I recently received a lovely birthday card from my dear Godmother, Mary Ann, containing this wonderful photo from my christening (just twenty two years ago . . . ahem!)
That’s Mary Ann holding me (don’t my sister and brother look thrilled to have a new baby sister?)
Certainly, the christening is the main event when it comes to Godparent duties, but Mary Ann maintained her responsibilities with regularity and aplomb. To this day, she remembers every birthday . . . and this leads me to the subject of today’s blog . . . chic baby gifts.
I was lucky enough to be the recipient of one of the chicest baby gifts ever – courtesy of Mary Ann. Upon my birth, she purchased a set of sterling silver teaspoons and then sent one on each birthday (monogrammed of course) until I had the full set. Now, truth be told, it’s difficult to grasp the chic factor of silverware when you’re five . . . and for that reason, Mary Ann always included a little something that was more age-appropriate. (This was an excellent tactic as it also enabled my mom to snatch the silver out of my sticky hands and carefully place it in a safe deposit box.)
When I graduated from college, my mom presented all of the teaspoons to me and I was thrilled to have something so special and “adult.”
Photo Courtesy of At Home with Carolyne Roehm
Anne Randell, my head of PR and Marketing, gives charm bracelets to her goddaughters – and then adds a charm for each special birthday. So sweet!
Our friends at Charm Co. have a fantastic collection of vintage charms that we sell in our Greenwich Best & Co. store. We also sell wonderful bracelets by Links of London. Here's a whimsical bracelet that reminds me of animal crackers. Wouldn't it be fun to receive a silver animal charm on each birthday tucked into a real box of animal crackers?
Photo Courtesy of The Charm of Charms by Jade Albert and Ki Hackney
My very stylish friend (and new Mom,) Alison, gives these precious little booties to celebrate the birth of a new child. The bottoms of the booties are personalized with the baby’s birth date and name:
And of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include a plug for our gorgeous Best & Co. layette gift boxes. They are inspired by the century old designs sold in Venice. In addition to giving your gift panache, they become true keepsakes when used to store all the wonderful mementos of a baby's first year.
What about you? What gifts do you love to give and receive?