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What is a Christening?
A Christening is a Christian ceremony, where a baby or child is welcomed into the Christian faith by baptising them with water. A Baptism and Christening are the same thing. The ceremony is usually carried out on babies or young children in the church. The parents of the child to be Christened with nominate godparents for their child. The responsibility of the godparents is to guide the child through life, both spiritually and in day to day life to encourage them to make good life choices.
Why do we buy Christening gifts?
Traditionally, we purchase a gift for the child who will be baptised. We give a gift to welcome the child into the Christian faith. Christening presents often chosen for the baby will be a keepsake or heirloom product that will remind them into adulthood of this special day. Guests frequently choose personalised items that include the name of the child and date of the Christening as a reminder of the day.
How much to spend on a Christening gift?
A Christening is not all about presents, but people who are close to the little boy or girl will often want to give a gift in remembrance of this milestone in a child's life, such as godparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Typically most people will spend around £20 to £100 on a gift, with an average spend of £50.
What is an appropriate Christening gift?
An appropriate Christening gift is something that is a memento of the Christening day. It is also a good idea to choose something that will be used and meaningful in later life as older children and adults. Some good baptism gift ideas would be -
- A keepsake box - this can be personalised with the date of the baptism and can be used to store items that the child's treasures.
- A money box - to save up all their pennies.
- An heirloom doll - to play with when they get older.
- A blanket - a personalised blanket makes a great gift as they are often used as a shawl to wrap around the baby during the service.
- A personalised soft toy - such as a teddy makes a really special present as they will treasure it through childhood.
- A Nursery decoration - an alternative gift idea
Anything you choose as a gift should be high quality and reflect that you have been thoughtful as to what the child might like as they grow up.
What present does a godparent give to their godchild?
Being chosen as a godparent is a very proud moment and you should feel very honoured. As regards choosing a gift for your new godson or goddaughter, you should choose something that will remind them of the special day but also maybe something personal to you. If for instance, you are a sports person, a personalised keepsake rugby ball or football would be a good unique choice, or if you loved dollies as a child, then an heirloom doll might be another thoughtful different gift idea.
Should a Grandparent, Aunt or Uncle take a present to a Christening?
Anyone invited to a Christening should be prepared to take a gift. A Christening is an important milestone in life for someone who follows the Christian faith, and giving gifts signifies the passing of the important day. Depending on how close to the child you are usually denotes what value of gift you give. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews are a close relations so it would be expected that you take along a gift.
What is a traditional Christening gift?
A traditional Christening gift is something that will last and that they will use. Some choose to give a gift at the time of the Christening for the baby such as keepsake items e.g. money boxes and keepsake tins. Something that might be a bit more of an unusual Christening gift would be treasure bags and mini rugby ball.
What is a naming ceremony?
A naming ceremony is a non-religious ceremony that can be carried out if you would like to mark a baby boy or girl's arrival but you are not religious. Similarly to a Christening, the parents of the child choose celebrants instead of godparents to support the child throughout their childhood.
I need Naming Ceremony gift ideas
Much the same as a Christening, a naming ceremony gift should be one that is thoughtful and a memento of their special day. A good choice of gift would be something that is a keepsake or heirloom such as a memory box, luxury doll, money box or a personalised gift.
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