Recently I reconnected with a cousin from my Dad’s side. As we were catching up on family, jobs and kids I mentioned my Aunt D on my Mom’s side. Without skipping a beat she said me: “Oh my God I always thought she was so cool! I loved her leather pants. You were so lucky to have her for an aunt.”
I couldn’t agree more. As a little girl she was the coolest… I used to think “when I grow up I want to: wear leather pants, straighten my hair, wear cowboy boots, look cool in just about everything, be sassy and saucy just like her.”
And just like for everyone there comes a moment when they feel they are no longer a child. For me this moment came when I was 22 and my father died. As profound of a loss it was, it also brought us closer because she could relate having had a similar experience, and so our connection deepened and matured. Since then she’s seen me get married, change jobs, move, give birth (literally), get divorced, get remarried, choke on a hot dog (don’t ask)…and she still looks better in cowboy boots.
She is one of the dearest, most special people in the world to me. She is great-aunt and godmother to my daughter (who is also named after her) and you can see the cycle of “cool aunt” beginning again–she was co-chaperone at my daughters karaoke party and her friends were all like: “who is that cool lady with your mom?” August is her birthday month and in honor of her and all the cool-aunts of the world, here is a list of gifts that just may possibly be as awesome as they are…maybe.
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Personalized Wall Art:
Make a custom piece of retro inspired art that tells her how special and totally awesome she is. I think these pieces from Red Envelope (from $79.95 right) are pretty groovy, as are these Personalized Name Art pieces from GrandinRoad ($149, left).
The Most Awesome Watch Ever:
I’ve been collecting Le Mer watches for a couple years. I think I have four now and actually gave my Aunt D one last Christmas. They have ones with simple chains or studs or funky themed ones like the maritime Portofino one shown above ($185 lemercollections.com). What’s super cute is the BFF one they have now. Check out the chain and charm collection here ($165).
Really Cool Necklaces:
This Personalizable Vintage Love Letter Necklace can include up to three lines of text and looks edgy yet delicate ($89.95, Red Envelope). For a birthday, this Astrology Necklace is so sweet and the disc shape is very timeless but not precious ($45, Uncommon Goods).
A trendy spin on family monogramming is this tribal gold charm necklace ($60) or for a more traditional take, this gold initial ($56) is very sweet and stylish, see the entire Be Monogrammed collection here.