Christening and Baptism Gift Ideas
A christening is a special occasion to welcome a new baby to the world and to introduce him or her to his new family.
For many a baby christening is an initiation into the Christian faith.
Christenings can take place as a special service or as part of a regular Sunday service.
It is usual to invite close friends and family.
Some parents choose godparents - people who will have a supporting role in bringing your child up to have an understanding of the Christian faith. Most parents will choose two godparents whereas famous people like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose seven godparents
A lot of people ask what the difference is between a christening and a baptism. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably there is a subtle difference between the two. A Christening is a naming ceremony, the word christen means "to give name to" whereas a baptism is the rite of claiming the child for Christ and his church. The baby's name is used and mentioned in both services.
The baptism of a baby in the Catholic church is a very special and sacred ceremony. Catholics believe that baptism joins a baby into God's family.
When you have your baby baptized, you are accepting the responsibility of raising him or her according to God's word and in accordance with the Catholic faith.
Godparents agree to accept the responsibility for your baby's spiritual upbringing if something happens to you.
The white christening gown or outfit symbolizes that the child has been washed clean from sin through the blood of Jesus. This symbolism is often carried through to the christening gifts such as a white christening shawl, a white stuffed lamb or a white bible keepsake.
If you have been asked to give a short speech at the christening, you may wish to use a
Christening prayer or
A selection of Christening poems and prayers about babies can be found at the Poem4Today website.
Follow this link for more ideas for a baby christening speech.
What Makes a Great Christening or Baptism Gift?
By Sara Haese
So, you’re wondering what would be the perfect christening or baptism gift for a baby since you’ve been invited to celebrate this precious spiritual occasion.
If you are like me, you are looking for that perfect, unique baptism or christening gift idea that will put a smile on the faces of the parents as they open it. It’s always so rewarding when you see how genuinely delighted the person is with your gift. It’s make you feel good that you chose something they really love.
Since a baby’s christening or baptism is such a special event, you might want to consider giving a gift that will become a treasured memory of this celebration for years to come. A personalized christening or baptism gift is a great choice since it will be engraved with the baby's name and the date. This is a terrific way for the baby to always remember their baptismal day when he or she officially became a member of God's family.
Here is a list of just some of the wonderful baptism and christening gift ideas available that will create a lifetime keepsake for the baby.
Christening Gift Idea - Engraved Picture Frame
Provides a great way to display a favorite photo of the baby in their baptism or christening outfit on their special day.
Christening Gift - Cross Necklace
A baby’s first cross necklace will complement any outfit on their baptism or christening day and can become a treasured family heirloom for future generations. Presented in a personalized keepsake box will make it even more of a memento.
Baptism Gift - Children’s Bible
What a great way for the child to learn Bible stories especially when the illustrations are meant to appeal to children. Some versions can even be personalized on the front cover and are packaged as a keepsake.
Baptism Gift Idea - Cross Plaque
Hanging on the child’s bedroom wall, it’s the perfect reminderthat they are a member of God’s family. Many varieties are available including porcelain and wood. A cross might show a boy or girl praying or it might display a prayer along with the child’s name.
Christening Gift - Personalized Photo Album
Provides a terrific way to showcase all the cherished photos from this special occasion.
Baptism Gift - Embroidered Baptism Afghan
Throws are quite popular these days so why not give one that is personalized and commemorates the baby’s baptism day.
Christening Gift Idea - Prayer Teddy Bear
A truly unique stuffed animal from which the child can learn the prayer it recites. Giving a keepsake christening or baptism gift is a wonderful way to honor the memory of this special Christian celebration as the child grows, both physically and spiritually.
Other Christening Gift Ideas
- Sterling Silver Tooth Fairy Bell
- Peter Rabbit Bowl and Mug
- Tooth Fairy Keepsake Pillow
- Open An Education Fund
- Musical Box
You may wish to personalise your christening or baptism gift by having a poem embroidered on a Christening blanket, shawl, pillow or gift pouch that also commemorates baby's christening day. Here are some sample short poems you can use, or if you are feeling creative you can have a go at writing your own.Welcome, precious little child,
So fresh from God above,
Baptised today in Jesus' name.
Held in His arms of love.
May angels guide your tiny feet
And bring you smiles to wear
And may our Heavenly Father
Always keep you in His care.
May God grant you always
A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel so nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
And whenever you pray, Heaven hear you.
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Sara Haese is the owner of www.baptism-and-christening-keepsakes.com where you’ll find great ideas for a christening or baptism gift as well as gowns and outfits, accessories, invitations, favors, cakes, godparent gifts, godchild gifts, etc.
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