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Creative Gift Ideas For Aunts & Uncles | Birthday and Christmas Presents 2015

Updated on January 31, 2015

My Tops 8 Gift Choices For Aunties & Uncles

I think aunts and uncles are difficult to buy for as they're not as close as parents, and also you usually don't see them that often. It's harder therefore to give presents that are particularly personal, so I've listed gift ideas below which are more general, plus some which are suited to people with certain interests such as gardening or whiskey drinking. I've also included a couple of products I know that my own uncles and aunts would like, so I hope those will be helpful to you also.

I have listed the top 8 ideas for uncles and top 8 ideas for aunties separately, although some would be suited to both, plus a few extras.

I hope you find this collection useful :-)

Photo and wrapping by Andy Mangold.

Garden Tool Kit

This popular tool bag set is the ideal present for aunties who enjoy working outdoors, especially if they also have an appreciation of the color pink!

Garden Tools, Gloves, Herb Scissors & More

Ideal for gifting green-fingered relations, these products would be a practical idea for anyone with a yard they need to keep looking lovely.

Air Plant Terrarium Kit

Instead of giving a house plant or a floral bouquet this year, why not choose something a bit different with this glass bauble ornament?

Hinterland Trading Air Plant Tillandsia Bromeliads Terrarium Kit with Pebbles and Moss Great Little Houseplant
Hinterland Trading Air Plant Tillandsia Bromeliads Terrarium Kit with Pebbles and Moss Great Little Houseplant

A hollow glass bauble which can be placed on a desk or hung from the ceiling as an eye-catching ornament.

The included air plant is so easy to look after as it needs very little maintenance, and the accompanying accessories of pebbles and moss add to the attractive look of this home terrarium.

Measures 4.5" across and comes boxed ready to be gifted.

 

Wooden Cheese Set

Particularly suited to those who like to entertain house guests with dinner parties, this set is compact and contains everything anyone would need to serve cheeses in style.

TOSCANA - a Picnic Time Brand Circo Cheese Board with Cheese Tools
TOSCANA - a Picnic Time Brand Circo Cheese Board with Cheese Tools

Neat, smart and organized, this cheese board would be much appreciated by any foodie or cheese-lover.

The hardwood chopping board is wipe-clean and swings outwards to reveal the inner compartment which houses four high-quality metal gadgets: sturdy stainless steel cheese plane (scraper), curved knife, sharp knife and a spreader.

This fun kit is very convenient and is even portable in case you want to take it on a picnic! A fun gift idea for aunts or uncles.

 

Ornate Moroccan Candle Holder

Intricately patterned products can be difficult to gift because of personal taste, however this lamp is so versatile (indoors, outdoors, hanging up, placed on a table, lighting up a garden path etc.) I'm sure anyone could find a place for one!

Gallery of Light Moroccan Lantern Blue Glass Candle Holder Candleholder
Gallery of Light Moroccan Lantern Blue Glass Candle Holder Candleholder

This is a decorative lantern in a vivid cobalt blue. It's nicely-made from metal and textured glass, and houses a candle or tealight to produce a beautiful glow. I love the exotic styling.

The lamp is an inexpensive present on its own, or you could buy a set of 3 as an alternative since the product is available in many different attractive colors.

Hung up or used as table decor, the lamp would create lovely mood lighting indoors or even outdoors on a summers evening.

Measures 8.25" high.

 

Moose Plant Stand - For Indoors or Outdoors

Add a bit of fun to gift-giving by finding a novel yet practical product to make your aunt smile!

Hal the Moose indoor or outdoors (garden) décor plant stands. Holds 6" pots - 23" inches tall
Hal the Moose indoor or outdoors (garden) décor plant stands. Holds 6" pots - 23" inches tall

Meet “Hal” the moose!

This extremely loveable stand-alone planter can be placed indoors or outdoors and is well constructed in metal with a weather-resistant finish.

Stands 23” tall, and there is also a mini version of “Hal” available on Amazon.

A charming gift for fun-loving relatives.

 

Spiral Crystal Chimes

For appreciators of elegant ornaments, these attractive sparkly chimes make a fantastic gift.

Red Carpet Studios Spiral Tune Red Heart Chime with Heart Crystals
Red Carpet Studios Spiral Tune Red Heart Chime with Heart Crystals

Hanging in a spiral, these beautiful chimes are 32" long and consist of heart shaped crystals inside red metal heart outlines. When placed in the sun, the crystals really sparkle, and the chimes make calming tinkling sounds in the breeze.

The ornament can be hung inside or out, and is especially suited for hanging up in a porch or in the yard.

A lovely gift for someone special on any occasion, this product also arrives gift boxed.

 

Mini Herb Planter Box

Everything is included in this kit to allow the recipient to plant, grow and eat their very own herbs.

Reclaimed Barnwood Planter Box Mini Herb Garden Kit - Grow Cooking Herbs from Seed: Basil, Dill, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro
Reclaimed Barnwood Planter Box Mini Herb Garden Kit - Grow Cooking Herbs from Seed: Basil, Dill, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano, Cilantro

A rustic planter box made of reclaimed barnwood forms the main part of this fun and eco-friendly kit. Also included are discs of soil and of course the herbs; dill, oregano, cilantro, thyme, parsley and basil.

Instructions are provided to allow anyone to start growing herbs immediately - all you need to add is water!

Perfectly sized for keeping on the kitchen windowsill, each planter is unique and as a bonus each one is handmade in the USA.

Measures approx. 15" long.

 

Luxury Spa Kit

If your aunt is a busy lady and deserves to put her feet up and be pampered, then this quality kit would make a thoughtful and much-appreciated gift.

Spa-Therapy Kit Relax
Spa-Therapy Kit Relax

A complete mini spa kit with samples of 4 different products, all lovely quality and all made with only natural ingredients.

The products included are a bar of vanilla orange herbal soap, aromatherapy massage oil, therapeutic bath salts and an exfoliation soap sack. All packed full of gorgeous fragrances.

A great idea for giving the gift of relaxation!

 

And Now Some Gift Ideas For Uncles...

Novelty Hats - The Madhatter

A funny idea for those with a silly sense of humor!

elope Giant Madhatter Hat
elope Giant Madhatter Hat

If your uncle wouldn't appreciate the endless fun of a novelty hat then maybe you can skip this option, but I know that 2 of my uncles have at least a few in their collection, and in fact one currently has at least 20 in his collection for his own childish amusement!

There are a huge number of hats to choose from (ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous) put I picked this Mad Hatter option as it just screams 'sophisticated gentleman', don't you think?

Comfy and lightweight so you can actually wear it for long periods of time if you wish, the hat is a very fun gift especially if it's to be presented in a party situation - because everyone will want to try it on!

 

Fun Desk Gong

For a man who has everything, or would perhaps appreciate a fun accessory on his office desk, this desk gong is the perfect solution!

Woodstock Desk Gong
Woodstock Desk Gong

An Asian style 6” mini gong hanging from a black ash wood frame is surely a unique and unusual gift idea! A wonderfully crafted piece, it is a smart novelty product that’s bound to attract attention.

Would look great either at home or in the office, and if your uncle cooks, I just think it would be hilarious to use the gong to announce when dinner is ready!

In researching this mini version, I’ve now decided I really want an actual size gong in my home. I don’t think my family would appreciate this.

 

BBQ Camouflage Apron

Barbecue themed presents are a classic choice for men's gifts, and this camo apron is a top-rated choice for a grill master and beer connoisseur!

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron, Cotton Camouflage Gag Gift for Cookouts, Adjustable Strap, Pockets and Bottle Opener Included
BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron, Cotton Camouflage Gag Gift for Cookouts, Adjustable Strap, Pockets and Bottle Opener Included

Provide the perfect accessory for your uncle to fully complete the transformation to Sergeant Grill!

If your uncle loves to grill in the great outdoors and likes a laugh, then this gag gift will go down a storm, and it’s practical too! The apron is good quality and is made to last through plenty of cookouts.

There are pockets galore for sauces, condiments and beers, and there’s even an in-built can opener! The cotton apron is one-size-fits-all and has an adjustable length.

 

Smart Ass Trivia Game

My aunt and uncle love games, puzzles and brain teasers, so anything like that would make an enjoyable gift, and a game that can be played by everybody when we get together is even better!

Smart Ass
Smart Ass

This top-rated and popular trivia game is aimed at adults and older kids (12+) and can be played by between 2 and 8 people.

The game includes 490 cards which provide Who? What? and Where Am I? type questions, with 10 clues ranging from vague to specific, and when the questions and clues are read out, whoever shouts out the answer first takes one step closer to being the ultimate Smart Ass!

This game would ideal to play at a family get-together or party, and each game can be completed quite quickly too (20-30 minutes, depending) so it won't drag on all night like some board games do!

 

Hanging Outdoor Bird Feeder

Even if your aunt and uncle aren't exactly nature enthusiasts, as long as they have a garden with a tree I think a bird feeder would be a definite hit...unless they have a bird phobia obviously!

Boxed Whiskey Glass

If your uncle is a whiskey drinker then I am sure he would appreciate this specially designed glass so he can really drink it in style!

Stolzle Glencairn Whiskey Glass
Stolzle Glencairn Whiskey Glass

This elegant glass is well-priced and comes individually boxed too, making it ideal for a gift.

Specially designed for enhancing the enjoyment of drinking Scotch, Bourbon or perhaps other fine spirits, this glass has a sturdy base and is made from lead-free crystal.

The Glencairn Glass is a must-have for any whiskey lover.

 

Traditional Office Desk Set

I think it's important for anybody to have a good pen and pencil set, whether it's for writing notes, letters, cards, cheques, messages, signatures or completing any office work. An ideal gift set.

Rosewood GFWPP Wood Pen & Pencil Set
Rosewood GFWPP Wood Pen & Pencil Set

Classy and functional, this Rosewood pen and pencil set comes in a smart wooden box and even has a lifetime warranty included.

Both pieces are matching and would look great on any desk...or even next to the telephone. I think the product certainly looks more expensive that it actually is, which is always a good thing!

For an extra special touch, the items are also engravable if you wish to add a personalized name or message after purchase.

 

Modern Wire Wine Rack

If your aunt or uncle enjoys a glass of wine of an evening, this simple but very smart and elegant wine rack may be the gift you're looking for.

Oenophilia Bottle Bouquet Wine Rack, Black - 6 Bottle
Oenophilia Bottle Bouquet Wine Rack, Black - 6 Bottle

A black metal wire construction with six spiral wine bottle holders, this sturdy product is excellent value. Instead of hiding the bottles away, this holder displays them in an attractive arrangement as an eye-catching centerpiece.

The rack is good quality and designed in a way that would make it suit both modern and traditional kitchens, and is also suitable for both male and female recipients.

This is a particularly good choice of gift for a couple.

 

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