Best Grandparents Gifts, Subscription Boxes, & Care Packages

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.


Golden Age Gifts Monthly Box

From $39.00 per box
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Reviewers rave about the care packages inside Golden Age Gifts that are packed full of practical, seasonal, and thoughtful gifts curated specifically with seniors in mind. The variety and personalization available means that each box is full of age-appropriate items and cozy things like socks, crossword puzzles, snacks, and inspirational items that remind them they're loved.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. around the first of each month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “I ordered a Golden Age Gifts box for my grandmother's birthday. Getting to watch her unbox it and see how excited she was about every item was the absolute best. I love how each box has a theme and is meticulously thought out. I will definitely be getting more in the future!” – Laura D.


Monthly Mercantile Box

From $45.00 per box
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Up your gifting game for birthdays, holidays, or any ol' days when you send your grandparents The Appalachian Mercantile. This gift subscription is a surefire way to break them from the habit of eating the same thing day in and day out by giving them the chance to discover new products and delicious artisanal goods. Subscribers rave that it exceeds expectations with gourmet foods, preserves, soaps, and other small-shop goodies.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 15th of each month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “We have really enjoyed receiving this box every month. The combination of items has been wonderful and comes from various Appalachian communities. There are typically some food items as well as home goods. I really like the treats (i.e., drinking chocolate, candy) and the home good/ craft items (i.e., tea towel, small hanging plant, cutting board, soap, etc.), whereas my husband really loves the food items. The food products typically contribute to a meal or snacks like soup, hot wings, or deviled eggs. We especially like the recipe(s) that are including with the mailing. We've been really pleased with the diversity of items. Plus, who doesn't love getting a surprise box of treats in the mail every month??” – Allison G.


My Garden Box

From $45.83 per box
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Gardening is a great way to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air, making My Garden Box a great monthly gift for grandparents who have (or want to have) a green thumb. Keep that garden growing strong with a box that's custom crafted for those new and experienced, packing in one living plant or a seasonal bulb, enriched potting soil, and a decorative planter.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. mid-month. Due to state agricultural regulations and shipping restrictions, they are unable to ship to Arizona, Alaska, Hawaiian, or Puerto Rico.

Why Subscribers Love It: “I love this box and look forward to it every month! There were a couple of months where there was an issue with shipping and their support team was so kind and got it sorted out for me quickly. The plants are always healthy and interesting and the planters are really high-quality. I also appreciate the little extras like pruning shears, plant info, and accessories like propagation stations!” – Jenna M.


The Adults & Crafts Crate

From $32.00 per box
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The Adults & Crafts Crate can help quiet the mind by keeping the hands busy crafting stylish home decor projects. Help your family members beautify their living space with a crafty care box that teaches new techniques every month. Each DIY project kit comes with all the necessary materials, accessories, and tools, plus straightforward step-by-step instructions to make everything from string art to wine caddies.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. around the 25th of each month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “I got this present for my 28-year-old sister, and she loved it! Instead of doing the arrow design on the peg board, she elected to do a mountain scene in honor of her home state Colorado. So much fun seeing her create. Everything was packed well and instructions were clear and included all needed materials which made it even better. Would absolutely recommend it, and I will be ordering again!” – Stephanie B.


Chocolate and Book Box

From £14.67 per box
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Give the grands in your life a pleasurable and personalized reading experience with Chocolate and book. Offering 9 genre options, from bestsellers to thrillers, select a preference and they'll receive a beautifully wrapped great gift, including a hand-selected novel with a note detailing the selection, a bookmark, and a delicious hot drink mix paired with a gourmet chocolate or cookie.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. between the 17th and the20th of every month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “This was so fun! Each box contained unique chocolates, books, and speciality drinks which I had not had before. Each book has also been very different from the other (I did the Hidden Gem option), which adds to the enjoyment.” – Elizabeth O.


The Paper Crate - Card Making Kit

From $27.50 per box
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With The Paper Crate, grandma and grandpa can craft their own original greeting cards and send them out to loved ones near and far. Teaching new paper craft techniques through the art of card making, each monthly kit is designed to help them create 4 unique greeting cards, sending easy-to-follow instructions, a stamp set, extra embellishments along with a variety of finishing items.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 6th of every month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “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.


Scrapbook Kits_002

From $12.00 per box
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Scrapbooking provides a perfect opportunity to take a walk down memory lane and reminisce over life's special moments. Make it easy each month with a monthly box from the Scrapbooking Store. Brimming with all the necessary supplies, unbox everything from an assortment of 12x12-inch double-sided pages and fun embellishments to stickers, cutouts, washi tape, and plenty of extra flair.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. within 2-3 business days, with renewals shipping on the same calendar day as the original sign-up date.

Why Subscribers Love It: “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.


Yarn Bits Shop Monthly Crochet QuickProjects Box

From $35.42 per box
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From the first box on, the Yarn Bits Shop will wow new and experienced crocheters with a range of subscriptions that are designed exclusively for fiber art enthusiasts. If Grandma or Grandpa is in that crowd, deliver high-quality DIY fun with colorful yarns and exclusive patterns. Send QuickProjects for easy monthly projects, CrochetMastery for advanced bimonthly projects, or the quarterly BlanketBox to craft a bold-patterned throw.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 11th each month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “Blanket kit came with everything needed except the scissors. The yarn was of high quality, and the pattern was well-written. I really like that each row included the stitch count. I’ve been crocheting for less than a year, and really enjoyed this challenge. Will be purchasing more kits from her website. Highly recommend this box!” – Heidi P.


Air Plants Monthly

From $19.99 per box
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Cheer up your grandparents with a green thumb gift that doesn't even require the green thumb! Air plants are some of the easiest plants to tend to and enjoy. One of the best gifts for cheering up any living space, the Air Plants Monthly Club Box sends a variety of air plants, including clumps, blooming plants, and plants with pups. And, the best part about them is they just need a quick soak every now and then.

Shipping: Ships within the U.S. the first week of every month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “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 Classic Vintage Teatime Box - Eat, Drink, Read & Keep

From £29.00 per box
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Savor a spirit-warming cup of tea each month with Vintage Teatime, an original subscription box that strives to create a relaxing, feel-good experience. Every monthly box brings a delicate vintage tea cup, saucer, and plate, all sporting beautiful patterns, along with 8 name-brand tea bags, premium biscuits, a new uplifting novel, and a charming surprise to complement the theme.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. around the 15th of each month.

Why Subscribers Love It: “Loved my box! It was fun opening the little packages and I love my teacup!” – Lynn B.