This is the time of year where you’ll find yourself being invited to 8 weddings and 6 christenings. It always seems to be summer, when all the big social events happen. It certainly gives us lots of things to do. It also means buying lots of presents, too. Wedding gifts are quite easy, as most people tend to ask for what they want. Christening gifts, on the other hand, are much more difficult. How do you buy a baby something both relevant and useful? I thought I’d put my thinking cap on and come up with some christening gift ideas.
This seems like the ultimate fail safe, although it’s best to check with the parents first. For all you know, they’re trying to limit the number of plastic things all over the floor. Every parent knows that feeling. If they’re happy for you to buy their child a toy then have a good look around all of the shops. Find something that’s both interesting and is going to last. Something personalised would be even better. Unfortunately, most toys don’t tend to last too long as children tend to outgrow them, so this isn’t going to be a long standing gift. This is fine if you’re going to a christening of a distant friend, but not so great for family members.
Photo Frame or Album
If you want to get a little more sentimental, go for a photo gift. This is something that can be kept for a long time to come. Not only that, but they’re not overly expensive either. If the little one is a bit older than newborn, then they should have a fair few photos of them by now. Ask the parents if they have any you can make copies of. You can then start the child’s very first photo album. If you don’t want to go that far, try and get a photo of you and the baby together. You can then put that in a photo frame.
It’s traditional to buy a child something silver for their christening. Although perhaps only do this if they’re a member of your family or your Godchild. If you start forking out for silver gifts every time, you’ll end up having to remortgage the house. Antique silver spoons or bracelets are a traditional christening gift that will become an heirloom to that child. They’ll pass them down to their children and so on. If your budget is a bit smaller, then go for something silver plated. A little tooth box is a cute idea, for when they lose their first milk teeth.
You can get all sorts of weird and wonderful christening gifts on the internet. How about naming a star after the little one? This is surprisingly cheap and is quite a cute idea. If not, you could adopt them an endangered animal or plant some trees in their name. There are plenty of unique ideas out there, so have a think!
Whichever gift idea you come up with, it may be worth asking the parents first. Maybe they don’t want anything traditional like a silver bracelet. Perhaps they’ve already got enough toys. Make sure you know exactly what they’re not after, before heading out and buying something that you can’t take back.