Choose thoughtful and useful presents for a Greek baby
A new child - a new hope!
If you are searching for a present for a newborn of Greek parents you are in the right place.
We suggest selected gifts with meaning for the Greek community and presents that babies will enjoy and parents will be delighted to receive.
If you’re still not sure about what kind of gift to give, or need a place to start, always consider the purpose of the gift:
It should be useful and practical for both the baby and parents
It should have a meaning
It has to be cute
It should spark emotions, memories and dreams about the baby’s present and future
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a gift for a Greek newborn.
A baby does not need a perfect pirate outfit or a fancy toy.
New parents, especially when this is their first baby, need presents that will help their everyday life. Remember that such a gift is a gesture towards the baby and the parents.
Quality is key to babies accessories
It is important to choose gifts that have great quality.
You should choose presents that will not cause problems like allergies, dry skin, pimples etc since the newborn’s skin is extremely sensitive.
We suggest the following baby bodysuits as the perfect gift for a Greek newborn because they:
- are made with 100% organic cotton
- are printed in Europe with water based Eco friendly inks - great for the skin
- have soft texture
- are designed in Greece with respect to the symbols and traditions
Keep reading to find our selections:
1. The mati (or "evil eye protection") baby bodysuit
If you don’t know the symbol of “Mati” or evil eye you have to know that it is a Greek traditional good luck charm and it’s story is lost in the centuries of long Greek history.
Every grandmother (the "yiayia") or friend in Greece will pin a “Mati” charm on a baby’s crib.
“Mati” is a geometrical representation of an eye, mainly in blue and turquoise color. According to Greek tradition effusive praise risks giving the “evil eye” to the praise recipient.
Fun fact: The Greek orthodox church supports this superstition and has special methods and prayers to fight the effects of evil eye!
So, mainly cute babies or beautiful women are the "victims" of the “evil eye”.
The mati symbol according to tradition, is supposed to absorb all this negative energy (that is not necessarily shared on purpose and can even be shared by accident according to the myth).
In a way, giving a mati charm as a gift is a way to say:
“Your baby is so cute that everyone will admire it so much that it will eventually get the evil eye”.
If all this does not make sense to you, don’t worry but remember a Greek will immediately understand, appreciate or laugh with nostalgia for his "yiayia".
This baby bodysuit has printed a contemporary depiction of the “Mati” charm.
2. The “Tsarouchi” (Tsolias) - Greek traditional shoe baby bodysuit.
If the newborn is a Greek boy don’t look further, this is the perfect gift with a great historical symbolism.
The “tsarouchi” is the Greek traditional outfits shoe.
In modern times it is worn by the elite Greek presidential guard - the “evzones” or Tsolias.
Evzones is a word that describes the uniform they wear and it’s first mention is by Homer in “Iliad” (written about 2800 years ago).
Only the tallest, strongest, most handsome and with best character Greek men are selected to join this elite unit and it is considered a great honor.
Evzones and their outfit, and especially the tsarouchi shoe, are a great symbol of Greece, freedom and independence.
The purpose of the presidential guard is to protect the tomb of the unknown soldier in syntagma square in Athens and protect and honor the Greek president and democracy in general.
This outfit was also worn as everyday clothing by ordinary people in the past.
It is the ultimate symbol of a healthy, handsome and strong man, with great physique, sharp mind and a noble character.
3. Greek philosopher Socrates quote on a baby bodysuit
Socrates does not need an introduction since he is one of the most famous Greek philosophers. The quote “I know one thing that I know nothing” is commonly attributed to him, even if such a quote does not exist in writings.
On the other hand, the quote “I neither know nor think I know” which has a similar meaning is an actual Socrates quote that can be found in Plato's Apology (section 21d).
This quote can have many interpretations but in the end it shows that human beings, adults or babies, have so much to learn:
Life is a constant journey full of new experiences and knowledge to be found.
Tips for giving a present to a Greek newborn
a) Write a Greek gift card
Greeks are frequently using various wishes that are different for every occasion.
Maybe it does not make sense to you, but in Greek culture it is very common and brings often tears of emotion and nostalgia to grown ups.
If you want to say something kind to the parents, or write a card for example, a common wish for newborns you can use is:
- "Na sas zisei!", (Να σας ζήσει!) - It is a sentence that means that you wish the baby shall have a long and healthy life.
- A variation of this wish is: "Na zisei san ta psila bouna!", (Να ζήσει σαν τα ψηλά βουνά!) - which means "(the baby) shall live like the high mountains".
- A more complex wish for Greek parents of newborns is: "Na to kamarosete opos epithimite!" (Να το καμαρώσετε όπως επιθυμείτε) - which means "I wish you (to the parents) to be proud of him/her as you wish!"
Note that these wishes are also appropriate for other occasions like baptism, birthday or name-day to name a few (it could be useful in the future).
b) Don't forget the baby's brothers or sisters
Keep in mind that it is a common gesture in Greece to also buy a small gift for the newborn baby's brothers or sisters.
After all a newborn is a major life changing event for existing siblings.
You can find in our collection some gift ideas for Greek toddlers or kids.
Keep in mind that there is a discount if you buy more than 2 items from our "Kids and babies" collection or the whole clothing collection.
You can also find a similar themed gift for the parents! (same discount applies).