Post # 1
I’m going to my first baptism in a couple of weeks (I’m Jewish) and it’s for my bff’s little man. They go to a Greek Orthodox Lebanese-based church (dad is Lebanese, mom is Irish). I have absolutely no idea what kind of gift to buy…I know a lot of people give money, and it’s hard to figure out a gift because they are quite comfortable in terms of money. I don’t want to buy a cross pendant because I imagine his grandparents are getting him that, and I don’t want to go cheeseball with an engraved baptism certificate holder.
Post # 3
Even though they’re well-off, I’d still probably give them money. Other options include:
~gold jewelry (saint medal is a good alternative to a cross, if their denomination is into saints)
~children’s storybook-style bibles
~baptism-themed keepsake (picture frames, etc)
Post # 4
hm…what are the thoughts on a silver plated piggy bank in the shape of a car, or helicopter (birks.ca)? plus a monetary gift? still looking..
Post # 5
We mostly got cash for our kids’ baptisms. Other gifts we received:
- Children’s Bibles
- illustrated prayer book
- cross (for their walls)
- cross necklace/cross bracelet
Post # 6
Where I come from traditional baptism gifts are: embroidered towels, blankets etc. with the childs name, name-bracelets ,chocolate covered almonds, guardian angels, crosses, silver spoon, fork or knife engraved with the childs name (for later in live of course) My dad still has his silverware and he is 76, I’m still having mine too 🙂
Post # 7
The Greek Orthodiox baptisms I’ve been to most people give money. Usually the parents put that money into college funds or savings accounts for their first car etc. So even if they are well off, the money gift is still really appreciated.
Post # 8
prayer books, cross for their wall, saint medal especially if their first name or middle name is a saint name, pictured bible… i could keep going
I do remember that I got this really nice framed guardian angel thingy with the guardian angel prayer underneath. That stayed in my room until I moved and it got lost. “Angel of God, my guardian dear. To whom God’s love, commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, and rule and guide. Amen”
Post # 9
I’ve never been to a baptism so take my suggetion with a grain of salt. If you don’t want to give money, how about a savings bond that matures when the child is 16 or 18. Could help pay for his first car or college. My DH’s family is really into these and I think they’re a fabulous idea and more practical then just cash.
Post # 10
We recieved cash, a decorateive cross for her room, a childs rosary, a childs bible.
Post # 11
I got my niece a cross-shaped jewelry box from Things Remembered with her name engraved in the middle!