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Are you supposed to give a gift for a baptism?

Nephew's baptism is this weekend. They are Catholic if that means anything or helps. We are not the godparents.

FWIW, I am bringing food and helping at the party after the baptism.

I'd like to think the gift of me and Mr. Chubby's presence is present all anyone needs.

Re: Are you supposed to give a gift for a baptism?

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    edited December 2011
    No. People might, but it's not like a birthday party or anything.
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    hmonkeyhmonkey member
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    edited December 2011
    we did, but we see the kids very rarely, and the baptism was a special trip.

    i assume you will be the party's bartender?
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    PMeg819PMeg819 member
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    edited December 2011
    I wish hmo. These people are big on the Beringer white zinfandel and wine coolers. I could really rock their world if given the opportunity.
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    TheDuckisTheDuckis member
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    edited December 2011
    I would, but I don't think it's a requirement.
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    MrsMyrtleMrsMyrtle member
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    edited December 2011
    Every baptism I've been to, there's been lots of gifts for the baby. Mostly religious gifts, but also clothes and small toys.
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    zsazsa-stlzsazsa-stl member
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    edited December 2011
    This doll would make a cute gift, especially if the parents are Twilight fans.


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    MrsMyrtleMrsMyrtle member
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    edited December 2011
    ACK! THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!

    *faints*
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    zsazsa-stlzsazsa-stl member
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    edited December 2011
    I like how they couldn't even find tooth-like things to use as vampire teeth.  What are those?  This baby looks more like a romulin (sp?) than a vampire.
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    edited December 2011
    If there is some kind of a party afterward to celebrate the Baptism, I would definitely give a gift.  Some gifts I have given in the past have been a check, bought the baby a bond, gold cross on a necklace (although the Godparents may be buying this). 
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    6fsn6fsn member
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    edited December 2011
    I would take something, at the very least take a card.  It doesn't need to be anything big, but a cross, prayer book, or a small check (think $20 or less).

    Again at the very least take a card.
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    kpwedkkkpwedkk member
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    edited December 2011
    Maybe just a card, but like you were saying, you are already bringing food :)  That's gift enough :)

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    *Barbie**Barbie* member
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    edited December 2011
    In the case of a close family member (i'd say nephew/niece would qualify as "close"), a small gift is appropriate. For our niece and nephew, we gave a $25 check (to be deposited in the kid's college fund). A savings bond is another good choice. 

    DH and I were both raised Catholic (I'm not an active church member anymore) but we tend to avoid religious gifts. Depending on the parents and your comfort level, a gold cross, a bible, or a religious medal (St. Christoper is popular) would also be appropriate as a gift. 
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    loop0406loop0406 member
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    edited December 2011
    I think it's inappropriate to show up to an event without a gift. Even if it's a frame, you should at least buy something
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    HeffalumpHeffalump member
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    edited December 2011
    I always give savings bonds for my (Catholic) cousins' kids religious things: baptism, first communion, whatever.  They're stupefyingly dull, but they get the job done. 
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    loveshine1loveshine1 member
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    edited December 2011
    I think it's a gift giving occasion. More than likely, DH and I would give the kid a $50 check/savings bond.

    It also depends how well you know them, etc.
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