27 Unique Baptism Gift Ideas (2023)
Today I’m going to share with you 27 unique baptism gift ideas.
I was baptized 16 years ago today.
I was 24 years old. Surrounded by friends and family, it was one of the most significant days of my life (see the end of this article for the full story!).
I’ve been blessed to attend many baptisms. And, by God’s grace, I’ve even baptized several men as they committed their life to Christ.
There is nothing quite like a baptism to symbolize a new beginning!
The Bible says our old self is buried in baptism and we are raised to a new life in Christ (Romans 6:4).
It’s a moment worth celebrating!
If you’re looking for a meaningful baptism gift, we got you covered.
Here are 27 of our favorite gifts for somebody getting baptized in 2022.
Scripture Art Prints
It should come as no surprise that we think Scripture Art makes an excellent gift!
No matter how long somebody has been in the faith, a Scripture Art print is a great reminder of God’s truth they can place in their home.
With over 75 artworks available, you’re sure to find one that is the perfect gift for the person being baptized.
No matter the age, Scripture Art makes a great baptism gift.
Here are some of our top choices:
God’s Fingerprint has 66 verses of Scripture within it. One from every book of the Bible. It’s the perfect gift for anybody to get to know God’s Word. It’s the type of artwork they will keep coming back to, finding new verses that speak to them in different seasons. We highly recommend any of our four editions of “God’s Fingerprint” as a baptism gift.
As believers, we are called to make disciples. We are fishers of men. That is what Jesus called his first disciples, and what he calls us to as well (Matthew 28). This artwork is a great reminder of the mission Jesus has given us.
A watercolor art print featuring a bear and its cub. This Isaiah 46:4 illustration depicts God’s tender and fierce love for us. This artwork shows how God “carries” us—His children—through different seasons in life.
This artwork features a beautiful quote from Charles Spurgeon. This print illustrates the life of someone who lives upon God’s word. It shows how spending time with God and His Word creates a fruitful dwelling in our lives.
This watercolor print features a stunning illustration of a galloping white horse paired with Hebrews 12:1. It’s a powerful reminder to continue to press on in the race God has set before us.
This illustration features a backpacker looking onward at the beginning of his journey with Joshua 1:9. A great reminder for those who have just been baptized that God’s presence is with them. And, He will strengthen them as they venture down this new path with Him.
This painting features a beautiful illustration of a soaring bald eagle along with one of the most powerful promises from scripture—Isaiah 40:31. A great reminder that when we trust in God, we will find our strength renewed—soaring high on wings like eagles.
A New Bible
There is something powerful about a new Bible.
The smell of leather. The life-changing words of God. It’s full of tremendous potential.
It’s also a significant way to start a new chapter of life.
Baptism is such a meaningful moment for any Christian. Gifting a new Bible can be a great gift that will surely bless them for years to come.
Here are some of our favorite Bibles:
Hosanna Revival’s “Beautiful Bibles” Collection features God’s Word with gorgeous hand-painted covers. Printed by Crossway, these Bibles are a bright and lively way to engage with God and His Word.
These are some of the nicest leather Bibles. Made from high-quality, handcrafted full grain leather. You can’t help but feel and smell the leather when you pick one up. Available in 7 different translations.
This unique Bible features full ESV text alongside over 500 hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by artist Dana Tanamachi. It’s a gorgeous single-margin Bible that includes plenty of space for taking notes or adding your own unique designs. A creative way to engage with and reflect on God’s Word.
This is a great leather Bible with wide, 2-inch margins beside the text. Perfect for any believer who loves taking notes or writing down prayers alongside the Scriptures. It includes a brown leather flap and strap with a rustic aesthetic to keep your Bible secure.
Handcrafted Leather Bibles with beautiful illustrations by Gustave Doré. Made from Full-grain Meritian Goatskin leather, these high-quality Bibles are visually stunning and great for studying God’s Word. Available in KJV (The Lion) and NKJV (The Shepherd).
Engraved Bibles available on a first-come, first-serve basis every month. Limited edition leather Bibles with unique illustrated covers. Available in 7 translations (including journaling Bibles).
Beautiful ESV Bibles featuring designs by Christian artists such as Joshua Noom, Ruth Chou Simons, Lulie Wallace, and more. Each Bible in the collection is illustrated with a specific theme or passage to reflect on throughout the Scriptures.
A New Journal
As many Christians will tell you, journaling is a key part of their walk with God.
Gifting a new journal for somebody getting baptized is a great way to help them cultivate this life-giving habit.
This journal is the perfect partner to your Bible. It’s thoughtfully designed to help you connect with God every morning. It features simple Biblical prayers and reflections to help any believer draw closer to God.
The “One Thing I Ask” prayer journal is a beautifully designed 5-year prayer journal. It’s separated day-by-day over the course of five years. Perfect for summarizing your prayers into short phrases and bullet points—and for reflecting back on your time with God.
Classic Christian Books
There are certain Christian classics that have been foundational in my walk with God.
Here are a few timeless Christian books that make great baptism gifts:
This was one of the first books I read as a young Christian. It had a massive impact on me and helped lay a solid foundation in my understanding of the Christian faith. CS Lewis takes the reader on a simple, apologetic journey through the Christian faith. Perfect for any new believer.
A beautiful Christian allegory written in 1678 that will inspire one’s faith. It’s recognized as one of the most significant works of theological fiction in history. It features a story of man’s progress through life in search of salvation—available in an easy-to-read modern translation.
This one is more of a dense read, but if the person you’re gifting is more of a deep thinker — this is one of the great classics of Christian writing.
This was another book I read in my first year as a Christian. I remember going for many walks contemplating the truths in this book. One of the best-selling books of all time for a good reason, this book makes a great gift for a new Christian.
A thought-provoking look at God’s greatest gift to mankind: grace. Award-winning author Philip Yancey explores what grace is, simplifying the often misunderstood biblical concept—and paints a picture of grace’s life-changing power in our lives.
Classic Devotional books
New Christians need guidance along their journey with God.
Alongside their Bible, a devotional can be a great companion to help them draw closer to God.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Known as “the golden book of Oswald Chambers”, this devotional is an inspiring sidekick for any believer, old or young, to journey with God. Featuring 365 days of devotions, it’s a simple way to connect with God every day of the year.
This is a thought-provoking devotional that dives into the Book of Proverbs to impart God’s wisdom into the reader. This daily companion contains inspiring lessons from Keller to help us understand what it means to live the Christian life.
If you’re wanting to give a nice, compact gift to your loved one, this is an inspiring daily devotional, perfect for traveling. It’s written in a unique, personal style as though Jesus Himself is speaking right to you. A simple way to experience a deeper relationship with God.
Books on basic theology
Every new believer has questions.
Who is the Holy Spirit? What exactly is sin? How am I supposed to live as a Christian in God’s kingdom? What is grace?
A simple book on theology can make a great gift for anyone who just got baptized and wants to learn the fundamentals.
This is a great read for any new believer to learn the building blocks of faith. Including prompts to journal with each concept, it’s written in a way that’s easy to understand. It makes a great gift for anyone young or old who wants to build a solid foundation for their faith.
52 questions and answers for our hearts and minds. Edited by Kathy Keller, this book is a very simple breakdown of some of the most beautiful theological truths of our faith.
A Meaningful Card
Finding the perfect baptism gift can be a hard thing.
Depending on whether someone is old or young, brand new to the faith, or returning to Christ, it can be hard to know what to get them.
But, even if you can’t decide on the right gift, you can’t go wrong with writing a heartfelt card.
Beautiful 4”x6” illustrated cards printed on thick paper. Customize your own 4-pack of these mini Scripture Art prints. A perfect way to encourage your loved one who’s getting baptized. Comes with the option of beautiful deckled envelopes. Or, frame each print as a decorative gift.
My Baptism Story
Writing about gifts for baptism is very meaningful for me. My baptism was one of the most impactful moments in my life. It was when everything changed.
I lived most of my life far from God.
I didn’t grow up Christian. I had never been to church.
As a young man living in downtown Toronto, I had achieved all the things I thought would bring me satisfaction. But I still felt empty.
I knew there had to be something more.
It was around this time that I was given a Bible by a loved one.
At first I rolled my eyes.
But… curiosity got the best of me.
I started reading the Bible and was quite surprised by what I found.
Jesus was not who I thought he was. I was captivated by his words. The way he carried himself. The way he confronted religiosity. I was intrigued, and resolved to learn more.
I mustered up the courage to go to a local church.
The first time I went, I almost left in the middle of the service.
It all seemed so strange to me. But God kept me there, and the message spoke deeply to my heart. I stuck around and met a few people.
Some brothers asked if I’d like to study the Bible. I said yes, and started to meet with them once a week at a coffee shop.
Over the next year, my life slowly started to change.
The more I looked into this man named Jesus, the more I came to believe that he was completely different from anybody else in history. I asked tough questions, wrestled with my lifestyle choices, and studied other religions.
The more I sought the truth, the more Jesus Christ revealed himself to me.
Eventually I came to a point where I said to myself..
“You know this is true… so what are you going to do about it?”
After praying and wrestling, I decided to commit my life to Jesus.
After rejoicing with me, my new friends suggested that I get baptized, in obedience to the Scriptures.
I waffled. It seemed so significant. So final. I started thinking about all the reasons why I shouldn’t get baptized. There was a spiritual battle taking place in my soul, no doubt.
But I knew I had to do it.
I wanted to declare that I was giving my life to Jesus.
So the date was set.
I chose a location close to my heart, a beautiful waterfall close to Toronto.
I got baptized downstream from the waterfall. My dad was there. My best friend was there (even though he wasn’t a Christian). My new church family was there.
And down in the ice cold water with me (it was the beginning of April).. were the two men who had studied the Bible with me over the past year.
Don’t mind the video quality—this was way back in 2006 :)
I remember going down in the frigid water.
It felt like all my sins were being washed away.
As I came back up, I was filled with a tremendous feeling.
My body was filled with warmth (despite the temperature!). My heart was full. Everyone started singing “I have decided to follow Jesus”.
It was one of the most beautiful moments of my entire life.
Later that day, after everybody went home and the sun had set, I went for a bike ride. I biked around downtown Toronto with a huge smile on my face. I was singing the song “I have decided to follow Jesus” with a joy I had never experienced. I didn’t care who heard me (I’m sure some people thought I was crazy). But for me, it simply couldn’t be contained.
I wanted the whole world to know that I had decided to follow Jesus!
That’s what baptism means to me.
If you know somebody getting baptized, I hope this blog post has blessed you with some ideas to encourage them in their journey. It’s such a meaningful moment in their journey of faith.
“Though none go with us, still we will follow.”
“No turning back.. No turning back..”
What's Your Baptism Story?
How about you? What was your baptism like?
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the moment someone goes under the water, leaving their old life behind…
…Only to rise up as a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Leave a comment below to share your baptism story!
We’d love to hear it.
Want some more baptism gift ideas? Check out our other blog post—28 Unique Christian Gift Ideas.
We also have Christian Gift Guides — full of different gifts for Men, Women, and Children.