Great Gifts from Aunts and Uncles
You want to be the favorite one, right? You want to be the cool aunt or uncle, and not get lumped in with the old biddies or bor-ing! adults. Well, part of being an awesome uncle or aunt means giving great gifts. It can be tricky to figure out just what that means, though, because you might not live close to your niece or nephew, and even if you do, unless you spend a lot of time with them, it’s hard to remember which toys and what clothing they already own. So if you need some ideas, look no further! We have five ways you can score in the gift-giving department, and earn that Cool Aunt or Cool Uncle designation you are after.
Number 5: Ask your niece’s and nephew’s parents for ideas. Now these ideas may be rather tame, even lame, so the key is to take their ideas and run with it in a more interesting direction. “He needs new snowpants,” for example, can turn into an idea for a snowball maker/snow castle construction set, like this one by L.L. Bean ($29.95).
Number 4: Think about what your niece or nephew is into — sports, books, video games, science, dance, etc. — and find a gift that complements that interest.
Number 3: Broaden their horizons. Parents are often strapped for time, so be the one to take the kids to their first movie, musical, museum, or sporting event.
Number 2: But don’t broaden their horizons too much without permission! If you’re thinking of giving your niece her first musical instrument or something similarly loud, check with her folks before buying her a (possibly headache-inducing) tuba or karaoke machine.
Number 1: The best way to be a cool aunt? Give a gift that you can enjoy together. Click on the slideshows that we’ve put together for you on Great Gifts from Aunts and Great Gifts from Uncles, all are designed to be experienced together and to create lasting memories!