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#1 HelsBels

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:05 PM

My oldest friend is getting married in the UK in a couple of weeks and I am heading back to be her bridesmaid. They have recently announced that her 6mth old boy will also be christened during the ceremony wub.gif I am completely stuck for gift ideas though. As the flights have cost us nearly 5K ohmy.gif and we will also be giving them a wedding gift I am hoping to find something that it lasting and meaningful but doesn't cost the earth. I kinda liked the engraved cufflinks idea from another thread I found from a few years ago but until I can get out and investigate this I am worrying that it could be pretty costly and obviously time is also a factor for me. Any other ideas you can give me would be great.

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Oh and (this probably sounds odd) but they aren't really religous so bibles etc aren't something I would be looking at. I think this is more of a naming ceremony just done in a church IYKWIM rolleyes.gif
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:17 PM

TBH I like the idea of giving 'practical' gifts for a Christening such as books that the little one will actually read and enjoy. You could buy a nice set of books such a the Beatrix Potter series, or just some nice maybe hardcover books that he can enjoy sooner rather than later. The recent thread about your toddlers favourite books might give you some good ideas?

Other suggestion is just to buy a really nice photo frame, maybe for a christening photo to go in?

Wow, you have certainly spent a lot on the flights etc by going over so I am sure they would not expect you to go overboard with the present. The fact you are going over to be a part of all of these things is just so lovely! wub.gif
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:08 PM

How sweet smile.gif
Are they English, and are you Australian?
If so, what about a nice hardcover children's book from an Australian author - either a story book, or perhaps even a book on Australian animals (like a photo one by Steve Parish)?

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:07 PM

QUOTE(truffles @ Aug 29 2012, 12:17 PM) View Post

TBH I like the idea of giving 'practical' gifts for a Christening such as books that the little one will actually read and enjoy. You could buy a nice set of books such a the Beatrix Potter series, or just some nice maybe hardcover books that he can enjoy sooner rather than later. The recent thread about your toddlers favourite books might give you some good ideas?

Other suggestion is just to buy a really nice photo frame, maybe for a christening photo to go in?

Wow, you have certainly spent a lot on the flights etc by going over so I am sure they would not expect you to go overboard with the present. The fact you are going over to be a part of all of these things is just so lovely! wub.gif

Yeah when you have to fly on very specific dates you don't exactly have the option to shop around unfortunately. I nearly keeled over when DH told me and he's a travel consultant so it was the best deal going at the time sleep.gif

I am a huge reader and I adore books so I really like the idea of perhaps having a hand in encouraging this in A also. Maybe I can find a special edition of something that won't break the bank....

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Aug 29 2012, 01:08 PM) View Post

How sweet smile.gif
Are they English, and are you Australian?
If so, what about a nice hardcover children's book from an Australian author - either a story book, or perhaps even a book on Australian animals (like a photo one by Steve Parish)?

I am English as are they (hubby is Australian which is why we moved here) I went to school with the couple (although they didn't get together til a few years ago) and I have been very close with her since we were about 14. She was the only one of my friends to fly over for my wedding and she was my MOH so now I am going back to do the same for her wub.gif

I like the idea of the book having an australian connection to it as then hopefully A will always remember that it came from his Aunty Hels smile.gif

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:49 PM

I love books for these occasions as well. They are things that can be easily kept through childhood and then passed down.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 04:55 PM

I was going to suggest something else until I saw the suggestion of a book - there are so many brilliant aussie authors I would definetely do that and write a message in the front of each book.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:37 PM

Ok so now we have the idea sorted, thank you ladies, give me your must have Aussie children's books so that I can give him a collection of only the very best biggrin.gif I already have Possum Magic and Green Sheep on the list.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:53 PM

Depends on if you want Australian books that are obviously 'Australian' (eg Possum Magic) or not, but some I like:

Diary of a WOmbat - Jackie French
Animalia (or one of his others like The Waterhole) by Graeme Base
Magic Beach (Or Imagine) by Alison Lester
Nick Bland's new book The Runaway Hug is lovely.
WOmbat Stew by Marcia Vaughan & Pamela Lofts
Who sank the boat? by Pamela Allen
Ten little fingers and ten little toes - Mem Fox
All through the year by Jane Godwin/Anna Walker
There's a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake! by Hazel Edwards
Koala Lou (could be a nice tie in since the little boy was born in an olympics year and it's about 'bush olympics') - Mem Fox
Greetings from Sandy Beach by Bob Graham
Alexander's outing - Pamela Allen

Older classics:
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - May Gibbs
BLinky Bill
The muddle headed wombat
The Magic Pudding

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 07:46 PM

I love '7 Little Australians'. Old enough (in terms of the child's reading age) not to be chucked out when he gets to school age. And it's like an onion. The older you are the more you read into it (social / class / cultural imperialism etc.). But it's a good read at any time.

I think they're now out of print - but if they ever redo them the 'Back to Billabong' series would be perfect IMO!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:04 PM

My son's best baptism gift was actually a kids book - he got heaps of silver egg cups and things like that, but they're all in a cupboard. Oh, he got a vera wang piggy bank which has proven to be VERY popular, so I guess I could suggest that... but yes, his best gift was "Bigger Digger" (but I think it might be a NZ book?)

With Australian books, I second Koala Lou (that's a book I give to older siblings when younger siblings are born too - it's about a koala that wants her mum to tell her she loves her, because mum is so busy with all the other baby koalas and doesn't remember to say it, so she enters the bush olympics)

My son ADORES Wombat Stew. It has dingo, wombat, platypus, koala, emu, echidna and blue tongue lizard, so it's got heaps of Aussie animals.

I could suggest others, but honestly those two books plus the two you've mentioned (where is the green sheep and possum magic) are fabulous books, you'll do well with any of those!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:25 PM

QUOTE(Puggie @ Aug 29 2012, 07:46 PM) View Post

I love '7 Little Australians'. Old enough (in terms of the child's reading age) not to be chucked out when he gets to school age. And it's like an onion. The older you are the more you read into it (social / class / cultural imperialism etc.). But it's a good read at any time.

I think they're now out of print - but if they ever redo them the 'Back to Billabong' series would be perfect IMO!


Agree with those for older readers as well!

And I wish Nan Chauncy's books were in print still as well.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:26 PM

I'd be inclined to get a picture book alongside a more classic story with pictures. Something like Snugglepot and Cuddlepie or 7 Little Australians and then a picture book (everyone else has suggested some great ones!)
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone, much appreciated smile.gif
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