Easter is the time to spend with friends and family, a great time to celebrate the new spring season and the renewal of life everywhere after winter's chill. It's also the time when godparents, grandparents, and family friends get to do some of their best gift-giving.
Presented below are several ways to find the right Easter gift for the child in your life. Easter gifts are meant to represent an aesthetic that's lovely without being showy, and meaningful without being sentimental. Like the finest clothes worn to Sunday services, the best Easter gift shows class without showing itself off.
Understand that Easter is not “Springtime Christmas"
Some parents and family friends misunderstand the meaning of Easter gifts, essentially confusing the Easter season as a kind of ancillary Christmas. The right Easter gift communicates the best wishes for spring and summer, the seasons of rebirth and renewal. By contrast, Christmas is more sentimental and nostalgic in nature.
Easter is also a more formal occasion than Christmas. For Christians, it celebrates Christ's rebirth and the verification of his teachings and prophecy. On a secular level, it also commemorates the sense of new life. It's no coincidence that the colors of spring - soft pastels of green, blue, yellow, and white - are often the colors of a baby nursery.
Finding the right Easter gift with the right message.
Giving the right Easter gift also depends on a certain extent on the etiquette and place of the gift-giver. For example, grandparents are ideally allowed to give much greater and elaborate gifts than godparents.
To give an overly elaborate gift seems showy and, to a certain extent, selfish. (As if the givers are calling attention to themselves. ) But giving something too small will seem tacky.
Parents and grandparents should plan to give anything they like. Godparents and siblings of the parents can give clothing ensembles or keepsakes for the baby or the nursery. Family friends and others should plan to give smaller gifts, such as a single item of clothing or a decoration for the nursery.
How to gift wrap and present the Easter gift.
Presents can be given to the family any time up to Easter Sunday, but should be opened that Sunday. As a matter of taste, gifts should not be exchanged on Good Friday.
There's no set etiquette for the gift-wrap or presentation. Most will want to choose gift-wrapping in a color scheme that fits the season. Personalized gifts might also include a keepsake gift box or container.
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