When buying christening gifts do you buy a gift with only the child in mind or do you buy a gift for the parents that is centred around their child? For instance, would a small baby appreciate a silver plated, engraved photo frame? Not really, but their parents would love it. Would they be interested in a rattle ornament, or piggy bank or an item of jewellery? Some people buy teddy bears which would be a great playmate for the child but their parents are unlikely to want to play with it too! Take a look at these traditional gifts for some ideas:
I don’t think this is quite the dilemma it sounds; most of the traditional christening presents mentioned above will not make anyone bat an eyelid, least of all the baby who is most probably only concerned with filling his belly or his nappy.
It is quite popular to hold a baby’s christening in the summer, because just as with weddings, it’s nice to imagine everyone stood happily outside the church posing for photos with the sun beating down. A christening or similar occasion may be the only time some families see each other or get together if they are a large group or live across the country. The mood at a christening is always jolly, after all, you are in fact in celebration - celebrating the birth of this new baby into the world.
Naming ceremonies have become more popular in recent years. These are basically the same as a christening service but have less religious connotations and can be held in a function room rather than a church. This is an increasing trend as some parents want the family get-together but don’t place as much importance on the role of the church. This may give anyone attending a but of a problem when buying a gift - do you buy them something traditional, or something a little quirky or unusual? For a chistening gift that’s a little different, have a look at these:
Definitely different! They also both have an element of fun, which sets them apart a little from the more traditional gifts. This is just a small sample of the range that MyRedPacket have to offer, so be sure to browse through the other items too.
Godparents have the great honour of being the child’s unofficial guardian which means they are more likely to be involved in the child’s life. Therefore, a gift of a more personal nature, such as an engraved christening bracelet would be a good idea, giving you the chance to add your own message, such as, “Always looking out for you, kid!”.
Again, because babies are far more caught up with other things such as crying, sleeping and nappy-filling, I wouldn’t worry too much that the keepsake you buy is far more welcomed by their parents. Once the child has grown into an adult it will be nice for them to look at the christening gifts they were given that day - let’s face it, without keepsakes and photos, they’re not likely to remember any of it!
Have you been invited to a christening this summer? Tell us where and when, even forward a photo and we’ll include you in one of our blog posts. The rain is beating down quite heavily as I write - I hope it clears out in time for your special occasion!