Gift Guide Series

Gift Guide: Awkward Aunt

What to get your sweet-as-pie aunt who’s stuck in the ‘80s.

Her affinity for poly-blend seems to grow by the turtleneck. She uses Vogue as a coaster, but laminates each issue of Cat Fancy magazine for safekeeping. You have a theory she used so much Stiff Stuff in the ‘80s that her hair actually froze in an indefinite state of electrocuted-almost-mullet. One year she recycled the Thanksgiving tablecloth and sewed it into a poncho... that she proceeded to wear to Christmas dinner. Proudly.

She’s your sweet-as-pie but oh-so-unfashionable aunt stuck in the ‘80s, and you just can’t bring yourself to add to the ugly this year.

This is a tricky one because you want to skirt between offending her by hinting that a makeover is in order, overspending on something she’ll never use, and stooping to her level of bargain-bin bagatelle.lotions and balms, like the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum.

Because if anyone’s in need of a Princess Diaries-worthy transformation à la Paolo, it’s her. Trust us, she'll thank you when the compliments start flooding in at the grocery still. Babe in aisle 12!

— Chelsey Burnside

Saint Laurent bag, Marni necklace, Diptyque fragrances, Christian Lacroix notebook, Chloé book, Fornasetti Room Spray, all courtesy of Holt Renfrew.


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