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To think I can find a nice, unique christening gift for £15 or so

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Twolittlebears Mon 04-Mar-19 14:58:09

A v good friend of mine has just had twins and I want to get them each a christening gift. Am I being mean to think I can find something nice around the £15 price point? Everything nice seems much more. AIBU to think £15 per baby is a reasonable amount to spend? (And if IANBU, where should I look?)

SisterFarAway Mon 04-Mar-19 15:10:58

My nephew will be christened in a few weeks and he's getting a money box from me.
The one I'll be buying will be around £15, but there are cheaper ones out there as well.
Maybe you can have a look at Notonthehighstreet?

Isadora2007 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:12:46

Get them a nice book each and a hand puppet toy themed to the book. No one likes christening gifts- certainly not kids anyway! Silly silver naff things...

Name plaques for their bedroom would also be quite nice I guess...

Stompythedinosaur Mon 04-Mar-19 15:13:54

I often give a nice copy of a children's book as a christening gift, which is well within your budget.

HomeMadeMadness Mon 04-Mar-19 15:14:00

YANBU. They'll have so many gifts they won't know what to do with them. Get them something thoughtful rather then expensive.

Lamentations Mon 04-Mar-19 15:16:50

I just buy a nice teddy or book. I agree will PP that silver christenings things are mostly shit.

Disfordarkchocolate Mon 04-Mar-19 15:20:03

Nice book from me too, most Christening presents are tat.

ImMeantToBeWorking Mon 04-Mar-19 15:23:06

I love the idea of these...

Acunningruse Mon 04-Mar-19 15:23:54

My nephew was christened yesterday and we bought him a train with letters the initials of his name. You can get them from NOTOHS or cheaper on EBay. It may depend how long their names are tho to how cheap it is- my nephew's is only 4 letters!

NWQM Mon 04-Mar-19 15:24:09

Assuming you are in the UK the Royal British Mint do nice collections that are ‘keepsakes’ but don’t need to be put on display. I got a card with a lucky penny in it and it was £5. Then I gave a voucher. I’ve also got their coin collections but they are more than £15.

Trouble with lots of the traditional christening is that they can actually be quite babyish and therefore our grown quickly.

If it helps the gifts that I remember loving that my two got where friends clubbed together for premium bonds and someone else gave money for their savings but wrapped it up in some babysitting vouchers they had printed saying that they would like to give us a break but also,very lovingly I thought, it was written to the DC about spending time with them.

Acunningruse Mon 04-Mar-19 15:24:56

In case my description didn't make sense!

Hobbesmanc Mon 04-Mar-19 15:26:13

Awww, I still have two china dinner settings that were Christening gifts- one has my name on. They have lots of sentimental value. Kids like the idea of having something personalised. I do think a lot of the music box/snow globe/money box stuff is tacky though.

DisplayPurposesOnly Mon 04-Mar-19 15:27:09

£15 is perfectly fine smile

I tend to give children's cutlery sets (as I like practical presents) which are around £15 to £20.

I also like to give books eg hardbacks of classic Winnie the Pooh or 'readable' children's poetry (the kind that's fun to read aloud).

DisplayPurposesOnly Mon 04-Mar-19 15:31:13

I still have two china dinner settings that were Christening gifts- one has my name on. They have lots of sentimental value

That's partly why I give cutlery sets: it can get used at the time then live happily in the kitchen drawer (and possibly get brought into service from time to time). Mine was still knocking around into my 30s.

PoohBearsHole Mon 04-Mar-19 15:33:57 - could you get both names on? - again for both?

Soubriquet Mon 04-Mar-19 15:35:42

I got a lovely set of babies cutlery with their name engraved on it from studio.

The mother loved them!

Greyhound22 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:36:37

£15 is more than enough. I didn't really expect presents when DS was christened apart I suppose from the Godparents - it's very nice if people do but the train idea is nice or a nice copy of a classic children's book. Wooden jigsaw puzzle each maybe. Something like that.

moosesormeece Mon 04-Mar-19 15:36:54

I like to give a nice copy of a book I remember loving as a child, and/or wooden toys. The idea is that it's something the child might actually get to enjoy in the near future, and I hope they eventually have the same fond memories of whatever it is as I have from my own childhood.

Luckingfovely Mon 04-Mar-19 15:42:08

Also look on Etsy if you like something personalised, there is lots there.

BroomstickOfLove Mon 04-Mar-19 15:43:35

Egg coddlers are the most ridiculously traditional christening gift, and they seem to be around £10-£15.

Jammiebammie Mon 04-Mar-19 15:45:15

I love giving Robert Sabuda books for christenings, can also get a lovely soft toy to go with them too, they are beautiful and make really nice keepsakes.
Alice in wonderland Peter Pan

Ratonastick Mon 04-Mar-19 15:51:06

I give fancy hardback copies of classic children’s books. If I can I go for something with a connection. I got a beautiful Peter Pan for a small boy born in Peter’s centenary year and the arrival of an Alice was a pretty easy one! Otherwise I tend to go for Wind in the Willows as it’s a little less obvious than Winnie the Pooh so less risk of duplication. Waterstones have a section in the children’s department for fancy copies of classics.

Pocketfull Mon 04-Mar-19 15:51:49

DC got a couple of Minalima books for their baptism; they’re absolutely beautiful and I know they’ll cherish them as the get older. They’re around £12-15 each

Mosaic123 Mon 04-Mar-19 15:53:49

Are you any good at something like cross stitch? Stitch each child's name and put into an IKEA frame.

Match colours of their bedroom(s) if you know them.

Twolittlebears Mon 04-Mar-19 23:44:42

Thanks all! Really helpful ideas although sadly I'm no good at cross stitch because that is a lovely idea

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