The history of christening gifts

Gifts have been given and received for thousands of years and it is easy to forget that a gift should reflect the occasion. The idea of giving a gift is to symbolise the special day of an important happening like a marriage, birth or christening. The celebrations are as important as giving gifts and christening presents are a way of emphasising the significant event and act as a way of remembering the day. Originally christening presents were mainly money and material objects with a high monetary value that were used as an investment for the child and to assist them in growing up and gaining independence. One of the most traditional christening gifts is a silver spoon and it stems from the Tudor era and is associated with the famous term, ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

The Victorians started to change the type of gifts that were given at christenings and wanted to lure people away from money towards more meaningful gifts and this is when silver became popular. The silver cutlery, napkin holders, egg cups and jewelry were all exchanged more frequently during the Victorian era and the silver cup and tankard is an adaptation of the drinking pots used by northern Europeans. The history of giving gifts is to symbolise the special day and mark the celebrations. There are many presents to choose from and people will continue the practice whether it is with new ideas or traditional gifts.