There is nothing to touch the real deal. Sterling silver engraves beautifully (no copper underneath to show through). While the initial price is higher than plate or pewter, sterling makes a true heirloom and will be a lovely in another generation as it is when your recipient receives it. And there is nothing that becomes a family heirloom like a baby cup. (We did one a few years ago that was initially given in 1863!) The cup comes in a lovely dark blue gift box.