Everything you need to know about baptism gifts
Baptisms are milestone events in the lives of both the parents and the newborn baby. They happen once in a lifetime and because of this, baptisms deserve to be commemorated.
Receiving an invite is an honor normally reserved for close friends and family. So, give this grand occasion the recognition it deserves and celebrate the newborn as they begin their faith journey.
Finding the perfect baptism gifts can feel like a daunting task. But, the best way to ensure that your offering will be treasured for years to come is to personalize it.
Read on to discover adorable and practical ways to personalise porcelain enamel signs for the ready-to-be-baptised babies in your life.
The tradition surrounding gifts for a baptism
The concept of baptism gifts arguably dates back to Biblical times. In the fourth century, during times of religious conflict, leaders of the Christian faith sponsored new followers of the religion.
This meant that once a child was born, close friends or relatives would sponsor that child to ensure that it grew up to follow the Christian faith.
The Catholic baptism gifts bestowed upon the newborn reflected those received by Jesus from the three kings. Centuries later, in the U.K., the tradition of gifting silver became popular as it would ensure the child never fell on hard times.
So, if you have ever heard of the phrase ‘Born with a silver spoon in his mouth’ now you know where it comes from.
Why choose porcelain enamel wall plaques as baby baptism gifts?
Porcelain enamel signs are metal plaques that have been coated in layers of glass powder. These plaques are then fired in a kiln allowing the particles to fuse together to create the smooth, shiny surface of the sign.
Did you know? Porcelain enamel signs have a multitude of uses that go far beyond numbering homes.
Thanks to their sleek, stylish appearance many people choose to personalize them and give them as gifts to their loved ones. Thoughtful messages used as touching reminders not only commemorate big occasions but also provide an alternative to shop-bought gifts.
Parents who value quality craftsmanship and bespoke keepsakes will be thrilled to receive personalized baptism gifts like a porcelain enamel sign on their child’s big day.
The many ways that porcelain enamel signs make unique baptism gifts
An enamel sign may not seem like the most exciting baptism gift out there. However, don’t let its practicality blind you from seeing its beauty.
There are many conventional baptism gifts for kids on the market, but there are very few that hold real meaning.
Think of an enamel sign as a blank slate waiting to be personalized. Bestow family wisdom onto the little one, inspire them with a poignant phrase or remind them just how much they are loved - all with just one sign.
Their truly personal nature makes them ideal baptism gifts to be used as:
- Love tokens
- Bedroom wall decor
- Bookshelf decor
- Nursery decor
- Prayer plaques
- And so much more
Baptism gifts from Godparents
The two VIP guests of the day are without a doubt the Godparents. ‘Godparent’ is a title saved for the nearest and dearest to the parents of the baby.
Being asked to carry this responsibility is a true sign of love and respect. To show your appreciation and dedication to your new role, it is advisable to select a gift that holds a special meaning.
Use non-traditional baptism gifts such as an enamel sign to pledge a promise to your godchild. List each promise one after the other so that throughout life your godchild will always feel your love and support.
A simple phrase such as the following would be ideal:
- Our Godchild, we promise to love you, to guide you, to support you and to hold you in our hearts forever.
Baptism gifts for girls
Little girls grow up to become mothers, aunts and best friends. There is no greater gift than wisdom, especially when it comes from those who care for us.
To ensure that the baby that you know today grows up to be an empowered, confident female, share your wise words on a sign.
This can be treasured and called upon for guidance in moments of doubt. Think of a famous quote or lyric that speaks to you or pen something of your own.
The important thing is that your baptism girls gifts become time honored keepsakes that can even be passed down through future generations.
A few of our favourite phrases for female signage are:
- “One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estés
- “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants” - Coco Chanel
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Baptism gifts for boys
Welcome the little man into a lifetime of devotion with a meaningful gift designed only for him.
If you are on the hunt for baby boy’s christening gifts that are original and timeless, an enamel sign is the answer. Incorporate a touch of craft and a pinch of love into your design by playing with colors and typefaces.
These contemporary accents bring your design to life and highlight your chosen message.
Be inspired by these innovative sign design ideas for christening gifts for boys:
- Commemorate the special occasion. For this idea, use the child’s name, a crucifix icon, the date and a simple phrase such as ‘On your Christening day'.
- Make a promise. An unbreakable promise is one that is hand stenciled in enamel. So, whether you promise to love the child forever or the word of God - say it in enamel.
- Quote the Bible! ‘The child grew and became strong in spirit. Luke 2:40’ is a wonderful phrase to add to a sign.