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 super-unique? Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered. Here, get the lowdown on baptism gifts and shop our favorite cool and personalized picks. Because your little blessing deserves something special for the big occasion.
Baptism Gift Etiquette
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 it’s not for a few years). So, what to give for a baptism gift? It depends on your relationship to the child and their family.
It’s customary for godparents to give their godchildren baptism gifts, and vice versa. Baptism gifts 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 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, baby baptism gifts are religious in nature, but don’t fret if you don’t know much about the faith (for example, if you don’t share it). Feel free to get creative, and remember, personalization is always a sweet touch. 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. You can also send your present to baby postevent.
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 use on the regular.
Baptism Gifts from Godparents
Buying for your godson or goddaughter? These baptism gifts from godparents either honor the silver tradition or honor your unique bond with baby.
A Promise to You by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
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.
Buy it: $27, Etsy.com
Mignonette Sterling Silver & Cultured Pearl Bracelet
When it comes to classic baptism gift ideas, jewelry is ever-popular. This silver and pearl baby bracelet is a beautiful, elegant choice. Add it to the list of traditional (hello, silver) but not overdone baptism gifts for goddaughters.
Buy it: $26, Nordstrom.com
The Sewing Croft Winnie the Pooh Godparent Pillow
This decorative pillow is embroidered with a sweet quote (“A godfather always has love to give and time to spare. A godfather is always there.”) and a just-as-sweet Winnie the Pooh illustration. This baptism gift for a godson or goddaughter can be placed in their room for them to cherish throughout their childhood. There’s also a godmother and godparent version.
Buy it: $19, Etsy.com
Ocean Drop Designs Godchild Chalkboard Style Print from Godparents
How about custom artwork for baby’s nursery? We like this chic, chalkboard-inspired sign. Choose from a few godchild-themed text options for boys and girls.
Buy it: $20, Amazon.com
Susabella Godchild Gift with Necklace
A personalized keepsake box is another go-to baby baptism gift idea. It can be used to store the cross necklace they’ll probably receive—or in this case, the delicate, crystal-embellished cross necklace it comes with! Score.
Buy it: $55, Etsy.com
The Word Designs Blessed Matching Onesie and Women’s T-Shirt
Mommy and me (or daddy and me) designs work for godparents too! This set is one of the cutest baptism gifts from a godmother we’ve seen. You wear the adult “blessed” tee and baby gets the infant “blessing” onesie. Wear them whenever you’re together and prepare for tons of “aww”s.
Buy it: $36, Etsy.com
Words Work Prints Personalized Baptism Gift Nursery Print
Faraway godparents, this baptism gift idea is 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.”
Buy it: $20, Etsy.com
CUDDLE + KIND Lucy the Lamb Little and Regular
Here’s another sweet godparent and godchild set. You 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 yours on proud display when they visit. Plus, the lambs are religiously symbolic.
Buy it: $124 for both, Amazon.com
Personalized Baptism Gifts
Even if you’re not a godparent, a personalized present means a lot. That’s because a baptism doubles as a naming ceremony, putting extra importance on their moniker. In turn, these baby baptism gifts for boys and girls all feature special customization.
My Daily Blessings by Aimee Bissonette
We can’t get enough of personalized children’s books, especially as baptism gifts. This story isn’t overly religious, but it’s “blessings” theme is still appropriate for the occasion. It walks baby through all the wonderful things they have to be thankful for—including you!
Buy it: $40, Shutterfly.com
Company Twenty Six Personalized Baptism Quilt
This beautiful quilt will be a gorgeous accent piece in baby’s bedroom. Get the personalized baptism gift embroidered with baby’s name and the occassion’s date.
Buy it: Starting from $36, Etsy.com
Things Remembered Personalized Praying Boy Musical Snow Globe with Engraving Included
This baby boy baptism gift comes in their likeness! It’s a snowglobe containing a praying child that’s sure to fascinate them for years to come. The song it plays, “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” is perfectly thematic. Plus, you can engrave the silver message plate with special words. (FYI, there’s also one that works as a baby girl baptism gift.)
Buy it: $44, Amazon.com
Lifetime Creations Personalized Baptism Picture Frame
You can’t go wrong with a picture frame. That goes double if it’s this personalized one with their baptism details and your favorite bible verse. The baby baptism gift idea is awesome because the child’s parents can use it to display a photo from the big day.
Buy it: Starting from $23, Etsy.com
Edge Inspired Personalized Baptism Wooden Star Keepsake
Baptism gifts don’t have to be expensive. This star-shaped keepsake for a baby boy or girl bears their name and their christening or baptism date. It’ll look adorable on their nursery shelf.
Buy it: $10, Etsy.com
Jennifer Postorino Blessed Custom Photo Art
On the topic of nursery decor, consider this personalized and thematic wall print that doesn’t feel too denominational. The artwork says, “the world is incredibly blessed to have you in it,” plus the child’s name. We love the encouraging message and night sky backdrop.
Buy it: Starting from $64, Minted.com
Bannor Toys Personalized Blocks
Baby blocks are timeless baptism gifts for girls and boys alike. They’re adorable keepsakes and entertaining toys, especially later on in the toddler stage. Purchase these blocks in a set that spells out baby’s name or initials.
Buy it: Starting from $4 each, Etsy.com
Smiling Tree Toys Organic Cross Rattle
Speaking of wooden toys, check out this cute personalized baptism gift: an engraved baby rattle shaped like a cross. Bonus: It’s made from organic materials.
Buy it: Starting from $16, Etsy.com
Handmade Gift Ideas Memory Box for Baptism
Here’s another keepsake box that’s a sweet personalized baptism gift for a baby boy or girl. This tiered one (yay, extra storage) has cute elephant cutouts, which are great for representing a godparent and godchild but certainly aren’t limited to that. Customize it with the child’s name and birth or baptism date and the interior color of your choosing.
Buy it: Starting from $78, Etsy.com
Norma & Dorothy Personalized Baptism Card
Don’t forget about a card! This baby girl or boy stationery features a cute, festive design, the words “on your baptism day” on the cover and, of course, the little one’s name.
Buy it: $7, Etsy.com
Unique Baptism Gifts
Feel free to think outside the box when shopping for baptism gifts. These cool ideas are extra-creative and unexpected (read: totally awesome and impressive).
Manducat Rosaries Custom Catholic Baby Gift Teether
Have you ever seen a teether quite like this? The beaded baby toy moonlights as a rosary and includes a wooden cross.
Buy it: $22, Etsy.com
Bless Our Littles Baby Swaddle Scripture Blanket
Or, consider this swaddle printed with scripture. (Yep, those exist too.) This comforting one reads, “God has you in the palm of his hands,” and serves as a super-thoughtful baptism gift from godparents to their godson or goddaughter.
Buy it: $25, Amazon.com
Wood Life Prints Baptism Gift Constellation Art
Oh my stars! Mark the momentous occasion (aka the birth or baptism) with a print of the sky in your (or their) location on that very day. Now that’s what we call a unique baptism gift for a baby boy or girl.
Buy it: Starting from $35, Etsy.com
Pehr Noah’s Ark Mobile
This artful baby crib mobile is beautifully luxe. It’s also occasion-appropriate thanks to the modern, Noah’s Ark-inspired design. How thematic and trendy!
Buy it: $25, Amazon.com
Mud Pie Baby Blessings Jar
Consider yourself the sentimental or the DIY type? Buy this kit, which comes with a cute jar and little hearts you can write personalized “blessings” on and then drop into the container. Baby’s parents will love opening it now—baby will love opening it when they can read.
Buy it: $18, Amazon.com
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Published May 2019
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