The baptism of a child is a special event. Depending on the denomination, the baptism of infants may also be called a christening, baby dedication or anointing. Some denominations do not baptize children until they are older. Whenever a child is baptized and no matter his denomination, it's important to choose the right gift to honor the event.
Religious articles that the child will use later in life are the most classic type of gift. As Christiannet.com points out, a 1-year-old child will not remember the gift event but the parents will. Gifts can include such items as a cross or crucifix, saint medallion, prayer beads or rosaries, a Bible or prayer book. Wall plaques or shadow boxes that contain the baptism announcement, certificate and photos make special events a lasting memory. Many religious stores carry baptism photo albums that can be personalized with the child’s name. AboutBabyGifts.com recommends jewelry such as a locket that includes the baptism photo. You may want to offer to buy the clothing the child will wear to his baptism or a gift certificate to a store where the parents would like to purchase the clothes.
Nonreligious gifts may also be selected. Gift certificates to a popular toy, book or clothing store will allow the parents to choose a gift. Age-appropriate gifts such as building blocks, soft or cloth books, puzzles, interactive toys and rubber cars or trains can be played with immediately by a 1-year-old boy. A U.S. savings bond or electronic piggy bank with a gift amount already in it can be a good financial learning gift parents will appreciate.
One option to commemorate a child’s baptism is a donation to a charity that the family supports. For example, you might donate money to medical research if someone in the child’s family or the child has been affected by a disorder or disease such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. If the family is involved in a religious charity, they may appreciate a donation to the charity in the child’s name.
Another option is to provide a service for the event. You could offer to videotape or photograph and provide high-quality prints of the event. Preparing food for a reception, flowers or hosting a gathering after the event may also be considered instead of a traditional gift.
Christiannet.com points out that a gift for a baptism is personal and should be meaningful. If you cannot decide or do not know the parents well enough to determine what gift would be most appropriate, you could make a list of possible gifts and discuss the options with the parents. Demonstrating that you care about the gift being special will be appreciated.
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