Christening Gift Ideas

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Guest Post by Rebecca Jensen.
Rebecca is a blogger and freelance writer who loves writing about sewing, baby fashion, faith, and preserving memories. She currently writes for the handmade christening gown christening gown supplier cristeninggowns.com.

A baptism or christening is a special and significant event, marking the entry of a child into the path of faith. As per usual with such events, the child and the parents are presented with gifts to celebrate this milestone in their lives, and for friends, family, and well-wishers, the question becomes: What do we get them? As with any gift, what you choose will depend on both what the recipient is like and on your budget and preferences, but here are a few ideas—traditional and not-as-traditional—to get you started.

Children’s Bible, Children’s Book of Bible Stories: This kind of gift is by far one of the most popular for this particular occasion. The baptism has just taken place, symbolizing the entry into a life of devotion to God; what could be more fitting than to give a gift that helps foster that devotion? Bibles and books of Bible stories geared toward children can be very visually appealing and help the child learn lessons from the word of God even when they are very young.

Christian Jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry is a classic choice because it can be personalized and serves as a beautiful and lasting keepsake of the event. Popular choices include bracelets with the baby’s name (these can be for mom too!), cross pendants, or other jewelry with charms of religious significance. Keepsake boxes are also bought in addition to jewelry to help keep track of it until the child is old enough to appreciate it. Depending on the religious denomination, a child’s rosary might also be a fitting gift in this category.

Memory book: A memory book is not necessarily christening specific; it can be a wonderful gift for any occasion. Friends and family can write letters to the child and memories of their special day, and later the parents of the child can add pictures and keepsakes to complete this customized and cherished gift.

Keepsake toys: Silver rattles are a popular choice. Plush toys, like soft lambs or bears, are a softer and more cuddly option. Of course, when choosing plush toys, check for any parts that may fall off (or be chewed off) that may pose a choking hazard. Make sure the toy is wire-free, sturdily constructed, and washable, if possible, to endure lots of hugging.

Photo-related items: Photo-related items are a given for any memorable occasion. Photo frames and albums give the parents of the child a way to preserve and display memories of this special day. A picture of Jesus to place in the child’s room might be a thoughtful gift as well.

Shadow box: Shadow boxes are another form of memory gift that have limitless possibilities. A shadow box can be a beautiful way to display the christening gown and other mementos from the christening day.

Savings bond: Presenting a savings bond to the parents for their child is more practical than sentimental, but can be of lasting value and symbolizes your concern and care for the child’s future and seeing him or her through life.

There are many options available for christening gifts, but whatever you choose, remember that if you present it with thoughtfulness and love, your gift will be appreciated by those who receive it.

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Things We Love – Kids for Kids Fashion

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Here’s something that can help you plant seeds of social responsibility while engaging your children in discussion about the needs of kids all over the world.

Kids for Kids is a clothing line that features artwork made by children from different organizations. The sales of this clothing then supports these children in need around the world.

The name of the child-artist is printed on every onesie and tee that his or her drawing appears on. The orphaned child then receives recognition for his or her work of art and then provides a positive boost of self-esteem and life encouragement.

This interaction then opens a window of opportunity for parents to educate their children about less fortunate kids around the world as well as about responsible consumerism.

More About Kids for Kids: Founded by Iris Shiloh, Kids for Kids was inspired by Shiloh’s journey through India in 2010 with a focus of giving back to children who are less fortunate.

After visiting the Tibetan Children’s Village, a community that provides children with a loving and nurturing environment as well as Tibetan education and values, Shiloh became deeply passionate after meeting the children and dedicated staff of the village.

Kids for Kids donates 10% of sales to these organizations, creating a full circle of love.

Baby-suits are available in short and long sleeves with both unisex designs.  Available in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24, babysuits are 100% cotton and cost $20. T-shirts are available in unisex and girls.  Available in size 4 –8 and 10-12 coming soon.  T-shirts are 100% cotton and cost $20.

Kids for Kids are available at kidsforkidsfashion.com.

Things We Love – Smallprint Jewelry

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Smallprint originated the concept of fingerprint jewelry. With these unique jewelry keepsakes, you can capture a moment in time: the birth of a child, for example, imprinting the tiniest of fingerprints onto a piece of handcrafted silver.

But it doesn’t stop there. You can also imprint handprints, footprints, drawings, and writing.

Each custom-made Smallprint piece begins by casting a baby’s or toddler’s fingerprint or other mark in precious metal clay (PMC), a silver powder with a water-soluble, non-toxic binder which burns off when the piece is fired in a kiln, forming solid silver.

SmallPrint jewelry is fine silver (99.9% pure) compared with sterling silver (92.5% pure), which is used for chains, clasps, key fobs and other connective materials requiring extra strength. Each item is handcrafted and hand-finished, providing you with a unique, personalized piece of fine jewelry.

SmallPrint keepsakes are available with single or multiple prints/items. They include charms and bracelets ($55-$220), pendants ($100-$265), dogtags ($100-$190), keychains ($120-$170), cuff links ($130-$160), as well as holiday decorations and religious gifts ($68-$155).

Learn more at SmallPrint.com

We have also featured SmallPrint Silver Jewelry on our Great Gifts blog here.

 

Things We Love – The Greatest Gifts

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As you may know, Momscape has just launched a brand new Great Gifts blog here: http://www.momscape.com/gifts

Here, we feature the coolest finds from around the ‘net for your gift giving pleasure. When available, we also link to the latest coupon codes so you can buy these great gifts at a discount.

We are just starting to add our favorite gift ideas to the site, so you’ll be seeing this grow in the next few weeks.

Here are a few of the very latest additions:

Life Magazine from the week you were born

Laser Pegs (kind of like “light up” legos)

Year of Wishes Candles – A tiny keepsake is revealed as these candles burn, each a reminder of the power of positive thought.

Custom Beach Necklaces – One of our new favorites from Uncommon Goods.

Mother Daughter Letter Books

Baby Bunch Bouquet – This adorable bouquet is actually an artfully designed set of baby clothes: bibs, tshirts, hats, socks, and more.

Doodle Track Race Car - The car follows the track that your child draws.

Ice Princess Ice Cube Straws

Take a look around and tell us about your favorite gifts to give!

Gifts for the Dad Who Has Everything

It can be hard to buy for the men in our lives. With many of the guys I know, when they need something, they go out and buy it. Also, they don’t tend to have too many things that they want, which they don’t also feel they need. And so the item is purchased.

This all leaves me a little stumped at gift-giving time. It also makes it extra fun to give them something that they didn’t even know they needed.

Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for the dad who has everything:

For the Travelin’ Dad

Scratch Map
Scratch Map
Price: $24.00
Help dad track his travels with this scratch-off-where-you’ve-been map that charts globetrotting in a fun and innovative way. When Dad scratches off the areas he has visited, he’ll reveal adventurous pops of color, as well as local facts.  Wrap this one up with a coin for easy scratching – and top with a few scratch lottery tickets.
From Uncommon Goods.

For the Gadget Lovin’ Dad:

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet with Boogie Board Magnet Kit and Shammy Cleaning Cloth
Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet
Price: $42.95
This brand new LCD writing tablet is a tree-friendly alternative to paper, pencils and pens. Plus, it’s a fun gadget. Simply press on the surface with the included stylus or other suitable writing instrument (even your finger) to create an image and then erase with the push of a button. Comes with a Boogie Board Magnet Kit and Shammy Cleaning Cloth
From Buy.com. Find Buy.com coupons here.

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Solar Gadget Charger
Price: $99.94
Now Dad can power up wherever he goes. This compact little gadget is capable of charging or powering just about any device with a USB port. It’s lightweight and portable. Simply place the Solio in the sun, spread its wings and – once its internal battery charges – you can power or charge a variety of devices. Includes  7 adapter charging tips for your electronics. The solio and its packaging are made from recycled and recyclable materials.
Available from Red Envelope. (Red Envelope coupons are here).

 

Gift of the Month Clubs

Amazing Clubs Necktie of the Month Club - 3 Months
Amazing Clubs Necktie of the Month Club – 3 Months
Price: $71.85
What’s better than a new necktie for Father’s Day. One each month! Each month, Dad will receive a new 100% silk, designer necktie. Plus, instant gift messages with all orders. Amazing Clubs offers 32 different Gift of the Month Clubs including wine, beer, flowers, tea, hot sauce, teddy bears, ice cream, salsa, BBQ sauce and many more.
See more Gift of the Month Clubs from Amazing Clubs


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Gourmet Monthly Clubs
has a very popular Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club, as well as five other gourmet gift clubs. The really nice thing about Gourmet Monthly Clubs is that they also have a Whatever Whenever Club option, which allows you to mix and match from their 6 gourmet gift clubs (Microbrewed Beer, International Wine, Premium Cigar, Gourmet Cheese, Fresh Cut Flowers, and/or Gourmet Chocolate gifts of the month) and customize them to fit your shipping schedule. Oh, and the other nice thing about Gourmet Monthly Clubs is that they have some fairly regular coupon codes, including the following:
$10 off any 12 month prepaid club sign-up. Use Code: GMC$10

Give an Experience Gift:
Top Father’s Day Gifts from Cloud 9 LivingHere you’ll find a variety of popular experience categories for dads: Race Car Driving, Golf Lessons, Wine & Beer Experiences, Fishing, Learn to Fly and a handful more.

Give a Family Legacy:
Give an Ancestry.com membership.


Just for Fun:

F in Exams
F in Exams
Price: $9.00
Question: Use the word “doldrums” in a sentence. If you answered “I cannot play the doldrums,” you’re correct! At least according to this silly book of wrong answers, celebrating the creative side of failure with 250 true life responses to common test questions from grade school through high school. A touching, funny and oh-so-real look at everyday blunders, this little pick-me-up is sure to bring smiles to any student, teacher or class clown.
From Uncommon Goods.

Bacon Flavored Envelopes - Set of 25
Bacon Flavored Envelopes – Set of 25
Price: $7.00
Does Dad love himself a little bacon? Here’s a fun gift for dads with a sense of humor and a sense of taste. The glue on these envelopes actually tastes like the greasy, crispy, smoky, salty breakfast meat. Contains no actual bacon…no need to refrigerate.
Made in California and sold through Uncommon Goods.

 

See more Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Coupons on Momscape’s Coupons Blog.

Things We Love – Discovery Girls Magazine

 

Discovery Girls Magazine
Discovery Girls  – A Magazine for Girls 8 and up
Where to buy: www.amazon.com
Recommendation by: KellyAPL

At a certain age, kids love receiving monthly magazines to browse and read through. Discovery Girls is a magazine for girls aged 8 – 12. It covers lots of articles on topics that this age range of girls are interested in. From sports, fashion, real-life stories to quizzes and lots of other fun stuff to read up on.

The articles in the magazine are age-appropriate and designed for girls of this pre-teen stage. For example, it talks about natural hair and skin care and other “beauty” tips. Girls that feature in the magazine are normal girls that your daughter can relate to. What I like about this magazine is the fact each of the magazines is, in part, written by youngsters like your daughter/niece/granddaughter. The magazine crew travels each month to a different State and finds girls in that age group who have inspired others or have something interesting to say and write.

Overall, this is a magazine that a lot of girls would be keen to read. Obviously, every child is different in terms of interest and maturity. It does give 8 – 12 years as an appropriate age group, but from my point of view, I would wait until your daughter hits the pre-teen stage, i.e. 11/12 before subscribing to Discovery Girls to get the most out of it.

For this age group, we also like:

American Girl Magazine

American Girl Magazine
Created especially for girls age 8 and up, American Girl is an appealing, age-appropriate alternative to teen magazines. Features advice, crafts, contests, puzzles, games and more.

 

Uncommon Goods for Mother’s Day

I just got the latest Uncommon Goods catalog in the mail, and – as always – there are some perfectly delightful gift ideas for Mother’s Day that I couldn’t help but share.

A few of my favorites:


Glass Memory Locket
This glass pendant is ready for you to fill. You can show faces on both sides of the frame. Or you can let your creativity go crazy, with a tiny collage of photos, keepsakes, and objects. You can change the goodies inside as often as you like. Try love notes, quotes, prayers, drawings, sand sea shells, wildflowers, whatever you want. The closure is magnetic.


Custom-Made Family & Friends Platter
This platter builds an already-beautiful earthenware ceramic into a touching centerpiece. Choose up to 20 names to display (or 20 words of your choice). The center name in the middle can be up to 10 characters. Your piece will be handmade and handpainted by Sheree Burlington in New Hampshire. (As you can imagine, this one takes some extra time. Allow 3 to 4 weeks for delivery, so this one won’t be ready in time for this Mother’s Day). Still we think it’s gorgeous.

Okay, one more:

 

Renewal Tree Globes
Six inches in diameter, these gorgeous globes are hand-blown in Canada from glass artist Stephen Kitras. You’ll delight at the inner trunk and branches and the vibrant colors in the tree’s canopy will catch light and cast color into the room.

Don’t forget that our sister site has more more Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Coupons here >

Give an Experience Gift for Valentine’s Day

We’ve written about experience gifts before. These are the ultimate in clutter-free gifts, and they’re extra-perfect for Valentine’s Day because these are gifts/experiences you can enjoy together, as a couple.

Cloud 9 Living, a company specializing in experience gifts, has more than 1,600 experiences to choose from nationwide, and they have a few suggestions

Here are some of their most popular Valentine’s Day experience gift ideas.
* Chocolate Making Lessons
* Romantic Dinner Cruises
* Couples Massages

And Cloud 9 Living has just extended a coupon code so Momscapers can save $15 off Valentine’s Day gifts now until February 15. To get the deal, simply click this link and use Promotional Code CJ2011VDAY.

Putumayo – Music from the Coffee Lands

Putumayo’s Music from the Coffee Lands (CD)
Where to buy: amazon.com
Review by: ACMom

Putumayo’s Music from the Coffee Lands is the perfect accompaniment to your next steaming cup of fairtrade coffee. This collection of beautiful music from coffee-growing countries and regions, such as Peru, Jamaica, Brazil and Colombia, will have you dreaming of distant lands where coffee beans grow.

Some of the artists and songs you hear are: Café Tacuba “Esa Noche” (Mexico), Los Tradicionales de Carlos Puebla “Dilema” (Cuba) and Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca “La Milonga” (Congo).

The music is funky, lively and easy to listen to for the whole family.  This would be a great addition to a coffee lover’s gift basket.

Compare and get the best prices on this title >

You might also like:
Putumayo’s Music from the Wine Lands and
Putumayo’s Music from the Chocolate Lands

Things we love: Design-Your-Own Flip Video Camera


Design-Your-Own Flip Video Camera!

The Flip video camera just got even cooler.

You can actually design your own Flip – using your own photograph!

You start by selecting the Flip video camera model you want (Ultra MD, Mino HD, or Slide HD – you’ll see the specifications and prices on the site so you can make the choice that makes the most sense for you.)

Then you upload the image (JPG or PNG) that you want to appear on your flip. You’ll review your layout and there you go. It’s a super easy, super memorable gift idea!

To get started: Click this link and then select “Design Your Own” to see all the personalization options available to you.

And here’s a $10 off coupon for you: Get $10-off a new Flip UltraHD video camera. Now with image stabilization & fully designable! Free Shipping. Code: Flip10