Every year 600,000 babies are born in Britain. Of these, over 150,000 are christened into the Church of England and another 60,000+ into the Roman Catholic Church. That is a lot of babies and a lot of christening gifts being bought.
After a christening takes place is a very common tradition to have a party afterwards. There is generally food, a reception, and family and friends from all across the UK might come. And like most parties, people love to give the newly christened baby some kind of gift.
While some of these christening gifts can be very useful and symbolic, some of the presents given are viewed as very traditional. If you have ever tried to pick out a great christening gift you know what I mean.
Some people expect you to give a very traditional gift like a silver crucifix. Other people, after the baptism has taken place, would like to see you give a very religious present. The right thing to give depends on the family. It also depends on if you want to find unique christening gifts. Godparents are expected to give their own type of present. Also, boys and girls can get their own type of gift.
A good option is to always remember that you can get something personalised. Personalised gifts are always a smash hit and are sure to be an item that the child will cherish forever. You can get their name engraved on a memory box, a silver crucifix or even a photo album. The photo album is a popular choice because the family can put a picture of the baptism or naming ceremony inside of it. This makes the gift useful to everyone and more apt to be shown.
If it is your godson or goddaughter being baptised there are many other gift options you can have. In this case, you’ll want to find christening gifts for your godchild. These are usually very religious and symbolic. For example, traditionally you might give a silver spoon or cloak. But nowadays as long as you love the newly christened baby that will probably be enough.