We understand the paradoxes of gift-giving. It is easy to pick up a present for a casual acquaintance or an event that’s not important to you, such as the birthday party of a child’s friend. It’s way more challenging to find a present for that significant person or occasion.
Our diverse team has spent countless hours seeking out the best gifts for godparents — gifts that will work regardless of your religious views or lack thereof. We’ve chosen gifts for the solemn godparents, presents for those who are irrepressibly spirited, and everyone in between.
- Handmade of birch wood
- Comes in a sturdy keepsake box
- Small enough for any shelf
- Arrives beautifully gift-wrapped
- Personalized engraved name
- Made of hypoallergenic stainless steel
- Suitable for wall or table display
- Made of cherry wood in USA
- “Godmother” and heart icon print
- Dishwasher and microwave safe
- “Promoted to godfather” print
- Large handle for easy holding
- Handmade of antique silver and bronze
- Colorfast waxed cotton string
- Hand-painted and hand-crafted
- Includes a quote from Exodus
- Comes with godfather proposal poem
- Can be personalized with 4x6 photo
- Hand crafted of ash wood
- Free personalization
How to Choose the Best Godparent Gifts
The best gift for your child’s godmother or godfather is one that marks the occasion, reminds them of their special bond, or highlights the religious significance of this vital relationship.
And, of course, it can be all three!
First, you need to decide whether you will buy the godparents individual gifts or one for them as a duo. If the godparents are not a couple, this is a no-brainer, but if they are together, this consideration can help guide your choice of present, especially if you want to get them matching gifts.
Then, you can consider whether you want to give the godparents-to-be an invitation gift, asking them to be a godparent, a memento of the day, a thank you, or a combination of those things.
The next things to consider are the preferences of the parents and godparents. This can be especially complex because you have to balance several points:
- The personal style and taste of the godparent or godparents.
- Your sense of style and taste.
- Everyone’s views of the religious significance of the event.
There are a variety of reasons why people choose godparents for their children.
- Some prefer to have an outside person who will help care for their child’s spiritual welfare.
- The process of having a religious ceremony with godparents is a family tradition.
- Other people do it.
So, for example, if you and your child’s godparents have religious beliefs that are central to your lives, a gift that reflects the spiritual significance of the event may be appropriate. On the other hand, if you choose godparents because “that’s what you do,” and neither you nor the godparents hold particular religious beliefs, an amusing present might be the one for you.
Because the day is not about presents, most of our gifts for godparents are in the $20 to $40 range. This is enough to find something special and meaningful without going over the top.
The Best Godparent Gifts of 2021
Taking these guidelines and our own experiences into account, we’ve chosen various godmother, godfather, and godparent gifts appropriate for all events, from the devout to the agnostic.
1. Personalized Godparent Proposal Gift
Few things say “you’re special” as loudly as a personalized item. This handmade godparent proposal gift comes with a sweet yet non-syrupy verse that ends with the name or names of your choice.
You don’t have to pick from a list; you tell the maker exactly what you would like, which also goes for the personalization on the heart tag.
Made from birch wood and presented in a sturdy keepsake box complete with twine and a wooden heart, we adore this gift for its beautiful simplicity and personal touches.
2. Best Godmother Ever Succulent Pot
If you’re looking for something a little bit different but not too “out there,” these “Best Godmother Ever” pots may be just the thing.
Roughly 2.5 inches tall, each of the three round ceramic pots sits on its own bamboo saucer, and the set comes in a gift box, ready for wrapping.
3. Best Godfather Ever Cufflinks
A pair of stainless steel cufflinks may not be the most practical godfather gift for everyone. However, this pair is a classy choice for those who use cufflinks or for someone who would appreciate them as a keepsake. They come in either a round or a square option.
You can leave the “Best Godfather Ever” on one cufflink and have your child’s name on the other, or ask the maker for a specific personalization to make these a true one-of-a-kind item.
4. LifeSong Milestones Personalized Gift for Godparents
This solid, 8-inch by 10-inch cherry wood frame has a pre-written dedication and space for your personalization. It also has room for a vertical, 6-inch by 4-inch photo.
Although it is listed as a photo frame, we consider it more of a plaque with specs for a photo because roughly half of it is taken up with the messaging and personalization. Also, because of the positioning of the message, you can only stand or hang the piece horizontally.
5. Pavilion Gift Company Godmother Cup
Simple, elegant, and above all practical, most of us use a mug or cup at some point during the day. The clean lines and simple design of the godmother cup make it a winner in our books.
The same company also makes godmother blankets, so you can pair these gifts up for a one-of-a-kind gift basket for your chosen godmother.
6. Pearhead Promoted to Godfather Mug
At 14 fluid ounces, this mighty mug is large enough to hold as much as an average can of soda, with room to spare. Speaking of room, the handle is roomy enough to get a big old paw of a hand in there.
The messaging is printed on both sides of the mug, so no matter whether the owner is left or right-handed, everyone will be able to read that they are a godfather.
7. Thank You Godparents Infinity Charm Bracelet Set
For those times you may want to show you care but don’t want to buy a needless gift, consider this infinity charm bracelet set.
The godmother bracelet has a single silver infinity symbol attached to a double-thread, tie-on bracelet. The godfather version has a pair of intertwined, bronze-colored infinity symbols on a double thread, tie-on bracelet.
8. Angel Figurine by Pavilion
A sweet gift that can be the foundation piece for an entire collection, this angel figurine includes a quote from the book of Exodus. Other figures include angels kneeling or standing, with a variety of phrases printed on them.
There are also similar angels in a slightly different style with phrases specific to godmothers.
9. Will You Be My Godfather?
If you would like to ask someone to be your child’s godfather, this adorable, brushed-steel and glass photo frame is a cute way of doing so.
The double frame comes with a proposal poem on the left that you can replace later with a photo, and a spot for you to insert a vertical 4-inch by 6-inch photo on the right. The frame is backed with soft velour, and the two panels are hinged together for tabletop display.
10. LifeSong Milestones Personalized Baptism Bat
While this is described online as a baptism, christening, or first Communion gift, we think it is a terrific present for a godparent — especially one who loves sports. The bat is 18 inches long, so although it is 6 or 7 inches short of a full-sized bat, it is by no means a miniature ornamental item.
The bat is made of ash, and instead of having “Baptized” engraved on the bat, you can choose your personalization. For example, we chose “became a godfather” and added the date.
11. Recipe for an Exceptional Godmother
These cutting boards are too lovely to use, but because they are made with laser-engraved bamboo, they are perfectly safe for food preparation.
You can choose between a 16.5-inch by 7-inch paddle-shaped board and a 13.75-inch by 9.75-inch rectangle. The boards come pre-oiled, although you may want to re-oil yours to bring out the beauty of the engraving.
12. Godfather — You Nailed It
The North Carolina company “This Wear” creates these unique godfather gifts from polished steel-headed hammers. Since you cannot personalize the engraving, this gift is only suitable for godfathers, which is a shame. Still, the hammers are fully functional, making them a practical gift for those who are not a fan of decorative items.
13. Mosaic Glass Cross
Each of these charming mosaic glass crosses is slightly different because they are handmade from irregular glass squares.
Roughly 4 inches in height, the crosses come in a presentation box that features a verse of thanks to the godparents. You can keep the cross in the box or hang it with the ribbon affixed to the top.
14. Best Godmother Ever T-Shirt
Ideal for those who prefer a practical gift rather than something decorative, these cotton t-shirts are both simple and comfortable.
This t-shirt allows your godmother to tell the world what you and she already know — that she’s the best. What more could you want from a godmother gift?
15. Uncle, Godfather, Legend T-Shirt
Although this is a pretty specific gift, only suitable for the uncle godfathers out there, it still made it to our list. That’s because it’s a simple, high-quality, 100% cotton t-shirt that makes a fabulous gift. Sometimes that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
Our only word of caution is that these shirts shrink slightly after the first wash, so consider going up a size if your godfather is on the cusp of two sizes.
16. Stretched Canvas Godparent Gift
This godparent gift is made with good quality canvas stretched across a wooden frame that measures 16 by 20 inches. The wall art comes with a sawtooth wall hanger, so it is ready to hang as-is, or you could take it up a notch and have the canvas framed.
17. How Godmothers Tell Time - Rack
Godmothers fueled by coffee and wine are likely to find this gift not only a cheeky bit of fun but practical as well.
The wooden rack comes in a gift box, but it does not come with mugs or glasses. If you want to go all out, consider adding godmother wine glasses, godmother mugs, or a glass and cup to go with the rack.
18. Godfather Engraved Whiskey Glass
Most of the godfather glasses we saw were connected to the movie of the same name, which is why we were delighted to find this option.
This whiskey glass holds 10.4 fluid ounces, has a heavy base, and is etched rather than printed. This makes it dishwasher safe, and the decorative elements are guaranteed never to wear off.
19. Holy Land Deluxe Olive Wood Cross
Giving gifts to godparents is a relatively new development, so there is little tradition to follow. However, popular Christening gifts for babies once included sacred relics from the holy land, so we thought a similar item might be a good place to start a new tradition.
This cross is handmade from olive trees grown around Bethlehem and comes with a presentation box and prayer booklet.
20. Alex and Ani Godmother Expandable Bangle
Although neither is made from precious metal, these bangles come in shiny silver or an antique gold finish.
The expandable band goes from 2 to 3.5 inches wide, and it is easy to put on and then clasp tighter. One side of the charm says “Godmother,” and the other says “My Guardian Angel.”
21. Thank You for Helping Me Build My Life
Although this is listed as a gift for a father, neither the gift nor the packaging has anything that says “father,” so we thought this would be a sweet gift for a godfather.
We like the sentiment on the inside of the gift box and the fact that this is a small yet practical gift that will remind the recipient of their godchild every time they use their keys.
22. Will You Be My Godparents? Personalized Box
Have your godparents’ proposal delivered directly to their door with this adorable godparents proposal gift box that includes two personalized t-shirts and mugs.
You choose the size for each shirt, the year you would like to have inscribed on the mugs, and a personal message to go inside the lid. The box is either sent to you or delivered straight to the godparents-to-be.
The t-shirts don’t shrink in the wash; the printing doesn’t crinkle, chip, or fade after use; and the printing of the message is crisp and clear. The mugs are dishwasher safe, retaining their messages after countless washes.
23. Other Godmothers vs. Me
The waterproof coating on the outside of this pouch makes it ideal for makeup, a few personal hygiene items for a weekend away, or a handy-dandy fabulous clutch purse.
The linen bag has a sturdy zipper which you have to lift before pulling, so there’s no accidental emptying, and the design is under the waterproofing, so it doesn’t rub off or fade.
24. Best Godfather Ever Pocket Knife
This pocketknife has a 3-inch stainless steel blade with a scalloped edge. The words “Best Godfather Ever” are engraved into a wooden panel on the handle.
The knife measures 4 1/2 inches long while when closed and 7 9/16 inches with the blade, making it comfortable to use and easy to carry.
25. Lifetime Creations Personalized Godparent Picture Frame
Although there isn’t a defined “traditional” godparents gift, if we had to choose the most frequently given item, it would be a photo frame.
We particularly like the simplicity of this 9.5 x 7.7-inch alder wood frame that has a stand and wall mount hooks on the back. There’s a heartfelt message of thanks and room to personalize the frame by including your child’s name after the thank you.
26. Godmother Infinity Heart Charm Pendant
With a sterling silver pendant on a sterling silver cable chain, this pretty and subtle necklace is suitable for godmothers of every age, culture, and taste.
The pendant itself is a horizontal infinity symbol intertwined with a heart and suspended from the chain via a loop, so it is free to move.
The necklace comes in a beautiful gift box that is wrapped with a silver ribbon and includes a gift bag with a matching card for personalizing.
27. Stainless Steel Dog Tag Cross Necklace
The back piece of this dog tag chain is a matte black stainless steel printed tag with Philippians 4:13 inscribed on it in white. It reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The front piece is a silver stainless steel tag with a cross cut-out, revealing some of the scripture behind it.
The dog tag comes on a 24-inch stainless steel Rolo chain with a lobster clasp and is shipped in a black presentation box.
28. Will You Be My Godparents? Scratch Cards
If you’re looking for a little fun but don’t want to go all out on a godparent proposal, these scratch cards are for you. A cute message is printed on the outside of the card, with the inside blank for your own message, and they come with an envelope if you need to send them by mail.
These cards come in a pair, one for the godfather and one for the godmother. But as these cards are made by a small U.S. business, if asked, they are happy to sell you an additional card for a third godparent, if you have one.
29. Rose Gold Godmother Key Chain
This is a simple godmother gift that is affordable to boot. We like this rose gold keychain for its practicality and the straightforward message engraved on the face. The keychain comes in a soft, draw-string pouch, making it feel more like a “proper” gift than it might without the bag.
30. Godfather Keychain
A neat and practical godfather gift, this stainless steel keychain not only has words of thanks screen printed onto its surface, but it also functions as a bottle opener.
The bottle opener is shaped like a dog tag and measures 2 inches by 1.2 inches, making it strong enough to be practical but not so bulky it becomes impractical to carry in a pocket.
Tips for Choosing a Godparent for Your Baby
Choosing godparents is a big decision. Here are some helpful tips for making the choice.
Check Any Guidelines
Some religions have strict guidelines about who can or cannot become a godparent. Such policies usually revolve around the godparent’s standing in the faith. It’s essential to check these guidelines before you approach a potential godparent.
Define the Godparents Role
The role of godparent was rooted in spiritual guidance, but today, not everyone has those expectations (1). Decide what you expect from the role, and discuss those expectations with your potential godparents.
In the past, if something happened to the parents, godparents would take on the guardianship of their godchild. In the U.S. today, the role of godparents is generally a religious or mentorship role. Godparents do not have any legal standing as guardians.
Therefore, if you want godparents to assume guardianship of your child in the event that something happens to you, you must also put those wishes in a legally binding document and let everyone know.
Choose a Positive Influence
It’s important to have a fun person in your child’s life, but you also need someone who will set a good example.
A good way to find a balance is to ask yourself if you would be happy with this person spending a lot of time with your child and having a significant influence on them.
Don’t Succumb to Pressure
Don’t choose or exclude a godparent because someone else pressures you. For example, while your family may expect you to choose a particular relative, a family relationship does not automatically make someone a good godparent or role model.