Aunts are often like the big sister who always has your back. If your favorite aunt’s birthday is coming up (or any special occasion worth celebrating), what better way to show your appreciation than a gift she’ll love and cherish forever.
If you’re stuck trying to think of the perfect gift, we’ve rounded up 39 thoughtful gifts to surprise your aunt. From a monogrammed coffee mug to a stylish weekender she can take on many trips, these are gifts she will be sure to enjoy.
Below, you’ll find 39 gifts she’ll love to receive, and which you can feel good about giving:
A bracelet in the shape of a loved one’s handwriting
This Etsy handwriting bracelet is a sentimental and unique gift your aunt will cherish. You can choose between gold, sterling silver, or rose gold and add your own handwritten words to show your aunt just how much she means to you. Or, choose a handwriting sample from another person special to them, like their parent or child.
Sweet treats from Milk Bar
Gift your aunt a box filled with goodies from New York City’s famous bakery delivered right to her front door. There is no need to settle for one cookie: Milk Bar’s Little Somethings Box includes a gorgeous tin filled with six assorted cookies, a box of a dozen chocolate birthday truffles, and a dozen birthday cake truffles.
A custom shampoo and conditioner set for her hair goals
Wash day can get more exciting with Function of Beauty’s customized shampoo and conditioner set. After taking a short hair quiz, she will have a unique shampoo and conditioner formula to cater specifically to her hair’s needs.
A chic tiled monogram coffee mug
Every sip from this stylish mug will let her feel like she’s been transported to a chic Parisian cafe. Inspired by French bistro tilework, this monogram mug is beautifully exquisite as it is personal for her.
A soft silk sleep mask
Made with the finest silk, this soft sleep mask leaves her skin fresh and lets her slip into a blissful slumber.
A waterproof ebook reader that’s great for traveling
For the aunt who’s a bookworm, the Kindle Paperwhite brings her an easier reading experience especially when traveling. The ultra-lightweight Kindle Paperwhite offers a waterproof feature, up to ten-week battery life, and a vast selection of books to leisurely enjoy whenever.
A stylish throw blanket to help stay warm
This cozy striped throw blanket is a quintessential lounge accessory that won’t clash with any decor thanks to its neutral hues. She’ll appreciate the Brooklinen blanket’s warmth and style every time she snuggles with it this winter season.
A gift card for her favorite food or meal
If she’s craving hometown food or something new, Goldbelly has everything and more to feed her appetite. From deep-dish pizza to bagels, Goldbelly offers hundreds of options from restaurants, chefs, and food subscription boxes that ship nationwide.
Monthly deliveries of fresh coffee from all over the world
Atlas Coffee Club lets its members try freshly roasted, single origin coffee from all corners of the globe — from Peru to Papua New Guinea — for about $9 per bag. We’re big fans of the service, and it’s a great way to show your aunt that she can enjoy a sophisticated cup of coffee any time she wants for less than what she’d pay at the grocery store.
A self-watering indoor garden
The Click and Grow is a smart indoor garden that grows fresh herbs for your aunt year-round, with minimal intervention from her. This way, she’ll always have access to fresh ingredients — be they basil, thyme, sage, parsley, cilantro, cherry tomatoes, rosemary, peppers, flowers, or even strawberries.
A coffee table book of record covers
Record covers are a unique time capsule of our lives and the times themselves, and this coffee table book curates 1,000 that address such topics as love, life, death, fashion, and rebellion.
A lottery card that wins money for charities
When you scratch off a card from LottoLove, you won’t win any money. Instead, you “win” a charitable prize that’s donated to someone in need. There are four possible prizes, which help provide clean water, solar light, nutritious meals, or literacy tools. Each card costs just $4.95, but gives back in invaluable ways. To date, LottoLove and its charitable partners have impacted lives in over 60 countries.
Threesome Set, available at Otherland, $89
Otherland makes some of the most highly giftable candles on the market, and you can build a personalized set of three here for $89. Candles are coconut and soy wax blends and come in beautiful glass vessels. Each candle burns for 55 hours — ample time for your aunt to enjoy the new scents in her home.
The best-selling memoir from Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s witty, candid memoir “Becoming” held the title of Amazon’s number one best-selling book of 2019 solidly for most of the year, and it’s also a New York Times best seller. If your aunt has any interest in learning more about the former First Lady, or you see some similarities between the two, she may love owning her own hard copy — and getting to share her favorite parts with you.
Vibrant reusable straws
Food52 makes deceptively chic silicone straws out of platinum-grade silicone that’s BPA- and BPS-free. It won’t pick up odors or tases, and they come with their own squeegees for speedy cleaning, plus a mini carrying case.
A cult-favorite, skid-less yoga towel
Yogitoes is the go-to yoga mat towel for good reason. It’s ultra absorbent, lightweight, and quick-drying. The patented Skidless Technology is basically just silicone nubs that grip the mat to stay in place — and this translates to a better practice. If she likes yoga, this is a particularly thoughtful and useful gift. Find a full review here.
A multi-functional humidifier
Urpower, the company behind the tiny humidifier that nearly broke the internet, also makes a larger version. It’s racked up over 9,500 five-star reviews and functions as an aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier, and optional low-key night light.
An online class taught by a legend
MasterClass offers video lessons on a wide range of subjects led by experts in their respective fields. You can gift them one class, which they’ll get lifetime access to, or give them a year of unlimited access to every course on the site. Some standout courses include cooking basics with Gordon Ramsey, comedy with Judd Apatow, space exploration with Chris Hadfield, and tennis with Serena Williams.
A stylish, well-designed weekender
Lo & Son’s Catalina Deluxe Tote has taken the internet by storm as one of its best — and most affordable — weekender bags. It’s made from a sturdy, lightweight canvas and comes in seven different colors. Owners love the thoughtful design, which includes a separate compartment for shoes as well as a suitcase handle sleeve and key leash.
A cult-favorite cleansing balm
Despite the name, this not-so-secret affordable beauty gem has been taking the internet, and the Insider Reviews team, by storm. We love it because of its visible healing and smoothing techniques, and we feel confident that your aunt would, too.
A monthly delivery of sheet masks
Treat her to a four-pack or seven-pack of facial masks every month. The types of masks range from basic cotton sheets to hydrogels — so she can explore a variety without ever getting bored.
A framed memory
Framebridge makes custom framing for not-custom-framing prices. You can print or paint something on your own and have it framed, or have them print and frame it, and you can take advantage of the team of designers for help deciding which frame to get.
A lightweight, quick-drying waffle robe
Snowe’s big terry robe is my all-time favorite, but the company’s lightweight, fast-drying Honeycomb version is equally wonderful and may be best for hotter weather. The soft construction is slightly oversized, and colorways are chic and easy. It’s also Oeko-tex certified.
A gentle glycolic Acid nighttime cream
Healthy and hydrated skin is essential at any age for a refreshed natural glow. Maelove’s high-performance nighttime moisturizer cream improves skin texture with adequate hydration, clears dark spots, reduces wrinkles, and more.
A monthly delivery of a new hardcover
If she loves to read and isn’t ready to go 100% digital, we can’t recommend a Book of the Month membership highly enough. Each month’s book selections are chosen by recurring and celebrity guest judges who curate and select the best new hardcover titles for members from a broad range of genres.
A plug-in that adds voice-control to outlets
These plug-ins will turn a “dumb” outlet into a smart outlet. Plug in the WeMo Mini Smart Plug, download the free app, and that’s it — you control your lights and appliances from your phone anywhere and your voice through Alexa,, and Apple Home Kit. It only needs WiFi — no expensive hub.
A stylish toiletry bag
This toiletry bag is made out of a unique neoprene material and comes in a variety of pretty colors, from a bright poppy red to more muted tones like the mossy green seen above. Dagne Dover is also best-known for their thoughtful, next-level organization.
Beautiful pinch bowls
These beautiful stoneware bowls are the ideal size for adding just a “pinch” of something to a recipe or holding snacks, jewelry, or even small candles around the house.
Tickets to a Broadway experience
If she’s been missing theater while Broadway’s shut down, TodayTix’s virtual experiences are the next best thing. She’ll appreciate the ability to remain in touch with one of her favorite interests while also remaining safe.
A luscious house plant delivered to her door
Snake plants are some of the easiest plants to take care of. They prefer medium, indirect light and only need to be watered about every two weeks, but will instantly brighten her space. You may also opt to send some fresh flowers.
Healthy foods that take 30 seconds to make
Daily Harvest is a subscription service that sends healthy, pre-portioned superfood-packed smoothies, overnight oats, soups, and more to your home either weekly or monthly. The food combinations are developed by a nutritionist and chef, and the company is backed by big names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams. We tried the service’s smoothies and really enjoyed them.
The best pair of socks she’s ever tried
They may just seem like a basic, everyday accessory, but socks are among the most underrated gifts you can give. Bombas spent two years perfecting their gym socks, and we think they got it right. With thoughtful innovations like a blister tab and cushioned foot beds, her feet will notice the difference. Bombas also donates a pair to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased.
A smart light bulb is a perfect gift to get someone who’s been getting more curious about starting their own smart home or just loves the perfect ambiance. TP-Link’s bulb connects to the internet and can be controlled through a smartphone app, or a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.
A hair wrap that cuts drying time by 50%
Made with ultra-fine thread, this towel won’t grab at hair cuticles like regular bath towels. It can also reduce drying time by up to 50%, which sounds hyperbolic until you’ve tried it yourself. This is the one I own and it works far, far better than I had dared to hope.
A personalized photo calendar
Artifact Uprising has a personalized photo calendar that adds a sweet touch to her desk either in the form of a brass easel ($49) or wood clipboard. The calendar is updated on a rolling 12-month basis, so you don’t have to wait until January to create one.
A cute set of mugs
Turn your aunt and her family and/or her nieces and nephews into cartoon characters on a cute set of mugs they’ll keep for years to come. One side features the artists’ depiction of them (personalized through your choices of skin tone, hair, and clothing color) and the mug owner’s first name, while the other displays your family name and year established (optional).
A cleaner, more efficient multivitamin
Ritual is most known for its Essential for Women multivitamin, which fills in the gaps of women’s diets and was inspired by founder Katerina Schneider’s own experience of shopping for vitamins while she was pregnant. The startup makes taking vitamins a more intentional and enjoyable ritual.
A ClassPass gift card so she can access tons of different boutique fitness classes
If she’s looking for an activity to commit to, ClassPass helps users try boutique fitness classes at studios in her area when it’s safe to do, and it has a great selection of virtual classes in the meantime.
A cooking class with a renown chef
Cozymeal lets your aunt sign up for high-end cooking classes (whether virtual or in-person once it’s safe) to learn how to make everything from Italian pastas to vegan soul food. She’ll select her preferred experience, pick a date, and show up to learn from one of the nation’s top chefs — including a few who have worked in the world’s best Michelin-starred restaurants. Classes can be held at the chef’s location of choice or the gift recipient’s home. You can read our full review of Cozymeal here.