Godmother gift???

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Godmother gift???
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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 10:07pm

So one of my best friends asked me to be godmother to her baby girl and the baptism is this coming weekend (it's kinda amusing because there are actually going to be two godmothers, myself and another friend, because I'm not Catholic and I guess at least one of us has to have been baptized Catholic... so that makes me like the unofficial godmother I guess. Another friend of mine suggested I wear a pair of wings to the baptism and say I'm the fairy godmother, haha

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Wed, 04-27-2011 - 11:53pm
If it is anything like a baptism in Argentina, the gift you could give her can be something like a birthday present in terms of size and meaning. Also, I don't know if you believe in God (not catholic but other religion??). In that case, what most people tend to forget is that the real "mission" of godparents is to guide the child in the path of Faith. So a nice book of illustrated biblical stories could be a good choice, even if the baby will have to wait a little to enjoy it. (BTW, LOL about the pair of wings!!!)

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 3:48am

Here's what Teddy got for his Christening from the Godparents: A silver spoon from Tiffany's; a silver mini "tankard"; and finally some money to put into his savings account (that was from my sister who is also his Godmother; she asked me if there was anything in particular that would be welcome).

So while I really like the silver things (in particular the silver spoon, heh heh) they aren't really practical and the money for his account is probably the best gift. What with saving for his education / uni fees already, we often ask for money as gift (birthdays, Christmas) for him; especially seeing as we're drowning in toys already.

I also like the child bible idea (we got Teddy that for his Christening) but if you are the "non-religious" Godparent, maybe that's not so good?

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 6:20am
Andi - Congrats on being asked to be a godparent! One question, why did your friend wait until the last minute to ask you? Most churches (esp Catholic) require at least 3 months notice for baptisms.

Anywho, Selin has two godmothers and no godfathers. I'm Catholic but my DHs family is non-Christian so we chose my cousin as the godmother (I'm godmother to one of her sons as well) and DHs sister was the "spiritual witness". They both had to get up at the podium and make a short speech so you also might want to ask your friend if you'll be expected to say anything so at least you'll be prepared!

Oh and everyone (including the godmothers) gave us money or savings bonds for Selin's christening so money would be perfectly acceptable for a gift.

GL!

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 8:45am

I'm sort of in the same situation!

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 9:12am
My DH's family is brutal when it comes to trinkets and schotzches...that may make me sound ungrateful I know but with so much "stuff" already, it just takes up space. They are lovely and thoughtful but not very practical. We got 2 crosses, a silver cup (that was nice), another piggy bank (they knew he had one already), a christening baby shoe piggy bank, and a baptism themed frame. Honestly what am I going to do with these things in a few years, other than box them up and let him decide when he's older if he wants them or not? OH and the morning of, the church had a group selling wood crosses so after the ceremony I bought a small one for Maxim (we hadnt gotten him anything) and my MIL was watching me and basically got him the same damn thing only smaller yet....anywaaaay....

DH"s aunt gave us a really neat gift though...the coins for 2010 from the Canadian Mint in a keepsake folder. So it shows all the coins in circulation for the year he was born but will be kept safe and polished in the collectors item. You can find those at any bank usually, they either have them in stock or can order them for you.

I like the idea of giving a savings bond or a cash gift for education along with a small cross or perhaps a necklace with a cross (really nice for a little girl). My mom got him a gold cross that he can put on a chain someday but we pinned it to his clothes for the day. Mari and Erica had great suggestions also, a lovely knitted blanket would have been so loved by us or a book too.

In many Christian families and churches I know of, the child gets their first Bible later on, usually sometime in grade school or in line with First Communion. Im Presbyterian (DH is Catholic and we are more active in the Catholic church) so I got my first Bible from my church in grade 3 but we dont have/do special ceremonies for First Communion or the other sacraments except baptism and confirmation. Also some Catholics dont have Bibles, they have their other book that shows when all of the verses are part of certain Sundays of the year which they follow along with during the Mass instead of the Bible (I'm sure there is a name for this but I dont know what it is).

Good luck! Sorry for the long winded answer!

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 9:35am
Our church is Catholic, and doesn't require 3 months notice. The parents have to be active members in good standing for at least 6 months however, and they do require the Godparents and Parents to attend 2 classes prior to the baptism. Our church also requires a male and a female, with at least one of them Catholic. You cannot have 2 parents of the same gender.

Funny how all chruches are different.
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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 9:39am

Congrats on becoming a being asked to be a Godmother.

In out area / circle is is tradational that the Godparents pay for the baptism outfit.

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 1:25pm
I would probably want to give something she could use later, like a silver jewelry box, music box or a gold necklace. The necklace is a tradition in my BILs family. I think my boys mostly received cash at their baptisms. The coins brought to mind that a friend gave my boys a silver dollar from their birth year as gifts when they were born.

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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 1:31pm

Wow, thanks for all the responses! I knew with the Catholic church there would be a bunch of traditions I didn't know about!!

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