Gifts for children
According to Orthodox tradition, children are baptized at an early age. Most parents prefer to hold the ceremony before the baby’s one-year anniversary. This day becomes a big bright holiday for the whole family. The rite of baptism opens up a new world for the little Christian and gives him the faith with which he will go on in life. Christening gifts also have a sacred meaning.
Features of choice
It is believed that things donated for baptism have an impact on the future life of the child, so they try to choose them carefully. They should serve as amulets to protect him from all adversity and help him on the path to happiness.
Some things are given as a gift. For example, if it is cold, a warm blouse is allod instead of a baptismal shirt. The color is not fundamentally chosen white, you can sky blue, cream and their shades. Christening sets are often ordered with personalized embroidery. A mandatory attribute for the baptismal procedure is a baptismal tol or the so-called kryzhma. For tailoring, dense white material is usually used, most often cotton, bleached linen.
Kryzhma is a baby’s amulet that protects him after the baptismal ceremony. It is customary to keep such a thing away from prying eyes. The baptismal tol is not customary to wash and use in everyday life. After the rite of baptism, kryzhma acquires special properties: to heal a person when he gets sick.
If desired, you can give the godson a thin diaper. If the boy is in infancy, he is first wrapped in film, and only then in kryzhma. Products are usually decorated with embroidery in the form of a cross, the name of the baby, various church symbols, patterns. A bag for storing cut strands is not an obligatory thing, but very touching and memorable for the parents of a baptized baby.
You can sew a bag yourself or order a ready-made one, decorated with embroidery.
Gift from godmother
Taking into account financial possibilities and wishes, the godmother buys some other things for christening. It is better to buy them in the church. It could be bible, written in large letters for the younger generation in simple, understandable language. All stories in it are presented in the format of stories with vivid illustrations. Nominal icon after baptism is bought in the church. After baptism, the boy will be given a name chosen by the priest.
Gift from the godfather
Often the godfather buys the above attributes for baptism himself or together with the godmother. There are some nuances in choosing the main (mandatory) and other gifts.
- Neck cross. It is a must-have gift from the godfather. A product made of any metal is suitable, but gold or silver is most often chosen. It is important that the cross was previously consecrated by the priest. Optionally, a chain is attached to the cross, but usually a rope is used in the first year of life.
- Orthodox prayer book. A collection of prayers necessary for Christians at different moments of life. The size of the publication can be different — from a pocket format to a large gift layout.
- In addition to symbolic gifts, spiritual parents can give something extra on your own:
- Luxurious gift for a child - a set of silver dishes engraved with the name of the godson and the date of the event. A silver spoon with a stone according to the date of birth is also suitable. It is given for the first feeding and “determination” of the first tooth.
From grandma and grandpa
Representatives of the older generation of the family also carefully prepare for the sacrament of baptism. They are looking for a special gift for their grandson. For example, they give the baby a silver pendant with the image of a guardian angel on a chain or rope. A precious metal photo frame is also suitable as a gift in honor of the event. It can be decorated with patterns of Orthodox symbols. It is placed in the nursery and carefully kept for good memory.
In addition to memorable gifts, grandparents try to pamper their grandson with toys and clothes. They combine practical and beautiful things to benefit parents by making it easier for them to spend on a baby.
Guests are not subject to any rules regarding compulsory christening gifts. They can bring flors, balloons, soft toys, books, some clothes, useful and practical gadgets for young parents to the holiday.
It all depends on the desire and financial situation of the donor.
Master Gift List
Of course, a christening gift for a child is not like what is given on other occasions. A successful present is designed to become a wonderful memory of the bright day of christening. But it shouldn’t be purely symbolic either. An appropriate option is to present the parents of a baptized baby with a beautiful box for storing the first milk tooth, a navel with a clothespin or a cut curl.
You can also choose an amulet, which is pinned to the child’s clothes. She protects the baby from the evil eye. Often given as a gift: sets of clothes in a beautiful gift box, an elegant costume (you can grow up), toys according to the age of the child (a mobile in a crib or a stroller, a rug for educational games, designer products with personalized engravings to decorate the interior, a pool with balls for developing motor skills) .
The child grows very quickly, which means that soon he will need a lot of useful things for successful development. In addition, there are gifts that will be useful to parents in everyday life for caring for a growing baby. A feeding chair will be needed from 6–7 months. During the first feeding period, you can’t do without a comfortable seat. In a set to a stool it is possible to present special children’s utensils. Of course, from safe materials, high-quality and unbreakable. A set of bibs that protect clothes from stains can also be a useful and practical addition to the main gift.
Bed linen with borders will never be superfluous as a spare set. The color is chosen, suitable for the boy. The fabric is only natural cotton. Instead of pushcars and walkers, it is better to give a soft ottoman, a deck chair with seat belts and an orthopedic seat. It will be very useful if such a thing is equipped with a motion sickness mechanism, an arc with toy pendants and built-in melodies.
The electric car is designed for ages 3 and up, but parents will be happy that they have a useful item in stock. The cocoon is designed for children aged 3–6 months. This is a convenient device for mom so that the baby always remains in front of her eyes. The product is easily transported from place to place. You can add a paid certificate for a photo shoot to the photo album for the first years of life.
An interesting idea is to give a set for the first cast of a baby’s foot and hand.
Most often, the boy is given cars, planes, designers and other toys. They can be ordered according to individual preferences and with a commemorative engraving. A radio or video babysitter is a modern invention that will make it easier for parents to care for a baby. Now you can not sit at the crib inseparably. They can hear their child from anywhere in the house.
Guests invited to baptism can first ask the parents what they need now for the baby. Maybe they lack a playpen or a night light with soft light for night feedings. If all ideas are not suitable for personal reasons, and a decision is made to donate money, it is necessary to present them beautifully. For example, in a symbolically decorated envelope or box.
Also, guests can bring holiday gifts not only for the boy, but also for his parents. It could be basket with fruits or sets. Or personalized cake for christening, which will certainly be treated to all those present at the celebration. You can drink a set dessert with Cahors, but not simple, but collectible, with good exposure. Another idea of congratulations — organization of photo or video filming of christenings. You can order the delivery of flors to the place of celebration of the completed rite of baptism.
What icon can be presented?
Orthodox, symbolic gifts are always relevant for christenings. Tribute to tradition — an icon to the godson. This may be the image of the patron saint. The image is placed at the crib to protect children’s sleep, and in the future — as a talisman against all adversity. As an option, instead of the image of the patron — a measured icon. Presenting it to christening is also symbolic. Such an icon was made by masters to order, creating the image of the patron saint of a newly-born Christian. He was written out on a board, the size of which coincided with the growth of a baptized child. The personal icon was preserved for life.
A universal icon for boys — with the face of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker or a guardian angel. If it is difficult to choose an icon, you can ask the priest for advice. For example, if a child is often sick, it is recommended to purchase the icon of Panteleimon the Healer, and for a talisman from troubles — the face of the Holy Matrona. It is better to choose an icon with the image of the Savior in a large size. Babies are very sensitive to large visual images.
The grown-up boy will be able to tell the faith to which he is dedicated, and about Christ himself.
If the godmother has a creative talent for needlework, she can create a hand-made icon. Embroidery with threads or beads with love for the godson will become a strong amulet for him. But beforehand, it is important to ask for blessings for work from the clergyman. The godmother can decorate the baby’s kryzhma and christening clothes with embroidery. For example, embroider a prayer or symbols of Christianity on them. Embroidering the initials of a child will also look chic on bed linen in a crib.
A good christening gift for a boy will be a scapular. A small arable icon will protect the baby from everything evil and negative. Sometimes the scapular is kept under the crumbs’ mattress. When choosing what to give a boy for baptism, it is important to remember that it is important to do this from a pure heart. A gift is valuable not for its value, but for the attention paid. Godparents need to be responsible for their duties. This mission is very important.
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