Christening gifts – the celebration

There is nothing more wonderful than the arrival of a new baby, so it is fitting that a joyous occasion is celebrated. A christening is a religious ceremony which usually takes place in a church where parents and elected godparents promise to bring up the child in the Christian faith. The ceremony usually forms part of a main Sunday service although private ceremonies can be arranged and is normally held within the first year of the baby’s life. Regardless of whether you have a religious or non-religious ceremony it is a special day for you and your family and a great opportunity to introduce the baby to friends in a more relaxed environment.

The ceremony usually ends in a social get together either in your home or at another suitable venue whereupon the giving of christening gifts is presented by those in attendance. The most popular gifts are usually made of silver and can be toy-shaped money boxes to encourage saving for the future, cutlery sets, consisting of forks and spoons which can be engraved with the child’s name, jewellery such as bangles or identity bracelets and photograph frames, to name but a few. Christening albums are welcomed as a gift and make an ideal present because the photographs taken on the special day can be kept safely and looked at time and time again to bring back those happy memories. Websites can be a useful and helpful facility when deciding to purchase a christening gift.