Christenings are a special event for many families. The christening represents the child's welcoming into the faith and, in some religions, the absolution of sin. Making sure the christening day is perfect involves a lot of planning. Most parents like to give their guests a small keepsake to remember the day. Choosing the right gift is easy and choices abound no matter what your budget.
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A silver frame with the baby's photo is something every guest at the christening will appreciate. Choose from coloured frames for a more modern touch. Make the frame even more personal by having it engraved with the baby's name, birth date and christening date.
Statues of crosses, angels, bears, or babies are available in most gift shops or online. For a finishing touch, have ribbons printed with the baby's name, birth date and christening date and tie them in a pretty bow around your christening keepsake. For stuffed treats, choose bears, puppies or kittens in pink for baby girls or blue for baby boys. Tie ribbons around the stuffed animals' necks. Attach the baby's photo and a small net bag with mints to the ribbon and you'll make everyone smile.
Mugs, key rings, wine glasses, crosses or votive candles can be personalised at speciality shops. Get the baby's name, birth date and christening date imprinted on the gifts. Or, choose a simple poem or verse to imprint on them. Something as simple as "God Bless..." and the baby's name will make the present a special token for your guests to remember the christening day.
Many speciality shops offer personalised touches on a sweet treat for your guests. Order chocolate bars decorated with your baby's photo on the wrappers. Or, choose from packets of mints, hot chocolate, fortune cookies or other goodies that feature the baby's name and date of the christening on the wrapper.
Money tight, but still want to do something special? Bake biscuits in the shape of baby bottles or rattles and decorate with blue or pink icing. Pipe the baby's name on the treats, wrap in individual clear bags and place at each place setting. Wrap sweets, nuts or mints in netting and tie the bags with ribbon for each guest.
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