1. Time Capsule- Fill a lovely box with mementos from the year of the child’s Christening. Add things such as a newspaper page, the Christening announcement, photos and a CD of music. Include a note addressed to the child when he/she is 16 reminding him/her of your love, or select another age that is meaningful to you. Seal the box and affix a tag saying when it should be opened. We like this one and it is somehting I might do with my own 3 children……even though they are now 10, 7 and 4!
2. Premium bond(s) – My father bought me these on birth…….not won a penny…..yet?!?!
3. A bottle or even case of port – worth checking on how to store properly.
4. Savings Account – for the child with instructions that when she is old enough, he/she may decide where the funds will be disbursed.
5. Photo Book – Make a book filled with photos from birth to the age of 16 – never tell your child you are doing this. Feature the child’s family and friends as much as possible so that the child can see their inclusion as a personal story.
6. Start a Family Heirloom – Instead of buying a new cross or Bible, consider passing on one that you have treasured so that a tradition can be born.
7. Christmas Ornament – Sometimes people don’t think of ornaments if it isn’t Christmas time, but a commemorative ornament is a lovely gift, even in May! Each year when in is put on the tree the child and their parents will be reminded of the special day.
8. A coin set from the year of christening or birth.
9. Christening Family Photos – If the child was born into a family with siblings or cousins, make a small scrapbook of the family’s other Christening Days, reserving a spot for the baby’s photos. Or for a first child, start an album with the child’s parents’ christening photos.
10. Certificate for an Outing with You – Make a date with the child in the future, perhaps on a certain birthday. Describe where you will take him/her.