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If you’re pondering what christening gift to buy, or you've been asked to be a godparent and you really want to find some adorable and memorable christening gifts, we've got you covered. From the cute to the luxurious, read on for our top christening gift picks.

18 March 2021 EDITOR - H. SAMUELS

Why we give christening gifts

A christening is a traditional religious ceremony where a child is welcomed into the Christian faith. The giving of a gift is thought to relate to the three wise men who gave gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to mark the birth of Jesus. However, some parents instead opt for a non-religious gathering, which is known as a civil naming ceremony.

Religious ceremony or not, many parents ask friends or family members to take on the role of godparent, guardian, or if they want to stick with the non-religious theme, ‘odd-parent’. Regardless of whether you hold one of these acclaimed titles, it’s customary for all guests to give a gift, big or small, to commemorate this milestone moment.

What are traditional christening gifts?

Around 500 years ago, gifts made of silver became the christening gift of choice for those who could afford them. This led to the famous phrase ‘born with a silver spoon in their mouth’, suggesting that a baby who received silver was from a well-to-do family. Silver was also thought to have health benefits, which further added to its appeal, and many traditional silver christening gifts were items such as spoons, eggcups, and bowls, designed to nourish and keep young kids healthy.

Stylish, luxurious and, with a little TLC, tough enough to last a lifetime, silver is still an extremely popular choice of material for christening gifts.

What are good christening gifts?

As with all gifts, it's the thought that counts, so whether it’s a small token gesture or something a little more elaborate, a present you’ve put care and time into choosing will always be well-received. From the perfect christening gifts for goddaughters to memorable christening gifts for godsons or the ideal gift for your grandchild, at H.Samuel, you'll find a wide range of carefully chosen options, so you'll be sure to find a present that suits your taste and budget.

Something most christening gifts have in common is that they tend to be keepsakes that can be looked back on fondly in years to come. Whether that be a silver christening jewellery gift or a traditional silver item, some designs can even be personalised to make them extra sentimental.


Jewellery is incredibly meaningful, making it an ever-popular choice for christening gifts. It’s customary for parents to keep the christening jewellery safe until the child is old enough to look after it themselves, so you don’t need to worry about finding something that fits them at the time of their christening. However, there are designs available to suit all ages. If you’re looking for a stunning christening gift with a religious context, an angel, St Christopher, or cross pendant in traditional silver, luxurious gold, or dazzling cubic zirconia, is a fabulous choice. Other necklace options, without the religious or spiritual connection, include a range of beautiful heart motifs, lockets and alphabet designs. Bracelets and expander bangles are other lovely choices and can be found in sterling silver and 9ct yellow gold. Some designs can even be engraved with names, dates, or initials. Or, for children with pierced ears, you’ll find sweet stud earrings in a range of designs.


If you're after something super cute that they can cherish forever, we’ve got you covered. From first tooth and curl sets to classic christening photo frames, you’ll find adorable and excellent quality christening gifts in our collection, including a lovely range from Disney. Other standout silver keepsake ideas include certificate holders, children’s cutlery sets, engraved rattles and christening day handled cups. For keepsakes with a religious context, you’ll find gorgeous, silver-plated Bible trinket boxes, the perfect place to store away some precious memories, as well as a Bible with a personalised front cover.


Used to encourage saving from an early age, money boxes have long been popular. But, for those of you on the lookout for memorable and slightly quirky christening gifts, see our range of playfully designed money boxes in shapes such as tractors, trains, helicopters, and even a pirate ship where they can store their hidden bounties! Other delightful options include a gorgeous Cinderella carriage tooth and curl box and a Disney christening silver-tone Pooh Bear certificate holder, as well as some playful, personalised name frames, available in both blue and pink.

If you’re wondering ‘where can I buy christening gifts’ then look no further. As well as the fabulous collection of gift ideas you’ll find in each and every H.Samuel store, an even larger selection is available exclusively on our website – so be sure to browse our full range of christening gifts online today.

We hope this gift guide has helped you narrow down your options. But, if you do need some more help, advice, or inspiration, why not book a free virtual appointment with one of our friendly team, who’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a hand finding the perfect gift.