For many people around Australia, Christianity remains a very core part of their lives, and for those people, the traditions associated with their faith elicit great joy and cause for celebration. One of the most important traditions in Christianity is christening babies. A christening is a very simple service where a family introduces their child to the church, they and the church promise to raise the child in a godly fashion and then the baby is symbolically baptised, either by pouring a few drops of water on their head or by a very quick immersion in water. Due to the significance of the service, close friends and relatives often give gifts, but it can be hard to know what to give for those unfamiliar with the service. Here are some easy ideas that work for almost any christening.
When it comes to christening gifts, it is important to get something that is built well and that will last a long time. Simple toys are generally not given; rather, the gifts are items that will last until the christened child is old enough to understand them. Music boxes make great christening gifts because they appeal to children, come in very ornate designs and aren't often in direct contact with the child, meaning that they are less likely to break. Music boxes come in all different shapes and sizes, and it can be a nice idea to give one with a song that has a personal meaning to you as well.
A quality locket is always a safe choice as far as christening gifts go, especially ones that can be turned into a family heirloom of sorts. Silver lockets are not as expensive as you may imagine, and they can be engraved with your or the family's favourite Bible verse and a photo of the newborn child. Lockets also make great christening gifts because they aren't toys at all, meaning they can be used from childhood well into adulthood. If you want your gift to stand the test of time, then a personalised locket is one of the best options.
Tableware makes a very practical christening gift that can be used once the child is older while still remaining a fun reminder of the special day. Many people get special mugs or plates that have the child's favourite book or cartoon character on it, such as Winnie the Pooh. If you are looking to get some tableware for the special day, make sure it is not something the child already has and keep it simple: a whole dining set with matching cutlery is going overboard, but a simple tea set is perfectly fine. You can always get it personally engraved with the babies birth and christening date to remind them going forward.Share
4 October 2019
I have a knickknack shop. We sell a lot of genuine vintage items, but some items are hard to find or extremely expensive so we also stock a range of vintage reproductions at a lower price point so that anyone can come into our store and find a piece of memorabilia that they like and can afford. This blog talks about the process of selecting good vintage reproductions and how we decide which reproductions to stock. We also have some tips for consumers on the best ways to tell the difference vintage reproductions and the real deal. I hope you find it useful.