If you're lucky, when you were a child you lived near to a large close-knit group of family. Not everyone has this sort of idyllic childhood, though, so here are five key reasons that I think the best aunties aren't always real aunties at all.
Helen Mirren is the inspirational auntie we all kindof wish belonged to us. Oscar winning actress, Dame, she gives great advice, but also has a bit of a fun and slightly crazy side, what's not to love and admire?!
Alongside word-of-mouth, visiting markets and trade shows, and having a nosy through toy shops and local markets whenever we travel, we also like to do a round-up of Christmas Gift Guides each year. We look through lists from newspapers, magazines and blogs to see what is new and different and what might be interesting for us to follow-up.