It’s hardly surprising that the world has truly gone baby mad this week! After the birth of the beautiful Prince of Cambridge on Monday – we at Catherine Jones of Cambridge thought a blog on the most wonderful of Christening gifts was particularly apt.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s baby will be christened in a replica gown worn by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter in 1841. It was made by the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly and the team of dressmakers at Buckingham Palace, and features the same lengthy skirt and elaborate collars and bow as its predecessor.
Whether you’re a godparent, aunt, uncle, cousin or family friend – Christening gifts should be bought with the intention of becoming a treasured keepsake for both parents and (later in life), baby.
Catherine Jones of Cambridge has a lovely collection of super sweet, contemporary or more traditional Christening gifts – perfect for boys and girls. The ideal gift on a day to remember!
Never Forget – The Moneyphant
Could a Christening gift be any sweeter? This incredible little Moneyphant is pure pachydermal pecuniary perfection. The Georg Jensen Moneyphant is a charming and practical gift, especially wonderful for collecting pocket money. Crafted from mirror-polished stainless steel, the elephant functions as a capacious coin-bank and is perfect for mummy and daddy to raid (and replace of course!) when they need a few extra coins. A gift that will be treasured forever.
Pop the Cork – a Very Special Cooler
Georg Jenson is a master at creating the most momentous of champagne and wine coolers. Simply laden with a lovely bottle of fizz or a chilled Sauvignon and you’ve got the perfect gift to welcome home mum, dad and baby.
Choose from his uber sleek, stainless steel Champagne Cooler design or pick up the beautiful stainless steel and glass Wine Cooler. Both of which bear all the hallmarks of classic, sleek Georg Jensen design.
There’s something particularly lovely, knowing this wine cooler will hold the bottles of many celebrations to come throughout baby’s life.
Time for Diamonds – Beautiful Watches
Only time will tell what the new addition to the family will grow up to be. That said, you can set them off on the right path with these adorable blue and red watches with a single diamond – ensuring they’ll never be late to anything important in future. The perfect first watch, with hour and minute written on the hands to help learn how to tell the time – the straps are a soft real leather. The ideal Christening gift with is both pretty and practical.
The Offspring Bracelet
Designed by Jacqueline Rabun for Georg Jensen. The Offspring bracelet is sterling silver bracelet made of elongated, ovoid links. The clasp closes onto a small link leaving the larger link to fall free. This bracelet is a beautiful, contemporary piece of jewellery that will be treasured by any child from their birth right through to 18th or 21st birthday.
A classic gift in a contemporary style – there’s nothing sweeter than a delightful locket within which nestles a picture of mum and dad with new baby. Both the beautiful lockets available at Catherine Jones of Cambridge are made of sterling silver on a silver chain. Truly a gift that will last a lifetime, these beautiful lockets have plenty of room on both the front and back for personalised engraving.
Give the Baby a Bangle – Silver Baby Bangles
Catherine Jones of Cambridge has a collection of beautiful silver baby bangles which are the ideal Christening gifts. Made extra special with a single diamond and adorned in a variety of details including a star, cross or daisy. There’s no question that this little treasure will be worn until it’s too small and then take pride of place in bedrooms or special jewellery boxes – perhaps until the next generation comes along…
The Christening of the Royal Baby:
Traditionally, royal christenings are private affairs, held behind closed doors when the baby is just a few months old and attended only by family, godparents and close friends.
A family photograph of the baby in its robe is released to the media.
Royal children are mostly christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, in the past often in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace where William’s ceremony was held.
Prince Harry was christened in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The religious ceremony will be a significant occasion for the Cambridge’s baby, who will, one day, as Sovereign become the Supreme Governor of the Church of England.
Royal babies usually have five or six godparents, although the Prince of Wales had eight.
Contenders for the role for William and Kate’s baby are expected to include the baby’s uncles Prince Harry and James Middleton and aunt Pippa Middleton, as well as close friends of the couple such as William’s old school friend Thomas van Straubenzee or perhaps one of the van Cutsem brothers.
Wherever the ceremony takes place, we’re sure the little Prince won’t be short on a few beautiful Christening gifts!