If you’re invited to a christening or baptism, it’s traditional to bring a gift for the baby, but it can be difficult to know what to choose. Babies and children will grow out of toys or clothes so quickly that these kinds of gifts can often feel too fleeting for such a meaningful moment.
If you’d prefer to celebrate the occasion with a gift that has a longer lifespan, a beautiful piece of jewellery could be the answer that you’re looking for. Obviously the baby won’t be wearing it immediately, but it’s a wonderful keepsake for them to discover and enjoy in their later years. You might also like to gift it in a small jewellery box that could be used to store other memorable or nostalgic trinkets for years to come.
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Bangles are a common choice for a christening gift as they can be found both in smaller sizes that can be worn by children whilst they are still young, or in larger sizes that they can enjoy as adults. They also come in a variety of styles from simple metal bands to more elaborate jewelled pieces, so you can be sure to find one that suits your tastes and your budget.
It’s easy to have your bangle engraved with a personalised message, a name or initials, or a date, which makes it a perfect option for celebrating and remembering such a special day. At Cry for the Moon, we offer an engraving service free of charge on the inside of most pieces, allowing you to truly personalise your gift for your loved one.
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A cross or crucifix pendant is an obvious choice for a christening gift as it carries the weight of religious significance to link it to the ceremony itself. Whilst the baby won’t be wearing a necklace for a good few years after they’re baptised, they’re also not going to outgrow it. They can start wearing their cross pendant from a young age and it will always serve as a reminder of their faith and their commitment to the church. The chain can then be updated as they grow, so that they’re able to wear their original christening gift right through to adulthood.
A cross pendant is an excellent choice, and is also available in different styles ranging from plain 9ct gold right through to versions encrusted with precious diamonds.
From just £150
St Christopher pendant
The St Christopher pendant is a slightly less conventional, but still notably popular choice for a christening gift. St Christopher is the patron saint of travel and protection, so it is said that wearing his image brings good luck, sanctuary and security to the wearer; all things that we would usually wish on a new baby. Like the cross pendant, the St Christopher pendant can be worn from early childhood right through to adulthood, and offers a prudent and well-established alternative to the more traditional cross or crucifix.
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For a pendant option with a less religious weighting, you may like to consider opting for the new baby’s first initial. A beautiful round-cut diamond set initial pendant will be a lifelong treasure that will never go out of style, and will be a nostalgic reminder for the child as they grow, even if they stray away from the church or religious iconography as they get older. If they lose their faith, they will still be able to wear a stunning item of jewellery that has stayed with them throughout their life, as a link to their past and a piece of their childhood.
From just £105
Whilst cufflinks may not be as traditional for a christening gift, they are another great possibility that can be worn for many years. Boys can pose a tricky challenge when looking at jewellery options, but cufflinks are an enduring alternative.
Cufflinks are often worn with outfits for special occasions, so by giving a set as a christening gift, you are imbuing them with a sense of great significance from the outset, making their inclusion an all-important part of all future celebrations. They’re also another superb prospect for engraving, allowing you to personalise them with the baby’s initials, birthday, or date of their christening.
From just £360
Rings are another fantastic alternative, which may not have crossed your mind, though a diamond ring or signet ring has previously been seen as a staple for christening gifts. Rings offer an interesting crossover, as they can be purchased in a variety of sizes and of course resized in later life. Whilst you wouldn’t buy one for a baby to wear immediately, a ring could be hung on a chain around the neck from childhood, and then moved to the finger when the child grows into it.
This could be seen as an excellent metaphor for their growth, allowing them to make the change from neck to finger in their teenage years, at the point when they might choose to undergo further confirmation into the church.
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There are a lot of great options available when choosing a christening gift, and a myriad of ways to personalise your item for a truly unique piece.
Whichever route you choose, getting someone one of their first pieces of jewellery will offer a resilient, long-lasting, and nostalgic gift that will be treasured forever. It will give the recipient a great sense of connection to their past and to you, and will always carry wonderful memories and significance.
Come and see our expert team at Cry for the Moon today, or make an enquiry to find out more about how we can help you find the perfect christening gift, including opportunities for your unique personal engraving.