Choosing a baptism gift for your godson is one of the first steps you will take after saying ‘yes’ to being a godparent. As a godparent you probably feel like you want to get something extra special for your godson’s baptism. I know I felt this way. But the tricky thing is knowing what to get.
Note: if you’re searching for a christening gift you’ve come to the right place. Christening and baptism are basically the same thing. For more info see here.
To help save you time I’ve put together a summary of my top picks for baptism gifts for your godson. There are some really cool personalised gifts here that I think you and your godson will love.
I’ve done many hours of research into the best godson baptism gifts and I’ve seen what my son uses and enjoys and I’ve taken this into account when selecting the gifts below.
In my view there are 4 criteria that make an awesome godson gift:
- Faith based – your role as godparent is to help your godson grow in faith, so I think it’s essential to start as you mean to go and give a gift that is based on faith in God.
- Useful – a good gift is something that can be easily used, not something that is put away in a cupboard and forgotten about. Faith is something that needs to be used everyday, likewise a good baptism gift should be something that can be used.
- Long Lasting – often gifts from godparents are ones that their godson will keep for a long time – choosing cheap gifts often result in them breaking. The ones selected below are all handmade items from small businesses that take pride in their work and the materials they use.
- Personalised – the relationship between godparent and godson is personal, a great way to reflect this through the gift is to have it personalised with your godson’s name, baptism date and message of faith.
The baptism gifts below are timeless gifts that are sure to be treasured for a long, long time. These gifts are high quality gifts made by businesses that care and have excellent customer service. The first 7 gifts can all be personalised with your godson’s name, baptism date and a message of faith and love.
These engraved compasses are just amazing! I was so thrilled when I found them. Boys love adventures. My 7 year old son would absolutely love this compass. And I love the timeless message of faith that you can include with it.
Take a look at some examples of this high quality compass:
There are 3 types of compasses to choose from:
All 3 types of compass include a gorgeous handmade leather pouch to store the compass for free!!! Including free personalization of up to 5 characters on the pouch. Amazing!
The engraving on the compass is fully customizable. The compass can be engraved on either the top, inside or bottom or a combination of these. It can be engraved with a choice of 9 different fonts, 3 monograms (for initials), symbols (cross/dove), and you can even submit you own handwriting/drawing for them to somehow engrave it exactly onto the compass. Amazing!
I love, love, love their usual message for baptism gift compasses:
“MAY YOUR FAITH ALWAYS GUIDE YOU” and
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path. Proverb 3:5”
I think this is such good advice for a godson from their godparent.
Whatever you would like engraved, just let them know what you would like engraved and where. If you need some extra guidance on what is commonly engraved on a compass to be given as a baptism gift just check out their helpful guide here.
The guys at SFdizayn are brilliant. They seem like such a passionate, dedicated small business with excellent customer service. They are based in Turkey and will prepare your order in 1 business day and then express deliver it free worldwide!
Delivery is usually 3-4 business days for USA and Canada, 1 day to Europe and 5-6 days to Australia.
Material: metal & leather (pouch)
Size: 2 inch (5 cm) diameter compass
Price: US$30-$58 (depending on how many sides are engraved)
Engraved Genuine Leather Journal
Here are some personalised journals as examples:
The journal comes in two size options: A5 & A6.
There is also the option to add a rope attachment of either a compass, anchor or rudder wheel. Make sure you mention which one you’d like in your order otherwise there won’t be anything attached to the journal. There is an image of each of these if you flick through the product images.
There is also the option of packaging the journal either in plastic or an engravable wooden box (for an extra fee).
The engraving on the journal is fully customizable. The journal can be engraved on both the front and/or back of the journal at the top or bottom or both. It can be engraved with a choice of 9 different fonts, 3 monograms (for initials), symbols, images, and you can even submit you own handwriting/drawing for them to somehow engrave it exactly onto the journal.
I really love some of the messages from the examples above:
“Your word I have treasured in my heart…
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…”
Psalm 119:11, 105
“Live simply, give generously, serve faithfully, speak truthfully, pray daily,
but most importantly,
leave everything to the saving grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen”
“The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.”
And there is also a beautiful and meaningful inscription on one of the compasses:
“… lead me and guide me…”
Just let them know what you’d like engraved, which font and where.
All orders are processed within 1 business day and then express shipped worldwide for free (3-6 days depending on location). This is amazing service and fast delivery for a personalised journal.
Size: A6 – 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15 cm)
A5 – 6 x 8 inch (15 x 21 cm)
Price: US$43-$70 (depending on journal size)
Engraved Wooden Box
This handmade engraved wooden box in walnut wood is absolutely stunning and a little more pricey. The craftmanship by BigLemur on this original piece of quality wood make it a meaningful, long-lasting and very useful gift for your godson.
Wooden Box Options
The wooden box comes in 5 sizes ranging from 18 – 41 cm wide (7 – 16 inch).
Wooden Box Engraving
There is also a range of different fonts and 9 designs to choose from. I really like the design with the big capital letter and then the name across it like shown above, but you can also choose from designs just using your godson’s initials, which would look really good as well.
I think it would be great to be able to engrave inside the lid with a personal message, bible verse, baptism date. I messaged the store owner regarding engraving inside the lid and he said yes, they can engrave inside the lid. This box is only sold through etsy so just include details of what you want engraved and where (and what font) in the personalisation section.
Wooden Box Delivery
Big Lemur handmake this beautiful box in 3-5 working days in the Ukraine and then deliver it free worldwide. Delivery can take 1-4 weeks.
Material: walnut wood
Size: 5 different sizes starting at:
7 x 5.5 x 3 inch (18 x 14 x 8cm) to
16 x 7 x 3 inch (41 x 18 x 8 cm)
Price: US$106-129 (depending on box size)
Personalised Wooden Music Box
This personalised music box from Modo Creative is perfect for the music lover or boy that loves to know how things work. I think my 7 year old son would be absolutely fascinated with studying how this little box makes music.
The music box plays “You Are My Sunshine” tune when the handle is turned.
Music Box Options
There are a few options to consider with this music box.
- You can either choose for your music box to be sealed shut or to have a lid with a metal clasp that can be opened. Obviously choosing the box that is sealed shut is safer for little ones, but choosing a box that opens means that they can watch the delicate parts inside the box make the music which is so fascinating and would be enthralling for most boys.
- You can choose from the arrow or wreath image above.
- For a small extra cost you can also add an extra message on the bottom of the box. I love this idea. Perfect for adding a special message or bible verse.
Music Box Engraving
The music box is engraved with your godchild’s name and short message/baptism date underneath such as:
“With love on your baptism
16th September 2020.”
As mentioned above you can choose which image is engraved on the box, either arrow or wreath.
And the extra option of engraving the bottom of the box maybe with a special message or bible verse.
Music Box Delivery
The music box is made by ModoCreative, a small family business in the UK. Music boxes are made and ready to deliver in 3-5 working days.
They deliver internationally for £15. I’ve ordered this music box from ModoCreative in the past and had it delivered to Australia. It arrived perfectly in time for my goddaughters baptism.
Material: Norweigen Pine, Metal
Size: 2.6 x 2 inch (6.5 x 5 cm)
Price: £15 – £19 (depending if the bottom is engraved)
Engraved Oak Name Letter
This stunning engraved oak name letter would add a personalised statement to any boy’s room. The recycled oak wood is really beautiful and the team at Modo Creative can engrave it making it unique and personal.
Name Letter Options
The only real options here are what letter to choose – simple, just choose the letter that your godson’s name starts with.
For an extra small cost you can add extra engraving to the front and also to the back of the letter (both shown above).
Name Letter Engraving
Engraving on the front of the letter is typically your godson’s name, which is fitting and makes sense.
On the back of the letter you can add a more personal message/bible verse and your godson’s baptism date.
Name Letter Delivery
The name letters are personalised by Modo Creative within 3-5 working days and then can be sent internationally from the UK for £15, or delivered free within the UK.
Material: recycled oak wood
Size: 6.3 x 6.3 inch (16 x 16 cm)
Price: £16 – £24 (depending if front, back or both are engraved)
Personalised Grace Plate, Bowl and Placemat Set
This gorgeous set of personalised placemat, plate and bowl will help your godson learn a wonderful habit of being thankful before each meal, and the cute little animals in Noah’s Ark will keep him entertained for ages.
Plate Set Options
There are 10 different grace prayers to chose from. So just pick the one you think is the best.
Plate Set Personalisation
Your godson’s name can be added to the plate, bowl and placemat for no extra charge.
Plate Set Delivery
This set is made in the US and ships for free within the US.
Material: melamine, heavy gloss laminate
Size: plate 10 inch, placemat 11×12 inch
Personalised Framed Faith Print
Words have such power. Especially words from God. Both children and adults need to be reminded of these powerful words often. A great way to do this is to give a faith print at your godson’s baptism.
These are some prints I have personally worked on as I was so inspired and touched when my son received a faith print for his baptism from his godmother. It reminded me of my own baptism plaque and inspired me to create prints that are touching and meaningful to children and look good displayed in their room.
Faith Print Options
Both these prints have the option to include the child’s name and baptism date.
There is the option to buy the print framed (which comes giftboxed in a gorgeous glossy white box) or you can buy the print only and frame it yourself, or a DIY option where the file is sent to you to print and frame as you please.
You can buy the personalised faith prints here and also see some more faith print ideas for boys.
Faith Print Personalisation
Simply add your godson’s name and baptism date when ordering and it will be personalised on the print of your choice.
Faith Print Delivery
All faith prints are designed and personalised in Australia. Orders are sent within 2-3 working days. Delivery is $5 flat-rate Australia wide.
Material: quality matte photo paper, wood, perspex
Size: 8 x 10 inch (20 x 25cm) print
Price: AU$10-75 (jpeg download to giftboxed framed print)
Personalised Faith Book
This beautiful “God Loves …” book can be all personalised with your godson’s name, date given, personal message and other things. The words are touching and the pictures are stunning making a meaningful gift for your godson’s baptism.
The “God Loves …” book talks about creation and how your godson is a special part of creation, making your godson feel loved and cherished by God. Something that every child needs to know deep down.
Personalised Book Delivery
These books are ready in 2-4 business days and ship free within the US. However, shipping to the UK is US$30. Unfortunately this means that the cost to buy the book outside the US is US$60 which is quite pricey.
Material: Hardcover, 20 pages
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inch (21 x 21 cm)
His First Bible
All the above gifts are beautiful, meaningful gifts that will be treasured by your godson a long, long time.
However, I think it’s a really good idea to give a second cheaper present that engages your godson now as a baby/young boy (if your godson is baptised when he is younger than 3).
His First Bible has nice big colourful pictures and short simple lines of rhyme – perfect for babies and young children. A lot of children’s bibles can be quite wordy and hard to understand and therefore don’t keep the child’s attention. But this bible seems to hit the nail on the head.
Material: Hardcover, 93 pages
Size: 6.5 x 4.5 inch (17 x 12 cm)
Faith Based Music DVD
Created especially for 0-3 year olds, this Praise Baby DVD “God of Wonders” is a stimulating faith based dvd.
It features well-known worship music and images of animals, colours, shapes and visual effects that babies seems to love and the dvd runs for 30 minutes (for a sneak peak see here). The songs can be played with instrumental only, children singing or adult singing. It’s fantastic to have that option.
My daughter received this Praise Baby dvd for her baptism. It was amazing how much she loved it even at 6 months old. It would quiet her down even at her most fussy times. We often played it around 5pm! It was great for me too as I remembered worship songs I hadn’t heard or sung in ages.
So these are my 9 top picks for baptism gifts given from godparent to godson. I hope you’ve found something special here that conveys your faith to your godson.
All the gifts above are made by businesses that offer very fast turnaround for personalised gifts and very reasonable if not free delivery.
However, my advice is to not delay in selecting a gift. As soon as you’ve found one you like order it so that it will get to you in time for the baptism.
And remember, baptism is the start of a life-long journey of faith for your godson. You have been selected to help him in this journey through your guidance, prayers and faith.