I was just wondering what the normal amount of cash is expected from the Godfather for a christening. The child is my niece and I was wondering what a guideline amount would be...I was thinking around €200, is this mean/normal/high? I really don't have a clue.
PS I also have another small gift/keepsake.
A nice bracelet with her name on it or a charm bracelet you can add to over the years would be beautiful presents.
Never heard of godparents giving cash for a christening unless it was for a specific item.
Most people gave our child gifts when she was born and not for her christening.
200 euro sounds like way too much to me.
Me neither. The only way that would work for me is if you opened up a post office or savings account for the child but even that's more of a parent than godparent thing I think.
A little buddha statue and a copy of the 'Ryan report'. Maybe a bible as well to balance it all out. There has to be a balance after all.
All done in the best possible taste
The best present would be opening a credit union account for her and sticking in 4 or 5 euro every week or 2 for when she's older.
Prize bond? If got at a post office they will give you a receipt for it with the childs name on it, and the original will follow by post to them.
In Ireland few people give cash for christening / birth gifts, however in other countries its normal.
Babys cost a lot of money and any $ would be welcome, if you can afford 200, give 200. Im sure the parents would love you for it.
Wish you were my godparent
200 is way too much IMO. Think about it, you have years of birthdays and christmases and easters for this child. If you give 200 for the christening, are you then expected to give the same (or more) for the first birthday...then what do you give for xmas etc etc? Just keep those things in mind!
A bracelet with a charm, or name on it etc, is a lovely gift for a godparent to give. Don't buy 'Christening' picture frames because believe me, the child will get about 50 of them and they will never be used
Being a godparent is not really about giving loads of money, it's more about loving and caring and guiding the child as it gets older (apart from the religious connatations). So a bank account with 50euro (if you want to give cash) and a bracelet (or similar) would be much more suitable. No one would expect that kind of cash for a christening present in this day and age. Enjoy the day btw
My Godmother put 100 pounds in an account for me when I was born, one of those Post Office ones. She passed away tragically when I was a toddler, I got almost 800euro on my 25th birthday, was an amazing gift and meant so so much! Went on holidays with my OH and toasted her every night.
My godfather did this for me, I'm his niece too so it's the same situation that you're in OP except reverse the roles. He opened a savings account for me and put £30 (punts at the time) in each month and then told me about it when I turned 18 and gave me access to the account. By then there was over €6000 there and I can honestly say it's the best gift I've ever received. It meant that I could afford to buy myself a car so I could get to and from college, pay my own tuition for each year as well as books and field trips and also I can provide for myself whilst I'm studying abroad this year.
I only used this money to pay for my education, I've worked part time since I was 16 and used my own money to socialise and buy clothes and the likes. Having the money he gave me meant that I was under considerably less stress during college for both me and my family. It's the best thing any one could ever have given me.
Perhaps you could open an account and get her a token gift such as a jewellery box or a piece of jewellery for the day.