Meghan Markle—like many of us this summer—will be spending her birthday celebrating someone else's big day. This Saturday, the royal crew will reportedly be heading to the countryside to be a part of the nuptials between Prince Harry's groomsman Charlie van Straubenzee and his soon-to-be-wife, videographer Daisy Jenks.
Considering her own, rather large wedding this year, we're sure she doesn't find forgoing a few celebratory moments for her 37th birthday. However, we would hope that the newlyweds might have other plans up their sleeves for a belated celebration (maybe another trip to Botswana?), and we're certain that the prince has some thoughtful gifting ideas up his regal sleeves. Judging from the heirloom aquamarine ring Prince Harry passed from his mother, Princess Diana, to Markle on their wedding day, we know this is a man who puts some effort into his gifting strategy—no last-minute flower mess-ups here, thanks.
With such thoughts fresh in our minds, we admit to getting carried away and generating our own (entirely imaginary and speculative) gift wish list. If we were Markle (one can dream), then the following lovely things would be written down well in advance, left open in browsers on one's laptop, and perhaps accidentally send over as e-commerce shopping links to the family group text. Whoops!
Keep reading for Meghan Markle's birthday gift list, as imagined by our editors.
1. A big smooch
As J.Lo once famously said, "My love don't cost a thing." We are certain that Markle isn't the grabby, greedy, materialistic type, so the first order of the birthday proceedings will surely revolve around a big ole smacker of a kiss from Prince Harry.
2. The coolest macarons ever
Charlotte Olympia has collaborated with Ladurée to create the most fashionable macarons and tea blend you've probably ever seen. The collection doesn't drop until August 29, but we would assume the royals could pull some strings. Maybe Markle could even share the loose tea leaves with HRH, as they appear to get along well.
3. A pony
Dreaming of a being a duchess or princess someday? Then you'll have probably imagined the pony to boot. Okay, maybe you didn't imagine it'd be a Shetland wearing the same tartan coat as you, but we know she's in this for the laughs as well as the love.
4. A lifetime supply of Aquazzura shoes
Considering they stride ahead as Markle's most worn shoe brand, we'd say it's a safe bet to just keep buying her more and more from Aquazzura. In public, she tends to wear nude courts, but we'd imagine these sassy little numbers would be perfect off-duty party attire.
5. A watch (to go with the wedding jewelry, obviously)
As Markle's wedding and engagement rings are silver, it makes complete sense to get a watch to match ASAP. This Cartier classic will be forever in fashion and isn't as expensive as some styles… Please?
6. Anything from Givenchy
Since designing Markle's wedding dress, Givenchy has been favored by the new royal on multiple occasions. It's tricky buying clothes for people, so we'd recommend a crossbody bag in a plain color, because the lady does love a crossbody bag in a plain color.
7. A charity donation
Being thoroughly modern royals, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urged well-wishers to donate to charity rather than shower them with material goods and treats on their wedding day. You can see the list of their chosen funds and associations here.
8. A super-exclusive, romantic, outdoorsy getaway that isn't too showy
Canopy & Stars
Everyone loves being treated to a romantic break, right? And these two haven't exactly had the most private 2018 thus far. So, we'd recommend that Prince Harry checks out this insanely cool Norwegian tree hotel. There's a huge hammock for stargazing, plus minimalist rooms (we know Markle isn't one for pomp and circumstance), husky-drawn sleds, a wood-fired sauna, and so much more. You can book 7th Room on Canopy & Stars for $1590 per night.
9. A royal wedding mug
Oh, how they chuckled in bed together drinking coffee from their very own royal wedding mugs.
10. A seat between the queen and the fashion queen at London Fashion Week
One does like fashion! Okay, you can't buy someone a seat at LFW (as far as we know), but we'd love for this to happen.
11. A seat that no one else is allowed to sit on
Preferably a Louis XV chaise longue. And preferably with a Kindle and nothing/no one else. Ta-ta now.