Whether it’s a special christening or a child’s first birthday, friends and family will want to spoil the baby with gifts, cuddles and love on important occasions. The latter two are easy to give in abundance and friends and relatives won’t have to think twice before showering the special little guy or girl with them. However, finding the right present to buy for a baby can be difficult; what exactly do you get for someone who has just entered the world? To help with finding the perfect present, listed below are some gift ideas that are guaranteed to get even the most stubborn baby smiling.
Presents made from silver are traditional for newborn babies, especially at christenings. The idea of giving a precious metal to a new baby is centuries old, when it was considered good practice to invest in a new baby’s future by setting them up financially. Giving silver originally was done simply by giving the baby some money made from silver. However, as time progressed, money changed to silver trinkets. Many people will be aware that giving silver spoons to babies is a common practice and most are aware of the saying “born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth”. Giving silver spoons derived from the medieval period, where people generally ate with their own personal spoons and giving a child a silver spoon meant you were giving them a lasting, useful gift. After the Victorian period, silver trinkets lost their popularity and it is now commonplace to give a new baby a silver coin. In terms of symbolism, a silver coin means that the gift-giver is investing in the child’s future both financially and emotionally. There are a wide range of silver coins available on the market today, the most popular being the silver Britannia coin. A good range is available from The Royal Mint
Homemade gifts are always appreciated and they really do show that the gift-giver put bucket loads of thought and love into the present. They do, however, take some craftiness but if the giver is up to the challenge, they can be extremely rewarding. Firstly, friends or family who have good knitting or sewing skills should think about creating items or clothing or toys. Blankets are also a good idea as most children will have a favourite blanket in their early years, so making one that is extra bright and extra cosy is a must. If sewing or knitting an item for the baby doesn’t quite fit the bill, think about creating a special baby memory box filled with pictures of baby scans, details of the birth and information about other important moments. These are great for keeping memories safe until the baby grows older.
Many people feel that buying a teddy bear or cuddly toy for a new baby is a cop-out and that these items do not fully convey the feelings behind the present. That being said, toys and teddy bears are classic presents. They are also presents that the baby can appreciate and enjoy immediately and there is little better than seeing a young child delighted by a new toy. Many people will remember their favourite childhood toy and that toy is often one that will be kept into adulthood, so gift-givers should seriously consider buying that special toy.
These are just a few ideas that will hopefully get the wheels of inspiration turning. Buying gifts for babies can be a difficult task so the key thing to remember is what you are looking to convey through the present as well as purchasing an item that will create special memories in the future.