A baby’s first christening can be a very special day for all involved. Not only does the ceremony celebrate the child’s entrance into the world but it also marks the beginning of a lifelong relationship with God. Usually all those who attend the ceremony, such as the god parents, family members, close friends and grandparents, will want to present the child with special baby christening gifts.
A great gift idea and one that can be given prior to the actual christening day is a traditional christening gown. Some churches actually prescribe that children must be wearing a gown for the ceremony. White is usually the preferred colour as it is a symbol of purity and youth. The gowns or day gowns are traditionally worn by both female and male and they are usually made to be as sheer and as soft as possible. If baby is prone to spitting it could be a wise idea to get a matching bib for the day, as a normal brightly coloured bib may look out of place. Other accessories can include matching shoes and bonnet. If you would rather not dress baby in a bonnet for the day another option is a headband which can be used later in life as a garter on her wedding day.
A unique christening gift is usually one that is treasured for many years to come and in time may even become a family heirloom. Therefore, it is worth spending that extra bit of time and money to find a gift that has a personal touch and will also last a life time.
Here are a few suggestions for traditional baby christening gifts:
Religious Gifts: There are many beautifully crafted bibles available that can come with a satin cover or indented with gold and silver, which the minister of the ceremony could bless. A sterling silver cross, on a white satin ribbon can make a lovely bible marker and could also be a suitable gift for baptism or first communion.
Baby Jewellery: Silver or gold ID or charm bracelets or bangles.
UK Baby Gift Sets: These can include baby grooming sets, such as a mirror, comb and brush set. Other gift sets can include baby cups, bowls and cutlery.
Blankets: A beautifully made baby blanket from the finest and purest of materials can make a wonderful gift. A baby's first christening blanket can also come with satin trim and personally embroidered with baby’s name.
Photo albums and keepsake boxes: A photo album can display all the photos from the day and a keepsake box can hold baby’s first curl or first tooth.