Gifts for Baptisms and Christenings

October 17, 2013    |    By +
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Very few occasions are more purely joyful than a baby’s christening or baptism. Not only do they represent the remission of original sin (can’t go wrong with that one), they’re unfreighted by the weight of expectation, not to mention cost and high budget, that can surround a wedding. But if you don’t regularly attend church, have a different faith, or are attending a baptism in a Christian denomination that’s different from yours, it can be hard to know what’s expected of you, particularly in the way of gift-giving. Everyone knows that wedding guests give gifts. But, do the guests at a baptism need to bring a gift?

Gift-giving is never required at a baptism, but small gifts from guests-or even friends and relatives who couldn’t make it-are always appreciated. Stock shares or bonds have been a traditional offering, but if you’re looking for something that can be unwrapped with glee, here are a few alternatives:

A personalized wooden child’s cross ($24.99) makes a charming and durable way to bestow a lifetime of blessings.


Where to safely store that first baby curl? And the first tooth? Solve two parental problems down the road with a Personalized Tooth/Curl Pewter Shoes Set ($34.99) from Personal Creations.


“The kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed,” begins one of the most famous of parables. In this personalized mustard seed bracelet ($16.99) a small but mightily potent symbol of the Christian faith becomes part of a tiny silvertone bangle.



A growth chart makes for charming nursery-room art, and kids love to measure themselves through the years as they get taller. This growth chart by Land of Nod ($49) can be personalized with the child’s name. It’s a keepsake parents will treasure when their bundle of joy has grown and flown.



Another practical idea is to encourage savings with a sweet ceramic nursery bank ($39) that you can personalize with the child’s name.



Read more on baptism and christening etiquette. And, are you a godparent? If so, check out our list of slightly stepped-up gift ideas for if you’re the godparent.


Lavonne Leong lives with her husband and daughters in Honolulu, where she writes about arts, education, science, families, and yes, shopping. She’s the editor-at-large for San Francisco-based Red Bridge Press, and her first children’s book, Up in the Hawaiian Sky, is due out this month. She loves the thrill of the chase when stalking the perfect gift.

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