Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Age: Early 70s, but insofar as she’s able to afford the very best in anti-aging advancements, she’ll always look just a touch under 50.
Occupation: Heiress darling, heiress.
Rent: She owns the building. And actually, the building has her family name carved in granite slab above the portico.
Profile: Her great-grandfather was a captain of industry and bought and sold entire countries before cocktail hour. For generations her family hasn’t had to worry about working, but that doesn’t necessarily make her a bad person. In fact, she’s started more than a few charitable hospitals in the Third World.
Under $30: She’s a rich old lady. She likes tea. Ipso facto, get her some nice tea. Sympathy for the Kettle has an amazing decaf Earl Grey, perfect for the oldsters (109 St. Mark’s Place, $18.75 per 6oz.)
Surefire: She’s always chilly, and always comports herself in high style… A colorful cashmere Hermés shawl! (691 Madison Ave, 212-751-3181, only $850!)
Fantasy Gift: She loves nice things, but just wants is to help people. A big donation in her name will warm her heart. (MercyCorps do good work around the world, and they were recently named one of America’s best charities. www.mercycorps.com)
The Counterintuitive Gift: She’s like a bazillionth generation Upper East Sider — but she doesn’t represent enough! She might even smile when you present her with a U.E.S. Neighborhoodie.
(234 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, $50)