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A Canadian gift for the royal-to-be

- March 7th, 2013

For their wedding, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife gave Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, a personal gift of some outdoors equipment, while the country donated $50,000 to the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, a charity named by the couple.

Now with a royal baby on the way, what does one get the infant that will presumably have everything?

It has to be truly Canadian. Here are 10 ideas:

1. Canada Goose Baby Bunting – For those cold days, this little outfit will keep the future king or queen toasty warm, with the trademark coyote fur trim. (Photo: Canada Goose)

2. Books by beloved Canadian children’s book author Robert Munsch – No one does storytelling the way Munsch does. Whether it’s Love You Forever, Mortimer, Paper Bag Princess or a complete set, that baby will be in for some great stories. (Photo: Amazon.ca)

3. Hudson Bay Company baby blanket – The iconic striped blanket is a very Canadian symbol, and it comes in baby sizes. (Photo: HBC)

4. Baby hockey jersey – Best to get a Team Canada one to match Mom and Dad’s. Plus we’d hate to subject the child to the shame of wearing a Leafs jersey. (Photo: Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

5. Stuffed toy – Sure, we could get the little one a stuffed toy of a moose, beaver, Canadian goose, bear … Or we could get Cookie Monster dressed as a Mountie (they have Elmo, too). (Photo: TheMountieShop.ca)

6. Toque – The baby will be born during the summer, but it’ll need warm stuff for winter, such as a cute toque. Like a Pook Toque perhaps? (Or a Pookie Toquie for the little one). (Photo: Pook Toque)

7. Air force related clothing – Prince William was said to be tickled pink when someone gave him a onesie that said, Daddy’s Little Co-pilot. The search and rescue helicopter pilot might also appreciate an air force-related gift from us. Does anyone make airplane spoons with Avro Arrows on them? If not, someone should. (Photo: Airforcemuseum.ca)

8. Baby moccasins – Anyone can buy baby booties, but hand-crafted baby moccasins? Totally awesome. (Photo: MoccasinsCanada.com)

9. Gehry playhouse? – What are the chances Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry (pictured) could be commissioned to design a playhouse for the little tyke? (Photo: Michael Peake/QMI AGENCY)

10. Donation to charity – No doubt the duke and duchess will suggest donations to their charity, with that money then being distributed. Because child health care is an issue near and dear to their hearts, a donation to children’s hospitals would be very appropriate. This file photo shows Kate visiting two-year-old Yasmin Jeffers and her mother during a visit to the oncology ward at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, on Feb. 14, 2012. (Photo: Paul Edwards / AFP PHOTO)

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4 comments

  1. J | March 19, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    How about nothing ? A country should not be expected to give gifts, especially when the sentiments may not reflect the residents. If someone personally feels the need, let them.

    On the other hand maybe we could give them David Onley ? He’s no longer useful as a Canadian after betraying us with the proroguing, and obviously drools over “royalty” (or maybe its just plain old commoner drool).

  2. Bee | April 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

    it would be a lovely gesture if Canada did send this future King/Queen a gift welcoming the child into the world. We are part of the commonwealth, and a great many Canadians love their Queen & the young Royal, William, Kate & Harry

  3. ingrid | April 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I think the Booties or the blanket are good symbols of Canada, and since the child will be born is the summer both of those would be suitable in the summer.

  4. Lee | June 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    We love and respect the Queen, but are tired of having this pair foisted on us.

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