Gifts From Godparents

October 11, 2013    |    By +
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Congratulations, you’ve been asked to be a godparent! It’s a big deal–not least because it means that your friends thought you were the kind of grownup they wouldn’t mind their kid taking some tips from. You’ve said, “I’d be honored.” You’ve bought a new church-friendly dress or picked out the right tie. You know that a good godparent provides their godchild with spiritual guidance, and that it may be different from the parents, but not in a too-way-out, point of view. You see a long succession before you of birthday and Christmas presents and trips to the zoo, and you’re ready. But here’s the real head-scratcher: What will you give as a gift?

The first godparent gift, the one you give to celebrate the baptism itself, can be a toughie. It’s not just any birthday or baby present. Your godchild probably won’t remember receiving it, yet it needs to feel special and durable. We put together six ideas that will stand the test of time:

Religious. You can’t go wrong with the good book, particularly if it’s also cute. The Precious Moments Holy Bible ($29.99) brings a slightly vintage sense of fun to the full, easy-to-read text of the International Children’s Bible, with 20 pages of illustrations.


Fun. What child doesn’t like to collect small things? With this Personalized Keepsake Shadowbox ($82.00) from Uncommon Goods, they can think of you every time they open the lid.


For him. Boys are notoriously hard to buy for, but a monogrammed sterling silver brush and comb set ($124.95, currently on sale for $93.71) from Ross-Simons is beautiful, and useful too.



For her. With this sterling silver charm bracelet ($79) from Pottery Barn Kids, you’ve solved every birthday for years to come: just add another thoughtful charm.


Traditional. Neo-old-school (or just old-school) gift-givers will love this sterling silver baby cup from Ross-Simons ($159.95), a classic christening or baptism gift.


Unusual. This unisex, sterling silver Latitude-Longitude Pendant ($150), designed by Ana Talukder Simpson, marks the coordinates of the place where your godchild was welcomed into the faith—and you gained a godchild forever.



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