Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

Every year, on the Sunday after Labor Day, Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States. As the story goes, the holiday was first suggested to President Nixon in 1969 in a letter written by a 9-year child advocating for a day to celebrate Grandparents. 

grandma baking cookies with granddaughter

Officially, Grandparents Day was proclaimed to be a national holiday by President Carter in 1978. The purpose of the holiday is to honor grandparents and to appreciate the guidance and wisdom they can give to younger generations.

As Carter stated, "Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us. Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions." 

The English teacher in me loves the symbolism behind the choice of September as the month to celebrate Grandparents Day. As the first month of fall, September represents the "autumn" of life, a time when many people find themselves to be grandparents.  

going with fishing with grandpa

Gifts for Grandparents 

For Grandparents Day 2022, celebrated this year on Sunday, September 11th, we've put together this list of 3 candles that would make perfect gifts for Grandparents Day. 

Why do scented candles make such fabulous gifts for grandparents? From a practical standpoint, many grandparents are home a lot to enjoy scented candles around the house. From a more emotional, thoughtful standpoint, scented candles can be the gift of so much more: they can be the gift of a memory. 

I just wrote a blog post, Why is Smell Connected to Memory?, exploring the connection between scent and memory, and as I was writing it, I realized what a thoughtful gift a scented candle would be for a grandparent. Through a scented candle gift, you can evoke a memory for them of a special time or place in their life, or you can also gift them a candle that represents one of your memories of them. 

Learn more about Why Scent Brings Back Memories

My grandma, for example, always had a Cucumber Melon scented hand soap in her guest bathroom. Any time I smell Cucumber Melon, that scent makes me think of her. When I first started making candles, I had to make her a Cucumber Melon candle, telling her it was a scent that always reminded me of her. 

She absolutely loved it. 

So, without further ado, here are 3 candle gift ideas for your Grandparents for Grandparents Day, their birthdays, holidays and more! 

#1 Love You, Grandma Candle 

Love You Grandma candle gift for grandma

Mothers Day Gift to Grandma

This fabulous candle is poured in our double-wicked apothecary jar and features a heart-warming "Love You, Grandma" label. We can also personalize the label for you to fit whatever you may call your Grandma or Grandpa. Over the years, we've made candles for Nana, Grammy, Gramps, and more. 

Choose a scent that reminds you of your grandparents (A Dozen Roses? Very Vanilla?) and voila! The perfect scented candle for Grandma or Grandpa. 


Girls baking cookies with grandma

#2 Almond Rum Cake Candle 

...or any of our other bakery scented candles!

If your Grandma is anything like mine, she was always baking scrumptious goodies for me and the other grandkids. At Christmas time, she would make Christmas cookies for us to decorate, and when we visited for Thanksgiving, she'd always be making cakes and pies for us.

So shout out to Lemon Cake, Pumpkin Pie, and Gingerbread Cookie for this one, too!




#3 Give Thanks Candle  

Give Thanks Candle with pumpkins

While this candle choice is inspired in part by the fact that I would see my Grandparents around the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), it also seems like the perfect choice to say thank you to them for the impact they've had in your life.

Whether as a Grandparents Day gift or as a Christmas gift for grandparents, this gratitude gift is all about giving thanks for a special person in your life. Choose from two 'autumn' scents for Grandparents Day and give them a beautiful scented candle to enjoy for Thanksgiving and the rest of the year! 


To learn about another special happening of September, check out our post on World Candle Month!

For more Candle Gift Ideas for Fall, check out our 3 Best Fall Scented Candles.

 grandmother and granddaughter


September 07, 2022 — Kate De Palma

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