"As I enter my first holiday spending spree that includes a little life-form to adorn with miniature things, I’m not quite sure how to feel about being stamped with the cutsey acronym. When I spoke to Melanie Notkin, a PANK herself and author of The Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide For Cool Aunts, she gave me an even more specific (and more twee) label: I am a "Debutaunt," because this is my brother’s first child. (Other aunt varieties, according to Notkin, include the “Aunt by Choice” (a very close family friend) or the “Lesbiaunt” (self-explanatory), Notkin has built a business on advice for “the modern cosmopolitan aunt,” and at the SavvyAuntie.com, she recommends toys to buy, trips to take, and also offers parenting-adjacent tips (like why your niece or nephew needs a flu shot). My niece is a future “Fashionieceta,” Notkin reveals and reiterates that I can fill in as her key style role model during our “Qualauntie” time together..."
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