May 09, 2017
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.
It’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.
If 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.
One 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.
Many 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.
It 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.
Every 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.
The 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.
December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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