Will you be attending a christening or baptism in the next few weeks? If so, you may be wondering what to give as a present. Christenings and baptisms are wonderful celebrations where babies are welcomed into their faith surrounded by loving family and friends, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to give, especially if you are on a limited budget. The good news is that there are many ways to show your support for the christening or baptism! Celebrate this special event by giving a traditional christening gift, a present that will teach the child about their faith, or a gift to remind them of it. Here are twenty-five christening gifts for girls and boys that suit all styles and budgets.
Traditional Christening Gifts
Personalized baptism gifts and christening presents have been given and received for hundreds of years. For traditional families, gifts such as silver mugs or cups, perhaps engraved with the child’s name and date of birth is a suitable choice, as is a silver spoon (often these come in boxed sets.) Personalized christening frames are becoming popular once again. Sterling silver piggy banks are another popular option, as is money or a savings bond to be used for the child’s future education. In the Catholic faith, a small first rosary in a gift case or a small crucifix for the nursery wall is often given. Christening bracelets, and other baby jewelry such as a necklace with a tiny cross can become a cherished baptism gift and a family heirloom to be passed down to future generations of babies. Christening gifts for girls can include a porcelain jewellery box with an inlaid cross or angel. Christening candles can be given as gifts for both boys and girls.
Religious Christening Gift Ideas
A baptism is the first religious ceremony a baby or small child will participate in. Presents that teach and prepare the child to follow their family’s faith usually include a children’s Bible or book of bible stories. Today, DVDs or CDs of bible stories are sold in Christian bookstores, online, and even at Walmart. Noah’s Ark and the Christmas Story are the most popular and even available as board books for babies. Baptism gifts such as wall plaques with a biblical verse, psalm, proverb or prayer will decorate the nursery and can also be used as a teaching tool.
Christening Gift Ideas for the Nursery
For many, this is a great opportunity to give a unique christening gift that can be displayed in the baby’s nursery, and remain in his or her room as he or she grows. Angel figurines are popular options and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. A print of Jesus framed in a pastel color can also work. For crafters, a christening gift personalized with a cross-stitched prayer or needle-pointed Bible verse can be personalized and kept for years, or for a quick craft a simple birth announcement with the child’s full name and date-of-birth stitched and surrounded by a pretty border is a beautiful choice. Other items suitable to give as a christening gift include a child-sized silver hairbrush, mirror and comb set, a soft and cuddly soft toy such as a lamb or teddy bear, a silver “first tooth” container that baby teeth can be placed in for the tooth fairy, or a sterling silver picture frame with a religious theme. A music box that plays a lullaby or Amazing Grace can help soothe baby to sleep, and toddlers and older children will love a snow globe with a tiny manger scene that can start a conversation about baby Jesus.