When you’re invited to a christening or baptism, you may be wondering what kind of gift you can get to the child. However, even if there is no expectation of a gift, many guests still feel that they want to give something to remember the special event.
Christening gifts don’t have to be expensive. Often the thought and sentiment behind the gift are what is important to the receiver. You may want to buy a gift which will last for years to come, because a christening event is only a one-off occasion. A gift which is a keepsake can be handed down from one generation to another, or a personalised gift with a special message would be a great christening gift.
Christening gifts for toddlers
Noah’s Ark toys are some of the most popular gift for a christening. There are some marvellous Noah’s Ark toys around; some are delicately carved from wood, while others come in bright cheerful colours. It has religious overtones because of the biblical story, and they are great as decoration in a child’s room. They offer a lot of fun and play value to the child, especially with the pairs of animals.
A personalised item makes a great christening gift, because they can be made exactly how you want them to be. They bring a lot of sentimental value and are unique in the whole world. Personalised gifts include everything from engravings on photo frames, personalised wall art, personalised jewellery or even a piece of cross stitch artwork in a frame. A framed Christian name of the child with a personalised message of your choice makes a unique and thoughtful present.
Christening gifts for older children
It’s always meaningful when you give a gift that has valuable meanings to the receiver. A great gift for young kids of 4-8 years old, is a saving account or saving bond. Giving a gift which can let them learn will be much more valuable than the cost of the gift itself. Set up a saving account or bond with as little as $10 and present it to a young kid is a great way to start teaching them about money. You could include a card with a personalised message, with dedication to the child, and wishes for the future.
Books are always a lovely keepsake gift, especially if you know the child loves to read. Depending on your receiver’s age, you can choose religious children storybook, an illustrated first bible, or a spiritual self-help book (for young adults).You can include your own message in the front of the book and remember to note the date. It would be great when one day the child may be reading the book to their children with your message still in the front of the book.
Some popular christening verse from the bible below can be found often in personalised message and cards.
Children are a gift from the Lord, a child is a reward from Him.
— Psalm 127:3
Every good and perfect gift is from above.
— James 1:17
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
— Proverbs 22:6