Best Baptism Gifts from a Godparent
Sometimes it may happen that you need to give a present to someone but you don't know what to get them. This problem becomes even bigger when the person you need to give a present to is a newborn baby. It is common for godparents to be out of ideas and to not know what to give their godchild for a baptism. In this cases, it is important to consider which type of gift we want to give the baby, as depending on how good and useful it is, he/she will use it many years after the baptism.
If you find yourself in this situation and want to give an original present to your godchild, read on this article in which we tell you some of the best baptism gifts from a godparent.
Jewelry gift for a baptism
One of the presents that the child will be able to wear many times after the baptism is some piece of jewelry. In the case of girls, if they already have holes on their ears you can buy them some nice silver earrings. Good earrings will last many years and the child will be able to wear them when she grows up.
If you don't like the idea of the earrings, bangles are also a great gift for a baptism. In this case, this present is suitable for both girls and boys and, just as with the earrings, it will last many years and the children will be able to wear it when they grow up.
Finally, you can also opt for a charm bracelet. This present will have a continuity in time. For instance, you can give it to the baby for the baptism with the first charm, and keep adding charms for other religious celebrations such as the communion. Also, you can also give a charm to your godchild anytime he/she achieves something in his/her life, such as winning a sports competition, getting good grades or entering university. This is a great gift that will create a big bond between godparents and godchildren.
Baptism gifts that think about the future
Another great baptism gift from a godparent is a savings bond or a money box. If you opt for a money box, you can put some money inside and then, when the baby grows a bit, he/she will be able to keep putting money inside the money box every now and then.
Giving a savings bond as a gift is a way of trying to ensure the economic independence of your godchild for the future. This is a great gift for a baby, given that one of the main functions of godparents is to take care of the baby and help the parents with his/her education.
Traditional baptism gifts
We shouldn't forget that a baptism or christening is a religious ceremony, and therefore, you can give gifts related to religion. Some good Ttraditional baptism gifts that are religious-themed you can give as a godparent are bibles, crosses or rosaries.
If you want to give your godchild a bible, you should opt for one that is specific for babies. There are some bibles that explain the story of christianism through tales and short stories that are more suitable for babies and children. Get your godchild one of these so the parents will be able to read them stories. In this way you're introducing them to christianism in a fun and entertaining way.
Another great present for a baptism is a rosary, however, note that this present might only be suitable if the family is quite religious. Many families choose to hold a baptism for their child but they're not too traditionally religious and they might not pray the rosary. For this reason, we advise that you make sure whether the family would like a rosary or not. If the family is religious and they often pray, a rosary is a good present because it would be the first rosary of the baby. Surely your godchild would remember that present for the rest of his/her life.
Other religious-themed gifts are silver crosses or figurines of your godchild's saint.
Garments as baptism gifts
Another good present for your godchild is all types of garment. You can opt for pajamas, blankets, dresses... If you want to make it more personalized you can embroider the clothes with the name of the baby. Also, you can talk with the parents and ask whether you could buy the dress your godchild is going to wear at the ceremony.
Handmade gifts for a baptism
If you'd like to give your godchild some type of garment and you're the crafty type of godparent, handmade gifts are the best. The baby might not show too many emotions when he/she sees the handmade piece, but it will truly be appreciated when the baby grows up. Doing something with your own hands is a great way of showing affection and letting people know you care for them and you're willing to spend time on them.
Some good ideas for handmade gifts for baptism are:
- Crocheted lace gowns
- Cross-stitched messages, framed
Unique baptism gifts
If what you want is to show your godchild how much you love them, a great unique gift you can give as a godparent is something sentimental. The best gift in this case is a nice photoframe with a picture of you and the baby. Also, you can write a note on the back of the photoframe explaining your godchild how much you already love them and what your plans are for the future. This present will last forever and will always remind your godchild how much you love him/her.
This is perfect baptism gift if the parents haven't finished decorating the child's room yet. You could give your godchild a painting or a poster with his/her name on it or a motivational sentence. Also, other great presents are bed sheets (better if they have the name of the baby embroided) and other things for the room, such as curtains or a rug.
Books for a baptism
Lastly, another great gift you can give your godchildren is a collection of books. Choose books that are visual and have a lot of pictures and not much text. The babies won't be able to read the letters but they will surely appreciate nice colors and drawings. A good book collection to give for a baptism for instance could be the complete books of Winnie the Pooh. Other children's series will also work.
You can also opt for a DVD collection, which is even more visual than a book.
Baby spoons for baptism
You may have heard of godparents offering a silver spoon to the baby. But why? The tradition comes for the sentence "born with a silver spoon", which means that the baby is born with good fortune and wealth. The fact is that, since medieval times, silver spoons have been associated to wealth, which is why godparents tend to give this gift, as a symbol of good luck and fortune.
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- You can give more than one gift combining the ideas in the article. For instance, you can give your godchild a money box and then a collection of books.