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I love holiday shopping but I have to say, finding the perfect gift for my mother-in-law is no easy task. The woman sews all of her own clothes, has a home filled with candles that have never ever been lit and doesn’t drive (so it’s not like she can easily return something that misses the mark). Most years I wrap up a framed photo of the kids or some healthy edible and hope that she too subscribes to the "it's the thought that counts" school of gifting.
If find yourself in a similar boat this season, just be glad you’re not Kate Middleton. After all, what do you get for your husband's grandmother who happens also to be the Queen of England? It’s not like you can pick up some nice hoop earrings from Macy's for the woman who keeps her baubles in the Tower of London under 24/7 security. According to People, royal custom dictates that Kate's gift for Her Majesty should be inexpensive but thoughtful and ideally "fun and jokey." The tasteful part is implied, of course (so whoopee cushions, nose-hair trimmers and airbrush bikini t-shirts are definitely out).
Surely the lovely Duchess has an army of aides to help her choose the perfect present. And at least a handmaiden or two to help her shop and pack for her visit to her hubby’s family’s country estate outside of London, where she’ll need to have outfits for activities that range from church services to a pheasant shoot. But in the evenings, when her royal MIL is said to enjoy parlor games including jigsaw puzzles, Scrabble and charades, Kate is all on her own. I’m sure the impossibly elegant new addition to the Royal Family will shine -- but I’d rather be sipping port and watching Elf myself.