Think about the people in your life who influence you the most. If you’re lucky enough to have godparents in your life, they probably fall under that category.
Whether you’re a parent looking for a thoughtful godparent gift, or you’re the godchild of a caring godparent, it can be a little challenging to find just the right thing.
You know we’re all about helping create inspiration for gift-giving at L&L, which is why we put together this list of twenty godparent gifts they’ll love!
During our quest to pick the perfect godparent gifts, we also delved into the role of a godparent, what it means to be a godparent, and took a look at some traditional gifts to give godparents. Keep reading for all the juicy details and our favourite gift ideas!
Most of us know at least one thing about being a godparent: It’s an honour to be asked to take on this role and all that it involves. Here’s the scoop on all the other things about being a godparent that you may or may not have known.
What constitutes the role of a godparent?
In the Christian tradition, a godparent is someone who bears witness to a child’s christening, not someone who shows up and sends you to the ball in a pumpkin carriage. You probably already knew that, though.
As the child grows, it is the godparent’s role to take responsibility for the child’s spiritual education and formation. Non-Christian faiths like Santería and Judaism have similar traditions.
What are the expectations of being a godparent?
The answer to this question depends largely upon the godparent’s relationship to the parents, and how devoutly religious they are.
For extremely religious families, upon christening, the godparents share co-parenting responsibilities with the child’s natural parents. (This is where the terms Compadre and Comadre originate.)
For others, the role can be a little more relaxed, with the godparent definitely present but not necessarily co-parenting. For some, a godparent is designated as the legal custodian of a child in the case of the parents’ death.
For others, a godparent can simply be someone very close to the family that the parents want to have an influence on the kid’s life and can provide guidance and support whenever needed.
What are traditional godparent gifts?
- Religious Gifts
A religious gift is a very traditional choice, considering the formal role of a godparent. Items like prayer books, jewelry or home decor with crosses or inspirational messages, anything that reminds the godparent how thankful you are for their spiritual influence.
- Personalized Gifts
Monogrammed gifts are always a good bet, particularly if you can incorporate the godchild’s birthdate or christening date.
- Gifts With Godparent Themes
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift, a godparent ornament is always nice, or picture frames, mugs, etc. As long as it brags about how great your godparents are!
How much is customary to spend on a godparent gift?
There aren’t really too many guidelines for this one, and it depends on who’s doing the giving. Normally, gifts from godchildren aren’t expected at all, and gifts from parents can range from modest to extravagant, depending upon the circumstances.
If you are a godchild, and you’d really love to give your godparent a gift, anything with personal meaning is best.
On what occasions do you gift a godparent?
Godparents generally don’t expect a gift at the baby’s christening, or on the anniversary of the christening (yes, for many, that’s a thing).
The honor of being asked to be a godparent is a gift in itself. Still, many parents give gifts as a heartfelt expression of appreciation to their child’s godparents.
As they get older, a godchild may want to give their godparents a gift for birthdays and holidays as well, so there are plenty of occasions where a godparent gift is appropriate.
Gifts for Godmothers and Godfathers
Now that you’ve got the lowdown on godparents, it’s time to start the search for the perfect gift! Take a look at our top picks and see if any catch your eye!
1. Godmother, Godfather Custom Mug Decals
These are mugs so cute- customize your color to go with your choice of mug, and you’re good to go.
2. Godparents Custom Hand-Stamped Spoons
These spoons will go great with the mugs featured above! Being hand-stamped, no two will be exactly alike.
3. Set of 2 Godparent Etched Rocks Glasses
Do your favorite godparents like something a little stronger than coffee now and then? Yeah they do! These etched bourbon glasses are delightful and practical. Best of all you can have them personalized!
4. Godparents Gift Apothecary Candles
Share a personal message on these apothecary candles to convey a very special thank you. They come in a variety of scents – some very masculine, some feminine, and some in-between so you have even more customization options.
5. Godparents Christmas Ornament
Personalize this simple-but-lovely ornament with your child’s name and christening date, or the godparents’ names or ‘world’s greatest godparents’ if you want to go sentimental with a hint of cheese. Whatever you want to say, it’ll be on the tree for years to come!
6. Personalized Godparents Scalloped Dish
This made-to-order scalloped trinket dish is a lovely gift from parents to godparents. It’s perfect for a dresser, nightstand, or kitchen table.
7. Godparent Personalized Picture Frame Board
This handmade picture frame board will remind your godparents what they already know: Godparents Are Like Parents, Only Cooler. #truth
8. Gift for Godmother Necklace
This beautiful pendant necklace featuring an angel wing comes with a message that’s as sweet as the jewelry itself. It’s the perfect gift from a godchild and comes in vermeil or sterling silver.
9. Dainty Chain Initial Bracelet
by Etsy: RaniskaByRani
Very pretty and so delicate, this bracelet is a subtle way for your godmother to display the initials of her godchild every day. Comes in your choice of gold or silver and you can get it engraved with initials or symbols.
10. Silver Angel Wing Earrings
So cool, these earrings would be perfect for that godmother who likes her gifts just a little edgy.
11. Godmother Gift Ring Dish
Personalize her heart-shaped ring dish with the name and birthdate of her godchild, and you’ve got a fantastic gift for a beloved godmother.
12. Godmother Definition Art
This would be a great gift to present your chosen godmother at your baby’s baptism, or even your pregnancy reveal to let her know you’d love for her to take on this special role in your child’s life.
13. Godmother Sweatshirt
by Etsy: SymbolicImports
Here’s another gift that would serve as a wonderful way to ask her to be your child’s fairy godmother. It comes in gray or white with plenty of size options.
14. Godmother Tote
Perfect for showing off her godmother status at the library, the grocery store, or wherever she needs an extra tote!
15. Godmother Personalized Engraved Wine Glass
This wine glass has endless options for optimal godmother personalization. It’s a great way to celebrate her and functional to boot. Include a bottle of her favourite white or red and make a toast to her awesomeness.
Gifts For the Godfather
16. Personalized Godfather Whiskey Glass
Celebrate the arrival of the newest family member by toasting the best godfather ever. And, as with the above wine glass gift, might we boldly suggest pairing this glass with a bottle of his favourite whiskey. He’ll appreciate the sentiment AND the liquid treat.
17. Engraved Wood Pocket Knife
Ask any godfather and he’ll confirm this truth: you can never have too many pocket knives. This one will be the most special in his collection.
18. Godfather Bottle Opener Keychain
Just like pocket knives, bottle openers are always useful. Have this one personalized with a hand-stamped message. And maybe include a 6 or 12-pack of his favourite bottled beer.
19. Best Godfather Ever Travel Mug
Funny AND stylish, he’ll be happy to show this great travel mug off at work!
20. Personalized Godfather Tie Clip
This stainless steel personalized tie clip is PERFECT for the new godfather to wear at his godchild’s christening.
Let’s Hear It For Godparents!
A good godparent will be there every step of the way throughout their godchild’s journey to laugh, cry, and share significant milestones. (They’ll also be pretty good at keeping a secret or two when necessary.)
Here’s to all you fantastic godparents out there – thanks so much for all you do to make our children better people!
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