My husband’s sister has just had her first baby, and they’ve asked him to be godfather; they understand that he’s a staunch atheist and will not be part of his niece’s religious education. All of the complexities there aside for a moment, here’s my question: what do my husband and I give her as a christening gift?
As I understand it, the typical gift would be for the godparent to present the child with her first Bible at the baptism, but we won’t be attending (we live on separate continents) and it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to gift her with a Bible anyway, since it’s not something he believes in.
Are there any other traditional gifts that you can suggest? We want it to be special, a true token of his love for her and his agreement to be part of her team, so to speak, without being overtly religious. It’s a fine line, right? — Krissa