When you are saying something like

I'm going Christmas shopping with my aunt and uncle.

is there a replacement for 'aunt and uncle' that is one word?

If not, is the sentence grammatically correct?

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    "I'm going Christmas shopping with my relatives"
    – user 85795
    Dec 8, 2013 at 3:53
  • siblings, parents, cousins; no, no, nope. I think you found a hole. Now is it just in my knowledge?
    – hildred
    Dec 8, 2013 at 3:53
  • Well, is it possible to be more specific than relatives or family? I don't think there's such word in the english language that's that specific, but saying "aunt and uncle" sounds... "wrong"
    – user59167
    Dec 8, 2013 at 3:55
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    Don't worry, you've got it; there's absolutely nothing wrong with "aunt and uncle"- "I'm going shopping with my aunt and uncle" is exactly right.
    – Jim
    Dec 8, 2013 at 4:32
  • Well that's good then. I still have that curiosity that's yet to be fed. But at least I know I'm not saying it wrong.
    – user59167
    Dec 8, 2013 at 4:34

2 Answers 2


In the context of OP's casual speech, one could say,

I'm going Christmas shopping with my folks.


4. folks Informal a. The members of one's family or childhood household; one's relatives.

  • The order of definitions in that link is interesting - I would have thought the parental definition would be primary. Perhaps drop the s and state "I'm going shopping with my folk"?
    – lonstar
    Dec 9, 2013 at 2:48
  • I agree with @lonstar. If I heard "folks" I would assume "parents". Kinfolk might work, but it sounds quite hillbilly to me.
    – Kim
    Mar 7, 2014 at 19:52
  • folks can be interpreted as friends, especially in colloquial usage.
    – ermanen
    Mar 8, 2014 at 17:16
  • @ermanen Yes, but we don't use my folks when talking of buddies, my suggests a family relation.
    – Kris
    Mar 10, 2014 at 8:05

I think aunt and uncle sounds just fine. If you want one word I would go with relatives. Family (members) could be used too but some would take this as immediate family.

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