So you’ve been chosen as a godparent? What an awesome honour!
One of the first decisions to make (after saying ‘yes’) is what baptism gift to get for your godson… which is a bit more tricky.
These meaningful gifts all have 3 things in common which I’ve summed up below:
1. Use the Gift to Point Your Godson to God
Being a “god” “parent” it makes sense that the gift will somehow point to God.
This might seem kind of simple and obvious but sometimes it can be hard to do if the parents aren’t very religious as they will be the ones opening the present if your godson is a baby. But as your godson grows he will see the gift and he will know that God must be important to you.
2. Include a Meaningful Message
Most treasured gifts carry a meaningful message.
What is the one best message to give your godson?
I think it has to be the message that God loves them!
God’s unconditional, passionate, everlasting love is something that is so hard to truly grasp (I know I struggle to fully grasp it), but it is so important!
This message is told countless ways throughout the bible. It is the message that Jesus came to earth for. It is the message that he gave his life to tell us. We are loved so much. Your godson is so loved by his Maker.
I think the most meaningful messages are also ones that kids can relate to and in a language that they understand. I love The Message bible because it uses everyday language and is written in a way that is easy to understand.
Do you have a favourite verse that conveys God’s love? If you do – use it! Either search for a gift with this message on it or engrave or hand write it somewhere.
On a side note – boys by nature crave adventure. God is powerful and full of adventure – he created the heavens, the earth and the entire universe. Maybe also hint at God’s power in the message you choose.
Two of my favourite bible verses for boys are:
- “God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.” Psalm 36:5-6 (MSG)
- “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:4 (MSG)
How do I include this message on my godson’s gift when space is limited?
Often space is limited when engraving on a gift. To best use that space you could condense the message into a few words (which are easy for a child to understand) and provide one or two bible references that he can read in depth when he is older and owns his own bible (maybe the bible that you give him as a first holy communion gift??)
As a suggestion you could write one of the following:
- Made by God. Loved by God.
- Loved by your Mighty Maker.
- Chosen and loved before the world was created.
- Along with a couple bible references for them to explore when they’re older like: Psalm 36:5-6, Ephesians 1:4
Another really great thing to include with your meaningful message is your godson’s baptism date – so he can easily remember the date he was baptised.
3. Choose something Long-Lasting
Ideally I think a baptism gift should be long-lasting. So when your godson is older he can look at it and remember his baptism.
A long-lasting gift means 2 things:
- Timeless – if possible try to choose a gift that will not date, but grow with your godson. For example – cutesy pictures are not something that your godson will probably want to display when he is older. This is possibly the hardest thing to consider when choosing a gift. And honestly this tip is last for a reason, it’s the least important in my view. The tips above are more important, so if you can’t find a timeless gift – please don’t stress.
- High Quality – a gift of high quality is more likely to last longer as it will be better made with better materials. This makes it more durable… but also unfortunately more pricey.
As a godparent the main aim of your baptism gift for your godson should be to point your godson to God’s love for him. You can do this by including a message of God’s love on your gift with bible references for him to explore when he’s older, along with his baptism date. If you can do this – that’s fantastic
If you’re looking for a baptism gift for your goddaughter – check out these ideas.