Traditional Irish baby gifts are renowned for their fine quality and craftsmanship. Like unusual Irish names, Irish baby gifts are also becoming increasingly popular. Many of these traditional gifts are entrenched in Irish history and legend. Any child with even the smallest bit of Irish in them will love them.
Here are a few ideas if you’re looking for a gift - Types of Irish baby gifts:
Celtic Cross Jewellery: The circle of eternal rebirth makes a fitting gift for a newborn baby. A Celtic cross symbolises the union between the old religions found by St Patrick and Christianity, which he introduced to Ireland. According to legend, the Saint traced a cross through the circle sacred to the moon goddess and then created the symbol which now represents eternal love.
Claddagh Ring or Bracelet: The romantic story of the Claddagh ring dates back more than 500 years ago. Traditionally it is passed down through many generations from mother to daughter and it signifies the wish that love and friendship should reign supreme. The hands symbolise friendship, the crown loyalty, and the heart love. It is said to be very bad luck to purchase your own Claddagh ring, it must always be given or received as a gift. The emblem of love and friendship can also be made into a bracelet.
Irish Fairy Tales: Passed down from generation to generation Irish fairy tales are some of the best in the world. A book of Irish fairy tales promises to be packed full of enchantment, dangerous deeds, a touch of humour and romantic lost loves.
Belleek China: Belleek china is one of the trademark materials of Irish craftsmanship. A baby mug made from Belleek china is a distinctively Irish gift.
Christening Wear: Irish christening gowns are some of the finest in the world. They are usually hand-sewn and made from pure white Irish linen. They can also feature an embroidered Celtic design and come with a lace edge finish. There is also a wonderful selection of christening wear accessories available such as bonnets, booties and bibs.