Post # 1
My husband’s cousin had a baby recently. They don’t live locally so we haven’t met the baby yet, but they are having a baptism for her with a reception following. I have never attended something like this – in my family it’s not common to invite people outside of the immediate family to the baptism or have a party/reception afterward. Is it appropriate to bring a gift? If so, what type of gift should we bring?
Post # 3
I would think that you might give the baby a gift either of remembrance… (I know they have special infant baptism gifts.) or clothing…( something that the child will be able to wear this summer) or prehaps something that they will have for the future… (a savings bond or even a gold necklace with a cross that they will be able to wear later.)
Post # 4
It certainly wouldnt be innapropriate to bring a gift. This is NOT a baby shower though. Think of it more like a graduation of sorts… So a keepsake is an appropriate gift…
A babys first bible or book signed by the two of you is always a good start.
I know I have itsy bitsy jewelry from my baptism.
If the baby is a girl, you could get her something like an embroidered handkerchief to be used at her wedding!! (Since we’re in the mood for weddings!)
Post # 5
I would bring a gift. Things I got at my son’s baptism was like a blanket, or bible, or bible stories, or a cross to hang over his bed. Missbliss gave good ideas too.
Post # 6
It seems reasonable to me that you and your husband would be invited. Also, being that you haven’t met the baby yet they probably thought it would be all the nicer to invite you to the baptism and reception. I would definitely bring a gift. It could be really anything. It doesn’t have to have religious meaning. I would probably give a special type of gift, like a nice outfit or handmade blanket or booties. Not a necessity type gift that you might give at a shower.
Post # 7
I’m Catholic- and for all the baptisms I’ve been to (including my own) people give mostly money or savings bonds. Much of the downpayment on my first new car actually came from cashing in the savings bonds I was given at my Christening!
My first child was Christened a couple of weeks ago and most of the gifts were monetary. Everything from $25 to a $200 savings bond. People were very generous.
Post # 8
Yeah, like others said, we usually do a savings bond. We have done $50-75 but I suppose if it were someone closer to me, I would do $150-200- those people just haven’t had babies yet!
Keepsakes/momentos would be perfectly acceptable as well.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I think we are going to go with the savings bond. I had not thought of that.