It’s a hard task to find Christmas presents for your in-laws, but it’s probably even harder when your grandmother-in-law happens to be the Queen of England herself.
Keeping with the German traditions set by King George VI, the royal family exchange gifts on Christmas Eve each year.
Typically, they stick to gag gifts rather than sentimental presents, because what do you buy someone who has everything?
In the early years of her life as a royal, Kate Middleton chose to step away from the tradition and get the Queen something different.
“I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,”-Kate told BBC, “Which could have gone horribly wrong.”
Instead of getting her a classic joke gift, Kate cooked up a batch of chutney using a family recipe that had been passed down from her own grandmother. She must’ve been quite relieved when she found out the Queen was pretty pleased with the gift.
“I was slightly worried about it,” said Kate, “But I noticed the next day that it was on the table.”
But Kate is not the only one though who’s skipped out on the joke gift tradition, as Princess Diana didn’t know gag gifts were the go to.
Diana’s first Christmas as a royal saw her gift the members of the royal family a cashmere sweater and mohair scarf.
While the members of the family were amused by the gifts, Diana’s sweet gifts showed her giving nature, and she’s said to have taken their light teasing quite well.
As for Meghan, the newest royal member – there’s no word yet on what gifts she gave the family for her first Christmas as a royal.
Given her sense of humor we’re sure they won’t have any problems with the gifts.