Because godparents play a special role during the Christian baptism ceremony as well as during the life of the child, it’s customary for parents to present them with special gifts that commemorate this important role. Choosing appropriate and meaningful gifts isn’t always easy, but the following gift ideas are often ideal for giving to godparents. If you are planning an upcoming christening, be sure to keep these special remembrances and gifts in mind when it comes to what to gift the Godparents.
What’s Your Gifting Personality?
Even though the baptism of an infant is traditionally a serious occasion to commemorate, many parents choose to present christening gifts to godparents that are lighthearted.
For instance, some parents gift a pint glass to the godfather or even a simple keychain to the godmother.
On the other hand, you may want to offer a more serious type of gifts like a silver frame or a commemorative plaque.
Consider your relationship to the godparents and reflect on what gifts will best mark this special ceremony and the role they play in it.
Keeping with Tradition
According to eHow, it’s common for parents to give godparents gifts that “have religious significance.”
For Catholic baptism, it is sometimes customary to present each godparent with a small decorative vial filled with holy water from the child’s christening ceremony.
Beautiful leather-bound Bibles are also time-honored gifts for presenting to godparents.
You can have the date of the baptism inscribed on the jewel or even a special message that signifies your thanks for the valued roles godparents play in the life of a child.
Because many godparents gift items of silver to their godchildren, parents may also wish to give godparents a personal gift made of silver.
Silver picture frames or paperweights might be offered; however, parents can also gift something that would be personally meaningful to each godparent like a framed photograph of each of them holding the child.
Other personally meaningful gifts might include a locket, cufflinks, filled shadow box, crystal, coffee mugs, pottery, or figurines.
The Extended Tradition
For many parents, the practice of offering gifts to godparents does not end with the christening.
A report by the Telegraph mentioned that many godparents offer gifts to the child throughout their childhood like books or even “hand-painted Christmas decorations.”
Families may wish to offer annual gifts as well, commemorative items, like Christmas ornaments, or other thoughtful tokens that honor the relationships godparents have with their godchildren.
The christening is a special day, particularly for all those who play roles in the baptism ceremony.
While it is an honor for godparents to be asked to play this role, it is certainly customary to offer them a gift for agreeing to be a child’s godparent.
As you prepare for this special day, consider these gift ideas for godparents. You may find that some ideas are especially suited to your godparents in question.
You’ll definitely make them feel appreciated if you offer them a special remembrance.
Susan Louis has worked for a small church for many years now.
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