them to reach out even more.

Gift Boxes for the Grandparent Who Already Has Everything

Some grandparents in your life are especially hard to buy for—They already have everything they need! In that case, we recommend a gift box that will curate an experience, rather than bringing new, unneeded objects into their home. My Garden Box is a great option for our aging family members that have a yard, while Air Plants Monthly can bring a gardening experience into any home.

Monthly Mercantile Box

Monthly Mercantile Box

From $45.00 per box
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Celebrate all things Appalachian with this thoughtfully curated gift box filled with Appalachian foods, crafts, and home goods. Your gift receiver will enjoy a collection of six to seven high-quality, full-sized products each month (or quarterly if you select the Seasonal Mercantile Box), along with a recipe and information about the products’ makers.

Shipping: We aim to ship our subscription boxes within 3 business days of your order. Your box will renew on the 15th of the following month, or season. Order by December 15th for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Customer Review

“Great box! I gave it as a Christmas present to my sister and her boyfriend. They both loved the variety of products in it. Everything was unique and high quality!” – Courtney

My Garden Box

My Garden Box

From $56.25 per box
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My Garden Box is perfect for any gardener or grower looking to learn about new plants. Each box includes a live plant, illustrated instructions for growing, and gardening tips. Receiving this box each month would make a great family activity or something mindful for anyone to dig into. They’ll also receive a cute planter, ensuring that they can either take their plant outside or let it find its home inside.

Shipping: Typically ship mid-month. Printable gift note downloads available. Due to state agricultural regulations and shipping restrictions, we CANNOT ship to AZ, AK, HI, or PR.

Customer Review

“Great subscription box!! This turned out to be my favorite of several different subscriptions of various types (self-care, books, tea, games, cocktails, etc.) Every box has been surprisingly delightful. All the plants have held up and are growing terrifically. Highly recommend!” — Mary W.

The Adults & Crafts Crate

The Adults & Crafts Crate

From $32.00 per box
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There’s no need to get bogged down in project planning when the pros behind the Adults & Crafts Crate have got it covered. Each monthly box sends at least 1 new Pinterest-worthy craft project, including all the supplies, tools, and illustrated step-by-steps to teach new crafting techniques while making one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Shipping: New orders will ship within five business days! If you need a gift printout before we ship, just message us! Then, will ship around the 25th of each month. If you need a kit by a certain date (i.e. birthday), just message us after you order and we will get that set up for you! You can order now even if you want it to start in the future.

Customer Review

"I received the engraving kit and I love it! I practiced on an old glass weigh scale to get the hang of engraving. I then started the glass coasters using pictures off google. I am sooo happy with how they turned out! It’s very relaxing and is a great stress reliever. I have a few people now wanting me to make them sets of coasters :)" - Megan T.

Chocolate and Book Box

Chocolate and Book Box

From $18.93 per box
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If you’re a busy book lover who likes to stay up-to-date and unwind, Chocolate and Book delivers you one new book, chocolate, and a cozy drink. Choose from 5 book genres (YA, Chicklit, Romance, Thriller, Sci-Fi/Fantasy) or surprise yourself!

Shipping: Order by 14th of each month for your shipment to be sent out between the 17th-20th of that month. For countries that require it, we complete custom’s declaration form, but you may be required to pay a custom's fee if your country officials decide to charge you one.

Customer Review

“This is such a great box! I ordered the 3 mo. subscription (but I'll be extending it!!!) for my mom, and she was really pleased! The box came with a book, three packages of hot chocolate, a package of biscuits, a gourmet chocolate bar, and a bookmark.” – Holly O.

The Paper Crate - Card Making Kit

The Paper Crate - Card Making Kit

From $27.49 per box
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They'll learn to make some happy mail of their own with the card-crafting techniques found in The Paper Crate. Every month, they'll get card-making kits to create 4 uniquely designed greeting cards with items like stamp sets, embellishments, finishing items, and more. Simple instructions and thoughtful templates make these projects good for newbies and experienced crafters alike.

Shipping: Sign up by the last day of the month and we will ship our box to you on or around the 6th of every month!

Customer Review

"I love my first box. I was so impressed with the gifts on the first box and the high quality of paper, Asuka Studio. Very impressed. Contacted customer support and had no issues. I had fun with my box and cannot wait for the next one! Thank you so much!" - Nicole L.

Monthly Scrapbook Kits

Monthly Scrapbook Kits

From $13.00 per box
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Now they can put together a collection of family recipes or memorialize some of life's special moments with a subscription to the Scrapbooking Store. This favorite pastime has never been easier or more fun than with this monthly box. A true "one-stop shop" for all things scrapbooking, they'll get a themed scrapbook kit complete with 12x12 double-sided pages, stickers, and other embellishments.

Shipping: Kits are shipped between the 7-10th of every month. If you have ordered late in the month, don't worry, you can still get the month's kit! Please order by the end of the month to get our current kit!

Customer Review

“My Grandma absolutely loved this as a gift! I got her the 3-month subscription as a Christmas gift and she said it was like Christmas for 3 months! So happy with the boxes, I will likely order this again!” – Mark H.

Air Plants Monthly

Air Plants Monthly

From $19.99 per box
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Dive into the wide world of air plants, learning the lingo of expert growers each month as you amass a collection of clumps, blooming plants, and plants with pups. The Air Plants Monthly Club Box is ideal for flower and plant lovers who aren't green thumb-gifted, sending at least 4 fresh, healthy plants of moderate size in a wide array of colors and varieties. Just give them a quick soak every couple of weeks, and they'll be good to go!

Shipping: All plants are neatly packed and make outstanding gifts.

Customer Review

“Highly recommend this box for any plant lover. I'm always surprised by the different varieties of air plants in the world, and this subscription has showcased that more than I could have imagined! They also often include a display for the beautiful BB's. I've definitely looked forward to receiving this every month.” – Jacob M.

The Original Vintage English Teatime Box - Eat, Drink, Read & Keep

The Original Vintage English Teatime Box - Eat, Drink, Read & Keep

From $37.43 per box
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Vintage Teatime delivers everything needed to enjoy afternoon tea with a great read. Each month subscribers can expect a new book, a variety of 8 teabags, biscuits, and a vintage teacup complete with a saucer and plate. All boxes also include a surprise gift to compliment tea time!

Shipping: Free delivery for UK subscribers

Customer Review

“I absolutely love these boxes the tea sets are beautiful, I enjoy trying the tea always fun to try flavors I would probably not buy on my own. The books are always fun to read and the biscuits are very yummy.” – Sandi B.

Looking for more gifts for grandparents? Check out our full collection of care packages !