For a child's Christening or first Communion, there are various gifts that would be appropriate, reflecting both the Ukrainian theme and the religious element.
A 14k gold cross (baby-sized or larger), or Virgin Mary with Jesus medallion make wonderful gifts from godparents, and important elements in the ceremony.
A byzantine-style icon of the Virgin Mary or Jesus makes a fine memento, and will be a treasured room decoration. Many lovely designs are available, all on wood, in various sizes. Select from icon photo-reproductions with a silky laminated finish, or glossy reproductions with a gold foil decoration.
Other unique gifts include a hand-made "vyrizanka" style icon*, available either framed or unframed.
And for a truly exquisite gift, a hand-embroidered icon from the Father Dmytro Blazheyowsky collection is of outstanding quality, and will be cherished for generations!
A very fine book edition of Father Blazheyowsky's embroidered icons is also available, as well as as lovely edition of traditional painted Byzantine icons from Baltia Druk.
Decorative wooden wall crosses are a lasting memory in finely carved or inlaid designs in simple and intricate designs.
Children's illustrated prayer books are also available, in Ukrainian or English.
And coming soon: we will have an embroidered "kryzma" for the christening ceremony.