Atheist seeking baptism gift…. HALP.

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

 

mchitt329:  Up to you, but generally when you give a gift to someone, you give them what they like/need/want. I’m not religious either and consider myself agnostic, but I wouldn’t have a problem gifting a bible for a baptism. After all, you are recognizing something you don’t believe in, so why not gift something that correlates with the event- in this case, a religious one in specific.

As I said, totally up to you, that’s just my opinion :). Good luck!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

For my son’s baptism, we got some religious-themed gifts and a lot that were just fun toys or new clothes. I understand you wanting to go with the “theme,” but I’d have felt bad having someone non-religious buy something religious just because they thought they needed to. One sweet gift I’ve found while looking for gifts for others is something along these lines: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101356309/diy-printable-handprint-tree-fathers-day?ref=market

You could give them a certificate for it and they can scan the handprint.

You could also get them a personalized frame with the date of the baptism on it. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

In a very similar position. My atheist DH is being godfather to his nephew, who is being baptised this weekend. We went for the savings bond option, but also bought a huge teddy bear (about 4 times as high as the baby). DH and his sister had a big bear like this when they were small and loved it, so DH suggested it as a possible gift to his sister, and she agreed. Obviously, its one to run past the parents first because not everyone has room for a huge bear!

I think you should just go for something fun for the nephew. You’ve covered long-term and sensible with the savings bond, you don’t want to engage with the religious aspect, so go for a fun present that he might remember.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mchitt329:  Money and a card. That’s always a good one.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I gave a Noah’s arc piggy bank as a gift at the baptism of my best friend’s little girl. I didn’t want to get anything too religious. Turns out the baby’s great grandmother gave her the matching frame lol. Go to a local Book and Bible store. You might see something that you don’t feel too uncomfortable giving. I found some of the stuff was a little too over the top religious to me (and I go to church regularly lol) but there were some other things too.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My goother started giving me precious moments statues at my baptism. Two weeks ago she gave me the wedding statue at my wedding shower. I have the annual Christmas ornament from every year and the entire “birthday train.” It’s something I cherish deeply and is a great gesture even though it isn’t overly religious. 

 

Check it it out at http://www.preciousmoments.com

 

Many gift shops and hallmark stores also sell them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m with you, I’d totally skip religious stuff too. What about a collection of favorite childhood books? Useful but also sentimental. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

A nice picture frame for a photo of the day would be great!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ooh, I love the idea of children’s books. It really is impossible to have too many, and you could get a few that teach lessons you hope he knows as he grows or something. 

The custom teether sounds nice, too.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It seems to me that if they are baptizing him, the gift should be appropriate for the occasion and the beliefs of the reciever, not the giver. You don’t have to believe in God to appropriately give a gift, even if it has a cross on it. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We gave our niece an engraved picture frame with a picture of us holding her as a baby.

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