Traditional Baptism Gifts

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Baptism is a Christian ritual or sacrament that symbolises the death and washing away of the old way of living and the resurrection of a new way of life. This day is important in the life of a Christian family. When giving a baptism gift, you might think outside the box, but there are many traditional gifts that are given to celebrate this ceremony.

Baptismal Gown or Outfit

Baptismal gowns for girls and suits for boys are worn during the baptism, particularly in the case of babies and young children. Buying this clothing item for the family will save them money and guarantee that you gave a meaningful gift that may be treasured as a keepsake.


Necklaces or bracelets commemorating the day work well, even if the child being baptised cannot wear the jewellery until later. Engrave the date and a sweet inscription on a pendant or an ID bracelet for a gift that will keep the memory of the day fresh and special.


Books that teach about faith or baptism will assist the person being baptised in learning and growing as a Christian. If a child is receiving the gift, books like "Water, Come Down!: The Day You Were Baptized," by Walter Wangerin, and "Are You There God?" by Allia Zobel Nolan, can help the parents to slowly teach their child about faith and love. If an adult is being baptised, books like "Every Day with Jesus: First Steps for New Believers," by Greg Laurie, or "Give It All To Him," by Max Lucado, teach the fundamentals of life after baptism.


New Bibles, especially in different translations, make great gifts. The different versions include the New International Version, Contemporary English Version, King James Version, New King James Version, the Message Bible and English Standard Version. If the person already has a Bible, your gift will allow the recipient to compare scriptures in different versions and get the most out of the Bible reading experience. There is also a wide selection of baby's first Bibles and children's Bibles available.


At your local Christian bookstore, you can usually find an array of crosses. Some are beautifully made with different designs, and others have words of encouragement or scriptures engraved on them. Crosses make great home accessories for the parents of the child being baptised or the adult being baptised.

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