Baby shower gift ideas from the royals
Hey, gang -- Pippa, here.
You may have read I'm planning to throw my big sister a baby shower. The palace protocol types were all -- OMG, that's never been done for a royal before. I was gobsmacked, but apparently it's true.
"Don't get your knickers in a twist," I told them. "It'll be small, informal."
They actually fell for that.
I mean -- I'm a party planner. How would it look if I didn't throw my sis a grand, blowout affair? It's not every year that a future monarch of the British Empire comes along.
The party most likely won't be at Buckingham -- but it looks brilliant on the invite so I couldn't resist. Besides, we want to throw off the paparazzi.
Not sure what to bring? Retailers are stocking up on baby gear with "royal" flair. Here are some ideas, for Kate or anyone on your list.
-- Joseph V. Amodio
Cashmere mastermind Christopher Fischer dreamed up this dapper "Will” pullover and adorable "Kate" mock cardigan, in sumptuous cashmere; $195 each, in sizes 0 to 24 months, at Christopher Fischer stores in East Hampton, Southampton and Manhattan; and in August at christopherfischer.com.
Sure, he has 'em in pastel blue or pink, but why not go for this cashmere hat and bootie set in chic, sophisticated navy; $95, look for Ralph Lauren childrenswear at Ralph Lauren, Manhasset, Southampton and Manhattan, or ralphlauren.com.
Rachel Riley, the British designer of luxe childrenswear, is launching a new Heritage Collection just in time for the arrival of the royal baby. She'll offer up babysuits in crown prints and other stately fare, plus for older kids prince and princess costumes, $199 and up, crowns, $69, dollies and teddies, $69 each, and matching dolly/teddy outfits, $89 and up; available July 8 at Rachel Riley shop in Manhattan, and rachelriley.com.
Lush, the all-natural British beauty company, offers a variety of gift sets for moms, like this My Fair Lady combo of luxe skincare products, including a Creamed Almond and Coconut Smoothie, soft Figs and Leaves soap, Mediterranean orange-grove shower gel, body butter, lotion, Tiny Hands moisturizer and more-all in a charming hatbox wrapped in packaging to recall an English country garden; $56.95 at Lush shops inRoosevelt Field and Walt Whitman or lushusa.com.
Give the royal treatment to any gift you bring with these crown-stamped gift tags; $4.50 each at Maison 24, Manhattan; and maison24.com.
Any royal baby looking to elude the paparazzi needs a good disguise, and what better than these Mustachifiers-pacifiers and a makeover all in one; $12 at Maison 24, Manhattan; and maison24.com.
Nursing bras can be both functional AND feminine, like this "Sophie" version in black or pink lace from Brit brand Panache, which recently won the prestigious "Queen's Award" in the U.K.; $59 at Mary Lerner, Cedarhurst, and nordstrom.com.
Your crowning glory will need diapers--whenever, wherever--so tote them in style with Juicy Couture's nylon bag, with pockets inside and out, changing pad, plastic snap case for wipes, a bib-and a crown decal to remind you who rules the castle nowadays; $248 at shopbop.com.
Your prince can't always wear a crown but his status will be clear to everyone in this cotton jersey VIP graphic tee (tagless, for extra comfort); $9.50 at The Children's Place stores and childrensplace.com.
It's nice that girls now have a choice--but why can't they be both? Give your regal one options with this Sara Kety cotton bodysuit; $20 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.
Pebble's royal elephant for your prince- or princess-to-be is hand-knit in soft cotton; $29 at figleaves.com.
No baby's a commoner with Uncommon Goods' a personalized coat of arms baby announcement, featuring a charming colored-pencil drawing with details about your bundle of joy, like weight, zodiac sign, parents' names and more; $120 at uncommongoods.com.
The graphic tee, in comfy (tagless) cotton jersey, for your own heiress to the throne; $9.50 at The Children's Place stores and childrensplace.com.
They'll be swaddled in style with this cashmere cable and ribbed blanket, $995, and British flag pillow, $195; at Christopher Fischer shops in East Hampton, Southampton and Manhattan; and in August at christopherfischer.com.
You may know the phrase or love the '80s sitcom, but when it comes to silver spoons, look no further than Ralph Lauren, who has a sterling silver spoon, $175 (or rattle, brush, comb and more, $150 and up); look for sterling silver pieces at Ralph Lauren stores in Manhasset, Southampton and Manhattan and ralphlauren.com.
Oh, he's an Oxford man, all right--or at least he will be when the tyke wears these baby oxford socks (there's a ballerina version for girls); $30 for six pairs at Maison 24, Manhattan, or maison24.com.
She may or may not be to the manor born, but a dribbler? Guaranteed! So grab Aden + Anais Princess Posies bibs; $19.95 for set of three at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.
BabyBlooms' Organic Baby Clothing Bouquet comes styled like a flower arrangement (in blue, pink or cream), featuring an organic cotton bodysuit, hat, sleepsuit, bib and four pairs of socks; $83 at figleaves.com.
Magnificent Baby's new "An Heir Is Born" collection goes regal with images of crowns, prams, trumpets, flags and crests on a limited-edition reversible blanket, bibs, gown and these footies with magnetic fasteners; $11 to $34, available for pre-order at magnificentbaby.com, or look for the line in July at Albee Baby, Random Accessories or Torly Kids, Manhattan.
Madonna and David Beckham are fans of British childrenswear designer Rachel Riley and no doubt Kate and Wills will love Riley's new Heritage Collection, which includes stately fare like this little pram-embroidered suit, $99; available by July 8 at Rachel Riley, Manhattan, and rachelriley.com.