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Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

As the title says: what is an appropriate gift for a baby girl being baptized in the Greek Orthodox church?

I am using google and polling friends, but I thought I'd ask here too, especially in case there is someone who is Greek and/or belongs to the church and can give me useful pointers.

The baptism is in 2.5 weeks, and we have no particular budget.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04.01.2017, 20:27
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Re: Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

How old is the baby? I would give a piece of clothing or a toy/book and a bit of cash as symbolic seed money. Alternatively, ask the mom, it's the easiest way to deal with presents.
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Old 04.01.2017, 20:48
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Re: Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

Asked my (Greek/Saffa) OH. He said "A white BMW" so I'll ask the mother-outlaw near Athens in a bit and get back to you. Are you the godmother?

Edit: Asked the mother-outlaw and she said the same as Funnybone, unless you're the godmother. Then it would be usual to give a cross on a chain ( not a crucifix) perhaps with a ruby on it.

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Old 04.01.2017, 21:17
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How old is the baby? I would give a piece of clothing or a toy/book and a bit of cash as symbolic seed money. Alternatively, ask the mom, it's the easiest way to deal with presents.
Baby will be 10 months old when she is baptized. I can't ask the mom in this particular case, she is Chinese and has no clue and is just along for the ride/the baptism is important to her in-laws (her words), it's the dad who is Greek. I can surely ask him.

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Asked my (Greek/Saffa) OH. He said "A white BMW" so I'll ask the mother-outlaw near Athens in a bit and get back to you. Are you the godmother?

Edit: Asked the mother-outlaw and she said the same as Funnybone, unless you're the godmother. Then it would be usual to give a cross on a chain ( not a crucifix) perhaps with a ruby on it.
Not the godmother but we are very close to the family. Thank you both for your replies!
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Old 04.01.2017, 22:25
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Re: Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

Agree with FunnyBone, some nice piece of clothing (a cute little dress for instance*) and some money...or just a gift card? That too could be very welcome..

*this is what I gave to the daughter of one of my friends and really loved the shopping experience..

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Re: Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

Greek here.

If you're not the god-parent there is no need for something special.

It's a kid, get it appropriate kid stuff as you would at a birthday/nameday.

Oh yes, there are namedays in Greece, and some people celebrate them more than birthdays. Mine is on Saturday, if anyone cares to gift me anything
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Greek here.

If you're not the god-parent there is no need for something special.

It's a kid, get it appropriate kid stuff as you would at a birthday/nameday.

Oh yes, there are namedays in Greece, and some people celebrate them more than birthdays. Mine is on Saturday, if anyone cares to gift me anything
Cypriot here (same as Greek for people who dont know)
My niece was baptised a couple of months ago. Clothes are perfectly fine. Just make sure they are the correct size and get a gift receipt so they can change them if they dont like them
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Re: Appropriate Gift for Greek Orthodox Baptism/Christening

Thanks to all! Quick update - we got her a small bracelet (silver with pearls) with her name engraved. It was cute
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