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Traditional Baptism Presents For A Recently Christened Child

By Michael Lyons

Christenings are usually performed for a family’s new baby a few weeks following its birth. The event, which is generally conducted by the family’s preacher, consists of dipping or anointing the infant in water that is considered holy. The ceremony is usually attended by many family friends and relatives who are all expected to present baptism gifts to the new baby.

Baptism gifts are both congratulatory and a way to welcome the new baby into the family’s religion and church. Traditional gifts are often meaningful and spiritual in nature. The act began as simply presenting the infant with small coins and gold, as a way for them to begin their spiritual journey.

Medallions featuring a saint is often a popular and meaningful gift to give a recently baptized baby. The pieces are usually linked to a gold chain and worn around the neck. Giving him or her one engraved with a saint they were named after or one they share a birthday with is always a good choice. You could even opt for a medallion with the favored saint of the child’s parents.

Another meaningful gift is a hand made quilt or blanket. Brand new parents will get much use out of a blanket that can be placed in their infant’s bassinet or hung on the nursery wall. Include spiritual symbols or pictures in the quilt’s pattern to make it even more fitting for a child’s baptism ceremony. Or, to make it even more traditional, include the child’s name into the blanket too.

In keeping with the old traditions, it’s always a good choice to go with a financial gift. When inserted into appropriate cards, savings bonds make great presents for baptized kids. Purchased at any bank, the bonds mature slowly over time. Any other financial gift or investment made in the name of the infant such as savings accounts and stocks make great gifts too.

A baptism pillow is yet another option. They are often embroidered with the baby’s name, date of birth, and baptism date. And whether they are placed in the infant’s bed or showcased in the living room, the family of the baby, and one day even the baby, will be sure to enjoy the meaningful present for years to come.

Because the Baptism gift is being presented to a child, usually a plush animal will be the most popular. Infants are particularly attracted to stuffed toys and will surely get a lot of use out of one. To maintain the baptism’s theme, pick a stuffed toy that relates to a religious theme such as a whale or sheep.

Last but not least, a new bible is a very good christening present too. Even though an infant won’t get much use out of such a gift for quite a few years, it will still be a beloved item within its family. An engraved bible will be cherished by the baby’s parents, who will make sure that it is kept for when the child is mature enough to use it. Placing it in a silk bag will help preserve it too.

When you want ideas for baptism gifts, the Internet is a great method to expand your choices. Baby baptism gifts come in all price ranges and types, so you can find a perfect gift for any christening.

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Lyons, Michael "Traditional Baptism Presents For A Recently Christened Child." Traditional Baptism Presents For A Recently Christened Child. 22 Aug. 2010. 25 Jun 2015 <>.

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