Pippa Middleton doesn't leave anything to chance where holiday giving is concerned. On the heels of her mother penning advice for hosting the perfect Christmas, the Duchess of Cambridge's meticulous sister laid out her plans in Waitrose Weekend magazine. Clearly with Prince George and Princess Charlotte on her mind, the party planner spilled her secrets for finding the perfect stocking stuffers.
"For children, few things bring on the anticipation of Christmas more than the thought of stockings bursting with presents," says the doting aunt, who previously described George as "a dear boy."
"I start looking out for stocking presents quite early – a few months before – as it’s much more charming and enjoyable to find fillers along the way without the stress of emergency buying."
Pippa's efforts will make her popular with George. Prince William has said that their son is indeed excited by the thought of the celebrations and will "be bouncing around like a rabbit" on Christmas Eve.
His sister-in-law also has ideas for the older members of the family. "I often find quirky and fun gifts when I least expect to – in antiques and card shops, browsing the Internet or window shopping. I love adding a personal touch to everyone's stocking."
Her attention to detail extends right down to finding the right wrapping paper.
"Once I’ve found the right gifts, the next problem is making sure each item is small enough to pack into a stocking – and also finding wrapping paper thin enough to wrap small or awkward gifts," Pippa says.
"I tend to go for a different pattern of wrapping paper for different family members and use Post-it Notes to label what's what."
It's not known whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to be at Anmer Hall, their home on the Queen's Sandringham estate, as they were last year, or if they'll choose Bucklebury to celebrate this year as they did during Kate's first pregnancy.
Wherever it is, Christmas will be full of the traditional touches that gave the duchess such a happy childhood.
In an interview with The Big Issue by a formerly homeless young woman, the Prince William said the couple would start by going to church as a family "as we always do" before returning home to share gifts.
"We'll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them. It's a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of your own," the father of two explained. "It'd be nice if we got a white Christmas because we haven't had one in many years."