The habit of gift bearing started with the Kings and the Shepherds....their response to a wonderful event was to give the baby some very unlikely presents, but times have changed!
The more recent tradition at any Christening is of Godparents bearing gifts, chosen carefully to last the baby throughout life. Even today people give silver cups, and spoons etc...
Fairy Godmothers gave qualities....such as happiness, truthfulness, generosity and beauty.
Sometimes though a Fairy God mother turns out to be a baddy...The wicked fairy condemns Sleeping Beauty to sleep for eternity....
This poem by U A Fanthorpe is a strange one... But worth persevering with I think.
The Wicked Fairy at the Manger
My gift for the child
No wife, kids , home.
No money sense. Unemployable.
Friends yes. But the wrong sort...
The work shy, women, wogs
Petty infringers of the law, persons
With notifiable diseases
Poll tax collectors, tarts,
The bottom rung
I think we’ll make it
Public, prolonged, painful.
Right, said the baby. That was roughly
What we had in mind.