A christening or naming ceremony is a very special occasion for families. The baby may not remember it in years to come, but it’s a wonderful occasion for the parents, and for those they invite to share the day with them.\nIt’s customary to buy a child a christening gift, and one of the best ways to ensure your gift won’t simply be pushed aside or forgotten is to choose something special – something timeless, something that will become part of their childhood memories. Here are our top ideas for a timeless christening gift that will be treasured forever.\nA quality baby accessory\nIf the baby being christened is very young, it’s a fabulous idea to give them a timeless, handcrafted baby accessory that could then be used as a family heirloom. Fabric gifts are often best – they last for a very long time when cared for, and the quality is evident in them. Whether it’s a swaddle blanket, a dribble bib or some other feather-soft item, this is something that will stay with a little one throughout their childhood, and have the potential to be passed onto their own children one day.\nLifetime membership\nOne gift idea we love is to buy the little one a lifetime membership for English Heritage or the National Trust. Not only does this open the door to exciting days out for a lifetime, it also contributes towards the upkeep and maintenance of some of Britain’s most beautiful buildings and gardens. Most National Trust destinations are very baby-friendly, and this is one gift that’s sure to offer plenty of mileage.\nA classic toy\nMany people like to buy children toys for their christening – but rather than opt for the latest trendy toy being advertised on the television, we’d recommend choosing something more classic. A wooden train set, for example, or a traditional doll’s house. These gorgeous gifts are likely to last much longer than the throwaway plastic toys of today – and again, they can double up as heirlooms for many generations to come.\nA piece of jewellery\nIt may seem odd to give a child a piece of jewellery, but this is something they will surely appreciate at a later date, rather than during their younger years. For a little boy, a luxury wristwatch or pocketwatch is a great option. Girls might prefer a charm bracelet which can be added to over the years, or perhaps a locket-style necklace, with an image of their christening day inside.\nBooks\nEvery child needs a good book collection – why not help start one off? There are many gorgeous editions of childhood classics around, from Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton to the more contemporary Harry Potter books. \nThe little one might not be able to appreciate them immediately, but they certainly will when their literacy improves and they spend evenings and weekends disappearing into magical fictional worlds. Books also make a great keepsake – especially if you can find a special first-edition or limited edition of a certain title.