15 Baby Baptism Gifts That Bring the Blessings
Baby’s baptism is right around the corner, and you’re stumped on what to give for a baptism gift. Not to worry—we’re sharing our best tips and inspiration. Wondering what counts as an appropriate present? On the hunt for something unique? Need a last-minute gift idea? Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered. Here, get the lowdown on gifting etiquette, plus our picks for the best baptism gifts for girls and boys—because your little blessing deserves something special for the big occasion.
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Baptism gift etiquette
Baptism from godparents
Personalized baptism gifts
Last minute baptism gift ideas
First things first: Baptism gifts aren’t required—in fact, some baptism invitations explicitly ask guests to skip them. That being said, most parents appreciate them, and baby will too (even if not for a few years). So, what to give for a baptism gift? It depends on your relationship to both the child and their family.
It’s customary for godparents to give their godchildren baptism gifts, and vice versa. Gifts for baptism from godmothers and godfathers are typically more personalized than other baptism presents, considering the godparents’ special roles. A keepsake bearing a custom message makes an excellent baptism gift for your godson or goddaughter, but that’s not your only option. Have you ever heard the phrase, “born with a silver spoon in their mouth?” Silver feeding spoons symbolize good fortune, which is why they (and nowadays, any other silver items) are often gifted as baptism gifts from godparents wishing prosperity on their godchildren.
If you’re another guest, you’re also welcome to bestow a thoughtful present. Traditionally, gifts for baptism are religious in nature, but don’t fret if you don’t know much about the faith (you might not even share it, and that’s okay!). Feel free to get creative, and remember, personalization is always a sweet touch that shows how much you care. When all else fails, a financial contribution, like a savings bond, is also an appropriate baptism gift, as is a simple card expressing your well wishes. It’s customary to give baptism gifts at the reception following the religious ritual, but you can also send your present to baby and their parents postevent—especially if you’ve been invited to the celebration but have to miss it.
Ready to start shopping? Find the best baby baptism gift ideas below, from cute mementos they’ll store in safe keeping to cool items they can start using right away.
Buying for your godson or goddaughter? We’ve chosen some of the best baptism gifts from godparents to honor your unique bond with baby.
Personalized Children’s Book
Custom books are especially thoughtful baby baptism gifts from godparents. This keepsake will tell your godson or goddaughter just how much you love them, and that you promise to be there throughout their whole life. Personalize it with your name(s) and baby’s, and have it on standby any time you babysit. They’ll be sure to cherish those reading sessions forever.
When it comes to the best baptism gifts for girls, you can never go wrong with jewelry—and this sterling silver baby bracelet is a beautiful choice. Add it to the list of traditional yet not overdone baptism gifts for goddaughters. It features delicate floral engravings and a snap-lock clasp, and is lightweight, perfect for baby’s itty bitty wrist.
Personalized Baby Baptism Pillow
This decorative pillow is printed with all of your godchild’s baptism “stats” surrounding a hand-sketched baby bunny. From their full name and hometown to the date the blessed event happened and where the ceremony took place, all of the important details of their baptism will be on display. This gift for a godson or goddaughter can be placed in their room for them to cherish throughout their childhood.
Lamb Stuffed Animals
Here’s another sweet godparent and godchild set, highlighting lambs (which are religiously symbolic, by the way). You’ll hold onto the big stuffed animal and baby takes the little one—it’s just another way to feel connected, and as they get older, they’ll love seeing your lamb out and about when they visit. Plus, cuddle + kind is that the brand gives 10 meals to children in need for every doll sold, so not only is your gift heartfelt, but it’s also charitable.
Printed Baby Onesie
While there’s no rule that says a godparent needs to gift baby their christening gown, it’s common practice (in some churches) for godmothers to dress the guest of honor in their baptismal best and prepare them (i.e. by brushing their hair, putting on their shoes and fastening their bib or bonnet, etc.) for their special day. If you’ll be helping with their formal ensemble, then it would be a cute idea to gift them a comfortable onesie to change into once all of the pomp and circumstance has concluded. We adore this one that says “You can pass me to my Godmother now.” How cute!
Even if you’re not a godparent, a personalized present means a lot—especially since the christening portion of a baptism celebration is a naming ceremony. These baby baptism gifts for boys and girls make our hearts burst thanks to their special customizations.
Personalized Baptism Quilt
With baby’s outfit in mind, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention a few other important parts of the baptismal trousseau—a personalized baptism gown hanger and a beautiful baptism quilt meant to dry, warm and comfort baby once they’ve been anointed with oil and blessed with Holy Water (which can sometimes result in a few tears). This stunning white quilt features a blue, pink or gray trim and can be embroidered with baby’s name and the occasion’s date. Once the day is over, the quilt can serve as a gorgeous accent piece in baby’s bedroom.
Personalized Baptism Print
Long distance godparents, this is the best baptism gift idea for you. The personalized print features your state, baby’s state and hearts connected by a dotted line uniting the two—because, as it says, your bond “knows no distance.” Though you may not see each other all the time, your godchild never needs to worry that they’ll slip your mind; they’ve got a permanent place in your heart. Bonus: Gift them with a handmade, all-expenses-paid travel coupon that can be redeemed any time they want to visit their favorite godparent.
Personalized Baptism Picture Frame
Truth be told, you can never go wrong with a picture frame as a gift. And when it’s a personalized frame, laser-engraved with baby’s baptism details and your favorite bible verse, it’s even more of a foolproof present. This gift idea is perfect, since the child’s parents can use it to display a photo from the big day. What’s more, if you’re a grandparent, aunt or uncle or someone else very close to the little one getting baptized and you have the budget, you could always surprise the family by booking a professional photographer for the baptism and reception (you just might want to talk it out with them first to ensure they’re comfortable).
Personalized Nursery Night Light
Nothing says “I promise to never leave you in the dark” more than a personalized nursery night light with baby’s name and baptism date printed in white on acrylic. There are three dynamic plaque styles to choose from, with a different cross style and scripted typeface for baby’s name, all surrounding the well-known “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” prayer. You can order the night light as-is or choose to add on a personalized ornament with baby’s name to make it all the more meaningful.
Personalized Baptism Savings Bank
This glass block savings bank with a colorful customized motif on the front is a perfect personalized baptism gift. Choose from a pink or blue boho rainbow design with the words “God Bless” on top and baby’s name on the bottom. The jar comes with a removable lid for easy deposits, so you can add a crisp bill or a check with “Baptismal Blessings” in the memo line—a thoughtful way to bestow wishes of prosperity to baby.
We’ve all been culprits of waiting until the eleventh hour to get a present for a special occasion. Good news: You can still gift the star of the day with something meaningful even if you have to order at the last minute. All these gifts are thoughtful and—even more noteworthy—will arrive just in time.
Godparents have a special role in the baptism, but even more importantly, in all that comes after. And helping baby with their growth and development—physically, cognitively and emotionally—is a major part of it. That’s why we’re big fans of any gift that involves Lovevery. The Montessori-inspired toy and subscription brand takes the guesswork out of playtime by curating collections of must-haves that cater to baby’s specific age and stage. The beautiful toys are made with safe and sustainable materials and they’re built to last. Their courses are good, their play kits are great and their gift cards are even better, all because you can give baby and their parents the freedom to choose! It makes last-minute gifting a total cinch.
Card and Charitable Contribution
You can’t forget the card! This adorable polka dot card is emblazoned with “Sweet Little Blessing” on the front and a surprise Noah’s Ark-inspired pop-up design inside. Your heartwarming entry inside is sure to be remembered, as will a charitable donation—of any amount—in baby’s name. Of course, you’ll want to choose a cause that means something to you and/or baby and their family, whether that's to the World Wildlife Fund (which is on-brand with your card) or to an organization that supports families in need.
Personalized Baptism Printable
Nursery decor and wall art are some of our all-time favorite gifts, but they don’t always come quickly (especially if you’re having a piece framed and matted). That’s what’s so great about a digital download. You can purchase a design you like from an Etsy seller, receive the high-resolution digital files minutes later and then bring your print to a local print-and-ship shop or Staples to have it printed for you in the dimensions you want. Pick up a frame and add it yourself, and you’re golden for the next day! This sweet-as-honey Winnie the Pooh illustration is just delightful, and you can personalize it with your godchild’s name and yours above and below quotes that read “Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.” Oh, bother, it’s perfect.
Baby Keepsake Box
A keepsake or memory box is another gift idea that will always be well received. This Amazon Prime-eligible one (read: fast shipping!) comes in three cute colors (blue, pink and mocha) printed with friendly animals, from an elephant and giraffe to a lion and a monkey. It’s also nice and big, which any parent can appreciate since, well, babies accumulate a whole lot. Although it’s not customizable, you can fill it with a myriad of items that might be practical for the baptism ceremony itself: a baptism bib, a blessed binky, even a sweet lamb lovey to calm and console baby if they start to get fussy through the rituals. And, of course, the box doesn’t get thrown away, but instead it’s used to hold and memorialize everything special from the baptism celebration.
Do you remember your grandmother’s old Precious Moments collection while growing up? Well, then you’re about to take a trip down memory lane when you gift baby with one of their first (if not the first) Precious Moments ceramic figurines. The sweet keepsake features a baby boy or girl in their baptismal gown beneath a placard inscribed with the words “You are a child of God.” Not only is the piece a perfect fit for any baby’s nursery, but it’s also in stock and eligible for quick Amazon Prime delivery.
Plus, more from The Bump: The 21 Best Godparent Gifts Available on Etsy