Royal Baby Christening Gift Guide Inspired by George and fit for a Prince (or Princess)
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- Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:15
- Last Updated on 21 October 2013
- Monica Costa
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It’s official! The baptism of Prince George will take place at 3pm in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. Everyone is wondering which gifts he will receive for this occasion, what he will wear, who will be visiting him on that day.
Your dear friends, siblings, cousins, or future Heirs to the throne have just given birth to a wonderful little bundle of joy. But what do you get for the royal baby that has everything, or the baby of a beloved for whom you want the perfect gift?
We have put together a guide to Christening gifts. They usually are so useless but we have found a few that you will love.
The Royal Mint is to create a set of commemorative coins to mark the christening. Maybe that could be a great gift in general. It will certainly be a piece of collectable memorabilia.
Nick Clegg bought little Prince George an embroidered cot blanket made by Spanish nuns; David and Samantha Cameron chose a selection of books by Roald Dahl; and Ed Milliband sent a more traditional gift for a first born boy, an apple tree from a London orchard.
The new ClevaMemories Keepsake Suitcase and Baby Record Book is a unique gift idea designed to save the treasured keepsakes of a baby’s first year, creating a sentimental souvenir to look back on and preserving those invaluable memories that do not want to be lost.
The keepsake suitcase is designed to store the items that are collected as the child grows. Whether it be their baby boots, first piece of art or the much-loved first toy, it can be saved collectively in the holdall. Or even the first pressed apple for Miliband’s tree or the embroidered cot blanket from Clegg. The keepsake suitcase is for everything that you can’t have on your phone – the non-digital record of the baby’s first days, weeks, and months. Parents are able to personalise the suitcase in whichever way they desire, with number and letter stickers included to write the baby’s name and date of birth on the box. We love this great quality box as you can personalise it with your child’s name and will preserve all those precious memories for when he/she will ask questions about his/her birth.
My 1st Years, a personalised baby gift website, has also created a gorgeous gift range to celebrate the royal Christening. The limited edition silver plated range can be personalised for the little prince or princesses in your life.
The HRH silver plated baby gift set features three luxury silver plated gifts; a Crown Photo Frame, which can be engraved with baby’s name and date of birth to frame a special moment and mark it with the memorable date, the frame features an embossed crown, finished with a blue or pink crystal; the set also includes a beautifully designed ABC Money Box which can be engraved with baby’s name and date of birth too if you like. And finally a silver-plated Rocking Horse beaker featuring delicate rocking horse detail on the front and complete with an ivory plastic beaker lid.
Christies has recently seen a Victorian silver christening mug circa 1857 sell for £1,500 for example, while an English painted rocking horse went under the hammer for £2,375. A collection of early 19th century christening robes was snapped up for £1,200.
Unique toys are also class acts when it comes to high value assets. Bonhams saw a set of fine toy soldiers march off to the tune of £6,000, along with a toy train set which was sold for £2,875.
There are lots of new products on the market that will become memorabilia possibly in a decade or so. We predict the following will be the ones.
One of our favourite is the first Royal baby toy by the Early Learning Centre. 50,000 limited edition Happyland Royal baby sets went on sale on the day of the birth of His Royal Highness!
The collectable set follows the huge success of Early Learning Centre’s Happyland Royal ranges created to celebrate the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee. The newest addition to the range features the Duke and Duchess of Happyland with their first born in his Royal pram. The new Happyland Royal baby set costs £8 and is available from Early Learning Centre stores and ELC shops within Mothercare stores across the country.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new son received an early reminder of the Royal interest in horseracing when a representative of the sport delivered a suitably attired teddy bear jockey to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington on the day of the birth Tuesday 23rd July 2013.
The foot high soft toy was dressed in Her Majesty’s racing colours of purple body, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap and were specially made by The Queen’s silks makers, Allerton and Company. The design for her colours, including gold braiding on the body and cap, were first used by Edward VII.
The Queen recently saw her silks carried to victory on Estimate in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, the first occasion that a reigning monarch has won the race. Now, all the new Royal arrival needs is a rocking horse for teddy.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums