When it comes to something as serious (and as special) as a child’s first baptism or christening, there are a few rules you should probably follow while looking for baptism gifts. For example, it’s customary for godparents to gift their godchildren with baptism gifts (but of course, grandma and grandpa will probably want to shower their newly baptized grandchild with gifts, too!). These gifts are typically more sentimental than the other presents that the child will receive, and are cherished for years to come.
While baby baptism gifts are traditionally religious in nature, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your gift has to be too. (So, don’t be nervous if you practice a different religion!) In the end, anything that’s sweet and from the heart will do.
If you’re still uncertain of where to start, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best baptism gift ideas you can find online—from baptism gifts for boys and girls to personalized christening gifts, we’ve got you covered.
Baby Baptism Gifts & Personalized Christening Gifts
Available in packs of three to 25, these hand-crafted name blocks (measuring one-and-one-half-inch each) are aesthetic and functional. These wooden blocks double as nursery decor and can follow your baby into toddlerhood as they’re learning hand-eye coordination and letter and number recognition.
“I bought the blocks for my Granddaughter’s baptism,” one Etsy reviewer writes. “The blocks are adorable. They’re a high-quality artisan product; I love the different color stains it adds to the appeal of the blocks. To add a date and different symbols was a bonus. The parents were quite pleased with the gift!”
At one point or another, children are bound to ask the age-old question: Where did I come from? The authors of “God Gave Us You” explain the answer to that question with one simple, heartfelt sentence: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you.”
This book is the perfect way to entertain youngsters or get them ready for nap time or bedtime. Each page is filled with thoughtful words reassuring your young reader that they’re loved and wanted.
This gift is simple, yet sentimental. You have the option to engrave the bottom of this wooden picture frame with the child’s name (up to 20 characters) and baptism or christening date (up to 24 characters). You do not have to include the date if you don’t want to.
The top of the picture frame reads: “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
When I was younger, my grandma sewed together a Precious Moments doll and gave it to me. (It was more of a pillow, but it had the Precious Moments character sewn onto the front of it.) I kept that pillow long into toddlerhood. Much like that pillow, this snow globe features a Precious Moments’ character who’s sitting with a little lamb. The front of the snow globe is embellished with the words “Jesus Loves Me.”
“I ordered this for my son’s communion,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “He loves ‘pretty’ things, and this is a keepsake that he will always have to remind him of this sacrament.”
Baptism Gifts for Boys
Give your godson or nephew a gift that’s just as unique as he is. Within 24 hours of purchase, this Etsy seller will send over a printable, customized file (available in six sizes) that features the following quote: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”
The file can be printed at home, a print shop, or a photo center. For an additional $5, the seller will also include a customized, matching baptism gift tag. You can add your giftee’s name, baptism date, and make any other special requests through Etsy. The term “baptism” can also be changed to read “dedicated,” ”dedicated on,” “christened,” or “born.”
Commemorate your little one’s baptism with a #Blessed bodysuit designed by the Los Angeles-based mom-and-pop clothing shop, Fayfaire Clothing Co. This gift includes a bodysuit, hat, and one pair of pants.
“This came in quickly before my son’s baptism, so he had a change of clothing for his celebration afterward,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “The material was great and fit my son as expected! Also, I love how proceeds go to NICU babies; my son is a NICU and PICU graduate. I will be definitely shopping from here more often!”
If you want to give something that’s a bit more tangible, this keepsake elephant would make a super-cute dedication gift. It can be personalized with your giftee’s name, baptism date, and an accent color. You can also choose whether you’d like the bow (available in white, pink, light pink, lavender, or red) to appear on the elephant’s ear or neck or have the bow removed entirely.
“This seller exceeded my expectations!” writes one Etsy reviewer. “My godson’s one-year baptismal anniversary was just a few days after I started looking for the perfect gift that was suitable for a one-year-old, was still personal, and [would act as] a keepsake…My family texted right away when they received it two days later stating that he loves it so much [that] he won’t let it go! The quality of her items, the quick turnaround, and her customer service [is] all around-top notch and beyond amazing!”
Celebrate the moment by gifting your special boy with personalized, hand-embossed leather baptism shoes. Available in sizes large enough to fit babies from three-to-nine months old, these shoes can be customized with the baby’s name (up to eleven letters) and the date of his birth or baptism.
“I bought this for my son’s christening,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “I saw these shoes online and decided to order them; the shoes were so lovely in person. I got so many compliments and I love the fact that he’ll have them to look back on later on in life.”
Baptism Gifts for Girls
This adorable gift set includes an illustrated children’s book about prayer and a musical stuffed bunny (measuring seven inches tall) that recites “Now I lay me down to sleep” whenever you press on its tummy. The bunny’s hands are positioned in a praying stance so your little one can pray alongside her new furry best friend.
Both the book, which features 16 hand-drawn illustrations, and the bunny come neatly packaged in a rose pink keepsake box. The box measures seven by seven by four inches and has a white ribbon closure.
Encourage your goddaughter or niece to give thanks with this personalized “Little Book of Blessings.” This 20-page, hardcover book is filled with a collection of blessings that can be used to guide your angel throughout her day. Each story is designed to teach your young reader about compassion, gratitude, and friendship.
This book can be customized to include your giftee’s name, gender, and birthdate, in addition to the names of friends and family members (up to five).
If there’s one thing babies love more than stuffed animals, it’s cozy blankets. This soft and lightweight quilt is embroidered with inspirational scriptures to bring your favorite little girl sweet dreams, and as she gets older, positive guidance to help her through childhood. It’s also hypoallergenic and machine washable.
“The quilt was perfect,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “So worth the money; every detail and the scripture was perfect. I had the name embroidered on top, which made it extra special.”
Unable to decide on just one gift? Opt for a pre-made gift basket. This pink gift hamper includes a teddy bear, brush and comb set, blanket, hooded towel, two muslin cloths, an oval plaque, and a pink bodysuit, bib, hat, knitted booties, and socks. For $45, this gift set is a steal.
“[This gift] exceeded expectations and was well-loved,” one Amazon reviewer writes. “They absolutely adored it; will buy again.”
Baby jewelry that’s actually good jewelry? It’s hard to find, but we found it. Maple & J’s baby-sized bangles add some sweet sparkle to those chubby little wrists — get ready for lots of “oohs and ahhs.” Their baby bracelets are available in yellow gold, rose gold, and silver styles, and in sizes infant to 2.5 years old.