Blue for a boy, pink for a girl. Everyone knows this custom (though did you know that until the 1950s, the colors were reversed, with blue being thought of as a more feminine color due to its association with the Virgin Mary?) But beyond that, what distinguishes a christening gift idea for a baby boy from a baby girl’s christening gift? Well, the answer according to the major websites that sell baby christening gifts seems to be “not much”. Whilst there are plenty of gifts specific to baby girls, baby boy christening gift ideas, as distinct from unisex ones, seem to be thin on the ground. This article will attempt to suggest some christening gift ideas especially for a baby boy.
Baby Boy Christening Robes Gift Ideas
One area where christening gift ideas for baby boys and baby girls do differ is that of clothing. Whilst little girls tend to be christened in dresses, it is possible to buy christening outfits especially for little boys. These all in one romper suits replicate the appearance of a tailed jacket, shirt and tie. Some of them also contain a matching hat. With these adorable outfits, a baby boy can be christened looking like a miniature Fred Astaire!
Baby Boy Christening Gift Basket Ideas
If you want a gift that will last beyond the day of the christening itself, there are gift baskets available for baby boys and girls. These cost in the region of 60 to 80 dollars and contain a variety of books, toys and other gifts for baby. The boy’s gift basket will usually include such toys as stuffed basketballs or footballs to introduce the baby to the joys of sports and soft toy trucks, a precursor of the plastic toy trucks that little boys love so much.
Personalized Baby Boy Christening Gift Ideas
A popular type of christening gift is one that is not just tailored to different genders, but to individual babies. These are personalized gifts imprinted with a baby’s name. The design will often vary according to the gender of the baby. This is where we get back to blue for a boy, pink for a girl, but it goes beyond that. For example, a christening plate with the baby’s name on it will be bordered with a more masculine design for a boy than for a girl.
Personalized christening jewelry will also often incorporate the color blue for a baby boy, for example in the form of blue gemstones. The “blue for a boy” tradition may be recent, but it is not going away any time soon.