What to Get for a Baptism

Updated on April 28, 2011
G.B. asks from Boise, ID
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Ladies, I have been at my job for 3 months and a lady at work invited me to her son's baptism. We both moved to this area without having family support. I dont think anyone else will be at the baptism. The boy who is getting baptised is 9. He has a sister who is (11?).

What kind of gift should I buy for him? Should I get the girl something small too so she doesnt feel left out? Would it be wrong to get hot wheels for him? I know he is not a picky kid and is easily pleased.
I dont have a lot of money and I dont live near a christian bookstore- it is about 40 miles away. I would go there, if you think i should definitely keep the gift along that theme.

They are catholic.


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answers from New York on

It's a religious occassion, so I would avoid "toys". Depending on what you are thinking of spending, I would suggest a card with $20 in it. He can save it, spend it, whatever.

Honestly, I wouldn't do a gift for the sister- it's not "her day" and she is old enough to understand that!

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answers from Richmond on

My favorite gift, but I think it was for my first communion, my grandmother had ordered a Precious Moments bible. It had my name on the front, and the pages were gold lined on the outside. It was beautiful, and I always treasured it. I'm sure you could find something moderately priced along those lines online.

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answers from Chicago on

Any gift is nice. I think since you haven't known her long, there's no need to go out and spend a lot of money either.

You could always get him a savings bond. I realize it's not a "fun" gift, but it's thoughtful.

It's nice of you to think of his sister too. I bet any simple make-up from Target would be appreciated...like lip gloss or nail polish.

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answers from Washington DC on

If you have time to look online, or at a church bookstore as someone suggested, look for a "boys' devotional" book for him. He likely will get a kids' Bible from someone else but you can find devotional books aimed at kids, with daily readings etc. A Catholic bookstore (they do have separate Catholic stores in some areas) could provide a good Catholic-themed one.

You are clearly very thoughtful. I hope the event is lovely.

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answers from Denver on

online (amazon) you can buy catholic books for kids. there's a couple that we got for my son's first communion that aren't ridiculously conservative but would be acceptable if the family is really conservative. my son really likes the "365 fun facts for catholic kids" it has great "kid" print and text and is interesting. the big facts books aren't too bad either. there was a similar one on saints too. if i remember right the publisher loyola had good choices. sorry that i don't have more time to look up the ones that we considered.....

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answers from Sacramento on

That's so sweet of you to buy him something.
I don't think you have to go but it would be a nice gesture to buy him a small gift.
No toys though.
If you do not have a Christian store near you, you could go to a church and see if they have a small gift sore. Some do.
If not, just buy something online like from Amazon.
Can be a simple as a bookmarker w/a cross on it, small book, small cross dpending upon their religion etc.

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answers from Dallas on

I agree with the religious themed gift or gift card is best. The personalized bible is what my parents got me at my baptism, but I also got some sweet bookmarks and a bible holder and a young person's devotional.
All wonderfully useful and appropriate for the day (fyi - I am not catholic, but if he is, love the idea of rosarie).

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answers from Dallas on

I think it should be kept along the religious theme. It's not like a birthday or Christmas. You could get him a card with money in it. Most of my catholic family members give money for occasions like baptism, communion, confirmation, etc.

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answers from Denver on

I think it's very nice of you to celebrate this occasion with your new friend and her family.

My thoughts are that things like toys (Hot Wheels) would not be the best choice for a baptism. Do you have any big bookstores like Barnes and Noble (or any bookstore for that matter) anywhere near you? If so, a gift certificate to a store like that would be a nice choice, enclosed in a card which you can find at any card store.

If the girl already was baptized and this occurred before you moved there or met this family, you could give her a similar gift certificate.

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answers from Eugene on

A small pocket Rosary and the hot wheels. Neither will cost much. If he is inclined to say the Rosary it is nice to have a small one. Also if you know the St. he is named after every one of them has a prayer and sometimes a slim prayer book. That too would be nice if you can find one. The church bookstore often has these things.

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answers from Denver on

I think the traditional gift is silver. But I think any gift is totally fine - sometimes my gift is a photo I take on that day. To me, the memory is the most important thing.
Good luck!!



answers from Salt Lake City on

At my baptism I was given a journal which I loved! So that would be my suggestion, a journal of sorts, they sell simple ones at Walmart and I'm sure it's not too expensive. I agree with some of the other comments about not getting the sister a gift. It is definitely "his day" and she should be able to understand that. :)

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