Gift Ideas for a 1 Year Old Boy for His First Baptism


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 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. 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.


  • 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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