It’s important to choose a meaningful baby dedication gift when the big day arrives. The price tag is not the most significant aspect of gift-giving. A small token of significance, or even a handmade gift can be just as profound as something pricey. There a few different categories to consider when trying to select a baby dedication gift
There are several symbols of Christianity that relate to the dedication aspect of faith. Any of these can be incorporated into a baby dedication gift.
Cross: The cross is one of the earliest and most widely used symbols of Christianity. In the most broad sense it symbolizes the religion of Christianity. More specifically, it represents and memorializes Christ's death and highlights salvation.
Angel: A spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power and intelligence. In the Scriptures the angels appear as God's messengers.
Lamb: The lamb is most frequently used to represent Jesus Christ using the words of John the Baptist. The Agnus Dei is Latin meaning the “Lamb of God.”
Ark: The Ark was a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the Great Flood, or Deluge. Noah's ark symbolised God's judgment on sin and His promise of salvation and provision for His people.
These symbols are often fashioned into small gifts perfect for a dedication ceremony. A ceramic cross for the wall is perfect for a baby boy or a baby girl being dedicated. Lambs and angels are often made into ceramic figurines or even plush toys. And a small painting of Noah’s Ark is a wonderful and spiritually significant way to add a little color to a baby’s room.
Depending on your budget, you can use religious symbols as part of a small, understated gift or something grand. Here’s an example of a beautiful, decorative cross for sale on Etsy.
Gifts That Can Be Personalized
Adding a personal touch to dedication gifts with engraving is a great option for dedication gifts. You can choose a simple inscription, like the child's name and date of the dedication ceremony. Even adding a child’s initials to a gift is an elegant touch. For those who have a little more room to work with on a particular gift, you can engrave scripture, a few lines of poetry or even a short prayer.
Engraving a gift is the definition of personal. Here are some suggestions of gifts that can be etched with information or a special message.
Silver baby cup: A beautiful, reflective silver baby cup is a beautiful keepsake; the perfect way to commemorate dedication. Here’s an example of the easy-to-engrave token.
Ceramics: A ceramic cross can be propped up on a bookshelf or hung on the wall of a baby’s room and can be engraved with anything from a moving verse of scripture to the particulars of the ceremony itself.
Crystal: Crystal is perhaps the most pure medium for engraved words. Naturally reflective and high-polished, deep etch engraving on this material will never fade. Crystal Central has a wide selection of crystal plaques designed with dedication in mind. These can be engraved at no additional cost.
Bible Cover: A leather bible can be stamped with a name, date or initials. Or if you’d rather, an embroidered, fabric cover can be inscribed with scripture or a quotation. Bible covers are simple and inexpensive yet they make very poignant gifts.
If you don’t have the money for a pricey gift but want to commemorate dedication day with something truly memorable, consider making a photo album or memory book for the family of your church’s newest member. There are a few ways to go when choosing how to compile a scrapbook.
- Dedication Day Photo Album: This is the most straightforward approach. If you have photography skills, snap several shots of the family before the dedication and a good number during the ceremony. Make sure to take posed photos as well as candids and capture the joy after the ceremony too.
- Photo Shoot In Nature: Offer to take several photos of the baby and family members in nature either the day before or after the ceremony. You can include scenery shots as well to illustrate God’s majesty.
- Memory Book: Put a combination of photos, notes from the congregation, a ceremony program, and even pressed flowers into a special keepsake album.
Once you round up all the content for your project, choose scrapbook paper, decals, decorative items and a special photo album to bring it all together. Family Christian has a wide selection of albums and scrapbook supplies for sale. This is the type of project you can get your entire family in on, so let the creative process flow!