The Chinese culture is rich with baby myths and customs that start shortly after the couple weds. There are also protocols when it comes to giving gifts to friends and relatives. Newborn babies in the Chinese culture are celebrated at 1 month old. For those looking for a more modern approach to Chinese baby gifts, clothes, toys and other items highlighting the Chinese culture are appropriate. A number of other gifts would be appreciated as well, many of which are more traditional.
Many Chinese families celebrate a 1-month-old baby with gold bracelets or necklaces adorned with a long life lock. Traditionally, the lock is worn around the baby's neck, "locking" the baby to this world and helping to ward off evil spirits. Children may wear this lock until their wedding day, when they are considered to be adults no longer in need of the lock's protection.
Jade bracelets are an appropriate option, particularly those that include charms and make noise when the baby moves. Jade has been a long-standing symbol of protection in Chinese culture. Choose a jade bracelets shaped as the baby's Chinese astrology symbol, such as a dragon or boar, to personalise the gift.
Traditionally, when a Chinese baby turns 1 month old, guests bring bright red envelopes with money inside. This is a popular Chinese tradition and is said to bring the baby prosperity and happiness. The gift is also a popular option during Chinese New Year celebrations. The amount of money inserted into the envelope depends on the relationship between the giver and recipient.
100 Good Wishes Quilt
The Bei Jia Beir, or 100 Good Wishes Quilt, is a long-standing Chinese baby-gift tradition. Traditionally, this quilt was constructed by the baby's mother from small pieces of clothes that were given, along with a wish for the baby, by close family members and friends. The quilt consists of 100 squares. Modern givers usually choose a colourful fabric square to give to the mother to use to make the quilt.
Clothes and Toys
Clothes and shoes are appropriate Chinese baby gifts. Clothing options include a baby cheongsam (a one-piece dress), Buddha motif sets and Chinese zodiac bodysuits. Chinese baby accessories ideas include a Zen garden hair clip or Chinese tiger shoes. Chinese alphabet blocks are available and feature a Chinese character and its English equivalent, or choose to give a map of China puzzle.