Baptism gift guide
Practiced by many religions and denominations, Baptism is a ritual that symbolizes the adoption of or admission into a faith. In Christian tradition, it’s the first of the holy sacraments, which is why many Christians are baptized as infants (also known as “christening”).
Of course, some people find their faith into adulthood. Marriage is also a catalyst for adopting religion, so being baptized as an adult isn’t uncommon.
In any case, you may be invited to celebrate the occasion, so you’ll probably want to bring a gift. If you’re stumped on what to get, fear not; we’re here to help with these simple, yet thoughtful baptism gift ideas for both children and adults.
Greeting card scrapbook
Maybe they’re too young to read the cards they’re given. Or maybe they’ve been collecting cards for years. In either case, a greeting card scrapbook is a great way to store the cards they’ll continue to receive throughout their lifetime. Plus, it makes a great addition to any bookshelf.
All you need is an empty scrapbook and a little creativity. Start their collection with the card you were going to give anyway; write a thoughtful message inside and glue the back of the card to a scrapbook page. Simple as that!
There’s just something about receiving a custom gift that makes it feel a little more special, and a personalized keepsake is the perfect way to acknowledge a baptism.
So, what exactly do we mean by “custom gift?” It can be as simple as initials engraved in a locket or picture frame, or something more elaborate like a name carved into a wooden jewelry box. You could even commission a painter, designer, or lettering artist to create an art piece with an inspirational quote or Bible verse.
“Open when” cards
Money inside a greeting card is tried and true and oh-so-easy. But consider going a step above that and gifting them “open when” cards. These are especially good gifts for infants who will be able to enjoy this gift long after they’re baptized.
If you want to stick within a religious theme, purchase cards for significant religious milestones such as their First Communion or Confirmation. Or, you can keep it general and find fun cards for everyday occasions like losing their first tooth, turning 10, and so on.
If there’s an organization or charity that is close to their (or their parents’) heart, consider donating money in the name of the person being baptized.
A little help
Sometimes one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of time. If you’re invited to a baptism party, offer to bring food or party supplies, or help out with setup and cleanup. It’s a small gesture, but it’s one any host would appreciate, especially busy moms and dads.
As you can see, there are many different ways to celebrate a baptism, all of which are easy, affordable, and most importantly, meaningful. We hope this list of baptism gift ideas inspires you to make their moment memorable.