Clarissa has always preferred your brother James, he's so much more mailable and has a job she understands. If only you would just settle down with a nice man, do what women are designed to do and focus on Motherhood. These career women are all so hard and manly.
She used to be quite wealthy, but a mixture of Lloyds and her son Archie's 'little habits' have left her somewhat humbled financially. She ALWAYS comes to Christmas and is impossible to buy for. For all her spikiness you can't help loving the old battleaxe and her bone-crunching honesty at the diner table.
Try popping a lavender-infused Silk Eye-mask
(£36) or Silk Pillowcase
(£45) or from Holistic Silk
under the tree, inject some daily luxury into her life and melt her froideur for a day or two... then secretly mention that James voted Labour in the last election.