Irish Gifts for Godparents at Baptism

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Irish Gifts for Godparents at Baptism
Celebrate your child's godparents with a gift symbolic of the Irish heritage. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Choose a gift for your child's godparents that will represent the family's Irish heritage. Look to the traditions of the culture and the customs of the Irish baptism to inspire godparent gift ideas. Irish symbols and sayings can be found on many items, from religious pieces to picture frames. Whatever gift item you choose, consider honouring the emerald Isle with a selection that is actually made in Ireland.

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Irish Blessings

The Irish are well known for their many prayers and blessings. Select an Irish blessing or prayer suitable for a godparent or choose the blessing that is spoken by the priest at the ceremony. Have the blessing printed and framed, embroidered on a blanket or engraved on a keepsake item. Give a book of Irish blessings and inscribe your blessing of choice on the inside cover.

Shingerleen Handkerchief

One Irish custom that is passed from the wedding to the baptism is the use of shingerleens on the gowns. Shingerleens are embellishments that are taken from the wedding gown of the mother and sewn into the christening gown of the baby. These embellishments are traditionally made of lace, embroidery or ribbons and often contain Celtic symbols. Take some of the shingerleens from the wedding gown to to create a godparent handkerchief that matches the christening gown.

Irish Rosary Beads

Give the godparents a set of Irish rosary beads. Choose from rosary beads with an Irish theme, such as a set that contains a Celtic cross and shamrock beads or rosary beads that contain a St. Patrick medal. Shop for rosary beads that are made in Ireland, such as Connemara rosary beads, whose beads are made of marble found in the Connemara mountains of Ireland.

Celtic Cross

In a traditional Irish christening ceremony, the sign of the cross is traced on the child's head by the priest, the parents and the godparents. The sign of the cross is then made by all when the celebrant pours water over the child's head and baptises her "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." Give the godparents a symbol of this revered baptism ritual with the gift of a Celtic cross pendant to wear around their necks or a Celtic cross to hang in their own homes.

Irish Photo Frame

Set a photo of the godparents holding the godchild in an Irish picture frame. Choose a frame that is adorned with symbols of Ireland such as shamrocks or claddaghs. Other frame choices may contain Celtic scrollwork. To purchase a frame that is crafted by an Irish manufacturer, suggestions include Belleek china and Galway or Waterford crystal.

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