If I've learned anything this year, it's that the world is OBSESSED with Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. So why not let that love inspire your holiday shopping this year?
Whether it's an affordable gift inspired by K. Midds, something that she actually uses and loves, or something hilarious, here are 14 gifts for people who are obsessed with Kate Middleton.
A fashionable coloring book.
Featuring some of Kate's most popular outfits, this coloring book is perfect for the aspiring fashion designer — or permanently stressed out princess — in your life. ($4, Amazon).
A regal necklace.
Give your Middleton-obsessed friend a piece of Kate's iconic sapphire blue engagement look with this replica necklace. In a variety of chain colors and lengths, so you can truly customize your Duchess-gift adventure. (Starts at $14, Etsy)
A neutral, boxy clutch.
When you're a duchess, you don't need to carry your own stuff — which is why Kate almost always carries tiny, boxy, (expensive) clutches. This super-chic rose gold clutch is fun, elegant, and decidedly unbasic. ($43, ASOS)
Kate Middle-toe socks.
Take your love for Kate with you wherever you go with this next level socks. Kate's signature hair swoop, eyeliner, and rosy cheeks — all in sock form. Hilarious AND functional. (Around $10, Chatty Feet).
Iconic sapphire earrings.
Kate, of course, now wears the sapphire engagement ring — and you can give a bit of the sparkly majesty with these Austrian crystal earrings. While there are a lot of replica sapphire earrings out there, these are sold by the Historic Royal Palaces charity, which — as the name implies — looks after six historic palaces, so you're supporting ~history~ with your gift shopping. Also, they're priced well and are REALLY sparkly, so win-win-win. (About $20, HRP Shop)
A Royal beverage.
At public events as a reperesntative of the Crown, Kate usually sips wine or champagne. But at home, I've been told, Our Girl Kate prefers to curl up in an armchair with a tumbler of Jack Daniels. If your giftee is of legal drinking age, a nice bottle of whiskey will let them live out their realest Princess fantasies.
A bouncy blowout.
K. Midds is known for her perfect hair — so what better to give your royalty-obsessed friend than an amazing blowout? If you live in a major city, DryBar gives a fantastic blowout — and offers gift cards — but if not, call your favorite local salon to inquire about prices and gifting opportunities.
A romantic work of fiction.
It's a story any Kate-obsessed girl knows too well: boy meets girl. Boy is a heir to the British throne. Girl is a commoner. They fall in love, but their romance is tested at every turn by the voracious press, by family — hello, upstaging sisters and sexy ginger princes — and by the nature of royalty itself.
Sound familiar? The fictional story of Bex and Nick — inspired, naturally, by the romance of Wills and Kate — is not just charming fun (though it is that in an absolutely massive way). This glorious book from The Fug Girls (Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan) takes us inside a very real, very complicated royal romance — and shows us exactly what it takes to turn an ordinary young woman into the face of modern monarchy. I genuinely love this book, and I know that you will, too. (Starting at $9, Amazon).
Kate's favorite shoes.
If you've seen so much as one single photo of Kate, you're familiar with her go-to shoes: the LK Bennett "Fern" heel. K. Midd's has these shoes in a bewildering array of materials and colors, but these pale pink babies get the most mileage. It's easy to see why she loves them so much — a chic almond toe, high but not TOO high, comfortable to wear all day, and expensive without being insanely so. It's a pricey gift to be sure, but if you have the cash, it's a splurge well-deployed. ($345, LK Bennett)
Richard Ward is the man behind Kate's amazing hair — and all the ROYAL INSIDERS I've ever talked to point to this cleaning conditioner as a key component in Kate's lovely locks (and ALLEGEDLY Pippa uses it, too). Super gentle yet incredibly effective — especially on colored hair — this will definitely make spirits bright. ($12, Joyus)
The Duchess wears A LOT of fun earrings — it's rumoured to be the only part of her wardrobe that she has sole control of. She made headlines in hammered gold and pearl Oscar de la Renta studs — you can get your BFF the same look in these handmade beauties. Plus, who doesn't love supporting indie businesses? ($25, Etsy)
What would a royal-loving home be without a flag cushion (or two) upon which to rest your weary bones? ($20 for two, Target)
Nude lipstick, fit for a Duchess.
Kate will NOT be parted from her nude lipstick — so give the gift of beauty with Charlotte Tilbury's Nude Kate lipstick. Named after the Duchess, it's a cheeky take on K. Midd's signature pinky gloss — all in a long wearing, super-hydrating formula. ($32, Charlotte Tilbury)
And finally, a hilarious patch.
I'm including this because it made me laugh, and because QEII reminds me a little of my own Nana. Reigning ain't easy. Let 'em know. ($9, Etsy)