Irish Christening Gifts

Updated July 20, 2017

A christening ceremony is a rite of passage for many children. During this ceremony, the child receives a blessing and is officially admitted into Christianity. Friends and family are often invited to attend the christening and any gathering to follow. It is commonplace for attendees to bring a christening gift. Irish christenings often follow a traditional ritual, and there are many gifts you can bring to incorporate and honour the Irish heritage.

Celtic Bible

A bible with a Celtic cross on the cover would make a very appropriate gift for an Irish christening, as it will honour both the religion and the heritage. There are many beautiful Irish bibles that have traditional Irish symbols such as clovers or the Claddah. You can find these new or search online for antique ones.

Silver Coin

Giving a baby her first silver coin at her christening is a traditional Irish custom. This silver coin represents wealth and blesses the child with a life of good fortune. Put the coin into the child's hand before the christening. Any coin is acceptable, but you may want to find a coin from Ireland or one that has the child's birth year printed on it.

Christening Gown

Irish christening gowns are known for their quality and detail. The high-quality ones are made from pure linen, and many include intricate embroidery work, depicting Celtic symbols. You can search for ones that are made in Ireland. Many still follow traditional gown patterns that have been made for centuries.

Crystal Christening Cup

Galway crystal is known the world over for its traditional lead crystal. Crafted in Ireland, this crystal makes a beautiful gift that can be passed down from generation to generation. Crystal christening cups come in a variety of designs and you can choose the most suitable style, be it plain or etched with Irish designs.

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