Everything about babies is fresh and new. We all look with a bit of awe on this new life stuffed full of unseen potential. The baptism of a baby is a beautiful statement by the family and loved ones around the child, that they will do all in their power to help guide this new life in the direction of a faith-filled life.
If you are blessed to be a close relative or near friend to believing new parents, then you may find yourself sharing in the memorable day when the baby is baptized. There will be a lovely ceremony at the church and more than likely a small reception afterward to which it is customary to bring a gift. But what kind of gift is appropriate for the occasion? Here are five suggested gift ideas for baby baptism.
A Photographic Memory
Parents and baby will be very occupied during the baptism ceremony so they would probably be very appreciative of someone offering to take pictures or video of the event. Still photos can be placed in an album and one particularly favorite picture could be placed in a frame ready to put on baby’s dresser or hung on the nursery wall.
A Piece of Jewelry
On the day of baptism, infant girls sometimes wear cross necklaces or bracelets with a cross charm. For baby boys or girls who are being baptized into the Catholic faith, a rosary would make an appropriate gift. Having a tangible reference to faith that was theirs from their earliest months of life contributes to a growing identity of belief.
A Gift of Reading
No list of gift ideas for baby baptism is complete without including a children’s bible or gifts of religious books for the family. There are beautiful illustrated children’s bibles which can be used at bedtime for years to come. Besides bibles, think about devotional books which help the family make daily practice of consecration to God. There are a variety of books which teach the catechism to children or which contain family prayers and blessings.
A Word of Thanks
Mom and dad will have lots of thank you cards to write following the baptism. Why not have some stationary printed with baby’s initials? Sending out letters on personalized stationary is a great way to celebrate and mom and dad will be impressed with your thoughtfulness.
The Printery House is an online Christian gift store where you can find these and many other gift ideas for baby baptism celebrations. Such a special day deserves a gift that can be treasured for years to come.
Baby christenings are joyful occasions shared by close friends and family. Dedicating a baby to the church and to a life of faith is a significant moment for religious families. Babies often wear special attire for the event and christenings are usually followed by some sort of party or gathering. It is customary to give a gift, though guests may wonder where to come up with appropriate baby christening gift ideas.
When deciding on a christening gift, you must first figure out what sort of gift you want to give. For example, do you want to give a practical gift – one that will be used daily or at least regularly? You may prefer giving a gift that is less practical but more sentimental – a gift that has keepsake value. You may even choose to give a gift that is intended more for mom and dad than for baby.
If you are undecided about what sort of gift to bring, then consider what things are valued by the parents. Gifts that echo those values will mean a great deal. That means that baby christening gift ideas can run the gamut from religious life, to family identity.
Help build treasured memories
Religious families consider christening to be an important event. Young families today make use of modern technology to chronicle events like baby christenings. Social media sites provide a great way to share pictures of this happy occasion with the many friends and loved ones who could not attend in person.
But most moms and dads will still want a memory book that they can hold onto. A christening gift that works equally well for boys or girls is a photo album or a framed wall collage where pictures of the event can be seen and enjoyed. Scrapbooking moms might like receiving all the templates, adornments and supplies necessary for creating a couple of pages dedicated to the christening.
Another way to remember this day is with a keepsake gift. Keepsake gifts are not intended to be used or worn beyond the day of the christening, but they are treasured gifts that commemorate this important occasion. Engraved frames, pendants or silver cups and spoons can be marked with the name, date and occasion. Mom and dad might want to display these gifts or tuck them away for the future.
A list of baby christening gift ideas without jewelry is incomplete. Boys or girls can receive pendants, charms or crosses in honor of the day. Many of these gifts can be purchased at The Printery House to help celebrate the special day.