I'm the crazy Aunt everyone warned you about...
And its so true.
My sister and her husband hate me (or more specifically they hate the things I give my niece for xmas and birthdays).
This past xmas for 2011?
I gave my niece a drum set. Buying for her is getting tricky. She is 12 and interested in boys and I wanted to give her something she could 2 things with: #1. Vent frustration during her teenage years; #2. Be creative with. I saw the drum set and I knew her parents would be pissed at me... but I also knew I would be her favourite aunt forever and ever. (Technically I am her only aunt, but you know...)
In 2010 I got her a magazine subscription to Ms.
In 2009 I got her art supplies and a book about Banksy (the graffiti artist)... and gave her strict instructions she is to make artwork, not graffiti.
She reads my blog so I can't say what I will get her for xmas 2012. Ever since the drum set she is now bugging her parents for a guitar. Hmm. :)