Heirloom Christmas Gifts – Royal Doulton Bunnykins

Heirloom Christmas Gifts - Royal Doulton Bunnykins (Motherhood Looms)I love heirloom Christmas gifts.  They’re always a special thing that is treasured, cared for, and passed on to later generations.  There’s one in particular that I’ve got my eye on for Eudora.  I’m thinking that baby’s first Christmas is a perfect occasion to get her a Royal Doulton Bunnykins china set.  There’s a reason for the Royal Doulton Bunnykins being our place setting of choice: my husband had a set of Royal Doulton Bunnykins.  The bowl with his set was actually his father’s, and the rest of the place settings were added for my husband.  Now that set is Norton’s.

Since that’s already been established as one of our family’s traditional heirloom Christmas gifts, getting one for Eudora is kind of a necessity.  Granted, hers will not be as old as her brother’s, but it will still be something lovely for Eudora to pass on to her first born child.

I’m not sure what it is about the Royal Doulton Bunnykins sets that make them such treasures.  Is it the variety of patterns?  Or the way that each picture pattern tells a story?  One thing that is always consistent, though, is the trail of running bunnies around the edge of the dishes.  Granted, there are some differences in the Royal Doulton Bunnykins dishes that are produced now versus when my father-in-law and my husband’s dishes were made.  Now they are made in Indonesia instead of England.  Now the images are appliquéd instead of hand painted.

Still, though, I’m determined to make sure that my daughter has a Bunnykins set of her own.  Maybe we’ll buy a vintage one at the next antique fair in town.

Do you have traditional heirloom Christmas gifts in your family?  What is it that you like to pass on?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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