FRIDAY FIVE: Fabulous christening gifts that won’t cost the earth…
IF you’ve got a christening coming up and are stuck for present ideas, then fear not.
Here are five lovely christening gifts, that will cost you less than £20 and are a little bit different to the norm. After all, there are only so many silver spoons and egg cups a child can have ;-)
* Name a star
Yes folks for the un-princely sum of £20, you can name a star after someone for eternity.
As someone who loves to aim for the stars (and gaze at their prettiness) I absolutely love this idea. In fact, I love it so much, I actually bought and named a star for Elsie as one of her special christening gifts.
Now and for the rest of her days, Elsie will be able to look up at the stars and know that there is one up there named especially after her. What can be better than that?
Love this idea too? You can purchase a name a star kit from John Lewis right here. *Note this would also make a fabulous ‘new baby’ gift.
* A book or set of books
In my eyes, books will always be gifts that just keep on giving! Delightful books provide hours of endless enjoyment so you can’t go wrong with a lovely book or book set for a christening gift.
Either opt for something traditional like Alice In Wonderland or a beautifully bound bible (christenings are a religious ceremony after all); or go for something ultra modern, like the Gruffalo or anything by Roald Dahl.
Want to make it extra special? Don’t forget to sign and date the book/s and leave a special message inside!
* A piece of art
Ok, before you have a panic attack, I’m not talking about remortgaging your house and selling your soul to buy something by Damien Hirst or Banksy. No,no, no.
I’m talking about something simple, thoughtful, pretty or lovingly homemade by you. If you’re a creative type, it’s time to get crafty and create a piece of artwork. You could draw, paint or print something thoughtful or quirky and get it framed.
And if you’re not good at making stuff, don’t worry. Why not frame a famous quote, vintage postcard or a retro child’s poster instead? You could even take hand or footprints of the child and get them framed.
One of Elsie’s most thoughtful christening gifts came from her ‘happy Grandma’ who made plastercasts of Elsie’s hand and foot and framed them with a beautiful picture of her, for us all to enjoy.
Gifts like these are ultra special so be unique, think outside the erm…frame and let your creativity run amok!
* Something of yours that they can enjoy when they’re older
This one will cost you nothing, apart from a bit of thought and perhaps a little digging around.
If it’s a baby girl that’s being christened, have you a cherished piece of jewellery that you could pass on to her like a silver charm or antique brooch? Or what about one of your much loved vintage purses?
Other ideas could be a selection of your favourite recipes written down in a pretty book, a teddy from your childhood or a classic vintage tea cup.
And for boys? How about an old comic book, signed football, retro toy or your favourite album?
Pass on a little something that you love which they can cherish – or make fun off ;-) – when they’re older. They’ll love you for it.
* A promise that you’ll keep… forever
This one is ideal for godparents, members of the family or close family friends. If you can’t afford to spend much money or are completely out of ideas, then all you have to do is this:
Make a promise that you’ll keep for a lifetime
Simple and profound, all you need to do is make sure that whatever promise you make, comes from your heart.
Think about what you’re good at, what contribution you can make in this little person’s precious life and then write it down on paper as a gift and stick to your word. No excuses. Words are hollow without action and commitment.
Promises that are meant and kept for a lifetime are priceless and will bring much more joy and happiness to someone’s life, than any meaningless trinket or stuffed toy.
Wondering what I mean? Here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices going:
I promise to…
– Always teach you about the joys of reading
– Always buy you an ice cream of your choice whenever we hear the ice-cream van
– Always make time for fun
– Always buy you something interesting on this date every year
– Always show you how to do something, whenever I can, as long as I can.
– Always be here, with a listening ear and loving heart.
What do you think of these ideas? Have you got any corkers of present ideas you want to share? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Till the next time, only ever give something, if you want to.
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