Shopping for the Ideal Baptism Gift
A Baptism is one of the most important days in a person's life
... in the life of a family. If you are going to a baptism, you
may be wondering what type of gift would work well. We take a moment
to visit with you about finding, buying and giving just the right
gift for a baptism. We want to arm you with some helpful information
to make the shopping for a baptism gift all the easier. We think
that in the end you will end up with just the right gift to give
for that special occasion.
The Baptism Ritual
Baptisms have a huge variety of rites and rituals, and at various
points in a person's life. For instance, some believe that one should
only be baptized when one is old enough to understand the commitment
being made, and others believe infants should be baptized. Some
come to the church later in life as converts or new believers. Regardless
of the timing, it's a joyous occasion for them and a gift should
reflect your spirit of sharing in their happiness.
For infants, a blanket is always a good gift, as is a baptism memory
book or nice photo frame. Keepsake stores and children's departments
in larger stores generally stock such gifts, and the internet is
also a good place to look.
Baptisms of Younger Children
For young children, a memory book is still a nice gift, as is a
journal. Children this age also may be just starting to read, so
often a bible story book is appropriate. It's always a good idea
to check with the parents to see what level of book they would want
their child to have. Boys and girls this age also like stuffed animals,
and a baptism teddy bear may be the perfect christening gift.
Baptisms of Older Children
Older children who read well may appreciate a standard bible, but
again checking with parents is warranted. Girls often appreciate
lockets with their baptismal photos in them, and boys may like their
photo set into a nice frame (many are fond of pewter).
Adults who are newly baptized also enjoy receiving baptismal photographs
as well as small memory books with a series of photos of family
and friends who attended the baptism. Often simply sponsoring a
celebration for them is also a good gift-they will take many fond
memories with them from their christening day.
No matter what you purchase, wrap, or prepare, remember that the
best gift you will give them that day is your presence in their
lives. Sharing the joy of the occasion will be the greatest gift
of all when it comes to the baptism celebration. By joining in the
occasion, you will be joining in something that is sacred and transcends
our day to day lives here on Earth.