Somebody else mentioned a bottle of wine, one of DH's work mates son got christened and all of his colleagues clubbed together to buy a really decent bottle of wine that will age well. I bought my goddaughter who was 5 a really pretty collectible china doll. My 9 month old daughter got some Wedgweood china christening items and wait for it - 7 money boxes! If anybody wants a christening money box you know where to come!
Its just a ploy to make money for somebody, they dont belong to anybody. Its a nice gesture, but thats all it is and somebody is charging you £40 for a bit of paper/certificate that actually doesnt mean very much.
Sorry if that upsets people but this name a star thing really bugs me.
The Royal Mint do some nice stuff. We got my nephew a presentation pack of British coins from the year he was born/christened. My sister loved it as she and I still have the equivalent sets from the 1960s when we were born.
Ds was given 6 bottles of port from the year he was born, silver wine coaster thingy, silver photoframe with his name and christening date engraved on it, and a huge leather photo album. Yes, his godparents are all into silver!
I gave both my god daughters st christophers for their christening, but am sure it would be suitable for a boy also. I also gave their parents a set of newspapers from the date of the christening, and packed them in acid free tissue paper.
Hi I have adopted an animal before for a child for a year. ie. at Monkey World in Dorset you can adopt a chimp for £15 for the year (keep it going every year for as long as you wish) It means you can spend time with the child taking him or her to visit the animal.