Baptism is a wonderful occasion that is frequently commemorated with a gathering of friends and family who share joyful memories over food and wine.
Baptism is most commonly performed between the ages of 5 months and 4 years. You can, however, be baptized as an adult. It is customary and highly recommended to bring baptism gifts.
You’ll want to make sure your present is appropriate for the event, depending on the circumstances. To make your search easier, I’ve limited down your possibilities.
What is a suitable baptism gift?
Something silver is an appropriate gift to offer to someone who is being baptized. This is a typical present for the occasion, and it can range from a delicate silver bracelet to an engraved silver spoon. To commemorate the occasion, you should present something that the family will treasure for a long time; nevertheless, cash is also appropriate.
You’ll need to consider what level you need to hit with the present based on your relationship with the family. If you’re giving a present to a niece/nephew or godchild, for example, you’ll want it to reflect your close relationship. If this is a distant relative, such as a college friend’s child, you will not be expected to spend a fortune.
Close family members
You might prefer something more traditional, in which case a silver keepsake is a good choice. If it’s for a close family member, giving them a gorgeous piece of silver jewelry is a terrific suggestion. A simple silver cross is ideal for a family with strong religious convictions. To add an added level of personalization, have these engraved with the person’s initials.
If the family does not hold traditional values, a cross will not be essential. This is where you can give something else silver, such as a particular bracelet or a silver photo frame with a family portrait inside. You’ll want to make sure this present is unique and tied to the baptism. You won’t want to offer the family something that could be used as a birthday present, for example.
It is not necessary to purchase a silver present. You can also purchase gold, which comes with a wide range of options. However, while silver is the more traditional choice for a baptism present, you will have to consider what is appropriate for your situation.
Distant friends and family
If the baptism is for a family from which you are separated, it is more suitable to enclose some money on a card.
Even if you are not bringing a present, it is still polite to bring a card to the party. After the ceremony, you will present the card and the gift to the family at the family’s reception party. At the reception, there will normally be a table set out for you to place your gift on.
9 Baptism gift ideas
It can be challenging to narrow down your choices. The following is a list of suggested baptism gifts for you to consider.
1. Guides to Study
She may have a Bible, but she isn’t familiar with what it contains. Give the gift of a Bible study guide, such as Stephen M. Miller’s “The Complete Guide to the Bible” or Derek Prince’s “Self-Study Bible Course,” to help people understand the Bible’s lessons. Within the various Christian denominations, there are variations, so if you’re not sure which one to acquire, ask a church leader for advice.
2. Accessories for the Bible
Small things, such as a monogrammed protective cover or carrying case, or a religious-themed bookmark, might be purchased to go with a Bible. These thoughtful presents tie in with the baptized adult’s new religion’s theme, but they’re less frequent options, so you can be quite certain he won’t get duplicates.
3. Bible with inscriptions
A bible with the recipient’s name and baptism date engraved on it is a lovely present. Bibles exist in a variety of styles, and some even have unique themes. There are bibles for mothers, police officers, and even hunters, for example. Most religious bookstores and some retail websites that specialize in religious publications will be able to engrave bibles.
4. Religious adornment
Religious jewelry makes a lovely keepsake for adult baptism. This might be a pin, earrings, or a cross necklace. Another alternative is to select jewelry that is special to a certain faith, such as rosary beads for Catholics. The date of the baptism could be inscribed on the back of the jewelry for an extra unique touch.
5. Certificate in a Frame
A certificate is given to a person who has been baptized by many congregations. A beautifully framed certificate is an appropriate present. The certificate can be proudly displayed in the recipient’s house after it has been properly mounted and framed.
6. Baptism Photograph
A framed photograph of the recipient being baptized is a gift that will be cherished for a long time. For added meaning, consider framing the photograph in a frame with a scripture inscribed on it.
Baptisms are shown in many beautiful paintings and prints. This type of artwork is ideal for an adult baptism present. A little plaque detailing the date of the recipient’s baptism can be attached to the frame to make the present more personal.
Decor with encouraging quotes provides a fantastic baptism present idea, whether your baby niece is getting baptized or your grown-up closest friend is entering the flock as an adult. A piece of handcrafted wall art serves as a daily reminder of one’s walk with God. Beautiful imagery and motivating phrases, whether framed in wood or painted on canvas, have special importance for new Christians of all ages.
8. Purposeful Gifts
The leather bags and accessories in our Repurposed on Purpose collection are ideal for truly unique baptism gifts that give back a little closer to home. Our exquisite leather totes are ideal Catholic baptism gifts since they may be used as a diaper bag for the newborn being baptized. They are handcrafted by women moving out of terrible situations. Adult baptism gifts include leather card holders, change trays, diaries, and more.
9. Faith’s Jewels
Adult baptismal presents traditionally include a cross necklace. With a unique twist on Christian-inspired jewelry, you can shake things up a little. In its delicate Christian symbolism, a one-of-a-kind necklace produced by a trained artisan in our Repurposed on Purpose studio carries importance. An agate necklace with a fishhook design conjures up images of men fishing as a symbol of their faith that they may carry with them wherever they go.
The presents shown here will give you an idea of what you might like to bring to your baptism. There are so many great gift ideas to pick from, and I hope this list of suggestions has given you some ideas. Best of luck!