The expression ‘born with a silver spoon in his mouth’ comes from the old tradition of wealthy godparents giving a silver spoon to their godchildren at baptism ceremonies. But for those of us don’t want to shop for engraved silverware, what to buy when you receive a baptism invitation in the mail? Read on for guidance for more contemporary baptism gift etiquette.
Floral Baptism by Amanda Zoss
- Baptism invitations are usually sent to immediate family members and godparents only. It is appropriate for these invitees to bring the baby a gift. Extended family members and friends may be invited to a reception following the baptism ceremony. If folks attending this reception have already presented the parents with a gift at the baby shower or following the child’s birth, they are not obligated to bring an additional gift to the reception although presenting a card of good wishes is always a good idea.
A baptism is a more formal occasion than a baby shower, so it is fitting for baptism gifts to be more sentimental than onesies and Diaper Genies. Good sentimental baptism gifts ideas are items that can be engraved or inscribed with the baby’s name and date of birth such as picture frames, keepsake books or special ornaments. Handmade or heirloom gifts are also meaningful gift choices as items for the baby to treasure for many years to come. Monetary gifts are also appropriate either in the form of cash or a savings bond or investment certificate in the baby’s name.
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