Been asked to become a little one’s godparents? Feeling a bit nervous about it? Don’t be. Feel honoured. It’s a blessing to become godparents. You’ve been asked to be the second mum and dad people to turn to, ask advice from. People to spend time with.
Being godparents doesn’t make you the child’s legal guardians; your role is more of a support role. You’re interested in the development and nurturing of the youngster. Given that you stand as the second parents, it’s important to bestow your godchild with a little something that reflects your love for them, don’t you think?
Where Did the Godparents Gift-Giving Tradition Come From?
Believe it or not, the custom began donkey’s years ago, way back in the fourth century, when Christians were frightened of being prosecuted by non-Christians. New members were expected to be sponsored by the current members of the church. Parents asked their nearest and dearest friends to sponsor the children they planned to christen. These sponsors were known as ‘patrinus’, meaning ‘godfather’. A christening gift from godparents symbolised the presents given by the three Magi to Jesus Christ when he was born. And there you have it. This is what initiated the tradition of giving gifts for a christening.
The Significance of Silver
The most traditional christening ideas godparents can give are those made of silver. This began in the Tudor times and expanded into the Victorian era where gifts of fundamental value were bestowed to the child. But why silver? Silver was believed to be a good investment for the little one as it symbolised independence for their later years.
Thanks to this tradition, items made of silver such as cutlery, silver spoons, rattles, tankards, napkin rings, coins and egg cups were given as christening gift ideas from godparents. This is what the saying, “Born with a silver spoon in the mouth” represents: the wealth to which the bambino was born into.
Ideas for Christening Gifts From Godfathers
A christening is the perfect chance for you to show how much you love your Godchild. Becoming a Godfather is an honour, and one that should be celebrated. Why not buy your Godchild a gift that they can keep for a lifetime? Your Godchild will grow up with their special gift and as they get older they will cherish the keepsake from their Christening. If you are feeling traditional, how about a timeless personalised Peter Rabbit book? Make sure they don’t forget their christening gifts from their Godfather.
Ideas for Christening Gifts From Godmothers
Becoming a mother is a life changing and powerful experience… Being chosen to be a Godmother is just as special. Because of your loyalty, kindness and love for this child you have been chosen to take care of them and give them advice for years to come. You have been chosen to be in this person’s life – what a privilege! Celebrate this at their christening and give a gift that will last forever. A christening gift from Godmother that is just as special, but a little more interactive, our Ladybird Classic Collection will be used daily at story-time, and will soon become a firm favourite to be remembered fondly and treasured.
How to Give a Great Christening Gift
These days, a silver christening present from godparents can include everything from birth certificate presentation folders to shiny silver photo frames, etched with the baby’s name. Other gift ideas include personalised children’s books, such as the Book of Nursery Rhymes that will never grow old.