Jewish gifts for a baby naming ceremony

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Jewish gifts for a baby naming ceremony
Challah bread is a part of some Jewish religious ceremonies or served as a refreshment afterwards. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

In the Jewish tradition, babies are officially named eight days after they are born in a special naming ceremony. Male babies are circumcised during this ceremony known as a bris. Female infants have a similar baby naming ceremony known as a brit brat, minus the circumcision. If you are invited to a Jewish naming ceremony, both non-traditional or traditional Jewish-related gifts would be welcome.

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Personalised Baby Bedding

Present the parents with a crib bedding that includes a baby blanket with the child's name on it. Include the child's Hebrew name on the blanket written in Hebrew as well. The blanket can also have a Jewish prayer embroidered in Hebrew.

Gift Basket

Present the parents with a baby basket full of onesies and newborn basics embroidered with Hebrew words. The gift basket can include baby bottles, bibs, washcloth, baby towel and pacifier. You can create your own gift basket by searching for items separately or you can order a Jewish baby gift basket from several online vendors of Judaica.

Blessing Plaque

Give the parents a plaque with the Jewish blessing given to the baby. The blessing can be written in Hebrew or you can have it written once in English and once in Hebrew. Ask a Jewish friend about the traditional Jewish blessing for baby girls and baby names so you can get the plaque made properly.

Record Book

Give the parents a Jewish ceremony baby book that can be a record of all of his firsts in regard to Jewish traditions and ceremonies as he gets older, such as first Passover, first Hanukkah, all the way up to his confirmation (bar or bat mitzvah). The book can be personalised with the baby's name, including his Hebrew name.

Decorative Mezuzahs

Give the parents a decorative mezuzah in blue or pink depending on whether the baby is a boy or a girl. A mezuzah is an object that holds a prayer transcribed from the Torah inside. It is affixed to the doorway of the child's nursery. All mezuzahs have a narrow shape like a scroll, but you can find mezuzahs made from all types of material and in a variety of sizes and colours on Jewish gift websites.

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