What says new life like baptism? Not much, really. Few activities convey the hope we have of being part of God’s family forever like baptism. Whether it’s a child or an adult, there’s something so miraculous and wonderful about this event that everyone will remember. If you’re attending a baptism ceremony soon, here are some Catholic baptism gifts so you can show the recipient that you, too, share in their joy!
Baptism Gift Ideas for Adults Include:
Candles – From candles that sound like a real crackling fire to those with biblical scenes, everyone can appreciate a candle with a nice card as a great baptism gift. One meaningful choice is the Good Shepherd votive candle and statue holder that reminds us of Christ’s love. The statue design is actually a rendering of George Carruth’s statue in the Washington National Cathedral.
Frame for a photo – Since baptism is a truly memorable event, offer the recipient a decorative photo frame as a gift they’ll keep. It doesn’t have to be all pastel and over-done; many simple, classic designs are available for the occasion. Garden stone – A clever garden stone makes a unique Baptism gift, especially when the recipient can walk by it and remember their baptism experience. Try one with a message of faith and accompany it with a plant to represent new life.
Keepsake cross – A keepsake cross is a timeless, meaningful gift for men or women, teens or even children. So many designs are available now, ranging from Celtic to ornate, as well as some with bold colors and messages to very basic wooden designs. It’s sure to be a treasured gift.
Baptism Gift Ideas for Children Include:
Jewelry – Children love small tokens of appreciation, so remember a child at their baptism with a bracelet or necklace. Some companies, like The Printery House, have designs for boys, too!
Frame or jewelry box – Most kids enjoy a new item for their room or dresser, just for them. Try a unique frame or a jewelry box to help them remember how special this baptism event is in their faith journey.
Special stuffed animal – A super-soft plush animal can be a fun baptism gift for a child, especially if you accompany it with a handwritten note about how special the moment is for you to experience with them.
Scrapbook – Boys and girls enjoy crafts and scrapbooking, especially if you assemble all the items they’ll need for them to remember this moment. Include the album or paper, glue, stickers and fun writing pens or paint pens.
Some who are Godparents or immediate family may simply want to give the recipient cash inside a card. Others may like the idea of a keepsake gift that lasts for years, despite the price. A homemade gift, such as a wall plaque, is also a way to give the occasion a personal touch. Today your options are numerous, as long as the message is conveyed that you celebrate and honor their decision to become part of the family of Christ and to receive the new life He offers.
Don’t forget to include a Baptism card with a handwritten message. Long after a gift trinket might be set out of sight, or passed on to someone else, a card will likely be saved for generations to come to read your message of encouragement. You’ll find several designs, from bold to classic, at The Printery House – and the monks and artists there have been making these high-quality religious greeting cards on-site for more than 60 years.