A christening is religiously symbolic of a child being religiously cleansed and sanctified, but it’s also an opportunity to celebrate their birth, officially announce the child’s Christian name and to allocate godparents to them. Godparents can then take care of the baby should anything happen to its birth parents and can offer him or her guidance and support as he or she grows up!
As a result religious themed christening presents make good christening presents but frequently modern Christians opt for non-religious gifts too. In this article, we’ll talk about both. A christening scrap book to fill with photos and memories of the day can be a popular gift too.
Many people opt for christene barberich which has religious symbolism integrated in to them such as the Christian cross. This is a good idea for several reasons. By choosing christening presents which are overtly religious you show your commitment to both the baby and the tone of the day, giving the child a token to mark the occasion directly.
Many people choose more ambiguous or sentimental gifts, but if you want to give christening presents that are religious there are plenty on offer. For example: what about a baby blanket embroidered with a cross, the child’s name and the date of the christening? Or how about a specially made keepsake for a desk or mantel piece which features the word ‘christening’ a Christian cross and some sparkling butterflies?
Christening gifts don’t just have to be religious or personal, they can be useful too! Useful christening presents are a good idea because they remind the child about your love and their religion on a daily basis. We love cutlery sets for this reason and some can be personalised making them even more special. Cutlery sets also hark back to the days when it was traditional to give children a silver spoon for their present, while being far more functional and still symbolic.
Plates personalised with the baby’s name, christening date and perhaps a few choice words, also make good presents, being easy to use daily but also precious keepsakes.
Comforts for a Baby
Babies love teddy bears and blankets for a reason. At the earlier stages of development their most potent sense is touch, so soft and cuddly items make great comforting presents. Some babies are quiet and sleep well while others seem to cry constantly and any gifts which help to comfort and quiet them can literally be a godsend to parents.
Tastes have changed a lot throughout the years so now there is a huge range of christening presents available. What about a teddy bear with a Christian cross embroidered in to its sweater with a few personalised words and the child’s name? This is a gift that can be kept as a memento throughout the child’s life, used to comfort and calm the child when he or she cries and also be a personal and religiously pertinent gift.
Gift baskets can also be comforting for both a baby and the parents of the child and make good gifts. Often these contain bath products or sweet treats along with a blanket comforter or a fuzzy bear or rabbit. These remind us of the gifts which Jesus was given by the three wise men on his blessing.
A Bonding Experience
Over all a christening is a day that is all about bonding. It’s about the child being bound by their new religion, parents getting the chance to allow friends and family to meet the baby and of course the godparents also being bound and committed to the child’s welfare.
Christenings are a beautiful day and a happy one; they mark the beginning of the baby’s life and celebrate the child’s birth as well as his or her religion. If you’re looking for christening presents for a little person in your life consider those gifts which are heaven sent. The religiously symbolic and meaningful presents that mark the day as a Christian one.
Also consider christening presents that more subtly denote the Christian mood of the event, such as cutlery (which is reminiscent of the gift of a silver spoon) and gift baskets (which are as luxurious as frankincense of myrrh.)
Gifts for children with a Noah’s ark theme, such as the Noah’s ark money box which can be personalised with the name of the baby, the date of the christening and a few choice words (wither from the bible or your own heart) also make incredible christening gifts!