There's nothing more intimidating that spending your first Christmas with your brand-new in-laws. What presents do you buy them all? Should you bake something to bring along? So spare a thought for newly-engaged Meghan Markle, who is gearing up to spend her first ever Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham. In terms of celebrations, Queen Elizabeth's annual gathering is like the Hunger Games of Christmas shin-digs, drenched in rigid formalities, strict protocol, and a lot of mingling and polite small talk with senior members of the British monarchy. A very merry and intense Christmas indeed!
But perhaps the biggest conundrum Meghan is facing, aside from all the curtsying she'll have to do to each and every member of the royal family, is what the devil to buy her grandmother-in-law the Queen, aka the woman who has literally everything including a portfolio of palaces, ponies, and purses. Meg's new sister-in-law Kate Middleton has set the bar high, revealing she loves to make the Queen her very own top-secret chutney recipe.
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"I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present," Kate revealed in a documentary for the Queen's 90th birthday last year. "I was thinking, 'Gosh, what should I give her?' I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents. And I thought, 'I'll make her something.' Which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny's recipe of chutney. I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table. I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me."
For Meghan, the pressure is on to impress. But to make her life easier, we've taken a leaf out of Kate's book and rounded up the best DIY presents the Suits star can fashion all with her very own crafty hands. Because let's not forget, Kate might be the Queen of Chutney but before she met Prince Harry, Meghan was the Ruler of the Wellness Blogosphere World!
Long before she made it in Hollywood, Meghan's side-hustle was working as a professional wedding calligrapher. In 2013, she told Esquire of her hidden talent: "Calligraphy was [my] pseudo-waitressing job. I didn't wait tables. I did calligraphy for the invitations for, like, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton's wedding." And what better way to bond with your granny-in-law than some one-on-one time as you teach her the lost art of calligraphy. Plus, the 91-year-old already has her own bespoke letterheads they can practice on!
A seven-day green juice cleanse
We know the Queen just loves her daily drink (or four) of booze (including gin and Dubonnet, wine, a dry martini, and champagne) and it's obviously worked wonders for her because she's enjoying her twilight years in glorious health. But Megs is all about that green juice life and has a lot to offer when it comes to matters of the blender. We propose the royal-in-waiting gift Her Majesty with a seven-day green juice cleanse to kick-start the new year with. "Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me. Something that just gets right into your system is a nice pick-me-up," Meghan once admitted. We reckon the Queen would be a convert in no time!
The complete collection of her lifestyle blog, The Tig, turned into a book
She shut down her lifestyle blog The Tig in April this year, but the Goop-esque site is jam-packed with sage wisdom on how to win at life. Imagine if she converted it into an actual book for the Queen? It would be a page-turner and as addictive as The Crown.
A lifetime supply of paleo pet food for the corgis
Considering how tight Meghan is with the Queen's pack of corgis, why not splurge on her pooches and give them the gift of paleo pet food? The Queen would love it!
A yoga crash course for dummies
She might the longest-living ruler of the Commonwealth, but at 91, Elizabeth is fitter than a fiddle. The Queen is a huge lover of long walks around Balmoral and if often spotted on horseback enjoying a casual canter in the crisp country air. Enter Yogi Meghan, who can show Queen Elizabeth the benefits of a down dog or a relaxing Shavasana to cool down after her exercise sessions. Namaste, your Majesty!
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This post was written by Bella Brennan. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.